Milestone for Voyager soccer
Voyager Academy has qualified for the state playoffs for the first time in school history.
The 1-A public charter high school that opened in 2010 is scheduled to play Louisburg at Joyner Park in Franklin County on Wednesday at 6 p.m., Voyager athletics director Mike Germino said.
Voyager competes in the North Central Athletic Conference.
NCCU’s Wilkins at it, again
DURHAM -- N.C. Central return man Adrian Wilkins is the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) national punt returner of the week on the Football Championship Subdivision level after returning a punt 73 yards for a touchdown to put the Eagles up for good in a 24-10 win at Savannah State.
Wilkins is the special teams player of the week in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, too.
The sophomore from Forest City piled up 241 all-purpose yards against Savannah State, 54 of them on kickoff return yards, 82 on punt returns and 105 receiving yards.
Wilkins, who has four CFPA distinctions so far during the 2013 campaign, is the first Eagle in school history with four touchdowns on kick returns in a season. He has returned two punts and two kickoffs for touchdowns.
NCCU running back Andre Clarke and interim coach Dwayne Foster will be featured on “Eagle Talk” when the show airs live from 12:30-1 p.m. at Café Renaissance, 1903 N.C. 55. They’ll talk about Saturday’s win at Savannah State and look ahead to a visit from No. 13 Bethune-Cookman, the defending champion of the MEAC.
Questions for Clarke and Foster may be emailed to NCCUSN@nccu.edu or tweeted to @NCCUAthletics.
Duke volleyball moves up
DURHAM—Duke’s volleyball team climbed five spots to No. 18 in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association Poll, the first time the Blue Devils have been ranked in the top 20 since Duke held the No. 17 spot in 2011.
The Blue Devils (18-3, 9-1) have won 14 of their past 15 matches and are tied with No. 12 North Carolina in the ACC standings after weekend wins over then-No. 18 Florida State and Miami.
Duke outside hitter Emily Sklar is the ACC player of the week after averaging 4.38 kills per set and 2.12 digs per set during those weekend matchups. She leads Duke with 267 kills and has totaled 10 or more kills in 13 consecutive matches.
Sklar was the conference’s player of the week earlier this month, as well.
Duke hosts Syracuse on Friday and Boston College on Saturday.
Duke golfer among top 10 at ECU event
GREENVILLE -- Duke freshman Alexander Matlari is tied for ninth at East Carolina’s Pirate Intercollegiate at the Brook Valley Country Club. He posted a four-over 146 (76-70) Monday and is seven shots back of the leader Sydney Chung, who plays for Lipscomb.