FLUSHING, NY - Freshman Jamie Loeb of North Carolina won her second-straight college tennis major at the 2013 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships.
The victory caps an amazing fall season for the freshman from Ossining, N.Y., roughly 30 miles from the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing.
Loeb faced Robin Anderson of UCLA in a repeat of their Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships matchup, which Loeb won 6-4, 6-0.
On Sunday, Loeb struck first early, breaking the Bruin two straight times to take a 4-1 lead. Anderson fought back and recovered one break but served to stay in the first set at 3-5. An ace took her to game point, but she followed that up with a double fault and then netted a forehand to give Loeb a set point. Loeb would win the set after winning a long rally, 6-3.
In the second set, Anderson kept fighting to defend her title and she broke Loeb for the early lead, only to be broken twice in a row to trail 4-1 as Loeb proved too powerful and steady from every part of the court. Both women held serve for 5-2, putting all the pressure on Anderson’s shoulders to hold, but Loeb broke again to capture the title, 6-3, 6-2.
In facing Anderson again for the second-straight major, Loeb said she thought her opponent played a lot better today. “When we played at All-Americans, I think she was a little more nervous, especially at the beginning of the match,” she said. “She wasn’t serving as well; I think today she served a lot better. Overall, I think both matches were really great.”
Loeb did not drop a set throughout the tournament and she now boasts a 19-1 start to her collegiate career. When talking about her successful fall, Loeb said she’s been improving in practice and working very hard.
“During matches, I’m more confident now and I believe more in my shots and in myself,” she said. “I’m using my legs more on my serve, making my first serve a weapon, but also consistent. I’m just mixing it up with my placement and using more variety with my shots in general.”
Loeb has won 16-consecutive singles matches beginning with her run to the Riviera/ITA All-Americans title in October.
Loeb has beaten the Nos. 1, 2 (twice), 3 and 4-ranked players this fall according to the preseason ITA Rankings.
Classmate and doubles partner Hayley Carter hasn’t been too bad herself. She made the semifinals of the National Indoors, before falling to Anderson, and will finish the fall season with a 19-3 singles record.
Carolina returns to action Jan 18-20 at the Freeman Memorial Championship in Las Vegas.http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/jamie-loeb-wins-national-indoor-singles-title/
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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.http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/carolina-tennis-making-noise-at-regionals/
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PACIFIC PALISADES, CA– UNC freshman Jamie Loeb is starting her first year at Carolina in style. Loeb claimed the 2013 Riviera/ ITA Women’s All-American Championships to become the first freshman since 2004 to win the singles title.
Loeb beat top-seeded Robin Anderson representing UCLA, 6-4, 6-0, to wrap up her nine-day odyssey to the championship. What’s more, Loeb has now etched her place in Carolina Athletics history.
She became the first Tar Heel in school history to take home the illustrious Women’s All-American Championships.
And Loeb seemed to really take her game to the next level as the tournament progressed, refusing to drop a single set in main draw play as the competition level rose. She was a giant killer, eliminating the top three seeds in the competition during her memorable title run.
With the record-breaking triumph, Loeb earned an automatic bid to the USTA/ ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships from Nov. 7-10 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/freshman-jamie-loeb-makes-tar-heel-history/
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LOS ANGELES — The Tar Heel women’s tennis team is heavily featured at the 2013 Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championship beginning Saturday at Riviera Tennis Club.
Freshmen Hayley Carter and Jamie Loeb will be joined by 62 other players competing in the pre-qualifying singles draw held Saturday and Sunday. Each player will need to win three matches in order to gain entrance into the main qualifying draw. Carter and Loeb will also be playing in the doubles qualifying.
Sophomore Whitney Kay already has entry into the main qualifying singles draw and she will be teaming up with Caroline Price in the doubles main draw later in the week.
Price has already booked her spot in the singles main draw that will begin Thursday, Oct. 3.
All the Tar Heel players will be hoping to gain automatic entry into the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships to be held Nov. 7-10 in Flushing, New York.http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/carolina-tennis-take/
CLEVELAND – North Carolina’s eighth place finish in the Learfield Sports Director’s Cup is the highest finish among ACC schools—a feet which Carolina has accomplished for the 15th time in 20 years. It is also the second year in a row in which the Tar Heels have finished in eighth.
The Directors’ Cup measures each school’s performance in NCAA post-season competition.
The Tar Heels got a big boost from their women’s soccer and women’s lacrosse programs which each got 100 points for their national championships.
UNC Field Hockey finished the season second for 90 points, baseball finished third for 83 points, men’s soccer and women’s tennis both finished fifth for 73 points, and men’s lacrosse got a fifth-place finish for 60 points.
Stanford once again took the Cup for the 19th-straight time. However, second-place Florida was only 16.5 points behind.http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/north-carolina-finishes-8th-again-in-directors-cup/
SKILLMAN, N.J. — Senior Gina Suarez-Malaguti and sophomore Caroline Price earned ITA All-America honors for their singles play in 2012-13, the organization announced Thursday. Suarez-Malaguti earned automatic All-America status by virtue of her No. 7 seed in the NCAA singles tournament, while Price was honored after advancing to the NCAA singles round of 16.
Suarez-Malaguti put together one of the finest individual seasons in Carolina history as a senior. After a 14-4 fall saw her enter the first ITA singles poll of 2013 at No. 11, Suarez-Malaguti spent the remainder of the spring season in the top 10. The Pembroke Pines, Fla., standout finished with an overall singles record of 29-9 and became just the fourth Tar Heel in program history to advance to the quarterfinals of the NCAA singles tournament. She was also the first UNC player since 1993 to earn ACC Player of the Year honors after leading Carolina to a regular season league title.
Price had a breakout season as a sophomore despite an injury-plagued fall. The Duluth, Ga., native was an amazing 24-3 in the spring and proved to be one of the most consistent points in the country. Price won 19 consecutive matches to open the dual season, dropping just one set in the process. She then made a run to the round of 16 of the NCAA singles tournament, defeating No. 12 Julie Elbaba of Virginia to clinch All-America status.
Both players were also All-ACC picks for the first time in 2013, while Price was named to the ITA National Team Indoor Championship All-Tournament team after Carolina won that title in February.http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/suarez-malaguti-price-ita-all-americas/
CHAPEL HILL – UNC senior Gina Suarez-Malaguti’s season come to an end in the NCAA quarterfinals this weekend with a 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 loss to Texas’ Breaunna Addision.
The Tar Heel All-American rallied to take the opening set after trailing 5-3. With Addison serving for the set, Suarez-Malaguti broke to start a run of four straight games and eventually took the set, 7-5.
But the Longhorn freshman responded with a 6-1 second-set win to set up a third and deciding frame. Addison raced out to a 3-1 lead before Suarez-Malaguti got back on serve and briefly led, 4-3. Addison would take the final three games, however, and the match to advance to Sunday’s semifinals.
Despite the loss, Suarez-Malaguti compiled one of the most successful seasons in program history. The 2013 ACC Player of the Year led Carolina to an ACC regular season title as well as the ITA National Team Indoor Championship.
She became one of just four Tar Heel players to advance to the quarterfinals of the NCAA singles tournament and defeated 17 ranked opponents on the year.
Suarez-Malaguti finishes the 2012-13 season with a record of 29-9.http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/suarez-malaguti-falls-in-ncaa-quarterfinals/
URBANA, ILL-For the first time in UNC history, two women’s tennis players will advance to the final 16 in the NCAA Singles Championship.
ACC Player of the year Gina Suarez-Malaguti and Caroline Price will move on to the top 16 after wins on Thursday at the Atkins Tennis Center in Illinois. Price was the first Tar Heel to take the win, taking the first set 6-2 against No. 12 Julie Elbaba of UVA before a rainstorm delayed play. When action resumed, Price won three out of four games and eventually took the match with another 6-1 win.
Suarez-Malaguti had a little more trouble, suffering a defeat against No. 40 Beatrice Gumulva of Clemson 6-2. But she managed to rally back, winning 12 of the last 14 games and taking the 2-6, 6-0, 6-2 win.
Both Suarez-Malaguti and Price are now ITA All-America honorees. UNC senior Zoe De Bruycker also took the court on Thursday, but she couldn’t pull out the win, ultimately falling 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.
The tournament continues Friday in Illinois and will run through Monday.
URBANA, IL – The No. 2 UNC women’s tennis team’s season came to an end Sunday when it fell to UCLA 4-1 in the NCAA quarterfinals.
The Tar Heels started out with the 1-0 lead after a strong doubles performance, and though singles play was close early, the Bruins put on the heat late.
UCLA’s No. 20 ranked Kyle McPhillips was the first to take down UNC’s No. 49 ranked Zoe De Bruycker 6-4, 6-1. Carolina’s No. 7 ranked Gina Suarez-Malaguti took the first set to a 7-5 decision, but couldn’t overcome No. 3 ranked Robin Anderson who took the score to 2-1, UCLA.
UNC freshman and No. 39 ranked Whitney Kay couldn’t overcome the upset run by unranked Pamela Montez, 6-4, 6-4. The Bruins closed out the match with a 5-7, 7-5, 6-3 win by No. 93 ranked Catherine Harrison against unranked Lauren McHale for the 4-1 victory.
With the loss, Carolina turns its attention to the NCAA singles tournament, which begins Wednesday. Four Tar Heels will compete, and the draws for that event will be announced later this week.http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/womens-tennis-tournament-run-cut-short-in-quarters/
CHAPEL HILL-A half hour rain delay couldn’t keep the no. 2 UNC women’s tennis team from heading for the NCAA Sweet 16 after taking down no. 31 Tennessee on Saturday 4-1.
Tennessee took the early lead, claiming a doubles point with a tiebreak. But it was the Heels who came charging back in singles with leads on four out of six courts.
Rain then forced the competition to pause for 31 minutes, but after the delay, UNC continued to pick up momentum. The Heels’ Caroline Price was undefeated following the break, eventually claiming a 6-3, 6-0 win. UNC pushed ahead of the Vols for the first time when Gina Suarez-Malaguti took the win over Tennessee’s Brynn Boren 6-0, 6-2
UNC would ultimately take its final point of the day when Tessa Lyons prevailed over the Vols’ Sarah Toti 6-3, 6-1.
This marks the fourth consecutive year that the Tar Heels have made it to the NCAA final site.
Next up, Carolina will take on either no. 15 Nebraska or UNLV next Friday evening at 8:00 in Urbana, Ill.http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/tar-heel-womens-tennis-moves-ahead-to-sweet-16/