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Jamie Loeb On USTA Collegiate Team; Felix Alvarado To Assist

Jamie Loeb, whose many accolades as a freshman at the University of North Carolina included being named ITA Rookie of the Year, was selected to the USTA Collegiate National Team, a high-level training program designed to help top American college players make a smooth transition to professional tennis.

She and JMTA Randalls Island Assistant GM and Director of Tennis Felix Alvarado, who will assist with the team, are noted in this feature on USTA.com introducing the team.

Loeb Runs ACC Record To 11-0 As UNC Climbs To Third In Nation

JMTA’s own Jamie Loeb continues to smash her way through her freshman season at the University of North Carolina, piling up her third ACC Player of the Week honor, then dispatching Florida State’s Kerrie Cartwright, 6-1, 6-1, on Sunday to improve to 42-2 on the year, including 11-0 in ACC play.

Remaining at No. 1 in the ITA Division I singles rankings, Jamie and classmate Hayley Carter have teamed to rank at No. 3 nationally in doubles (28-3 overall, 7-0 ACC). The win over FSU boosted the Tar Heels’ record to 21-3 overall, 7-1 in the league and lifted their ITA National Team Ranking to No. 3.

Loeb leads UNC into action vs. Maryland on Sunday in Chapel Hill.

JMTA’s Jamie Loeb is the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Champion!

Congratulations to Jamie on winning the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships.  Jamie beat UCLA’s Robin Anderson in the finals 6-3, 6-2 in a re-match of the finals of last month’s Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Singles championships.  Jamie won the Indoors without dropping a set, and in so doing became the first women to win both the All-American and the Indoor titles in 20 years.

“Being the number one seed going in I expected her to win it” said Jamie’s JMTA coach, Felix Alvarado.  “Jamie is playing some great tennis and with the tournament being here in New York at the National Tennis Center, it was nice to be able to see her play again in person.”

“It was fun to play in front of family, friends, and Felix again” said Jamie, “Their support gave me a ‘home court advantage’ and helped propel me to winning the tournament.  Robin played a great match, congrats to her on a nice result.”

Below are excerpts from an article written by Colette Lewis of ZooTennis.com. You can read the full article at www.zootennis.com.

Jamie Loeb with TrophyPhoto Cred: zootennis.com

Jamie Loeb with Trophy
Photo Cred: zootennis.com

©Colette Lewis 2013–
Flushing Meadows, NY–

North Carolina freshman Jamie Loeb continued her domination of the fall majors, while UCLA senior Clay Thompson is still pinching himself after winning his 15th straight match after the pair collected the singles championships at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships at the USTA Billie Jean King Tennis Center.

All-American champion Loeb repeated last month’s final result in California on the opposite coast, again defeating UCLA junior Robin Anderson, this time by a 6-3, 6-2 score.

Top seed Loeb, who hasn’t lost a set since the second round of qualifying at the Riviera All-American last month, won the big-hitting battle with defending champion Anderson.  Up 4-1 and two breaks in the opening set, Loeb gave back one, but the 18-year-old from Ossining New York reasserted herself late in the set, breaking Anderson to win it.

Anderson, who had dropped the All-American final to Loeb 6-4, 6-0, got off to a good start in the second set, breaking Loeb in the first game, but the 20-year-old from Matawan, New Jersey couldn’t consolidate, losing her next service game and watching Loeb take a 4-1 lead.  Anderson held for 4-2, and forced Loeb to win a deuce game to keep her lead, but when Loeb held there for 5-2, she let out a loud “c’mon,” pumping her fist in the direction of her family, friends and private coach sitting in the viewing area above the court.

Loeb was correct in thinking that was a key hold, with Anderson serving to stay in the match. Seeing the finish line, Loeb kept giving back Anderson’s pace with more of her own and soon it was 15-40. After so many penetrating ground strokes throughout the match, Loeb picked her first match point to display her variety, hitting an excellent backhand slice that Anderson had to come forward to get. When Anderson’s forehand went long, Loeb turned to her supporters with another fist pump and c’mon, having secured the first National Indoor title for the Tar Heels.

As for her future, Loeb is looking to catch up on the school work that she’s missed during the fall season, yet not being on the courts the next two months when she’s playing at such a high level is a concern.

“I know I’m going to want to play more, because that’s just me,” said Loeb, who trains at the John McEnroe Academy in New York. “When I come home for Thanksgiving, I’ll definitely be playing.”

 

JMTA’er Jamie Loeb of UNC Becomes First Freshman Since 2004 to Win Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Singles Championship

JMTA standout, Jamie Loeb, now playing for the University of North Carolina, won the Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Singles Championship yesterday by defeating top seeded Robin Anderson of UCLA, 6-4, 6-0.  This win makes her the first freshman to win the tourney since 2004.  “I’m extremely happy with Jamie’s results this past week. I know how physically and mentally strong Jamie is and once she got deep into the tournament, I knew she could go all the way!” said Felix Alvarado, Jamie’s longtime Coach and Assistant Academy Director of the John McEnroe Tennis Academy. “All the hard work she put in at JMTA for the past two years has been paying off. Very impressive!”

Jamie’s results from Riviera earned her an automatic bid to the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, which will be held from Nov. 7-10 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, NY.  For more info on the results from the Riviera/ITA Women’s All-Americans see select parts of an ITATennis.com article below.

Photo By Allen Weiss

Photo By Allen Weiss

PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. (Oct. 6) – Freshman Jamie Loeb of North Carolina won her 11th straight singles match at the 2013 Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships to become the first freshman since 2004 to win the singles title. The newcomer knocked off top-seed Robin Anderson of UCLA, 6-4, 6-0, to complete her nine-day trek to the championship.

Anderson was not discouraged, however, pairing with freshman teammate Jennifer Brady to capture the doubles title with a 6-4, 6-2 win over USC’s Giuliana Olmos and Zoe Scandalis. For both UCLA and North Carolina, it marked the first Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships in school history.

The singles final came first, with Loeb immediately breaking the Bruin to start the match. The Tar Heel added another break en route to a 5-2 lead and served for the first set, but Anderson showed the grit she has all tournament, breaking Loeb’s serve and consolidating the break for 4-5.

Unfortunately for Anderson, Loeb rattled off the next seven games to capture the match and the 2013 Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championship. Loeb became the first freshman to win at Riviera since Audra Cohen of Northwestern did so in 2004. In main draw play, Loeb didn’t surrender a set and lost just eight total games in the second set of five total matches.

All four singles semifinalists (Loeb, Anderson, Cristina Stancu (Texas A&M) and Lauren Herring (Georgia)) and both doubles finalists (Anderson/Brady and Olmos/Scandalis) earned automatic bids to the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, which will be held from Nov. 7-10 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, NY.