As JMTA collegian Jamie Loeb returned recently to University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from a long weekend in New York City (a weekend which saw her win the prestigious USTA/ITA National Collegiate Indoor Championships), she was the subject of a nice article in her college newspaper, The Daily Tar Heel. Below is an excerpt from The Daily Tar Heel article, written by Ben Coley. Ben’s article does a nice job of explaining Jamie’s life story from how her interest in tennis was sparked, to her training regimen (including an abnormal life as a high school student), and the life of a DI college tennis star. For the full length article click here.
On Sunday, Nov. 10, North Carolina women’s tennis player Jamie Loeb arrived back in Chapel Hill with a national title. But there was no public celebration. No crowd awaited her in Chapel Hill. Instead, she was greeted by an 8 a.m. class the next morning. And at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center — just two days removed from taking the title — it was business as usual. Loeb shared some laughs with coaches and teammates, warmed up and prepared for an hourlong practice. The music blared, everyone seemed relaxed and a content Loeb was right in her comfort zone. Similar to the casual practice on a November afternoon, Loeb has quietly become one of the best tennis players in the country. She’s a singles, doubles and national champion with a 19-1 record. And if those accolades aren’t impressive enough — Loeb is just a freshman….
After a dominating performance in her first fall season of DI tennis, Jamie is considering an offer to play in a $25k WTA event in early January. The tournament is not a collegiate event, but would be good competition during her college tennis break. Jamie and Felix Alvarado, her JMTA coach, are determining if she will compete in the tournament. Over winter break, Jamie will be training at JMTA with Felix. “I’m really excited to work with Jamie over Thanksgiving and Christmas break,” says Felix, “I saw her play a couple of weeks ago and noticed a few things we could work on so she is ready for the spring tennis season and for any other professional tournaments she might enter. I’m happy with the way she’s playing, but obviously there is always room for improvement.” Jamie’s next NCAA tournament, which is also the kickoff for the 2014 spring season, is the Freeman Memorial Championships in mid-January in Las Vegas.