Chad Riley was excited.
Excited about the North Carolina tennis team's 6-1 victory against UNC-Charlotte on Monday and excited about a chance to play college tennis back in his home state of Texas.
The Tar Heels (4-3) face a trio of teams from the Lone Star state starting Saturday against Texas, Rice and Texas A&M.
But the thought of going back home for Riley had to wait until after Monday afternoon's match against the 49ers. It was a wait that didn't last long, as UNC won five singles matches after narrowly winning the doubles point.
"They beat South Florida two days after (South Florida) beat us," UNC coach Sam Paul said. "But we've been getting better and had good practices coming into this match."
Doubles gave the Tar Heels an early edge Monday, as Nicholas Monroe and David Cheatwood fought back to get a 9-8 (10) win at the
No. 1 spot. Down two breaks and facing a 3-6 deficit, Monroe and Cheatwood reeled off four straight games for a 7-6 lead. The 49ers then held serve to force a tiebreaker.
In the tiebreaker, UNC's duo put together an intense volleying effort to force Charlotte's Ola Jonsson and Thomas Oggeson into a baseline game and win 12-10.
Paul said he was certain that Cheatwood's senior leadership could give his doubles team the close win.