The No. 4 North Carolina men’s tennis team (15-2, 3-1 ACC) traveled to Blacksburg, Virginia, to play Virginia Tech (6-7, 1-2 ACC) and won 4-3.
The Tar Heels had a strong start by winning two of the doubles matches. Junior Robert Kelly and first-year William Blumberg, the No. 17 doubles team, won their match first 6-3. Individually, No. 61 Blumberg won 6-4, 6-2 while No. 123 Kelly lost 6-3 for both rounds. The other doubles team, senior Ronnie Schneider and sophomore Anu Kodali, won 6-4, and No. 19 Schneider won his singles matches 6-4, 6-3.
Senior Jack Murray rallied back from the unfinished doubles match, and won his singles matches 6-2, 6-3. His partner first-year Simon Soendergaard lost his singles 4-6, 6-7. Sophomore Blaine Boyden was the only Tar Heel to go into three matches, and ultimately lost.
Who stood out?
Blumberg and Schneider are the only two UNC doubles players who also won their singles matches.
When was it decided?
There was not a clear winner until the end. Although UNC had the upper hand after doubles, losing three singles matches kept the Tar Heels on their toes up until the last hit.
Why does it matter?
Coming off of a 7-0 sweep against N.C. State a few days prior, UNC was looking to increase its ACC wins. Although the Tar Heels are ranked in the top 5, the scare this match posed shows that they aren’t untouchable, even against unranked teams.
Where do they play next?
The Tar Heels will play Tulsa at home on March 25 at 1 p.m.
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