After the North Carolina women’s tennis team lost its two top players from the previous seasons, a lot of pressure was put on the shoulders of Hayley Carter.
Carter — a two-time All-American and the ninth-ranked singles player in the ITA Division I rankings — had the accolades, but the junior had yet to prove she could lead the Tar Heels on her own.
This weekend, she put all of her critics to rest.
Entering the tournament as the No. 1 seed, Carter claimed the ITA Carolinas Regional singles title in emphatic fashion, never losing a set en route to six victories. With the championship win, Carter earned an automatic bid to the ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championship in Flushing Meadows, New York.
“She played unbelievable, very focused, relentless, I had not seen her this focused in a long time ...” Coach Brian Kalbas said. “She was able to be more aggressive in her attacks."