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Hess-Olesen Captures Regional Title
Release: 10/22/2012

CARY, N.C. -  University of North Carolina sophomore Esben Hess-Olesen became the first Tar Heel in three years to win the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Carolinas Regional singles championship as he defeated Cameron Silverman in straight sets at the Cary Tennis Center.


Hess-Olesen, a native of Viby, Denmark entered the tournament at the #9 seed but played excellent six matches since Thursday, including five in straight sets.  He defeated Silverman for the title Monday afternoon by a 6-2, 7-5 score.  Hess-Olesen was the first Tar Heel to win the championship since Clay Donato defeated South Carolina's Diego Cubas 6-4, 6-7, 6-4 on October 19, 2009.


Hess-Olesen now advances to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Individual Indoor Championship to be played in New York, N.Y., from November 8-11, 2012.


"Esben played great tennis this weekend," said UNC head coach Sam Paul.  "He was consistent day after day which is what you have to be when you have to win six matches in five days.  He came in as the No. 9 seed and worked his way through a bracket with a lot of very talented players amongst the top seeds.  This is a great moment for Esben and I look forward to him getting to play in New York City in a couple of weeks."


Hess-Olesen bolted to a 5-1 lead in the first set en route to winning it 6-2.  The second set was a back-and-forth encounter with seven breaks of service in the 12 games.  Hess-Olesen was up 5-3 before Silverman won two straight games.  Hess-Olesen kept his composure, however, and broke Silverman in the 11th game and then served out successfully for the win at 7-5.


2012 Intercollegiate Tennis Association Carolinas Regional

Cary Tennis Center

Cary, N.C.

October 18-22, 2012


Thursday, October 18

Singles First Round (Round of 128):  Zack Bost (Appalachian State) d. James Coxe (UNC), No Result Available;  William Parker (UNC) d. Hunter Whalen (Coastal Carolina), 6-1, 6-3;  Stuart DePaolo (UNC) d. D.J. McCall (Duke), 6-2, 6-3;  #7  Nelson Vick (UNC), Bye;  Connor Daly (UNC) d. Tyler Droll (Furman), 6-2, 6-4; Josh Levine (Duke) d. Oystein Steiro (UNC), 6-3, 6-4;  #9 Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC), bye;  Tomas Bizon (South Carolina State) d. Taylor Meyer (UNC), 6-3, 3-6, 6-4;  Brett Clark (UNC) d. Thiago Pinheiro (South Carolina), 6-3, 7-6 (3).  Andrew Gores (UNC) d. Anton Protsenko (South Carolina State), 6-3, 6-3

Singles Second Round (Round of 64):  William Parker (UNC) d. Dominique Maden (Clemson), 7-6 (3), 6-1;  Cameron Silverman (Elon) d. Stuart DePaolo (UNC), 6-4, 2-6, 6-1;  #7 Nelson Vick (UNC) d. Kaue Pereira (UNC Wilmington), 6-3, 3-6, 6-3;  Hunter Harrington (Clemson) d. Connor Daly (UNC), 7-5, 6-3;  #9 Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC) d. David Orces (The Citadel), 6-4, 6-2;  Brett Clark (UNC) d. Peter Nagovnak (Winthrop), 7-5, 6-0;  Kosta Blank (UNC Wilmington) d. Andrew Gores (UNC), 7-6 (1), 6-2

Consolation Singles First Round:  Robert Lindgren (Elon) d. James Coxe (UNC), 6-1, 6-3;  Oystein Steiro (UNC) d. Jose Fabara (N.C. Central), 6-4, 6-0;  Taylor Meyer (UNC), Bye

Friday, October 19


Singles Third Round (Round of 32):  William Parker (UNC) d. #9 Jason Tahir (Duke), 7-6 (3), 1-6, 6-3;  #7 Nelson Vick (UNC) d. Hunter Harrington (Clemson), 3-6, 7-5, 7-5;  #9 Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC) d. Josh Levine (Duke), 6-2, 6-4;  Brett Clark (UNC) d. #6 Raphael Hemmeler (Duke), 7-6 (5), 6-2

Singles Fourth Road (Round of 16):  #5 Andrew Adams d. William Parker (UNC), 6-1, 6-1;  #9 Michael Redlicki (Duke) d. #7 Nelson Vick (UNC), 6-7 (5), 7-6 (4), 6-2;  #9 Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC) d. #8 Andrew Mellow (Furman), 6-2, 6-3;  Sam Williams (UNC Wilmington) d. Brett Clark (UNC), 6-1, 6-7 (6), 6-2

Consolation Singles (Second Round):  Oystein Steiro (UNC) d. David Clavera (Campbell), 6-1, 6-2;  Taylor Meyer (UNC) d. Simon Norenius (NC State),, 6-2, 6-3

Consolation Singles (Third Round):  Oystein Steiro (UNC) d. Thomas Weigel (NC State), 6-2, 7-6 (2);  Taylor Meyer (UNC) d. Carloa Arboleda (Elon), 6-1, 3-6, 6-1


First Round (Round of 64):  Brett Clark/William Parker (UNC) d. Chip Cox/Kyle Koch (South Carolina), 8-4;  Tomas Bizon/Anton Protsenko (South Carolina State) d. Stuart DePaolo/Oystein Steiro (UNC), 9-8 (5);  Gerardo Meza/Ayrton Wibowo (Clemson) d. James Coxe/Andrew Gores, default; #7 Ebsen Hess-Olesen/Nelson Vick (UNC), Bye; Brian Allanic/Sebastian Lopez (College of Charleston) d. Connor Daly/Taylor Meyer (UNC), 8-2

Saturday, October 20


Singles Quarterfinals:  #9 Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC) d. Yanick Maden (Clemson), 6-3, 6-7 (1), 6-3

Consolation Singles (Quarterfinals):  Taylor Meyer (UNC) d. Joe Schaffer (Davidson), 5-7, 6-4, 6-3

Consolation Singles (Semifinals):  Chip Cox (South Carolina) d. Taylor Meyer (UNC), 6-4, 6-3


Second Round (Round of 32):  #7 Nelson Vick/Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC) d. Austin Powell/Thomas Wiegel (NC State), 8-6;  #6 Michael Redlicki/Jason Tahir (Duke) d. Brett Clark/William Parker (UNC), 9-8 (6)

Third Round (Round of 16):  #7 Nelson Vick/Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC) d. Pedro Mol/Zach Hablitz (UNC Wilmington), 8-5

Consolation Doubles (First Round):  Stuart DePaolo/Oystein Steiro (UNC) d. A Baro/Adrien Rossignon (Campbell), 8-6

Consolation Doubles (Second Round):  Stuart DePaolo/Oystein Steiro (UNC) d. John Schmitt/Mario Martinez (East Carolina), 8-6

Sunday, October 21


Singles Semifinals:  #9 Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC) d. #2 Chris Mengel (Duke), 7-6 (5), 6-2


Doubles Quarterfinals: #1 Henrique Cunha/Raphael Hemmeler (Duke) d. #7 Nelson Vick/Esben Hess-Olesen, 8-4

Monday, October 22

Singles Final:  #9 Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC) d. Cameron Silverman (Elon), 6-2, 7-5
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