Daavettila outlasts Aney in battle of UNC teammates
North Carolina’s Sara Daavettila won the ITA Carolinas Regional tennis singles championship on Monday. The top seed defeated her UNC teammate Jessie Aney in the finals 2-6, 7-6 (4), 6-2.
Aney, the third seed and 31st ranked player in the nation, jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the opening set, but a service break put Daavettila within 3-2. However, Aney broke back on two occasions to grab the opening set 6-2.
Daavettila, the top-ranked freshman according to the ITA, took hold of the second set, leading 5-1, before Aney plucked away at her deficit and got it back to 5-5. The match was pushed into a tiebreaker that Daavettila won 7-4 to send the match into a final set. The victory earns Daavettila a spot in next week’s ITA National Individual Indoor Championship in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.
Hayley Carter, the No. 1 ranked player in the country, qualified earlier this fall and will be in action in both singles and doubles alongside Aney in New York. Aney also has a chance to earn a place in the field as a wild card that will be announced at a later date by the ITA.
Duke: For the first time since the 2012 season, a Blue Devils tandem claimed the ITA Carolina Region title, as the Duke duo of junior Samantha Harris and sophomore Ellyse Hamlin defeated South Carolina’s team of Caroline Dailey and Mia Horvit 6-3, 5-7, 1-0 (10-8) in the championship match. With the victory, Harris and Hamlin secured a spot in next month’s ITA national indoors event, held in Flushing, N.Y.
N.C. State: The Wolfpack concluded play at the ITA Carolina Regionals tournament after a Pack trio in singles and one doubles pair wrapped up competition. In the main draw, No. 29 Martina Frantova advanced to the semifinal match before falling in a close match. In doubles play, No. 24 Frantova and Tayla Stenta reached the semifinals before being edged in another close match.
Duke: Senior defensive tackle A.J. Wolf has been named one of 19 quarterfinalists for the 13th annual Lott IMPACT Trophy, according to an announcement by the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation. All 19 student-athletes represent the best college defensive players in the nation who make the biggest IMPACT on their team both on and off the field. IMPACT is an acronym for Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity.
Raleigh Sports Club: Jerry Mack, football coach at N.C. Central will be the special guest speaker on Wednesday. The meeting will be held in Bradley Hall in Highland UMC, 1901 Ridge Road. Doors open at 10:50 a.m. Buffet lines open at 11:30 a.m. and the meeting is noon until 1 p.m. Attendance fee is $15 for members and $25 for guests.
Elon: Coming off its first Colonial Athletic Association loss of the season, the Phoenix will look to rebound and get back on the winning side as it hosts Duke in a nonconference match on Tuesday at Rudd Field. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.
Duke: College Soccer News took notice of Brandon Williamson’s two-goal outing in the 2-1 win over No. 4 Notre Dame, naming him to its National Team of the Week. The goals were the first of the freshman’s career as the Blue Devils earned their second top 10 win of the year.
N.C. State: Wolfpack outside hitter Julia Brown and libero Grace Irvin earned this week’s ACC Volleyball Player and Freshman of the Week honors. Brown led the Pack to its first ACC weekend sweep of the season, averaging 5.11 points per set, 4.67 kills per set and 2.67 digs per set over the course of the week. Teammate Grace Irvin also stood out for the Pack, averaging 2.62 digs per set, 0.50 assists per set, and 0.25 points per set.
Campbell: Kayla Schanback has been named Defensive Player of the Week by the Big South Conference. Schanback tallied 47 digs in matches and in service, she put down eight aces. The junior tallied a .956 receive percentage during the two matches.
Campbell: Nadine White climbed 28 spots on the individual leader board into a sixth-place tie, and the Camels moved up to third in the team standings after Monday’s second round of the Palmetto Intercollegiate at Turtle Point. White shot a season-low, 4-under-par 68 on the par-72 layout and sits at an even-par 144 (76-68), just two strokes behind leader Malene Krolboll Hansen of Coastal Carolina heading into Tuesday’s final round.
ECU: Junior guard B.J. Tyson was named Preseason All-American Athletic Conference Second-Team, while the Pirates were selected seventh in the preseason poll announced by the league office Monday.
Duke: Junior Lexie Brown was named one of 20 watch list candidates for the 2017 Nancy Lieberman Award. Now in its 17th year, the award recognizes the top point guard in women’s NCAA Division I college basketball. Candidates must exhibit the floor leadership, playmaking and ball-handling skills of Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman.
St. Augustine’s: On Tuesday, the Falcons will participate in Late Night With The Falcons at 9 p.m. in Emery Gymnasium following the volleyball match against Winston-Salem State. Admission is free to both events.
Campbell: Thomas La Morte fired a 3-under-par 68, and the Camels moved up three places in the team standings to fourth after Monday’s second round of the Old Dominion/OBX Collegiate at Kilmarlic Golf Club.
N.C. State: Head coach Pat Popolizio has announced the Wolfpack’s team captains for the upcoming season: senior Pete Renda, redshirt junior Michael Macchiavello and junior Kevin Jack.
UNC: The defending NCAA champion Tar Heels have elected their captains for the 2016-17 school year. Head coach Joe Breschi announced that seniors Mark Rizzo, Luke Goldstock, Austin Pifani and Stephen Kelly will be the team captains along with junior Ryan Marci.
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