CARY, N.C. - The North Carolina men's tennis team continued their impressive showing at the ITA Carolina Regional on Friday, with two teams advancing to the third round of the doubles draw and three players advancing to the fourth round of the singles draw at Cary Tennis Park.
In a matchup of Tar Heels, the 92nd-ranked Vick edged teammate Oystein Steiro (17-24) 7-6(5), 6-2 to move on. Schneider cruised past Campbell's Fernando Guillen (17-24) by a count of 6-2, 6-4 and Clark took out Duke's TJ Pura 6-4, 6-1.
In doubles, the No. 7 seeded team of Brett Clark and Ronnie Schneider enjoyed a first round bye before ousting NC Central's William East and Daniil Gerasimov 8-3. The Tar Heel duo of Oystein Steiro and Nelson Vick, the No. 12 seed in the tournament, defeated Charleston's Rodrigo Encinas and Alon Faiman 8-2 before dispatching NC State's pairing of Nick Horton and Thomas Weigel 8-3.
Other doubles action saw Carolina's pairing of Connor Daly and Maik Ulrich suffer an 8-4 loss at the hands of NC State. Johan Skattum and Stuart DePaolo - another Carolina duo - were also ousted by the Wolfpack in the first round.
Saturday's action will feature a number of clashes between high seeds with a spot in the final eight of both singles and doubles at stake.
Nelson Vick will face off against No. 1 seed Romain Bogaerts of Wake Forest, who also boasts a national ranking of No. 5. Ronnie Schneider will take on Duke's Michael Redlicki, the tournament's No. 3 seed who is ranked 22nd nationally. To round out the Tar Heels' singles schedule, Brett Clark will square off against No. 2 seed and 14th-ranked Tsvetan Mihov of South Carolina.
Matches will start as early as 9 a.m on Saturday.
ITA CAROLINA REGIONAL
SINGLES - THIRD ROUND (NUMBER IN PARENTHESES DENOTES SEED IF APPLICABLE)
Ronnie Schneider (11, UNC) d. Fernando Guillen (17-24, Campbell), 6-2, 6-4
Brett Clark (14, UNC) d. TJ Pura (Duke), 6-4, 6-1
DOUBLES - FIRST ROUND
Clark/Schneider (7, UNC) - BYE
Bond/Powell (NCSU) d. Daly/Ulrich (UNC), 8-4
Hublitz/Van Der Burgh (UNCW) d. Coxe/Hoskins (UNC), 8-5
McGuiness/Norenius (NCSU) d. DePaolo/Skattum (UNC), 8-3
Steiro/Vick (12, UNC) d. Encinas/Faiman (Charleston), 8-2
DOUBLES - SECOND ROUND
Clark/Schneider (7, UNC) d. East/Gerasimov (NC Central), 8-3
Steiro/Vick (12, UNC) d. Horton/Weigel (NCSU), 8-3