AUSTIN, TEXAS—Top-seeded Texas (25-3) defeated No. 16 seed North Carolina (19-9), 4-0, on Saturday night in the third round of the 2023 NCAA Championship at the Texas Tennis Center, ending the Tar Heels’ 2023 season.
The start of the match was delayed by nearly five hours due to weather conditions in the area.
Texas won the doubles point to begin the evening with a 1-0 lead. Siem Woldeab and Pierre-Yves Bailly blanked Brian Cernoch and Benjamin Kittay, 6-0, at No. 2 to seize momentum. The Longhorns’ No. 1 doubles team of Eliot Spizzirri and Cleeve Harper clinched the point when it beat Casey Kania and Ryan Seggerman, holding on a deuce point to win, 6-3.
In singles play, the Longhorns picked up wins at No. 3 over Will Jansen, No. 4 over Karl Poling and No. 5 over Kittay to move on. The Longhorns advance to next weekend’s NCAA quarterfinal round in Orlando, Fla., and will face No. 9 seed South Carolina on Thursday May 18.
Carolina’s Brian Cernoch and Ryan Seggerman (singles) and Seggerman and Casey Kania (doubles) will begin NCAA singles and doubles championship play in Orlando on May 22.
Tar Heels fall at top-seed Texas.
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— Carolina Men’s Tennis 🐏🎾 (@carolinatennis) May 14, 2023
North Carolina vs Texas
May 13, 2023 at Austin, Texas (Texas Tennis Center)
#1 Texas 4, #14 North Carolina 0
1. #1 Eliot Spizzirri (UT) vs. #43 Brian Cernoch (NC) 6-4, 6-6 (3-5), unfinished
2. #28 Pierre-Yves Bailly (UT) vs. #58 Ryan Seggerman (NC) 7-6 (8-6), 5-2, unfinished
3. #61 Micah Braswell (UT) def. Will Jansen (NC) 6-3, 6-3
4. #54 Siem Woldeab (UT) def. Karl Poling (NC) 6-4, 7-6 (7-1)
5. Cleeve Harper (UT) def. Benjamin Kittay (NC) 6-4, 6-4
6. Nevin Arimilli (UT) vs. Logan Zapp (NC) 1-6, 6-1, 3-1, unfinished
1. #3 Eliot Spizzirri/Cleeve Harper (UT) def. #9 Casey Kania/Ryan Seggerman (NC) 6-3
2. #75 Siem Woldeab/Pierre-Yves Bailly (UT) def. #33 Brian Cernoch/Benjamin Kittay (NC) 6-0
3. Chih Chi Huang/Evin McDonald (UT) vs. Will Jansen/Karl Poling (NC) 4-5, unfinished
North Carolina 19-9; National ranking #14 Texas 25-3; National ranking #1
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (3,4,5)
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