Although they fell in doubles, William Blumberg (left) and Robert Kelly each earned impressive singles wins on Friday.
Although they fell in doubles, William Blumberg (left) and Robert Kelly each earned impressive singles wins on Friday.
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No. 5 UNC Falls At No. 2 Wake Forest, 4-3
Release: 03/10/2017
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The fifth-ranked North Carolina men’s tennis team put up a fight but eventually fell 4-3 at No. 2 Wake Forest Friday afternoon in an Atlantic Coast Conference battle. Singles wins came from junior Robert Kelly, sophomore Blaine Boyden and freshman William Blumberg, with Kelly’s and Blumberg’s coming against highly-ranked opponents.

The loss was just the second of the season for UNC (13-2), and both of those have come to teams ranked in the nation’s top two.

As winds picked up on Friday, the match was moved indoors at Wake Forest Tennis Center and the start delayed 30 minutes. When the teams did get rolling, it didn’t take long for the Demon Deacons to jump out to a lead with the doubles point, claiming wins at No. 1 and No. 3.

The host team stretched the advantage to 2-0 with a straight sets win on No. 3, where Tar Heel freshman Simon Soendergaard fell to No. 76 Borna Gojo. The Tar Heels dropped first sets on five of six courts with the exception being Court 2, where Blumberg was taking on, and defeating, the first top-20 opponent of his collegiate career. The freshman earned a straight-sets win over fifth-ranked Skander Mansouri, 6-3, 6-3.

Wake Forest then took Court 5 in straight sets, with Dennis Uspensky beating senior Jack Murray 6-2, 6-1 to put the Demon Deacons within a point of the win.

With Wake up 3-1 and on the cusp of clinching, Boyden pulled out a 7-6 victory in his second set on Court 6, claiming the tie-breaker 7-1 to keep the Tar Heels’ chances alive.

Senior Ronnie Schneider then won his second set against No. 2 Petros Chrysochos to extend the action on Court 1. Schneider lost the first in a tie-breaker, 8-6, and then claimed the second set 6-4. But Chrysochos roared to a 6-0 win in the third set to clinch the match.

The Tar Heels weren’t finished, however, with Kelly and Boyden still fighting for wins on courts 4 and 6, respectively. After dropping his first set, Kelly battled back to win the second 6-4 and then claim the third in a 7-4 tie-breaker to beat No. 37 Christian Seraphim, his highest-ranked opponent of the spring.

At No. 6, Boyden held onto the momentum after his second-set win and went on to claim the third, 7-5, improving to 11-0 in dual meets this spring.

Next up for the Tar Heels is a home match against NC State on Wednesday at 3 p.m.

March 10, 2017

Wake Forest Tennis Center

Winston-Salem, N.C.

No.  2 Wake Forest 4, No. 5 UNC 3


Order of match finish: (1,2)

1. #2 Mansouri/Seraphim d. #17 Blumberg/Kelly, 6-3

2. Soendergaard/Murray vs. Gojo/Gadjiev, 4-5

3. Chrysochos/Uspensky d. Kodali/Schneider, 6-3


Order of match finish: (3,2,5,1,4,6)

1. #2 Petros Chrysochos (WF) d. #19 Ronnie Schneider (UNC), 7-6, 4-6, 6-0

2. #61 William Blumberg (UNC) d. #5 Skander Mansouri (WF), 6-3, 6-3

3. #76 Borna Gojo (WF) d. Simon Soendergaard (UNC), 6-1, 6-3

4. #123 Robert Kelly (UNC) d. #37 Christian Seraphim (WF), 4-6, 6-4, 7-6

5. Dennis Uspensky (WF) d. Jack Murray (UNC), 6-2, 6-1

6. Blaine Boyden (UNC) d. Alan Gadjiev (WF), 3-6, 7-6(1), 7-5

Records: Wake Forest 12-1 (1-0 ACC), UNC 13-2 (1-1 ACC)

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