North Carolina sophomore Brayden Schnur finished off a remarkable run at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Collegiate Championships on Sunday, topping Vanderbilt’s No. 9 Gonzales Austin 6-5, 7-6(2) at the USTA Billie Jean National King Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y., to become the 2014 national indoors champion in men’s singles.
After claiming the first set, the seventh-ranked Schnur was able to break Austin to take a 6-5 lead in the second set. Austin countered, though, fending off a match point and breaking Schnur to knot up the second set at 6-6. Schnur did not look back, allowing the left-handed Commodore senior to tally only two points in the tiebreak en route to the title.
“This is a prestigious event, and it’s an honor to see my name next to the past winners,” said Schnur. “It does a lot for my confidence going into the spring.”
With the victory, Schnur joins former Tar Heel All-American Roland Thornqvist as the only other North Carolina player to appear in and win the national indoors singles title. Thornqvist achieved the feat in 1993.
Duke: The Blue Devils finished their fall campaign with a weather-shortened Sunday at the Dick Vitale Clay Court Classic.
Junior Bruno Semenzato and senior Raphael Hemmeler each won their main draw singles semifinal matches to reach the championship before weather delays caused the final to not be played. Semenzato advanced with a 6-1, 6-2 win against the draw’s top seed, Princeton’s Zack McCourt. Hemmeler also won in straight sets versus a Tiger, topping Princeton’s Thomas Colutti 6-3, 6-3.
Hemmeler and Levine were in the doubles championship but fell to top seed Caio Gomes and Yannick Zuern of North Florida 8-5.
Wake Forest: Wake Forest defeated Syracuse 2-0 to claim its fourth ACC championship and first since 2006 at Jack Katz Stadium.
The victory gives Wake Forest (14-6) its first ACC team title since women’s soccer in 2010, and it is the athletics department’s 47th all-time team ACC championship.
With the win, Jennifer Averill is tied for the most career ACC championships by a current Wake Forest coach. Dianne Dailey also has four women’s golf ACC Championships.
Duke: Duke came away with a key conference road win, cruising past Syracuse 3-0 (25-16, 25-21, 25-19).
Syracuse (8-17, 1-12 ACC) was unable to keep pace with the Blue Devils’ offense. Duke (18-6, 10-3) accumulated 54 kills, averaging 18 per set, while the Orange totaled 35. As a team, the Blue Devils posted a hitting percentage of .339, marking their 10th match hitting over .300.
N.C. State: The Wolfpack notched its seventh sweep of the season and second in conference play, defeating Georgia Tech 3-0 (25-21, 25-12, 25-19) at Reynolds Coliseum.
With the victory, N.C. State improves to 14-10 (3-9 ACC). The Yellow Jackets fall to 11-15, 4-9.
North Carolina: The Tar Heels survived a tough first set before rolling to a 3-0 (25-23, 25-17, 25-14) victory against Virginia Tech.
Paige Neuenfeldt had 12 kills on a .526 hitting percentage, while Victoria McPherson added five kills and 10 blocks for the Tar Heels.