Tuesday, February 10, 2015

North Carolina women win National Indoors

   The North Carolina women won their second ITA National Team Indoor Championship in three years on Monday, overwhelming Georgia 4-1 on Monday in Charlottesville, Va.
   In the clinching match, 22nd-ranked Caroline Price outlasted Kennedy Shaffer 6-1, 2-6, 7-5 at No. 3 singles. In last year's NCAA team final, Price lost the clinching match at No. 3 singles in the Tar Heels' 4-3 loss to UCLA.
   At No. 1 singles on Monday, eighth-ranked Jamie Loeb of North Carolina led No. 19 Lauren Herring 6-2, 5-7, 3-1 when Price clinched.
   Loeb, a sophomore from Ossining, N.Y., who trains at the Manhattan-based John McEnroe Tennis Academy, reached the quarterfinals of the Sacramento Challenger last July. She upset second-seeded An-Sophie Mestach, a Belgian ranked No. 146 in the world at the time, 6-1, 6-2 in the second round.
   North Carolina (9-0) is ranked third nationally, and Georgia (6-3) is ninth. The Bulldogs defeated No. 5 Cal 4-2 in the Indoor semifinals.
No. 3 North Carolina 4, No. 9 Georgia 1
Doubles
   1. No. 13 Ashley Dai and Kate Vialle (NC) vs. Lauren Herring and Ellen Perez, 4-4, unfinished.
   2. Jamie Loeb and Caroline Price (NC) def. Silvia Garcia and Kennedy Shaffer, 6-2.
   3. Hayley Carter and Whitney Kay (NC) def. Caroline Brinson and Hannah King (Georgia), 6-2.
   Order of finish: 3, 2.
Singles
   1. No. 8 Jamie Loeb (NC) vs. No. 19 Lauren Herring, 6-2, 5-7, 3-1, unfinished.
   2. No. 31 Hayley Carter (NC) def. Ellen Perez, 6-3, 6-4.
   3. No. 22 Caroline Price (NC) def. Kennedy Shaffer, 6-1, 2-6, 7-5.
   4. Whitney Kay (NC) def. No. 83 Silvia Garcia, 6-4, 6-3.
   5. No. 91 Hannah King (Georgia) vs. Ashley Dai, 6-4, 4-6, 5-2, unfinished.
   6. Caroline Brinson (Georgia) def. Kate Vialle, 6-3, 4-6, 6-1. 
   Order of finish: 2, 4, 6, 3.

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