CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The seventh-ranked North Carolina men's tennis team will host the first two rounds of the 2014 NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championships on Saturday, May 10 and Sunday, May 11 at Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center.
Atlantic 10 champion George Washington (17-6) will take on South Carolina (15-13) at 9 a.m. on Saturday, and the seventh-seeded Tar Heels (24-5) will take on MEAC champion South Carolina State (9-7) in the following match scheduled for noon. The winners of both matches will square off on Sunday at 1 p.m. in the second round.
Carolina enters Saturday coming off an impressive run in the ACC Tournament that included wins over a pair of local rivals in No. 26 North Carolina State and No. 11 Duke.
A number of Tar Heels collected individual accolades in recent weeks. Brayden Schnur of Pickering, Ontario was named ACC Freshman of the Year and earned first-team All-ACC recognition. Freshman Ronnie Schneider was also named first-team All-ACC, while sophomore Brett Clark was recognized as second-team All-ACC. Carolina head coach Sam Paul brought home ACC Coach of the Year for the sixth time.
In the most recent ITA rankings released on May 1, Schnur (#15), Schneider (#33) and Clark (#78) continued their stays in the singles rankings. Schnur and Clark jumped 10 spots from No. 35 to No. 25 in the doubles rankings.
Tickets each day are priced at $5. They will be available at the gate and are currently on sale at the GoHeels.com Ticket Center.
Carolina has been invited to the NCAA Tournament 19 of the last 21 seasons
This year will mark the sixth time the Tar Heels have hosted an NCAA regional during head coach Sam Paul's tenure (2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2014)
The Tar Heels are 3-0 all-time against South Carolina State
Against potential second round opponents, UNC is 41-17-1 all-time against South Carolina and 9-0 against George Washington
Carolina has advanced at least past the first round in its last seven NCAA Tournament appearances
Brett Clark will be seeking his 36th singles victory of 2013-14 in the NCAA Tournament, which would tie the UNC single-season record for singles wins held by Roland Thornqvist and Nick Monroe