Freshman Jamie Loeb felt a little nervous walking onto the court Sunday representing the North Carolina women’s tennis team in the finals of the National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships in Flushing, N.Y.
The North Carolina women’s rowing team traveled to Chattanooga, Tenn., this weekend not only ready to compete, but also to honor the high expectations that have followed it throughout the preseason.
After falling 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 in a hard-fought singles match that lasted more than two hours in the finals of the ITA Carolina Regional tennis tournament Monday, freshman Hayley Carter took a 25-minute break and returned to the court to play her third match of the day.
The performances of junior Esben Hess-Olesen and freshman Ronnie Schneider at the ITA All-American Championship’s singles draw can’t be based simply on the marks in the win column. Despite both of the North Carolina tennis players falling to the same competitor — Baylor’s Julian Lenz — in the main draw, Schneider’s defeat of two nationally ranked opponents and Hess-Olesen’s return to the courts after an injury, left them with positive feelings as they departed Tulsa, Okla. “Obviously you have to be disappointed when you lose when you’re a competitor,” Hess-Olesen said. “But looking at the way I played, I’m satisfied with my level of tennis.” In his first match against No.38 Lenz, No.
As a freshman, Ronnie Schneider is experiencing college tennis for the first time, but he faced a familiar opponent to the North Carolina tennis team.
He was seeded sixth in the tournament and had never taken the court as a member of the North Carolina men’s tennis team — with the No. 5 preseason freshman ranking, Ronnie Schneider knew the expectations were high.