Brian Kalbas

Women’s Tennis: UNC Sweeps Mississippi State to Advance to NCAA Tournament Round of 16

Head coach Brian Kalbas couldn’t have asked for a much better start to the NCAA Tournament for his Tar Heel women’s tennis team, which defeated Mississippi State 4-0 on Saturday at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center in Chapel Hill to reach the program’s ninth consecutive Round of 16. It was the also the second straight sweep to begin the tournament for UNC, which knocked off Morgan State by the same score on Friday. The pairing of Jessie Aney and Alexa Graham (6-2) joined with the duo of Marika Akkerman and Makenna Jones (6-3) to deliver the Tar Heels the doubles...

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Women’s Tennis: UNC Takes Care of Morgan State to Advance to NCAA Tournament Second Round

Friday afternoon’s NCAA Tournament First Round match couldn’t have gone much smoother for the No. 2 overall seed UNC women’s tennis team, as the Tar Heels rolled to an easy 4-0 victory over the Morgan State Lady Bears at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center in Chapel Hill. After cruising to the doubles point with a pair of 6-1 victories on Court One and Court Three, the Tar Heels (27-3) earned the team win with three consecutive straight sets victories in the singles portion of the match. Marika Akkerman (6-0, 6-1), Jessie Aney (6-2, 6-1) and Chloe Oullet-Pizer (6-3, 6-0) wasted...

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UNC Women’s Tennis Defeats Top-Seeded Duke, Picks Up Third Straight ACC Tournament Crown

The third-seeded UNC women’s tennis team avenged one of its only three losses this season in Sunday’s ACC Tournament Final at the Cary Tennis Center, knocking off the top-seeded Duke Blue Devils 4-2 to clinch its third consecutive league title. UNC becomes the first team to win three straight ACC championships in the sport since Georgia Tech accomplished the feat from 2005-2007. It also represented the 600th career victory for Tar Heel head coach Brian Kalbas. “This year has been such a team effort. Great work ethic, great chemistry and great effort all season,” said Kalbas. “This one feels...

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UNC Slips Past Georgia Tech to Reach ACC Women’s Tennis Tournament Final

A tight, 4-3 victory over the No. 2 seed Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on Saturday morning at the Cary Tennis Center moved the third-seeded UNC women’s tennis team into the ACC Tournament Final on Sunday. The Tar Heels uncharacteristically lost the doubles point for the second straight day, but rallied with a strong performance in singles play to clinch its third consecutive berth in the league championship match. After UNC rallied to tie the team score at 3-3 on Saturday, all eyes were on Court One for the matchup between the Tar Heels’ No. 7 Makenna Jones and No....

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No. 4 Duke Topples No. 1 UNC in Battle for ACC Women’s Tennis Supremacy

In a battle for positioning atop the ACC women’s tennis standings Friday night in Durham, the fourth-ranked Duke Blue Devils rallied for a 5-2 victory over the No. 1 Tar Heels to move into sole possession of first place. After UNC (22-3, 11-2 ACC) outlasted Duke (20-2, 12-1 ACC) to win the doubles point–a point that required a tight 7-6 victory from the top-ranked doubles pairing of Alexa Graham and Jessie Aney–the Blue Devils reeled off wins in five of the six singles matches to take the match. A trio of victories in straight sets helped Duke jump out...

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Women’s Tennis: Tar Heels Remain Tied Atop ACC Standings After Dispatching Clemson on the Road

Heading into the regular season’s final stretch, the top-ranked UNC women’s tennis team hung onto its spot tied atop the ACC standings on Sunday following a 7-0 shutout victory on the road over the Clemson Tigers. The Tar Heels rolled to an easy victory in the doubles portion of the match, before taking five of the six singles matches in straight sets. Now 22-2 this season with an 11-1 record against conference opponents, UNC remains tied with arch-rival Duke for the lead in the league standings. After dominating Clemson (11-11, 4-7 ACC), the Tar Heels have now set up...

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Top-Ranked UNC Women’s Tennis Team Delivers 7-0 Beatdown to Virginia

Friday afternoon saw the top-ranked UNC women’s tennis team assert its collective might at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center in Chapel Hill–as the Tar Heels rolled to a 7-0 shutout victory over the No. 21 Virginia Cavaliers. As a result, the Tar Heels (21-2, 10-1) extended their winning streak to five matches and held onto their spot atop the ACC standings. After taking the doubles point with relative ease, UNC was forced to work for every point in singles competition. Alexa Graham rolled to a 6-1, 6-1 victory on Court Three to improve to 11-0 against ACC opponents this year,...

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UNC Women’s Tennis Stays Hot, Picks Up 6-1 Victory Over Louisville

The top-ranked UNC women’s tennis team held onto its spot tied atop the ACC standings on Sunday with an easy 6-1 victory on the road over the Louisville Cardinals. It marked the fourth win in a row for the Tar Heels (20-2, 9-1 ACC), who continue to prove why they’ve held onto the No. 1 ranking for much of the season. UNC took the doubles point behind outstanding play from Jessie Aney and Alexa Graham–the nation’s top-ranked doubles tandem–before rolling to five consecutive singles victories. Behind 6-0, Louisville (13-8, 3-7 ACC) finally got on the board with a win...

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Top-Ranked UNC Women’s Tennis Team Dominates in Singles Play to Defeat Notre Dame

For just the third time all season long–a year consisting of 21 matches so far–the top-ranked UNC women’s tennis team came up short in its attempt to clinch the doubles point. Despite being in an unfamiliar spot heading into the singles portion of the match–and playing on the road–the Tar Heels responded beautifully with six consecutive victories to earn a 6-1 team win over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. UNC improved to 19-2 this season with the win, including a stellar 8-1 mark against conference opponents. Notre Dame, meanwhile, fell to 10-9 overall with a 2-7 record in the...

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Women’s Tennis: Top-Ranked Tar Heels Pick Up 5-2 Victory Over No. 19 Wake Forest

The top-ranked UNC women’s tennis team picked up another quality victory Thursday night in Winston-Salem, as it knocked off the No. 19 Wake Forest Demon Deacons by a score of 5-2. Sophomore Makenna Jones notched the clinching point on Court One when she defeated Wake Forest’s Emma Davis 6-2, 6-2, putting the Tar Heels (19-2, 7-1 ACC) ahead 4-0 at that point in the match. With the outcome already decided, the Demon Deacons (15-6, 4-4 ACC) earned victories in two of the final three singles matches in order to get on the scoreboard. This came after UNC won the...

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