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Serving Up A Storm: Carolina Tennis, A Force To Be Reckoned With

Carolina is making some noise on the tennis courts in 2014. Both the men’s and women’s squads are aiming at ACC, and possibly even national titles.

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The No. 11 men’s team, 13-2 on the season, is coming off a 7-0 demolition of Longwood Monday evening.

Earlier in the day, the Tar Heels took down No. 7 Texas 4-3 in a huge showdown between national title hopefuls.

It was a successful doubleheader thanks to a pair of talented freshmen, Ronnie Schneider and Jack Murray. The two dropped only a single game in four sets between them and also teamed up for an 8-0 doubles win.

The men will again take the court on Friday against No. 19 N.C. State in Raleigh.

The Tar Heel women wrapped up a winning weekend with a 6-1 victory over Virginia Tech Sunday to improve to 13-2 on the season and 5-1 in ACC play.

Freshman sensation Jamie Loeb says she and teammate Hayley Carter both push the team to new heights.

“Both of us keep pushing each other and pushing the team itself. Everybody is willing to improve and look to be the best. I feel that’s really helping us,” Loeb says.

Loeb owns a remarkable 34-2 record on the year and is the reigning ACC Player of the Week.

Head Coach Brian Kalbas, however, says it’s Carolina’s team depth that will pay dividends this spring.

“We have tremendous depth throughout our lineup. We’re very fortunate and excited to be able to count on everybody or anybody at any point in time,” Coach Kalbas says.

The ladies are in action Wednesday down in Charleston, where they will serve it up against Appalachian State and the College of Charleston.

As the winter turns to spring, look for the action on the Carolina courts to continue to heat up.

Carolina Tennis Making Noise at Regionals

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CHAPEL HILL– UNC men’s and women’s tennis have been making some noise on the court lately. Tar Heels Hayley Carter and Jamie Loeb won the doubles draw at the ITA Carolina Regionals earlier this week.

Played at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center, Carter and Loeb paired to win the title by defeating their own teammates in the final. They took an 8-4 victory over Laura Slater and Kate Vialle.

But Carolina’s Carter wasn’t finished there. She later went on to play in the singles final. Carter fell in three tight sets to Beatrice Capra, the top-seeded player from Duke.

As for the men, UNC sophomore Brett Clark made it all the way to the singles final at Cary Tennis Park before losing to East Carolina’s Joran Vliegen by a score of 7-5, 6-4.

In his run through the tournament, Clark defeated three nationally ranked players.

UNC Grad Monroe Takes Title in Sweden

BASTAD, SWEDEN— Tar Heel alum Nicholas Monroe captured his maiden ATP WORLD doubles championship on Sunday, continuing his steady progress up through the professional tennis ranks.

Pairing with German Simon Stadler, Monroe defeated the singles winner, Carlos Berlocq from Argentina and his partner, Albert Ramos from Spain by a score of 6-2, 3-6, 10-3 in the final.

Along their way to the title, Monroe and Stadler defeated the top-seeded team in straight sets.

The win bumps Monroe up to a career high world doubles ranking. As of Monday, he was ranked 60th in the ATP standings.

First pairing together in February, 2012, Monroe and Stadler found success from the very beginning, winning the ITF Pro Circuit Challenger in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. Later that year, the two also won ATP Futures events in Milan, Italy and Medellin, Colombia both on red clay. And now, the pair has made it to the upper echelon of the sport.

Most recently, Monroe and Stadler won a round in the main draw at Wimbledon, a grand slam event. In March, they won an ATP Futures title in Prostejov, Czech Republic and reached their first ATP WORLD final in February at the Buenos Aires, Argentinian Open.

A 2004 UNC graduate, Monroe earned All-America honors and was given the Arthur Ashe Mideast Region Leadership/Sportsmanship award during his career at Chapel Hill.

UNC Men’s And Women’s Tennis Battles Georgia Tech Friday Afternoon

CHAPEL HILL – The UNC men’s and women’s tennis teams continue ACC play against Georiga Tech Friday afternoon.

The women are still ranked No. 1 in the nation, but are coming off a 4-3 upset by the rackets of No. 27 Virginia on Saturday. Prior to that defeat, Carolina won eight straight dating back to its ACC opener on February 27 against Wake Forest in which the Tar Heels took down the Demon Deacons 7-0 in Winston-Salem.

As of March 26, senior Gina Suarez-Malaguti remained in the top ten in singles nationally; freshman Whitney Kay rounds out the top 25.

The 17-2, 3-1 Tar Heels are fifth in the ACC, one point behind the top four spots; Georgia Tech (9-6, 3-2) is tied with Carolina with three points in conference play.

The UNC-GT women’s match begins at 2:30 p.m. Friday in Chapel Hill.

The men are looking for their first conference win of the season Friday afternoon in Atlanta. The Tar Heels have lost eight straight including their most recent defeat by No. 1 Virginia, 6-1 on Sunday.

UNC started the spring schedule ranked 18th in the country and opened with a 7-2 overall record before its currently losing streak. Carolina has since fallen to 70th.

Georgia Tech has just one conference win this season and is 8-10 overall.

The UNC-GT men’s match begins at 2:30 p.m. Friday in Atlanta.