Duke redshirt sophomore punter Will Monday was named a candidate for the Ray Guy Award, given each year to the best punter in college football and selected by the Augusta Sports Council.
East Carolinas Trent Tignor and North Carolinas Thomas Hibbard are also candidates.
N.C. State: The Wolfpack wrapped up play on the first day of the Tennessee Fall Invite at the Goodfriend Tennis Center. N.C. State squared off first against Ohio State in doubles action, then later competed against host Tennessee in singles.
Wolfpack freshman Liza Fieldsend earned a hard-fought, three-set victory over Tennessees Tiffany Tavares, taking the match, 6-7, 6-3, 6-1 to earn N.C. States lone singles victory on the afternoon. In other singles action, Wolfpack senior Joelle Kissell was defeated by Joanna Henderson of Tennessee, 6-4, 7-5.
In doubles play, the N.C. State duo of Nicole Martinez and Christy Sipes fell to Sandy Niehaus and Grâinne O'Neill of Ohio State, 8-6, while Elisha Hande and Kissell dropped their doubles match to Gabriella DeSantis and Miho Kowase, 8-5.
The Wolfpack continues play Saturday versus Kentucky in singles before taking on Tennessee in doubles.
Duke: After opening the day with a solid start and holding a lead midway through the first round, the Blue Devils slipped to second place after 18 holes at the Landfall Tradition, which is being played at the 6,204-yard, par 72 Country Club of Landfall.
The Blue Devils held a three-stroke lead through 12 holes, but dropped eight shots over the final five holes to finish with a 7-over 295. Alabama did the opposite, as the Crimson Tide shot 9-under over the final three holes to card a 3-under 285 to take the lead. Duke is 10 shots out of first, while South Carolina (300), Arizona (304), North Carolina (305), Virginia (306), Wake Forest (306), Clemson (307), Oklahoma State (307) and Michigan State (309) rounded out the top 10.
Duke sophomore Celine Boutier held the individual lead at 3-under before suffering a double-bogey on the 390-yard, par-4 14th and a bogey on the 16th to close with an even-par 72. A product of Montrouge, France, Boutier is sixth overall in the individual standings.
Senior Laetitia Beck registered two birdies and three bogeys on her way to totaling a 1-over 73 to open the tournament in a tie for seventh. Beck, who is from Caesarea, Israel, snapped a streak of three straight rounds of even or under par as she hit 13 greens, 14 fairways and had 34 putts on the day.
Continuing her solid play to open her Duke career, freshman Yu Liu carded a 2-over 74 in Fridays first round and is tied for 10th. Liu had an even-par round going until she suffered a triple-bogey on No. 14, but a birdie on the 470-yard, par-5 18th gave her a 74 for the day.
Rookie Sandy Choi collected five bogeys over her first 12 holes of the day, before settling down to play her final six holes at 1e-under. Choi rolled in a putt on the 158-yard, par-3 16th for her lone birdie of the day. She hit 13 fairways, 10 greens and had 32 putts in her round as she posted a 4-over 76.
Esther Lee made her collegiate debut, opening the day bogey, par and double-bogey to fall to 3-over. She settled down to play the next 10 holes at even par. Lee closed with four bogeys over her final five holes to finish with a 79 and is tied for 47th overall. She hit a team-high 15 greens, while hitting 11 fairways and totaling 37 putts.
Playing as an individual this weekend, senior Alejandra Cangrejo finished with an 80. She posted two birdies, while hitting 13 fairways, eight greens and totaling 32 putts.
As a team, the Blue Devils carded 10 birdies, but Duke had a hard time with No. 14, going 6-over as a group.
Duke will tee off on Saturday along with Alabama and South Carolina.
North Carolina: The Tar Heels are in fifth place after the first round of The Landfall. North Carolina carded a 17-over 305, led by senior Jackie Chang who fired a 1-under 71.
Chang fired five birdies, four on the back nine, along with two bogeys and one double bogey en route to her 71, which put her in a tie for second place, just one stroke behind the leader. Sophomores Elizabeth Mallett and Samantha Marks both carded 3-over 75s and are tied for 19th place. Senior Katherine Perry posted a 12-over 84 while sophomore Maia Schechter shot an 88. Perry is in 85th place and Schechter is 93rd.