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Duke’s Williams wins ACC Defensive Player of the Year honor for 4th straight year

For the fourth straight year, Duke senior Elizabeth Williams was named ACC Defensive Player of the Year, following a vote by the league’s 15 head coaches.

Williams is the first player in ACC history to receive the honor four times and a Duke student-athlete has now been awarded the ACC Defensive Player of the Year in seven out of 11 years.

The 6-foot-3 center has helped Duke rank seventh nationally in field-goal percentage defense (34.5) and third in the ACC in scoring defense (59.0).

Williams, a four-time, first-team All-ACC selection, is averaging 14.8 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.6 steals for the Blue Devils. She currently leads all centers nationally with a 2.4 assist per game average. Williams has nine double-doubles on the year, including five in ACC action.

Baseball

N.C. State: The Wolfpack, trailing 4-3 in the seventh inning, tied the score on Preston Palmeiro’s RBI single then took the lead on Jake Armstrong’s two-out, RBI double in the eighth on the way to a 6-4 home win against Appalachian State. N.C. State improves to 7-3.

UNC: Brian Miller scored on a wild pitch in the ninth to give North Carolina (8-3) a 6-5 victory at home against VCU.

Campbell: The Camels (10-2) swept a doubleheader over William & Mary, 8-5 and 10-6, at Jim Perry Stadium. Campbell (10-2) begins a three-game series against Bowling Green Friday at 4 p.m. The series continues at 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.

East Carolina: The host Pirates (6-5) scored twice in the seventh and eighth innings to tak a 9-7 victory over Old Dominion.

Swimming and diving

UNC: Eight individual swimmers and all five women’s relay teams will compete at the NCAA Championships to be held at the Greensboro Aquatics Center from March 19-21. The individual swimmers are: Megan Bestor (100 backstroke), Ally Hardesty (100 freestyle), Hannah Lincoln (100 butterfly), Hellen Moffitt (100 fly, 100 backstroke, 200 back), Katie Munch (200 breaststroke), Emma Nunn (400 IM, 200 fly), Hannah Runyon-Hass (200 IM) and Danielle Siverling (500 free, 200 free).

Duke: Two Blue Devils freshmen were selected to compete in individual events at the NCAA women’s championships: Leah Goldman in the 100-yard butterfly, and Isabella Paez in the 200 butterfly.

Wrestling

Duke: Redshirt junior Conner Hartmann (24-2) will lead the Blue Devils into the ACC Wrestling Championship this weekend as the No. 1 seed in the 197-pound bracket. Hartmann is one of three Blue Devils to earn a top-two seed in the event. Host Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech both garnered three No. 1 seeds.

Track and field

Duke: The Blue Devils teams will be represented by a combined 11 student-athletes at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, the most Duke has sent to the national indoor meet in program history. The March 13-14 event features the top 16 individual performers and the top 12 relay teams from across Division I. The Blue Devils will be represented by three individuals – Megan Clark (pole vault), Teddi Maslowski (long jump) and Shaun Thompson (5,000 meter) – and two relays (men’s distance medley and women’s 4x400) in Fayetteville, Ark.

N.C. State: The Wolfpack will be represented in four events at the indoor championships. Alexis Perry (long jump), Nicole Chavis (weight throw), and the women’s distance medley relay team will compete. Jonathan Addison will represent the men's team in the long jump.

Softball

N.C. State: Freshman Meredith Burroughs hit a solo home run in the second inning, but Elon (9-4) scored three runs in the bottom half for a 3-2 win over the Wolfpack (7-7) at Hunt Softball Park.

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