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.
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.