GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – North Carolina defeated NC State, 4-1, to earn its first NCAA Women’s Tennis Championship on Saturday evening at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Florida. This is the sixth NCAA championship won by an ACC school in the 2022-23 school year.
This is the ACC’s third NCAA women’s tennis championship. The last championship won by an ACC team was in 2009 when Duke swept California, 4-0. Georgia Tech holds the league’s only other team championship in 2007.
The rematch of the 2023 ACC Women’s Tennis Championship, won by NC State, saw the No. 1 seeded Tar Heels secure the doubles point with wins on Courts 2 and 3. Elizabeth Scotty and Carson Tanguilig defeated Nell Miller and Amelia Rajecki on Court 2, 6-1, while Reese Brantmeier and Reilly Tran earned a 6-4 win over Sophie Abrams and Abigail Rencheli.
Third-seeded NC State evened the score at 1-1 with a 6-3, 6-4 singles win on Court 1 from Diana Shnaider over Brantmeier.
The Tar Heels would win three straight matches to secure the title on Courts 2, 3 and 4. Fiona Crawley defeated Alana Smith, 6-2, 7-6, in the No. 2 slot. Scotty played to a straight set, 7-6, 6-3, win over Rencheli to extend UNC’s lead to 3-1. Tanguilig beat Rajecki on Court 3 in three sets, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, to clinch the match and the Championship.
The last championship won by an ACC team was in 2009 when Duke swept California, 4-0. Georgia Tech holds the league’s only other team championship in 2007.
The ACC has claimed six national titles this season and 13 in the last two academic years, the most among all conferences. The ACC has won NCAA championships this academic year in Women’s Cross Country (NC State), Field Hockey (North Carolina), Men’s Soccer (Syracuse), Women’s Swimming & Diving (Virginia), Fencing (Notre Dame) and now, Women’s Tennis (North Carolina). In addition, the Tar Heels also won the 2023 ITA National Indoor Championship.
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