Jamie Loeb Beats Tournament 5-Seed To Advance To Quarterfinals

Jamie Loeb knocked off 5-seed Lauren Davis to advance to the Dow Corning Tennis Classic quarterfinals Thursday afternoon.

The 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 victory was a major upset for Loeb, who is ranked number 397 in the world. Davis is currently ranked 103.

Loeb will face another tough challenge when she takes on 3-seed and 74th-ranked Irina Falconi Friday.

She spent two seasons at UNC before turning pro after the 2015 season. Loeb was the 2015 NCAA singles champion.

Quarterfinal matches start at 10 a.m. and more information on the schedule and live-streaming can be found at the tournament’s website.

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UNC Men’s and Women’s Tennis Secure Top 10 Victories

It was a big weekend for UNC tennis as both the men’s and women’s teams welcomed top 10 opponents to Chapel Hill.

The No. 10 men’s team earned a victory over seventh-ranked Illinois on Saturday night at Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center; the first victory for the Tar Heels over a higher-ranked opponent this season.

It was an impressive victory as Carolina swept the Fighting Illini 4-0.

Meanwhile, the fifth-ranked women’s team hosted No. 9 Texas A&M on Sunday and matched the men’s dominance with a 4-0 victory.

The schedule doesn’t let up for either squad. The women’s team will now travel to Madison, Wisconsin, on Friday to defend its title at the ITA National Team Indoor Championship. The men’s squad will host another top 10 team next weekend when the Tar Heels welcome in number two Oklahoma on Sunday afternoon.

http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/unc-mens-and-womens-tennis-secure-top-10-victories

UNC Women’s Tennis Sweeps UNCG, NCCU

In a doubleheader against UNCG and NCCU, the Tar Heels swept both matches to improve to 6-0 on the season.

In an absolutely dominant performance, UNC dropped just one set over the course of both matches.

Sixth-ranked Hayley Carter continued her run of excellence, winning her first match 6-0, 6-0 and her second match 6-0, 6-4.

Carter won her first doubles match paired with Jessie Aney and had a commanding 4-1 lead in her second doubles match, but did not finish because the Tar Heels had already secured the doubles point.

North Carolina looks to improve to 7-0 on Sunday at noon, when they will face No. 9 Texas A&M.

http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/unc-womens-tennis-sweeps-uncg-nccu

UNC Tennis Standout Named ACC Player of the Week

UNC junior Hayley Carter has been named Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Tennis Player of the Week, sharing the honor with Boston College’s Asiya Dair.

Carter earned the weekly honors after winning both the singles and doubles titles at the Freeman Memorial Tennis Championship in Las Vegas. Carter is the sixth-ranked singles player in the country, and she did not drop a set in the single’s bracket.

Carter and doubles partner Whitney Kay make up the second-ranked doubles team in the country. Carter and Kay took home the doubles title as well.

North Carolina hosts the ITA Kick-Off Weekend this Friday and Saturday. Tulsa and Marshall start the tournament at ten o’clock Friday morning, followed by UNC and Yale at 1:30. The two winning teams will face off at 3:30 Saturday afternoon.

http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/unc-tennis-standout-named-acc-player-week

UNC Women’s Tennis Wins Weekend Singles and Doubles Titles

The UNC women’s tennis team claimed singles and doubles titles on Sunday at the Freeman Memorial Tennis Championship in Las Vegas.

Hayley Carter won the singles championship. Carter and Whitney Kay were the doubles champions.

Carter was the top seed in the tournament and is the sixth-ranked player in the country. She did not lose a set in her five matches over the weekend.

Carter was also part of the top seed in the doubles bracket with Kay. The two Tar Heels make up the number two doubles team in the country.

UNC will host the ITA Kick-Off Weekend on Friday and Saturday at Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center. The first match of the weekend will pit Tulsa against Marshall. Carolina will get into the action against Yale. The two winning teams will face off on Saturday afternoon.

http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/unc-womens-tennis-wins-weekend-singles-and-doubles-titles

Price, Sankey Win Patterson Medals

Congratulations to Caroline Price and Joey Sankey, star UNC athletes who have just earned this year’s Patterson Medals, the most prestigious athletic honor awarded by the university.

Price is the first women’s tennis player to win the Patterson Medal. She led the Tar Heel women’s tennis team to its winningest four-year stretch ever, with two ITA Indoor National Championships in 2013 and 2015 and a runner-up finish in the 2014 NCAA championship. As an individual, Price was an All-American in singles as a sophomore, an All-American in doubles as a junior, and a first-team All-ACC selection in 2015. She ranks second all-time in singles victories at UNC with 128.

Joey Sankey is only the second men’s lacrosse player to win the honor and the first since 2005. With 229 points, he’s Carolina’s all-time leading scorer. He was a third-team All-America as a sophomore and junior and second-team All-America this year; he’s also a three-time All-ACC pick, plus earning Academic All-ACC honors and USILA Scholar All-America honors for his work in the classroom.

The Patterson medal has been awarded since 1924. It’s based primarily on athletic accomplishment, but sportsmanship and leadership are also considered.

http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/price-sankey-win-patterson-medals

National Title Runs Begin In Chapel Hill

It will be a busy weekend for many UNC spring sports with NCAA Tournaments getting underway right here in Chapel Hill.

In tennis, second-seeded North Carolina begins its national title quest as a host for the the first and second rounds of the NCAA Women’s Tennis Championship at Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center.

The 27-1 Tar Heels will hope to advance out of a regional that features Dartmouth, Quinnipiac and William & Mary right here in Chapel Hill.

First up, Carolina will take on Quinnipiac at 12 p.m. Saturday.

Brayden Schnur pumps himself up (UNC Athletics)

Brayden Schnur pumps himself up (UNC Athletics)

As for the men’s tennis team, the No. 13 Tar Heels will also be hosting NCAA action at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center, but they’ll serve it up Friday at 1 p.m. against William & Mary in round one.

The 21-10 Tar Heels will be hoping to bounce back from a tough loss to Virginia in the ACC Tournament semifinals.

As for the UNC lacrosse teams, the third-seeded Tar Heels, 12-3 overall, will welcome winners of the Patriot League, Colgate, to Chapel Hill Sunday for a game slated for 5:15 p.m.

Head coach Jenny Levy’s women’s lacrosse team, which lost a heartbreaker to Syracuse in the ACC Tournament championship game, will get its NCAA Tournament campaign started Sunday at 1 p.m. at UNC’s Fetzer Field.

The No. 2 Tar Heels will take on the winner of the Florida-Stanford first round game to be contested Friday.

http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/national-title-runs-begin-in-chapel-hill

Tar Heel Tennis To Host NCAA Tourney Openers

The Tar Heel men’s and women’s tennis teams found out their NCAA Tournament fates Tuesday evening.

For the 13th time in the last 14 seasons, the women will host a home regional – this time as the No. 2 national seed.

Head coach Brian Kalbas’ Tar Heels dropped their first match of the season last weekend in the ACC Tournament and will look to rebound in their NCAA Tournament opener May 9 against Quinnipiac, the MAAC champions.

Should UNC prevail in the opening match, it will face the winner of the contest between William & Mary and Dartmouth the following day.

As for the men’s tennis squad, they’ve been handed a No. 13 seed nationally and will also be hosting here in Chapel Hill May 8. Meeting the Tar Heels in their regional will be William & Mary, Mississippi State and Denver.

For the complete women’s bracket, click here.

For the complete men’s bracket, click here.

http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/tar-heel-tennis-to-host-ncaa-tourney-openers

ACC Tournament Season In Full Swing

It’s the spring ACC Tournament season. And many UNC programs have high hopes on conference title trophies and banners.

The No. 2 UNC women’s lacrosse team got the postseason off to a flying start Thursday with an 18-12 victory over Virginia Tech at Klockner Stadium in league quarterfinal action.

The top-seeded Tar Heels held a tenuous 8-7 lead at halftime but scored 10 goals on 14 second-half shots to pull away after the break.

UNC won its sixth game in a row and improved to 7-0 in the ACC quarterfinals all-time while maintaining their perfect mark against Virginia Tech. The Tar Heels have advanced to Friday’s 1 p.m. semifinal against Notre Dame.

The No. 2 UNC men’s lacrosse team gets its ACC Tournament campaign underway Friday night at 8 p.m. at PPL Park in Pennsylvania. Carolina will face No. 4 Syracuse in a rematch of UNC’s thrilling regular season win.

UNC head coach Joe Breschi’s Tar Heels will be searching for their 13th ACC title.

The No. 1 UNC women’s tennis team, meanwhile, is looking to stay undefeated as its get its ACC Tourney matches started down the road at the Cary Tennis Park Friday afternoon.

http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/acc-tournament-season-in-full-swing

The Rammys: Top Tar Heels Honored, Spiffy Uniforms Unveiled

The best and brightest in Carolina athletics were recognized Monday night inside Carmichael Arena. Once again, the blue carpet was rolled out for The Rammys and this time, new uniforms came with it.

It was a star-studded evening full of memories, highlights and laughs.

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The new-look Rammy trophy designed by former UNC gymnast Zoya Johnson (UNC Athletics)

The new-look Rammy trophy designed by former UNC gymnast Zoya Johnson (UNC Athletics)

UNC Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham took to the Alexander Julian argyle-themed stage to highlight the community, athletic and academic achievements of the last year.

Kennedy Meeks in action (Nick Vitali)

Kennedy Meeks in action (Nick Vitali)

Jones Angell, the Voice of the Tar Heels, quipped a few jokes in his emcee duties and sophomore men’s basketball forward Kennedy Meeks brought the house down with his rendition of ‘I Will Always Love You’.

The famous Chapel Hill IP3 pizza was delivered to the hungry audience and the UNC coaches got their groove on to the popular song ‘Shake It Off.’

But through it all, the glittering gold Rammy trophies were the most coveted prize for the hundreds of Tar Heel student-athletes in attendance.

Male Breakthrough Athlete went to UNC football walk-on Mack Hollins, who came out of nowhere to electrify the Kenan Stadium crowd last fall.

Mack Hollins burst on the scene in 2014 (Chatsports.com)

Mack Hollins burst on the scene in 2014 (Chatsports.com)

His female counterpart was star volleyballer Ece Taner, who grabbed the gold for her outstanding contributions to Joe Sagula’s ACC championship-winning team.

The awards for ACC Scholar Athletes went to field hockey’s Loren Shealy and senior baseball pitcher Benton Moss.

Benton Moss (UNC Athletics)

Benton Moss (UNC Athletics)

Freshman hoopster Justin Jackson took home the Rammy for Outstanding Newcomer, while teammate Marcus Paige earned Best Play honors for his thrilling buzzer beater against Louisville.

Best Upset went to the men’s lacrosse squad. Coach Joe Breschi’s bunch is currently ranked in the top five in the nation.

The night’s biggest winners, however, were tennis phenoms Jamie Loeb and Brayden Schnur. Each took down the top prize as Most Outstanding Athletes.

2015 UNC Football uniforms (UNC Athletics)

2015 UNC Football uniforms (UNC Athletics)

But the biggest news of the night may have been the unveiling of the new #OurBlue Nike uniforms. In an effort to rebrand and add consistency to the uniforms of all 28 sports, UNC teamed with Nike to release the new gear.

“We are excited to once again partner with Nike, one of the most recognizable brands in the world, to help us refresh and refine our marks and logos,” AD Bubba Cunningham says. “The changes are subtle, but they celebrate our history and create consistency as we further seek to distinguish our brand.  This is our blue and we’re proud of it.”

http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/the-rammys-top-tar-heels-honored-spiffy-uniforms-unveiled