College Roundup

NC State, UNC get their NCAA softball foes

From News ReleasesMay 13, 2013 

— N.C. State and North Carolina softball teams found out Sunday night where they will play in the NCAA Division I championships.

N.C. State, which won the ACC championship Saturday, will play in the Knoxville, Tenn., regional beginning Friday, along with Tennessee, Longwood and James Madison. The Wolfpack will play James Madison on Friday.

North Carolina will begin play Thursday in the Eugene, Ore., regional with Oregon, Brigham Young and Wisconsin. North Carolina is scheduled to face Wisconsin.


Virginia: Sixth-ranked Virginia took its fourth consecutive ACC championship, winning all four events in impressive fashion on Lake Hartwell in Clemson, S.C.

The Cavaliers had 60 points to outdistance 16th-ranked Clemson, which finished second in the championships for the ninth time, with 43 points.

Duke was third with 41 points, followed by Miami (27), Boston College (23) and North Carolina (16).

Duke’s Katie Dukovich of Pittsburgh was named the ACC Freshman of the Year as the Blue Devils finished second in two events: the first Varsity Four and the First Varsity Eight, coming within two points of Clemson.

Dukovich, who rowed on Duke’s First Varsity Eight boat, becomes the first Blue Devil to win the award.


N.C. Central: The Eagles, the South Division’s third seed, will face North Division second seed Norfolk State in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championships at 9 a.m. Wednesday in Norfolk, Va.


Duke: Juniors Hanna Mar and Marianne Jodoin lost the first set in their singles matches but rallied to lead the 15th-ranked women’s team past No. 17 Texas Tech 4-3 in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

The Blue Devils advanced to the Round of 16 for the 21st time in the previous 25 tournaments. They will face top-seeded Florida on Friday in Urbana, Ill.

In the top position, the doubles team of Mar and Mary Clayton fell behind 3-4 to 16th-ranked Samantha Adams and Kenna Kilgo after dropping consecutive serves, but they responded by winning the next three to take a 5-4 advantage.

Despite being down 15-40 in the next game, Clayton unleashed a number of serves to push the game to deuce, where the Blue Devils tandem was able to extend the lead to 6-4.

After breaking serve, Mar slammed an overhead volley that ended up in the third-row of the stands and served out the rest of the game to win the match 8-4.

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