An opposing stable of nationally-ranked singles players was too much to overcome as Appalachian State University womens tennis dropped a 6-0 decision to No. 6 North Carolina on Wednesday at the College
of Charleston Tennis Complex.
The Mountaineers (4-9) dropped their third-straight match as they were unable to earn a single set win over the Tar Heels (14-3), who picked up their third-straight win after vaulting from No. 12 to No. 6 in the latest ITA Rankings, which were released on Tuesday.
Jessica Thaggard put up the best fight of the afternoon for the Apps as she was able to take her opponent to a tiebreaker in the first set, but ultimately fell by a 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 final at No. 5 singles.
Clare Cox and Mackenzie LaSure fell to two of the nations top players at the No. 1 and No. 2 spots, respectively. Cox was downed 6-2, 6-0 by Jamie Loeb, who entered the week as the No. 1 singles player in the nation while LaSure, who faced No. 5 Hayley Carter, fell by a final of 6-2, 6-3.
Gabrielle Wreder fell in straight sets (6-1, 6-0) at No. 3 singles while Brianna Armellino saw her six-match win streak come to an end in a 6-4, 6-1 loss at the No. 4 spot. McKayla Zupan rounded out Appalachians lineup with a 6-2, 6-1 loss at No. 6 singles.
No doubles matches were played as North Carolina had already won the match following the conclusion of No. 2 singles, which was the fourth match to finish.
The Mountaineers are off on Thursday but wrap up their week in Charleston against Southern Miss at 10 a.m. on Friday before heading to Southern Conference rival Georgia Southern on Sunday.
No.6 North Carolina 6, Appalachian State 0
Mar 12, 2014 at Charleston, S.C.
1. #1 Jamie Loeb (NC) def. Clare Cox (APP) 6-2, 6-0
2. #5 Hayley Carter (NC) def. Mackenzie LaSure (APP) 6-2, 6-3
3. Kate Vialle (NC) def. Gabrielle Wreder (APP) 6-1, 6-0
4. Ashley Dai (NC) def. Brianna Armellino (APP) 6-4, 6-1
5. Tessa Lyons (NC) def. Jessica Thaggard (APP) 7-6 (7-4), 6-4
6. Laura Slater (NC) def. McKayla Zupan (APP) 6-2, 6-1
Appalachian State 4-9
North Carolina 14-3; National ranking #6
Order of finish: Singles (3,1,4,2,6,5)
No doubles matches played
Photo Courtesy: Jessica Thaggard, ASU Athletics