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WACO, Texas – Finding themselves in a must-win situation, North Carolina sophomores Brayden Schnur and Ronnie Schneider both prevailed in third sets on Thursday to rally the No. 13 Tar Heels past No. 4 Illinois 4-3 in the NCAA Round of 16 at Hurd Tennis Center. With the win, the Tar Heels will move on to the NCAA quarterfinals for the third time in program history and second season in a row.
UNC moves to 24-10 on the season, while Illinois finishes with a mark of 27-5. No. 5 Texas Christian awaits the Tar Heels in the quarterfinals on Saturday at 1 p.m. EDT.
Carolina set the tone in doubles play, taking the point with victories on courts one and three. UNC’s pair of Schnur and senior Esben Hess-Olesen earned an 8-5 triumph over the Illini’s 36th-ranked duo of Jared Hiltzik and Tim Kopinski at the No. 1 spot. On court three, Schneider and fellow sophomore Jack Murray jumped out to a 5-0 lead on Blake Bazarnik and Aron Hiltzik, but Bazarnik and Hiltzik battled back by taking four of the next six games. Finally in a position to put the match away up 7-4, Schneider sent a devastating forehand down the line on triple break point to secure the doubles point for UNC.
The Tar Heels got off to a fast start in singles play by taking five first sets, but the Fighting Illini clawed back to send four matches to third sets.
Virginia Downs Columbia 4-0 to Reach NCAA Quarterfinals
WACO, Texas - The third-ranked Virginia men's tennis team reached the NCAA quarterfinals for the 11th consecutive year by downing No. 17 Columbia 4-0 in a round of 16 match Thursday at the Hawkins Indoor Tennis Center on the campus of Baylor University. The Cavaliers (26-3) will play sixth-seeded Texas A&M in Saturday's quarterfinals, while the Lions end their season at 16-6.
Virginia's streak of 11 consecutive quarterfinal appearances is the longest active streak in the nation. With a win on Saturday, the Cavaliers would advance to the semifinals for the eighth time in the past nine years.
"The first match of any tournament is always a challenge," said head coach Brian Boland. "To Columbia's credit, they kept battling and they pushed us all the way across the board. We have had some adversity this year and the guys have learned how to stay composed and keep working through it. I was proud of how they got through this match."
The Cavaliers opened the match by winning the doubles point to take a 1-0 lead. Collin Altamirano (Sacramento, Calif.) and J.C. Aragone (Yorba Linda, Calif.) rolled to an 8-3 win at No. 3 over Max Schnur and Bert Vancura.Ryan Shane (Falls Church, Va.) and Luca Corinteli (Alexandria, Va.) clinched the opening point with an 8-4 win over Winston Lin and Mike Vermeer at the No. 1 position.
Columbia rallied in singles and won three early first sets and had set points to win a fourth. Virginia regained momentum and took a 2-0 lead as Shane closed out a 6-3, 6-4 win at No. 1 singles. During the match, Shane overcame rolling his ankle on his first set point of the first set, which required a medical timeout.
Deacs Drop Sweet 16 Match to TCU
WACO, Texas - No. 12 Wake Forest men's tennis had its historical season come to an end Thursday afternoon in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Championship after a 4-0 loss to TCU at the Hurd Tennis Center at Baylor University.
The Demon Deacons finish the season with a school-record 24 victories after going 24-8 on the season. TCU improves to 24-7 on the campaign and moves on to the Elite Eight to face No. 13-seed North Carolina, who beat No. 4 Illinois 4-3 on Thursday.
The trip to the Sweet 16 is just the third in program history for Wake Forest and the first under fourth-year head coach Tony Bresky. The Deacs previously reached the Sweet 16 in 2007 and 2009, but have never advanced to the Elite Eight.
After multiple weather delays before the start of the match, Wake Forest got off to a good start in doubles in battling TCU back and forth across the board. At No. 1 doubles, No. 13 Christian Seraphim and Skander Mansouri fought Cameron Norrie and Trevor Johnson to a 6-6 score with each duo holding serve all the way. With the set tied at 6-all, Seraphim and Mansouri held serve to go up 7-6, then broke the TCU duo take the win and give Wake Forest the early advantage in doubles.
WACO, Texas – The 10th-ranked Duke men’s tennis team had its season come to an end Thursday night with a 4-0 setback to No. 7 USC in the round of 16 of the NCAA Team Championship. The Blue Devils finished the year with a 24-7 record, tied for the sixth most victories in a year in program history.
Duke, which was also making its fifth NCAA round of 16 appearance in the last six years, finished the season with 17 wins against ranked opponents, tied for the sixth most in a season in program history.
For the second consecutive match, the Blue Devils surrendered the doubles point, falling on courts one and two. On court one, USC’s third-ranked pair of Yannick Hanfmann and Roberto Quiroz downed Duke’s No. 20 duo of senior Raphael Hemmeler and freshman Nicolas Alvarez, 8-3. The doubles point ended with an 8-5 setback on court two by Duke senior Jason Tahir and junior Josh Levine to USC’s 74th-ranked team of Eric Johnson and Max de Vroome.
The Trojans finished the match with their fourth point on a 6-1, 7-5 victory by No. 25 Quiroz against No. 41 Tahir on court two. Tahir was down 2-1 in the opening set before he was broken in consecutive service games to go down 5-1. Quiroz then closed out for the first set victory. In the second set, the two were even at 4-4 before Quiroz broke to go up 5-4. Tahir, facing two match points, came back to break and retie the set at 5-5. Quiroz then broke again and held to end the match. Tahir ended the year with a 25-18 mark and became the 15th player in program history to reach 100 career singles victories.