The No. 23 North Carolina men’s tennis team (4-1) swept both matches in its doubleheader on Wednesday, defeating both Wofford (0-7) and N.C. Central (0-5), 7-0, at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center.
UNC opened up the day with doubles play against Wofford. Sophomore Logan Zapp and first-year Casey Kania defeated Ashe Ray and Alex Horn 6-2. Then, sophomore Peter Murphy and senior Benjamin Sigouin fell to Will Fullett and Mark Endler, 6-3. To secure the point for the doubles portion of the match, seniors Mac Kiger and Brian Cernoch defeated Bryce Keim and Callum Rendle 6-4, putting the Tar Heels up 1-0.
North Carolina won all six of its singles matches, with Kiger, senior Henry Lieberman, Sigouin, junior Anuj Watane and Zapp winning in straight sets. After the No. 87 ranked Cernoch cruised to a 6-2 set over Rendle, Rendle eked out a win in the second set.
Tied six games apiece, Rendle clinched the tiebreaker 7-5 to send the singles match to a third set, a 10-point tiebreaker. Cernoch decisively won 10-5.
The doubleheader continued in the evening against N.C. Central, seeing similar results. This time, the Tar Heels swept doubles play, with Lieberman and Sigouin trouncing LaQuon Gilchrist and Shaka Cristellotti 6-2. Shortly after, Murphy and Cernoch beat Oliver Saarinen and Sebastian Pino 6-2.
The Tar Heels swept all six of their singles matches to cap off the day, with Cernoch, Watane, Sigouin, Zapp, Murphy and Lieberman picking up wins. As a team, UNC played 83 total singles games and dropped only 11.
Who stood out?
Kiger, Sigouin, Lieberman, Zapp and Watane had dominant performances, not losing a single set the entire day. Moreover, Sigouin and Watane never let their opponents win more than two games in any set during the day, with Watane not dropping any games against N.C. Central.