UNC Men's Tennis Bio

Øystein Steiro

Class: Junior

Major:  Economics

Height: 6-6

Birthdate: January 1992 in Baerum, Norway

Parents:  Berit Bergsjø and Øystein Steiro, Sr.

Hometown:  Snayora, Baerum, Norway

High School: Norwegian College of Elite Sports, Baerum, Norway

General:  Full name is Øystein Steiro, Jr. ...parents are Øystein Steiro, Sr. and Berit Bergsjø ... economics major ... has a sister who reached as high as 499th in WTA rankings at age 18...stands 6-6 and plays with his right hand...active in Carolina Leadership Academy program where he was a member of the Rising Stars program in 2012-13.

Fall 2013:  Won the Norwegian championship last summer heading into his junior year...heads into spring season ranked 50th nationally in ITA doubles ranking with partner Nelson Vick...went 9-4 in singles and 8-2 in doubles during the fall campaign...played five three-set matches...played all 10 fall doubles matches with Nelson Vick, going 8-2...reached the finals of the ITA Carolinas Regional in doubles with Nelson Vick...was 4-0 in ITA All-American Championships pre-qualifying tournament in Tulsa, meriting a spot in the qualifying phase of the tournament...took third place in the Black singles draw at the Duke Fab Four Invite...paired with Nelson Vick to capture the Blue flight doubles crown at the Duke Fab Four Invite.

Sophomore Season (2012-13) Recap: Finished the year with a 19-13 overall singles record...was 14-10 in dual matches overall and 5-5 in ACC dual matches...finished 14-15 overall in doubles action...in singles play he was 5-1 at #4 singles and 9-9 at #5 singles...recorded key singles victories in two wins over Miami, in a victory over #25 Wake Forest, in an ACC win over Georgia Tech and versus nationally-ranked teams from Tennessee and Ohio State...beat 28th-ranked Connor Smith of Ohio State 7-6, 6-4 at #4 singles in a dual match against the Buckeyes...recorded important doubles victories in ACC wins over Miami (twice), Wake Forest and Georgia Tech.

Freshman Season (2011-12) Recap: Had a spectacular freshman year ... tied for the team lead in overall singles wins with 18 ...went 18-16 overall in singles, including a 12-10 mark in dual matches and a 7-4 ledger in ACC play ... compiled a 12-12 overall doubles mark ... notched singles wins in 4-2 win over #15 Illinois and in a 4-3 win over Georgia Tech ... beat Anderson Reed 6-3, 7-5 in a 4-3 win over Florida State ... defeated Jason Tahir of Duke 6-7, 6-4, 6-3 to tie the match at 3-3 in an eventual 4-3 upset win at Duke ... clinched a 4-0 win over Wake Forest in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals with a three-set win over Conner Sherwood ... posted singles wins in both NCAA Tournament matches ... beat Billy Kenny of College of Charleston 6-1, 6-0 and then defeated Taylor Patrick of Tennessee 6-2, 7-6 to give the Tar Heels a 3-0 lead in an eventual 4-0 victory over the Volunteers  ... bounced back from first-round loss in Duke Fab 4 Invite to take third-place in consolation bracket ... advanced to Round of 32 at ITA Carolinas Regional, taking down UNC-Greensboro's Jeremy Roueche (6-4, 6-4) and College of Charleston's Mickael Trintignac (6-3, 6-3) ...reached Round of 16 at ITA Carolinas Regional in doubles play with partner William Parker.

Prep Highlights: Held prep ranking of No. 1 in Norway in the 14s, 16s, and 18s ... ranked No. 33 in Europe in the 16s ... won Norwegian Championship for 16s in 2008 and for 18s in 2009 in addition to capturingone ITF singles title and two ITF doubles titles, both in Oslo ... member of Norwegian Davis Cup team ... played bandy, a Scandinavian ice skating sport, in high school as a midfielder ... was member of the top bandy team in the country ... nominee for top athlete in his high school.

Off Court with Oystein
The best thing about being a Tar Heel tennis player is: the feeling of being part of this great society.

My favorite thing about playing for Coach Paul is: his desire for making you reach your potential.

Since last year the aspect of my game I've worked on the most is: consistency in my game.

My best friend on a college tennis team is: Trym Nagelstad at Marist College.

My greatest strength as a tennis player is:  my offensive game.

Away from the tennis court and academic pursuits I like to spend time: with family and friends.

The best movie I've seen recently is:  Captain Phillips.

If I could compete in another sports at UNC it would be:  basketball.

The music act I'd most like to see in person is:  DJ Tbiffy.

The personal interest I have that might surprise my teammates is: hunting.

My favorite post-match meal would consist of:  Spaghetti Bolognese.

My favorite beverage is:  chocolate milk.

My favorite food made by a relative is: Norwegian stew made by Mom.

My favorite guilty pleasure food wise is:  Darrell Lea liquorice.

If I possessed the gift of time travel I'd like to go to:  The Viking Age.

My most prized possession is:  my car.

If I could go to dinner with a famous person it would have been:  The late Steve Jobs.

My dream job is:  managing my own company.

The most interesting person I've met at UNC is:  Professor Goldstein.


Oystein Steiro's Career Stats

Season             Singles             Doubles

Fall 2013           9-4                    8-2

2012-13             19-13                14-15

2011-12             18-16                12-12

Career Totals    46-33                34-29

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