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Hayley Carter Master'U blog: It took a total team effort vs. Germany

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December 4, 2016 06:40 AM

Six of the top college players in the country – Francesca Di Lorenzo of Ohio State, Hayley Carter of North Carolina, Ena Shibahara of UCLA, Christopher Eubanks of Georgia Tech, Tom Fawcett of Stanford and Strong Kirchheimer of Northwestern – have been selected to represent the U.S. at the the 2016 Master’U BNP Paribas, the world's most prestigious international college team competition, which is taking place Dec. 1-4 in Marcq-en-Baroeul, France. The event features college teams from eight countries: Belgium, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Russia and the U.S.

In the latest of a series of blogs written for USTA.com from the Master'U tournament, Carter writes about Team USA's amazing comeback against Germany in the semifinals to reach the final vs. Russia.

By Hayley Carter, special to USTA.com

What an amazing day! It took a total team effort to pull out the 5-2 win over an incredibly tough German team.

After getting down in an 0-2 hole, Francesca Di Lorenzo set the tone for the rest of the match with a convincing win over a strong opponent.

A few hours later, Chris Eubanks came up big time and tied it up with a 7-6 (5) in the third win after being down 5-1 in the tiebreaker. It was by far the best tennis match I have ever seen in person. The energy and atmosphere in the building were out of this world, and the explosion of the crowd and our team when he won that final point was something I will never forget.

We carried that momentum boost into our doubles matches and came away with three great wins to put away the Germans and clinch our spot in the Master'U final.

Today was some of the most fun I have ever had on a tennis court, and I cannot wait to face off against Russia tomorrow. There is something incredibly special about playing for your country, and we hope we are able to make the USA proud tomorrow and bring back another title.

GO USA #ALLin

Thanks,
Hayley

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