The North Carolina men’s tennis team continued its perfect start to the spring season this weekend, going undefeated and outscoring its opponents 8-0 over Saturday and Sunday.
The Tar Heels faced a serious challenge to keep that perfect record going when two top-20 teams, Illinois and South Carolina, came to Chapel Hill over the weekend. But UNC would not be phased, sweeping both the Fighting Illini and the Gamecocks to earn a 6-0 record so far this season, having outscored its opponents by a combined score of 30-0 since the Alabama Spring Shootout.
“This was our first big test," senior William Blumberg said. "The teams we played in the past were good, but these teams were kind of a level up. It was good for us to step up and show up when we really needed to.”
The Tar Heels’ highlights of the weekend came in singles play against South Carolina. Blumberg defeated defending NCAA champion Paul Jubb in straight sets, taking the first set 6-3 and the second set 6-4.
Against Illinois, North Carolina commanded the match from the start. UNC picked up its first win in doubles after the No. 7 team of Mac Kiger and Simon Soendergaard defeated their opponents 6-4. The Tar Heels clinched the doubles point after the combination of Brian Cernoch and Blumberg also won 6-4.