The North Carolina men’s tennis team is Sweet 16-bound for the fourth year in a row.
In one of the loudest and most intense matches of the year, the No. 10 Tar Heels did not break in their 4-1 win over No. 20 South Carolina on Saturday afternoon at Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center.
With a 6-4 win on Court One and a 6-4 win on Court Two, North Carolina secured the doubles point. Then, in singles, North Carolina refocused and clinched five out of six first sets — two of which had to be decided in tiebreak. First-year William Blumberg grinded out a 6-4, 6-4 win on Court 2.
Blaine Boyden was able to hold on in the second set to win 6-2, 6-4 after weathering a massive comeback. And Simon Soendergaard wrapped up the second round of the NCAA Tournament with his 7-5, 6-4 win on Court 4.
“From the start, I think we set the tone that, in my mind, we were going to have the biggest heart out of any college tennis team,” first-year Will Blumberg said. “I think we continued to show that today.”