“Those wins are very good,” Paul said. “(Clark) played a very solid tournament. Brett fought, he stayed in there, but you got to give credit to (Vilegen). He was the better player.”
No other player besides Clark made it past the round of 16 in the singles tournament.
In total, 11 UNC players participated in the singles tournament, including doubles partners junior Oystein Steiro and senior Nelson Vick, who played against each other in the third round of the tournament. Vick won the match, 7-6(5), 6-2, but lost his next match, falling to No. 1 seed Romain Bogaerts of Wake Forest, 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-4.
In the doubles tournament, Vick and Steiro cruised to the quarterfinals, defeating Rodrigo Encinas and Alon Faiman from College of Charleston, Nick Horton and Thomas Weigel of N.C. State, and Jimmy Dougherty and Randy Phillips of UNC-Greensboro.
But the duo fell short in the quarterfinal round to Rafael Aita and Sam Williams of UNC-Wilmington, losing a close 8-7(6) match.
Clark and freshman Ronnie Schneider competed in the doubles tournament. Clark and Schneider reached the quarterfinals, only to lose to the top-seeded doubles team of the tournament, Michael Redlicki and Jason Tahir of Duke, 8-7(6).
“We stayed strong, but we just weren’t able to quite do it,” Schneider said. “I think we competed really hard and the most you can do is give yourself an opportunity to win and I thought that we did that.”
For the team to progress going forward, it must start in practice, Paul said.
“We’ve improved our fitness,” Paul said. “We’ve got a chance to get back to the practice courts and work a little bit harder on the physical side of it and some choices that these guys made.
“Overall, it was a good tournament for us. We’re looking forward to the spring.”