CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – As the Tar Heels were enjoying unprecedented success on the court this spring, the UNC men's tennis team also had an outstanding year off of it. The team's grade point average during the spring semester was 3.255, the highest in the past five years. Ten players earned semester grade point averages of 3.0 or better.
“Academic success is an important part of our program,” UNC coach Sam Paul said. “We want our players to thrive on and off the court, and this year's team was outstanding in all regards.”
In addition to the team academic success, several Tar Heels earned individual honors:
• Schneider was the recipient of an ACC Weaver-James-Corrigan Honorary Award.
• Freshmen Ladd Harrison and Simon Soendergaard qualified for Dean's List honors by earning a 3.5 or better GPA while enrolled in a full course load. (Those honors are not yet official for the spring semester.)
The All-ACC Academic team for men's tennis will be announced later in June. The ACC Academic Honor Roll, which encompasses all sports and will include numerous men's tennis players, will be announced later this summer.
The Tar Heels finished the 2017 season as the NCAA runners-up, reaching the national championship match for the first time in program history. UNC won a school-record 29 matches and finished No. 3 in the final ITA ranking, the highest to end a season in school history.
Additionally, freshman William Blumberg reached the NCAA singles championship, finishing as runner-up, and earned All-America honors in both singles and doubles. Junior Robert Kelly also was All-America in doubles. Blumberg was the ITA National Rookie of the Year, Schneider was the ITA National Senior Player of the Year and Paul was the Wilson/ITA National Coach of the Year. Blumberg also was the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA team tournament, and Kelly and sophomore Blaine Boyden joined him on the all-tournament team.