Triangle area volleyball players honored by ACC
North Carolina freshman Julia Scoles and Wake Forest junior Kylie Long have each been named ACC Volleyball Co-Players of the Week as announced by the league on Monday.
After leading the Tar Heels to road wins over Georgia Tech and Clemson, two-time ACC Freshman of the Week honoree Scoles is the first UNC true freshman to be named ACC Player of the Week since 1989. Scoles hit .353 with a team-high 26 kills, adding 17 digs, four blocks and three service aces to help the Tar Heels improve to 4-0 in ACC play. The rookie outside hitter began the weekend with a double-double of 10 kills, 13 digs and three blocks to lead then-No. 10 UNC to a 3-0 sweep of Georgia Tech. Scoles followed on Sunday, hitting .481 with 16 kills and three service aces at Clemson.
Scoles shares the title with Wake Forest junior Kylie Long. The outside hitter recorded a pair of double-doubles over the weekend, tallying 22 kills and 10 digs in a victory over Louisville followed by 23 kills, 11 digs and three blocks in a loss to Notre Dame. The Plano, Texas, native currently leads the Deacs with 243 kills while her total kills and 3.98 kills/set average is good for second in the ACC. Long has also tallied 109 digs this season, putting her in third on the team.
After nearly a month on the road, No. 9 North Carolina returns to Carmichael Arena on Friday for a marquee matchup against No. 16 Florida State. The match will air live on ACC Network Extra with first serve set for 6 p.m. The Demon Deacons continue play at home this weekend with a pair of conference matches. The squad will face Virginia Tech on Friday and Pittsburgh on Sunday.
Shaw: Freshman linebacker Devon Hunt has been selected as the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Conference Rookie of the Week, the league announced. Hunt poured in seven tackles (4 solo, 3 assisted) at Elizabeth City State. This is the second Rookie of the Week honor for Hunt this season.
NCCU: Two Eagles, Frederick Henry-Ajudua and Jamaal Symmonett, have garnered weekly Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference football awards for their performances during a 31-14 victory over Bethune-Cookman, the MEAC announced Monday. Henry-Ajudua, a redshirt-senior from Durham, has been named the MEAC Defensive Player of the Week while teammate Symmonett, a redshirt-senior from Nassau, Bahamas, was selected as the MEAC Offensive Lineman of the Week.
Elon: After tallying five points with two goals and an assist in a 3-0 win at William & Mary on Sunday, freshman forward Taylor Paradoski has been named the Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Week. Paradoski scored twice in the first half, scored the winning goal and assisted teammate Tori Baliatico’s goal in the second half to lead the Phoenix to a 3-0 road victory against the Tribe.
N.C. State: Nick Horton will head to Tulsa, Okla., for the ITA All-American Championships main draw set to begin Thursday. The event will mark his fall season and senior year debut for the Wolfpack. Horton enters the fall season at No. 39 in the ITA standings and is coming off at least 20-win seasons in all three of his previous years with the Pack.
Duke: Following a strong showing in the prequalifying draw, the Blue Devils are rolling after the Saint Francis Health System ITA Men’s All-American Championships qualifying round Monday. Freshman Robert Levine and sophomore Catalin Mateas each won their matches and advanced to the round of 64, which will take place Tuesday.
Wake Forest: A trio of Demon Deacons claimed wins in their first matches of qualifying at the ITA All-American Championships on Monday. Dennis Uspensky,Christian Seraphim, and Alan Gadjiev each found themselves in the win column following their qualifying matches.
N.C. State: The Wolfpack will be sending four to the ITA All-American Championships in Pacific Palisades, Calif. Martina Frantova will represent the Wolfpack in singles competition while the duo of Frantova and Tayla Stenta will participate in the qualifying rounds. Claudia Wiktorin and Bianca Moldovan will accompany their teammates to California in doubles competition as well.
Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons continued play at the Nike Golf Collegiate Invitational on Monday, shooting 11-over-par during the second round at Colonial Country Club. The Deacs are tied for eighth at 11-over for the tournament, which features nine of the top 14 teams in the nation.
ECU: Junior Tim Conover posted a pair of 67s on the first day of competition at the Wolfpack Intercollegiate to enter the clubhouse tied for the individual lead, helping East Carolina men’s golf to a five-shot lead over Kennesaw State in the team standings. After 18 holes of play Conover was three strokes off the pace behind teammate Jackson Spires, who matched an ECU record with an opening round 7-under 64, tied for third-place.
N.C. State: Led by a performance from senior Jacob McBride that was strong enough to see him tied atop the leaderboard, the Wolfpack golf team completed the first day of the annual Wolfpack Fall Intercollegiate at Lonnie Poole Golf Course on campus Monday. Through two rounds of play, the Wolfpack sits in fourth place.
Campbell: With four players among the top 24 golfers, the Camels are sixth in the team standings after 36 holes Monday of the Wolfpack Intercollegiate men’s golf tournament at Lonnie Poole Golf Club. Jesper Svensson is tied for 11th at 2-under par, while Max Theodorakis, Thomas La Morte and Gaston Bertinotti are tied for 24th at one-over.
UNC: Kelly Whaley fired a 6-under-par 66 in the second round of the Cougar Classic on Monday to lead the Tar Heels to a 278, 10-under-par round. The Tar Heels’ round ties the school record for lowest team round vs. par and lowest team round in stroke total. The team finished the round with 21 birdies and an eagle.
Duke: With nine birdies in two rounds, junior Leona Maguire jumped out to a hot start Monday in the 2016 Windy City Collegiate Classic. Maguire holds a nine-under-par, 136, with 18 holes remaining remaining in the tournament, just one stroke behind the lead.
Wake Forest: The Deacs remain in third place at the Cougar Classic following second round play Monday at Yeaman’s Hall Club. The Demon Deacons shot a 3-under round of 285 and are at 9-under for the tournament through two rounds. Senior Sierra Sims, who has finished in the top five at the Cougar Classic in each of the past two years, maintained a share of the individual lead with a 3-under second round 69. She is one of two players tied for the lead at 9-under for the tournament.
Track & Field
N.C. State: Luis Vargas, current volunteer assistant and former runner for the Wolfpack track and field and cross country program, took third in The Navy Mile over the weekend. Vargas covered the mile stretch on Pennsylvania Avenue in 4:03.74.
Durham Sports Club: The next meeting is noon Wednesday, at the Crosdaile Country Club. The guest speaker will be Nolan Smith, Special Assistant Men’s Basketball coach and former All-American at Duke. The meetings are open to the public with guest fee of $25 per person, which includes lunch and the guest speaker’s presentation.
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