DURHAM — Duke womens soccer coach Robbie Church released the Blue Devils 2013 schedule on Thursday, which includes matches against 13 squads who advanced to the NCAA tournament last season and eight games against teams who ended the 2012 season ranked in the top-20 of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll.
The Blue Devils return seven starters from last season and 23 letterwinners from a 2012 team that recorded a 15-6-2 overall record and advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight for the fourth time in the past six years.
Duke kicks off the 2013 slate at Texas A&M on Aug. 23, closely followed by a trip to Columbia, S.C., to face South Carolina Aug. 25. The Blue Devils will then compete in the UNC Nike Classic in Chapel Hill on Aug. 30Sept. 1 against Kennesaw State and New Mexico.
Following the four-match road trip, the squad will return to Koskinen Stadium to host the Duke Nike Classic on Sept. 6-8. Joining the Blue Devils in the event will be reigning national champion North Carolina, UCLA and West Virginia. The classic is shaping up to be one of, if not the most challenging tournaments of the season. Duke will face West Virginia on Sept. 6 at 7:30 p.m., before playing UCLA, who ended last season No. 6 in the NSCAA poll, Sept. 8 at 2:30 p.m.
The team will then open ACC action Sept. 12 as it plays host to Miami before facing Florida State on Sept. 15. Also seeing action at home in Koskinen Stadium will be Virginia, Virginia Tech, N.C. State and Pittsburgh, while the Blue Devils will travel to play Wake Forest, Syracuse, Boston College, Maryland, Clemson and Notre Dame.
Duke will conclude the regular season Oct. 31, when it travels to Chapel Hill to take on North Carolina at 7 p.m.
Shaw 9-9, Fayetteville St. 0-0: Shaw finished its CIAA season undefeated, sweeping Fayetteville State in a tennis doubleheader at Biltmore Hills Park. The Lady Bears won both games 9-0.
With the two wins, Shaw finishes the season 18-2 overall and 16-0 in the CIAA. They will enter next weeks CIAA tournament as the No. 1 seed.
In the first contest, the Bears won every match and allowed the Broncos to win just game. Top-seeded singles player Claudia Silva defeated Samantha Ledbetter 8-0. No. 2 seed Jessica Medina lost the only game of the matchup, but still cruised to an easy 8-1 win over FSUs Brittney Williams.
Shaws Michelle Hart, Gislaine Farias and Menel Ben-Cheikh each defeated their opponents by a score of 8-0. Desiree Bell won her match at the No. 6 spot by default.
Shaws duo of Medina and Hart defeated Ledbetter and Williams 8-0 in doubles action. Silva teamed with Farias and the two defeated FSUs Taylor Norris and Octavia Wynn 8-0. Bell and Ben-Cheikh won their doubles match by default, helping Shaw pick up the 9-0 victory.
In the second match of the afternoon, the Bears didnt lose a single set as they swept the Broncos. Silva picked up another 8-0 victory over Ledbetter. Medina was able to sweep Williams the second time around, winning her match 8-0. Hart, Farias and Bell all picked up more 8-0 victories for Shaw. Ben-Cheikh picked up the victory by default at the sixth spot.
In doubles action, Medina and Hart defeated Ledbetter and Williams 8-0. Silva and Farias shut out Wynn and Norris 8-0, while Bell and Ben-Cheikh won their doubles match by default.
The Lady Bears will now rest up before competing in the CIAA spring championships on April 18 in Petersburg, Va.
Duke: Womens lacrosse sophomore Kerrin Maurer has been added to the 2013 Tewaaraton Award Watch List, joining teammates Maddy Morrissey and Taylor Virden among this years Tewaaraton Award hopefuls.
Duke: Duke Athletics stands in 15th place in the latest winter Learfield Sports Directors Cup Standings, released by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics on Thursday.
Overall, Duke has 516.60 points and ranks third among private institutions behind Stanford (1st) and Notre Dame (4th). Five current Atlantic Coast Conference schools are ranked among the top 26 North Carolina (5th), Florida State (7th), Duke (15th), Virginia Tech (25th) and Virginia (26th). The Blue Devils ended up with a 16th-place finish in 2011-12.
Duke, which improved 10 spots in the rankings from a week ago, added 146 points from its previous point total based on Elite Eight NCAA Tournament appearances by its mens and womens basketball programs.
Duke: The Duke varsity eight was named the ACC Crew of the Week after reaching the Grand Final of the Jessop-Whittier Cup at the San Diego Crew Classic last weekend.
Dukes V8 crew of Caroline Kiritsy (cox), Grace Cassidy, Claire Vannelli, Emily Theys, Katie Dukovich, Tara Dalton, Laura Sciarrino, Alex Stonehill and Hannah Hewitt set the boats two fastest times of the season and advanced to the Grand Final of the Jessop-Whittier Cup at the San Diego Crew Classic.