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Sportswrap: Walters throws no-hitter, women's tennis takes down No. 5 Florida State

Shelby Walters boasts a 0.42 ERA on the season.
Shelby Walters boasts a 0.42 ERA on the season.

Sportswrap is your one-stop shop for everything Duke athletics, where we’ll recap how each of Duke’s sports currently in competition performed over the last week and give a brief look ahead. Here’s our recap for the week of March 1-7:

Men’s basketball 

After a pair of overtime losses to Louisville and Georgia Tech, Duke fell to North Carolina in embarrassing fashion to close the regular season. The loss dropped the Blue Devils to 10th in the ACC standings, clinching the first double-digit ACC tournament seed in program history. Duke (11-11, 9-9 in the ACC) takes on Boston College in the opening round of the ACC tournament Tuesday. -Jake Piazza

Men’s lacrosse

No. 1 Duke took down No. 16 Richmond Sunday to clinch the program’s best start since 2008. Goalie Mike Adler made a season-high 15 saves, while graduate student Michael Sowers led the team with three goals and five points overall. The Blue Devils (6-0) will take on No. 19 High Point Wednesday and Jacksonville Sunday. -Ramona Naseri

Women’s lacrosse 

The 12th-ranked  Blue Devils, fresh off a blowout win against East Carolina, came into Saturday’s matchup against No. 2 Syracuse hungry for the upset, but struggled against the Orange and fell 15-5. Duke (4-2, 1-2) will have a chance for redemption when it faces High Point Thursday. -Jonathan Browning


No. 20 Duke won another three games this week to continue its dominant start to the year, with the highlight of the week coming Thursday when junior Shelby Walters tossed the first no-hitter in program history. The Blue Devils take on Virginia (15-1) in a four-game set this coming weekend. -Brennan Hurd


The Blue Devils swiftly bounced back from a series loss to Boston College last weekend to defeat Davidson Tuesday and win two out of three against ACC foe Pittsburgh, with the help of impressive starting pitching. Duke (6-5, 3-3) will look to continue the positive trend Tuesday against East Carolina and over this upcoming weekend against N.C. State. -Micah Hurewitz

Men’s tennis

The Blue Devils lost to Notre Dame Friday in a match that was far less competitive than a team with their preseason aspirations would’ve hoped for, but followed it up with a solid win against Louisville Sunday. Duke (7-5, 3-1) has a lighter opponent in Boston College next Sunday, before charging headlong into some top conference opponents, including No. 1 North Carolina March 17. -Em Adler

Women’s tennis 

No. 8 Duke beat No. 5 Florida State handily 5-1 Saturday before squeaking by with a 4-3 victory against Miami the next day. The Blue Devils were led by graduate student Meible Chi, who secured clutch wins in both singles and doubles. Duke (9-1, 4-0) will take on No. 13 Georgia Tech, the only team to beat the Blue Devils so far this season, this upcoming Friday. -Campbell Lawson 

Women’s golf 

The eighth-ranked Blue Devils shot even-par at the Gamecock Intercollegiate early this past week to claim the team title by three strokes. Sophomore Erica Shepherd set the tone, securing her first collegiate title. Duke will look to carry this momentum into its next tournament at the Valspar Augusta Invitational March 13-14. -Eric Gim

Men’s golf 

The Blue Devils finished fourth in the Wake Forest Invitational at the legendary Pinecrest No. 2 golf course March 1-2, with senior Adrien Pendaries leading the way in a tie for fifth individually. Duke will get back in action March 15-16 for the Valspar Collegiate Invitational. -Matthew Hawkins


No. 9 Duke captured its fifth consecutive Carolina Cup Saturday, defeating Clemson and North Carolina in all six events. This was the first multi-team competition for the Blue Devils since the last Carolina Cup nearly a year prior. Amidst this team-wide success, the Varsity Eight posted the 10th fastest 2k time in program history. Duke looks ahead to its next competition at the Virginia Invite in Charlottesville, Va., March 26-27. -Cameron DeChurch

Field hockey

Duke began its abbreviated spring season Friday, starting it off with a win against Virginia Tech. Freshmen Darcy Bourne and Piper Hampsch led the way for the Blue Devils (3-7, 1-0), who will now go into an extended break before they take on Wake Forest March 19.  -Piazza


Duke fell to Florida State twice over the weekend. Senior Payton Schwantz returned from injury and posted 17 kills over the two matches, while junior Ade Owokoniran led the team with 26 kills over the two days. The Blue Devils (8-5, 6-4) will travel to Clemson, S.C., this weekend to take on Louisville and Clemson, respectively. -Olivia Wivestad

Men’s soccer

Duke tallied its first win of the spring, beating Virginia Tech 4-2 on the road. After going to overtime in each of the first three games of the spring and failing to notch a goal in any of them, the Blue Devils’ offense finally found a rhythm. Duke (3-7-2, 1-0) will look to continue its momentum against Notre Dame Friday. -Sasha Richie

Women’s soccer 

No. 5 Duke began its spring season this past weekend, taking down UNC-Wilmington 3-0. The Blue Devils (8-4-2, 4-2-2)  will take on Coastal Carolina this coming Sunday before they start getting into some marquee ranked matchups. -Adler

Teams that did not compete this week:

Swimming and diving, indoor track and field, fencing and wrestling all did not compete as a team this past week after their ACC Championships last month. Qualifying individuals will compete and earn points for the Blue Devils in each respective NCAA Championships later this month:

Swimming and diving: March 17-20 (women), March 24-27 (men)

Indoor track and field: March 11-13

Fencing: March 25-28

Wrestling: March 18-20

After an abbreviated season in the fall and lone spring meet Feb. 5, both the men’s and women’s cross country teams qualified for the NCAA Championships March 15.


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