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 Jan. 16-22.
During his media availability last Monday, head coach Jon Scheyer said that with a week between games against Clemson and Miami, his team needed to “take a step in the right direction” offensively. Well, in Saturday’s win against the 17th-ranked Hurricanes, the Blue Devils (14-5, 5-3 in the ACC) took one step forward, assisting on 19 of their 25 made baskets and displaying trust in their motion offense en route to a 68-66 victory in Cameron Indoor Stadium. Now, the question becomes whether Duke can win a key game on the road, starting with a Monday matchup at Virginia Tech. -Max Rego
No. 13 Duke’s 11-game win streak came to an end Thursday against none other than rival No. 17 North Carolina in a packed Carmichael Arena. The Blue Devils’ defense kept them alive in the second half of the 61-56 loss, but a slow offense that went scoreless until the near end of the first quarter was not enough to overcome the 10-0 opening the Tar Heels took to start the game. Duke (17-2, 7-1) rebounded Sunday, though, with a definitive 62-50 win over Syracuse. Shayeann Day-Wilson led Duke both Thursday and Sunday with 24 and 16 points, respectively. Duke returns Thursday to Cameron Indoor to take on No. 12 Virginia Tech at 8 p.m. -Leah Boyd
Track and field
It was an all-around successful weekend for the Blue Devils, who traveled to Blacksburg, Va., for the two-day Hokie Invitational. Friday’s opening day brought four new program records: senior Halle Bieber (60m), sophomore Beck Wittstadt (1,000m), graduate student Jide Akinjisola (weight throw) and sophomore Megan McGinnis (300m). Max Forte, Lauren Tolbert and the women’s 4x400 relay team also won their respective events the following day. After the typical week of rest, Duke heads up to State College, Pa., for the Penn State National across Friday and Saturday. -Jonathan Levitan
Duke struggled in its home-opening duals in Cameron Indoor. On Thursday night, The Blue Devils (3-6, 0-1) suffered a lopsided defeat to Central Michigan 35-4. Senior captain Jonah Niesenbaum was the only Duke grappler to pick up a victory, winning 11-3 via major decision against Bryan Caves. On Friday night, in front of a sizeable crowd, Duke lost to North Carolina 37-6 in its ACC opener. Although eight Blue Devil wrestlers suffered defeats, seniors Vincent Baker and Niesenbaum ended the day by picking up electrifying 3-2 victories. The Blue Devils have a tough road trip ahead, with dual meets Tuesday at Appalachian State and Friday at N.C. State. -Luke Jovanovic
The Blue Devils traveled to Philadelphia Saturday to compete in the Philadelphia Invitational, where they notched eight combined team victories. Junior Sarah Lurye led the way for both the men’s and women’s sides with an impressive 13-1 overall record. The women also got big contributions from freshman Hava Stone, who earned 12 victories on the day. Lurye and Stone were backed up by senior Zsofia Walter, freshman Skylar Knight and junior Christina Ferrari. Meanwhile, sophomore Lukas Dannull stood out as he went 12-3 in men’s saber. Duke’s only losses came at the hands of NYU for the men and No. 8 Penn for the women. The Blue Devils will be back in action Sunday in Cambridge, Mass., for the Eric Sollee Invitational. -Mackenzie Sheehy
The Blue Devils kicked off their first home match of the season with a 5-2 victory against Memphis Friday night. Seniors Andrew Zhang and Michael Heller clinched the doubles point for No. 20 Duke, as the tandem remained undefeated on the season. On Sunday, the Blue Devils (3-1) lost their first match of the season, falling to No. 16 Harvard in a nail-biting 4-3 finish. However, the team followed this up with a 7-0 sweep against North Carolina Central. Sophomore Jake Krug and freshman Pedro Rodenas had great weekends, going undefeated in singles play. Next up for the Blue Devils is a trip to Winston-Salem, N.C., for the ITA Kickoff Weekend starting Friday. -Ranjan Jindal
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