"We were just trying to grind it out, and it didn't happen," Monroe said. "We both missed a couple opportunities at the net."
Both Monroe and Petrone bounced back from the loss to win their singles matches.
Petrone defeated Pawel Sebastyanski in straight sets 6-4, 6-2. Monroe extended his undefeated singles streak to six matches and won decisively against Sudhaker 6-2, 6-3.
"In singles I played really well," Monroe said. "I've been consistently taking the ball early."
The rest of the UNC's singles matches didn't end quite so well.
Senior Chad Riley lost in straight sets to Tulsa's Sean Monk, 6-3, 6-4. Riley sat out of Friday's match because of a pulled muscle.
"His injury contributed to the loss," Paul said. "We're not putting on our best team right now."
The remaining three Tar Heel singles matches all went into the third set, where each UNC player lost.
The first to fall was Greg Archer at the fifth seed. His 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 loss clinched the win for the Golden Hurricane.
Senior David Cheatwood and sophomore Trystan Meniane both lost in the third set by a margin of two games.
Although the 6-1 score of UNC's loss to South Florida on Friday is less indicative of a close match, the individual scores show the slim margins of victory.
Petrone and Archer both fell in the third set, 6-4. The loss was Archer's first of the season.
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Cheatwood also extended his play into the third set, where his opponent, Paco Antelo, walked away with a 4-6,
6-4, 6-2 victory. The Bulls clinched the doubles point in a 8-6 match at the
No. 1 slot.
"I'm proud of my guys," Paul said. "They played even harder today than yesterday. We just came out on the short end of the stick."
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