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Experts: College Is The Way To Go

The Tennis.com headline screams, “98 percent of aspiring pros should consider college.”

They are the words of Patrick McEnroe, echoed by many in the sport, and a prevailing thought here at JMTA. According to Kamakshi Tanton’s Tennis.com piece, Patrick said to the the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

“Unless it’s a given that you will be a Top 20 player, and you never know that, I think college is a great place to go and mature physically, emotionally,” he said. “There’s great coaching, great facilities. I think the competition is coming back to where it’s getting better and better.”

JMTA students have two perfect examples in Jamie Loeb, whose training her helped her blossom into the top-ranked collegian as a freshman at the University of North Carolina, and Wimbledon Juniors champion Noah Rubin, who selected another ACC school in the same state, Wake Forest, and will matriculate there this fall.

USTA Spotlights ITA No. 1 Jamie Loeb

The JMTA gets a nice shout-out in this week’s USTA College Spotlight feature on our own Jamie Loeb, tearing it up as the No. 1 college player in the country at the University of North Carolina. Loeb concluded the regular season with a stellar 45-2 singles record.

JMTA prides itself on helping prepare students for college tennis, and who better than Jamie to talk about that experience?

She tells USTA’s Sally Milano:

The biggest difference is that in college, you are no longer playing for yourself. Playing for a team is a great experience because you have teammates right beside you cheering you on. In juniors, you are by yourself on the court. The team atmosphere is so much fun and fires me up even more.

The ACC Championships begin Thursday in Cary, N.C. Fans can follow Jamie’s progress and that of her top-seeded Tar Heels teammates at Tournament Central here.

Good luck Jamie!

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.

Loeb Named ACC Player of The Week

Jamie LoebJamie Loeb continued her singles dominance in NCAA play this past weekend, helping lead the No. 12 University of North Carolina Tar Heels to wins over Virginia Tech and 5th ranked Virginia. Loeb defeated Virginia Tech’s number one player Ilinca Stoica 3-6, 6-1, 1-0 on Sunday after taking down the NCAA’s fourth-ranked player, Julia Elbaba of Virginia 6-1, 7-5 on Saturday.

Loeb, from Ossining, N.Y., earned ACC Women’s Tennis Player of the Week honors last week as well.

Jamie Loeb: Top ranked in NCAA and going strong

One of the biggest success stories for the McEnroe Academy and our coaches continues to be Jamie Loeb of Ossining, NY. Loeb continues her run as the top-ranked girls singles player in the NCAA, as a freshman at the University of North Carolina. UNC is currently 9-3 as a team after a tough loss to top-ranked Duke last weekend. Despite the loss it was a big weekend for Jamie, who avenged one of her only losses this season, beating second ranked Beatrice Capra 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 and winning in doubles as well. She enters the weekend 32-2 overall.

UNC and will visit Virginia Saturday and Virginia Tech Sunday.

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

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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’s Jamie Loeb Named Top Seed for USTA/ITA Indoor Intercollegiate Championships

JMTA’s Jamie Loeb, a freshman at the University of North Carolina, has been named the top seed in this week’s USTA/ITA Indoor Intercollegiate Championships beginning Thursday at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows. Jamie says that “I feel confident going into the tournament and believe I can win it.  I’m going to use the same mentality that I had going into All-Americans, which was focusing on one match at a time and not looking too far ahead.”  Jamie’s JMTA Coach, Felix Alvarado, says “This tournament is like a homecoming for Jamie. Lots of family and friends will be in attendance cheering her on. She’s going to feed off of their energy and fight hard to win the tournament. I am excited to watch her play as I rarely get to see her in action now that she is playing for UNC.  And I know she is excited to come back to New York and play in front of the same people who cheered her on throughout her junior tennis career.”

Below is an excerpt from an article written by Collete Lewis and posted on ZooTennis.com:

“The USTA/ITA Indoor Intercollegiate Championships begin Thursday in New York. The draws have not yet been released, but the ITA preview has the names of the top five seeds in singles as well as the four doubles seeds.

Women’s defending champion Robin Anderson of UCLA is the No. 2 seed this year, which gives an indication how strong the women’s field is.  All-American champion Jamie Loeb of North Carolina is the top seed, and understandably so, as she defeated Anderson in the Riviera final.”

The Championships begin Thursday, November 7th.  For draws, tournament news, updates, and more, you can either keep up with the blog or click here for the ITA tournament web page.

Jessica Golovin Loses in a Tight Match at The Evert American ITF

Jessica and Jada at Practice

Jessica and Jada at Practice

JMTA’er Jessica Golovin lost a tight match yesterday at the Evert American ITF in Boca Raton, Florida to fellow American Sophie Chang 6-4, 5-7, 6-4.  Jessica fought hard and came back from down one set to love, but couldn’t complete the comeback as she was outlasted in a tough 3rd set.  “Sophie played a great match and deserves to move on” said Jessica, “I hope I get to face her again.” Jessica’s JMTA coach Bruce Haddad said, “First off, my congratulations to Sophie. This was a tough loss for Jessica.  She played a very tough match and I am very proud of her for fighting tooth and nail all the way.  She’ll get past this one and come back next tournament both mentally and physically stronger because of it.”

The week is not over for Jessica, as she and her partner, Jada Robinson of the U.S., are the #7 seeds in the doubles draw and have advanced to the quarterfinals and will play later on Thursday.

Check back for Jessica’s results, and for a preview of Jaime Loeb’s draw in next week’s USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships at the National Tennis Center in Flushing, NY.

Noah Rubin Competes in Charlottesville Men’s Pro Challenger

Noah Rubin practicing with Coach Lawrence Kleger.

Noah practicing with Coach Lawrence Kleger at JMTA.

JMTA’er Noah Rubin received a Wild Card into The Charlottesville Men’s Pro Challenger, a tournament featuring top Americans like Rajeev Ram, Donald Young, and Tim Smyczek.  Noah’s first round match was yesterday against one of the hottest players on the Challenger circuit, Canadian Peter Polansky.  Polansky, #165 in the world ATP rankings, is playing the best tennis of his career, and is coming off of a win in his last Challenger in Tiburon, CA.  Noah got off to a slow start, but settled in to make Polansky work for a very hard-fought 6-3, 7-6 (5) victory.  Considering Noah is ranked 600 spots below Peter in ATP rankings, it was a very respectable showing for the 17-year old.  Noah’s coach, JMTA Academy Director Lawrence Kleger said that “Noah was understandably disappointed in the loss, but all who saw the match said that he played very well.  He is playing top ATP pros very tough and I know that it will not be long before he has that ‘breakthrough win’ on the Challenger level.”

In other JMTA tennis news, Jessica Golovin will be in 2nd round action later on Wednesday in the Evert American ITF when she takes on Sophie Chang.  Former JMTA star and current UNC Freshman, Jamie Loeb, will be playing at the National Tennis Center next week in the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships.  Be sure to check back in tomorrow for Jessica’s results, and next week for updates on Jamie.

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.

JMTA’s Jamie Loeb Moves on to Main Draw of ITA All-American Championships

Colette Lewis of ZooTennis.com posted an update on her blog to recognize those who qualified for the main draw at the ITA All-American Championships, JMTA’s Jamie Loeb being one of them.  “I’m very proud of her.” said Jamie’s coach and an Assistant Academy Director of JMTA, Felix Alvarado. “While I expected her to survive the qualifying, playing 6 singles matches in 4 days is very tough on the body.  I’m excited to see how she plays in the main draw.”

Keep an eye out as we continue to update the JMTA Blog with Jamie’s ITA All American main draw results. For now, to read more, see Colette’s post below.

Qualifying Complete, Main Draw Starts Thursday at ITA All-American Championships

Written by Colette Lewis of ZooTennis.com

JMTA Player Jamie Loeb

JMTA Player Jamie Loeb

Just a quick post to recognize the qualifiers at the ITA All-American Championships, which begin Thursday. I will be providing live coverage from the St. Francis Men’s All-American Championships here in Tulsa, the Riviera Women’s All American Championships are in Pacific Palisades, California.

Three players have already won six matches in the women’s tournament, with North Carolina freshmen Hayley Carter and Jamie Loeb getting through both pre-qualifying and qualifying to reach the main draw, as has UCLA’s Chanelle Van Nguyen. The five other women’s qualifiers are: Brianna Morgan, Florida; Cristina Stancu, Texas A&M; Beatrice Capra, Duke; Lorraine Guillermo, Pepperdine; Maria Belaya, William and Mary.

Preseason No. 1 Sabrina Santamaria of Southern Cal is not in the draw due to an ankle injury, so UCLA’s Robin Anderson is the top seed, with Georgia’s Lauren Herring the second seed.   With Santamaria and Kaitlyn Christian not playing, Georgia’s Kate Fuller and Silvia Garcia are the top doubles seeds.

Ken Thomas will be providing coverage of the women’s tournament via radiotennis.com.

See the draws and results from today at the ITA tournament website.

The men’s tournament has 16 qualifiers in a 64 field (women are 8 of 32), and none of them are from pre-qualifying.  Texas has two qualifiers, freshman George Goldhoff and junior Lloyd Glasspool, as does Texas A&M, with sophomores Shane Vinsant and Harrison Adams, and USC, with senior Michael Grant and junior Jonny Wang earning their way into the main draw. North Carolina’s Ronnie Schneider and Goldhoff are the only two freshmen in the draw, not including Mackenzie McDonald, who received a wild card.  The other nine qualifiers: Joran Vliegen, East Carolina; Austin Smith, Georgia; Arturs Kazijevs, SMU; Clay Thompson, UCLA; Adam Lee, Wake Forest; Axel Alvarez, Oklahoma; Daniil Proskura, Alabama; Austin Powell, NC State; Benjamin Lock, Florida State.

The qualifiers will be playing two matches again on Thursday, as they did today, with the first and second of singles (and the first round of doubles) scheduled.

Two lucky losers also made it into the draw: Florida’s Florent Diep and Duke’s Raphael Hemmeler.  Alex Domijan of Virginia, the defending champion, would have been the No. 2 seed, but due to the death of his aunt, he withdrew.

Mikelis Libietis of Tennessee is the top seed in both singles and doubles (with Hunter Reese). 2012 finalist Peter Kobelt of Ohio State is the No. 2 seed.

For the draws and results, along with a link to live scoring, see the ITA tournament website.

Loeb and UNC’s Women’s Tennis Team Begin Title Defense!

JMTA’s own Jamie Loeb joined the defending ITA national indoor champion North Carolina Tar Heel’s this fall.  Below is an article written by Brandt Berry of The Daily Tar Heel outlining the team’s success in 2012-13, highlighting the team’s early success so far in the 2013-14 season, and discussing the team’s expectations for the upcoming campaign.

JMTA's Jamie Loeb now playing for UNC

JMTA’s Jamie Loeb now playing for UNC

By Brandt Berry | The Daily Tar Heel

The title defense began this weekend in Riviera, Calif., at the 2013 ITA All American Tennis Championships as freshmen Jamie Loeb and Hayley Carter advanced through the pre-qualifying in singles and as a team in doubles.

Both players enjoyed relatively easy two-set victories in the first two rounds, as Loeb routed Michaela Bezdickova from New Mexico and Kenna Kilgo from Texas Tech, and Carter defeated Ana Vladutu of DePaul and Southern California’s Giuliana Olmos.

Loeb continued her steady play in her bracket final against Columbia sophomore Kanika Vaidya, earning the victory 6-3, 6-4.

Carter also advanced to her bracket final where she faced Boston College junior Jessica Wacnik. After losing the first set 4-6, Carter regrouped and made some needed adjustments.

“I started mixing up my shots so was always uncomfortable,” Carter said via Facebook message. “She got a little frustrated and I started taking advantage of my opportunities.”

The adjustments proved useful as Carter fought back for a hard earned victory, winning 4-6, 6-1, 6-1.

But for both freshmen the real fun came in the doubles draw.

“I really enjoy the doubles,” Carter said. “Jamie and I are able to feed off each others energy and have a ton of fun.”

Much like singles, they navigated the first two rounds with ease, winning 8-1 and 8-4 against Texas Tech and Utah. But things got much tougher in the bracket final against Miami.

The duo fell behind early and was forced to play from behind for virtually the entire match. After a key point, Carter and Loeb were able to force a seven-point tiebreak to decide the match, which they won to eke out an 8-7 (4) victory, and earn a spot in the qualifying draw.

For Loeb, the key for the intense win was energy.

“Both of us were firing each other up and it was great to pull it out,” she said via Facebook message.

Being on a team with such high expectations could be an intimidating prospect to some, but for Carter, the expectations are all the more appealing.

“Being on such a successful team was part of the reason I came here,” Carter said. “I know we’re capable of amazing things so hopefully we can do something special this year.”