After advancing to the ACC Championship finals, the North Carolina men’s tennis team (16-8, 9-3 ACC) lost 4-3 to the Virginia (21-5, 12-0 ACC) to place second in the 2022 ACC Championship.
The Tar Heels were the third seed entering the ACC tournament and opened up play in the ACC Championship held in Rome, Ga. on Friday with a match vs. N.C. State.
North Carolina defeated N.C. State on Friday in a tight match by a score of 4-3. The Tar Heels then moved on to the semifinals where they were matched up against No. 10 Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets had a surprising upset over Wake Forest on Friday, but the Tar Heels won smoothly at a score of 4-1.
They got off to a solid start after the teams of seniors Brian Cernoch and Mac Kiger, and first-year Casey Kania and sophomore Logan Zapp defeated their opponents to claim the doubles point.
Cernoch lost his singles match early, but UNC later won three straight singles matches with victories from sophomore Peter Murphy, Kiger, and junior Anuj Watane. With this win, the team secured a spot in the finals held on Sunday morning.
North Carolina’s matchup against Virginia in the ACC final felt all too familiar to the team's 4-3 defeat to the Cavaliers last year in Rome.
The Tar Heels lost the first doubles match to finish after Kania and Zapp were taken down 6-2. However, the teams of Cernoch and Kiger and Murphy and Sigouin won their matches by scores of 7-5 and 7-6 respectively to secure the doubles point.
Virginia proved dominant in singles play. Court 6 was the first to finish where Murphy lost in two sets by scores of 6-3 and 6-1 to his opponent. The Cavaliers got two more consecutive wins to bring the score to 3-1.