Chapel Hill, N.C. – Sophomore Gabriella Castaneda and freshman Ariana Rahmanparast notched straight-set wins Sunday afternoon vs. No. 6 North Carolina in the Tar Heels 5-2 victory. It was the second-consecutive season that Castaneda has beaten the Tar Heels, while the Seminoles (7-4, 0-2 ACC) have not beaten North Carolina (12-2, 2-0) since 2011.
Castaneda beat Marika Akkerman on Court 4, 6-3, 6-1, rolling to a 4-0 lead in the second set before putting away the Tar Heel.
In the final match on court, Rahmanparast won the battle of the freshmen against Chapel Hill-native Chloe Ouellet-Pizer 6-2, 6-4. Ouellet-Pizer was coming off clinching the Tar Heel’s 4-3 victory over No. 13 Miami Friday evening.
In doubles, the Seminoles put up a fight against the top-ranked team in the nation on Court 1, with seniors Daneika Borthwick and Yukako Noi eventually falling 6-4 against Hayley Carter and Whitney Kay. The Seminole pair opened the match with a 3-0 lead before Carter and Kay rallied to clinch the doubles point.
On Court 3 doubles, Castaneda and Julia Mikulski led 5-4 when the match was decided.
In singles, second-ranked Carter beat Borthwick on Court 1, 6-1, 6-1, while UNC’s other two ranked players, #27 Kay and #84 Jessie Aney, won in straight sets on Court 2 and 3. The Tar Heel victory was clinched on Court 6 when Cassandra Vazquez beat Lana Rush, 6-2, 6-2.
Head Coach Jennifer Hyde:
“We had some chances in doubles today and put ourselves in a position to grab that point. I was very happy with how we started but we need to finish when we have the chance. I was very happy for Ariana to grab a very convincing straight-set win against one of the most solid spots in the UNC lineup.
“Gabby had a great turnaround from her performance on Friday and played today how she is very capable of playing consistently. We have a lot of great things to take away from the weekend, and we will get home tonight and start getting prepared for another big ACC matchup against Miami on Wednesday.”
The Seminoles head back to Tallahassee to continue ACC play against No. 13 Miami Wednesday afternoon at 2 p.m.
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#6 North Carolina 5, #43 Florida State 2
February 28, 2016 – Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center, Chapel Hill, N.C.
#2 Hayley Carter (UNC) def. Daneika Borthwick (FSU), 6-1, 6-1
#27 Whitney Kay (UNC) def. Yukako Noi (FSU), 6-3, 6-2
#84 Jessie Aney (UNC) def. Julia Mikulski (FSU), 6-1, 6-0
Gabriella Castaneda (FSU) def. Marika Akkerman (UNC), 6-3, 6-1
Ariana Rahmanparast (FSU) def. Chloe Ouellet-Pizer (UNC), 6-2, 6-4
Cassandra Vazquez (UNC) def. Lana Rush (FSU), 6-2, 6-2
#1 Carter/Kay (UNC) def. Borthwick/Noi (FSU), 6-4
#31 Aney/Kate Vialle (UNC) def. Rahmanparast/Rush (FSU), 6-3
Castaneda/Mikulski (FSU) vs. Ashley Dai/Ouellet-Pizer (UNC), 5-4, dnf
Order of Finish: Singles – 3,1,6,4,2,5; Doubles – 2,1