CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The 11th-ranked North Carolina men's tennis team continued its winning ways Sunday afternoon as it defeated 13th-ranked Wake Forest 6-1 in a match played indoors at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis before a crowd of nearly 500 fans.
Carolina has now won four matches in a row, including three over Top 25 teams in the last seven days. Coach Sam Paul's Tar Heels improved to 15-2 overall with the win and now stand 2-0 in the ACC. Wake Forest fell to 9-5 with the loss as the Demon Deacons fell to 0-1 in league play.
The top half of Carolina's singles lineup was again a dominant force in the match as Brauden Schnur, Ronnie Schneider and Brett Clark swept at #1, #2 and #3. Oystein Steiro and Jack Murray also contributed singles wins for UNC.
A key to the match was UNC's improved doubles play as Carolina won handily at all three spots. It was the first doubles point victory for UNC against a Top 25 opponent since it claimed the point against Illinois on February 1.
After sweeping the doubles matches and going up 1-0, the Tar Heels clinched the match result with a trio of straight set wins. The other three matches resulted in split sets and were decided by a 10-point tiebreaker in the third set.
Oystein Steiro was the first off the court as he was dominant in a 6-1, 6-2 win over Sam Bloom at #5 singles. The matches on courts 1 and 3 ended almost simultaneously as #18 Brayden Schnur improved to 12-0 in singles this spring with a 6-2, 6-4 win over 20th-ranked Romain Bogaerts. Brett Clark snagged his 26th singles win of the 2013-14 season overall and 10th dual match triumph as the 51st-ranked Clark downed Jon Ho 6-0, 6-4 at #3.
With the set splits on the other three courts, Carolina's 32nd-ranked Ronnie Schneider persevered for a win over 48th-ranked Adam Lee 6-2, 6-7 (3), 1-0 (6). Johan Skattum of UNC fell at #6 to Nicky Kunz in 10-8 third-set tiebreaker before Jack Murray won at #4 over Maksim Kan 7-5, 4-6, 1-0 (9). That win lifted Murray to 11-3 in dual matches this spring.
Schneider continues his outstanding play for UNC as he has won eight straight singles matches. He is now 25-3 overall on the year and is 13-1 in dual matches.
UNC will host two more conference opponents next weekend. Friday's match will be against defending NCAA champion Virginia, currently ranked 5th, at 3 p.m. The Tar Heels will host Virginia Tech next Sunday at 2 p.m.
Tennis Match Results
North Carolina vs. Wake Forest
March 16, 2014 at Chapel Hill, N.C.
(Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center-Indoors)
#11 North Carolina 6, #13 Wake Forest 1
1. #18 Brayden Schnur (UNC) d. #20 Romain Bogaerts (WFU), 6-2, 6-4
2. #32 Ronnie Schneider (UNC) d. #48 Adam Lee (WFU), 6-2, 6-7 (3-7), 1-0 (10-6)
3. #51 Brett Clark (UNC) d. Jon Ho (WFU), 6-0, 6-4
4. Jack Murray (UNC) d. Maksim Kan (WFU), 7-5, 4-6, 1-0 (11-9)
5. Oystein Steiro (UNC) d. Sam Bloom (WFU), 6-1, 6-2
6. Nicky Kunz (WFU) d. Johan Skattum (UNC), 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (10-8)
North Carolina 15-2, ACC 2-0; National ranking #11
Wake Forest 9-5, ACC 0-1; National ranking #25
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (5,1,3,2,6,4)T-3:03 A-500