The No. 8 North Carolina men’s tennis team beat the heat — and Georgia Tech — on Saturday, 4-1, to earn its eighth conference win on the season.
North Carolina (17-4, 8-1 ACC) started the day strong against Georgia Tech (5-14, 1-8 ACC) with two quick doubles wins to clinch the doubles point.
On Court Three, sophomore Simon Soendergaard and his first-year partner Mac Kiger were able to take the match against the pair from Georgia Tech after a few crucial breaks early on in the set.
Next to them on Court Two, junior Blaine Boyden and first-year Ben Sigouin were able to break their opponents to win the match, and clinch the doubles point, after a long, close match. Court Two's match stayed close for its entirety until the final game: With Georgia Tech on serve at 5-4, Boyden and Sigouin broke Georgia Tech's pair to end the match.
North Carolina's doubles team on Court One — sophomore William Blumberg and senior Robert Kelly — went unfinished. When play stopped, Georgia Tech was serving for the match to defeat the top-ranked men’s doubles duo in the nation.
Despite playing extremely well in doubles, singles play did not come as easily for the Tar Heels.
On Court One, No. 2 Blumberg was up 4-0 and heading to a first set win when the tides of the game turned. Blumberg allowed his opponent to win three straight games before finally holding his serve. Blumberg finally closed the first set 6-4. Motivated after clinching the first set, Blumberg powered through the second, going up a few breaks to make the score 5-2.
Blumberg was able to serve the final game to win the match 6-4, 6-2, and he earned the Tar Heels their first singles point.