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UNC men's tennis falls to Florida State in first matchup of ACC Tournament in Cary

UNC graduate student Ryan Seggerman waits for doubles partner, Casey Kania, to serve during the mens’ tennis match against Wake Forrest at the newly opened Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center in Chapel Hill on Sunday, April 2, 2023. UNC beat Wake Forest 4-3.

CARY, N.C. -- The North Carolina men's tennis team (17-8, 9-3 ACC) lost to Florida State (19-8, 8-4 ACC), 4-2, in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament on Friday.

What happened?

Sophomore Casey Kania and graduate student Ryan Seggerman lost the first doubles match 1-6, stealing the fifth game from Florida State. Soon after, first-year Will Jansen and graduate Karl Poling lost in a close set, 4-6. Graduate Brian Cernoch and first-year Benjamin Kittay played were down 5-3 but did not finish as Florida State claimed the double's point. 

In singles play, Kittay played in a highly competitive match, losing the first set, 7-6, and the following, 6-4. Jansen trumped Youcef Rihane in the first set, 6-1, but dropped the next two.

The number one singles match was aggressive. In the first set, Cernoch lost 6-4. He brought even more intensity to the second set and beat Florida State's Cornut-Chauvinc, 7-6. The match was ultimately unfinished in the third set due to the result of Jansen’s match. 

Seggerman beat Florida State's Loris Pourroy, 7-6, in the first set of their singles match. He won the match after a commanding 6-2 final set win.

Who stood out? 

Jansen had explosive energy throughout his matches. He was constantly getting hype with fans and increasing the overall energy of the match. Throughout his doubles match, he was serving fiercely and consistently. In his singles match, he won the first set, 6-1, and had many point-winning overhead shots Rihane struggled to return. 

When was it decided?

UNC went into tiebreakers in three of their first sets in singles play. Losing two of them left the Tar Heels in a difficult position for the rest of the day. The final two matches of the night were played by No. 1 Cernoch and No. 3 Jansen. Jansen lost before Cernoch could finish his match. The Tar Heels ultimately lost to Florida State, 4-2. 

Why does it matter?

The Tar Heels played Florida State on April 14 at home and beat the Seminoles, 4-1. Just a week later, the Seminoles beat North Carolina to advance to the ACC semifinal.

When do they play next?

The Tar Heels will not advance any further in the ACC Championship. They await a bid for the 2023 NCAA Tournament.


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