Freshman named All-Conference
University of Mount Olive freshman Natalie Perez has been named third-team All-Conference Carolinas, it was announced Saturday during the Conference Carolinas Women’s Volleyball Tournament banquet in Wilson.
The 6-0 outside hitter tallied 191 kills and 55 blocks in her first collegiate season to go along with a team-high 37 service aces, 88th best in the nation. Perez recorded double-digit kills in seven matches during the 2016 season and led the Trojans with 258.5 points.
Perez, a native of Miami, is the first Trojan to win all-conference honors since 2013.
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The Trojans finished the season with a 10-18 record overall and a 5-11 mark in Conference Carolinas play. The 10 wins more than doubled UMO’s win-total from the 2015 season and bested Mount Olive’s 2014 win-total by three victories.
N.C. State: Wolfpack volleyball head coach Linda Hampton-Keith and staff announced the signing of sisters Jasmine and Melissa Evans to the program for the 2017 season.
Campbell: The Camels volleyball team received the fourth overall seed in the Big South Conference Tournament on Saturday. The Camels will look to begin their title run Friday at 5:30 p.m. against Charleston Southern University in Lynchburg, Va.
UNC: Freshman Madison Schultz scored her third game-winning goal in the past five games to lead the sixth-ranked Tar Heels to a 3-0 victory over Liberty in the NCAA Tournament first round Saturday at Fetzer Field. UNC advances to the second round of the tournament, where it will play Kansas or Missouri on Friday in Chapel Hill. The Jayhawks and the Tigers play in the first round Sunday in Lawrence, Kan.
Duke: Fueled by a goal and two assists from senior Toni Payne and freshman Ella Stevens, the third-seeded and 14th-ranked Blue Devils downed Charlotte, 3-0, on Saturday to advance to the second round of the NCAA Championships.
N.C. Central: The Eagles remain unbeaten in the MEAC with their 14th straight conference victory. NCCU (8-2, 7-0 MEAC) hosts N.C. A&T (9-1, 7-0 MEAC) on at 2 p.m. Saturday inside O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium. The winner will claim the league’s first outright conference championship title since 2012.
Campbell: The Camels forced four turnovers and ran for 216 yards to top Morehead State 27-21 on the road in Pioneer Football League action Saturday at Jayne Stadium. The team will close out the season hosting San Diego at noon Saturday.
Elon: A promising start by the Phoenix was derailed by the visiting Rhode Island Rams as the team dropped a 44-14 decision on Senior Day at Rhodes Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Elon: Tyler Seibring finished with a career-high 19 points and five Phoenix players scored in double-figures as the team routed the William Peace Pacers, 101-68, in its season opener on Friday night inside Alumni Gym.
NC Central: Eagles senior guard Dajuan Graf put up a team-high 19 points on 8-for-13 shooting for the Eagles they was defeated by Marshall 81-69 in the season-opener on Saturday, Nov. 12 at the Cam Henderson Center in Huntington, West Virginia.
N.C. State: The Wolfpack returns to action Sunday at 2 p.m. when it hosts the St. Francis Terriers. The game will be shown on ACC Network Extra. This will be the first meeting between N.C. State and St. Francis College. The Wolfpack is 8-1 all-time against opponents from the Northeast Conference.
Mount Olive: The Trojans fell to hot-shooting Young Harris College, 94-78, on Saturday morning in the 45-Second Classic hosted by Barton College.
ECU: The Pirates will welcome back alums when it hosts Detroit-Mercy for Alumni Day on Sunday. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Williams Arena. East Carolina has won 20-straight regular-season home games in nonconference play, a stretch that began after a 72-62 defeat against College of Charleston on Nov. 17, 2012.
Shaw: The Bears earned their first win on the season with an 83-79 victory over Shepherd University on Saturday afternoon in the final day of the Conference Challenge inside Butcher Center. The victory puts the team at 1-1. Shepherd also is 1-1.
Mount Olive: The Trojans earned a hard-fought victory over Queens University, 68-60, on Saturday afternoon in the SAC/CC Challenge in Salisbury.
St. Augustine’s: On Saturday, the Falcons took command in the fourth quarter to defeat Columbia International University 55-43 in the third-place game of the Southern Wesleyan Tip-Off Tournament in Central, S.C.
Duke: A goal from sophomore Rose Tynan with 24 seconds left in the first half propelled the top-seeded Blue Devils to a 3-0 victory Saturday against No. 19 American to the NCAA Field Hockey quarterfinals.
UNC: The fourth-ranked Tar Heels opened the NCAA Tournament play Saturday with a 3-0 victory over 12th-ranked Stanford on a chilly afternoon at Maryland’s Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex. The first-round win moves the team on to Sunday’s second round, when they’ll face the host Maryland Terrapins at 2 p.m. A spot in next weekend’s NCAA final four is on the line.
N.C. State: Olympian Lucas Kozeniesky had a nearly perfect day in the air rifle competition Saturday afternoon to break the program record with a score of 599, just one point shy of a perfect score, in the Wolfpack’s Great America Rifle Conference win against Memphis.
Duke: The Blue Devils will finish their fall season Sunday at the Rivanna Romp on the Rivanna Reservoir in Earlysville, Va. It is the Blue Devils’ first action on the water since the Princeton Chase on Oct. 30. Admission is free to the public. Racing begins at 10 a.m. with the V8s, followed by the V4s at 11:30 a.m. and the Novice 8 at 11:35 a.m. Boats will go off one at a time, about 10-15 seconds apart, in a time trial to determine the winners.
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