The No. 8 North Carolina men’s tennis team (5-1) edged out a 4-3 win over No. 14 Illinois (3-1) at Atkins Tennis Center in Urbana, Ill., on Saturday.
The Tar Heels jumped to a 1-0 lead by clinching the doubles matchups, with wins behind partners Blaine Boyden and William Blumberg, and teammates Mac Kiger and Simon Soendergaard.
Illinois evened the score at 1-1 after the first singles match finished, when Illinois’ Keenan Mayo defeated UNC’s Brian Cernoch, 6-4, 6-2 on Court 4. After that, on Court 5, Caleb Chakravarthi earned a pair of 6-3 victories over Soendergaard, giving the Illini another point. In order to win at that point, UNC had to win three out of the next four matches.
After that, North Carolina fought back with two straight victories, taking a 3-2 lead. Junior Josh Peck won 6-3, 6-4 on Court 3 and Boyden triumphed 6-4, 7-5 on Court 6 to put the Tar Heels ahead.