In its third-consecutive top-20 matchup, the No. 3 North Carolina men’s tennis team (7-0) faced off against No. 16 TCU (3-2) on Tuesday evening, winning 4-3 in victorious fashion.
In doubles, the Tar Heels swept the Horned Frogs. On court one, the third-ranked duo of sophomore William Blumberg and senior Robert Kelly faced off against the Horned Frogs’ 13th-ranked Alastair Gray and Alex Rybakov. Blumberg and Kelly lost the first game, but then went on to win five in a row. TCU managed to snag the seventh game to make it 5-2 before Blumberg and Kelly sealed the deal, winning 6-2.
On court two, junior Anu Kodali and first-year Ben Sigouin took care of business as well, winning 6-3. Because of the two quick North Carolina victories, the third doubles match on court three ended in a 4-4 draw.
A major switch up happened for the Tar Heels right before singles commenced. Second-ranked Blumberg was replaced by Sigouin on court one to face off against TCU’s Rybakov – the No. 31 ranked singles player in the country. The first set was back and forth with each point, eventually going into a tiebreaker. Sigouin won the tiebreaker 10-8 in dramatic fashion, giving him the first set.
By the time the first set was finished on court one, first-year Mac Kiger had already routed his opponent to the tune of 6-1, 6-2. This gave the Tar Heels a 2-0 lead overall. Shortly after Kiger’s win, junior Blaine Boyden defeated his opponent easily as well, giving UNC a 3-0 lead.