Not too long after Kelly and Boyden finished, senior Brett Clark won 6-1, 6-0, clinching the victory for the Tar Heels.
Piling onto the victory, Murray beat his opponent 6-3, 6-0, and Schneider won 6-4, 6-3 to extend the lead to 6-0.
Schnur was the lone North Carolina player to lose, falling 6-4, 7-6 (8-6) to put Duke on the scoreboard.
“With Duke it’s a real rivalry, but we respect them. We never take anything for granted against them,” Kelly said. “So this year winning 6-1, it’s not always going to be like that, so we just have to enjoy it and focus on the ACC Tournament because the real rivals this year are Wake (Forest) and Virginia.”
“This is something I have been looking forward to my whole life. When I started playing tennis, I started coming to these UNC-Duke matches. I was nervous in the beginning, but once I really got settled, it was just a tennis match and I executed my strategy and got it done.” — Boyden on his first experience playing in the UNC-Duke rivalry.
North Carolina’s 6-1 win over Duke is the team’s third straight win against the Blue Devils in the past two years, but the first victory for the team in Durham since April 11, 2012.
Three numbers that matter
4: Sunday’s victory solidified the Tar Heels' place as the No. 4 seed in the ACC Tournament. The team finished tied for third in ACC regular-season play with Florida State.
8: Kelly, Boyden, Clark and Murray — the first four North Carolina players who finished singles play — dropped a total of just eight games combined.
3: The 6-1 victory is the largest victory for either team against the other in three years.
North Carolina will open ACC Tournament play at 4 p.m. Friday. The Tar Heels will face the winner of Thursday’s matchup between Georgia Tech and either Boston College or Louisville.