N.C State tops Virginia, heads into ACC title game on winning streak
North Carolina All-America Jamie Loeb advanced to the NCAA Singles Championship semifinal by topping defending national-champion Danielle Collins of Virginia late Saturday.
Gurbani Singh’s day began with her battling the symptoms of an oncoming cold. It finished with Singh one putt away from capping a strong second round with a birdie at the NCAA championships before the horn sounded for lightning. Despite her round being cut short, along with three other Duke golfers, the Blue Devils finished the second day at The Concession Golf Club in second place, nine strokes behind top-seed Southern California.
After being held scoreless through five innings, No. 13-ranked Florida State broke the game wide open in the bottom of the sixth on its way to a decisive 6-0 victory over ACC regular-season champion No. 3 Louisville Saturday at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The win lifted the Seminoles (40-19, 20-13), the No. 4 seed entering the ACC baseball championship tournament, into a one-game title showdown with No. 6 seed N.C. State (33-20, 17-14 through Friday) Sunday, May 24 at the DBAP (1 p.m., ESPN2).
In the end, North Carolina’s final goal of the first half only served to pad a lead that rival Duke was unable to overcome. That the goal was scored by Brittney Coppa in that NCAA women’s lacrosse tournament semifinal Friday night, though, perfectly fit in the tale of how the Tar Heels have returned to the national championship game.
On the biggest stage of the season set in a minor league ballpark, it was a walkoff little league home run that sent the N.C. State baseball team into a jubilant dog pile.
UNC coach Mike Fox said he's not very confident his Tar Heels will make it into the NCAA Tournament, but there's hope.
The Blue Devils are aiming to win back-to-back national titles and the program’s seventh since 1999.
Tar Heels run away from Duke in second half.
Closer, yes, but no closure for those anticipating the end of the academics scandal that both has hurt credibility and continues to impact recruiting in athletics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. UNC officials have 90 days to let the NCAA know what they plan to do with a notice of allegations from the governing body that is poised to punish the school not only for roughly 18 years of irregular course offerings but also possible infractions of NCAA bylaws.
N.C. State coach Elliott Avent said the long rain delay didn't bother his guys.
Duke begins play today seeking to win the NCAA women’s golf championship for the second consecutive year.
By no means, though, was this a simple case of Duke coach Dan Brooks putting a veteran team on the course with last year’s experience to guide it.
The extra emotion of playing a fierce rival with a berth in the national championship game on the line can be a tough thing for college athletes to handle.
Sydney Holman wouldn’t have it any other way.