No. 11 North Carolina rallies after dropping doubles to top No. 7 Texas
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- North Carolina (12-2) team rallied to beat seventh-ranked Texas (13-3) 4-3 on Monday at Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center in the first half of a doubleheader. North Carolina relied on the strength of its singles play to earn its first win against a top-10 team at home since 2011, when the Tar Heels defeated No. 10 Duke on April 13 by a 4-3 count.
The Tar Heels surrendered an early 1-0 lead to the Longhorns in doubles play.
Texas' pair of Adrien Berkowicz and George Goldhoff struck first in doubles on court No. 3, taking out Carolina's 44th-ranked duo of Brett Clark and Esben Hess-Olesen 8-2.
The Longhorns' eighth-ranked pair of Lloyd Glasspool and Søren Hess-Olesen sealed the doubles point for Texas by edging Nelson Vick and Oystein Steiro 8-7(7-3) in a match tiebreaker.
Carolina recovered in singles by taking four of the six matches after winning all but one first set.
Freshman Jack Murray got the Tar Heels on the board with a 6-3, 6-1 win against Nick Naumann on court No. 5. Fellow freshman Ronnie Schneider, ranked 29th nationally, followed up Murray's win by overwhelming No. 22 Lloyd Glasspool in straight sets 6-4, 6-4.
No. 47 Brett Clark continued the Tar Heels' run of wins by beating 60th-ranked George Goldhoff 6-4, 6-3.
Texas countered with consecutive wins on court Nos. 4 and 6.
Clement Homs of Texas rallied to defeat junior Oystein Steiro in three sets 1-6, 6-0, 6-4 at No. 6. On court No. 4, Adrien Berkowicz outlasted Carolina's Esben Hess Olesen 2-6, 6-4, 6-3.
With the match knotted up 3-3, the Tar Heels' 19th-ranked Brayden Schnur battled through a long, back-and-forth third set on court No. 1 before ultimately defeating No. 31 Søren Hess-Olesen 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 to clinch the match. A handful of teammates streamed onto the court to celebrate with Schnur, a freshman from Pickering, Ontario.