At the ITA/Riviera All-American Championships in Pacific Palisades, Calif., last week, sophomore Caroline Price of the North Carolina women’s tennis team turned a former weakness into a strength to reach the round of 16 in the singles main draw.
Price said last season she struggled when down in matches, but at the All-American Championships, a different player emerged.
“She put a premium on focusing on staying in the moment — not too distracted or upset,” coach Brian Kalbas said.
Price dropped her first set in the main draw to Georgia State’s Abigail Tere-Apisah but rallied to win 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, advancing to the round of 16 behind a powerful serve and an aggressive playing style.
“(Last season) I let a lot of little things bother me, and I would get down on myself,” Price said. “This year, I really focused a lot on not letting anything bother me.”