Fanfare-Colleges: Monday's area college sports news in brief
No. 10 Duke women upset No. 5 UCLA in ITA final
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The 10th-ranked and seventh-seeded Duke women’s tennis team registered a remarkable come-from-behind, 4-3, victory over fifth-ranked and fourth-seeded UCLA (8-1) on Monday to win the title at the ITA Team Indoor Championship at the Boar’s Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, Va.
“We just competed and tried to scrap and find a way to get back into all of these matches,” said Duke head coach Jamie Ashworth. “An hour and a half into that match, it didn’t look great for us at all. After the doubles, we told the girls that you just trust yourself and believe in yourself. No matter what it takes, how long we have to stay out there, let’s try and do it. We were able to do it. Somehow we found a way to battle back in every second set and make it competitive. It easily could have been 4-0.”
The Blue Devils (8-0) claimed their second ITA Indoor title. Its first came in 2003.
Duke opened the match down 3-0 but netted two third-set tiebreaking wins to clinch the victory. For the second time in three matches, it came down to Hanna Mar on court three and the senior delivered with a 7-3 tiebreaker win in the second set and a 10-3 tiebreaker victory in the third set, after dropping the first set, 6-3.
“It was amazing,” said Mar on the win. “I knew that everybody was right there with me, so I never felt alone out there. That was an amazing feeling.”
UCLA came out on fire in the match cruising to take the doubles point as top-ranked Robin Anderson and Jennifer Brady downed Duke’s Beatrice Capra and Mar, 6-2, on court one and Catherine Harrison and Kyle McPhillips of UCLA took down Ester Goldfeld and Alyssa Smith, 6-1, on the second court.
It was the first time this season the Blue Devils lost the doubles point.
Duke’s Montgomery shifts to coaching QBs
DURHAM — Duke football coach David Cutcliffe said Monday that Scottie Montgomery, the team’s new offensive coordinator, will also coach the team’s quarterbacks this season.
Cutcliffe decided last week that Montgomery, the team’s wide receivers coach last season, would replace Kurt Roper as the Blue Devils offensive coordinator and play caller. Roper left in January to become Florida’s offensive coordinator.
But Cutcliffe said it was important that Montgomery also take over Roper’s duties coaching Duke’s quarterbacks as well.
“I am a firm believer that you have to be in that room,” Cutcliffe said. “The verbiage of play-calling, of that guy and the quarterback, is imperative.”
Cutcliffe is searching for a new wide receivers coach. With Duke having started spring practice last Friday, graduate assistant coach Jeff Farris is working with the wide receivers in the interim.
— Steve Wiseman
UNC hires aides from Texas, Arkansas St.
CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina has filled the two remaining vacancies on its football staff.
Keith Heckendorf will return to UNC to coach the quarterbacks, while former Texas running backs coach Larry Porter will take that same position in Chapel Hill, coach Larry Fedora announced Monday.
Heckendorf spent the past three seasons at UNC, but followed former Tar Heels offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Blake Anderson to Arkansas State when Anderson was named head coach there in December.
Porter was the head coach at Memphis from 2010-11 and then spent one season as the running backs coach at both Texas and Arizona State. He was also assistant head coach and running backs coach at LSU when the Tigers won the 2008 BCS title game.
Porter replaces Randy Jordan, who left UNC to be the running backs coach at the Washington Redskins.
Porter once coached at Oklahoma State, where former players accused him of giving them cash in a story published by Sports Illustrated. Former running back Seymore Shaw alleged that Porter paid him $100 four or five times in order to buy food, while former safety Fath’ Carter alleged that Porter gave him a few hundred dollars to house incoming freshmen.
Porter has denied all the allegations in the SI report and the NCAA never took action in the case.
— Harold Gutmann
Duke’s Parker is ACC player, freshman of the week
DURHAM — Duke freshman Jabari Parker swept the ACC’s weekly awards, winning ACC Player and ACC Freshman of the Week, the Atlantic Coast Conference announced Monday.
Parker, a 6-8, 235-pound forward from Chicago, Ill., averaged 25.0 points and 12.0 rebounds per game to lead Duke past Wake Forest, 83-63, and Boston College, 89-68, this past week. Parker shot 74.1 percent (20-of-27) from the field while adding five blocks, two assists and two steals in the two-game set.
The ACC Player of the Week citation is Parker’s second of the season, while the ACC Rookie honor is his seventh this season and third in a row. Parker is approaching the ACC record for rookie of the week selections, trailing the 10 awards received by North Carolina’s Tyler Hansbrough (2005-06) and Georgia Tech’s Kenny Anderson (1989-90).
Duke women 3rd, UNC T-13th in golf event
PALOS VERDES, Calif. — Duke was third and North Carolina was tied for 13th Monday night after the second round of the Northrop Gurmman Regional Challenge at Palos Verdes Golf Club here.
No. 1-ranked Southern Cal led the field at 1-under 567. No. 2 UCLA was second 14 strokes back at 581 with No. 3 Duke in third at 584. UNC finished the second round at 601.
Duke men’s golfers 2nd with 18 holes to play
RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. — Sophomore Motin Yeung fired rounds of 68 and 73 Monday to pace Duke to a two-over 578 on the opening day of The Farms Collegiate Invitational at The Farms Golf Club in Sancho Sante Fe, Calif.
The Blue Devils posted a seven-under 281 in the opening round before carding a 297 in the afternoon round.
San Diego holds a three shot lead over Duke with 18 holes remaining. The Toreros recorded rounds of 283 and 292. Kennesaw State is third with a four-over 580 with Pacific (589) and Santa Clara (590) rounding out the top five. UC Riverside (591), St. Mary’s (594), Fresno State (594), Loyola Marymount (597), UC Santa Barbara (603), Denver (604) and San Francisco (606) complete the tournament leaderboard.