For the second time in as many seasons, senior Hayley Carter has been named the ACC Women’s Tennis Player of the Year. She headlines the All-ACC First Team as the sole four-time honoree. This is the fifth year in a row a North Carolina player has won ACC Player of the year.
Carter has become the most decorated player in program history. She was the 2016 ACC Tournament MVP and ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year, and she’s the first Tar Heel to be named first-team All-ACC in four straight seasons since Katrina Tsang (1997-2000). Carter has left the UNC singles record in the dust, and she rewrote the ACC record books this past weekend with her 163rd singles win, the most in conference history.
Staff writer Madeline Coleman spoke with Carter about her award-winning season and the emotions of her senior season before top-seeded UNC starts ACC Tournament play against Florida State today at 1 p.m. Then, the Tar Heels will begin their run for what they hope is a second straight ACC Tournament title.
The Daily Tar Heel: How does it feel to be named the ACC Player of the Year and earn All-ACC honors for the fourth year in a row?
Hayley Carter: It feels unbelievable. ACC Player of the Year is actually something I’ve been aiming for since the beginning of the season, so it’s nice to see it finally come true.