No. 1 seed UNC to meet FSU in women's tennis quarters Friday
Top seed North Carolina opens play at the ACC Women's Tennis Championship against eighth-seeded Florida State on Friday at 9 a.m., from the Cary Tennis Park.
Carolina (23-4, 12-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) finished in a four-way tie for first place in the ACC standings, but wound up as the No. 1 seed by owning a variety of tiebreakers over Miami, Virginia and Clemson.
Freshman Jamie Loeb was named the 2014 ACC Tennis Player of the Year on Wednesday, while classmate Hayley Carter earned Freshman of the Year honors.
Loeb, with a 45-2 singles record, is the No. 1 ranked player in the country, while Carter is No. 5 with an equally impressive 41-6 mark in singles play.
Caroline Price, an All-ACC selection for the second time in her career in 2014, is ranked No. 50 in the country with a 21-4 singles record.
Sophomore Ashley Dai rounds out the quartet of ranked singles players at No. 111.
Carolina is also well represented in doubles. Loeb and Carter are No. 3, while Whitney Kay and Price are No. 10. UNC and UCLA are the only two programs to boast a pair of top10 doubles tandems.
Laura Slater and Kate Vialle are No. 51 in the latest doubles rankings.
No. 42 Florida State (15-11, 6-8 ACC) took down nine-seed Syracuse, 4-1, on Thursday to advance to the quarterfinal match against the Tar Heels.
Seminoles players that are ranked this week include No. 123 Kerrie Cartwright in singles, while Cartwright teams with Daneika Borthwick for the 44th ranked doubles tandem.
Carolina won the regular season meeting, 7-0, over FSU on April 6 in Chapel Hill.