FANFARE-COLLEGES: Hatchell treatments going well
Sylvia Hatchell’s oncologist said Friday the Hall of Fame coach’s leukemia is responding to therapy.
In the first update since Oct. 14, when Hatchell announced she was stepping back from coaching the North Carolina women’s basketball team in order to undergo treatment, Dr. Pete Voorhees of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center said that the coach “is doing great.”
“It is still early, but we are extremely pleased with how things are going.” Voorhees said. “She remains strong both physically and mentally, which will serve her well moving forward.”
In a statement, Hatchell praised the staff at Lineberger and thanked everyone for their love and support.
“I'm feeling better every day and I cannot wait to get back and coach my Tar Heels,” Hatchell said.
UNC did not provide a timeline for Hatchell’s return. The Tar Heels, who are ranked 12th in the AP’s preseason poll, start their season Nov. 8 at home against Air Force.
-- Harold Gutmann
Duke’s Bottorff wins ACC cross country title
KERNERSVILLE – In her final conference championship appearance, Duke graduate student Juliet Bottorff captured the ACC individual title at the ACC Cross Country championships at Beeson Park.
Bottorff is Duke’s third ACC individual cross country champion and the first Blue Devil to accomplish the feat since Shannon Rowbury in 2005.
Bottorff led the Blue Devils to a fifth-place team finish, scoring 130 points. Florida State earned the team title, finishing with 52 points, followed by Virginia (65), Syracuse (108) and Notre Dame (124). Duke averaged 21:12.42 over the 6,000-meter course in Beeson Park.
As the Blue Devils took to the starting line, the skies opened and the rain began to fall, making for a wet conference championship contest. Bottorff quickly raced to the front of the pack and maintained her position within the top three through 4,000 meters. With 1,000 meters remaining, Bottorff made a decisive move that led to a significant gap between her and the other competitors.
“I definitely had [the final move] in mind,” Bottorff said. “That’s just how I race best. If I can do that, then I like to stay relaxed and get my bearings for the first half and see where everyone else is and see how it’s playing out and not necessarily be the one to take control of the race. I was thinking the last one to two [kilometers] would be a good place to just drop the hammer and see what I had left.”
After going out in 13:30.7 through 4,000 meters, Bottorff closed the final 2,000 meters to finish in a time of 20:05.9.
UNC men second, Duke sixth at ACC championships
KERNERSVILLE – NC State senior Andrew Colley won the individual title while North Carolina finished second and Duke sixth Friday at the ACC Championship meet at Beeson Park.
Colley finished nearly 25 seconds ahead of the field, taking home the individual title after a third-place finish last year and a runner-up finish in 2011.
The Blue Devils placed three runners in the top 25 and scored 137 points. Syracuse captured the team title with 64 points. North Carolina (84), Notre Dame (105), Virginia (108) and Virginia Tech (120) rounded out the top five teams.
No. 18 Duke volleyball topples Syracuse
DURHAM – Three Duke volleyball players registered double-doubles as the 18th-ranked Blue Devils rallied from a game one loss to defeat Syracuse 3-1 (16-25, 25-10, 25-17, 25-20) in ACC action Friday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Riding a four-match win streak, Syracuse came out strong in the opening frame, but the Blue Devils responded to capture the final three sets.
Sophomores Elizabeth Campbell and Emily Sklar both picked up their third double-doubles of the season as Campbell totaled 15 kills and 10 digs while Sklar added a match-high 17 kills and 12 digs. With her performance tonight, Sklar extended her streak to 14 consecutive matches with 10 or more kills.
Tar Heels lose 5-game match at FSU
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — No. 20 Florida State edged No. 12 North Carolina 3-2 (27-25, 21-25, 16-25, 25-17, 8-15) in ACC volleyball Friday as the Seminoles won their 22nd-straight home ACC match and set a school record with 28 blocks.
The Tar Heels, now 20-2 overall and 9-2 in ACC play, put up some big numbers themselves, as three Carolina players registered double-doubles and Leigh Andrew and Paige Neuenfeldt each posted season-highs in kills.
UNC men’s soccer tops Virginia, makes ACC Tournament
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Tyler Engel's 11th minute goal was enough to send No. 17 North Carolina to a 1-0 victory at No. 11 Virginia Friday and qualify the Tar Heels for the ACC Tournament.
North Carolina (7-3-5, 4-1-5 ACC) not only won its fourth-straight ACC match, but also snapped Virginia's 11-match unbeaten streak that dated back to a 3-2 loss at Wake Forest on Sept. 13.
NC State to start year without injured Vandenberg
RALEIGH — N.C. State center Jordan Vandenberg will be out 4-6 weeks due to an ankle injury.
The school says the fifth-year senior suffered a Grade 3 sprain of his left ankle during Wednesday's exhibition win against UNC Pembroke. Vandenberg started and had a pair of dunks before he was hurt at the 14:59 mark of the opening half.
Vandenberg is one of three returning scholarship players who saw action last year for the Wolfpack.
N.C. State plays Morehouse in an exhibition Saturday, then opens the regular season Friday against Appalachian State.