The pressure was on UNC men's tennis junior Robert Kelly and first-year William Blumberg.
With teammates senior Ronnie Schneider and sophomore Anu Kodali winning 6-4, and senior Jack Murray and first-year Simon Soendergaard dropping their match 6-3, the focus in Friday's home match against Miami was solely on Blumberg and Kelly, who were trailing 5-4.
A few hits later, the duo found themselves ahead 6-5 — one more point to go for the win. Kelly stepped up to serve, sporting an ankle brace on one ankle and tape on the other. A swift holding serve pushed the No. 17 Tar Heels doubles team to 7-5, giving the UNC men’s tennis team the lead as it headed into singles. The duo’s winning streak continued into Sunday, crushing Florida State 6-2.
“They’re getting better,” head coach Sam Paul said. “It’s an adjustment because William came in in January. They have to learn each other’s stuff, indoors and outdoors.”
Kelly and Blumberg have a bond like no other. The two have played every doubles match together since Blumberg joined the team, with the exception of the Duke match on March 7. In addition, they have known each other for a few years, making playing together that much sweeter.