UNC’s Blumberg advances to NCAA singles semifinals
With a straight-sets win on Saturday , North Carolina freshman William Blumberg became the first Tar Heels men’s tennis player to reach the semifinals of the NCAA singles tournament.
Blumberg beat North Florida’s Jack Findel-Hawkins 6-4, 6-4 to advance at the University of Georgia. The Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA team tournament and the ITA National Rookie of the Year, Blumberg improved to 30-2 this spring with Saturday’s win. He’ll face Mississippi State’s Nuno Borges on Sunday for a spot in Monday’s finals. Borges, a sophomore who was named Southeastern Conference Player of the Year, is the No. 2 overall seed in the field.
Wake Forest: Christian Seraphim and Skander Mansouri advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Doubles Championship during Saturday’s quarterfinal action of the NCAA Individual Championships. The Demon Deacon pair downed North Carolina’s Robert Kelly and William Blumberg 7-6 (6), 3-6, 13-11 to reach the semifinals. Seraphim and Mansouri are the third Demon Deacon pair to reach the NCAA doubles semifinals, matching the feat of Christian Dallwitz and Mark Greenan in 1988 and Mariusz Adamski and Todd Paul in 2007. They will look to be the first team in program history to reach the NCAA doubles final when they play Oklahoma’s Andrew Harris and Spencer Papa in Sunday’s semifinals.
Track & Field
St. Augustine’s: Tia-Adana Belle cemented her status as the best women’s 400-meter hurdler in Division II history by winning her third straight national title in a Division II record time of 55.42 in the NCAA Division II Outdoor Championships at IMG Academy. Belle is the first three-time DII champion in the event since 2002 and the second in DII history. She shattered the former record of 55.82 which she set at the CIAA Championships on April 23, 2016. Belle also topped the NCAA DII Championship record of 56.13 which she set in the NCAA Outdoor Championships on May 28, 2016.
N.C. State: Two more members of the Wolfpack track team are headed to the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon, after qualifying during the last day of competition at the east regional meet in Lexington, Ky. Megan Moye will compete in the 1,500 meter run, while Erika Kemp is a qualifier in the 5,000. Sam Parsons qualified on Thursday in the men’s 10,000.
Moye, the N.C. State outdoor record holder in the 1,500, was the top finisher for N.C. State on Saturday, clocking in at 4:12.42 to finish second overall in the event. Earning the trip to nationals was especially significant for the senior, as she contracted food poisoning at last year’s regional meet and failed to advance.
Erika Kemp will seek her second All-America honor in the 5000 in June after qualifying with a mark of 16:29.52. Kemp, who holds the second-fastest time in school history in the event, has been a three-time ACC Performer of the Week during the outdoor season.
The men’s 4x100 relay mark crossed the line at 39.86, and the 4x400 squad posted a 3:12.16 mark, but neither qualified for nationals.
Wake Forest: Junior Will Zalatoris is in contention after the first two rounds of the NCAA Men’s Golf Championship. Zalatoris is tied for sixth place at 6 under after 36 holes, two shots off the lead. Scottie Scheffler of Texas holds the second-round lead at 8 under. He is one shot ahead of four players at 7 under and two shots ahead of an eight-way tie for sixth place at 6 under, including Zalatoris. The tournament’s third round is scheduled for Sunday. The final round of stroke play, for teams and individuals who make the cut, will be Monday with television coverage on the Golf Channel.
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