Duke’s Capra tops Tar Heel for title
Duke sophomore Beatrice Capra earned a 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 win over second-seeded Hayley Carter of North Carolina to grab the women’s singles title at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Carolina Regional Championships at Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center on Monday.
After dropping the first set 6-3 and trailing 3-1 in the second, Capra broke Carter’s serve to cut the deficit to 3-2. Capra won four of the next five games to secure the second set.
Capra has a 37-6 singles mark in two years at Duke, and she is 11-1 this season.
Duke’s Hanna Mar won the singles title in this event a year ago.
UNC, NCCU leave tennis marks
CARY— East Carolina’s Joran Vliegen beat North Carolina sophomore Brett Clark 7-5, 6-4 to win the men’s singles title in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Carolina Regional Championships at Cary Tennis Park on Monday.
Clark had to fight past three nationally ranked opponents to get a shot at No. 87 Vliegen.
In that tournament, N.C. Central’s Charles-Donatien became the first tennis player in school history to beat an opponent from UNC, knocking off Connor Daly 6-4, 7-5 to advance to the second round, where he lost to Clark.
UNC women’s soccer among best
GREENSBORO— The North Carolina women’s soccer program will be among the honorees recognized by the N.C. Soccer Hall of Fame in January.
The Tar Heels will be the third squad to enter the NCSHOF National Champions Hall of Honor, which recognizes national championship teams.
UNC, which has won 21 NCAA Division I women’s soccer championships and one Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) national title, will be honored as a program rather than as a team.
The Tar Heels are the only team to qualify for every NCAA postseason tournament since the NCAA first sponsored the national championship playoffs in 1982. UNC has won 21 of the 31 national titles, most recently in 2012.
The NCSHOF was established in 1997 and has 46 members.
NCCU’s Wilkins piling up yards, awards
DURHAM— N.C. Central return specialist Adrian Wilkins is the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) National Kickoff Returner of the Week. He’s earned a CFPA honor three times this season.
On Saturday during NCCU’s 34-22 homecoming loss to Morgan State, Wilkins returned a fourth-quarter kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown.
That was the third kick this season that Wilkins, a sophomore from Forest City, has returned for a touchdown. Wilkins leads the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference in both kickoff return average (29.3 yards per return) and all-purpose yards (124.6 yards per game). He is tied as the team’s leader with 21 receptions for 245 yards and a touchdown.
NCCU interim coach Dwayne Foster and wide receiver Lamar Scruggs will talk about the loss and look ahead to Saturday’s game at Savannah State during “Eagle Talk” (12:30 p.m-1 p.m., NCCUEaglePride.com). The show airs live from Café Renaissance, 1903 N.C. 55. Listeners may email questions to NCCUSN@nccu.edu or send tweets to @NCCUAthletics.
One more hurrah for NCCU alums
DURHAM—NCCU’s homecoming game featured 62 former Eagles cheerleaders who returned to the school’s sloping hills and verdant green from as far away as Texas and Ohio.
“There was a lot of (joyful) crying going on,” NCCU cheerleading coach LuAnn Edmonds-Harris said.
Edmonds-Harris, who started working at NCCU in 1986, has served as the cheerleading coach at her alma mater since 1990.
The former cheerleaders practiced routines on Friday afternoon and early Saturday morning to prepare for their performance during the homecoming game.