Match Point: Chapel Hill Native Joins Tar Heel Tennis Team

Match Point: Chapel Hill Native Joins Tar Heel Tennis Team

Local tennis prodigy deepens her Chapel Hill roots as a member of the UNC Women's Tennis team.

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Chloe Ouellet
Photo By UNC Athletic Communications/Jeffrey A. Camarati

Chloe Ouellet-Pizer was ranked No. 1 in the country at the age of 15 in the 18-and-under singles division. A five-star tennis recruit her senior year. Now a Tar Heel and member of the team that nearly claimed the 2016 ITA Division I National Women’s Team Indoor Championship. How does Chloe do it? The key is being single-minded. “Right now my focus is 100% on being the best college player I can be,” she says.

In high school, Chloe carried a notebook with her to compose an analysis of her opponents at the instruction of Michal “Z” Zaluski, her coach at the time. When deciding on a college, Chloe looked for a coach who could help her hone this personalized approach and a team whose energy was so vibrant that it followed her on the court. At commitment time, UNC topped her list.

After sustaining a wrist injury at 15, Chloe dealt with setbacks, but didn’t let that get her down. “[Recovery] has been a really frustrating process because it’s often that you have to get worse before you can get better,” she says. “I’m starting to feel that I will soon be able to play well consistently again.” Her recovery has coincided with being thrust into the exciting environment at UNC, where she’s building her skills.

While Chloe is currently undecided on her major, she’s considering psychology and is working on striking a balance among tennis, academics and a social life. So what comes next for this tennis protégé? “My dream is to win the team NCAA Championship and to then play professionally after college,” she says.