Brian Kalbas

Stanford Eliminates UNC Women’s Tennis, Tar Heels Fall Just Short of Final Four

With a spot in the Final Four on the line Sunday afternoon, the No. 2 UNC women’s tennis team came up just short against the defending national champion Stanford Cardinal. Ranked No. 7 entering the NCAA Tournament, Stanford managed to pull out a 4-2 team win over the Tar Heels at the Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Courts in Athens, Georgia–in a match which took over four hours to complete. UNC finishes the year with a record of 33-3–a school record for wins in a single season. Things went south on Sunday, however, when the Tar Heels failed to pick up the...

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UNC Women’s Tennis Sweeps Past Duke, Into NCAA Quarterfinals

As a passionate rivalry found its way into the NCAA Women’s Tennis Tournament on Friday, the second-ranked Tar Heels made quick work of the No. 15 seed Duke Blue Devils at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Georgia. Led by senior star Hayley Carter, UNC (33-2) laid a clean sweep on the Blue Devils–on the way to a 4-0 victory and a berth in the NCAA Quarterfinals. Although Duke (22-6) won the doubles point when the two teams played in the regular season, the Tar Heels made it look easy on Friday. UNC’s Sara Daavettila and Makenna Jones–a...

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Women’s Tennis: UNC Defeats Furman and Ole Miss, Books Trip to Sweet 16

After seeing their men’s counterparts punch their tickets to the Sweet 16 on Saturday, the UNC women’s tennis team followed up by doing the same thing on Sunday. Senior standout Hayley Carter clinched a 4-1 victory for the Tar Heels over Ole Miss in the NCAA Second Round, by scoring the deciding point in singles competition in her final match at home in the Cone Kenfield Tennis Center. The win comes a day after UNC–the tournament’s No. 2 overall seed–knocked off Furman by a score of 4-0 in the NCAA First Round. Sara Daavettila and Makenna Jones won a...

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UNC Women’s Tennis Earns No. 2 Overall Seed for NCAA Tournament

The NCAA released its bracket for this year’s Division I Women’s Tennis Tournament, with UNC receiving the No. 2 overall seed. Having won both the ACC regular season and tournament championships, the Tar Heels (30-2) earned a national seed for the 15th time in 16 years under head coach Brian Kalbas. This also means UNC will have the luxury of hosting the first two rounds in Chapel Hill at the Cone Kenfield Tennis Center. The Florida Gators (23-3) were the team handed the No. 1 overall seed. The ACC placed eight teams into the event. Furman (23-5) will be...

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UNC Women’s Tennis Edges Out Georgia Tech for ACC Title

Not long after the UNC men’s and women’s lacrosse teams earned ACC Tournament Championships, the women’s tennis team followed up with one of its own Sunday afternoon. The top-seeded Tar Heels used a late rally to edge past No. 3 seed Georgia Tech for a 4-3 victory at the Rome Tennis Center in Rome, Georgia. It’s the eighth conference tournament title in school history for UNC (30-2), and second in a row–the first time the Tar Heels have won back-to-back league championships since winning four straight from 1977-1980. “It’s amazing, I’ve been here 14 years and this is only...

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UNC Women’s Tennis Head Coach Brian Kalbas Breaks Program’s All-Time Wins Record

As if picking up a victory over Duke isn’t enough–something the third-ranked UNC women’s tennis team did Wednesday at home–the Tar Heels also helped their coach set the program’s all-time wins record. UNC dropped the doubles point for just the fourth time all season, but rallied for a 5-2 win over the No. 15 Blue Devils (17-4, 11-1 ACC), which suffered their first loss against conference competition in 2017. It was the 352nd win for head coach Brian Kalbas since he took the reins in Chapel Hill following the 1998 campaign. He succeeded previous record holder Kitty Harrison, who...

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Virginia Stuns UNC Women’s Tennis in NCAA Tournament

For three months, a span that includes 21 matches and a perfect 17-0 ACC record, the No. 3 UNC women’s tennis team has consistently found a way to top its competition. That narrative came crashing to a sudden halt Thursday morning in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the Michael Case Tennis Center–when the No. 14 Virginia Cavaliers shocked the Tar Heels 4-2 in the NCAA Tournament round of 16. The nation’s No. 12 player, Virginia’s Julia Elbaba, put the finishing touches on the upset by defeating No. 41 Whitney Kay, 4-6, 7-6, 6-3, in a three-set thriller. They battled for over three...

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UNC Women’s Tennis Slips Past Northwestern into Sweet 16

Having won 20 matches in a row entering Saturday’s second round of the NCAA Women’s Tennis Team Tournament, UNC found itself in an unfamiliar situation against Northwestern–needing one of its final two singles competitors to keep the season alive. Luckily for head coach Brian Kalbas, some big heart showed up in the form of the team’s smallest player. Senior Ashley Dai, who stands just 5-feet-2-inches tall, defeated the Wildcats’ Brooke Rischbeith 7-6, 3-6, 6-0 to give the Tar Heels a 4-2 victory at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center in Chapel Hill. Had Rischbeith been able to win the third set...

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UNC Women’s Tennis Knocks Off ETSU, Moves to Second Round in NCAA Tourney

The No. 3 UNC women’s tennis team began its run through the NCAA Tournament Friday afternoon, knocking off the East Tennessee State Buccaneers 4-0. Playing in Chapel Hill at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center, the Tar Heels (30-2) extended their winning streak to 20 matches–as they haven’t lost since facing Michigan on the road back in early February. Despite entering the day as champions of the Southern Conference, the Buccaneers (20-3) were simply no match against a talented UNC team that has been among the nation’s best all year. The Tar Heels earned the doubles point by winning two out...

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