DURHAM, N.C — . The 17th-ranked Duke men’s tennis team secured a trip to the 2014 ITA National Team Indoor Championshipson Sunday, dispatching No. 42 North Carolina, 4-2, in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend championship match in Durham.
The Blue Devils (3-2) rallied after dropping the doubles point to claim four singles wins in the early season meeting with their Tobacco Road rivals.
“I couldn’t be prouder of the guys,” head coach Ramsey Smith said. “They showed me a lot, especially in singles, just with the passion, effort and competing … The biggest thing was we played to win, and we really took it to UNC, which was the difference, especially on the big points.”
N.C State: The 34th-ranked men’s tennis team earned its third shutout of the 2014 dual season, defeating No. 49 Michigan State, 4-0, in the consolation match of the Knoxville Region at the sixth annual ITA Kick-Off Weekend.
• The Wolfpack and No. 17 Virginia Tech each won five bouts, but the Hokies came away with a narrow 17-16 wrestling victory over the Pack in Reynolds Coliseum. With the score tied 7-7 after the first four bouts, the Hokies scored a major decision at 133 pounds for a point differential that lasted the remaining five bouts.
• The gymnastics team lost 195.425 to 195.400 on the road to West Virginia.
UNC: No. 3 North Carolina women picked up a 4-1 home victory over Memphis on the final day of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend from Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center. North Carolina will defend its ITA Indoor National Championship in Charlottesville, Va., on Feb. 7-10. The Tar Heels defeated UCLA in the title match last season for its first indoor national championship.
• The women's lacrosse team scrimmaged the U.S. National Team at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports complex, almost upsetting Team USA before falling 16-15 in overtime.
• The gymnastics team defeated Maryland, 194.700 to 192.300, at home. Sophomore Lexi Cappalli took first place in her first ever collegiate meet competing in the all-around.
Raleigh Sports Club: The RSC will celebrate its 50th anniversary on Wednesday with guest speaker Jeff Compher, East Carolina athletic director. The RSC will honor Middle Creek High softball player Lauren Panella as the Wake County student athlete of the week.