CHAPEL HILL --- North Carolina's 2013 women's tennis signing class of Hayley Carter and Jamie Loeb was recently named the nation's best by the Tennis Recruiting Network. The duo, signed by head coach Brian Kalbas and assistant coach Sara Anundsen in November, received 15 of a possible 25 first place votes from the Tennis Recruiting Network panel.
Carter, who is currently ranked as the No. 12 overall player in the class and a Blue Chip prospect according to TennisRecruiting.net, comes from the Smith Stearns Tennis Academy. A record-setting 14-time South Carolina state champion and nine-time Southern region champion, Carter has been ranked as high as No. 1 in both the TennisRecruiting.net poll and in the RPI.
She has won the South Carolina ITF event two years in a row and has four total gold balls - three singles and one doubles - as well as four bronze balls.
Loeb, who is currently ranked as the No. 4 overall player in the class and is also a Blue Chip prospect, comes from Ossining High School. Loeb won both the singles and doubles 18s titles at the USTA National Winter Championships in 2012 and has already won a pair of pro tournaments - the $10,000 Futures events in Buffalo and Amelia Island.
She also swept singles and doubles titles at the ITF Grade 4 event in Delray Beach, Fla., in May and received a wild card into the main draw of the U.S. Open junior event. Loeb has been ranked as high as No. 2 by TennisRecruiting.net and No. 1 in the RPI.