North Carolina All-America Jaime Loeb added another item to her trophy case on Saturday by winning the inaugural American Collegiate Invitational at the U.S. Open held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
For the third consecutive day, the local product of Ossining, N.Y., won in straight sets to capture the title, beating fellow New Yorker Julia Elbaba, a junior at the University of Virginia.
Loeb won 7-5, 6-1 on Saturday, outlasting Elbaba in a marathon first set that took over an hour to complete.
Loeb is guaranteed a wild card into the qualifying draw at the 2015 US Open.
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North Carolina gets its fall season underway at the Ranked +1 Tournament Sept. 12-14 at the Cary Tennis Park.
N.C. Central: Syrita Hunt and Greg Coward topped the N.C. Central women’s and men’s cross country teams, respectively, in the season-opening Eagle/Aggie Cross County Classic on Saturday morning at the Al Buehler Trail in Durham.
However, N.C. A&T State swept the team competition in the head-to-head meet.
Hunt was the first Lady Eagle to cross the finish line, placing sixth with a time of 25 minutes, 30.58 seconds on the 5k-course. N.C. A&T’s Miranda Green won the women’s race with a time of 21:07.65.
Coward paced the NCCU men by placing third with a time of 22:09.12 on the 6k-course.
N.C. A&T’s Saeed Jones won the men’s race with a time of 21:28.40.
Duke: Junior Celine Boutier closed the Women’s World Amateur Team Championship with a four-under-par 284 as she helped pace her France squad to an 11th place tie at the Oshitate and Iriyama Courses in Karuizawa, Japan.
Boutier, who hails from Montrouge, France, turned in a 73 in her final round and finished with scores of 71, 70, 70 and 73 over the four days of play.
Australia came from behind to claim the team title with a four-day ledger of 547, while Canada (549), Republic of Korea (550), Denmark (556), Sweden (557), United States (557), Mexico (560), England (562), Japan (562) and Philippines (563) rounded out the top 10.