CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The #28 North Carolina men's tennis team dropped the doubles point for the first time this year but rallied to win four singles matches to defeat #35 TCU 4-3 Sunday afternoon at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center.
Nelson Vick, Ronnie Schneider and Brett Clark posted singles wins to put UNC up 3-1 before TCU rallied to even the match at 3-3. The match came down to the #1 singles spot where UNC freshman Brayden Schnur improved to 7-0 in singles this spring by outlasting 84th-ranked Nick Chappell of the Horned Frogs 6-1, 3-6, 6-3.
With the victory, the Tar Heels improved to 8-1 on the season while the Horned Frogs fell to 1-2.
The day did not start out so promising for the Heels as for the first time in nine matches they dropped the doubles point. It came down to a tiebreaker at #2 doubles where Arnau Dachs and Trey Daniel of the Horned Frogs won a tiebreaker from Carolina's Nelson Vick and Esben Hess-Olesen, 6-5 (7-3).
Carolina showed its resiliency by bouncing back to win the first set in five of the six singles matches. UNC would go on to win four of those matches while splitting a pair of three-set decisions with the Horned Frogs.
Senior co-captain Nelson Vick evened the match with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Andres Alfonzo at #6 singles. A few minutes later, freshman Ronnie Schneider improved to 20-3 in singles play this school year (8-1 in dual matches) by defeating Dachs 6-4, 6-4 at #2 singles.
In a battle of nationally-ranked players, #36 Brett Clark of UNC ended a personal three-match losing streak in singles by defeating #118 Facundo Lugones of TCU 6-5 (7-0), 6-2.
The Horned Frogs fought back with wins at #5 and #4 singles to even things up at 3-3. When those two matches ended, Brayden Schnur and Nick Chappell were on serve on court 1 in the third set at 3-3. Schnur then won three straight games to seize the win for Carolina. After holding serve to go up 4-3, Schnur broke Chappell when the latter doubled faulted on the no-ad point. Schnur then served out the match at love, recording three aces in the game to wrap things up for Carolina.
The match was played under the new experimental NCAA rules for non-conference matches. The new rules feature no-ad scoring in both singles and doubles, tiebreakers played at 5-5 in singles sets and in all doubles matches. Doubles matches are now played to just six points (previously eight).
UNC will complete its Sunday afternoon/evening doubleheader when its faces North Carolina Central at 6 p.m. at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center. The Tar Heels will then have a 13-day break from competition before hosting Navy and The Citadel at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center in a morning/evening doubleheader on Saturday, February 22.
#28 North Carolina, #35 TCU
Doubles (Team Winning Majority Of Matches Earns One Team Point)
Order of match finish: (1,3,2)
Notes: Tiebreakers played at 5-5
Singles (One Team Point Per Singles Match)
Order of match finish: (6,2,3,5,4,1)
Notes: Tiebreakers played at 5-5
1. Brayden Schnur (UNC) d. #84 Nick Chappell (TCU), 6-1, 3-6, 6-3
2. #17 Ronnie Schneider (UNC) d. Arnau Dachs (TCU), 6-4, 6-4
3. #36 Brett Clark (UNC) d. #118 Facundo Lugones (TCU), 6-5 (7-0), 6-2
4. Rodolfo Bustamante (TCU) d. Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC), 2-6, 6-2, 6-0
5. Trey Daniel (TCU) d. Jack Murray (UNC), 6-3, 6-4
6. Nelson Vick (UNC) d. Andres Alfonzo (TCU), 6-4, 6-2Team Records: North Carolina (8-1), TCU (1-2)