College Notebook: NC State and Duke athletes honored

From News ReleasesDecember 12, 2013 

— Sophomore Simonas Bilis of N.C. State finished 15th in the 50 freestyle on Thursday at the European Short Course National Championships.

Bilis, of Lithuania, reached the semifinals with a time of 22.14 in the preliminary competition before finishing 15th overall with a time of 22.02.

Volleyball

Duke: Senior Ali McCurdy has earned third team Capital One Academic All-America honors as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America on Thursday.

McCurdy is the fifth volleyball player in school history to earn Academic All-America accolades and the first since Rachel Moss in 2009. The ACC’s all-time digs leader, McCurdy also boasts a 3.43 GPA heading into her final semester at Duke.

McCurdy led the league in digs per set (16.76) for the third straight season.

McCurdy helped Duke compile a 28-5 overall record, the fifth-highest win total in program history, and guided the Blue Devils to the NCAA Tournament second round.

N.C. State: Senior Brie Merriwether has been named to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America Division I Volleyball Team.

Merriwether claimed a spot on the third team after compiling a cumulative GPA of 3.98.

This past season, Merriwether led the team in blocks with 123, an average of 1.18 blocks per set, which ranks among the top 10 in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).

N.C. State concluded the 2013 campaign with a 20-12 record, including an 11-9 mark in conference play. It marked the third consecutive season that the squad has reached the 20-win plateau.

Women’s soccer

ACC: Following a historic 2013 season, eight conference teams finished in the final National Soccer Coaches Association of America Top 25, including North Carolina (20-5-0) at No. 5, Duke (9-9-6) at No. 18 and Wake Forest (12-7-2) at No. 21.

N.C. State: Freshman Jackie Stengel earned postseason ACC honors and was selected to train and later stay on with the U-20 U.S. Women’s National Team as it prepares for the CONCACAF Women’s Championship.

Golf

Duke: Men’s golf coach Jamie Green announced Duke’s 2014 recruiting class, featuring Jacob Shuman of Needham, Mass., Ben Silverman of Toledo, Ohio, and Adam Wood of Zionsville, Ind. The three-man class has combined to earn all-state accolades six times, with three state individual championships and seven conference titles.

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