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Sportswrap: Soccer teams roll into postseason play

Duke women's soccer advanced to the ACC tournament semifinals with a Sunday win at Virginia.
Duke women's soccer advanced to the ACC tournament semifinals with a Sunday win at Virginia.

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 Oct. 24-Oct. 30.

Women’s soccer

The fifth-seeded Blue Devils chose the perfect moment to exact their revenge Sunday night, taking down No. 4-seed Virginia 2-1 on the road to avenge a 1-0 loss from Oct. 2. Top scorers Michelle Cooper and Kat Rader provided the necessary firepower, with Cooper’s third-minute goal setting the tone and Rader’s 55th-minute score breaking the draw and giving Duke the lead for good. With the win, the Blue Devils earn a shot at No. 1-seed North Carolina Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in Cary, N.C., for a chance to advance to the title match Sunday. -Jonathan Levitan

Men’s soccer

After returning from Blacksburg, Va., with a 1-0 win over Virginia Tech to complete an undefeated regular season, No. 3 Duke enters the postseason as the top seed in the ACC. Graduate goalkeeper Eliot Hamill finished off his stellar regular season with a conference-leading .900 save percentage and five goals allowed, tied for the lowest goals allowed in the NCAA while sophomore Shakur Mohammed’s nine goals make him second in the ACC for total goals. Atop the ACC, the first-seeded Blue Devils (11-0-4, 5-0-3 in the ACC) await the winner of No. 8-seed Clemson’s matchup with No. 9-seed Notre Dame for their first ACC tournament matchup Nov. 6. -Annaleise Linkenhoker


Duke had a trick and a treat this Halloween weekend, falling to No. 4 Louisville Friday evening (12-25, 20-25, 22-25) but bouncing back with a five-set victory Sunday afternoon against Notre Dame (19-25, 17-25, 25-18, 25-16, 15-8). Despite the loss Friday, the Blue Devils (13-10, 4-8) held their own defensively and kept the Cardinals to their third-lowest hitting efficiency of the season; Sunday’s contest featured sophomore outside hitter Rachel Richardson at the helm, who ended with a career-high 15 kills. Duke will head to Blacksburg, Va., Friday evening to take on Virginia Tech, then to Winston-Salem, N.C., for a Sunday afternoon matchup against Wake Forest. -Leah Boyd

Field hockey

The 25th-ranked Blue Devils capped off their final week of the regular season against No. 1 North Carolina. While the game started out competitive, North Carolina soon took control and led at the half. Duke (7-10, 0-6) defended well to prevent a bigger lead but was unable to convert offensively and lost the game 2-0. Earlier in the week, Duke won 6-1 against Longwood thanks to a great game by senior Hannah Miller with two goals and two assists. Duke will start the ACC tournament Tuesday as the No. 7 seed at home against Wake Forest. -Suresh Kannoth

Cross country

Dalia Frias claimed ACC Freshman of the Year honors after placing 31st overall and first out of true freshmen at Friday’s ACC Championships. At the helm of the same 6K race was sophomore Amina Maatoug in fourth place, catapulting the Blue Devils to a seventh-place finish overall and taking All-ACC honors back to Durham with her. On the men’s side, team captain Chris Theodore led the Blue Devils to a matching seventh-place finish, crossing the 8K line with a speedy time of 23:32.1. The Blue Devils continue to race through postseason competition, now preparing for the NCAA Southeast Regional Championships Nov. 11. -Sophie Levenson

Swimming & diving

The Blue Devils emerged victorious against UNC Wilmington Saturday. The women’s team (2-0) remained undefeated with a 187-107 victory, while the men’s team (1-1) earned its first win of the season by a score of 181-110. It was an all-around successful day as both the men and women were first in the 200-yard medley relay. On the diving side, Kate Mullin and Seamus Harding Jr. both finished in first place in the one-meter and three-meter dives. The Blue Devils will return home Friday to face South Carolina. -Ranjan Jindal

Men’s tennis

Senior Andrew Zhang appeared in both the singles and doubles semifinals Monday at the ITA Carolina Regional Championships. Alongside long-time doubles partner and senior Michael Heller, the pair went to three straight third sets, eventually falling to N.C. State in a 10-3 third-set tiebreaker. The second-seeded doubles duo of freshman Pedro Rodenas and senior Garrett Johns also made it to the round of 16 but was defeated by Presbyterian in three sets. The Blue Devils will return Wednesday at the ITA National Fall Championships in San Diego and Friday in Gainsville, Fla., for the Gator Fall Invite. -Audrey Wang

Women’s golf

In their final event of the fall at the Landfall Tradition in Wilmington, N.C., the Blue Devils finished in solo 13th at +18, 40 strokes behind first-place San Jose State. Only two of Duke’s 15 rounds were under par (Erica Shepherd’s second round and Anne Chen’s third round), and Shepherd was the highest individual finisher in a tie for 31st at +1. Chen and Phoebe Brinker finished in joint 38th (+4) and joint 45th (+6), respectively, while Rylie Heflin and Andie Smith matched each other at +12, in a tie for 74th. -Max Rego

Men’s golf

Paradise Island is a sight to see, and it was undoubtfully a sight to see as Duke took first place at the White Sands Bahamas Invitational this weekend. The Blue Devils finished their nonconference season in Paradise Island, Bahamas, 41-under-par. Duke sophomore Luke Sample was 12-under-par, taking a solo second place with teammates Jimmy Zheng (-9) and Kelly Chinn (-7) taking sixth and 10th place, respectively. All of the Blue Devils finished under par and sprang back from an 11th-place finish at the Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate the week prior. Duke finished its nonconference season with its second win of the year. -Nabila Hoque


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