NEW YORK — North Carolina returned to the Associated Press Top 25 Monday after the Tar Heels defeated No. 25 Georgetown and Iowa this week to win the Preseason WNIT.
North Carolina, which opened the season outside the AP Top 25 for the first time since the 2001-02 season, re-entered the poll at No. 25 after falling out last February.
The Tar Heels took a similar path back to the poll in 2001, starting the season 9-1 with the only loss coming at Connecticut.
Duke: After registering four goals over the weekend in NCAA tournament victories over 24th-ranked Miami (Ohio) and second-ranked Virginia, Duke midfielder Kim DeCesare was named the TopDrawerSoccer national player of the week.
A product of Massapequa Park, N.Y., DeCesare totaled back-to-back first half goals to open the match against Miami (Ohio) on Friday as the Blue Devils went on to post a 4-1 victory over the RedHawks in the NCAA Sweet 16. The game-winning goal for DeCesare was her fourth of the season.
N.C. State: Sophomore outside hitter Dariyan Hopper and Miami senior setter Nrithya Sundararaman have been named the ACC volleyball co-players of the week.
Hopper led N.C. States offensive attack in a pair of conference home wins over the weekend, guaranteeing the Wolfpack its first winning record in conference play since 1988. Hopper had 10 kills and hit .400 in a 3-0 sweep of Virginia on Friday night and posted a career-high 23 kills in a come-from-behind win against Virginia Tech on Saturday.
• Maggie Speaks, a 5-10 setter from Camden, S.C., has signed a national letter of intent to play volleyball at NC State.
Speaks, a three-time region player of the year and three-time all-state selection, was named the South Carolina Coaches Association Womens Sport Player of the Year.
North Carolina: North Carolina mens tennis announced the signing of two prospects, Ronnie Schneider and Jack Murray, to national letter of intents. They will join the team in the fall of 2013.