After a win by Schnur
and Brett Clark on court one tied the doubles at one apiece, all of the crowd
focused on the freshmen tandem of Jack Murray and Ronnie Schneider, who were up
7-6 against Thai-Son Kwiatkowski and Justin Shane of Virginia. The match
eventually went into a tie-breaker, which Murray and Schneider dropped 7-4.
the fans for their support during their doubles match, saying that the crowd
was by far the best it had been all season.
couldn’t capitalize on it, but I thought the crowd was awesome,” Schneider
“That’s what college
tennis and being a part of the North Carolina community is all about.”
With the doubles
point going to Virginia, the Tar Heels looked to singles play as an opportunity
to make a comeback. When all was said and done, however, North Carolina was
unable to make up any ground on the Cavaliers, dropping all six singles points.
Schnur powered his
first serve of the match by Alex Domijan for an ace in the first game, but the
rest of the first set seemed like a bad dream for the Canadian freshman, as a
slew of unforced errors caused him to drop the set 6-2.
In the fourth game of
the second set, Schnur let out a scream that soared over the noise of the crowd
after a dispute with the umpire over a line call. He went on to lose the game,
and the three following, dropping his first singles match of the season to
Domijan 6-2, 6-2.
frustrated Schnur said after the match that he just didn’t show up in singles.
“I’ve lost before and
this was no different from any of those other times,” Schnur said. “He had a
good day and I didn’t. That is what it came down to.”
Schnur and UNC looked to rebound from their shutout loss on Sunday, taking on No. 46 Virginia
Tech at the indoor courts at Cone-Kenfield. This time the
Tar Heels and Schnur rebounded, cruising to a dominant 6-1 victory.
Clark and Schnur
struck first for North Carolina in doubles competition, beating the Hokies’
Andreas Bjerrehus and Hunter Koontz 8-6.
Steiro and Vick
picked up an 8-5 win against Amerigo Contini and Joao Monteiro to clinch the
doubles point for the Tar Heels, giving them more points than they accumulated
the entire match against Virginia.
Singles action was
once again highlighted by Schnur, who was looking to avenge a straight-sets
loss on Friday. Schnur matched up Sunday against the No. 24 Contini, who
recently took down Duke University’s No. 30 Michael Redlicki.
The first set of the
two’s match looked eerily similar to Schnur’s loss Friday to Domijan, as sloppy play lost him the set, 6-4.
Things looked a
little better for the freshman in the second set, as he found himself ahead 4-3
after seven games.
On the other courts,
matches were just beginning to end, and as each Tar Heel finished their own
match, they drifted to court one to help cheer on their number one player.
Contini was caught
off guard by the sudden onslaught of support coming from behind his back,
letting Schnur take the next two games to tie the match up at one set apiece.
During the beginning
of the third set, Contini turned to the players after they cheered in between
his serves, and then proceeded to plead to the umpire to quiet them.
And when a rattled
Contini dropped the eighth game of the set, falling behind 5-3 against Schnur,
he turned once again to the Carolina players, letting out a sarcastic, “Good job
With the team behind
his back, Schnur dominated the last game of the third set, earning a 4-6, 6-3,
6-4 win against Contini.
“I was just happy to
get the win today,” Schnur said.
“I have to give
thanks to my teammates though; they got me through that match.”