The North Carolina men’s tennis team opened up conference play with a 6-1 win over Duke (8-4, 1-1 ACC) at home Tuesday.
The Tar Heels (13-1, 1-0 ACC) put on a dominant performance in their first outdoor match of the season. Despite the fact junior Robert Kelly was a late scratch from the starting lineup, North Carolina proved their depth in talent from the jump, seizing the doubles point with little contest from Duke’s court.
North Carolina continued its proficiency in singles play, winning all first sets besides the one on Court 4; senior Jack Murray notched the only UNC loss on the day (6-3, 6-3). First-year William Blumberg, sophomore Arturo Schmidt and senior Ronnie Schneider took care of business in straight sets. Schneider — who won 6-3, 6-4 — sealed the win for the Tar Heels.
First-year Simon Soendergaard 7-6 (3), 2-6, 1-0 (8) and sophomore Blaine Boyden 7-6 (5), 5-7, 1-0 (2) won in third-set tiebreaks after North Carolina had already claimed the win.