It was an opportunity for the players to support one of their teammates, and to again prove that when someone in the Tar Heel tennis family needs them, they will always be there.
Right before the season began, sophomore Blaine Boyden’s mother, Pam, was diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time. Boyden, whose win on Tuesday moved his dual-match record to 10-0, has found strength in his mom all season and finds solace every time he steps on the court.
“Right now tennis really isn’t the most important thing for me,” he said. “I’m just playing loose. It’s my escape in a way, just to go out there and have some fun.”
The day after UNC’s loss to Virginia on Feb. 19, Boyden found out that his mom was losing her hair because of the chemotherapy treatments and shaved his head to support her. All of his teammates decided the following day to shave their heads together.