- Freshman Jamie Loeb of North Carolina won her second-straight college tennis major at the 2013 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships.
The victory caps an amazing fall season for the freshman from Ossining, N.Y., roughly 30 miles from the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing.
Loeb faced Robin Anderson of UCLA in a repeat of their Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships matchup, which Loeb won 6-4, 6-0.
On Sunday, Loeb struck first early, breaking the Bruin two straight times to take a 4-1 lead. Anderson fought back and recovered one break but served to stay in the first set at 3-5. An ace took her to game point, but she followed that up with a double fault and then netted a forehand to give Loeb a set point. Loeb would win the set after winning a long rally, 6-3.
In the second set, Anderson kept fighting to defend her title and she broke Loeb for the early lead, only to be broken twice in a row to trail 4-1 as Loeb proved too powerful and steady from every part of the court. Both women held serve for 5-2, putting all the pressure on Anderson's shoulders to hold, but Loeb broke again to capture the title, 6-3, 6-2.
In facing Anderson again for the second-straight major, Loeb said she thought her opponent played a lot better today. "When we played at All-Americans, I think she was a little more nervous, especially at the beginning of the match," she said. "She wasn't serving as well; I think today she served a lot better. Overall, I think both matches were really great."
Loeb did not drop a set throughout the tournament and she now boasts a 19-1 start to her collegiate career. When talking about her successful fall, Loeb said she's been improving in practice and working very hard.
"During matches, I'm more confident now and I believe more in my shots and in myself," she said. "I'm using my legs more on my serve, making my first serve a weapon, but also consistent. I'm just mixing it up with my placement and using more variety with my shots in general."
Loeb has won 16-consecutive singles matches beginning with her run to the Riviera/ITA All-Americans title in October.
Loeb has beaten the Nos. 1, 2 (twice), 3 and 4-ranked players this fall according to the preseason ITA Rankings.
Classmate and doubles partner Hayley Carter hasn't been too bad herself. She made the semifinals of the National Indoors, before falling to Anderson, and will finish the fall season with a 19-3 singles record.
Carolina returns to action Jan 18-20 at the Freeman Memorial Championship in Las Vegas