The No. 2 North Carolina men’s tennis team (2-0, 0-0 ACC) welcomed Duke, South Carolina and Northwestern to Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center on Jan. 24-25, where the teams squared off in a series of singles and doubles matches as part of the ITA Kickoff Weekend event.
The Tar Heels defeated Northwestern 4-0 on Sunday afternoon and advanced to the championship round on Monday, where they defeated South Carolina, 4-1. UNC players showed strength on the court both days and will use this momentum going forward with their season as it looks to bounce back after last season's cancellations.
The event started Sunday morning with South Carolina beating Duke 3-1 in singles while also claiming the doubles point for a 4-1 victory. UNC followed that with a victory later on Sunday afternoon, winning a point over Northwestern in doubles and a 3-0 tally in singles to complete a 4-0 victory.
The Tar Heels then played South Carolina in the finals on Monday afternoon. Competition was tight especially in the singles matches, but the Tar Heels pulled through at last.
“The guys were fighting their tails off today,” head coach Sam Paul said. “South Carolina always gives us a great fight, and we’re happy to be moving on.”
Who stood out?
The doubles matches were led by the UNC seniors. Paul commended seniors Josh Peck and Benjamin Sigouin for their doubles match on Monday where they played extremely well to defeat their opponent, 6-2.
Seniors Mac Kiger and Simon Soendergaard, who made a fantastic pair as an all-American doubles team last season, were neck-and-neck with their opponents in the championship match, foreshadowing the promise of another powerful duo this season.