UNC men’s tennis gains top ranking
CHAPEL HILL The North Carolina men’s tennis team has earned the No. 1 spot in the latest ITA Division I National Rankings, announced Wednesday by the ITA. It’s the Tar Heels’ first-ever appearance atop the ITA poll.
UNC moved up from No. 7 after winning the ITA Division I National Men’s Team Indoor Championship, held Feb. 12-15 in Charlottesville, Va. The Tar Heels downed then-No. 1 Virginia on Monday for the title, fighting back from a 2-0 deficit to win 4-2.
North Carolina is 10-0 this season, with six wins over teams ranked in the top 15.
Next up is a stretch of five consecutive home matches, beginning with Wofford on Sunday at 1 p.m.
NCCU: Freshman Gabriel Cucalon made some noise within the conference after being selected the MEAC men’s tennis rookie of the week.
Wake Forest: The Deacons moved up to No. 5 in the ITA rankings, the highest in program history.
Duke: Incoming freshman Will Benson has been named to Baseball America’s 2016 Preseason High School All-America first team. Currently a senior at The Westminster Schools in Atlanta, Benson has signed a National Letter of Intent with the Blue Devils.
Shaw: Head coach Jacques Curtis was named the CIAA coach of the week for the second consecutive time.
Duke: The John R. Wooden Award announced the top 20 female student-athletes who are front-runners for college basketball’s most prestigious individual honor at roughly two-thirds of the way through the 2015-16 season. Sophomore Azurá Stevens was one of the 20 selected.
Shaw: Junior guard David Madol has been named the CIAA men’s basketball newcomer of the week for the first time this season, the league announced Wednesday.
St. Augustine’s: For the second straight time, standout guard Anthony Gaskins was named CIAA men’s basketball player of the week.
ECU: East Carolina signee Blake Taylor led wire to wire to win the inaugural Dustin Johnson World Junior Championship at TPC Myrtle Beach this week.
Duke: After getting the starting nod Tuesday for the Canada National Team in the third match of the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship, junior Rebecca Quinn made the most of the opportunity, scoring her first career hat trick with her home country as Canada dominated Guatemala 10-0 at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston.
Duke: Incoming freshman Max Moser recently was called up to train with the U-19 Austrian National Team. Moser was one of 18 players selected to play in a pair of matches at the end of the month.
N.C. State: Three members will participate in the U.S. Women’s National Team Tryouts this weekend held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.: Sophomores Kaitlyn Kearney and Perry Ramsey, along with freshman Blayke Hranicka.