Former Duke star Lauren Blazing honored by NCAA
Former Duke field hockey standout Lauren Blazing was honored by the NCAA Sunday at the 2016 Woman of the Year awards dinner. A 2016 graduate of Duke, Blazing was one of the top 30 honorees for the award.
The NCAA Woman of the Year program honors the academic achievements, athletics excellence, community service and leadership of graduating female college athletes from all three divisions. To be eligible, nominees must have competed and earned a varsity letter in an NCAA-sponsored sport and must have completed eligibility in her primary sport.
A native of Durham, Blazing concluded her collegiate career on a high note in 2015, earning first team All-America distinction from the National Field Hockey Coaches Association. She was also a first team NFHCA All-South Region and All-ACC selection while anchoring Duke to the NCAA semifinals for the second time in three seasons. Over her four years in goal, Blazing compiled a 49-29 ledger and became just the seventh player in program history to earn All-America accolades on three or more occasions. She rounded out her career ranked third at Duke in career saves (385) and goals against average (1.46).
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Shaw: Senior Dominique Hannibal was named the CIAA Defensive Lineman of the Week on Monday for his performance in the Bears’ 23-12 road loss to Livingstone College on Saturday. Hannibal made a career- and game-high 18 tackles, including nine solo and nine assisted against the Blue Bears. He also finished the contest with four tackles for loss and two sacks.
N.C. Central: Junior Mike Jones has been selected as the MEAC Specialist of the Week for his performance during a 33-3 homecoming victory over Savannah State, the MEAC announced Monday. Jones collected 72 yards on four punt returns including a 59-yard touchdown, the first score of his career. Jones also had two tackles and a pass break-up from his starting cornerback position.
Elon: Junior Elijah Agu was selected as the Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week for the second time this season as announced by the league office on Monday. Agu garnered his second league weekly honor after scoring three goals in two games to help the Phoenix go 2-0 last week versus a pair of CAA foes.
Duke: The Blue Devils welcome the Campbell Fighting Camels on Tuesday night. First kick is set for 7 p.m. from Koskinen Stadium.
Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons will hit the road for the final nonconference game of the regular season at No. 21 South Carolina. First kick against the Gamecocks in Columbia, S.C., is set for 7 p.m. and the game will air on SEC Network.
Wake Forest: Middle blocker Caitlyn Della was named ACC Freshman of the Week Monday afternoon, the league announced. Della finished last week’s play with 28 kills and only five errors for a .442 attack percentage and eight total blocks.
Shaw: The Bears hit the road for Livingstone College on Tuesday in a CIAA Southern Division match. The Bears head into Tuesday’s action following a 3-0 win over St. Augustine’s. The victory extended Shaw’s win streak to 13 straight as the Bears posted a 10-0 record in the CIAA.
UNC: Senior Sheila Doyle was named ACC Player of the Week on Monday following her performance on the road against Notre Dame and Louisville. Doyle is the fifth Tar Heel on the roster to take home the conference’s top weekly honor this season and Monday’s honor marks the eighth overall weekly award for the Tar Heels over the first eight weeks of the year.
N.C. Central: The Eagles will play their second straight nonconference road match when they visit Gardner-Webb to conclude a home-and-away season series in Boiling Springs at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.
St. Aug’s: Sophmore Shakera Hall registered 22 kills and 12 digs to lead the Lady Falcons to a 3-0 CIAA volleyball win over Johnson C. Smith University at Brayboy Gymnasium.
Wake Forest: Assistant coach Mike Terry has been selected as a member of the newly-formed Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Diversity & Inclusion Committee, the WBCA announced Monday afternoon. The purpose of the committee is to advise and guide the association’s Board of Directors in enhancing awareness of issues pertaining to diversity and inclusion within WBCA membership and promoting the growth of diversity within the sport.
Duke: The Blue Devils are set to host Academy of Baseball Canada at 5 p.m. on Tuesday at Jack Coombs Field. The scrimmage is free and open to the public.
Raleigh Sports Club: The guest speaker Wednesday will be Duke football coach David Cutcliffe, the 2013 National Coach of the Year who has earned ACC and SEC Coach of the Year honors in a distinguished career that includes mentoring Super Bowl MVP quarterbacks Peyton and Eli Manning. The meeting will be in Bradley Hall in Highland UMC, 1901 Ridge Road. Buffet lines open at 11:30 a.m., and the meeting is noon to 1 p.m. Member attendance is $15, guest fee is $25.
Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons continued their strong fall to be represented in both the singles and doubles final of the ITA Carolina Regional this week. Skander Mansouri won his semifinal singles match Monday, while he and Christian Seraphim claimed two doubles victories to qualify for Tuesday's final. The Deacs will be represented in both the singles and doubles final for the second-straight year.
Duke: A successful USTA/ITA Carolina Regional run ended Monday for the Blue Devils with a pair of semifinal losses. Junior Nicolas Alvarez fell in the singles semifinals and Alvarez and freshman Nick Stachowiak went 1-1 in doubles, falling in the semifinals. Sophomores Jason Lapidus and Vincent Lin also went 1-1 and dropped a semifinals decision.
ECU: After two rounds of play at the Elon Phoenix Invitational, the Pirates tied for fourth-place after posting a 1-under-par 567 at the Alamance Country Club. The Pirates trail Gardner-Webb by nine strokes for first-place, second-place tournament host Elon by two strokes and are one stroke behind third-place Presbyterian.
Elon: The Phoenix started strong on day one of the second-annual Elon Phoenix Invitational Monday at Alamance Country Club, as four players sit in the top 25 as individuals. As a team, Elon is in second place at 3-under par trailing Gardner-Webb by 7 strokes.
N.C. State: Senior Max Rohskopf will kick off the 2016-17 season for the Wolfpack, competing in the NWCA All-Star Classic for the second year in a row. The NWCA All-Star Classic features two of the top wrestlers at every weight class competing in an exhibition match. This year the event will be held Nov. 5 in Cleveland, Ohio, just 85 miles from Rohskopf’s hometown of Killbuck.
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