Tar Heels women advance in NCAA Tennis Championships

From News ReleasesMay 15, 2014 

— Seventh-seed North Carolina won 4-0 over 10th-seed Texas A&M in the Round of 16 at the NCAA Women’s Tennis Championship on Thursday at the Ken Byers Tennis Complex.

The match was originally scheduled to be played outdoors in Athens, Ga., at 9 a.m., but the rain forced a venue change to the indoor courts on the campus of Georgia Tech.

The Tar Heels will face either second seed Alabama or Notre Dame on Saturday at noon in Athens.

North Carolina (27-5) won an epic doubles match with Texas A&M (21-7) to earn an early 1-0 lead. After splitting on Courts 2 and 3, the opening point came down to Court 1 featuring the third-ranked Tar Heels duo of Hayley Carter and Jamie Loeb.

The 13th ranked tandem of Caroline Price and Whitney Kay breezed to an 8-2 win to notch the other doubles victory for the Tar Heels.

In singles, Kay was the first to close out her match, winning 6-2, 6-2 over Stefania Hristov for a 2-0 Tar Heels advantage.

Tessa Lyons made it 3-0 with a dominating 6-1, 6-1 victory over Mason Strickland.

Top ranked Loeb clinched the 4-0 sweep with a 6-1, 6-3 win on court one over No. 10 Cristina Stancu, marking the second straight-set win over her this season.

Men’s golf

East Carolina: Senior Eric Brady was 1-under par through eight holes Thursday before first round play was suspended because of inclement weather at the NCAA Men's Golf Regional Championship at the Lonnie Poole Golf Club at N.C. State. Play will resumeFriday morning at 11:30 a.m. Round two will begin 30 minutes following each group's completion of the first round.

Brady, ECU's lone qualifier, trails the leader by four shots with 10 holes to play. He will continue at the ninth hole Friday. Brady began the day by paring the par five first hole. He brought his score to 1-under par with a birdie at the par three second. He then pared the next six holes before play was suspended.

Football

Duke: Linebackers Kelby Brown and David Helton were named to the 2014 Lott IMPACT Trophy watch List. The award honors the top defensive player in college football who makes the biggest impact on his team on and off the field.

Helton, a senior, and Brown, a redshirt senior, were the top two tacklers in the ACC last season and enter 2014 as the anchors of a Duke defense that returns six starters.

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