The No.1 North Carolina men’s tennis team (12-0, 4-0 ACC) defeated No.14 South Carolina (10-6, 5-3 SEC) on Sunday with a final score of 4-3, extending its winning streak to 11 games against the Gamecocks.
After a 7-0 outdoor home win against Wofford on Wednesday, UNC traveled to Columbia, S.C. to face off against South Carolina.
In doubles, No. 5 senior Mac Kiger and senior Simon Soendergaard went up by two games over Toby Samuel and Jake Beasley. However, South Carolina would respond, and came back to win the set, 6-3.
No. 6 senior William Blumberg and junior Brian Cernoch split games with South Carolina's No. 44 Connor Thomson and Daniel Rodrigues before ultimately dropping the set, 6-3.
In singles, Cernoch lost to Samuel in two sets, 6-3, 6-1, and Blumberg fell to Rodrigues in a 6-3, 6-2 defeat. It looked like UNC's unbeaten start to the season was in jeopardy, but the Tar Heels would bounce back.
No. 55 sophomore Rinky Hijikata defeated No. 81 Raphael Lambling in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4. Additionally, No.100 Josh Peck took down Jake Beasley in a hard fought three sets, 6-2, 2-6, 6-0. After losing the first set, Soendergaard came back to win against Phillip Jordan, 6-2, 7-6, 6-2.
Finally, No. 41 Benjamin Sigouin was able to hold off Thomson in three sets, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, to clinch the UNC victory.