AMES, Iowa — North Carolina topped California 3-1 (26-24, 25-23, 18-25, 25-16) Thursday night at Iowa State as the Tar Heels claimed their third straight trip to the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Led by senior Emily McGee’s 13 kills and 11 digs, UNC capitalized on double-digit kills from four players to improve to 26-5 on the season and advance to Friday’s second-round match.
• After winning the first NCAA Championship set in the history of N.C. State volleyball, the Wolfpack lost three in a row to Texas A&M in a first-round match at Texas’ Gregory Gym, concluding the team’s record-setting season.
The Wolfpack (22-10), making its first NCAA appearance since a 3-0 loss to Kentucky in 1987, won the opener 25-21, but the Aggies came back strong.
Duke: Redshirt senior quarterback Sean Renfree was named the recipient of the 2012 Jim Tatum Award, ACC Commissioner John Swofford announced.
The Tatum Award is given annually in memory of the late Jim Tatum to the top senior student-athlete among the league’s football players.
St. Augustine’s: Tyron Laughinghouse was named to the 2012 Daktronics All-Super Region I football squad.
Laughinghouse was selected to the first team as a return specialist and the second team as a wide receiver.
Duke: Blue Devils freshman Cassie Pecht has been named the TopDrawerSoccer.com National Rookie of the Year after registering an NCAA-best 15 assists on the season. She became the first national freshman of the year selection in Duke’s history.
She registered six goals, 15 assists and a total of 27 points in her rookie campaign.
North Carolina: Senior midfielder Amber Brooks was named to the first-team 2012 Capital One Academic All-America Women’s Soccer Team for NCAA Division I.
N.C. State: Redshirt junior Andrew Colley was named the ACC Men’s Cross Country Performer of the Year and became the first runner to be selected by the conference’s head coaches in a majority vote.