Texas A&M comes back vs. UNC for program's highest-ranked win
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- No. 3 North Carolina was upset 4-3 at the hands of No. 7 Texas A&M in a top-10 showdown of two of the premier women's tennis programs in the nation Tuesday night from Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center.
The match came down to a third set super breaker at No. 4 singles. Texas A&M (3-0) held on for a 10-6 win in the breaker to win the match.
Carolina (4-1) picked up the doubles point, and jumped out to a 3-1 lead as Jamie Loeb (No. 1 singles) and Caroline Price (No. 3 singles) both won within minutes of each other in consecutive sets.
Price was the first to finish, winning 6-1, 6-2, against Anna Mamalot.
Loeb dismantled 12th-ranked Cristina Stancu 6-1, 6-0. The No. 2-ranked player in the nation is now 24-1 in singles play this season.
The A&M rally began at No. 3 singles when Saska Gavriloska won 13-11 in another third-set tiebreaker to cap a come-from-behind victory against fifth-ranked Hayley Carter, 0-6, 6-1, 1-0 (13-11).
Carter had two match points during the marathon tie breaker, but could not overcome the relentless Gavriloska.
At No. 6 singles, UNC's Tessa Lyons fell 6-3, 6-3 to Rutuja Bhosale, setting up the deciding match at No. 4 between Carolina's Ashley Dai and Ines Deheza.
Dai won the first set 6-4 but Deheza answered with a second-set victory 6-2. The breaker was tied 5-5, but Deheza never let up in winning 10-6 to clinch the match for the Aggies.