For the second time in the program's history, the No. 9 North Carolina men’s tennis team is headed to the NCAA Tournament semi-finals.
On Friday at the USTA National Campus, the Tar Heels (22-6, 9-3 ACC) pulled off a 4-2 upset over No. 1 Ohio State (32-3, 11-0 Big Ten), thanks to a dramatic three set finish by sophomore Benjamin Sigouin after UNC held the Buckeyes at 3-0 for a majority of the evening.
This was UNC’s second upset in the tournament. The team beat Georgia in the second round and topped the then No. 8 USC in the round of sixteen in Los Angeles, Calif. Friday’s Elite Eight matchup featured the past two NCAA runner-ups — UNC in 2017, who lost to Virginia, and OSU in 2018, who lost to Wake Forest.
Heading into Friday’s match, the Tar Heels were the underdogs — no one imagined the drama that would unfold as UNC pulled off the upset.
The doubles point came down to Court 3’s Mac Kiger and Simon Soendergaard, after William Blumberg and Blaine Boyden fell 6-1 on Court 1 and Court 2’s pairing of Sigouin and first-year Brian Cernoch won their court 6-2. The Tar Heels proved victorious with a 6-2 win from Kiger and Soendergaard, claiming an early 1-0 lead.