CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The No. 59 North Carolina men's tennis team (11-12, 4-6 ACC) routed Boston College (5-15, 0-10 ACC) by a score of 7-0 in the team's regular season finale on Sunday at Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center. Seniors William Parker and Taylor Meyer both claimed singles victories in their final match in Chapel Hill, with Parker also contributing to a doubles win.
Carolina got off to a quick start, sweeping the doubles matches.
Oystein Steiro and James Coxe tallied the Tar Heels' first doubles victory with an 8-4 win on court three. The 81st-ranked pairing of Brett Clark and Esben Hess-Olesen also claimed an 8-4 victory, overwhelming Boston College's duo of Billy Gorkenberger and Kyle Childree at No. 2. In the last doubles match to conclude, No. 90 William Parker and Nelson Vick downed Philip Nelson and Michael McGinnis by another 8-4 count.
The Tar Heels were equally dominant in singles play, winning all six matches in straight sets.
Oystein Steiro notched Carolina's first singles victory with a 6-0, 6-4 win over Kyle Childree on court five. Nelson Vick added to the Tar Heel advantage on court three, where he cruised past the Eagles' Billy Gorkenberger, 6-1, 6-2.
Senior William Parker claimed a dominant 6-4, 6-0 win at No. 4 in his last match at Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center. Fellow senior Taylor Meyer finished off the day for the Heels on court six, taking a 6-3, 6-2 win in what also represented his final match in Chapel Hill.
Parker and Meyer were honored in a brief ceremony that took place between just prior to the singles matches.
"I just wanted to play as well as possible and go out strong," Parker said. "I was trying to enjoy it. It's probably one of those things that will hit you more later than it does right now. But I just tried to enjoy it."
Taylor Meyer expressed similar sentiments.
"I was telling myself to enjoy it because it was going to be the last time I played for UNC on our home courts," Meyer said. "I'm glad I got to go off on a win. That meant a lot."
Coach Sam Paul was also happy to see his two seniors get victories in their final matches in Chapel Hill.
"First of all, I want to congratulate our seniors," Paul said. "They have given us a lot of tremendous moments on these courts, so I'm really proud of both those guys...I'm happy both of them got a win.
"Our focus right now is just on the ACC Tournament and who our first opponent will be. We just want to play another match. We are playing our best tennis right now."
The Tar Heels will travel to Cary, N.C. on Thursday for the first round of the ACC Tournament. The opponent and match time is TBA.
#59 North Carolina 7, Boston College 0
Doubles (Team Winning Majority Of Matches Earns One Team Point)
Order of match finish: (3,2,1)
Singles (One Team Point Per Singles Match)
Order of match finish: (5,3,1,4,2,6)
1. #44 Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC) def. Philip Nelson (BC), 6-2, 6-3
2. Brett Clark (UNC) def. Michael McGinnis (BC), 6-3, 6-2
3. Nelson Vick (UNC) def. Billy Grokenberger (BC), 6-1, 6-2
4. William Parker (UNC) def. Matt Wagner (BC), 6-4, 6-0
5. Oystein Steiro (UNC) def. Kyle Childree (BC), 6-0, 6-4
6. Taylor Meyer (UNC) def. Klaus Puestow (BC), 6-3, 6-2
Weather Conditions: 60 degrees, sunny, windy
Records: North Carolina (11-12, 4-6 ACC), Boston College (5-15, 0-10 ACC)