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Leona Maguire, Jennifer Kupcho tabbed Honda Award nominees

Duke junior Leona Maguire and Wake Forest sophomore Jennifer Kupcho were tabbed nominees for the Honda Sports Award for golf announced by Chris Voelz, Executive Director of The College Women’s Sports Awards.

Along with Maguire and Kupcho, Andrea Lee (Stanford) and Monica Vaughn (Arizona State) were the four nominees selected.

The Honda Sport Award has been presented annually by the CWSA for the past 41 years to the top women athletes in 12 NCAA- sanctioned sports and signifies “the best of the best in collegiate athletics.” The winner of the sport award becomes a finalist for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the prestigious 2017 Honda Cup which will be presented on a live telecast on CBS Sports Network on Monday, June 26 in Los Angeles.

UNC: After five seasons with the Tar Heels, associate golf coach Leah Buchmann has decided to step down from her position.

Baseball

ACC: The first pitch times for the semifinals of the championship game have been moved up due to storms forecast for Saturday night. The first semifinal between No. 8 Florida State and No. 9 Duke, previously scheduled for 1 p.m., has been moved up to a noon start. The second semifinal between No. 6 Miami and No. 2 North Carolina is scheduled for 4 p.m.

ECU: Kirk Morgan’s RBI suicide squeeze bunt single scored Charlie Yorgen in the bottom of the ninth giving No. 8 seed Pirates a 6-5 walk-off win over No. 4 seed USF Thursday night in AAC championship action at Spectrum Field. With the win, the Pirates improved to 31-27 overall and advanced to the semifinals for the second time in three years, while the Bulls fall to 41-16.

Campbell: Fourth-seeded High Point edged eighth-seeded Camels 6-5 in an elimination game of the 2017 Big South Championship Friday night. The team finished the 2017 season with a 25-32 overall record while High Point improved to 30-22 and moved on.

Mount Olive: Austin Hutchison, Zack Mozingo, and Drew Ellis were named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writer’s Association and D2 Conference Commissioners Association NCAA Division II All-America Teams, it was announced this week.

Women’s Tennis

N.C. State: After a historic run at the NCAA Doubles Championship, No. 22 Martina Frantova and Anna Roger’s season was concluded after falling to No. 34 Maya Jansen and Maegan Manasse in the Round of 16. The California duo clinched a spot in the Elite Eight with a 6-4, 7-6(8-6) victory Friday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.

Men’s Tennis

UNC: Tar Heels earned spots in the singles and doubles quarterfinals with outstanding play Friday at the NCAA Championships in Athens, Ga. Freshman William Blumberg became the fifth player in Tar Heels men’s tennis history to advance to the quarterfinals of the NCAA singles tournament, mounting a comeback to defeat Florida’s Alfredo Perez. In the afternoon, Blumberg teamed with junior Robert Kelly to advance to the quarterfinals in doubles, earning All-America honors for the duo.

Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons sent a pair of individuals onto the quarterfinals of the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships, as Skander Mansouri advanced in singles play and teamed up with Christian Seraphim to post a victory in doubles competition.

Men’s Golf

Duke: The Blue Devils managed to successfully sneak in its opening round at the NCAA championship before afternoon delays brought competition to a temporary halt on Friday. The Blue Devils finished their day shooting a 298 (plus-10).

Wake Forest: Junior Will Zalatoris began play Friday at the 2017 NCAA championship. He shot 1-under on the front nine of his first round at Rich Harvest Farms before play was suspended for darkness. Zalatoris was tied for 24th place as play concluded Friday.

Women’s Lacrosse

Elon: Sloane Kessler – the school’s all-time leader in points and assists – has been selected to participate in the IWLCA Senior All-Star Game next month on June 3 in Sparks, Md., the organization announced Friday afternoon.

Track and Field

Duke: Senior Connor Hall cleared an outstanding school record height of 17-6.50 (5.35) to finish third, securing his ticket to the NCAA championships in June. Madeline Kopp saw similar success, placing third in the 800 meter run and eighth overall, advancing her to the semifinals in Eugene.

Wake Forest: Robert Heppenstall and Ellie Abrahamson qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships at the second day of competition at the East Preliminary Round. Heppenstall will return to the championships in Eugene, Oregon from June 7-10 in the men’s 800 meter while Abrahamson advanced to the championships in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase.

Elon: Junior Bryanna Hames of the women’s team became the first member of the program to qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Championships after finishing in the top-12 in the discus at the NCAA East Preliminaries on Friday at the University of Kentucky.

St. Augustine’s: On Thursday, Shakinah Brooks earned All-America honors and both Shawn Rowe and Tia-Adana Belle lived up to their top rankings on the first day of the NCAA Division II Outdoor Championships at IMG Academy.

Mount Olive: Junior Adam Craig captured his third All-American honor of the year with a 10th-place finish in the 10,000 meters at the 2017 NCAA DII Outdoor Championships in Bradenton, Fla. While freshman Leah Hanle finished fifth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase to capture All-American honors at the 2017 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

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