The final score can sometimes deceive the eyes of the true battle that took place during competition.
By merely looking at the 7-0 dominating finish by the top-ranked North Carolina men’s tennis team on Friday, the team appeared to cruise to yet another easy victory against Vanderbilt in its last nonconference match of the season.
But in actuality, the match was an all out brawl between the two teams, as the Commodores (8-6) matched the Tar Heels (15-0) point for point throughout the contest.
North Carolina played well early by capturing the doubles point, which gave the team a 1-0 advantage going into singles play. Juniors Brayden Schnur and Jack Murray contributed to the point by winning 6-3, and senior Andrew Gores and junior Ronnie Schneider seized a 6-2 victory.
After its early success, UNC endured tough singles competition that took five of the six matches to the deciding third set. Robert Kelly was the lone Tar Heel to defeat his opponent in just two sets, winning 7-5, 6-3.