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@CanesMensTennis Falls to No. 11 UNC

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The University of Miami men’s tennis team fell on the road, 6-1, against No. 11 University of North Carolina Friday at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center.

“I was happy with our fight against a really good UNC team,” head coach Aljosa Piric said. “We were at match point in doubles play, [junior] Piotr [Lomacki] beat a top-20 player in the ITA singles rankings and we had great opportunities at several other spots in the lineup. We have to continue to believe that we will make a breakthrough soon. We will have another opportunity against Wake Forest on Sunday.”

In doubles play, UNC’s (17-2, 4-1 ACC) Anu Kodali and Ronnie Schneider bested juniors Kevin Bondar and Christian Langmo, 6-4.

Moments later, juniors Piotr Lomacki and Nile Clark took down Jack Murray and Simon Soendergaard, 6-3. With the victory, the duo improved to 9-1 as a tandem this spring.

The Tar Heels closed out doubles play with No. 16 William Blumberg and Robert Kelly taking the final three games to defeat seniors Jesse Flores and Max Andrews, 7-5.

Following the doubles point, North Carolina quickly capitalized in singles play when Murray took down Bondar, 6-1, 6-0.

At No. 3, Andrews fell to No. 54 Kelly, 3-6, 2-6, while on court six Blaine Boyden defeated Clark, 6-3, 6-3, as North Carolina was able to clinch the match.

Play continued on courts one, two and four, as Flores dropped a back-and-forth match against Soendergaard, 5-7. 4-6.

In a battle against No. 19 Schneider, No. 73 Lomacki came out on top winning his eighth single match of the spring season, 7-5, 6-4. This marked the second straight year, the Native of Poland came out on top in both singles and doubles play, against the Tar Heels.

At No. 2, UNC’s No. 31 Blumberg took the opening set, 7-5, against Langmo. The Canes junior battled back to take the second set. 6-4, forcing a third set tiebreaker. Blumberg took the match, 7-5, 4-6, 1-0 (10-4).

The Hurricanes (6-8, 0-5 ACC) will travel 80 miles west to conclude their four-match road stretch in Winston-Salem, N.C., as Miami takes on top-ranked Wake Forest University Sunday at 1 p.m.

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