Birthdate: October 1991 in Stillwater, Minn.
Parents: Thomas and Sena Vick
Hometown: Grafton, Wis.
High School: Marquette University High School
General: 2014 team co-captain with Esben Hess-Olesen...full name is Nelson Erik Vick...son of Thomas and Sena Vick...born in October 1991 in Edina, Minn. ... an all-around athlete who has competed in skiing, track and lacrosse in addition to tennis during his athletic career ... state champion in Wisconsin Latin Team competition...transfer from The Ohio State University where he played his first two years... had a 3.98 grade point average at Ohio State ... was ranked as high as 66th in ITA rankings at Ohio State...completed Rising Stars program in Carolina Leadership Academy in 2012-13...biology major...plans to attend medical school...his father played NCAA Division III football...an uncle played basketball at the University of Cincinnati...had another uncle play tennis at Gustavus Adolphus College.
Fall 2013: Had an excellent fall, going 8-5 in singles play and 10-3 overall in doubles...played in three tournaments in doubles with Oystein Steiro, going 8-2...won Blue Doubles flight championship with Oystein Steiro at the Duke Fab Four Invite...ITA Carolinas Regional doubles quarterfinalist with Oystein Steiro...reached A2 singles flight championship match of Wake Forest Invitational, falling to teammate Brett Clark.
Junior Season (2012-13) Recap: Named to UNC Dean's List in fall semester 2012 and spring semester 2013...also tapped for the 2012-13 ACC Academic Honor Roll...had an 18-17 overall singles record as a junior and was 18-16 overall in doubles...was 9-13 in dual match singles action....was 6-4 in doubles action playing with William Parker and 4-2 in doubles play with Maik Ulrich...Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-Academic Team honoree...scored some key singles wins for the Tar Heels in dual match victories over 25th-ranked Wake Forest, 24th-ranked Tulsa and Miami ... advanced to fourth round in singles at the ITA Carolinas Regional ... won A2 singles championship at Wake Forest Fall Invitational, beating Danny Kreyman of the Demon Deacons 6-3, 6-4 in the final ... went 3-1 in singles at the UVA Ranked +1 Invitational.
Redshirt Sophomore (2011-12) Recap at Ohio State: Academic All-Big Ten selection ... Big Ten Conference Distinguished Scholar ... finished the year with an 11-4 record in singles, including a 7-1 mark in dual matches ...was 4-3 in tournament play and 3-0 against Big 10 opponents ... won his last five singles matches of the season ... played at five different spots in singles lineup in dual match play, including a 3-0 mark at #6.
Redshirt Freshman (2010-11) Recap at Ohio State: Academic All-Big Ten selection ... Big Ten Conference Distinguished Scholar ... competed in first collegiate event at 2010 D'Novo/ITA All-American Championships, going 3-2 in singles play ... participated at 2010 Wilson Midwest Regional Tournament, finishing 1-1 ... went 6-0 to win the 2010 Big Ten Indoors Singles Championship in East Lansing, Mich., defeating teammate Peter Kobelt 7-6, 6-3 in tournament final ... began spring season ranked No. 72 nationally in singles ... ended season with a 20-4 overall mark ... began dual match play 7-0 and finished 10-1 ... picked up first career conference win with 6-1, 6-1 victory versus Penn State's Guanhua Chen ... majority of matches played came at No. 5 and 6 positions ... went 2-0 in doubles play in spring and 3-1 overall on season ... 2011 Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.
Freshman (2009-10) Recap at Ohio State: Enrolled at The Ohio State University in the spring quarter of 2010...redshirted during his true freshman season to retain fours years of eligibility.
Prep Highlights: Right-hander who was the top-ranked 2010 recruit from his home state of Wisconsin and rated 24th nationally ... ... finished prep career with a 43-17 record ... the blue-chip, five-star recruit won the 2009 St. Louis Gateway Championship ... on his way to the Boys' 18 singles title, he defeated three players ranked in the Top 25 of the tennisrecuriting.net national ratings, including No. 24 Casey MacMaster in the championship match with a 6-3, 6-2 victory ... advanced to the round of 32 at the 2009 USTA National Boys' 18s Singles Championship in Kalamazoo, Mich., after winning three consecutive matches ... advanced to the singles final of the 2009 USTA National Open in Cincinnati, Ohio, compiling five wins in the tournament ... in doubles play, he won the title with Sekou Coker Bangoura at the 2007 USTA Boys' 16 National Winter Championship in Scottsdale, Ariz. ... achieved an ATP ranking of #1498 ... had a career high of seventh in singles in USTA rankings ... won three gold balls in doubles, once in the Easter Bowl and twice in Winter Super Nationals...at Marquette University High School, he led the Hilltoppers to three consecutive Division IWIAA state titles (2007-09) ... in 2007, as a freshman, he won the state singles championship and amassed a 30-1 record at No. 1 singles ... state runner-up in singles the following two seasons ... in each of the three final appearances he faced teammate Billy Bertha, who was a member of the Wisconsin Badgers men's tennis program from 2009-13 ... led Marquette University High to three consecutive Greater Metro Conference championships.
Off Court with Nelson
The best thing about being a Tar Heel tennis player is: The sense of community that comes with representing the University of North Carolina.
My favorite thing about playing for Coach Paul is: That he truly cares about his players succeeding on the tennis court and in the rest of their lives.
Since last year the aspect of my game I've worked on the most is: My fitness.
My best friend on a college tennis team is: Wyatt Lippert at Ohio State.
My greatest strengths as a tennis player are: My competitiveness and desire to win.
Away from the tennis court and academic pursuits I like to spend time: Fishing.
The best movie I've seen recently is: Now You See Me.
If I could compete in another sport at UNC it would be: Basketball.
The music act I'd most like to see in person is: AC/DC or Luke Bryant.
The personal interest I have that might surprise my teammates is: Brewing my own craft beer.
My favorite post-match meal would consist of: Any kind of red meat.
My favorite beverage is: Chocolate malt with whipped cream.
My favorite food made by a relative is: Lefse (a Norwegian dessert).
My favorite guilty pleasure food wise is: Cheez-Its.
If I possessed the gift of time travel I'd like to go to: St. Olaf College in the late 80s to see what my parents were like when they were my age.
My most prized personal possession is: my Father's wedding ring.
If I could go to dinner with a famous person it would be: Theordore Roosevelt (my favorite president)
My dream job is: Working as a physician.
Most Interesting Person I've Met At Carolina: My roommate John Runge.
Nelson Vick's Career Stats
Season Singles Doubles
Fall 2013 8-5 10-3
2012-13 18-17 18-16
Career Totals 26-22 28-19