Tennis roundup, May 23: Hilton Head's Carter reaches final 8 in NCAA singles, doubles, earns All-American status

sports@islandpacket.comMay 24, 2014 

NCAA Womens Final Tennis

UCLA's Jennifer Brady, left, and North Carolina's Hayley Carter of Hilton Head Island embrace after a women's team singles match in the NCAA Division I tennis championships, Tuesday in Athens, Ga. Carter won the match 6-2, 6-2, but UCLA won the women's team title.

DAVE TULIS — The Associated Press

Add two more milestones to Hayley Carter's remarkable freshman season at North Carolina.

On Friday, the Hilton Head Island native reached singles victory No. 50 with a 7-5, 6-2, victory over Jenny Jullien of St. Mary's (Calif.) at the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championship at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.

In addition, the Smith Stearns Tennis Academy product achieved All-American status for reaching the quarterfinals of the championships in both singles and doubles.

"It was hot today and I was a little tired, I think we all are," the seventh-seeded Carter said in a UNC release. "So I had to really work hard to fight and give it everything I had on every single point. She (Jullien) came up to the net a lot, so I had to kind of stay on the baseline and try to push her back. I tried to dip it at her feet when she came to the net.

"I definitely need to be a little more aggressive. I think I've been a little too defensive the first three matches of the tournament. I'm looking forward to just playing. It's an awesome opportunity to be in the quarterfinals here, and I'm so excited."

The ACC Freshman of the Year will face 32nd-ranked Danielle Collins of Virginia in the quarterfinals at noon Saturday. Collins upset No. 2 seed Robin Anderson of UCLA on Friday.

In doubles, the third-seeded duo of Carter and Jamie Loeb also moved into the quarters with a 6-2, 6-3, victory over 13th-ranked Quinn Gleason and Britney Sanders of Notre Dame.

Carter and Loeb will take on Pieun Burgmans and Emily Fllickinger from Auburn at 5 p.m. Saturday.


Playing her sixth match of the tournament after fighting through qualifyingto get to the main draw, Smith Stearns product Nadja Gilchrist defeated Kateryna Yergina, 6-0, 6-3, in the quarterfinals Friday of the Palmetto Pro Open -- USTA Women's Pro Circuit $10,000 in Sumter.

Gilchrist will face fourth-seeded Caitln Whoriskey on Saturday.


Qualifying begins Saturday for the ITF Head/First Federal Women's $10,000 tournament, and the main draw will begin at 9 a.m. May 27 at the Van Der Meer Tennis Center. The event is free and is open to the public.

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