CHAPEL HILL – UNC senior Gina Suarez-Malaguti’s season come to an end in the NCAA quarterfinals this weekend with a 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 loss to Texas’ Breaunna Addision.
The Tar Heel All-American rallied to take the opening set after trailing 5-3. With Addison serving for the set, Suarez-Malaguti broke to start a run of four straight games and eventually took the set, 7-5.
But the Longhorn freshman responded with a 6-1 second-set win to set up a third and deciding frame. Addison raced out to a 3-1 lead before Suarez-Malaguti got back on serve and briefly led, 4-3. Addison would take the final three games, however, and the match to advance to Sunday’s semifinals.
Despite the loss, Suarez-Malaguti compiled one of the most successful seasons in program history. The 2013 ACC Player of the Year led Carolina to an ACC regular season title as well as the ITA National Team Indoor Championship.
She became one of just four Tar Heel players to advance to the quarterfinals of the NCAA singles tournament and defeated 17 ranked opponents on the year.
Suarez-Malaguti finishes the 2012-13 season with a record of 29-9.