The No. 5 North Carolina men’s tennis team lost a tightly-contested match, 4-3, to No. 2 Wake Forest, at the Wake Forest Tennis Center. This was the Tar Heels (13-2, 1-1 ACC) third straight loss to the Demon Deacons (12-1, 1-0 ACC), all by the same 4-3 score.
The scheduled outdoor match was moved inside due to the windy conditions. It did not have an effect on Wake Forest, however, as they gained an early advantage on UNC.
Junior Robert Kelly and first-year William Blumberg, the No. 17 doubles team in the country, had a tough challenge going against the No. 2 team of Skander Mansouri and Christian Seraphim. Kelly and Blumberg went down a break early, and never we’re able to climb back, dropping their match 6-3.
Senior Jack Murray and first-year Simon Soendergaard were locked in a tight set on court two when senior Ronnie Schneider and sophomore Anu Kodali dropped their match 6-3, giving the Demon Deacons the doubles point and a 1-0 advantage.
That momentum continued into singles as Wake Forest took five of six opening sets. The only Tar Heel who was successful to start his match was No. 61 Blumberg, who took the first set 6-3 against No. 5 Mansouri. The deficit would quickly double for UNC as Soendergaard lost in straight sets to Borna Gojo 6-1, 6-3. The two teams would then trade off points as Blumberg closed out his match in straight sets, and Murray lost his match in the same fashion.