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North Carolina Men’s Tennis: NCAA First and Second Rounds

NCAA first and second round action starts this weekend

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The North Carolina Tar Heels men’s tennis team earned the ninth overall seed in the NCAA tournament this year. The team will host first and second round games at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center in Chapel Hill.

Today at 1:00 PM, the Tar Heels will face VCU. The winner will face South Carolina or East Tennessee State tomorrow at 3:00 PM in the second round.

Heading into the NCAA Tournament, Carolina is 24-4 on the year. Their record in the ACC regular season was 10-2, and made it to the semifinals of the ACC Tournament. As of May 4, the team was ranked ninth in the Oracle/ITA Division I Collegiate Rankings.

UNC is led by Ronnie Schneider, Will Blumberg, and Robert Kelly. Each player earned conference honors this year. Blumberg was named the ACC Freshman of the Year. Schneider and Blumberg were named to this year’s All-ACC First Team, and Kelly was named to the All-ACC Second Team. Schneider is a four-time honoree and Kelly is a two-time honoree.

Blumberg is the highest ranked singles player on the team, ranking 16th in the country in the last Men's National Singles Oracle/ITA Division I Collegiate Rankings. Schneider is ranked 22nd and Kelly is ranked 116th. Blumberg and Kelly are the top doubles pair for North Carolina, ranking 12th in the country. Jack Murray and Simon Soendergaard are ranked 82nd.

Today in singles, Schneider will likely be on Court 1, followed by Blumberg on Court 2, Kelly on Court 3, Soendergaard on Court 4, Murray on Court 5, and Blaine Boyden on Court 6.

In doubles, Blumberg and Kelly will likely be the first pair, followed by Murray and Soendergaard, then Schneider and Anu Kodali.

VCU is coming into the NCAA Tournament off a great run in the Atlantic 10 tournament to earn the conference championship and an automatic bid. The Rams upset top-seeded Richmond in the championship match. VCU has a 14-11 record on the year and are 0-3 against ACC opponents (Virginia Tech, NC State, and Duke) this season.

The Rams are led by Daryl Monfils and Marten Jonsson, who will likely be the top doubles pair and will be on the first two courts in singles.

On the other side of the bracket, South Carolina is ranked 20th in the country and East Tennessee State is the Southern Conference champion. South Carolina has two players nationally ranked in singles, Gabriel Friedrich at 49th and Harrison O'Keefe at 71st, and O'Keefe and Yancy Dennis ranked 13th in doubles. For East Tennessee State, David Biosca is ranked #65 in singles.

Tickets for the matches start at five dollars and can be purchased online via credit card or cash-only at the stadium.