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 (

Mack Hollins burst on the scene in 2014 (

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.”

Tar Heels Round Out Exciting Regular Season

A busy Tar Heel sports weekend secured a couple exhilarating ACC titles, produced heartbreak on the lacrosse field and saw history made on the Chestnut Hill tennis courts.

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Indeed, it was a wild few days for Carolina athletics starting with one for the record books Friday at Boston College.

Brian Kalbas has all the pieces to contend for a national championship (UNC Athletics)

Brian Kalbas has all the pieces to contend for a national championship (UNC Athletics)

The No. 1 Tar Heel women’s tennis team put the finishing touches on an undefeated regular season by beating the Eagles, 5-2, and in the process, became the first ACC school in history to make it through the treacherous league slate unscathed.

Despite Jamie Loeb’s shocking three-set upset at No. 1 singles, Carolina showed off its depth by fighting past the pesky Eagles with commanding victories at No. 2, 3, 4 and 5 singles.

UNC head coach Brian Kalbas says the Tar Heels have been on a mission this season.

“This is the kind of team I don’t think would benefit from a loss going into the postseason. I really think this team benefits from winning and getting that motivation that we could do something special,” Coach Kalbas says.

UNC will now turn its attention to Cary Tennis Center for the start of the ACC Tournament this weekend. The Tar Heels will be the No. 1 seed and heavy favorites to take the title for the fifth time in seven years.

But the sweetness of victory is often born out of the bitterness of defeat. The Carolina men’s lacrosse team suffered the latter Saturday afternoon.

The Tar Heels surrendered three goals in the final 1:15 of the contest to fall short in heartbreaking fashion.

What’s worse, the 15-14 defeat to No. 1 Notre Dame in South Bend handed the ACC regular season championship to the Fighting Irish.

The second-ranked Tar Heels have some time to regroup before meeting Syracuse Friday in the ACC Tournament semifinals at PPL Park at 8 p.m. in Chester, PA.

Their female counterparts, however, were not to be denied the title of champions.

Sammy Jo Tracy gets all fired up (UNC Athletics)

Sammy Jo Tracy gets all fired up (UNC Athletics)

Friday night at Duke’s Koskinen Stadium, the No. 2 UNC women’s lacrosse team downed its hated rival, 12-6, to claim the ACC regular season title for the sixth time and improve to 13-2 overall, 6-1 in league action.

Sammy Jo Tracy wasn’t the only Tar Heel to record a hat trick against the Blue Devils. Aly Messinger joined her teammate in that accomplishment.

Caylee Waters started the game in goal for Carolina and picked up the win thanks to three saves and only giving up four scores.

Head coach Jenny Levy’s Tar Heels open up their ACC Tournament campaign Thursday as the top seeds.

With the regular season now in the books for most spring teams in Chapel Hill, the excitement and promise of the postseason awaits – where dreams become reality.

And these successful Tar Heel players and coaches will be dreaming of hardware – ACC and national championship trophies.

No. 1 Tar Heel Women Serving For History

Brian Kalbas’ No. 1 Tar Heels are on the doorstep of history. No women’s tennis team has ever gone undefeated in the ACC regular season. Armed with a deep and talented lineup, Carolina is determined to become the first to do so Friday in Chestnut Hill.

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Not everything, though, has been clean sailing. For the first time this season, UNC dropped the opening doubles point Wednesday against arch-rival Duke. Panic could have settled in.

But for this group of Tar Heels that UNC head coach Brian Kalbas calls “special”, that wasn’t going to happen.

Jamie Loeb is one of the premier college players in the nation (UNC Athletics)

Jamie Loeb is one of the premier college players in the nation (UNC Athletics)

“After the doubles, I looked at the players’ faces and eyes – you could tell they weren’t panicked, upset or unnerved by the situation. It was just a matter of going out there, getting off to a good start and putting in some good execution in the start of the singles,” Coach Kalbas says.

Tennis is such an individual sport. So how does this affect the way Coach Kalbas handles his duties?

“Each person needs something a little different. Some need strategy, some need some emotional stability, some can do things on their own and others need you to talk to them. You have to get a good understanding of what they need,” Coach Kalbas says.

Right now, every member of the lineup seems to understand their roles. Coach Kalbas says his team’s depth and experience is paying dividends.

Multiple players have come up with match-clinching victories and earned ACC Player of the Week honors.

UNC winning ITA Indoor National Title. (UNC Athletics)

UNC winning ITA Indoor National Title. (UNC Athletics)

However, most of the attention goes to No. 1 Jamie Loeb. Loeb splashed onto the national tennis stage as a freshman a year ago when she came out of nowhere to seize a singles national title in the fall of 2013 against a stacked field.

But there’s been no sophomore slump for Loeb – a gritty competitor who Coach Kalbas says is getting sharper and sharper with each point.

“She’s really playing unbelievable right now. She’s really turned it on the past few weeks. She’s beaten some good players – Wagner from Miami, her rival Elbaba from Virginia and Capra from Duke. She’s had to be really playing extremely well and very focuses. She’s done an amazing job at that,” Coach Kalbas says.

Coming up just short in a heartbreaking 4-3 loss to UCLA in the 2014 NCAA championship match may have been the best thing that could have happened to the Tar Heels.

Coach Kalbas says the defeat has added fuel to the fire to this year’s charge.

“I think it’s had a major effect. I think we’ve been focused throughout the year, not taking any match for granted, respecting each opponent and what they potentially could do against us,” Coach Kalbas says.

Brian Kalbas has all the pieces to contend for a national championship (UNC Athletics)

Brian Kalbas has all the pieces to contend for a national championship (UNC Athletics)

Up to this point, Carolina is unblemished, sporting a 25-0 record overall and a 13-0 mark in league play. However, that begs the question – would a loss before the NCAA Tournament benefit the Tar Heels?

“This is the kind of team I don’t think would benefit from a loss going into the postseason. I really think this team benefits from winning and getting that motivation that we could do something special,” Coach Kalbas says.

But for now, the ultra-focused Tar Heels have their rackets aimed at Boston College. A win Friday would stamp the Carolina women’s tennis program’s place in history.

“Our team is very record-oriented. They know that no ACC team has gone undefeated during the regular season, so they’re very motivated to do that when we play BC,” Coach Kalbas says.

Tar Heel Tennis, Lacrosse Blossoming This Spring

Although surrounded by less hype and fanfare than their more famous basketball and football counterparts, UNC’s spring sports teams excel at the highest level year in and year out. 2015 is shaping up to be no exception.

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It’s the rackets and sticks that have been making the loudest noise in Chapel Hill these days.

Out on the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center courts, the Tar Heels are serving up a storm that is led by the ladies.

UNC Women's Tennis Star Jamie Loeb (UNC Athletics)

UNC women’s tennis star Jamie Loeb (UNC Athletics)

The No. 2 UNC women are fresh off an indoor national championship title and are now looking to sweep through the outdoor season. The Tar Heels are unblemished to date, sporting a 23-0 record overall and an 11-0 mark in ACC action.

Led by top 20 national singles players in sophomore duo Jamie Loeb and Hayley Carter, head coach Brian Kalbas’ players are an imposing force to look at across the net.

Coach Kalbas recently eclipsed the 500-win mark in his career, but he credits the talent on the court for achieving that milestone.

“When you win that many matches, it’s because you have good players. They play well and make you look good,” Coach Kalbas says.

Loeb won an individual national title in her maiden season at Carolina, but has been met with more resistance in her second season. Tennis can be a streaky sport.

Coach Kalbas breaks down the strategy in one of Loeb’s most recent tough battles.

“Anytime the girl hit a really good shot, Jamie would cut it off and force her to hit another great shot. The girl wasn’t coming to the net very much. If Jamie would handle her pace, push her back and get on the offense herself, which she started to do in the second and third set – it was really impressive,” Coach Kalbas says.

As for the Tar Heel men, they’ve gone on more of an up-and-down ride this spring. Saddled with a 16-8 record and 5-3 mark in league play, UNC’s No. 2 singles player Ronnie Schneider says the key to postseason success will be getting all the Tar Heels back fully healthy.

Ronnie Schneider strikes a backhand (UNC Athletics)

Ronnie Schneider strikes a backhand (UNC Athletics)

“Our health is probably the most important thing for our team right now. When we put guys on the court, they’re playing well. It’s just that we’ve got to get our top six guys healthy. If we can get healthy now, by the time those two tournaments [ACC and NCAA] hit, we’ll be playing our best tennis,” Schneider says.

Out on the lacrosse field, head coach Joe Breschi has to be pleased with his men’s team thus far. The Tar Heels check in at No. 4 in the national polls and are coming off an impressive road win over No. 6 Virginia in Charlottesville.

Senior Jimmy Bitter, who scored two goals in the win over the Wahoos, says the composure of goalkeeper Kieran Burke gives UNC added confidence.

The men's lacrosse team will hope to repeat 2013's ACC title (Courtesy

The men’s lacrosse team will hope to repeat 2013’s ACC title (Courtesy

“Kieran Burke is an amazing goalie. No matter what point in the game it is, he’s always level-headed,” Bitter says.

Not to be outdone, the Tar Heel women’s lacrosse team is ranked No. 2 nationally and in search of a national title of their own this spring.

In UNC’s most recent win over fellow top-ten member Louisville, Molly Hendrick netted a career-high five goals to spur on the 18-5 rout of the Cardinals.

So the trees and bushes aren’t the only thing blossoming around Chapel Hill right now – so too are the national championship aspirations of Tar Heels on the tennis courts and lacrosse fields.

More National Glory For Tar Heel Women’s Tennis

Congratulations are in order for the No. 3 North Carolina women’s tennis team. The Tar Heels claimed their second ITA National Team Indoor Championship in the last three years, winning 4-1 over No. 9 Georgia in Monday’s championship match at the Boar’s Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, Va.

UNC senior Caroline Price, who came oh so close to earning UNC the NCAA title last season, fittingly secured the winning point on court three, outlasting UGA’s Kennedy Shaffer in three sets – 6-1, 2-6, 7-5.

“They’re just amazing fighters,” UNC head coach Brian Kalbas says. “Caroline and Jamie (Loeb) and everybody just kept fighting and I’m just real proud of the effort. Fourth day, everybody’s tired. It’s just amazing to see what people can do when they push themselves to the limit.”

The UNC women's tennis team celebrated abother national championship Monday (UNC Athletics)

The UNC women’s tennis team celebrated another national championship Monday (UNC Athletics)

Price says she felt she had to come through for her team in the clutch this time around.

“I lost the national championship for us last year, it came down to my match,” Price says. “So in my mind I was like, ‘I’m a senior, I’m going to go for it because I’ve already lost it once.’ I didn’t want to go out losing and say I didn’t try to go for it.”

Looking forward to the rest of the season, Coach Kalbas says the sky’s the limit for this deep and talented squad.

“We have pretty much the nucleus of our team back from last year that got to the NCAA finals, so we’re an experience team, a talented team,” Coach Kalbas says. “We can continue to get better throughout the year.

Carolina will look to show off its outdoor skills in the coming weeks, beginning with N.C. State on Thursday, Feb. 19 at 3 p.m. in Raleigh.


Georgia vs North Carolina

Feb 09, 2015 at Charlottesville, VA

(Boar’s Head Sports Club)


#3 North Carolina 4, #9 Georgia 1


Singles competition 

  1. #8 Jamie Loeb (NC) vs. #19 Lauren Herring (UGA) 6-2, 5-7, 3-1, unfinished
  2. #31 Hayley Carter (NC) def. Ellen Perez (UGA) 6-3, 6-4
  3. #22 Caroline Price (NC) def. Kennedy Shaffer (UGA) 6-1, 2-6, 7-5
  4. Whitney Kay (NC) def. #83 Silvia Garcia (UGA) 6-4, 6-3
  5. Ashley Dai (NC) vs. #91 Hannah King (UGA) 4-6, 6-4, 2-5, unfinished
  6. Caroline Brinson (UGA) def. Kate Vialle (NC) 6-3, 4-6, 6-1


Doubles competition 

  1. #13 Ashley Dai/Kate Vialle (NC) vs. Lauren Herring/Ellen Perez (UGA) 4-4, unfinished
  2. Jamie Loeb/Caroline Price (NC) def. Kennedy Shaffer/Silvia Garcia (UGA) 6-2
  3. Hayley Carter/Whitney Kay (NC) def. Caroline Brinson/Hannah King (UGA) 6-2


Match Notes:

Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (2,4,6,3)

National Title On The Line For No. 3 Tar Heels

The No. 3 North Carolina women’s tennis team will play for another ITA National Women’s Team Indoor Championship Monday after a dominating 4-0 shutout of second-seeded Florida in Sunday’s semifinal.

The Tar Heels, now 8-0, will face No. 8 seed Georgia on Monday at 11 a.m., in search of their second indoor national title in three years. The Tar Heels won their first national indoor championship in 2013.

Whitney Kay and Ashley Dai finished minutes apart on courts four and five, respectively, to send the Tar Heels into the title match against the Bulldogs, who trumped No. 5 California in the other semifinal match on Sunday at the Boar’s Head Tennis Center.

Armed with a deep and talented roster that includes former national champion and No. 1-ranked player in the nation, Jamie Loeb, the Tar Heels will be fully expecting to clinch the winner’s trophy Monday.

Overshadowed Spring Sports Share Same Lofty Goals

All eyes are generally fixed on the basketball hardwood this time of year in Chapel Hill, but a litany of other top-notch UNC sports programs are gearing up for their own chances at ACC and national glory.

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The No. 4 UNC women’s tennis team started off its dual match campaign with a pair of victories over in-state foes.

Last weekend, the Tar Heels decisively served past both Elon and Appalachian State, dropping only one match in the process.

The Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center will play host to one of the nation’s top players. Sophomore Jamie Loeb, currently ranked No. 8 in the nation in singles, spent much of her freshman year sitting atop the rankings after a superb 53-4 season individually.

UNC winning ITA Indoor National Title. (UNC Athletics)

UNC winning ITA Indoor National Title. (UNC Athletics)

After falling just short of a national championship in Athens, Georgia a year ago, the Tar Heels, armed with a deep and talented lineup that also includes No. 22 Caroline Price and No. 31 Hayley Carter, could go one better in 2015.

Head coach Brian Kalbas’ Carolina squad will return to action on Jan. 24-25 to face Minnesota and Boston College or LSU.

As for their male counterparts, they’ll be aiming for big things this year as well. The Tar Heel men start off their campaign in the No. 6 position nationally in the preseason rankings released just last week.

UNC returns five starters from last year’s record-breaking team that reached the NCAA quarterfinals. In addition, Carolina also welcomes back senior Esben Hess-Oleson, who sat out last season with an injury, but made significant contributions in previous years.

The Tar Heels return to the courts to open their regular season with home doubleheaders on Jan. 16 and 19.

On the lacrosse field, UNC will yet again be among the nation’s best.

The women’s team begins the year No. 2 in the preseason polls and leads a loaded field in the ACC with five league schools represented in the top seven of the rankings.

With a national championship the goal, it appears the Tar Heels may actually have the talent to do it, with ten UNC women earning spots on the 2015 Face-Off Yearbook preseason All-America team, published by Inside Lacrosse.

UNC Men's Lacrosse claimed the 2013 ACC Championship. (UNC Athletics)

UNC Men’s Lacrosse claimed the 2013 ACC Championship. (UNC Athletics)

As for the men’s lacrosse squad, they check in a few notches lower than the women, but not by much. The Tar Heels were voted as the sixth-best team in the NCAA by the nation’s coaches.

But Carolina will get its chance to prove if it should be placed higher with games against all of the top five-ranked teams looming on its schedule.

Coach Joe Breschi’s team opens its season Feb. 7 at home against Furman.

Although overshadowed by their more famous classmates on the basketball court, at a place like UNC, every sports program seemingly shares the same collective goal – to win a national championship.

Tar Heel Jamie Loeb Claims American Collegiate Invitational

Carolina women’s tennis phenom Jamie Loeb is continuing her dominant form into her sophomore year at Chapel Hill. Most recently, Loeb collected some more hardware at the American Collegiate Invitational, held at the site of the U.S. Open.

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UNC All-American Loeb was thrilled to add the inaugural American Collegiate Invitational title to her ever-expanding trophy case last Saturday.

Loeb says the new tournament is a wonderful experience for top college players to get a taste of the U.S. Open experience at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York.

“I’m really excited and really proud to be the first one to win this tournament. It’s a great experience and awesome how they’ve provided this tournament for collegiate players, giving us more awareness and opportunities,” Loeb says.

Loeb with the trophy (UNC Athletics)

Loeb with the trophy (UNC Athletics)

The local product turned Tar Heel waltzed through the field without dropping a set and beat an in-conference ACC rival in Virginia junior Julia Elbaba in the final match.

But Loeb says the match was a difficult one, featuring a 7-5 first set that took over an hour to complete.

“In the first set, I was struggling a little bit. Physically, I was getting tired. The heat was getting to me a little bit. But I knew I had to power through. Overall, it was pretty tough for both of us,” Loeb says.

The Invitational included eight men and eight women selected from the best players from across the nation. The winners in both divisions are guaranteed a wild card into the qualifying draw of the 2015 U.S. Open.

Jamie Loeb (

Jamie Loeb (

Loeb has that to look forward to next summer, but for now, she’s just enjoying her latest achievement. She says it’s special to have so much support from family and friends.

“I’m so happy all my family, coaches and friends could be here. It was awesome having their support. The crowd got behind both of us. It was awesome in general. I’m really happy everyone was here,” Loeb says.

As for the Tar Heels, they’ll get their fall season underway this weekend in the Ranked +1 Tournament held at the Cary Tennis Park from Sept. 12-14.

With top-ranked Loeb and another four of her teammates all listed in the preseason ITA rankings, Carolina figures to have a legitimate chance for a run at a national championship that just eluded their grasp a year ago in a 4-3 loss to UCLA in the title match.

Jamie Loeb Named Player Of The Year

North Carolina’s Jamie Loeb has been named the 2014 ITA National College Player of the Year, the ITA announced on Wednesday.

Loeb, a freshman, wrapped up an impressive season with a 53-4 singles record, including a 19-1 mark in the fall. Her 53 wins are the most in program history for the North Carolina women’s tennis program. The Ossining, New York, native won singles titles at the 2013 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships and Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships.

She has been ranked in the No. 1 spot in the ITA Division I National Singles Rankings since February 11, and is the first female from North Carolina to be the top-ranked singles player. Loeb was named an ITA All-America in both singles and doubles and is the 2014 ITA National Rookie of the Year.

Loeb led her team to a runner-up finish at the 2014 NCAA Team Championships, the first national championship match in program history.

UCLA’s Marcos Giron was named the Men’s National Player of the Year, while Alabama’s Erin Routliffe and Maya Jansen were named the ITA National Women’s Doubles Team of the Year, and Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese of Tennessee were honored on the men’s side.

The ITA College Player of the Year Awards are given to the male and female singles players who have had the most outstanding year in Division I college tennis. The collegiate players will be honored on Saturday, July 12 in Newport, RI at a special Awards Luncheon during the Rolex Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend, and immediately prior to the 2014 International Tennis Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony.

Coach Brian Kalbas Building Powerhouse Tennis Program At Chapel Hill

The record-setting 2013-2014 season for the national runner-up Carolina women’s tennis team has come to close, but with a youthful squad and an infusion of fresh incoming talent, the Tar Heels have a bright future.

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Head Coach Brian Kalbas cannot say enough positive things about the milestones recorded by his Tar Heels this season. And who can blame him? Carolina completed the NCAA Tournament run of its life.

“We had never beaten Stanford in our program’s history. They were defending champions. To beat Stanford the way we did it, was really monumental for our program. Getting to the finals was a first for us. When you look back on it, it was a truly special run to the finals for our team,” Coach Kalbas Says.

But Coach Kalbas knew he had the makings of a special team way back last fall. He says it just took the team a while to mesh and find its identity.

“I knew we had, especially at the beginning of the year, we had the ingredients of a special team. You just didn’t know when it was going to come together. I think it took a while for our team to find the niche between a talented freshman class and a senior class that had come through for us in the past,” Coach Kalbas says.

Once all the players grew comfortable in their positions on the squad and the team dynamics were settled, Carolina locked in and suddenly had the makings of a national championship contender. Coach Kalbas credits the late season surge to the spike in play at the bottom of the singles lineup from senior warriors like Tessa Lyons.

“At the end of the year, when it really mattered, the depth was a strength of ours – winning at No. 5 and No. 6 against UCLA. Every point in the NCAA Sweet 16, quarters, semis – we won some big matches at the bottom of our lineup,” Coach Kalbas says.

Carolina’s freshman sensation, Jamie Loeb, who was named the ITA’s top singles player of the year Wednesday, finished with a dominant 53-4 record this season.

But what’s even scarier for future Loeb opponents is that Coach Kalbas believes there are “a lot” of areas in her game that can improve.

“I think there is still a lot of motivation. She’s the kind of person that always wants to get better. There are a lot of areas in her game to get better. As a coaching staff and program, we feel we can do a lot of those things to make her a more complete player. That’s what’s really special about her -she has room to improve and has the desire and work ethic to do it,” Coach Kalbas says.

Coach Kalbas (UNC Athletics)

Coach Kalbas (UNC Athletics)

A strong incoming recruiting class, ranked No. 6 by, should only further enhance Carolina’s depth. Coach Kalbas says the program is on the upward swing.

“When you bring in those kinds of players with those kinds of aspirations, you have a strong, quality work ethic and professionalism like Jamie [Loeb] and Hayley [Carter] have given to our program this year. It’s really exciting what’s happening with our program right now,” Coach Kalbas says.

Next up for the Tar Heels is a summer of rehabilitation, regrouping and competition. Whitney Kay and Caroline Price are nursing some nagging injuries while Loeb is aiming to improve her ranking on the professional circuit.

But when the Tar Heels reconvene in the fall, Coach Kalbas and the Tar Heels will be primed to take it one step further in 2015 by hoisting up a national championship trophy.

“They can get back to 100 percent, physically. We can really build towards a strong year next year,” Coach Kalbas says.