North Carolina’s Hayley Carter will play for a national title on Monday at the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championship.
Carter, the No. 1 ranked player in the nation and the top seed in the singles tournament, defeated Miami’s eighth-seeded Sinead Lohan, 1-6, 7-5, 6-2, in Sunday’s semifinal at the Case Tennis Center on the University of Tulsa campus.
Lohan gained the early advantage in the match with a dominating 6-1 first-set win, but Carter bounced back with a 7-5 victory in the second set to send the match into a deciding third set. However, after Carter closed out the win in the second set, the sky opened up and created a one-hour rain delay. Upon resumption of play Carter took an early 2-0 lead, but Lohan answered with the next two points to square the third set at 2-all.
Carter held serve at 3-2 and cruised to the 6-2 victory in the final set. The victory improved Carter’s record to 48-4 this season and 129-21 in her three-year career at North Carolina, the second most wins ever at UNC.
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The title match pits Carter against No. 2 seed Danielle Collins of Virginia for their fourth head-to-head match this season. Carter won in a regular-season dual match on March 4 in Charlottesville, while the other two matches went unfinished during the ACC Championship.
Duke: The Blue Devils are heading to Beijing, China this week. The team will be guests of China’s Federation of University Sports, and will participate in a friendship game versus a local Chinese university team. The June 2-9 trip will coincide with the seventh annual meeting of the U.S-China Consultation on People-to-People Exchange in Beijing.
Duke will be the first collegiate women’s soccer team to travel to China to participate in this program.
In addition to the friendship match, the team will participate in soccer-related activities for local youth and other events associated with the People-to-People Exchange, and visit local historical and cultural sites in Beijing.
Duke: For the second consecutive season Myles Jones garnered one of the top honors in collegiate lacrosse, winning the L.T. j.g. Donald MacLaughlin Award as the nation’s top midfielder. He is the first Blue Devil to win the honor in multiple years.
Track and Field
St. Augustine: Tia-Adana Belle broke the championship meet record she set in the women’s 400 hurdles earlier in the week on the final day of the 2016 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Saturday night in Bradenton, Fla. This is her second consecutive outdoor national title in the event.
Belle won the 400 hurdles in 56.13 seconds, which was one second better than her preliminary time on Thursday when she first set the record.
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