BLACKSBURG, Va. - The 70th-ranked North Carolina men's tennis team (7-9, 0-3 ACC) fell to No. 52 Virginia Tech (10-3, 2-0 ACC) by a score of 4-3 on Friday at Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center. The Tar Heels made a strong push after trailing 3-0, but ultimately could not claim their first ACC victory.
The Hokies jumped out to an early lead, taking two of the three doubles matches to clinch the doubles point.
Carolina cruised to an early advantage in doubles when Oystein Steiro and Brett Clark defeated Trpimir Kujundzic and Marko Lovrinovic at the No. 3 seed, 8-3. However, The Hokies quickly countered by sweeping the remaining doubles matches. At the No. 1 seed, the 21st-ranked pairing of Andreas Bjerrehus and Amerigo Contini edged Esben Hess-Olesen and Maik Ulrich, 8-5. Virginia Tech took the doubles point behind the pairing of Hunter Koontz and Lucas Oliveira, who downed Nelson Vick and William Parker at No. 2 doubles, also by an 8-5 count.
In singles play, the Tar Heels put together an impressive rally that fell just short.
Joao Monteiro defeated Taylor Meyer at No. 6 singles, 6-1, 6-1, to give the Hokies a 2-0 lead. No. 73 Amerigo Contini extended the Hokies lead by taking out #35 Esben Hess-Olesen in a close match at the No. 1 seed, 6-4, 6-3.
The middle of Carolina's lineup then proceeded to run off consecutive victories. No. 114 Oystein Steiro handled Hunter Koontz, 6-4, 6-4, at the No. 5 seed to get the Tar Heels on the board. Senior William Parker then claimed a 7-5, 6-4 win over Trpimir Kujundzic at No. 4 to cut the Hokies' lead to 3-2.
Virginia Tech went on to clinch the match at the No. 2 seed, though, where the #91 Andreas Bjerrehus defeated #113 Nelson Vick, 7-6(5), 6-1.
In the final match of the day, No. 104 Brett Clark rallied to secure a victory at the No. 3 seed by a score of 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, but the effort proved too little, too late for the Heels.
Carolina will be back in action on Sunday, when they face top-ranked Virginia in Charlottesville at 1:00 p.m.
#52 Virginia Tech 4, #70 North Carolina 3
Doubles (Team Winning Majority Of Matches Earns One Team Point)
Order of match finish: (3, 1, 2)
1. #21 Bjerrehus/Contini (VT) def. Hess-Olesen/Ulrich (UNC), 8-5
2. Koontz/Oliveira (VT) def. Vick/Parker (UNC), 8-5
3. Steiro/Clark (UNC) def. Kujundzic/Lovrinovic (VT), 8-3
Singles (One Team Point Per Singles Match)
Order of match finish: (6, 1, 5, 4, 2, 3)
1. #73 Amerigo Contini (VT) def. #35 Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC), 6-4, 6-3
2. #91 Andreas Bjerrehus (VT) def. #113 Nelson Vick (UNC), 7-6(5), 6-1
3. #104 Brett Clark (UNC) def. Lucas Oliveira (VT), 3-6, 6-1, 6-4
4. William Parker (UNC) def. Trpimir Kujundzic (VT), 7-5, 6-4
5. #114 Oystein Steiro (UNC) def. Hunter Koontz (VT) 6-4, 6-4
6. Joao Monteiro (VT) def. Taylor Meyer (UNC) 6-1, 6-1
Records: North Carolina (7-9, 0-3 ACC), Virginia Tech (10-3, 2-0 ACC)