While the rest of the Tar Heels hardly broke a sweat in defeating East Carolina and Longwood on Friday at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center, UNC’s top doubles pair struggled.
Junior Brett Clark and sophomore Brayden Schnur dropped their doubles match 4-6 to ECU on Friday afternoon and looked out of sync again that evening in an unfinished match against Longwood. And though they won their match 6-4 on Monday against UT-Chattanooga, they found themselves with their hands full against the scrappy Tennessee tandem .
Of course, neither outcome mattered Friday: the other two Tar Heel doubles teams won to secure the best-of-three contest. But a victory on Court 1 will be crucial against tougher opponents, as the team who wins the doubles point takes the momentum into the singles matches. Nevertheless, both Clark and Schnur shrugged off their slow start to the spring season.
“I’m not really worried,” Clark said after the courts had cleared. “It’s real early in the season. We played together last year and we struggled a little bit at the beginning of the season, too. It’s just a matter of us getting back into the groove.”