TULSA, OKLA. - Freshman Ronnie Schneider went 2-0 in singles on the opening day of the 2013 Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-American Championships at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center at the University of Tulsa.
The first-year Tar Heel player from Bloomington, Ind., beat a pair of nationally-ranked opponents in the first two rounds of the main singles draw of the tournament on Thursday. He is now 5-0 in Tulsa after winning three successive matches in the Qualifying Phase of the Tournament.
Schneider is now in the Round of 16 on Friday after pulling upset wins over 27th-ranked Ben McLachlan of California and 19th-ranked Ben Wagland of Georgia. Both of those players were the #1 singles players a year ago for their respective teams.
In the morning session, Schneider defeated McLachlan in a closely-contested 6-4, 7-6 (6) match. A returning All-America, McLachlan reached the NCAA singles Round of 16 a year ago.
That set Schneider up for an ever tougher assignment in the afternoon against Wagland. But the UNC freshman showed no fear and triumphed 6-0, 3-6, 6-3. Schneider won the first eight games of the match, going up 6-0, 2-0 before losing five straight games. Wagland went on to win the second set 6-3.
The players exchanged breaks of serve over the first four games of the final set, before Schneider broke Wagland in the seventh game and went on to post a 6-3 third-set score. He is now 9-0 in fall tournaments in his freshman year.
UNC junior Esben Hess-Olesen fell in his first round match of the main draw. The 28th-ranked Hess-Olesen went up against 38th-ranked Julian Lenz of Baylorm, dropping a hard fought 7-6 (4), 7-5 decision. In the consolation bracket, Alex Sarkissian of Pepperdine (ranked #23) defeated Hess-Olesen (#28 nationally) in a hard-fought three-setter than came down to a tiebreaker 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (5).