CHAPEL HILL — The third-ranked North Carolina field hockey team earned a 5-2 Atlantic Coast Conference win over No. 7 Boston College Saturday afternoon. The Tar Heels scored the first three goals early in the game, but B.C. closed the gap with two of its own before UNC gained some late-game breathing room with two more goals.
UNC improved to 11-2 overall and 3-2 in ACC play with the win at Francis E. Henry Stadium, while the visiting Eagles fell to 11-4 overall and 1-3 in the ACC.
UNC women’s volleyball
No. 13 UNC swept Virginia on the road Friday night, knocking off the Cavaliers 3-0 (25-12, 26-24, 25-19) to improve to 17-1 overall and 6-1 in ACC play.
Kayla Berringer and Jovana Bjelica helped give the Tar Heels their second-straight sweep, as Berringer tallied 10 kills and a .625 attack, and Bjelica had 11 kills and two blocks, also hitting a solid .529.
UNC men’s & women’s swimming & diving
The North Carolina men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams defeated Texas Christian University in dual meet action Saturday. The Tar Heel men defeated the Horned Frogs 188-109 while the women triumphed over TCU 200-97 in Fort Worth.
Sophomore Emma Nunn won three individual events to lead the Tar Heel women to victory while freshman diver Jack Nyquist joined with swimmers Brad Dillon, Eugene Tee and Dominick Glavich to each win a pair of individual events on the men’s side.
Junior Natalie Ritter was also a two-event winner for the Tar Heel women, sweeping both diving events.
Duke men’s cross country XC
Seven members of the Duke men’s cross country team toed the line in Terra Haute, Ind., Saturday for the Pre-Nationals blue race. The Blue Devils improved their record to 58-19 overall and 7-2 against ACC opponents after scoring 586 points and placing 15th out of 52 teams.
The Pre-Nationals field showcased a number of nationally ranked teams, including No. 2 Colorado who captured the overall team title with 90 points and No. 4 Oregon who finished second with 113 points. Iona rounded out the top three with 126 points.
With postseason competition just two weeks away, Duke men’s head cross country coach Norm Ogilvie looked for an aggressive start from his squad in the 359-runner field.
“I wanted them to go out somewhere between 4:40 and 4:45 in the mile and they went out in a 4:44,” Ogilvie said.
Senior Brian Atkinson led all Blue Devils with an 88th-place finish. The Melbourne Beach, Fla., native ran a time of 24:31.62 and crossed the line as the third ACC finisher in the competition.
Junior Shaun Thompson, competing in his second meet of the season, finished one second behind Atkinson, covering the 8,000-meter LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course in a time of 24:32.86.
Thompson placed 96th overall and crossed the line as the seventh ACC competitor.
Duke men’s tennis
Duke sophomore Michael Redlicki advanced to the singles semifinals and teamed up with junior Jason Tahir to earn a spot in the doubles quarterfinals Saturday at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Carolina Regional in Cary.
Ranked 22nd nationally and seeded third in the singles draw, Redlicki went 2-0 on the day to move his season ledger to 9-3.
Redlicki dropped the first set against 11th-seeded Ronnie Schneider of North Carolina but came back to take the match in three sets, 4-6, 6-0, 6-2. In the quarterfinals, Redlicki beat dispatched No. 15 seed Robbie Mudge of N.C. State 6-4 in the first set and cruised to a 6-0 win in the second set to set up a semifinal meeting with No. 87 Joran Vliegen of East Carolina on Sunday.
N.C. State men’s & women’s cross country
The N.C. State men's and women's cross country teams competed at the Wisconsin Invitational on Saturday, with the women coming in 20th out of 37 teams and the men placing 23rd out of 35 teams.
Senior All-American Andrew Colley had another spectacular outing, placing third overall out of 244 runners with a time of 23:16.
Graham Crawford finished 79th overall with a time of 24:14 to tally the second-highest finish on the day for the Wolfpack. Jacob Thomsen finished four spots behind Crawford in 83rd place with a time of 24:16.
Michael Mansy & Sam Roberson came in at 181st and 192nd, respectively, with times of 24:51 for Mansy and 24:57 for Roberson.
On the women's side, Joanna Thompson paced the Pack with a 17th-place finish, tallying a time of 20:08.
Kaitlyn Kramer & Megan Moye totaled the next highest finishes for State with times of21:10 and 21:13, coming in at 110th and 115th.