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UNC Cruises Past SC State 4-0 in NCAA First Round
Release: 05/10/2014

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The seventh-ranked North Carolina men's tennis team cruised past South Carolina State 4-0 on Saturday at Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center to advance to the second round of the NCAA Men's Tennis Championships. In the earlier first round match, No. 28 South Carolina handled No. 53 George Washington 4-1.

The Tar Heels (25-5) overcame the pesky play of the MEAC-champion Bulldogs (9-8) in doubles before dominating singles competition to seal the match.

In doubles, Carolina's Ronnie Schneider and Jack Murray rebounded from a slow start to tally their 20th victory of the season with an 8-3 win over the Bulldog's Stanislav Baco and Soufiane Mouline on court three. Soon after, 25th-ranked Brayden Schnur and Brett Clark stayed hot by defeating Martin Kobza and Jiri Stiburek 8-2 on court one for their fourth consecutive victory.

Coach Sam Paul's Tar Heels then rattled off three straight matches in singles courtesy Schneider, junior Oystein Steiro and Murray to conclude a long day of men's tennis action at Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center.

Schneider, ranked No. 33 nationally, picked up the Tar Heels' first singles win with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over South Carolina State's Jiri Stuburek on court two, and Steiro followed up with a 6-3, 6-0 triumph on court four.

Carolina's flurry of singles wins concluded when Murray clinched the match minutes after Steiro's victory, cruising to a 6-2, 6-3 win at the No. 5 spot.

There were a total of four unfinished matches on Saturday afternoon. In doubles, Nelson Vick and Oystein Steiro were locked in a 5-5 tie on court two when the point was clinched. In singles, No. 15 Brayden Schnur of UNC led Martin Kobza 6-2, 4-3 on court one, No. 78 Brett Clark led the Bulldogs' Stanislav Baco 6-4, 3-2 and Tar Heel senior Nelson Vick led Martin Figura 6-2, 5-1.

"We've had a really good two weeks of practice, so we're coming in really prepared," said North Carolina head coach Sam Paul. "I was really pleased with our shot selection today, and we are looking forward to playing tomorrow."

UNC will face South Carolina in second round action on Sunday with a trip to Athens, Ga. at stake. The No. 28 Gamecocks defeated George Washington 4-1 in the 9 a.m. match on Saturday. First serve is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center and admission will be $5.

#7 North Carolina 4, South Carolina State 0

Singles (One Team Point Per Singles Match)

Order of match finish: (2,4,5)

1. #15 Brayden Schnur (UNC) vs. Martin Kobza (SCST) 6-2, 4-3, unfinished

2. #33 Ronnie Schneider (UNC) def. Jiri Stiburek (SCST) 6-3, 6-1

3. #78 Brett Clark (UNC) vs. Stanislav Baco (SCST) 6-4, 3-2, unfinished

4. Oystein Steiro (UNC) def. Soufiane Mouline (SCST) 6-3, 6-0

5. Jack Murray (UNC) def. Daniel Vala (SCST) 6-2, 6-3

6. Nelson Vick (UNC) vs. Martin Figura (SCST) 6-2, 5-1, unfinished

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

Order of match finish: (3,1)

1. #25 Brayden Schnur/Brett Clark (UNC) def. Martin Kobza/Jiri Stiburek (SCST) 8-2

2. Nelson Vick/Oystein Steiro (UNC) vs. Daniel Vala/Martin Figura (SCST) 5-5, unfinished

3. Ronnie Schneider/Jack Murray (UNC) def. Stanislav Baco/Soufiane Mouline (SCST) 8-3

Team Records: North Carolina 25-5; South Carolina State 9-8

 

#28 South Carolina 4, #53 George Washington 1

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

Order of match finish: (2,1)

1. #30 Chip Cox/Tsvetan Mihov (SC) def. #83 Francisco Dias/Julius Tverijonas (GW) 8-7 (7-5)

2. Andrew Adams/Kyle Koch (SC) def. Nikita Fomin/Danil Zelenkov (GW) 8-4

3. Thiago Pinheiro/Andrew Schafer (SC) vs. Viktor Svensson/Ulrik Thomsen (GW) 6-5, unfinished

Singles (One Team Point Per Singles Match)

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

1. #54 Andrew Adams (SC) def. Francisco Dias (GW) 7-5, 6-2

2. Nikita Fomin (GW) def. Tsvetan Mihov (SC) 6-3, 6-2

3. Thiago Pinheiro (SC) vs. Danil Zelenkov (GW) 7-5, 6-6, unfinished


4. Chip Cox (SC) def. Julius Tverijonas (GW) 6-3, 6-3


5. Kyle Koch (SC) vs. Viktor Svensson (GW) 7-6 (7-3), 6-7 (5-7), 1-0, unfinished

6. Andrew Schafer (SC) def. Ulrik Thomsen (GW) 6-4, 6-4

Team Records: George Washington 17-7; South Carolina 16-13


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