UNC Tennis Claims Men’s And Women’s Player of the Week Honors

UNC tennis players were honored with the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week awards for the men’s and women’s sides this week.

The conference announced the awards late Tuesday.

Jack Murray took home the men’s honors, while Hayley Carter claimed the women’s award.

Murray won both of his matches in No. 7 UNC’s comeback victory over fifth-ranked Oklahoma. The junior is undefeated in both singles and doubles play this season. Carolina is also unbeaten as a team heading into this weekend’s ITA National Men’s Team Indoor Championship in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Carter led UNC to the finals of the 2016 ITA National Women’s Team Indoor Championship. The junior helped the Tar Heels defeat No. 13 Alabama, No. 18 LSU and second-ranked Georgia before losing to sixth-ranked California in the finals.

Carter is ranked sixth nationally as a singles player.

The Carolina women’s tennis team will travel to Michigan on February 20.


UNC Men’s Tennis Gets 2nd Top 10 Win; Women Advance to Tournament Final

The UNC men’s tennis team won a top-10 matchup at Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center for the second consecutive weekend when the Tar Heels defeated Oklahoma on Sunday.

The Tar Heels knocked off Illinois 4-0 last weekend; the Illini came into Chapel Hill ranked No. 7.

This weekend it was No. 5 Oklahoma visiting the now-seventh-ranked Tar Heels.

The Sooners led Carolina 3-2 after taking the doubles point and splitting the first four singles matches. It was the first doubles point UNC has lost so far this season.

With the Tar Heels down, Brett Clark and Robert Kelly won their singles matches to give Carolina the 4-2 victory, which moved UNC to 6-0 on the season.

UNC is now the only team in the country with wins over two top-10 teams this season, according to the university.

Carolina will take part in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships in Charlottesville, Virginia, February 12 – 15. The next home match for the Tar Heels is February 21 when Carolina plays host to the Wofford Terriers.

The UNC women’s tennis team will play in the ITA National Women’s Team Indoor Championship match at noon on Monday. The third-seeded Tar Heels knocked off number two seed Georgia on Sunday to advance to the championship match against fourth-seeded Cal. A victory would be UNC’s second straight title in the tournament and third in four years.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.