Heels grab first-round volleyball win
CHAPEL HILL No. 23 North Carolina beat UNCW on Friday night in the First Round of the 2015 NCAA Women’s Volleyball Championship.
The Tar Heels ran away with the first set, 25-18, then took a 2-0 match lead with a 25-21 victory in set two. The Seahawks raced out to a 16-8 lead in the third set, but Carolina fought all the way back to tie the score at 19, the completed the sweep by winning the third set, 25-21.
Senior Paige Neuenfeldt become Carolina’s all-time career blocking leader, breaking a 16-year old record with her 567th stuff. The All-ACC middle hitter led the Tar Heels with 10 kills and seven blocks on the night.
Carolina returns to Carmichael Arena on Saturday, Dec. 5, to take on No. 16-seed Creighton in the Second Round. The victor of the 5 p.m. bout advances to the NCAA Regional in San Diego.
NCSU: With the two teams were tied after the first eight bouts, the 13th-ranked N.C. State wrestling team won the final two matches of the night and came away with a 21-14 win at Appalachian State.
With the score ties 14-14 going into the last two matches, the Wolfpack (8-0) pulled through with two wins for the road victory. No. 17 Pete Renda earned a 13-3 major decision at 184 pounds, followed by Malik McDonald's 4-1 win at 197 pounds to make the final score 21-14.
The Wolfpack started the dual with a win in the first bout at 285 pounds, as two-time defending NCAA champion Nick Gwiazdowski scored a 11-4 win over #10 Denzel Dejournette.
Duke: Former Blue Devil All-American Stefanie Fee tallied an assist in a 3-0 United States victory over Japan Thursday, wrapping up a successful four-game series for the women’s national team.
Fee, who graduated from Duke in 2012, sent a ball in to Julia Reinprecht at the post for Team USA’s third goal of the contest. Fee also helped the defensive unit hold Japan scoreless for the entire 240 minutes of play during the four matches.
The U.S. earned a 2-0 win over the 10th-ranked Japan squad Wednesday, played to a 0-0 draw Monday and opened the series last Sunday with a 3-0 victory.
Duke: Prior to competing in her first NCAA College Cup Friday evening, junior Christina Gibbons was named NSCAA Second Team All-America. The 5-6 junior became just the 10th Blue Devil to receive All-America distinction from the NSCAA.
Gibbons, who hails from Raleigh, N.C., has helped guide the Blue Devil defense to 13 shutouts and just their third NCAA College Cup appearance.
Duke: Coach Kerstin Kimel has been named a finalist for Lacrosse Magazine’s Best Women’s Coach honor.
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