Tech sports roundup: No. 5 North Carolina deals No. 8 Lady Raiders first loss

MADISON, Wisc. — Sara Daavettila, Jessie Aney and Alexa Graham all won singles matches, helping No. 5 North Carolina down No. 8 Texas Tech 4-1 Saturday in the quarterfinals of the women’s ITA indoor national championships.


North Carolina (8-0) won the best-of-three doubles point, and ultimately clinched the match with Daavettila’s win at No. 3 singles. The Tar Heels will face No. 9 Duke on Sunday in the championship semifinals.

Texas Tech (5-1) will play No. 4 Georgia in a consolation quarterfinal. Tech’s only point came from Gabriela Talaba, who beat Alle Sanford 6-3, 6-4 at No. 1 singles.

Alex Valenstein and Lana Rush won the third doubles match, a 6-4 victory against Marika Akkerman and Makenna Jones. Rush won the first set at No. 6 singles, but the match wasn’t completed after the Tar Heels clinched the victory.


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Saturday’s Results



Note: Format is one point for winning best-of-three doubles, which is played first, and one point for each singles match won. North Carolina players listed first unless noted otherwise.

Singles: Gabriela Talaba, Texas Tech, def. Alle Sanford, 6-3, 6-4; Makenna Jones led Felicity Maltby, 6-4, 6-5, match not completed; Sara Daavettila def. Sabrina Federici, 6-3, 6-4; Jessie Aney def. Alex Valenstein, 7-5, 6-3; Alexa Graham def. Sarah Dvorak, 6-0, 6-1; Lana Rush, Texas Tech, led Chloe Ouellet-Pizer, 7-6 (3), 3-5, match not completed.

Doubles: Aney-Graham def. Federici-Dvorak, 6-4; Sanford-Daavettila def. Talaba-Maltby, 6-4; Valenstein-Rush, Texas Tech, def. Marika Akkerman-Jones, 6-4.

Records: North Carolina 8-0, Texas Tech 5-1


COLLEGE STATION — Mariah Garcia went 3 for 4 with two runs scored and four driven in Saturday as Houston beat Texas Tech 8-2, handing Tech its third consecutive loss at the Aggie Classic.

Earlier Saturday, Texas A&M beat Tech 9-5. A&M (4-0) trailed 5-4 into the sixth inning, then got a two-run single from Tori Vidales and a three-run homer from Ashley Walters.

Tech 5-0 after Breanna Russell launched a three-run homer in the third inning.

The Aggies rallied for eight runs against Tech starter Kassidy Scott (1-2), who gave up three hits and five walks.

Tech took a 2-0, first-inning lead against Houston with an RBI double from Erin Edmoudson and a run-scoring single from Kiana Workman. The Cougars, however, chased Tech starter Cheyene Powell and reliever Hannah Broseman with a five-run first inning that included a two-run double from Garcia.

Trystan Melancon (1-1) pitched a complete game for the Cougars (3-1), allowing six hits, walking one and striking out eight.



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