It will be a busy weekend for the tennis courts in Cary as the ACC schools target an ACC title after months of intense competition.
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The Tar Heel men’s squad has claimed a No. 3 seed in the bracket following a successful 22-4 campaign overall, including a 9-2 mark in conference action.
Carolina, afforded a bye in the first round, will open proceedings against the winner of Thursday’s match between No. 6 N.C. State and No. 11 Georgia Tech.
Carolina’s Ronnie Schneider will be one to watch on the courts this weekend for the men after an impressive conference run.
The Carolina women will go into the ACC Tournament as favorites for the title. The top-seeded Tar Heels are led by the No. 1 singles player in the nation, Jamie Loeb.
Loeb says she feels the team is coming together at just the right time.
“We did start off the season pretty high and have had some ups and downs, but now we’ve improved our unity in the team. I think we’ve found our identity,” Loeb says.
Loeb doesn’t hide the fact that her competitive fire burns, propelling her to play each and every match with intensity.
“I use that as motivation because I want to maintain my ranking. I don’t want to lose because I’m very competitive,” Loeb says.
2014 marks the second straight season Carolina has entered the final league tournament as the top-seeded team. The Tar Heels will take on the victor out of the match pitting No. 8 Florida State against No. 9 Syracuse.
Loeb is a hot favorite to win every time she strides out onto the court. All of her opponents would love to get a signature scalp, but Loeb says she relishes the opportunity to focus on the business on her own side of the net.
“I want it for myself. I try not to think of what everybody else is thinking or if they’re gunning for me or not. I just focus on what I need to do,” Loeb says.
The UNC women will be searching for their seventh ACC championship and first since 2011 when Loeb and the rest of the Tar Heels serve it up Friday.