Jack Murray expected more from himself after his individual performance in the ACC Tournament. Two doubles losses, one singles loss and one unfinished singles match left a sour taste in the senior’s mouth.
In the North Carolina men’s tennis team’s 4-0 win over VCU in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, however, Murray proved to be a bright spot in the overcast Friday afternoon.
After he and Simon Soendergaard clinched the doubles point in their 6-2 win on Court Two, Murray came out strong in singles, sending aggressive, flat ground strokes from the baseline on Court Five. His 6-1, 6-1 win marked his 100th career singles win.
“Coming into school, I was talking to like my parents, saying, ‘How cool would it be to win 100 matches in college?’" Murray said. “I never thought I would ever actually be able to do it, especially when I didn’t play in my freshman fall. It just kind of happened.”
Ronnie Schneider — the other starting senior who put together a 6-3, 6-3 winning effort in singles Friday — and Murray have contributed to Tar Heel teams that have advanced to the Elite 8 in each of their three seasons at North Carolina. In 2016, they each earned All-America honors.