N.C. State delivered a dominating performance in winning the two-day Jefferson Cup Trophy regatta, college sailing’s newest trophy event, this past weekend.
Introduced as a showcase invitational college regatta, the Jefferson Cup featured sailing teams from both the Mid-Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association (MAISA) and the South Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association (SAISA). Teams competing included Virginia Tech, Maryland, Salisbury (Md.), American, Catholic, SUNY Stony Brook, N.C. State and the host team, Virginia.
By the third race Saturday, Wolfpack sailors had secured first position in the competitive field. Although they faced strong challenges from Virginia and Salisbury, N.C. State did not let the lead slip away, completing the 12-set regatta with a 26-point advantage over their closest competitor. Sailing A-fleet for the Wolfpack was senior skipper David Rogers and freshman crew James Stonecypher with four first-place finishes.
North Carolina: The Tar Heels swept the singles and doubles titles at the USTA/ITA Carolinas Women’s Tennis Regional on Monday at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center. In the doubles final, Ashley Dai and Kate Vialle beat South Carolina’s Hadley Berg and Elixane Lechemia 4-6, 6-3, 6-3. Caroline Price topped Clemson’s Joana Eidukonyte 6-4, 7-6 (2).
East Carolina: Erika Lenns was named the American Athletic Conference Goalkeeper of the Week for the second time this season. Lenns posted back-to-back shutouts in home conference victories against Houston and Southern Methodist last week, making eight saves.
Duke: The midseason TopDrawerSoccer.com freshman rankings have been released with four Blue Devils listed among the top 43 – Imani Dorsey (No. 15), Schuyler DeBree (No. 21), Morgan Reid (No. 25) and Ashton Miller ( No. 43). Duke starts four freshmen and a total of seven freshmen and sophomores.
Duke: Redshirt junior center Matt Skura was named the Co-ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week. Skura received the honor after helping pave the way for the offense to record 334 total yards, including 155 on the ground, in a 20-13 win against Virginia.
Saint Augustine’s: Olivia Porter piled up career-highs of 25 kills and 28 digs to power the host Falcons (8-13 overall, 6-7 CIAA, 3-4 Southern Division). past Winston-Salem State. Juliseea Thomas contributed 24 assists and 16 digs in addition to nine kills, and Danyelle Noland had a career-high 13 kills in addition to nine digs. Sydney Holland totaled 21 kills for the Rams (11-10, 10-3, 5-2), who entered the match as division co-leaders.
North Carolina: The Tar Heels vaulted two spots to No. 9 in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association poll, marking the highest ranking in program history. The Tar Heels (15-2, 6-1 ACC) have been ranked for 24 straight weeks, the longest streak in program history. UNC previously had hit No. 10 in the poll in 2002 and 2013.
N.C. State: Robbie Mudge and Ian Dempster saved two match points before winning two in a row capture a 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (9) double victory over Clemson’s Alejandro Augosto and Hunter Harrington at the USTA/ITA Carolina Regional Championships in Cary.
Duke: Senior Jason Tahir dropped a 6-3, 6-2 decision to Brayden Schnur of North Carolina in the singles final at the USTA/ITA Carolina Regional in Cary.
Raleigh Sports Club
Taylor Zarzour, host for the “Bleacher Report” on Sirius Radio, is the scheduled guest speaker Wednesday. Middle Creek tennis player Shaye McAuliffe will be honored as the Student Athlete of the Week. The club meetings are 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Highland UMC, 1901 Ridge Road in Raleigh. Admission fee is $15 for members and $25 for guests.