Schnugg moves on in singles, doubles at NCAAs

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — University of Georgia junior Nate Schnugg, a Medford native, outlasted Illinois freshman Dennis Nevolo 4-6,6-3,7-5 Thursday to move on to the round of 16 at the NCAA Tennis Championships. Then, the fifth-ranked doubles team of Schnugg and Jamie Hunt rallied for an opening round win.

In singles, Nevolo notched a service break in the third game of the match and then held the remainder of the first set to take it 6-4. Schnugg picked up a service break in the eighth game of the second set and then closed it out 6-3. The final set was just as close with Schnugg pulling it out 7-5 to reach the round of 16.

With the win, the 12th-ranked Schnugg improved to 37-14 this year. Up next, Schnugg will face Stanford sophomore Alex Clayton. The duo squared off this past February in Chicago in the semifinals of the National Team Indoor Championships. Schnugg earned a 7-5, 6-4 win as the Bulldogs registered a 4-2 victory over the Cardinal. On Thursday, Clayton eliminated the tournament's No. 3 seed in third-ranked Bryan Koniecko (Ohio State) 6-3,6-7,6-1.

In doubles, the duo of Schnugg and Hunt avoided an upset at the hands of the 13th-ranked Virginia tandem of Houston Barrick and Sanam Singh. In the first meeting with the Virginia pair back in February, the Cavaliers edged Schnugg/Hunt 9-8(3) during the National Team Indoors. Thursday's match came down to a third set tiebreaker with the Bulldogs prevailing 7-4. They are seeded fourth and improve to 31-11.

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