The day before Ronnie Schneider competed in his last match under the roof of the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center, the senior led a team meeting.
Schneider and senior teammate Jack Murray hadn’t lost a home team match indoors throughout their four years at UNC. Their last test came Saturday night, when the No. 5 North Carolina men’s tennis team hosted No. 23 Ole Miss. It was the team’s last match prior to the ITA Indoor Championships next weekend.
Supreme to everything mentioned in the meeting, the team talked about how securing the doubles point was critical to their Saturday night match.
“I thought it was probably the best meeting that we’ve had all year…” Schneider said. “One of the things we mentioned was regardless of how we do in doubles, we need to step up and get going right away in singles, because we know doubles have been their strong point throughout the year.”
North Carolina students and fans did their part Saturday night, providing a raucous environment. In the doubles portion of the match, where all three matches could only be seen on one side of the viewing area, the bleachers were completely full. Spectators who trickled in late resorted to using individual chairs as boosts, standing on them to get clearer vantage points.