The No. 10 North Carolina men’s tennis team (9-4, 2-0 ACC) bested No. 40 Notre Dame (8-5, 0-1) 4-2 in South Bend on Friday afternoon.
The Tar Heels got off to a strong start in doubles play, clinching all three matches to take home the doubles point and gain an early lead. No. 29 ranked graduate Ryan Seggerman was unavailable, due to a minor injury, leading to a slightly altered lineup in which the No. 37 ranked pair of graduate Brian Cernoch and first year Benjamin Kittay were called up to face off against the No. 47 ranked duo of Sebastian Dominko and Conner Fu on the No. 1 court. They remained in the lead for the entirety of the match, leading 6-5 before it was called after the other two courts had finished.
First year Will Jansen and graduate Karl Poling played on the No. 2 court, and were the first to finish, securing a 6-2 victory. They were quickly followed by sophomore Casey Kania and junior Peter Murphy, who won their match 6-4.
In singles play, No. 112 ranked Jansen stepped up to play No. 2 for the second match in a row, due to Seggerman’s absence. He dominated against his opponent, utilizing his big left-handed serve to fly his way to a 6-0, 6-1 win, earning the first singles point of the night for the Tar Heels.
No. 72 ranked Cernoch, playing in the No. 1 position, got off to a slow start in his match, dropping the first set 2-6. He was able to fight back however, and draw on his strong base of experience to pull out a 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 victory against No. 38 Dominko in a strong showing of resilience.
Who stood out?
Jansen continued to impress for North Carolina, consistently playing and winning at a high level despite only being a first-year. He was able to dominate in both his doubles and singles contests to give the Tar Heels two important points in the tight match against the Irish.
Cernoch was also key in North Carolina’s winning efforts, clinching a key come-from-behind victory against a ranked opponent to give the Tar Heels the upper hand.