CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The eighth-ranked North Carolina men's tennis team defeated No. 20 Clemson 6-1 on Senior Day at Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center. Senior Nelson Vick clinched the match in his last regular season contest in Chapel Hill with 6-1, 6-1 singles win on court six.
The Tar Heels (22-3, 9-1 ACC) extended their winning streak to seven games with Sunday's victory and concluded the spring campaign with a 13-1 regular season record at home. With the loss, Clemson dropped to 18-7 and 5-5 in the ACC.
Doubles action provided early drama for the crowd of over 200.
With the doubles point on the line, Austin Ansari and Luke Johnson rallied from down 5-2 against Carolina's pair of Ronnie Schneider and Jack Murray to knot up the match at 7-7 on court three. Schneider and Murray found renewed strength in the tiebreaker, though, taking it 7-2 for an 8-7(7-2) final and the doubles point.
In singles, all five Carolina victories came in straight sets.
Oystein Steiro got on the board first by cruising past Clemson's Austin Ansari 6-2, 6-2 on court four. Freshman Jack Murray added a 6-1, 6-1 win on court five soon after, setting up Vick for the 6-1, 6-1 clincher at No. 6 over the Tigers' Brent Lett.
After the match was sealed, No. 68 Brett Clark notched his 32nd win of 2013-14 on court three with a 6-2, 6-3 defeat of Alejandro Augusto, and 10th-ranked Brayden Schnur beat Clemon's No. 56 Hunter Harrington 6-3, 6-3 on court one in his return to the singles lineup. No. 26 Ronnie Schneider suffered only his fourth dual-match loss in the final match of the day on court two.
"Clemson has a good team and they've had a good year, so I was happy for Nelson Vick and James Coxe because they go out with a win," said head Coach Sam Paul. "Those guys are the epitome of student-athletes. Both of them are pre-med majors...They work very hard academically and they work very hard on the tennis court, too.
"We've got a long ways to go and a lot of challenges to face. We want to do well in the ACC Tournament and the NCAA Tournament. That's what we've talked about all year," added Paul.
The Tar Heels will finish up the regular season with a showdown at No. 13 Duke on Sunday at Ambler Tennis Stadium. The match is scheduled to start at 1 p.m.
#8 North Carolina 6, #20 Clemson 1
Doubles (Team Winning Majority Of Matches Earns One Team Point)
Order of match finish: (1,2,3)
Singles (One Team Point Per Singles Match)
Order of match finish: (4,5,6,3,1,2)
1. #10 Brayden Schnur (UNC) def. #56 Hunter Harrington (CU), 6-3, 6-3
2. #99 Dominique Maden (CU) def. #26 Ronnie Schneider (UNC), 7-6 (9-7), 6-2
3. #68 Brett Clark (UNC) def. Alejandro Augusto (CU), 6-2, 6-3
4. Oystein Steiro (UNC) def. Austin Ansari (CU), 6-2, 6-2
5. Jack Murray (UNC) def. Luke Johnson (CU), 6-1, 6-1
6. Nelson Vick (UNC) def. Brent Lett (CU), 6-1, 6-1
Weather: 81 degrees, sunny
Team Records: North Carolina (22-3, 9-1 ACC), Clemson (18-7, 5-5 ACC)