On Sunday, the North Carolina men's tennis team defeated Miami, 4-0, to finish conference play with an 11-1 record, the best mark in program history. The No. 6 Tar Heels clinched a share of first place in the ACC and will be the No. 2 seed in the ACC Championship.
Staff writer Ryan Lipton spoke with head coach Sam Paul over the phone on Tuesday afternoon about his team's strong finish to the regular season ahead of the ACC Championship this weekend. The Tar Heels will face the winner of N.C. State and Miami on Friday at 5 p.m in Cary.
The Daily Tar Heel: On Sunday, you guys beat Miami after a bunch of rain delays. What was your biggest takeaway from Sunday’s win and how does it feel to be ACC champs?
Sam Paul: First of all, to win the regular season, it’s a tough league. It is one of the toughest leagues in the country. To win the regular season is certainly a great accomplishment. Again, our guys worked hard. I am so proud of my team because they worked hard all season to get to that point to do that. I’m happy for them, but now we want to refocus to what we have been concerned about all year and get ready for the ACC Tournament.
DTH: You guys are the No. 2 overall seed in the tournament. What are you telling your team going into the first match?