The 15th-ranked University of Miami women’s tennis team fell in the NCAA Sweet 16 for the second consecutive year – this time to a fellow Atlantic Coast Conference program it lost to twice previously this season.
The second-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels brought their record to 30-1 Friday by defeating the Hurricanes 4-1 in Waco, Texas.
North Carolina’s only loss this season came to Virginia, a team the Hurricanes beat.
The Canes finished their season 18-7.
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UM’s lone point came when 115th-ranked senior Lina Lileikite defeated No. 102 Whitney Kay, 7-5, 6-2.
“We had a lot of tight matches,’’ said UM coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews. “I think this is the toughest we’ve played against them the entire season. We didn’t play our best doubles which was a little frustrating and we knew how important it was to come out and take the first punch.
“They were a little bit better than us today, but we played them hard and I’m really proud of my freshmen. They played their tails off. In sports sometimes you’ve got to take it on the chin.”
Three Hurricanes – No. 11 Stephanie Wagner, No. 37 Sinead Lohan and Lileikite will stay with Yaroshuk-Tews in Waco and extend their seasons by competing next week in the NCAA Individual Championships. Wagner and Lileikite will play doubles together and Wagner and Lohan will also compete in singles play.