UNC Men’s Tennis Places 3 in Singles Tournament

Three members of the UNC men’s tennis team will be among the 64 participants in the NCAA Men’s Singles Tennis Championship. The invitations were announced Wednesday.

Senior Brett Clark is joined by Carolina juniors Ronnie Schneider and Brayden Schnur in receiving at-large selections to the tournament.

Clark will also be taking part in the doubles bracket with sophomore doubles partner Robert Kelly.

The singles and doubles tournament will take place following the conclusion of the team championship, in which UNC is the number two overall seed.

UCN will host the College of Charleston on May 14 in the first round of the team tournament.

The singles and doubles brackets will begin play on May 25 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.


UNC Men’s Tennis Receives No. 2 NCAA Tournament Ranking

UNC men’s tennis is the number 2 overall seed in the 2016 NCAA Tournament.

The Tar Heels will host the first two rounds of the tournament May 14 and 15.

UNC will take on College of Charleston May 14 at noon.

Tickets are $5 per person and include all matches on a particular day. Children 6 and under are admitted free.
The Tar Heels are 25-4 this season and are currently ranked No. 3 nationally. They have advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals in each of the past two years.

Four Tar Heels Named All-ACC Tennis Players

Four members of the UNC men’s tennis team have been named to one of the All-ACC teams.

For the third year in a row,  juniors Ronnie Schneider and Brayden Schnur were named to the first team.

Senior Brett Clark was named to the second team, which now makes three years running.

Sophomore Robert Kelly earned his first All-ACC honor with a spot on the third team.

UNC was the only team with two members on the first team.


UNC Women’s Tennis Finish Second Straight Undefeated ACC Season

The UNC women’s tennis team finished off an undefeated conference season on Sunday with a win over No. 16 Georgia Tech.

The second-ranked Tar Heels knocked off the host Yellow Jackets by a 4-3 margin.

This is the second consecutive year that UNC finished the Atlantic Coast Conference schedule undefeated.

Georgia Tech jumped out to an early 2-0 lead before North Carolina clawed back to even the match at 2-2. The match eventually went to 3-3 with UNC senior Ashley Dai down a set. Dai mounted 6-3 and 6-2 victories to take the final two sets and claim her match and the overall victory for the Tar Heels.

UNC now goes into the ACC Championships at the Cary Tennis Center as the number one seed for the fourth consecutive year. UNC will receive a double bye and play in the quarterfinals at 10 o’clock Friday morning.

Meanwhile, the UNC men’s tennis team finished off the regular season schedule with a dominating 6-1 win at Duke on Sunday.

The fifth-ranked Tar Heels finished the regular season with a 24-3 record and a 9-3 mark in conference play.

UNC will go into the ACC Championships as the No. 4 seed, meaning the Tar Heels will receive a double bye and will begin tournament play at four o’clock Friday afternoon.


UNC Women’s Tennis Remains Undefeated in ACC Play

The North Carolina women’s tennis team is still undefeated in conference play after a pair of victories over the weekend.

The No. 2 Tar Heels improved to 12-0 on the season in Atlantic Coast Conference play with victories over Virginia Tech and Boston College.

UNC began the weekend with a trip to Blacksburg to take on the No. 30 Virginia Tech Hokies. Carolina and Va Tech were locked in a 3-3 tie and the deciding point came down to the match between UNC freshman Chloe Ouellet-Pizer and Virginia Tech senior Kelly Williford.

Williford won the opening set in a tiebreaker, but the Tar Heel rookie came back to capture the next two sets and, ultimately, another Carolina victory.

UNC finished out the weekend with a 6-1 win over Boston College on Sunday. The match marked Senior Day for UNC’s Ashley Dai, Whitney kay and Kate Vialle.

Carolina has two road matches between them and an undefeated conference season with a match at Clemson on Friday afternoon and Georgia Tech on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the North Carolina men’s tennis team entered play on Friday at No. 55 Notre Dame as the top-ranked team in the country, but Tar Heels fell behind the Fighting Irish 3-0 and were unable to come back.

The Tar Heels rallied for a 6-1 victory on the road over Boston College on Sunday afternoon to move UNC to 22-4 overall and 7-3 in conference play.

Carolina will play in its final home regular season match on Friday hosting Georgia Tech for Senior Day before travelling to Durham to finish off the regular season against the rival Blue Devils on Sunday.


UNC Men’s and Women’s Tennis Rewarded for Strong Play

North Carolina men’s and women’s tennis teams have been honored throughout the week for their play after a strong weekend.

The No. 1 Tar Heels men’s team split a weekend in Atlantic Coast Conference play with a 4-3 win over No. 3 Virginia on Friday and a loss by the same score to sixth-ranked Wake Forest on Sunday.

Carolina junior Brayden Schnur was named ACC Men’s Tennis Player of the Week by the conference after an undefeated weekend. Schnur and doubles partner Jack Murray won doubles matches against Virginia and Wake. Schnur followed that up with singles victories over the defending NCAA singles champion Ryan Shane of Virginia, who is currently ranked eighth nationally, and No. 16 Skander Mansouri of Wake Forest.

UNC is on the road this weekend with a match at Notre Dame Friday, followed by a trip to Boston College on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the UNC women’s tennis team moved up to No. 2 in the updated rankings released on Tuesday.

Carolina is still undefeated in conference play and is back in the second spot nationally, where the Tar Heels sat throughout mid-February. UNC has only been ranked outside of the top five once throughout the season.

Hayley Carter remains the No. 1 singles player in the country and makes up half of the top-ranked doubles team with Whitney Kay.

The Tar Heels host No. 37 Wednesday afternoon and have a busy weekend with a trip to No. 30 Virginia Tech on Friday before rounding out the weekend on Sunday by hosting Boston College.


UNC Tennis Teams Have Undefeated Weekend

Both of North Carolina’s top-five tennis teams came away unscathed after a weekend of Atlantic Coast Conference play.

The top-ranked men’s team cruised to victories over visiting Clemson and No. 45 Virginia Tech.

No. 1 UNC made quick work of the Tigers on Friday afternoon on the way to a 6-1 victory.

Virginia Tech, meanwhile, defeated Duke 5-2 on Friday before making the trip from Durham to Chapel Hill to take on the Tar Heels on Sunday.

UNC improved to 20-1 on the season and 5-1 in ACC play with a 5-2 victory over the Hokies Sunday afternoon.

This marks the third consecutive season the Tar Heels have reached 20 wins.

Carolina will host Virginia at three o’clock Friday afternoon.

For the fourth-ranked UNC women’s team, the weekend meant a parallel matchup with the UNC men’s basketball team as both sets of Tar Heels squared off with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

Before the UNC men’s hoops team knocked off Notre Dame to advance to the Final Four on Sunday, the Tar Heels women’s tennis team took care of the Fighting Irish on Saturday in Chapel Hill.

Carolina beat No. 42 Notre Dame 5-2 in dominating fashion.

The top-ranked doubles team in the country – Hayley Carter and Whitney Kay – continued their great play on the season as the Tar Heels secured the doubles point. Notre Dame did win two singles matches, but it was not enough as UNC moved to 19-2 overall and 7-0 in ACC play.

The Tar Heels will be back in action visiting Duke at three o’clock Tuesday afternoon.


UNC Men’s Tennis Wins Pair of ACC Matches

The UNC men’s tennis team won the first two matches of its Atlantic Coast Conference season over the weekend.

Everything started with the No. 2 Tar Heels sweeping Louisville 7-0 in the home opener on Friday in a dominating performance.

Carolina then made the road trip to Raleigh to take on No. 33 NC State on Sunday afternoon.

The match was moved indoors due to the inclement weather on the first day of Spring.

UNC took the doubles point for the third match in a row against the Wolfpack, but NC State came out strong in singles play with wins at the No. 1 and No. 2 positions giving NC State at 2-1 lead.

Victories at the No. 3 and No. 4 spots gave the Tar Heels the lead for good on the way to a 4-2 victory.

UNC is now 18-1 on the season and 3-1 in Atlantic Coast Conference play.

The Tar Heels will be back on the court on Friday hosting Clemson.


UNC Men’s and Women’s Tennis Secure Friday Victories

The UNC men’s and women’s tennis teams continued strong starts to the season on Friday.

The No. 1 men’s team finished out its non-conference schedule by shutting out No. 54 Vanderbilt 7-0 in Chapel Hill.

While Vanderbilt didn’t secure a point, the Commodores forced five of the six singles matches to go to a third set, which UNC hadn’t faced since the ITA Team Indoor Championship in mid-February.

The Tar Heels, now 15-0, will begin the Atlantic Coast Conference slate next Friday at Florida State.

Meanwhile, the third-ranked women’s team secured a 4-3 victory over No. 16 Virginia at Boar’s Head Sports Club on Friday afternoon.

UNC moved to 13-2 overall and 3-0 in the ACC with the victory.

The Tar Heels clinched the doubles point to get off to a 1-0 lead. And the two highly ranked teams went back and forth with singles victories before Kate Vialle clinched the victory for the Tar Heels.

Carolina will visit Pittsburgh at 10 o’clock Sunday morning.


UNC Men’s Tennis Coach Gets Win No. 400

North Carolina men’s tennis coach Sam Paul now has 400 career victories, after the Tar Heels secured a pair of shutouts on Monday.

Carolina hosted a pair of in-state opponents for an indoor-outdoor double-header.

The Tar Heels defeated Campbell in the outdoor afternoon match 7-0. That was Paul’s 400th victory as Carolina head coach.

UNC then swept North Carolina Central later in the evening in an indoor match.

Paul is in his 23rd season leading the Carolina men’s tennis program. This year’s team is 14-0 and ranked No. 1 for the first time in program history.

The Tar Heels are scheduled to finish off the non-conference schedule on Friday when Carolina will host Vanderbilt.