In singles, North Carolina was able to win three of the four finished matches, and secure the team win. Soendergaard carried his doubles success into a straight set, 6-1, 6-2 victory over Duke’s Jason Lapidus.
“In my singles, I thought I played pretty steady and tried to stay solid," Soendergaard said. "I tried to work for every point so (I’m) glad that it worked out in my favor.”
On Court Four, Boyden secured North Carolina's second singles win with a score of 6-4, 6-2.
In Duke's only win, Spencer Furman took down junior Josh Peck by a 6-3, 6-3 score. But the Tar Heels came back in a hard-fought match won by first-year Brian Cernoch with a 7-6 (3), 6-3 win, the last point needed to take the team’s ACC opener over the Blue Devils.
Who stood out?
Soendergaard was a force for UNC in both singles and doubles. He won his doubles matchup with Kiger, 7-5, and dominated his singles matchup, 6-1, 6-2. Boyden also won on both sides, following a 6-4 doubles victory with a 6-4, 6-2 straight-set singles win.
When was it decided?
Cernoch claimed the deciding moment in Thursday’s matchup, with a 7-6 (3), 6-3 win over Mateas.
On the sixth shot of the final point, Cernoch hit a backhand lob past Mateas, catching him completely off-guard. Cernoch clenched his fists, looking to his teammates as they all yelled in celebration.
Why does it matter?
This is the second time UNC has played Duke this season. The first time they played was on Jan. 26, with a 4-1 win over Duke that sent them to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships. This time around, North Carolina started its ACC season off with a win over the Blue Devils.
When do they play next?
The Tar Heels will head to Blacksburg, Va., to compete against Virginia Tech this Saturday at 1 p.m.