RALEIGH — Behind the strong play of sophomores Dariyan Hopper and Alesha Wilson, N.C. State cruised to a 3-0 (25-12, 25-22, 25-17) victory over Kent State in its first match Saturday in the Midtown Classic. The Wolfpack’s second game against VCU had not been completed as of press time.
Hopper had 10 kills and a .381 hitting percentage for the Wolfpack. Wilson came off the bench to record nine kills, with two errors on 15 attacks for a .467 hitting average.
As a team, the Pack hit a season-high .337.
N.C. State Senior Megan Cyr had 31 assists.
Duke: The Blue Devils won both of their matches at the Cardinal Classic in Louisville, defeating Samford 3-1 (25-20, 23-25, 25-20, 25-10) and sweeping Marshall 3-0 (25-18, 25-14, 26-24).
Against Marshall, sophomore Jeme Obeime and freshman Emily Sklar paced Duke’s offense with 13 kills each. Sophomore setters Kelsey Williams and Maggie Deichmeister added 20 assists apiece. Junior Ali McCurdy, who led all players with 22 digs, joined Sklar on the all-tournament team.
Campbell: Freshman outside Katelyn Layden, of Chapel Hill, had 12 kills and 13 digs and Sam Zuber tallied 11 kills and five aces as the Camels defeated Manhattan 3-1 (15-25, 25-22, 25-20, 25-20) to rebound from a 3-1 loss (25-22, 24-26, 22-25, 20-25) to host William & Mary earlier in the day at the Tribe Invitational.
With three-straight double-doubles, junior Heather Wilson earned recognition on the All-Tournament Team. She registered identical 41 assists and 13 digs performances against William & Mary (3-3) and Manhattan (1-5).
Elon 3, N.C. Central 0: The Eagles were swept for the second straight day, 25-15, 25-21, 25-15. N.C. Central’s second game Saturday against Gardner-Webb had not been completed as of press time.
Elon 3, Campbell 1: Gabe Latigue scored twice and Chris Thomas added a goal and assists to lead the Phoenix over visiting Campbell.
Ricki Gaez scored for the Camels (2-1-1), who suffered their first loss of the year.
Latigue put the Phoenix (1-1) in front in the 16th minute on a free kick from about 25 yards out.
Gaez equalized less than five minutes into the second half on a shot that hit off the left post and into the net. The strike was the third of the year for the sophomore from Panama City, Panama.
Thomas gave Elon the lead for good in the 58th. Latigue added an insurance strike in the 85th minute that Thomas set up.
Cross Country: It was a strong start to the season for the Duke men’s and women’s cross country programs, as both collected team victories at the Virginia Tech Alumni Invitational in Blacksburg, Va.
Men’s soccer: Freshman Danny Garcia found Martin Murphy with a perfect cross and the senior put it away in the 58th minute to lead North Carolina past West Virginia, 1-0.
Garcia made a run down the left flank and avoided a defender before hitting a left-footed cross. Garcia’s effort curled away from the keeper and toward the middle of the 18-yard box. Murphy put a one-touch volley past West Virginia goalkeeper Pat Eavenson.
Womens soccer: Freshmen reserves Shannon Colligan and Brittany Stanko each scored two goals to lead host N.C. State to a 5-0 dismantling of The Citadel.
• Kim DeCesare scored two second half goals within a span of eight minutes to lift Duke to a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over Southern California in the USC Futbol Classic in Los Angeles.
The Blue Devils improved to 3-1.
• Senior Hali Oughton scored her first goal of the season and assisted on another helping East Carolina to a 3-0 shutout victory over Davidson in Greenville.