Elon Women’s Tennis Phoenix Drops Tilt at #3 North Carolina

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The Elon University women’s tennis team dropped a 4-0 decision at No. 3 North Carolina at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center Wednesday, Jan. 22.

“The team fought extremely hard and gained valuable experience competing today against one of the nations best teams,” said Elon head coach Elizabeth Anderson. “We are looking forward to the ITA Weekend Kickoff tournament this weekend and are excited about this opportunity to be invited to this prestigious tournament.”

The third-ranked Tar Heels flexed their muscles from the start with the duo of Jamie Loeb and Hayley Carter, ranked No. 12 in the country, breezing past Taylor Casey and Maria Camara Ruiz at No. 2 doubles, 6-2.

North Carolina continued its roll when Caroline Price and Whitney Kay, ranked No. 10 in the country, dominating Elon’s top ranked doubles pairing of Jordan Johnston and Frida Jansaker, 6-1, to earn the doubles point.

The Phoenix continued to struggle as the match turned to the singles phase. With four of North Carolina’s six singles players nationally ranked, the Tar Heels picked up three matches to earn the victory.

Bryn Khoury was first off the court after getting beat by Ashley Dai, who is ranked No. 118 in the nation. Dai had her way with Khoury, topping the senior 6-0, 6-1.

Tessa Lyons made quick work of Camara Ruiz and quickly finished with a final of 6-1, 6-0 on court No. 6. Jamie Loeb, the second-ranked player in the nation, polished off the win for the Tar Heels by beating Johnston on court No. 1. Loeb breezed past Johnston in the first set with a 6-0 win, but Johnston fought in the second set until ultimately falling 6-3.

Barbora Lazarova hung strong with Kay, the No. 88 player in the country, on court No. 3 having only dropped the first set 6-4. Lazarova only trailed 3-2 in the second set before North Carolina finished off the match.

The Phoenix returns to the courts Friday, Jan. 24, in Athens, Ga. when they take on No. 4 Georgia in the ITA Kickoff Weekend tournament. The match is scheduled for 2 p.m.