The No. 18 North Carolina men’s tennis team kicked off its spring season Saturday in commanding fashion.
The Tar Heels captured a 7-0 victory against Wofford and a 6-1 win against Gardner-Webb at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center.
In the opening day doubleheader, the Tar Heels won all of their doubles matches and conceded just one singles match at the end of the day against Gardner-Webb.
Coach Sam Paul recognized the good start, but admitted that the team still has a lot of work to do.
“We’ve got to get in better shape,” Paul said. “We’ve only been in school for a week, so we’ve just got to keep getting better.”
The dominant performances from the Tar Heels included convincing success in singles and doubles play from their top-seeded players, Esben Hess-Olesen and Nelson Vick.
The two played alongside each other in doubles play and won 8-1 in games against their opponents from both Wofford and Gardner-Webb. Vick, a junior, was also nearly flawless in singles matches, winning both of his matches 6-0, 6-1.
“It’s tough obviously with a doubleheader, but I feel that we were all there mentally and physically too,” said Hess-Olesen, a sophomore from Denmark. “It was a good team effort and I think we’re really ready for the season now because we got a lot of tennis in today and we know what’s coming up.”
Hess-Olesen is coming off of a strong fall season during which he won the USTA/ITA Carolinas Regional Finals and was one of 32 male players in the nation to reach the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championship in Flushing Meadow, N.Y.