Carolina blanks Duke in NCAA Round of 16
The latest chapter in the North Carolina and Duke rivalry in women’s tennis wound up a 4-0 shutout victory for the second-seeded Tar Heels in the NCAA Championship Round of 16 on Friday morning from the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.
The doubles portion of the morning was a one-sided affair. On court three, freshmen Makenna Jones and Sara Daavettila posted a lopsided, 6-1 victory. The All-American duo of Haley Carter and Jessie Aney followed with a 6-2 win on court one.
Carter won 6-0, 6-3 over Samantha Harris to register her 167th career singles victory. She remains a perfect 27-0 in dual matches this season. Daavettila earned a 6-2, 6-1 win over Mebile Chi on court two. The ACC Freshman of the Year improves to 40-9 in singles.
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Aney defeated Chalena Scholl, 6-4, 6-4, to send the Heels into the quarterfinals for the eighth time in program history and the fourth time in five years.
North Carolina (33-2) will face seventh seed Stanford in a quarterfinal match on Sunday at noon. UNC and Stanford last met in the 2014 NCAA Semifinals in Athens. Freshman Jamie Loeb earned the deciding point in a thrilling 4-3 victory for the Tar Heels.
Duke finishes its season at 22-6.
UNC: The Tar Heels earned a spot in the NCAA tournament quarterfinals for the fourth year in a row Thursday, beating No. 8 California 4-1 at Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.
Wake Forest: For the first time in program history, the top-seeded Demon Deacons advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship following a 4-0 victory over No. 16 seed Stanford. The Deacs will face in-state foe North Carolina on Saturday with first serve set for 4 p.m. Saturday will be a rematch from earlier this season when Wake Forest topped North Carolina, 4-3, on March 10.
Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons set a new season home run record, but fell in the ninth inning to Pittsburgh, 5-4, at David F. Couch Ballpark on Friday night. The Deacs (37-17, 18-11 ACC) received a pair of home runs from Johnny Aiello and Gavin Sheets to break the season record with 91 longballs, surpassing the previous mark of 90 set in 1999.
Elon: In what was a scheduled doubleheader, the team used a five-run first inning and a strong pitching performance from Jordan Barrett in game one to cruise to a 9-2 victory over the visiting Bowling Green Falcons on Friday. With one out in that contest, heavy rain and lightning moved into the area, forcing the cancellation of the nightcap.
ECU: Alex LeFevre’s two-run homer in the fifth inning proved to be the game-winner as Connecticut defeated the Pirates 6-4 Friday in AAC action at J.O. Christian Field. With the win the Huskies claim the weekend series and improve to 31-22 overall and 14-9 in league play. The Pirates fall to 28-27 on the season and 6-17 in conference play and will be the No. 8 seed in the upcoming AAC Tournament.
Campbell: The Camels (25-29, 10-13 Big South) notched their second shutout of the season, blanking Longwood 11-0 Friday at Jim Perry Stadium. The series concludes Saturday with a 2 p.m. first pitch. Prior to Saturday’s game, seniors Drew Butler, Ben Calvano, Erik Dowse, Cole Hallum, Phil Stokes and Adam Wyse, will be recognized.
Wake Forest: Sophomore Jennifer Kupcho opened play at the 2017 NCAA Championship during a rainy first round at Rich Harvest Farms. Kupcho shot a 2-over 74 during the opening round to end the first day tied for fifth place, two shots off the lead.
Campbell: Playing in miserable conditions, Nadine White shot an 11-over-par 83 and sits in a tie for 93rd place after Friday’s first round of the NCAA Championship.
Wake Forest: The program announced Friday that Jamill Jones has joined the staff as an assistant coach. Jones comes to the Demon Deacons after serving as an assistant coach at UCF, VCU and Florida Gulf Coast. In his four seasons at the collegiate level, Jones coached squads that each won at least 22 games and made a postseason appearance.
ECU: Coach Scottie Montgomery announced Friday the signing of three transfers to grant-in-aid agreements. Running back Tyshon Dye (Clemson), defensive lineman Gaelin Elmore (Minnesota) and quarterback Thomas Sirk (Duke) will all be eligible immediately and have one year of collegiate competition remaining.
N.C. State: Tab Ramos, former Wolfpack standout and current head coach of the United States U-20 Men’s National Team, prepares to begin his 2017 World Cup journey on Monday. The United States is in Group F of the upcoming tournament hosted by South Korea and will take on Ecuador (May 22 at 4 a.m. ET), Senegal (May 25 at 7 a.m. ET), and Saudi Arabia (May 28 at 5 a.m. ET) in group play.
Duke: After earning the program’s first ACC regular-season title and first No. 1 national ranking in 2016, the program and head coach Pam Bustin announced Friday the addition of five student-athletes for the 2017 campaign. The incoming class includes Libby Thompson of Illinois, Lily Posternak of Maine, Lexi Davidson of Massachusetts, Lydia Smeltz of Pennsylvania and Kira-Lee Gmeiner of Australia.
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