Loeb Becomes First Freshman Since 2004 to Win Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Singles Championship

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Loeb Becomes First Freshman Since 2004 to Win Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Singles Championship

Anderson and Brady of UCLA nab doubles crown

Singles Draw
Doubles Draw
Singles Backdraw
Doubles Backdraw

Jamie Loeb - Riviera Champ

Jamie Loeb (left) defeated Robin Anderson (right)
for her first national collegiate title
Photo by Allen Weiss

PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. (Oct. 6) – Freshman Jamie Loeb of North Carolina won her 11th straight singles match at the 2013 Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships to become the first freshman since 2004 to win the singles title. The newcomer knocked off top-seed Robin Anderson of UCLA, 6-4, 6-0, to complete her nine-day trek to the championship.

Anderson was not discouraged, however, pairing with freshman teammate Jennifer Brady to capture the doubles title with a 6-4, 6-2 win over USC’s Giuliana Olmos and Zoe Scandalis. For both UCLA and North Carolina, it marked the first Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships in school history.

The singles final came first, with Loeb immediately breaking the Bruin to start the match. The Tar Heel added another break en route to a 5-2 lead and served for the first set, but Anderson showed the grit she has all tournament, breaking Loeb’s serve and consolidating the break for 4-5.

Unfortunately for Anderson, Loeb rattled off the next seven games to capture the match and the 2013 Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championship. Loeb became the first freshman to win at Riviera since Audra Cohen of Northwestern did so in 2004. In main draw play, Loeb didn’t surrender a set and lost just eight total games in the second set of five total matches.

Doubles finalists - Riviera

Doubles finalists with their coaches
Photo by Allen Weiss

Anderson took the court again for doubles not long after, as she and Brady broke the USC duo in the first game of the match. Neither team faltered from there, with the early break meaning the difference in a 6-4 first-set triumph. Their opponents, however, showed no quit as the fear of losing had already passed much earlier.

Olmos and Scandalis lost in the first round of pre-qualifying, but a “lucky loser” bid into the qualifying draw gave them the confidence used in seven straight wins en route to the finals.

“They came out tough,” Scandalis told Radio Tennis. “They’re both great servers. This week we’ve been crushing serves, and I don’t think we made the necessary adjustments. She (Olmos) makes me look good when she’s in the back.”

Breaks were aplenty early in the second set, but the UCLA duo secured an important one to go ahead 3-2, then consolidated the break in their next game to gain a 4-2 edge. Behind Brady’s powerful ground game and Anderson’s masterful net play, UCLA took the next two games and the doubles trophy.

Anderson was asked about the USC-UCLA rivalry by Ken Thomas of Radio Tennis.

“I played really well today,” Anderson said on Radio Tennis. “It’s always good to get a win over the Trojans. We’re friends with those girls though, we’re friends with a lot of girls on their team.”

All four singles semifinalists (Loeb, Anderson, Cristina Stancu (Texas A&M) and Lauren Herring (Georgia)) and both doubles finalists (Anderson/Brady and Olmos/Scandalis) earned automatic bids to the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, which will be held from Nov. 7-10 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, NY.

In consolation singles, last year’s runner-up Julia Elbaba (Virginia) controlled the match from start to finish in a 6-4, 6-2 win over Brianna Morgan of Florida. With the win, Elbaba also earned a trip to the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships.

Julia Elbaba - Riviera

Julia Elbaba captured the consolation singles title
Photo by Allen Weiss

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