Tar Heels fall in NCAA field hockey title game
Delaware’s Greta Nauck scored the winning goal with less than six minutes remaining Sunday to earn her team a 3-2 win over North Carolina in the NCAA Field Hockey Championship, played at Old Dominion’s L.R. Hill Sports Complex.
The Tar Heels rallied from a 2-0 halftime deficit to tie the score in the 63rd minute of play, but Nauck’s goal just over a minute later proved to be the deciding factor.
No. 8 Delaware finished the year 23-2 with the first NCAA championship in program history. UNC wrapped up at 20-6, falling in the title game for the second year in a row.
Shaw: The Bears claimed the 2016 CIAA volleyball championship after sweeping Southern Division foe Fayetteville State 3-0 on Sunday.
The Bears, who were 1-19 two seasons ago in coach DiShondra Goree’s first season, claimed the title for the first time in 21 years and will automatically earn a berth in the NCAA volleyball playoffs.
Sophomore and the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, Kelly Murphy, registered a match-high and double-double 13 kills and 14 digs while freshman Amari Fletcher tallied 12 kills. Sophomore and all-tournament player Michelle Olmeda-Gonzalez recorded a match-high 26 assists while junior Tiffany Brooks collected 14 digs.
N.C. State: Senior Rachel Eppley tallied a career-best six service aces to break the school’s rally-scoring era program record for aces in an ACC match, as the Wolfpack held on for a five-set (3-2: 25-16, 25-23, 24-26, 23-25, 15-12) win against visiting Virginia Sunday. The Wolfpack improves to 18-12 overall and 11-7 in ACC play, guaranteeing a winning season in conference play for the first time since 2013.
Duke: Senior middle blocker Jordan Tucker notched career highs in kills and hitting percentage to lead the host Blue Devils past Miami 3-2 on Senior Day Sunday. Tucker was dominant in her final Cameron contest, knocking down 25 kills on a .615 clip.
Wake Forest: The Deacons fell to Florida State on Sunday in their final home match of the season. Kylie Long recorded her 12th double-double in the contest with 11 kills and 10 digs.
Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons defeated Coastal Carolina 2-0 at Spry Stadium Sunday in the second round of the NCAA tournament. Jacori Hayes scored in the 21st minute, and Luis Argudo doubled the tally in the second half as the Deacons advanced to the round of 16 of the NCAA tournament for the second season in a row.
UNC: Tucker Hume's driving header in the 105th minute of play lifted ninth-seeded Tar Heels past FGCU, 3-2, Sunday night at Fetzer Field. Hume's goal, his second of the game, sent the Heels into the final 16 of the NCAA Championship for the 16th time in program history. They will face ACC rival Syracuse for a spot in the national quarterfinals next Sunday at 2 p.m.
UNC: Sophomore midfielder Dorian Bailey scored on a long-distance shot in the 71st minute as the Tar Heels advanced past Clemson in the NCAA championship third round at Fetzer Field on Sunday. The Heels improved to 16-3-4 on the season, their most wins since 2013.
Duke: Freshman Ella Stevens tallied her 10th goal of the season to send the Blue Devils to the quarterfinals of the NCAA championship with a 1-0 win over Northwestern at Koskinen Stadium. The Devils (15-4-3) will next travel to Morgantown, W.Va., to take on top-seeded West Virginia.
N.C. State: The Wolfpack’s season came to an end Sunday as Santa Clara advanced to the Elite Eight with a 3-0 win. The Wolfpack concludes its year with an 11-8-2 (4-5-1 ACC) record for its most wins since 1996 and its second-best ACC season in program history.
N.C. Central: Tickets to the second annual Celebration Bowl, featuring the MEAC champion Eagles against the champions of the SWAC on Dec. 17 inside the Georgia Dome, will go on sale at the ticket office at noon on Monday.
UNC: The Tar Heels’ defense showed up Sunday night in a 65-50 victory over previously unbeaten Bucknell from Carmichael Arena. Stephanie Watts paced North Carolina (3-0) with 17 points and 11 rebounds to register her ninth career double-double. North Carolina hosts Charleston Southern on Tuesday at 3 p.m.
Duke: Trailing by 10 points in the third quarter, the Blue Devils came back to tie the score twice down the stretch but ultimately fell by a 77-73 margin at Vanderbilt on Sunday. The team suffered its first loss of the season to slip to 4-1 overall.
Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons offense came alive in an 89-61 victory over visiting Eastern Michigan on Sunday. The Demon Deacons shot better than 50 percent from long distance in the win.
East Carolina: Auburn built a double-digit lead in the middle portion of Sunday’s nonconference showdown with the Pirates and eventually held them off 61-52 inside Minges Coliseum. Redshirt senior forward Bre McDonald paced the Pirates with 16 points on 6-for-11 shooting.
St. Augustine’s/Mount Olive: On Saturday, Quincy January amassed 21 points and 17 rebounds as St. Augustine’s took control of the second half to beat the Mount Olive 79-67 on the final day of the Pickle Classic at Kornegay Arena in Mount Olive.
N.C. State: The Wolfpack claimed titles in five of the 10 weight classes at the Wolfpack Open on Sunday. In addition to its five champions, the Pack also placed seven into the finals, 14 to the semifinals and 19 to the quarterfinals.
Duke: Redshirt junior Jacob Kasper captured his second tournament title of the season to headline a strong showing by the Blue Devils wrestling team at the Wolfpack Open Sunday. Kasper took home the crown at heavyweight as Duke came away with six top-five finishes overall.
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