CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — No. 8 North Carolina completed a strong run through the ITA National Team Indoor Championships in dramatic fashion Monday, defeating top-seeded and No. 2 UCLA 4-3 to claim the womens tennis programs first team national title.
For the second time in three days, freshman Whitney Kay won a three-setter to clinch the final point, this time winning the final set in a tiebreaker.
Just as they had against third-seeded Southern California in the quarterfinals, the Tar Heels (9-0) struggled early in doubles and ultimately dropped the point to the Bruins.
That meant North Carolina had to win four of six singles matches against a Bruins lineup headed by one of the nations top players in Robin Anderson.
The Tar Heels got wins from Gina Suarez-Malaguti 6-3, 6-4 against Anderson at No. 1 singles, and from Kay at No. 3, Caroline Price at No. 5 and Tessa Lyons at No. 6.
Duke: Forward Mason Plumlee was named ACC Player of the Week for the second time this season after leading Duke to ACC wins against N.C. State and Boston College.
N.C. State: The Wolfpack womens team is tied for seventh place after the second day of the Lady Puerto Rico Classic. The tournament is being played at the par-72, 6,191-yard River Course at the Rio Mar Country Club. Sophomore Augusta James is tied for 12th place at 3-over 147.
Campbell: The Camels continued their best start in eight seasons with a 4-0 performance at the Hampton Inn Invitational. Junior first baseman Raven Lee and sophomore pitcher Julia Callicutt earned accolades.
Track & Field
Saint Augustines: Junior Moussa Dembele was named NCAA Division II Male National Athlete of the Week by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. He ran the 60 meter hurdles in 7.75 seconds at the CIAA Indoor Championships over the weekend. His time is the seventh-best in Division II history.
• Saint Augustines remained atop the NCAA Division II mens indoor track and field rankings for a second straight week after winning its 16th consecutive CIAA Indoor Championship.