Seniors lead UNC to first ACC tennis title
CARY, N.C. North Carolina’s three seniors have accomplished so much in their four years, but one trophy that had eluded this group was an Atlantic Coast Conference Championship.
Inserted into the singles lineup for the first time all weekend, senior Kate Vialle clinched a 4-2 victory for the top-seeded Tar Heels over Miami, giving Carolina its first ACC title since 2011 and the seventh in program history.
Head coach Brian Kalbas has never been afraid to tinker with his lineup over the years, and the five-time ACC Coach of the Year made a calculated decision to start Vialle over freshman Chloe Ouellet-Pizer, a high-caliber player in her own right that has won 29 singles matches in her rookie season.
North Carolina (29-2) again dominated doubles play like it has all season long. Despite dropping the match on court two, fourth-ranked Hayley Carter and senior Whitney Kay overpowered the ninth-ranked duo of Stephanie Wagner and Wendy Zhang on Court One.
Senior Ashley Dai and Ouellet-Pizer did the same to Ana Madcur and Fuentes on Court Three, winning 6-2 to give Carolina the 1-0 edge.
In singles, No. 8 Sinead Lohan evened the score at 1-all with a 6-2, 7-5 win over 39th-ranked Whitney Kay on court two.
Elon: Mason Daniels surrendered two earned runs over 7.1 innings and the Phoenix pounded out 13 hits as the team completed a three-game Colonial Athletic Association sweep of the visiting Hofstra Pride by a 10-5 margin on Sunday afternoon at Latham Park.
The top five hitters in the Elon (19-22, 10-7 CAA) order all had two-hit games, including Tyler McVicar’s 2-for-3, three-run, two-RBI day and CJ Young’s 2-for-4, three-RBI performance.
UNC: Stuart Fairchild’s RBI double in the bottom of the ninth lifted Wake Forest to a 3-2 win over No. 13 North Carolina Sunday afternoon in the series finale at Couch Ballpark. The Tar Heels tied it in the eighth on Tyler Lynn’s pinch-hit solo home run, but Fairchild’s game-winner completed the Deacons’ first sweep of the Tar Heels since 2001.
Duke: Graduate student Brian McAfee turned in his sixth quality start of the season to lead the Blue Devils past Virginia Tech, 3-1, Sunday afternoon at English Field at Union Park.
McAfee allowed one run on seven hits over eight innings. He struck out five and did not walk a batter, facing a three-ball count just twice in the game. McAfee retired 10 straight Hokie batters from the fourth to the seventh, inducing six groundball outs in that span.
N.C. State: The eighth-ranked team defeated North Carolina A&T 25-1on Sunday at Doak Field at Dail Park.
The Wolfpack (28-11) scored 25 runs for the first time since February 24, 2013, tied for second-most in program history behind 32 against LaSalle in 2010. The Wolfpack scored three in the first and fourth, before rallies of five, six, and eight over the last three frames. The Aggies (9-33) scored one in the eighth to set the final 25-1.
St. Augustine’s: The Lady Falcons dropped both games to Winston-Salem State University in a CIAA softball doubleheader at Worthdale Park on Saturday. The scores were 12-3 in the first game and 4-1 in the second game. The Lady Falcons are currently fourth in the Southern Division standings at 4-4, .
N.C. State: The Wolfpack hit a pair of home runs Sunday afternoon, but came up short in the series finale against Boston College, 5-2, at Dail Stadium. The Wolfpack falls to 21-29 and 4-14 in Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) play, while Boston College moves to 24-20 and 7-8 in league action.
Track and Field
Wake Forest: The men’s and women’s teams wrapped up competition at the Virginia Challenge at Lannigan Field in Charlottesville, Va. and completed the Elon Invitational at Irwin Belk Track in Elon, N.C. on Saturday. The Demon Deacons posted nine top-10 finishes in an elite field in Virginia and added a pair of event wins at Elon.
Mount Olive: Men’s and women’s teams finished up competition at the Duke Invitational Saturday in Durham, N.C. The Trojans broke three school records and set three NCAA Provisional Qualifiers at the meet.
St. Augustine’s: The men breezed to its 19th straight title and the women took second in the CIAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the Irwin Belk Complex on Saturday. The Falcons cruised to victory in the men’s division with 203 points. Virginia Union was second with 139.83 points and Virginia State finished third with 107.33 points.
The Lady Falcons scored 156 points to capture second place. Johnson C. Smith won the women’s crown with 165 points and Winston-Salem State placed third with 138.50 points.
Mount Olive: The Trojans placed two players on the Conference Carolinas men’s volleyball All-Conference teams it was announced by the conference office.
Peyton Schirman, a sophomore from Alpine, Calif., was named to the All-Conference first team. Schirman was second on the team in kills this season with 211 and led the team in kills per set average with 3.77. He was also fifth in the conference in kills per set.
Mike Mann, a senior from Fallbrook, Calif., was named the All-Conference third team. Mann led the Trojans, and was second in the conference, in hitting percentage with a .425 average.
Swimming and Diving
UNC: The Tar Heels men’s and women’s programs have elected their 2016-17 team captains as announced by head coach Rich DeSelm.
Sophomore Caroline Baldwin of Westfield, N.J. and junior Hellen Moffitt of Alexandria, Va., have been chosen as the co-captains of the women’s team for next season.
Junior Matt Conway of Grayslake, Ill., and junior Jack Nyquist of Alpharetta, Ga., have been elected as co-captains of the 2016-17 men’s squad.
Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons finished second at the 2016 ACC Championship as play concluded Sunday at the Old North State Club. The Demon Deacons shot 3-under during the final round to finish the championship at 14-under, securing their best finish at the event since 2004.
N.C. State: Led by a fantastic final round of 66 (-6) from Jacob McBride en route to his second-place finish, the Wolfpack bested two top-25 programs by finishing seventh in the field of 12 teams at the 2016 Atlantic Coast Conference Championship.
Elon: For the second straight game, the Phoenix posted a shutout in the second half en route to a 12-5 win at Hofstra Sunday, at James M. Shuart Stadium. The Phoenix used a 7-0 advantage in the second frame to claim its second straight win and give the school its first 10-win season in program history.