After opening the season with five consecutive shutouts, the North Carolina men’s tennis team defeated Notre Dame on Friday to start the ITA Kick-off Weekend.
The Tar Heels were met with a strong challenge from the beginning, as the Fighting Irish fought hard in doubles play. Sophomores Anu Kodali and Blaine Boyden struggled against Notre Dame first-year Ryan Kempin and sophomore Grayson Broadus, falling behind 5-1. The Tar Heel duo’s attempt to make a comeback came up short, as Kempin and Broadus defeated them 6-4.
Seniors Ronnie Schneider and Jack Murray narrowly claimed a 6-4 victory over the Fighting Irish pair of first-year Matt Gamble and sophomore Alex Lebedev. The Tar Heels' last pairing of junior Robert Kelly and star recruit William Blumberg proved to have the toughest doubles match of the day. Fighting Irish seniors Eddy Covalschi and Josh Hagar consistently pressure the two, but the Tar Heel pair defeated the Fighting Irish 7-5, allowing North Carolina to take an early 1-0 lead.