The Duke women’s soccer team saw its season come to a close Friday evening as the Blue Devils dropped a 2-0 decision at No. 2 Florida State at the Seminole Soccer Complex in Tallahassee, Fla.
The Blue Devils dropped to 8-9-1 overall and 4-5-1 in ACC action, while Florida State moved to 16-1-1, 9-0-1 and will be the No. 1 seed in the upcoming ACC Championship.
Duke needed a win or tie to be eligible for the postseason, but the Blue Devils couldn’t get any offense going on the night as they were limited to only three shots over 90 minutes of action. It will snap an 11-year streak of advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the Blue Devils.
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Duke: Redshirt junior punter Will Monday has been named one of 80 candidates for the Ray Guy Award, an honor presented by the Augusta Sports Council to the nation’s top punter.
This season, Monday has averaged 44.35 yards per punt while helping Duke to a No. 24 ranking in both national polls as well as the initial College Football Playoff Rankings. Monday has boomed nine punts of 50 or more yards, including eight in the last four games, created 10 fair catches and pinned opponents inside their 20-yard line on 38.24 percent of his punts (13-of-34).
Ten semifinalists for the Ray Guy Award will be named Nov. 14 and the winner will be announced on Dec. 11 on ESPN.
N.C. State: The Wolfpack’s Joanna Nalborska advanced to the Round of 16 in the singles main draw Thursday evening at the Jack Kramer Club Invitational in Rolling Hills, Calif.
Nalborska defeated UC-Santa Barbara’s Priscila Garcia in the first round, 6-3,6-1, then proceeded to upset the No. 2 seeded player in the Round of 32, Saska Gavrilovska of Texas A&M, 7-5,6-1. Gavrilovska is listed at No. 34 in the 2014 Division I Preseason Women’s Singles Rankings.
North Carolina: The women’s cross country team ended an 11-year drought by claiming the ACC Cross Country Championship on Friday. The women’s team finished the race with only 57 points to beat second place finisher, Florida State, by 42 points. It’s the first time that the North Carolina women have won the ACC Cross Country Championship since 2003. The men's team finished in third with 95 points.
N.C. State: The N.C. State men’s and women’s cross country teams finished second and fourth of 15 teams at the ACC Cross Country Championships.
The men’s squad placed second with 90 points while women’s team earned a fourth place finish with 119 total points.
North Carolina 3, Miami 0: After a dramatic volleyball match on the road against Georgia Tech, the Tar Heels (18-2, 9-1 ACC) recovered with a commanding sweep (25-21, 25-12, 25-22) of the Miami Hurricanes, never relinquishing the lead through the course of the match.
Leigh Andrew led the Carolina effort, hitting a phenomenal .467 on the way to 15 kills, 9 digs, and 3 blocks. Paige Neuenfeldt also played well, hitting .615 for the match on 8 kills with 3 blocks
Lauren McAdoo barely missed a double-double, adding 11 kills with 9 digs with especially strong play in the first set when she added 6 kills.
Florida State 3, N.C. State 1: The Wolfpack raced out to a quick 1-0 lead in the match, but the third-ranked Florida State Seminoles rebounded to defeat the Wolfpack, (18-25, 25-17, 25-19, 25-17), Friday at Reynolds Coliseum. The Pack falls to 13-9 and 2-8 in ACC play.