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UNC men’s tennis defeats Virginia Tech at home, 4-1

UNC men's tennis defeats Virginia Tech at home, 4-1

After losing its last game to Columbia, the North Carolina men’s tennis team (6-4, 1-0 ACC) bounced back Friday afternoon in its first conference game of the season to eliminate Virginia Tech ( 4-8, 0-1VAC), 4-1.

What happened?

The Hokies took an early lead, winning two of three doubles matches to secure an early lead over the Tar Heels. In the first doubles match, Virginia Tech redshirt second Jordan Chrysostom and sophomore Ryan Fishback took down North Carolina senior pair Brian Cernoch and Mac Kiger 6-3.

In Game 2, North Carolina bounced back, with freshman Casey Kania and sophomore Logan Zapp earning their own 6-3 victory to even things up at 1-1, but the Hokies won Game 3 again. by a score of 6-3 to conclude the afternoon doubles game with Virginia Tech ahead 1-0.

To start singles play, the Tar Heels won the opener, with Cernoch knocking out Fishback 6-1, 6-0 to tie the aggregate score at 1-1. In Game 2, elder Benjamin Sigouin helped North Carolina take the overall lead, knocking out Hokie sophomore Hugo Maia 6-1, 6-2 to make it 2-1, Tar Heels.

North Carolina added to its Game 3 lead with Kiger winning 6-2, 6-0 over second-placed Virginia Tech student Alvaro Ariza to push the lead to two, 3-1, and Zapp finished things off. for the Tar Heels in game five with a 7-5, 6-2 win to seal the deal on North Carolina’s 4-1 victory.

Who stood out?

It was an all-around team effort for the Tar Heels in their dominant win over the Hokies. Cernoch, Sigouin, Kiger and Zapp all had singles wins for North Carolina, with Zapp sealing the deal on the North Carolina win. Zapp also helped the Tar Heels win their only doubles match of the day, combining with Kania to outlast the Virginia Tech pair, 6-3.

For the Hokies, pairings of Chrysostom and Fishback along with senior Carlo Donato and freshman Alberto Orso, helped them get their only point, knocking out North Carolina in doubles 2-1.

When was it decided?

After falling 1-0 early, North Carolina bounced back in a big way in singles action, winning all of its games and leaving two unfinished with both Tar Heels in good standing. North Carolina got through the afternoon in about two hours with Zapp’s late win putting the icing on the cake for a team looking for its first ACC win of the season.

Why is this important?

The Tar Heels were able to kick off conference play on a high note with their dominating victory over Virginia Tech. The win allowed them to bounce back from a tough loss to a tough Columbia side to regain some confidence as the schedule begins to heat up in March. North Carolina’s win also likely puts them back in the top 25 after dropping a few spots following their loss to the Lions.

When do they play next?

The Tar Heels will be back in action on Sunday as they take on Virginia in Carrboro at Chapel Hill Tennis Club. The matchup between North Carolina and the Cavaliers will begin at 11 a.m.

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