NCAA Mens Tennis

Men’s Tennis Blanks Louisville For 3-0 ACC Start

Men's Tennis Blanks Louisville For 3-0 ACC Start

LOUISVILLE, KY.—Benjamin Kittay won the clincher at No. 6 singles as the 10th-ranked University of North Carolina men’s tennis team shotout No. 20 Louisville, 4-0, on the road on Sunday afternoon.  The Tar Heels won their third match in a row to start Atlantic Coast Conference play and improved to 10-4, 3-0 ACC.

Carolina started the afternoon by winning a tough doubles point, including getting an initial win by the 56th-ranked duo of Will Jansen and Karl Poling at No. 2, 6-1. Brian Cernoch and Kittay, ranked, No. 37, won the clincher by beating 14th-ranked Fabien Salle and Natan Rodrigues in a tiebreaker, 7-6 (7-5).

UNC went 3-0 in singles play to seize the team victory. Karl Poling started things off with a 7-5, 6-0 win over Salle at No. 3, before Anuj Watane beat Andre Steinbach, 6-2, 6-1, for a 3-0 lead. Kittay won the clincher, 7-6 (7-5), 6-1.

The Tar Heels will return to action on Sunday March 12 at home against Wofford.

Tennis Match Results

North Carolina vs Louisville Men’s Tennis

3/5/2023 at Louisville, Ky.

(Bass-Rudd Tennis Center)

#10 North Carolina 4, #20 Louisville Men’s Tennis 0

 Singles competition 

1. #24 Etienne Donnet (LOU-MT) vs. #72 Brian Cernoch (NC) 6-1, 6-7, unfinished

2. #44 Natan Rodrigues (LOU-MT) vs. #112 Will Jansen (NC) 1-6, 5-6, unfinished

3. Karl Poling (NC) def. Fabien Salle (LOU-MT) 7-5, 6-0

4. Matthew Fung (LOU-MT) vs. Chris Li (NC) 6-7, 2-1, unfinished

5. Anuj Watane (NC) def. Andre Steinbach (LOU-MT) 6-2, 6-1

6. Benjamin Kittay (NC) def. David Mizrahi (LOU-MT) 7-6 (7-5), 6-1

 Doubles competition 

1. #37 Brian Cernoch/Benjamin Kittay (NC) def. #14 Fabien Salle/Natan Rodrigues (LOU-MT) 7-6 (7-5)

2. #56 Will Jansen/Karl Poling (NC) def. Alex Wesbrooks/Matthew Fung (LOU-MT) 6-1

3. Etienne Donnet/Sergio Hernandez (LOU-MT) def. Casey Kania/Peter Murphy (NC) 6-2

Match Notes:

Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (3,5,6)

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