No. 3 North Carolina has staked its claim as the top women’s tennis program in the nation with its second ITA National Team Indoor Championship in the last three years.
The Tar Heels won 4-1 against No. 9 Georgia in Monday’s finale from the Boar’s Head Sports Club.
Senior Caroline Price, who came so close to giving UNC the NCAA title last May, earned the winning point on court three, outlasting Kennedy Shaffer in three sets - 6-1, 2-6, 7-5. Tied 40-40, Price broke Shaffer when her forehand came up short by hitting the net, setting off a jubilant celebration for the Tar Heels.
“They’re just amazing fighters,” North Carolina head coach Brian Kalbas said. “It looked like we were in control and then Georgia turned it around and it looked like we were in trouble in some spots. You could see the momentum switching. Caroline and Jamie (Loeb) and everybody just kept fighting, and I’m just real proud of the effort. Fourth day, everybody’s tired. It’s just amazing to see what people can do when they push themselves to the limit.”
North Carolina (9-0) led 3-0 after straight-set victories from Hayley Carter and Whitney Kay on courts two and four, respectively, displaying the same form that helped the Tar Heels cruise into the finals with three lopsided victories on consecutive days over Oklahoma State, Miami and second-seeded Florida.
Carter rolled to a 6-3, 6-2 win over Ellen Perez, while Kay, the junior who clinched the 2013 indoor title over UCLA, earned a 6-4, 6-3 win on Monday against Silvia Garcia.
It was nearly a third-consecutive shutout victory by the Tar Heels when eighth-ranked Jamie Loeb served for championship on court one, but the 2014 ITA National Player of the Year lost the point and the second set to No. 19 Lauren Herring.
Duke: Duke freshman Justise Winslow was selected ACC Rookie of the Week, his first such honor.
Winslow averaged 17 points, 10.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 2.0 blocks and 1.0 steals Duke victories over Georgia Tech and Notre Dame. Winslow, a Houston native was 11-of-17 (.647) from the field, including 2-of-3 (.667) from three-point range, and 10-of-15 (.667) from the free throw line for the week.
Winslow opened the week with 15 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two steals against Georgia Tech. He was 5-of-6 from the field and 4-of-7 from the free throw line in the contest. Winslow capped the week with 17 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and two blocks as Duke posted a 90-60 win over No. 10 Notre Dame. He was 6-of-11 from the field and 6-of-8 from the free throw line while collecting his third straight double-double.
Campbell: Redshirt junior RaeChaun Edwards is the Big South Player of the Week after averaging 18.5 points, 6.5 assists, four steals and 3.5 rebounds in victories against Winthrop and Charleston Southern. Edwards scored a career-high 22 points in the annual “Camels for a Cure” game against the Eagles on Feb. 2..
With the Lady Camels trailing 49-47 with 4:09 remaining, Edwards scored eight of her points to close out the game and assisted on one other basket down the stretch.
Duke: The team will appear on either ESPN3 or ESPNU 13 times during the 2015 regular season, and the Blue Devil Network is set to stream 24 home games this upcoming season.
In addition, audio with Chris Edwards on the call, is available for all Duke baseball games courtesy of the Blue Devil Network. The audio broadcasts are available free of charge via. GoDuke.com and the GoDuke.com mobile apps.
Raleigh Sports Club: N.C. State baseball coach Elliot Avent will be the guest speaker Wednesday at the Raleigh Sports Club. The club will recognize Student Athlete of the Week Emily Stanley, a Lee County volleyball player.