Third-ranked Duke shot a 4-under 284 Thursday in the opening round of the 54-hole NCAA East Regional women’s golf tournament at SouthWood Golf Club, good for fourth place, seven shots behind tournament leader 13th-ranked Vanderbilt.
Fifth-seeded North Carolina downed fourth-seeded rival and defending ACC champion N.C. State 8-4 in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference Softball Championship and earned a shot at top-seeded Florida State in Friday’s 1 p.m. semifinal.
UNC will host Atlantic Division leader Florida State at Boshamer Stadium (Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 1 p.m., Sunday at 1 p.m.), while Duke will face Coastal Division leader Miami at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park (Friday at 6 p.m., Saturday at 1 p.m., Sunday at noon).
Greensboro native Eric Ebron is expected to be the first tight end taken when the NFL Draft begins Thursday at Radio City Music Hall in New York.
Reigning national champion Duke men's lacrosse was one of 14 Duke athletic teams honored by the NCAA on Wednesday with Public Recognition Awards. The NCAA presents the awards annually to teams that finish in the top 10 percent of their respective sport based on the most recent multi-year Academic Performance Rate (APR).
North Carolina coach Sylvia Hatchell still hasn’t figured out why star player Diamond DeShields is leaving UNC, but the freshman has received an unconditional release to transfer to another school.
North Carolina coach Sylvia Hatchell said she still hasn’t figured out why star player Diamond DeShields is leaving UNC, but the freshman has received an unconditional release to transfer to another school
Duke will visit Wisconsin in a battle of potential top-five teams while North Carolina will host Iowa for just the second time as part of the 2014 ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The pairings were announced Thursday by ESPN. In ESPN early preseason polls, Duke is No. 2, Wisconsin No. 4, UNC No. 6 and Iowan No. 25.
No. 8 Virginia outscored No. 6 North Carolina 9-3 over the last 33 minutes of the game to rally past the Tar Heels 13-11 in the ACC Showcase game at PPL Park late Saturday.
Alex Raburn had a career-high three hits and Parks Jordan drove in a pair of runs as North Carolina beat Virginia Tech 6-4 Saturday night at Boshamer Stadium.
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