Ronnie Schneider and Paul Oosterbaan celebrate their win in the USTA 18s doubles last Saturday.
Ronnie Schneider and Paul Oosterbaan celebrate their win in the USTA 18s doubles last Saturday.
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Schneider Grabs USTA 18s Doubles Title
Release: 08/12/2013
KALAMAZOO, MICH. - University of North Carolina incoming freshman Ronnie Schneider teamed with Paul Oosterbaan to win the United States Tennis Association's Boys' 18's doubles national championship this past Saturday in Kalamazoo, Mich.

As the No. 3 seeds, Schneider and Oosterbaan, defeated No. 4 Henry Craig, of Murrieta, Calif., and George Goldhoff, of Germantown, Tenn., 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4).  Schneider, a Bloomington, Ind., native, and Oosterbaan earned a wild card into the Main Draw of next month's U.S. Open Championships in Flushing Meadow, N.Y.

Saturday's crowd of over 1,200 is believed to be the largest to witness a doubles final in the 71-year history of the tournament.  The spectators cheered on the Kalamazoo, Mich. native, Oosterbaan, and Schneider, as they rallied from a break down, 4-5, to force the deciding second set tiebreaker.  This was the first time Schneider and Oosterbaan had played together competitively, although they have been friends since age 10. Saturday's victory was Schneider's third national title at Kalamazoo, adding to his 2011 Boys' 16's Singles and Doubles titles.

Playing the final events of his decorated junior career this summer, Schneider also helped the Midwest Section win the USTA Junior Davis Cup Team Championship two days prior to the start of Kalamazoo.  During the first weekend of July, Schneider captured the USTA National Open in Lexington, Ky., defeating fellow incoming Tar Heel freshman, Jack Murray, in the finals.


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