Feb. 2, 2009

Courtesy of North Carolina Athletics

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - No. 19 North Carolina dug deep to defeat No. 25 California in the final game Sunday evening in the ITA National Team Indoors Qualifying at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center 4-3.

Doubles team Brennan Boyajian and Alex Rafiee defeated their opponents at the No. 3 position 8-5, however the No. 5 doubles team of Clay Donato and Taylor Fogleman and Andrew Crone and Zach Hunter were not successful at positions No. 1 and 2, respectfully.

With the doubles point being awarded to California, the team knew they were going to have to work hard to secure the win, and that they did.

Donato, ranked No. 73 in singles, beat his opponent Kallim Stewart, ranked No. 49, 6-3, 6-1 at the No. 1 position and was the first to leave the court.  No. 59 Taylor Fogleman came from behind to beat his opponent 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 at the No. 2 position while Andrew Crone defeated his opponent 6-3, 6-4 at the No. 3 position.

Luke Mojica and Kyle Baker both lost hard fought battles, leaving only one game left to be determined.

With the score tied at 3-3, all eyes were on Brennan Boyajian as he won six straight games after being down 0-2 in the final set, clinching the match after being on the court for 2 hours and 3 minutes, securing a Tar Heel victory.

This ITA Indoor Regional was one of the toughest in the country with three of the four teams ranked in the top 25.

Earlier in the day No. 14 Michigan defeated No. 38 VCU 5-1 to move on to the National Team Indoors in Chicago.
The Tar Heel’s next match is Friday, Feb. 6th against Ohio State at 3 p.m. in the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center.