April 1, 2018
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The No. 37 Virginia men’s tennis team (11-7, 4-3 ACC) fell 6-1 at No. 5 North Carolina (14-4, 5-1 ACC) on Sunday (April 1) at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center in Chapel Hill, N.C.
The Tar Heels won the doubles point and picked up victories on five singles courts to lead 5-0 before junior Aswin Lizen (Douglas, Island of Man) picked up a win at No. 3 singles to keep the Cavaliers from being swept.
In singles, the Tar Heels won four matches in straight sets, including a battle on court five in which freshman Kyrylo Tsygura (North Potomac, Md.) lost his second set in a tiebreaker, 8-6. Sophomore Carl Soderlund (Stockholm, Sweden) lost his first set 6-1 to No. 2 William Blumberg, but battled back to take the second set 6-4. Blumberg closed things out with a 6-2 victory in the third set.
Lizen played an intense match on court three, taking first set 6-2, but Simon Soendergaard edged Lizen 6-4 in the second to force a third set. Soendergaard was up 5-3 and serving for the match at 5-4 when Lizen broke him to tie things at 5. Lizen held serve and then broke Soendergaard again to close out the 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 victory.
The Cavaliers, who have played four straight road matches, return home to host No. 46 Miami on Friday, April 6 at 3 p.m. at the Snyder Tennis Center. Admission is free for all Virginia home tennis matches.
#5 North Carolina 6, #37 Virginia 1
1. #2 William Blumberg (NC) def. #38 Carl Soderlund (VA) 6-1, 4-6, 6-2
2. #34 Benjamin Sigouin (NC) def. #120 Gianni Ross (VA) 6-4, 6-3
3. #32 Aswin Lizen (VA) def. Simon Soendergaard (NC) 6-2, 4-6, 7-5
4. #99 Robert Kelly (NC) def. Matthew Lord (VA) 6-2, 6-2
5. Blaine Boyden (NC) def. Kyrylo Tsygura (VA) 6-3, 7-6 (8-6)
6. Mac Kiger (NC) def. Jefferson Dockter (VA) 6-3, 6-3
1. #3 William Blumberg/Robert Kelly (NC) def. Aswin Lizen/Gianni Ross (VA) 6-2
2. Benjamin Sigouin/Blaine Boyden (NC) vs. Carl Soderlund/Matthew Lord (VA) 3-4, unfinished
3. Simon Soendergaard/Mac Kiger (NC) def. Jefferson Dockter/Spencer Bozsik (VA) 6-3
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (4,6,2,1,5,3)