NCAA Mens Tennis

First Day In the Books For MTEN In Columbia

First Day In the Books For MTEN In Columbia

COLUMBIA, S.C.—Members of the University of North Carolina men’s tennis team began their fall season on Friday at the first day of Gamecock Ranked +1, hosted by the University of South Carolina. Four Tar Heels, split into two draws, combined to win three matches.

In the A draw first round, Benjamin Kittay dropped a three-set decision to Jeffrey Von der Schulenburg of Virginia, 1-6, 6-1, 6-4. Kittay rebounded to win his second match by a score of 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 over Billy Blaydes of Auburn.

Also in the A draw, Will Jansen retired while trailing, 4-3, in his first match against Jay Friend of Arizona. Jansen was unable to play his next match, allowing Martin Borisiouk of NC State to move on by walkover.

In the B draw, graduate students Anuj Watane and Karl Poling both won their opening matches. Watane beat Connor Krug of Duke, dropping the first set 4-6 before roaring back to win 6-1, 6-4. Watane dropped his second B-draw match, falling 6-3, 6-2 to Jelani Sarr of host South Carolina.


Poling won his opener 6-2, 7-5 over Edoardo Graziani of Virginia before dropping a 6-3, 6-2 match to Ozan Baris of Michigan State in his second outing.

Action at the Gamecock Ranked +1 will continue on Saturday with two rounds of doubles beginning at 9 a.m. and a round of singles at 1 p.m. The event will conclude on Sunday. 

A-draw First Round

Jeffrey Von der Schulenburg (Virginia) def. Benjamin Kittay (UNC) 1-6, 6-1, 6-4

Jay Friend (Arizona) def. Will Jansen (UNC) 4-3, ret.


B-draw First Round

Anuj Watane (UNC) def. Connor Krug (Duke) 4-6, 7-5, 6-2

Karl Poling (UNC) def. Edoardo Graziani (Virginia) 6-2, 7-5


A-draw Second Round

Benjamin Kittay (UNC) def. Billy Blaydes (Auburn) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3

Martin Borisiouk (NC State) vs. Will Jansen (UNC) walkover


B-draw Second Round

Jelani Sarr (South Carolina) def. Anuj Watane (UNC) 6-3, 6-2

Ozan Baris (Michigan State) def. Karl Poling (UNC) 6-3, 6-2


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