No. 14 Longhorns top North Carolina 6-1, win fourth straight
AUSTIN, Texas – No. 14 Texas men’s tennis claimed the doubles point and won five of six singles matches on its way to a 6-1 rout of North Carolina Tuesday evening at the Penick-Allison Tennis Center. It is the fourth consecutive win for the 10-4 Longhorns.
Texas rallied to earn the doubles point, losing at No. 3 doubles before winning at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles to take the point and assume a 1-0 lead heading into singles play.
“We've struggled in our doubles play this year and we've talked about turning momentum around a lot of times. Too often this year we've lost that point,” said head coach Michael Center. “Now we had the opportunity to take that momentum and really go after UNC in the first sets.”
Ben Chen and Daniel Whitehead won 8-4 at No. 2 doubles to split the doubles matches and improve to 5-1 as a pair in dual match play. Then UT’s 19th-ranked duo of Chris Camillone and David Holiner clinched the doubles point with their 8-6 victory over Esben Hess-Olesen and Maik Ulrich.
In singles, Lloyd Glasspool pushed the Texas lead to 2-0 with a straight set victory over Nelson Vick (6-2, 6-3). Glasspool has now won 12 of his last 14 singles matches and boasts a 10-2 record in dual match singles play, remaining undefeated when playing in the top-half of the lineup.
“I’ve put in a lot of hard work, and that seems to be paying off,” said Glasspool. “I want to keep building and keep winning, but it’s been going pretty well so far.“
At No. 4 singles, Sudanwa Sitaram topped UNC’s William Parker in straight sets (6-4, 6-1) to extend the Longhorn lead to 3-0. Sitaram fought back from a 1-4 deficit to win out the first set and win a total of nine straight games before surrendering one to Parker late in the second set.
Freshman Nick Naumann, now 8-3 in dual singles play, clinched the Longhorn victory when he won his No. 5 singles match in straight sets (6-3, 6-4) to ensure Texas’ the four-match winning streak.
After clinching the match, the Longhorns went on to win two of the three remaining singles matches. David Holiner fought back from a first-set loss to win at No. 6 singles (3-6, 6-1, 6-0). Holiner won 11 straight games to close out his victory.
At No. 3 singles, 82nd-ranked Whitehead topped UNC’s Clark 1-6, 7-6(4), 1-0 (6). The two played a super-tiebreaker in lieu of a third set since the match had already been clinched by Texas.
In the most anticipated matchup of the night, 43rd-ranked Longhorn Soren Hess-Olesen faced off against his twin brother, 35th-ranked Tar Heel Esben Hess-Olesen. The twins split the first two sets, Soren claiming the first and Esben claiming the second, before Esben broke away in the third set for a 6-4 win, claiming UNC’s lone match point of the night.
The Longhorn Network will air the match tomorrow night at 7 p.m. Central.
No. 14 Texas returns to action this Friday at 6 p.m., when they face the top-ranked Virginia Cavaliers.
1. #35 Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC) def. #43 Soren Hess-Olesen (UT) – 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
2. Lloyd Glasspool (UT) def. #113 Nelson Vick (UNC) – 6-2, 6-3
3. #82 Daniel Whitehead (UT) def. #104 Brett Clark (UNC) – 1-6, 7-6 (4), 1-0 (6)
4. Sudanwa Sitaram (UT) def. William Parker (UNC) – 6-4, 6-1
5. Nick Naumann (UT) def. #114 Oystein Steiro (UNC) – 6-3, 6-4
6. David Holiner (UT) def. Taylor Meyer (UNC) – 3-6, 6-1, 6-0
Order of finish: 2, 4, 5*, 6, 3, 1
1. #19 Chris Camillone / David Holiner (UT) def. Esben Hess-Olesen/Maik Ulrich (UNC) – 8-6
2. Ben Chen / Daniel Whitehead (UT) def. William Parker/Nelson Vick (UNC) – 8-4
3. Brett Clark/Oystein Steiro (UNC) def. Soren Hess-Olesen / Nick Naumann (UT) – 8-6