North Carolina’s Jaime Loeb showed the form that made her the 2014 National College Player of the Year with an opening round victory on Thursday at the American Collegiate Invitational.
Loeb, the top seed, won in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4, over UCLA sophomore Jennifer Brady to reach the tournament’s semifinals.
A sophomore from nearby Ossining, N.Y., Loeb will face Danielle Collins of Virginia on Friday. Collins, the defending NCAA national singles champion, defeated Florida’s Olivia Janowicz on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Loeb’s teammate and the tournament’s second seed Hayley Carter fell 6-4, 6-1, to Kristie Ahn, a former star player at Stanford.
N.C. State: Brittany Marchand and Augusta James have helped Team Canada to the top of the World Team Amateur Championship. The Canadian team leads the tournament by two shots after 36 holes.
With 36 holes remaining, Canada (274) leads Japan (276) by two shots, followed by Korea (277). Spain and Sweden are tied for fourth.
Duke’s Celine Boutier (France) and Gurbani Singh (India) shot a combined five-under-par in the second round.
Duke: Sean Davis is one of 30 nominees for the Senior CLASS Award.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.