Duke’s Alvarez earns at-large bid to indoor championship
Duke junior Nicolas Alvarez has received an at-large bid to November’s USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Tennis Championship in Flushing, N.Y. Only 32 singles players will compete in the event at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center from Nov. 3-6.
Alvarez has been invited to the event for three straight years, joining Henrique Cunha as the only Duke players to go three consecutive times.
Alvarez, who was ranked No. 14 in the preseason Oracle/ITA ledger, has gone 5-3 this fall with three matches coming against nationally-ranked opponents. He began his fall campaign with a pair of tough losses before rebounding with a 5-1 run through the ITA Carolina Regional field, advancing to the semifinals of the event.
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At the regional, Alvarez claimed three consecutive straight-set wins against Presbyterian’s Joel Roberts, UNC-Greensboro’s Connor Thompson and N.C. State’s Igor Saveljic before a comeback 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 (4) victory versus South Carolina’s Yancy Davis in the round of 16. Alvarez fought through a 7-6 (10), 6-4 battle with Wake Forest’s Christian Seraphim to advance to the semifinals, where Alvarez fell 7-6 (4), 6-2 to No. 7 Skander Mansouri of Wake Forest.
Shaw: Football players Otheniel McGriff (1971), Andrew Burton (1976) and Lenzie Grice (1965), baseball players Clarence Davis (1987) and two-sport baseball and basketball player Melvin Marshall (1992), track and field/cross country runner Shawn McMillan (1994) and head coach Dianthia Ford-Kee (1990) have been selected for induction to the 2016 Athletic Hall of Fame this fall. The inductees will be recognized during the homecoming football contest vs. Winston-Salem State on Saturday. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m.
N.C. State: The team earned a 2-1 overtime victory over Pittsburgh Thursday night, clinching an appearance in the ACC Championships for the first time since 2006. The Wolpack improved to 10-7-1 (4-5-1 ACC). In addition to solidifying a spot in the postseason, the Wolfpack has also tallied its fourth ACC victory of the season. The four wins are a first since 1995 and only the second time in program history the team has reached the mark. The team’s 10 overall wins are the most since 2011. Notre Dame will play host to eighth-seeded Wolfpack in quarterfinal action Sunday.
Wake Forest: Maddie Huster has been named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District III team. The award recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. Meanwhile, the team dropped its regular season finale to Virginia Tech, 1-0, at Thompson Field on Thursday night. The Demon Deacons will now await the NCAA Division I Selection Show, which airs on Nov. 7 at 4:30 p.m.
UNC: Senior Hanna Gardner was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District III team. Also, Freshman striker Madison Schultz delivered the only goal of the game to lift her senior teammates to a 1-0 victory over Florida State on Senior Night. In pregame ceremonies, the program honored the six Tar Heel seniors who were playing their final home regular season matches at Fetzer Field. This group included forward Sarah Ashley Firstenberg, midfielders Darcy McFarlane, Cameron Castleberry and Jenny Chiu, defender Hanna Gardner and goalkeeper Lindsey Harris.
Duke: Senior Christina Gibbons, senior Lizzy Raben, junior Imani Dorsey and junior Schuyler DeBree received CoSIDA Academic All-District III first-team honors Thursday. All four Blue Devils will now be eligible for CoSIDA Academic All-America honors.
ECU: Senior striker Lana Spitler and junior midfielder Annah Lindberg scored one goal apiece as the team defeated Temple, 2-1, on Senior Night in American Athletic Conference action Thursday evening at Johnson Stadium.
N.C. State: Julius Duchscherer earned 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-District III honors. The sophomore midfielder has earned a 4.00 GPA in Business Administration.
Duke: Junior Cody Brinkman and graduate student Ryan Thompson have been recognized for their combination of excellence on the soccer field as well as in the classroom, garnering CoSIDA Academic All-District III first-team accolades. This is the first CoSIDA award for both Brinkman and Thompson. Meanwhile, the Blue Devils are looking to extend their win streak to four games Friday against Virginia.
Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons want to close the regular season with a victory Friday night at No. 6 Syracuse in New York. With a win, the team would clinch the ACC Atlantic Division title for the second year in a row. Start time is set for 7 p.m.
Elon: Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Matthew Jegier was named an Academic All-District selection by CoSIDA. Jegier was selected to the first team for District III.
Swimming and Diving
N.C. State: After a strong season debut in the Wolfpack’s win over Wisconsin, Anton Ipsen has been named ACC Male Swimmer of the Week, as released by the conference office Thursday. The endurance speed specialist earned three wins over the weekend. In addition, the men’s team will host Northwestern at 5 p.m. Friday inside the Casey Aquatic Center, while the women will travel to Duke for an 11 a.m. dual inside the Taishoff Aquatics Pavilion.
UNC: Elissa Dawson was named the ACC Women’s Diver of the Week after placing in three events in the team’s dual meet against Tennessee. She placed first in the 3-meter (377.93), second in the 10-meter platform (316.13) and third in the 1-meter (304.95). All marks met NCAA qualifying standards.
Mount Olive: The team has been picked second in the 2016 Conference Carolinas Preseason Coaches Poll on Thursday. The poll was voted on by the conference member coaches.
Mount Olive: The team has been picked fourth in the 2016 Conference Carolinas Preseason Coaches Poll on Thursday. The poll was voted on by the conference member coaches.
Campbell: The defending champion Camels trailed by a dozen strokes heading into the final round and by nine at the final turn at the Old Dominion/Outer Banks Collegiate tournament. However, seniors Gaston Bertinotti and Craig Hornberger, junior Thomas La Morte and sophomores Ray Kraivixien and Jesper Svensson combined to play the back side at 10-under par and finished the event at 7-under 845 (288-282-275) to defeat host Old Dominion by one stroke on Thursday.
Women’s Cross Country
Shaw: The team placed ninth overall with 226 points at the CIAA Championships on Thursday at Joseph Bryan Park in Richmond, Va. Junior Briona May paced the Bears with a 5K time of 21:29.69 for 30th overall out of 74 runners.
St. Augustine’s: Senior Mylene Cannon came away with all-conference honors by placing in the top 10 at the CIAA Championshipsk. Cannon placed fifth in the women’s 5K race with a personal-best time of 19:29.03. The Falcons were seventh with 164 points.
ACC: The teams travel to Cary for the 39th running of the ACC Championships on Friday. The women’s contest, set to take place at the WakeMed Soccer Park, begins at 10 a.m.
Men’s Cross Country
Shaw: The team placed fifth overall with a total of 138 points at the CIAA Championships on Thursday at Bryan Park in Richmond, Va. Freshman Mauricio Gonzalez paced the Bears with an 8K time of 29:58.80 for 11th overall out of 71 runners.
St. Augustine’s: Freshman Shaquille Dill came away with all-conference honors by placing in the top 10 at the CIAA Championships. Dill finished sixth in the men’s 8K race in a season-best time of 29:37.90. The Falcons placed fourth with 120 points in the men’s race.
ACC: The teams will be in action on Friday for the 2016 ACC Championships held in Cary. The men’s race will begin at 10:45 a.m.
Duke: With 10 regular-season conference matches remaining, Duke (14-6, 8-2 ACC) looks to keep pace with the ACC leaders as the Blue Devils travel to Boston College (5-15, 0-10) Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Syracuse (5-15, 4-6) Sunday at 1 p.m. The Blue Devils are currently tied with Georgia Tech (17-5, 8-2) for fourth in the league standings.
N.C. State: The team is set for a pivotal road matchup Friday night against Pittsburgh inside Fitzgerald Field House. First serve is slated for 7 p.m. Both teams enter the weekend with a 6-4 record in conference play and are tied for fifth place in the standings.
Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons head north for a pair of ACC matches. The Deacs will play Syracuse at 7 p.m. on Friday in Syracuse, and then play at Boston College at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Shaw: The team earned a 3-2 victory over Saint Andrews College on Thursday evening for a non-conference match at Harris Court. The victory snaps a four-game losing skid against the Knights as the Lady Bears split the season series with a 1-1 record against SAC.
Duke: Head fencing coach Alex Beguinet has announced the addition of Slava Zingerman to the Blue Devils staff as an assistant coach. Zingerman comes to Durham after a three-year stint as an epee coach at the New York Fencing Academy where he mentored a number of top fencers at the 2016 Summer Nationals, with his group claiming eight medals and naming two champions.
Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons will face Appalachian State in their final home game of the regular season. The game is set to begin at 7 p.m. There will be a costume contest, autograph session after the game, door prizes and more. The team will wrap up the regular season at Liberty on Sunday at 1 p.m.
N.C. State: Coming off of a fourth-place finish in its last time out, the Wolfpack is set to compete in its final tournament of the fall season this weekend – The Landfall Tradition in Wilmington. Hosted by UNCW, the Wolfpack is slated to play Friday through Sunday on the Pete Dye Course at the Country Club of Landfall.
Duke: The team will roll out the mat to Krzyzewskiville Saturday for its annual Blue/White intrasquad event. The match is free and open to the public as the set of nine duals will determine the starting lineup for the upcoming season.
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