After breezing by Notre Dame on Friday, the No. 7 North Carolina men’s tennis team finished ITA Kick-Off Weekend with a 4-1 win over Vanderbilt on Saturday at Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center.
Head coach Sam Paul made a change in the doubles lineup prior to the start of the match. Sophomore Anu Kodali was substituted out on Court 2 in favor of Simon Soendergaard, a first-year player from Frederikssund, Denmark. Paired up with sophomore Blaine Boyden, the duo proved to be strong, as they easily defeated their opponents Lachlan McPhee and Billy Rowe.
Seniors Jack Murray and Ronnie Schneider also put on a strong performance and secured a 6-2 victory over Baker Newman and Panu Virtanen, allowing the Tar Heels to take an early 1-0 lead.
In singles play, North Carolina extended its lead to 2-0 after a straight-sets win by first-year William Blumberg. After Vanderbilt cut the lead to 2-1 with a singles win on Court 3, Murray and Schneider won their matches to give UNC the 4-1 win.
Who stood out?
In a direct contrast from Friday, Blumberg struggled with partner Robert Kelly in doubles competition, but found his stride when singles play started.