Duke's Capra qualifies for USTA event; Shaw, St. Aug's, NCCU football players honored

From News ReleasesSeptember 9, 2013 

— Duke sophomore women’s tennis standout Beatrice Capra won her first two matches at the Ascension Project Women’s Challenger to advance to the singles main draw. The tournament is a USTA Pro Circuit Event.

Capra downed ninth-seeded Elizabeth Anita Alexandri Profit 6-2, 6-3 on Sunday to advance to Monday’s second round of qualifying, where she upset ninth-seeded Emily Harman 6-1, 6-2.

The singles main draw begins Tuesday.


The third-ranked Blue Devils competed in the Dale McNamara Fall Preview in Tulsa, Okla. Duke carded a three-over-par 283 and was tied for third with 36 holes remaining.

Oklahoma State opened with a two-under-par 278 and leads the event by four strokes over Oklahoma (282).

Duke was led on the day by senior Alejandra Cangrejo with a one-under-par 69, tied for third individually. Oklahoma State’s Julie Yang (67) holds the individual lead, while Lauren Kim of Stanford is second with a 68.

• The North Carolina women’s team is in 10th place after the first round of the NCAA Dale McNamara Fall Preview after shooting a 9-over-par 289. The Tar Heels were led by sophomore Elizabeth Mallet who fired a 1-over 71.


Shaw’s Jeremy Gatson, Kowaski Kitchens and Quinshon Odom earned CIAA Player of the Week honors for their performances in a 44-14 win over visiting Charleston (W.Va.) on Saturday.

Gatson was named Offensive Lineman of the Week.

Kitchens earned Receiver of the Week honors for his record-breaking performance in his Shaw debut. The transfer from Auburn pulled in 12 passes — surpassing the Shaw single-game record by one. His receptions totaled 144 yards and included two touchdowns.

Odom was named Quarterback of the Week after 23 for 30 for 264 yards with four touchdowns.

• Linebacker Chaz Robinson and quarterback A.J. Gilford of Saint Augustine's were honored by the CIAA for their efforts against Division I N.C. Central on Saturday.

Robinson amassed a career-high 19 tackles including 2.5 tackles for loss to win the linebacker of the week award. He was two tackles shy of tying the school record set in 2006 by former CIAA Defensive Player of the Year and current St. Aug Assistant Coach Kevin Jones.

Gilford threw for 217 yards and three touchdowns to earn the rookie of the week award.

• N.C. Central junior kicker Oleg Parent is the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance during a double-overtime victory over Saint Augustine’s.

Parent kicked the game-winning field goal in the second overtime to secure the Eagles’ win over the Falcons on Saturday, and also made an extra-point kick to tie the game at the end of regulation and another in overtime to force the second extra session.

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