March 27, 2014
The Pitt tennis team (4-7, 0-7 ACC) will host the No. 8-ranked North Carolina Tarheels on Friday and the top-ranked Duke Blue Devils on Sunday at Alpha Tennis & Fitness. Friday’s match is set to begin at 2 p.m. and Sunday’s match begins at 10 a.m.
“We are fortunate to be hosting two of the best programs in college tennis this weekend,” said head coach Alex Santos. “To have UNC, the No. 8 team in the country, and Duke, the No. 1 team in the country, in Pittsburgh is historical and will help us keep elevating the standards of our program. The quality of tennis will be incredibly high and definitely worth watching.
“We are expecting the highest level of challenge from both teams, and we are keeping our focusing on embracing that challenge and taking care of the things we do well. Doubles will be crucial in terms of setting the tone early in the match. We have our own agenda of goals that we want to accomplish, but only with tremendous belief and sacrifice will we have the option to be proud at the end of the weekend.”
North Carolina enters the weekend with a 17-3 overall record and is 6-1 in ACC action. They are led by the No. 1-ranked singles player in the nation, Jamie Loeb and seventh-ranked Hayley Carter. The duo form the third-ranked doubles team in the country.
Duke comes into the weekend with an eight-match win streak and a 16-1 overall record. The Blue Devils’ lone loss on the season came in a 5-2 loss on the road at No. 13 Virginia. Sophomore Beatrice Capra ranks at No. 5 in the latest ITA singles rankings.
Pitt freshman Audrey Ann Blakely remained in the rankings for the second consecutive time, sitting at No. 114.
Admission to all home Pitt tennis matches is free. At Sunday’s match with Duke, the first 100 fans in attendance will receive Pitt roller banners.