The record-setting season for the North Carolina men’s tennis team officially came to an end Saturday.
The No. 27 team of juniors Brayden Schnur and Jack Murray lost in the quarterfinals of the doubles tournament to No. 63 Rogerio Ribeiro and David Biosca of East Tennessee State, 6-2, 7-6 (7). Junior Ronnie Schneider also lost in his Round-of-16 matchup on Friday to Illinois sophomore Aleks Vukic in straight sets at the Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Okla.
Schnur and Murray were initially alternates for the doubles tournament, and were only placed in the tournament the day before it was set to begin. The duo took advantage of their opportunity, defeating two higher-ranked opponents No. 14 Zvonimir Babic and Filip Kraljevic of Ole Miss and No. 22 Herkko Pollanen and Mikael Torpegaard of Ohio State to reach the quarterfinals.
Having won their first two matches in straight sets, the pair struggled early, dropping the first set 6-2. The duo seemed to find their rhythm to start the second set, and jumped out to a 4-1 lead. They could not hold their lead, however, and would end up in a second-set tiebreaker to determine the fate of their season. After a tough battle, the juniors would come up just short, ending the last chance the team had of finishing the season with a title.