Wake Forest also earned the next point. On Court Four, Robert Kelly was defeated 6-4, 6-4. The Tar Heels got on the board when Boyden won his match with two 6-2 sets on Court Five, bringing the overall score to 2-1 in favor of the Demon Deacons.
No. 34 Sigouin lost 7-5, 6-3 on Court Two. Wake Forest needed just one more point to win it, but the Tar Heels won the next two points with No. 2 Blumberg and Kiger’s victories on Court One and Court Six, respectively.
The match was tied at 3-3, and it all came down to UNC’s Soendergaard. After decidedly winning his first set 6-1, Soendergaard fell 7-5 in his second. The match went to a third set, and Soendergaard was unable to pull it out, losing 6-3.
This brought the final score to 4-3.
Who stood out?
Boyden had himself a day. The junior handled his Wake Forest opponent in singles, defeating him 6-2 in both sets. Boyden also took the court for doubles for the first time this season and played well in the loss.
When was it decided?
The top-five matchup was close throughout, and it wasn’t decided until Soendergaard lost in the third set of his match.
The doubles point was critical in this match, and UNC couldn’t climb back from going down 1-0 early.
Why does this matter?
The loss is UNC’s first of ACC play. North Carolina needs to bounce back quickly and focus on the rest of its ACC matchups, including a home test against Virginia on Sunday.
This will be a rematch from last year’s NCAA championship match, when UVa. defeated UNC, 4-2.
Where do they play next?
UNC will take on Virginia at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center on Sunday, April 1 at 1 p.m.
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