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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The Quinnipiac University women's tennis team saw its season come to a close on Saturday afternoon, as the Bobcats were defeated by nationally-ranked No. 2 North Carolina in the opening round of the 2015 NCAA Division I Tournament - hosted at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
The loss brings several memorable careers to a close, headlined by Jacqueline Raynor (Garden City, N.Y.) – Quinnipiac's all-time leader in wins. Co-captains Michelle Dassa (Marlboro, N.J.) and Ariana Launie (Milton, Mass.) played in their final collegiate matches as well.
Quinnipiac, winners of five straight and eight of 10 entering Saturday's bout, concludes its season with a 14-9 record after capturing its second straight MAAC Championship. It was the first meeting between the two schools.
The Tar Heels jumped out to the 1-0 lead after claiming the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 3. Nationally-ranked No. 35 Hayley Carter and Whitney Kay defeated Quinnipiac's top duo Jacqueline Raynor and Michelle Dassa, 8-0, followed closely by a second win at No. 3 doubles. Caroline Price and Kate Vialle topped Sophia Dzulynsky (Miramar, Fla.) and Sitilia Rencheli (Sarasota, Fla.) with the same score.
Individually, UNC's lineup 1-3 presents players nationally-ranked top 20 in the country – their depth shining through in the singles segment. The Tar Heels picked up their second and third points of the match at No. 1 and No. 6, both matches finishing around the same time. Loeb defeated Dzulynsky, 6-1, 6-0, at No. 1, and Dai topped Launie, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 6.
North Carolina clinched the match with a win at No. 3 singles where No. 20 Caroline Price outlasted Young, 6-1, 6-0. No. 2, No. 4 and No. 5 all went unfinished, Raynor having the most success of the three. She battled nationally-ranked No. 16 Hayley Carter, dropping the first set, 6-4 and trailing 2-1 in the second set before the match was called.
Horton dropped the first set, 6-1, and trailed in the second set, 5-2, at No. 4; and Dassa dropped the first set, 6-1, and was all square 1-1 in the second frame at No. 5.
#1) #35 Hayley Carter/Whitney Kay (UNC) def. Jacqueline Raynor/Michelle Dassa (QU): 8-0
#2) Jamie Loeb/Ashley Dai (UNC) vs. Sydney Young/Rachel Horton (QU): 5-1 unfinished
#3) Caroline Price/Kate Vialle (UNC) def. Sophia Dzulynsky/Sitilia Rencheli (QU): 8-0
Order of Finish: 1, 3
#1) #7 Jamie Loeb (UNC) def. Sophia Dzulynsky (QU): 6-1, 6-0
#2) #16 Hayley Carter (UNC) vs. Jacqueline Raynor (QU): 6-4, 2-1 unfinished
#3) #20 Caroline Price (UNC) def. Sydney Young (QU): 6-1, 6-0
#4) #102 Whitney Kay (UNC) vs. Rachel Horton (QU): 6-0, 5-2 unfinished
#5) Kate Vialle (UNC) vs. Michelle Dassa (QU): 6-1, 1-1 unfinished
#6) Ashley Dai (UNC) def. Ariana Launie (QU): 6-0, 6-0
Order of Finish: 1, 6, 3
A difficult draw for the Bobcats, North Carolina improved to 28-1 overall and moves on to face Dartmouth in the Regional Final on Sunday at 1 p.m. The Big Green defeated William and Mary earlier in the day to set up the second round matchup.
UNC made its 17th consecutive appearance in the national tournament and 12th straight under head coach Brian Kalbas. The Tar Heels improved to 35-16 all-time in the NCAA Tournament and have advanced beyond the regional round on 10 occasions, including last year's run to the NCAA Championship final.
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