CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The No. 11 North Carolina men's tennis (12-2) team rallied to beat seventh-ranked Texas (13-3) 4-3 on Monday at Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center in the first half of a doubleheader. North Carolina relied on the strength of its singles play to earn its first win against a Top 10 team at home since 2011, when the Tar Heels defeated No. 10 Duke on April 13 by a 4-3 count.
The Tar Heels surrendered an early 1-0 lead to the Longhorns in doubles play.
Carolina recovered in singles by taking four of the six matches after winning all but one first set.
Freshman Jack Murray got the Tar Heels on the board with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Nick Naumann on court five. Fellow freshman Ronnie Schneider, ranked 29th nationally, followed up Murray's win by overwhelming No. 22 Lloyd Glasspool in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4.
No. 47 Brett Clark continued the Tar Heels' run of wins by beating 60th-ranked George Goldhoff 6-4, 6-3.
Texas countered with consecutive wins on courts four and six.
Clement Homs of Texas rallied to defeat junior Oystein Steiro in three sets, 1-6, 6-0, 6-4 at No. 6. On court four, Adrien Berkowicz outlasted Carolina's Esben Hess Olesen, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3.
With the match knotted up 3-3, the Tar Heels' 19th-ranked Brayden Schnur battled through a long, back-and-forth third set on court one before ultimately defeating No. 31 Søren Hess-Olesen 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 to clinch the match. A handful of teammates streamed onto the court to celebrate with Schnur, a freshman from Pickering, Ontario.
"This is a great win for us," said head coach Sam Paul. "Texas has a great program. Their top three singles players are really good. Søren [Hess-Olesen] is an All-American and was a quarterfinalist in the NCAAs, so that was a big win for Brayden [Schnur].
"Overall, I was really pleased. Our doubles play needs to improve, but I liked the way we fought."
The Tar Heels will finish up Monday's doubleheader at 6 p.m. when they face Longwood.
#11 North Carolina 4, #7 Texas 3
Doubles (Team Winning Majority Of Matches Earns One Team Point)
Order of match finish: (3,1)
Singles (One Team Point Per Singles Match)
Order of match finish: (5,2,3,6,4,1)
1. #19 Brayden Schnur (UNC) d. #31 Søren Hess-Olesen (UT), 3-6, 6-2, 6-3
2. #29 Ronnie Schneider (UNC) d. #22 Lloyd Glasspool (UT), 6-4, 6-4
3. #47 Brett Clark (UNC) d. #60 George Goldhoff (UT), 6-4, 6-3
4. Adrien Berkowicz (UT) d. Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC), 2-6, 6-4, 6-3
5. Jack Murray (UNC) d. Nick Naumann (UT), 6-3, 6-1
6. Clement Homs (UT) d. Oystein Steiro (UNC), 1-6, 6-0, 6-4
Team Records: North Carolina (12-2), Texas (13-3)
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