Men’s Tennis Rolls Past Arizona, 4-1, Into Sweet 16

Men’s Tennis Rolls Past Arizona, 4-1, Into Sweet 16

CHAPEL HILLβ€”Peter Murphy won the clinching singles match as the 15th-ranked University of North Carolina men’s tennis team defeated No. 16 Arizona, 4-1, on Saturday afternoon in the NCAA Championship second round.

The Tar Heels advance to next weekend’s NCAA Super Regional next weekend at No. 2 overall seed Florida, which defeated Miami in the second round on Saturday in Gainesville, Fla.

Carolina won for the 10th time in its last 12 matches and improved to 18-8 this season. Arizona’s season came to an end at 21-7.

UNC advanced to the Sweet 16 for the eighth consecutive NCAA Tournament, the second-longest active streak in the country.

The Tar Heels started the day by winning the doubles point behind wins from Benjamin Sigouin and Murphy at No. 3 and Casey Kania other Logan Zapp at No. 2.

Sigouin got Carolina off to a good start in singles play with a 6-3, 6-4 win over 53rd-ranked Gusutaf Strom at No. 2, making the score 2-0. The Wildcats cut it to 2-1 with a win by Herman Hoeyeraal at No. 4 singles over Zapp.

Brian Cernoch, ranked no. 33 nationally this week in singles play, beat no. 52 Jonas Ziverts, 7-6, 6-3 at No. 1 to make the score 3-1 before Murphy won the clincher.

Tennis Match Results
Arizona vs North Carolina
May 07, 2022 at Chapel Hill, NC (Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center)
#15 North Carolina 4, #16 Arizona 1

Singles competition
1. #33 Brian Cernoch (NC) def. #52 Jonas Ziverts (ARIZ) 7-6, 6-3
2. Benjamin Sigouin (NC) def. #53 Gustaf Strom (ARIZ) 6-3, 6-4
3. MacKiger (NC) vs. Colton Smith (ARIZ) 6-7, 6-4, 5-4, unfinished
4. #116 Herman Hoeyeraal (ARIZ) def. Logan Zapp (NC) 6-4, 6-3
5. Anuj Watane (NC) vs. Carlos Hassey (ARIZ) 6-3, 2-6, 2-5, unfinished
6. Peter Murphy (NC) def. Nick Lagaev (ARIZ) 7-6, 6-4

Doubles competition
1. #50 Jonas Ziverts/Herman Hoeyeraal (ARIZ) def. #16 Brian Cernoch/MacKiger (NC) 6-6, 8-6
2. Casey Kania/Logan Zapp (NC) def. Carlos Hassey/Gustaf Strom (ARIZ) 6-6, 7-4
3. Benjamin Sigouin/Peter Murphy (NC) def. Colton Smith/Jared Horwood (ARIZ) 6-4

Match Notes:
Arizona 21-7; National ranking #16
North Carolina 18-8; National ranking #15

Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (2,4,1,6) T-3:10 A-475

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