CARY, N.C. - The North Carolina men's tennis team put together another strong day at the ITA Carolina Regional on Saturday, tallying two singles wins and two doubles wins at Cary Tennis Park. Sophomore Brett Clark led the effort by stunning South Carolina's 14th-ranked Tsvetan Mihov en route to the singles draw semifinals.
Clark, a native of Naples, Fla., upset the second-seeded Mihov 6-3, 6-1 in the Round of 16. In the quarterfinals, Clark outlasted NC State's Thomas Weigel 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 to reserve his spot in the semifinals, which will be played on Sunday.
In doubles action, the 7th-seeded Carolina tandem of Clark and freshman Ronnie Schneider blanked Winthrop's Dylan Comerford and Peter Nagovnak 8-0 to advance to the doubles quarterfinals.
Two Tar Heels fell in singles play on Saturday. Ronnie Schneider, the tournament's No. 11 seed, fell in three sets to Duke's 22nd-ranked and third-seeded Michael Redlicki in the Round of 16. Senior Nelson Vick was also ousted in Round of 16 after being edged by Wake Forest's 5th-ranked and top-seeded Romain Bogaerts, 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-4.
Sunday's schedule will feature the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds of doubles, in addition to the semifinal round of singles.
Brett Clark will take on Elon's Cameron Silverman - the tournament's No. 5 seed who is ranked 34th nationally - in the singles semifinals.
In doubles quarterfinal action, Schneider and Clark will face Duke's top-seeded team of Michael Redlicki and Jason Tahir. Vick and Steiro will square off against UNC-Wilmington's second-seeded tandem of Rafael Aita and Sam Williams.
Matches will begin as early as 10 a.m.
ITA CAROLINA REGIONAL
SINGLES - ROUND OF 16 (NUMBER IN PARENTHESES DENOTES SEED IF APPLICABLE)
#5 Romain Bogaerts (1, WFU) d. #92 Nelson Vick (10, UNC), 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-4
#22 Michael Redlicki (3, Duke) d. Ronnie Schneider (11, UNC), 4-6, 6-0, 6-2
Brett Clark (14, UNC) d. #14 Tsvetan Mihov (2, USC), 6-3, 6-1
SINGLES - QUARTERFINALS
Brett Clark (14, UNC) d. Thomas Weigel (NCSU), 6-2, 3-6, 6-1
DOUBLES - ROUND OF 16
Clark/Schneider (7, UNC) d. Comerford/Nagovnak (Winthrop), 8-0
Steiro/Vick (12, UNC) d. #44 Dougherty/ Phillips (6, UNCG), 8-5