CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - A pair of talented University of North Carolina freshman men's tennis players received honors Tuesday from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Brayden Schnur, a freshman from Pickering, Ontario, earned honors as the ITA Carolina Region Rookie Player of the Year, while Ronnie Schneider, a freshman from Bloomington, Ind., has been tapped as the ITA Carolina Region To Watch.
With the selections, both players will be eligible for the national ITA awards in those categories to be given out later this month.
Schnur enrolled at Carolina in January and embarked on a brilliant freshman campaign in which he has gone 17-4 in singles and 19-5 overall in doubles. In singles, he is 11-3 against nationally-ranked players. Schnur's play has been a key in lifting UNC to a school record 26 dual match team victories. Schnur and Schneider will lead Carolina into the NCAA Final 16 on Friday when the No. 7 Tar Heels meet No. 10 Georgia at 4 p.m. in Athens, Ga.
Schneider will join Schnur in the NCAA singles tournament upcoming next week after the team tournament has concluded. Schnur has also qualified for the doubles draw with Brett Clark.
Schneider was rock steady all year for UNC, playing at #2 behind Schnur in the singles lineup. Including fall tournament play, Schneider was 33-7 overall and 12-6 against nationally-ranked players. He was 7-3 in three-set matches and got the clincher in that fashion against South Carolina in the NCAA regional final this past Sunday as the Tar Heels won 4-1. Overall he was 26-6 in doubles, including 21-4 in dual matches with fellow Midwestern freshman Jack Murray.Schnur is currently ranked 15th in the ITA singles rankings and Schneider is 33rd. Schneider's 33 singles wins this year are three short of the school record held jointly by Roland Thornqvist in 1992-93, Nick Monroe in 2003-04 and Schneider's current teammate, sophomore Brett Clark, in 2013-14.