Brian Kalbas

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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