CARY, N.C. - Four members of the North Carolina men's tennis team advanced to the third round of the singles draw at the ITA Carolina Regional on Thursday at Cary Tennis Park.
Senior Nelson Vick (10), freshman Ronnie Schneider (11), sophomore Brett Clark (14) and junior Oystein Steiro (17-24) all picked up a pair of singles wins to advance. The group dropped one set collectively en route to the round of 32.
Vick, ranked 92nd nationally and the No. 10 seed in the tournament, blanked Appalachian State's Zack Bost 6-0, 6-0 before defeating Campbell's Steven Billington 6-3, 6-2 to reserve his spot in the third round.
Schneider, the fifth-ranked freshman in the nation, added to an already impressive fall campaign by handling Presbyterian's Ben Kelley 6-1, 6-0 and South Carolina's Alex Schafer 6-2, 6-4.
Oystein Steiro earned a three-set win against Steven Patrick of Winthrop before defeating UNC-Wilmington's Santtu Leskinnen in the second round. Brett Clark beat Upstate's Gonzalo Blanco 6-3, 6-0 and NC Central's Stephan Charles-Donatien 6-1, 6-0 to claim his spot in the third round.
Five Carolina players fell in the first round in play. Sophomore Stuart DePaolo outlasted Furman's Alex Christ in three sets before he was edged by Coastal Carolina's Philipe Tsangarides 6-4, 6-3 in the second round.
The third round of singles and first two rounds of doubles are slated for Friday. Matches will start as early as 9 a.m.
ITA CAROLINA REGIONAL
SINGLES - FIRST ROUND (NUMBER IN PARENTHESES DENOTES SEED IF APPLICABLE)
#92 Nelson Vick (10, UNC) d. Zack Bost (App. St.), 6-0. 6-0
Oystein Steiro (17-24, UNC) d. Steven Patrick (Winthrop), 7-5, 4-6, 6-4
Jon Ho (Wake Forest) d. James Coxe (UNC), 6-1, 6-2
Austin Ansari (Clemson) d. Johan Skattum (UNC), 6-4, 6-0
Ronnie Schneider (11, UNC) d. Ben Kelley (Presbyterian), 6-1, 6-0
Stuart DePaolo (UNC) d. Alex Christ (Furman), 6-7(4), 6-4, 2-0, ret.
Nikita Zverkov (Gardner-Webb) d. Maik Ulrich (UNC), 4-6, 6-1, 7-5
Stephan Charles-Donatien (NC Central) d. Connor Daly (UNC), 6-4, 7-5
Brett Clark (14, UNC) d. Gonzalo Blanco (Upstate), 6-3, 6-0
Leo Christofides (Coastal Carolina) d. Chad Hoskins (UNC), 7-6(3), 7-6(2)
SINGLES - SECOND ROUND
#92 Nelson Vick (10, UNC) d. Steven Billington (Campbell), 6-3, 6-2
Oystein Steiro (17-24, UNC) d. Santtu Leskinnen (UNCW), 7-6(1), 6-2
Ronnie Schneider (11, UNC) d. Andrew Schafer (USC), 6-2, 6-4
Philipe Tsangarides (Coastal) d. Stuart DePaolo (UNC), 6-4, 6-3
Brett Clark (14, UNC) d. Stephan Charles-Donatien (NC Central), 6-1, 6-0
SINGLES - CONSOLATION
James Coxe (UNC) d. Paul Cisti (Charlotte), 6-1, 6-0
Jack Williams (Charlotte) d. Johan Skattum (UNC), 6-4, 6-2
Rik van Gerwen (Campbell) d. Maik Ulrich (UNC), 6-2, 6-4
Gonzalo Blanco (USC Upstate) d. Connor Daly (UNC), 6-1, 6-3
Chad Hoskins (UNC) d. Trevor Gotkowski (Wofford), 6-3, 7-5