Oystein Steiro contributed to a singles and doubles win against The Citadel.
Oystein Steiro contributed to a singles and doubles win against The Citadel.
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UNC Defeats The Citadel 7-0
Release: 02/22/2014

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The 23rd-ranked North Carolina men's tennis team (11-1) extended their winning streak to six matches on Saturday evening, sweeping The Citadel (2-10) by a 7-0 count at Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center in the second half of Saturday's doubleheader.

Carolina controlled the match from the start, taking all three doubles matches to lock up the doubles point.

The Tar Heel duo of Esben Hess-Olesen and Jack Murray defeated The Citadel's Oliver Dedding and Peter Bleach 8-1 at No. 2 for the first win of the day.

At No. 3, James Coxe and Maik Ulrich clinched the doubles point by overwhelming Connor Grady and Marvin Pagayonan 8-2.

In singles, the Tar Heels collectively surrendered four games, none of which came in a first set.

Freshman Brayden Schnur, who moved up to No. 15 in the latest ITA singles rankings, earned a 6-0, 6-1 win over Elliott Sperr on court one. Junior Esben Hess-Olesen blanked Peter Bleach 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2, and fellow junior Oystein Steiro tallied a 6-0, 6-1 triumph.

In other singles results, freshman Jack Murray improved to 8-2 in dual-match singles competition with an easy 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 4. On court five, freshman Johan Skattum claimed a 6-0, 6-1 win, and sophomore Stuart DePaolo picked up a 6-0, 6-0 victory on court six.

The Tar Heels blanked Navy 7-0 in the first match of Saturday's doubleheader.

Carolina will take to the courts again when they face No. 1 Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio on Friday at 6 p.m. The Buckeyes currently boast a 181-game home winning streak, which is the longest such streak in Division I sports.

#23 North Carolina 7, The Citadel 0

Doubles (Team Winning Majority Of Matches Earns One Team Point)

Order of match finish: (2,3,1)

1. Brayden Schnur/Oystein Steiro (UNC) d. Elliott Sperr/Dillon Berkabile (CIT), 8-5

2. Esben Hess-Olesen/Jack Murray (UNC) d. Oliver Dedding/Peter Bleach (CIT), 8-1

3. James Coxe/Maik Ulrich (UNC) d. Connor Grady/Marvin Pagayonan (CIT), 8-2

Singles (One Team Point Per Singles Match)

Order of match finish: (1,5,2,6,4,3)

1. #15 Brayden Schnur (UNC) d. Elliott Sperr (CIT), 6-0, 6-1

2. Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC) d. Peter Bleach (CIT), 6-0, 6-0

3. Oystein Steiro (UNC) d. Dillon Berkabile (CIT), 6-0, 6-1

4. Jack Murray (UNC) d. Oliver Dedding (CIT), 6-0, 6-1

5. Johan Skattum (UNC) d. Joe Bove (CIT), 6-0, 6-1

6. Stuart DePaolo (UNC) d. Connor Grady (CIT), 6-0, 6-0

Team Records: North Carolina (11-1), The Citadel (2-10)

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