UVA tennis star Elbaba falls to Loeb in American Collegiate Invitational Final
UVA tennis All-American Julia Elbaba (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) was defeated by North Carolina’s Jamie Loeb 7-5, 6-1 in the singles final at the inaugural American Collegiate Invitational at the US Open Saturday (Sept. 6) at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.
Elbaba finished the prestigious tournament with a 2-1 mark, posting victories against former collegiate stars Alex Cercone (Florida) and Kristie Ahn (Stanford).
“I felt like I left everything out on the court,” Elbaba said. “I fell a little short in the first set and in the second set, Jamie [Loeb] played with a lot of confidence. She played really well. I’m a little disappointed. It’s kind of sad to lose at home, but also proud. I played some of my best tennis this week.”
Elbaba has earned three ITA All-America honors at Virginia, including a pair of singles honors. In 2013-14, Elbaba posted a 31-6 singles record and finished the season ranked sixth in the final ITA rankings.