The No. 4 North Carolina men’s tennis team swept N.C. State with a 7-0 victory on Wednesday afternoon inside Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center. This was the Tar Heels' (14-2, 2-1 ACC) sixth straight win over the Wolfpack (9-7, 0-1 ACC).
After a rough doubles performance last Friday against Wake Forest, UNC came out ready to play against N.C. State. Senior Jack Murray and first-year Simon Soendergaard were the first to take their match with a 6-2 score. The No. 17 duo of junior Robert Kelly and first-year William Blumberg struggled against the No. 51 pairing of Alexis Galarneau and Nick Horton, dropping their match 6-3. That left the important doubles point on the rackets of senior Ronnie Schneider and sophomore Anu Kodali, who were able to finish their match strong and claim the point for their team with a 6-3 win.
The Tar Heels continued that momentum into the singles matches, where they were able to take all six opening sets. Murray made quick work of sophomore Michael Ogden, doubling his team's lead after winning in straight sets, 6-0, 6-2. Blumberg was the next off the court with a straight-sets win of his own, taking both by a 6-3 score. That left UNC only needing one more point to clinch the win, with leads on the remaining four courts.
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It was a bounce-back day for Murray in both singles and doubles after he had a couple of decisive singles losses against Duke and Wake Forest last week and was also unable to finish either of his doubles matches. Against the Wolfpack, however, he was first off the court in both doubles and singles, setting the tone for the rest of his teammates.
He got back to his winning ways and showed positive signs of again becoming a consistent presence in the bottom half of UNC’s lineup.