The No. 1 ranked North Carolina men’s tennis team opened ACC play on the road against Florida State at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. The Tar Heels suffered their first loss of the season, falling to the Seminoles 4-3 .
UNC (15-1, 0-1 ACC) and Florida State (10-4, 2-1 ACC) split the first two doubles matches. The doubles point rested on the shoulders of the Tar Heel’s top tandem of senior Brett Clark and sophomore Robert Kelly. They lost the deciding match 6-4, placing the team at a disadvantage heading into singles play.
Needing four wins in six matches for the team to clinch the victory, Clark and Kelly quickly rebounded in their individual matches, both winning in straight sets to put the Tar Heels back on top 2-1.
Following a lopsided straight-sets loss by junior Jack Murray, the teams were even at two point apiece. The Tar Heels still had their top two players in action, with juniors Brayden Schnur and Ronnie Schneider heading into decisive third sets. First-year Blaine Boyden, playing in the six position, was also headed to a third set.
After coming back from a 7-5 first-set loss to win the second set 6-2, Schnur could not keep the momentum going, and dropped the final set 6-3.