Tag Archives: UNC

Loeb Helps UNC Advance To NCAA Final Four, Featured on ESPNW

Jamie Loeb cruised past Alabama’s top player, Mary Anne Daines, 6-2, 6-3, yesterday to help the seventh-seeded Tar Heels upend the No. 2 Crimson Tide, 4-2, to advance to the semifinals of the NCAA women’s tennis championships in Athens, Ga. UNC (28-5) will take on the defending champion Stanford on Monday at 1 p.m.

Ranked as the number one collegian in the country for more than three months, Loeb was also featured in an article on espnW last week.

See her post-match interview here as well:

 

No. 1 Loeb leads North Carolina to NCAA Sweet 16

Jamie Loeb continued to shine in her freshman season, winning her singles and doubles matches to pace seventh-seeded North Carolina to a 4-0 win over Georgia State in the second round of the NCAA Women’s Tennis Championship in Chapel Hill, N.C.

UNC (26-5) will face 10th seed Texas A&M on Thursday in the Round of 16 in Athens, Ga., at 9 a.m.

Loeb, who continues to rank No. 1 in the NCAA rankings, won her singles match, 6-4, 6-2 over No. 22 Abigail Tere-Apisah.

Immediately prior to her singles match, Loeb helped Carolina win the doubles point by pairing with Ashley Dai for an 8-3 triumph.

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.

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.

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.”