The No. 16 North Carolina men’s tennis team (13-6, 8-2 ACC) squared off against Georgia Tech (8-9, 2-5 ACC) at Chapel Hill Tennis Club today, as the Tar Heels won 7-0.
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets traveled into Chapel Hill looking to improve their record to above .500.
In senior weekend, the Tar Heels got off to a hot start in doubles. In doubles match 1, fifth-ranked senior’s Brian Cernoch and MacKiger started off strong and never looked back.
In doubles match 3, North Carolina’s senior Benjamin Sigouin and sophomore Peter Murphy defeated Georgia Tech’s Keshav Chopra and Chen Dong 6-2.
North Carolina took doubles, and went up 1-0 in the match.
In singles, match 6, sophomore Peter Murphy dominated singles play against Brandon McKinney 6-0, 6-1.
UNC went up 2-0 in the match.
Match 3 featured Kiger against Chopra. Kiger was dominant from start to finish, winning 6-3, 7-5. With Kiger’s victory the Tar Heels went 3-0 in the match.
The match that lived up to the hype was UNC’s twenty-eighth-ranked Brian Cernoch taking on Georgia Tech’s Thirtieth ranked redshirt sophomore Andres Martin in match 1. Martin took set one, 6-4 and Cernoch took set two, 6-2. In the third set, Cernoch won 6-4.
The match gave the Tar Heels their fourth point of the day going up 4-0 against the Yellow Jackets.
The Tar Heels finished strong. Logan Zapp defeated Chen Dong, Benjamin Sigouin defeated Marcus McDaniel, and Anuj Watane defeated Pablo Schlecher.
Who stood out?
UNC’s Cernoch and Kiger were perfect doubles play, not taking a beat. In a match that featured two top-10 double pairs in a 6-0 victory over the Tar Heels was spectacular. UNC for this set the mood for the rest of the day.
In singles, Georgia Tech’s Martin’s skill set was an annihilated in-doubles play after getting a full performance. He went down to the wire against Cernoch but ultimately lost in an epic battle.
When was it decided?
This match came down to the wire, even though the North Carolina looked dominant on paper. The Yellow Jackets would not go down after 2-0 in the match. In match 3, Kiger defeated Chopra 6-3, 7-5. This gave the Tar Heels a 3-0 lead in the match.
Why does it matter?
North Carolina came into the game as one of the hottest teams in the ACC play. Winners of four straight matches, the ACC standings in the Tar Heels looking to climb. The sixteenth-ranked Tar Heels have only two matches left before the ACC Championships on April 21.
As for Georgia Tech, the team was looking for its first win on the road. Besides, the Wake Forest is up for the Yellow Jackets, and their schedule includes the bottom half of the ACC teams.
This win gives UNC five straight wins this season. As one of the hottest teams in the country, the Demon Deacons knock off the Tar Heels look next week. The Winston-Salem in A win will give the Tar Heels the ACC Championships for the moment.
When do they play next?
The Tar Heels return to action on April 15 at Wake Forest in Winston-Salem at 3 p.m.
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