TULSA, OKLA. - Freshman Ronnie Schneider of the University of North Carolina men's tennis team has continued his stellar play in his first year, advancing to the main draw of the 2013 Saint Francis Intercollegiate Tennis Association Men's All-American Championships at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center at the University of Tulsa.
Schneider won three singles matches over the past three days in the Qualifying Phase of the tournament, earning a spot in the main draw which begins Thursday. He will join junior teammate Esben Hess-Olesen in the main draw. Hess-Olesen received an autiomatic bid into the main draw at a previous date.
Schneider, who less than two weeks ago won the singles championship at the UVA Ranked Plus One Tournament, improved to 7-0 in singles this fall by defeating Johnny Grimal of Memphis 6-3, 6-2 Wednesday in the third and final round of qualifying singles. He is one of 16 players to earn spots in the main draw from the qualifying phase.
Both Schneider and Hess-Olesen will be in action on Thursday morning in the first round of the main draw, which includes 64 singles players. Hess-Olesen will play Julian Lenz of Baylor at 8 a.m. Thursday while Schneider will face off against Ben McLachlan of California at 9 a.m.
The Tar Heels did not fare as well in doubles on Wednesday as both UNC doubles teams in action lost in third round action after winning in the first two rounds of Qualifying Doubles.
Oystein Steiro and Nelson Vick fell to No. 3-seeded Peter Kobelt and Kevin Metka of Ohio State 8-3 while Brett Clark and Esben Hess-Olesen lost a close decision to Nate Lammons and Alex Sanders of SMU 8-6.