Duke women survive test vs. Texas Tech
DUKE 4, TEXAS TECH 4 — Juniors Hanna Mar and Marianne Jodoin both dropped the first set in their respective singles matches but rallied to lead the 15th-ranked Duke women’s tennis team past No. 17 Texas Tech 4-3 Sunday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Lubbock, Texas.
With the win, the Blue Devils advance to the Round of 16 for the 21st time in the previous 25 tournaments, where they are slated to face top-seeded Florida on Friday in Urbana, Ill.
The Blue Devils kicked off the match as the aggressor in doubles, claiming the doubles point for the second consecutive match. In the top position, the duo of Mar and senior Mary Clayton fell behind 3-4 to 16th-ranked Samantha Adams and Kenna Kilgo early after dropping consecutive serves, but responded by winning the next three to take a 5-4 advantage.
Despite being down 15-40 in the next game, Clayton unleashed a number of serves to push the game into deuce, where the Blue Devil tandem was able to extend the lead to 6-4. After breaking serve, Mar slammed an overhead volley that ended up in the third-row of the stands and served out the rest of the game to claim the match 8-4.
On court two, Jodoin and sophomore Annie Mulholland were level at 2-2 with Nikki Sanders and Rashmi Teltumbde, but took the lead when the Blue Devils were able to break serve. After Mulholland held, Duke was again able to break serve, taking a commanding 6-3 lead. After trading games, Mulholland served out the match, capped off by an outstanding drop shot by Jodoin to clinch the doubles point for Duke.
GA. TECH 9, UNC 8 — No. 1 North Carolina (45-6, 20-5 ACC) dropped its first series of the year on Sunday, as the Tar Heels suffered a 9-8 loss in 11 innings against Georgia Tech (32-20, 14-13 ACC) in Atlanta.
UNC jumped out to a 7-1 lead after five and a half innings, but the Yellow Jackets would not go quietly as they pushed across a pair of runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh to climb within three at 8-5.
Holding an 8-5 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth the Tar Heels were three outs away from the series win but Georgia Tech would mount another rally and force extra innings where Zane Evans singled home the game-winning run in the 11th inning.
VIRGINIA 14, DUKE 6 — The Duke baseball team took an early lead, but No. 7 Virginia had an answer each time the Blue Devils put runs on the board, ultimately winning the series finale 14-6 Sunday afternoon at Davenport Field.
Duke led 3-0 in the second and cut the lead to one run on two occasions before Virginia put the game away with a five-run seventh.
Duke (25-26, 9-18 ACC) churned out 15 hits but was unable to keep pace with the Cavaliers’ offense. Virginia (41-8, 20-7), led by Joe McCarthy and Reed Gragnani with four hits each, also totaled 15 hits in the contest, scoring five runs in both the second and seventh innings.
NCCU TO FACE HOST — N.C. Central will face host Norfolk State on Wednesday at 9 a.m. in the opening round of the MEAC baseball tournament in Norfolk, Va.
NCCU (25-27, 12-12) earned the third seed by virtue of its .500 record in league play, as the Wildcats of Bethune-Cookman tied for first place with Savannah State at 17-7 but the Tigers earned the No. 1 seed through the league’s tie-breaking process.
The 25 victories for second-year NCCU coach Jim Koerner and his squad are the most for a program that resurfaced in 2007.
The Eagles beat Norfolk State (18-27, 12-12) 6-1 at Durham Athletic Park on March 7. In that ballgame, junior lefty Jordan Quinn earned his third consecutive win in seven solid innings of work surrendering three hits with two strikeouts.
EAGLES SEVENTH — N.C. Central finished seventh at the 27th PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship on Sunday at Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Glendon Mabe posted the low score for the Eagles over the three round with a 229, though he closed the tournament with an 84 on Sunday. Spencer Jones (234) posted the low final round for NCCU with a 78.
Bethune-Cookman won the men's title with an 883, including a combined 294 on Sunday.