Despite rallyied from a dropped doubles point twice this season to defeat rival North Carolina, the 11th-ranked Duke men’s tennis team was unable to complete the comeback Saturday, falling to the Tar Heels 4-1 in the ACC Championship semifinals at Cary Tennis Park.
In picture-perfect conditions at the Old North State Club, the Georgia Tech men’s golf team moved into first place of the 2014 ACC Men’s Golf Championship, in search of the program’s 15th team title
BLUE DEVIL WOMEN TOP UNC TO ADVANCE TO ACC TITLE MATCH
Duke senior Hanna Mar has done it again. The three-time All-ACC selection came-from-behind to win a three-set tiebreaker to push the fifth-seeded and sixth-ranked Duke women’s tennis team into the ACC Championship with a 4-3 win over top-seeded and 11th-ranked North Carolina (24-5) Saturday afternoon at the Cary Tennis Park in Cary..
The Blue Devils (24-3) will next face Virginia (20-5) Sunday, April 27 in the ACC Championship at 11:00 a.m.
Mar, who is a native of Burr Ridge, Ill., dropped the first set on court three, 6-3, to 50th-ranked Caroline Price before storming back to win the second, 6-1. In the deciding third set, Mar fell behind as much as 5-3 late, but was able to even the match, 5-5 following a string of six straight breaks for the student-athletes.
“I felt that I wasn’t playing at the beginning kind of the way that I needed to to be able to win the match,” said Mar. “It was really important to make some changes in how I was playing and I think that I did that really effectively in the second set. That is why I was able to win that set. In the third set, it was really important for me to continue to do that, but also to just not let things get too out of hand, stay in the moment in the one point I was playing.”
The 35th-ranked Mar once again fell behind, 6-5, but was able to hold on to send the match into a third set tiebreaker, 6-6. In the breaker, Price went ahead, 2-1, but Mar made a run to take a 3-2 lead. After switching sides at 3-3, Mar would only lose one more point on her way to winning the tiebreaker, 7-4, and sending Duke into the ACC Championship for the 22nd time in school history.
Tisha DeShields said there wasn’t "some huge, dramatic” reason or “one identifying factor” why her daughter, Diamond DeShields, is transferring from North Carolina after scoring an ACC freshman record 648 points.
DeShields scored 648 points this past season, more than any freshman in ACC history
This richly layered squad of Tar Heel standouts — all undergraduates — is a collection of quick learners coming of age as they head to the Sweet 16 at Stanford University’s Maples Pavilion. Sunday’s (March 30) clash against No. 1 seed South Carolina (ESPN2, 7 p.m. EDT) will be a rematch of a game the Tar Heels won 74-66 earlier this season.
Junior point guard Luke Davis said that North Carolina has been focused on two things heading into Friday’s NCAA Tournament game against Providence – running and rebounding.
Some quick thoughts from Roy Williams on the day after UNC-Duke was postponed for the first time
Here's the AP ballot I sent after the final whistle on the BCS title game
Florida State and Ohio State are undefeated but have played inferior competition. Auburn has three wins against current top 25 teams but lost at No. 12 LSU.
Here’s ODU coach Bobby Wilder and UNC coach Larry Fedora with their thoughts, and then a few of mine.
Duke ran for 358 yards against Miami, finished the game on a 41-13 run and is undefeated (8-0) with QB Anthony Boone.