Terps Fall to #5 Tar Heels
April 14, 2012
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The doubles tandem of 26th-ranked Ana Belzunce and Welma Luus knocked off second-ranked Shinann Featherston and Lauren McHale at the No. 1 spot to help the Maryland women's tennis team win the doubles point, but No. 5 North Carolina won 5 of 6 singles matches to defeat the Terps, 5-2, Saturday at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center.
Belzunce and Luus picked up the first win of the match for the Terps with an 8-6 defeat of Featherston and McHale. For the pair, it is their eighth win of the year over a nationally ranked opponent and its 10th victory overall this spring.
After the Tar Heels earned a win on the No. 2 court, senior Jordan Hansbrough and freshman Mikele Irazusta dispatched of Laura Slater and Jennifer Stone on the No. 3 court to secure the team point for the Terps.
Sophomore Cristina Stancu earned her 22nd win this year and ninth over a ranked opponent. Stancu bested No. 37 Zoe De Bruycker in straight sets on the No. 2 court in the final match of day.
Maryland concludes its regular season Sunday at noon at No. 3 Duke.
#5 North Carolina 5, Maryland 2
1. #26 Ana Belzunce/Welma Luus (MD) def. #2 Shinann Featherston/Lauren McHale (UNC) 8-6
2. #47 Haley Hemm/Tessa Lyons (UNC) def. Cristina Stancu/Vroni Van Berlo (MD) 9-8 (7-3)
3. Jordan Hansbrough/Mikele Irazusta (MD) def. Laura Slater/Jennifer Stone (UNC) 9-7
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (6,3,5,2,1)
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