Tuesday's college roundup
UNC women seeded No. 2, host tennis regional
CHAPEL HILL — The North Carolina women’s tennis team is the No. 2 seed and will host a regional for the 11th time in 12 seasons when the NCAA team tournament begins on May 10.
The Tar Heels are the No. 2 seed in the event and will host Tennessee, VCU and S.C. State to the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center May 10-11. The No. 2 seed is the highest in program history, matching the 2010 squad that advanced to the national semifinals.
UNC will face MEAC champion S.C. State at 1 p.m. on May 10. That match will follow the first-round meeting between Atlantic 10 champion VCU and SEC at-large selection Tennessee at 10 a.m. The two first-round winners will meet May 11 at 11 a.m. for the right to advance to Urbana, Ill., this year’s final NCAA site.
DUKE TO FACE OLE MISS — The No. 14 Duke women’s tennis team will be trying to improve on its 2012 Final Four finish when it kicks off the NCAA Tournament on May 11 against Mississippi in the opening round in Lubbock, Texas.
Under head coach Jamie Ashworth, the Blue Devils have reached the Final Four five times, highlighted by a trip to the 2009 championship win over UCLA.
Duke has earned bids to the past 24 NCAA Tournaments and has a 55-23 (.705) record in the event. The Blue Devils’ .705 winning percentage is the fourth highest in the NCAA, and the squad has reached the Final Four eight times in program history.
A year ago, the Blue Devils cruised past Winthrop and South Carolina 4-0 in the first and second rounds before topping Virginia 4-1 to advance to the quarterfinals. The Blue Devils edged Georgia 4-2 in the quarters before falling to eventual champion Florida 4-3.
Blue Devils to host men’s tennis regional
DURHAM — The ninth-ranked Duke men’s tennis team will be one of 16 host sites for the NCAA Team Championships, as announced Tuesday afternoon by the NCAA.
The Blue Devils (22-5, 9-1) earned the No. 9 seed and will welcome Coastal Carolina (15-5), South Carolina (18-10) and UNC Wilmington (18-4) to Ambler Tennis Stadium on May 10-11. The first match between South Carolina and UNC Wilmington will begin at 10 a.m. on May 10, followed by Duke and Coastal Carolina at 1 p.m.
The winners will face each other May 11 at 1 p.m. to compete for a trip to the NCAA Championships on May 16-21 in Urbana, Ill.
Singles and doubles selections for the NCAA Individual Championships will be announced today on the NCAA.com.
Holman, Fowler take ACC honors
GREENSBORO — North Carolina’s Marcus Holman and Duke’s Brendan Fowler were named the ACC offensive and defensive players of the year on Tuesday as voted on by the league’s four head coaches.
UNC’s Joe Breschi was voted the coach of the year, while Virginia’s Tanner Scales earned freshman of the year honors.
Holman is the 11th Tar Heel to earn ACC Player of the Year honors and the first since Billy Bitter was recognized in 2010. He was named the ACC Championship MVP after tallying four goals and seven assists in the two games and has a league-leading 74 points this season.
Fowler, who also plays on the Duke football team as a linebacker, is the second consecutive Blue Devil to earn the league’s defensive accolade after CJ Costabile was named co-defensive player of the year in 2012. The senior ranks third in the country in faceoff win percentage (.652), winning 255 of 391.
Eckstein helps Wildcats finish second
DANIEL ISLAND, S.C. — Todd Eckstein, a former Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill golfer, finished second to help Davidson record its highest finish in 40 years at the Southern Conference Men’s Golf Championship.
The Wildcats placed two strokes behind Tennessee-Chattanooga recently at the Ralston Creek Course, finishing second for the first time since 1973.
Eckstein (71-74-72) had a 15-foot birdie putt on the final hole that would have forced both an individual and team playoff.
Slater ties for second at qualifier
WAKE FOREST — Durham’s Don Slater fired a 2-under 70 to tie for second in the sectional qualifying for N.C. Senior Amateur Championship on Tuesday at Heritage Golf Club.
Keith Waters of Raleigh was the medalist with a 3-under 69, while Spike Smith of Pinehurst shared second with Slater.
Munroe Cobey of Chapel Hill tied for eighth with a 73, while Phillip Allen of Roxboro also qualified with a 75.
The cut line fell at 4-over 76, with 28 players advancing to the 28th N.C. Senior Amateur to be played May 14-16 at Myers Park Country Club in Charlotte.
Chapel Hill’s Gus Neville, Roxboro’s Gordon Carver and Bahama’s Lea Couch missed the cut with a 79, while Durham’s Eric Ardery shot an 80.
Sports club to meet
DURHAM — Ed Ibarguen, general manager and PGA director of golf at Duke University Golf Club, will be the guest speaker at today’s meeting of the Durham Sports Club at Croasdaile Country Club.
Ibarguen has held numerous positions on local, state and national golf committees and has been recognized as one of the best golf teachers.
The meeting begins at noon, and for more information go to http://www.durhamsportsclub.com/2013/04/5113/.