Coming off of a run to the Final Four of last year’s NCAA Tournament, the No. 4 North Carolina men’s tennis team is relying on senior leadership and strong doubles play to guide it to similar success early this season.
The Tar Heels topped Elon 4-0 on Saturday, led in large part by the success of their upperclassmen. The match started off with UNC taking the doubles point by way of victories from the No. 7 team of senior Simon Soendergaard and junior Mac Kiger and, later, the pairing of senior William Blumberg and sophomore Brian Cernoch.
That opening point would give North Carolina a decisive early advantage and a strong sense of momentum going into singles play.
“The doubles point is always crucial, it's important for us to come out as fast as we can,” Soendergaard said. “So far, we’ve been really good at just being on them from the beginning and really showing that they have to play good tennis to beat us.”
Following doubles play, the Tar Heels quickly sunk the Phoenixes' hopes of a comeback, with UNC winning three matches to seal a 4-0 North Carolina victory behind wins from Cernoch, Blumberg and Kiger in their respective matches.