It almost happened a week ago, when the North Carolina men’s tennis team was scheduled to battle Virginia Tech — but Brayden Schnur was a late scratch. This time, Coach Sam Paul kept Schnur in the lineup and on the court.
Mental toughness is an odd term. Sport psychologists struggle to define it, yet athletes strive for it, coaches preach it, and fans know it when they see it — it’s the unmistakable hallmark of championship teams.
As sophomore, Ronnie Schneider said, it’s nice to get back to winning ways.
North Carolina freshman men's tennis player Robert Kelly flashed a wry smile — barely perceptible — as he turned and strolled back to the baseline. His opponent, North Carolina Central’s Jamal Hoyte, had just unleashed a forehand winner, a fist pump and a guttural scream.
North Carolina men’s tennis sophomore Jack Murray walked off court two at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center to sparse applause, one unceremonious singles win richer.
It was an absolute sprint to the finish. Two players giving everything they had, playing as fast as they could, stealing quick peaks over to the scoreboard at every opportunity.
Usually, it’s hard to find much to be concerned about after sweeping both opponents in a season-opening doubleheader.
On one of the biggest stages in collegiate tennis and on the cusp of defeat, Brayden Schnur relied on mental fortitude en route to a championship performance.
Brayden Schnur brought his A-game this weekend.The North Carolina men’s tennis team took a trip to Cary to take part in the ITA Carolinas Regional tournament, which began Thursday. Ten players participated in the singles tournament, and five doubles teams took up their racquets for doubles play.
They say revenge is a dish best served cold — but the North Carolina men's tennis team looks to serve up their revenge in both the literal and emotional Georgia heat as they take on the No. 8 Bulldogs at their home court in Athens, Ga.
The crowd yelled, “Cocks” for the South Carolina Gamecocks. And North Carolina men's tennis fans responded immediately, “Heels.” Back and forth they went for the entirety of the match. Just like leads on the scoreboard.
All Brayden Schnur needed to get by was a little help from his friends.
It was a tale of two streaks that highlighted Friday’s action between the No. 6 North Carolina men’s tennis team and the No.7 Virginia Cavaliers.
On Friday, the North Carolina men’s tennis team had a chance to go into Columbus, Ohio, and take down senior Nelson Vick’s former school, No. 1 Ohio State, who came into the match with a 181-game home winning streak on the line.
DURHAM — Although the average fan may view the single point a team receives for winning doubles as trivial, that was the point the No. 11 North Carolina women’s tennis team desired the most after falling to No. 1 Duke 5-2 Sunday at Ambler Tennis Stadium in Durham.
Ronnie Schneider had just given his best Tiger Woods fist pump impression.
Two starkly contrasting games, yet the same outcome.
Brayden Schnur spends the moments before a match alone with his thoughts.
Maybe it was the week of preparation. Maybe it was the victory against a higher-ranked opponent. Or maybe even the atmosphere of a packed Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center.