At 5:30 p.m. Sunday, the members of the North Carolina men’s tennis team stood in complete silence at UNC’s Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center.
Though Florida State had already clinched the match, the Tar Heels were waiting to see whether freshman Brett Clark would pull out a tiebreaker game against Florida State’s Benjamin Lock for the team’s second singles victory.
The pair had split sets, and neither had taken a commanding lead in the playoff game. But with the match on the line, Clark keyed in on Lock, and after more than two hours with his foot in the door, the freshman walked through with a win.
“Playing this high level of tennis, it’s only a couple of points that determine the outcome,” Clark said. “Especially how long the match was, there were a bunch of ups and downs.”
Like Clark’s singles match, UNC had its ups and downs this weekend.