College Notebook

Players from Duke, North Carolina, N.C. State garner All-America volleyball honors

News ServicesDecember 13, 2012 

— N.C. State senior setter Megan Cyr, Duke junior libero Ali McCurdy and North Carolina’s Emily McGee and Paige Neuenfeldt were named an American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-American honorable mentions Wednesday.

Cyr helped guide the Wolfpack to a 22-10 overall record and a 12-8 ACC mark, the Pack’s first winning season in conference play since 1988.

McCurdy led the ACC in digs (672) and digs per set (5.25). For the second straight season, she set the school single-season digs record. She also surrendered just 23 receiving errors in 32 matches and anchored the Blue Devil’s defense.

Neuenfeldt , the ACC Freshman of the Year, totaled 277 kills and led the Tar Heels with 135 blocks this season.

McGee, a senior finished the season with a team-leading 321 kills and 31 aces. She also had the second-most digs with 369. Starting all 32 of Carolina’s matches, McGee recorded 15 double-doubles during the season, with double-digit kills in 19 matches and double-digit digs in 22.

Other honorable mentions from the ACC include: Florida State’s Sareea Freeman and Fatma Yildirim; Maryland’s Ashleigh Crutcher; Miami’s Alex Johnson, Alexis Mourning and Nrithya Sundarararman.

Florida State’s Ashley Neff, Monique Mead of Georgia Tech and Emani Sims of Miami were selected to the third team.

Baseball

Saint Augustine’s: Tom Stewart has been named assistant baseball coach. He will work with the pitchers.

Stewart was the pitching coach at N.C. Wesleyan College the past two seasons. He coached a high school travel team in New York from 1980 to 1995, and has been the pitching coach for the Fuquay-Varina Twins summer league team since 2009. Stewart also has 12 years of experience as a minor league and collegiate umpire.

Soccer

All-South selections: Duke’s James Belshaw and Sebastien Ibeagha, N.C. State’s Alex Martinez and North Carolina’s Miguele Lopez and Boyd Okwuonu were named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America First Team.

North Carolina’s Scott Goodwin, Andy Craven and Daniel Garcia were named to the second team along with Elon’s Gabe Latigue, of Apex.

The Tar Heels’ Jonathan Campbell, Duke’s Zach Mathers and Elon’s Daniel Lovitz were named to the third team.

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