UPDATE: Jamie Loeb won both of her singles matches Friday to advance to Saturday's semifinal round and a 1 p.m. match.
OSSINING, N.Y. - Ossining native and University of North Carolina freshman tennis star Jamie Loeb returns home this week as the top-seed at the 2013 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships beginning Thursday at the Billie Jean Tennis Center in Queens.
Loeb, a college freshman who was the New York State Public Schools singles champion in 2010 as a high school sophomore, defeated Florida's Sofie Oyen on Thursday in her first round match and will play again Friday against UCLA's Channelle Van Nguyen at 11:30 a.m.
"I wasn't expecting to be the No. 1 seed but I've gained a lot of confidence during the fall season (at North Carolina)," Loeb said. "I'm staying at home with my family and they'll coming out to watch me play. It's nice to be home for a few days."
The National Indoor Tournament tournament, which runs through Sunday, Includes the best players in college tennis right now from about 40 universities. Loeb, an ITA All-American Champion earlier this fall, said she is getting stronger in er first college season..
"My legs are stronger, I'm getting lower on the court, not standing so straight up and depending on my upper body," Loeb said. "More than anything, I am confident competing with these players."
Loeb has also been adapting to the rigors of college athletics - juggling tennis and her class work.
"It takes some focus, getting the studies done and the tennis," she said. "I don't put as much time on the court as I did on the (junior tennis tour) during high school. But I'm getting it done."
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