2 from St. Augustine’s earn conference honors
On Tuesday, Shakera Hall and Meghan Mahon capped outstanding regular seasons by making the All-CIAA Women’s Volleyball Teams.
Hall garnered first-team honors at right-side hitter and Mahon was a second-team selection at setter. They played key roles in helping St. Augustine’s reach the CIAA Volleyball Tournament, which begins Friday in Ettrick, Va. The Falcons enter the tournament as the No. 4 Southern Division seed.
Both players had breakout seasons. Hall leads the conference in kills per set (4.15) and ranks second in total kills (324) in addition to ranking second on the team in digs per set (2.65). Her kills per set average is 15th best in the nation among NCAA Division II players.
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The All-CIAA Teams were voted on by the league’s Volleyball Coaches Association and Sports Information Association. Twenty-four players were selected to either the first or second team.
Both players will be in action on Friday when the Falcons take on Chowan University in the quarterfinals of the CIAA Volleyball Tournament at the VSU Multipurpose Center in Ettrick. The match begins at 12 p.m.
Duke: The Blue Devils will bring a six-match win streak into the weekend as they play host to No. 17 Florida State at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Miami at 1 p.m. Sunday.
NC State/UNC: Despite holding sixth-ranked Tar Heels without a service ace for the first time this season, the Wolfpack dropped a 3-0 (25-16, 25-11, 25-20) decision Wednesday night inside Carmichael Arena. The Wolfpack falls to 17-12 and 10-7 in conference play, while the Tar Heels improve to 24-3 and 16-1 in the conference.
ECU: Four Pirates scored in double-figures for the third-straight game as the team defeated UNCW, 75-65, on Education Day at Williams Arena in Minges Coliseum on Wednesday afternoon. The Pirates will close out their four-game homestand when they host Auburn on Sunday. Tip-off is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. at Williams Arena.
Wake Forest: Wake Forest is set to open a three-game homestand on Thursday when it welcomes Big Ten foe Rutgers to LJVM Coliseum for a 7 p.m. tip. The matchup will be the first time in either program’s history that they have faced each other.
Duke: Head coach Marissa Young and her staff announced Wednesday that seven student-athletes have signed national letters of intent to join the Blue Devil diamond program. The signing class includes Rachel Abboud, Katherine Huey, Jameson Kavel, Makenna Lutterloh, Ashleigh Rodriguez, Peyton St. George and Amelia Wiercioch.
UNC: The Tar Heels signed six players to national letters of intent Wednesday. The 2016 signing class includes shortshop Sierra Parkinson, catchers Megan Dray and Zoë Goodman, and pitchers Hannah Nommensen, Katie Grace Olinger and Hannah Todd.
Elon: The Phoenix will make its first road trip of the season, heading to Tampa, Fla. for a first-ever meeting with the South Florida Bulls on Thursday in the Sun Dome. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
N.C. Central: The Eagles continued their three-game road trip to start the new season at Western Carolina University on Wednesday. Tipoff was scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on ESPN3.
Elon: Head coach Don Hill has announced that three players will join the Phoenix program for the 2017-18 school year. Joining the program will be Dustin Blank, Graham Hutchinson, and Quade Lukes of Chapel Hill.
Swimming & Diving
N.C. State: After a weekend off from competition, the swimming and diving team is set to host its first invitational of the season, the N.C. State GAC Invite, Thursday through Saturday in the Greensboro Aquatic Center. The championship-style invitational will feature three days of preliminaries and finals, with sessions beginning at 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. each day.
Duke: After opening the fall with a series of dual meets, the Blue Devils will take part in invitational action for the first time this season Thursday through Saturday at the N.C. State GAC Invite in Greensboro.
Campbell: The Camels will resume competition as they travel to the Georgia Tech Invitational this week. Competition begins Thursday at the McAuley Aquatic Center in Atlanta and continues through Saturday. Preliminaries begin at 10 a.m. and finals are set for 5:30 p.m. each day.
Elon: The 2016 season will come to a close for the Phoenix on Saturday as the team visits fifth-ranked James Madison for a 1:30 p.m. kickoff in Harrisonburg, Va.
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