Wake Forest, Duke players named MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalists
Wake Forest men’s soccer senior captains Jacori Hayes and Ian Harkes, and Duke University women’s soccer senior Christina Gibbons have been tabbed MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalists, the NSCAA announced Tuesday.
The MAC Hermann Trophy, the most coveted individual honor in NCAA Division I soccer, has been awarded annually since 1967.
Harkes was named the ACC Midfielder of the Year and both players earned All-ACC First Team Honors. Wake Forest is the only program to have two student-athletes represented on the list. The Demon Deacons’ season continues in the Elite Eight on Saturday at 5 p.m. when they host ACC foe Virginia Tech at Spry Stadium.
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Gibbons, a native of Raleigh, was the 2016 ACC Defensive Player of the Year and a First Team All-ACC honoree for the Blue Devils. She helped lead Duke to a 15-5-3 overall and 7-2-1 record in the ACC, before falling in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship at West Virginia over the weekend.
Three men’s finalists and three women’s finalists will be named on Dec. 14 at the conclusion of voting by NCAA Division I soccer coaches. The 2016 MAC Hermann Trophy banquet will be held at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis on Jan. 6 to formally announce this year’s winners.
Duke: Six Blue Devils were selected for All-South Region honors, as announced Tuesday by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA). Junior back Alyssa Chillano, senior forward Heather Morris, graduate student forward Aisling Naughton, freshman midfielder Margaux Paolino and redshirt freshman goalkeeper Sammi Steele earned spots on the first team, while junior forward Ashley Kristen received second team honors.
UNC: Six Tar Heels have been named to the Longstreth/NFHCA Division I All-South Region Field Hockey Team. Seniors Emma Bozek, Lauren Moyer and Julia Young and sophomore Ashley Hoffman were named to the first team. Sophomores Malin Evert and Eva van’t Hoog were named to the second team.
Wake Forest: Nicola Pluta, Jule Grashoff and Veerle Bos have been named to Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division I All-Region squads. Pluta and Grashoff were named to the South Region’s First Team while Bos was named to the Second Team.
Swimming and Diving
NC State/Raleigh Sports Club: Braden Holloway, head swimming coach at N.C. State University, will be the special guest speaker. A few special guests may attend, including NCSU swimmer Ryan Held, who won a gold medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic games. Meetings are held in Bradley Hall in Highland UMC, 1901 Ridge Road at the intersection of Lake Boone Trail, just inside the Raleigh Beltline. Doors open at 10:50 a.m. Buffet lines open at 11:30 a.m., and the meeting is from noon until 1:00 pm. Attendance fee is $15 for members and $25 for guests. Checks and cash accepted.
Campbell: MaKala Rouse hit the game-winning layup with 3.6 seconds left to give the Camels a 50-48 overtime victory over Western Carolina on Tuesday afternoon. Summer Price and Rouse led the Camels (3-2) with a combined 35 points. The win was also Head Coach Ronny Fisher’s 100th career victory on the sidelines.
Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons continue their three-game road swing at Illinois on Wednesday night at 8 when they battle the Fighting Illini in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Wednesday is the third all-time meeting between the two programs, all of which have come in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Illinois has won each of the first two matchups.
Saint Aug’s: On Wednesday, the team will visit UNC Pembroke in a contest at Lumbee Guaranty Bank Court at 5:30 p.m. The Lady Falcons are on the road for the eighth consecutive game to start the season.
Shaw: The team will hit the road this weekend to compete against competitive opponents in the 2016 Heritage Bank Classic hosted by Clayton State University. The Lady Bears will take on Armstrong University on Friday at 3:30 p.m. and Saturday versus Clayton State, also at 3:30 p.m.
Mount Olive: The team earned a road victory over Pfeiffer University, 72-59, on Tuesday evening in Misenheimer. Ni'Ya Styles led the Trojans offense with 25 points, one behind her career high. Kiara Jones added a double-double performance with 12 points and 13 boards. The Trojans will travel to Banner Elk to take on the Bobcats of Lees-McRae College Saturday at 2 p.m.
Mount Olive: The team lost a 125-81 contest to Pfeiffer University on Tuesday night in Misenheimer. Leading the Trojans was Dedric Byrd, who tallied 14 points off the bench and added seven boards. The team continues its road swing with a matchup with Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk on Saturday at 4 p.m.
Track and Field
N.C. State: The program signed six athletes for the fall of 2017 during the early signing period. Isabel Carron, Michelle Cobb, Julia Zachgo and Isabel Zimmermann will join the women’s program, and J Johnson and Gabriel King will join the men’s program after all six recently signed their NLIs. The team added depth with two jumpers, a thrower and three distance athletes.
Saint Aug’s: On Tuesday, the school was fifth among the men and eighth among the women in the Preseason NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Rankings released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The Falcons and Lady Falcons open the season on Saturday at the JDL College Kick-Off Classic at the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem. The field events begin at 9:30 a.m., and the running events start at 10 a.m.
Wake Forest: Head Coach Tony Bresky announced the addition of Patrick Hannity to the 2017 signing class Tuesday. A four-star recruit, Hannity is rated as the No. 157 prospect in the nation, and has been as high as No. 114 in his high school career.
Duke: Three former golfers – Laetitia Beck, Celine Boutier and Yu Liu – are set to kick off LPGA Stage III of Qualifying School, which will take place Nov. 30 through Dec. 4 at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla. The field includes 157 golfers with the hope of finishing in the top 20 to gain full LPGA Tour cards and 25 conditional status cards.
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