The first real test of the season came on Saturday for the North Carolina men's tennis team, and the Tar Heels aced it.
In a battle between top-10 teams, No. 10 UNC shut out No. 7 Illinois 4-0 on Saturday at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center, as the Fighting Illini (4-1) could not overcome the Tar Heels’ quickness and power.
The top-ranked duo of senior Brett Clark and sophomore Robert Kelly opened the match with a 6-4 victory in doubles. And after UNC dropped the match on Court No. 3, juniors Jack Murray and Brayden Schnur won a tiebreaker to claim the match 7-6(3).
By clinching the crucial doubles point, North Carolina (5-0) entered the singles portion of the match with a 1-0 lead and needing only three wins in the six singles matches to secure the victory.
Kelly and Clark quickly posted wins in their singles matches, as both players defeated their opponents by scores of 6-4, 6-3. With the two victories, UNC needed only one more to win the match.