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Women's tennis pounds North Carolina, 6-1

The No. 4 women's tennis team crushed eight-ranked North Carolina 6-1 Thursday, improving to 15-1 overall and 2-0 in the ACC. The win was the second of the season for the Blue Devils over the Tar Heels - Duke also beat UNC en route to winning the ITA indoor tennis championship in February.

Duke began by winning the doubles point, taking the second and third slots. At No. 3 doubles No. 37 Julia Smith and Katie Granson teamed to defeat Marlene Mejia and Lee Bairos 8-6. At first doubles, Tar Heels Kendall Cline and Aniela Mojzis edged Amanda Johnson and Julie DeRoo.

Tenth-ranked Kelly McCain and Hillary Adams then won the pivotal match at the second flight, beating No. 23 Kate Pinchbeck and Kendrick Bunn 9-8 (7-5).

Duke then dominated its archrivals, winning 5-of-6 singles. At four, five and six, Granson, DeRoo and Katie Blaszak all won in quick, straight sets to give Duke the match. The Blue Devils then also won at the first and second flights.

Duke's sole loss came at third singles where Mojzis defeated Julia Smith 6-0, 7-5.

The Blue Devils have a few days off before hosting No. 10 Tennessee Sunday at noon in Ambler Stadium.


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