Carolina hosts Pitt on Saturday at 11 a.m., and the finale against Syracuse on Sunday at 1 p.m. Senior festivities will take place before first serve against the Orange.
This season’s honorees include redshirt senior Rachael James-Baker, a Plantation, Florida, product that joined the team last year after stints at NC State and Baylor. She amassed a lofty tennis resume before joining the Tar Heels, and added to it this season with 11 singles victories and 20 more wins coming in doubles competition.
She also shined in her course work, and as a result was named to the 2015-16 ACC Academic Honor Roll.
The other is Hayley Carter, a standout on-and-off the court that has dazzled tennis fans for the last four seasons and along the way has become the most decorated player in program history.
Since Carter arrived in Chapel Hill, the Tar Heels have compiled a 116-13 dual match record, won an ITA Indoor National Team Championship, three ACC regular-season crowns, and the 2016 ACC Championship.
A five-time All-America selection, last season Carter became the first UNC player ranked No. 1 in the country in both singles and doubles at the same time. She would go on to be named both the ACC Player of the Year and the ACC Women’s Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Currently ranked No. 2 in singles and No. 1 once again in doubles playing this season with Jessie Aney, she has not lost a match in 2017 in either singles or doubles in the dual match season.
This past Wednesday in a victory over long-time rival Duke, Carter registered her 161st career singles victory to tie the ACC record.
“She is the best competitor I’ve ever seen, the best person I’ve ever coached,” said head coach Brian Kalbas, who reached a milestone of his own on Wednesday with his 352nd career win at Carolina, passing former head coach Kitty Harrison.
“She has so much belief in her abilities,” added Kalbas. “She’s an icon here, she’s set all the records here at UNC and now to be the ACC all-time leader is incredible. She’s a special person, she’s a special player and there is no way we can ever replace her.”
Also on the line is a fourth-straight ACC regular season crown. The Tar Heels enter the weekend tied with Duke at 11-1 against the conference, while Georgia Tech is 12-0 and will face off with the Blue Devils on Sunday. There is plenty on the line this weekend, come on out to support coach Kalbas and the Heels.