As if picking up a victory over Duke isn’t enough–something the third-ranked UNC women’s tennis team did Wednesday at home–the Tar Heels also helped their coach set the program’s all-time wins record.
UNC dropped the doubles point for just the fourth time all season, but rallied for a 5-2 win over the No. 15 Blue Devils (17-4, 11-1 ACC), which suffered their first loss against conference competition in 2017.
It was the 352nd win for head coach Brian Kalbas since he took the reins in Chapel Hill following the 1998 campaign. He succeeded previous record holder Kitty Harrison, who had been in charge since 1977.
“When I was a coach at William & Mary I had so much respect and fondness for Kitty,” Kalbas said. “Whenever we played her she was always so classy. To follow her and pass her is amazing because of just how amazing she is as a person.”
The Tar Heels (25-2, 11-1 ACC) earned the win for Kalbas with a dominating performance in singles competition.
Senior Hayley Carter–the nation’s second-ranked player–clinched the match with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Duke’s Samantha Harris.
It was Carter’s 161st career singles win, which tied the ACC’s all-time record.
UNC will host Pitt and Syracuse this weekend in its final two regular season matches, before heading to the ACC Tournament.