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WILMINGTON,NC (WWAY) — We’ve posted high school soccer scores from Wednesday night below:

Whiteville 7
West Columbus 0

East Bladen 1
South Columbus 0

South Brunswick 6
West Bladen 1

Goals: West Bladen – Clay Allen. South Brunswick – Kyle Reitzel, Ryan Dail, Matt Clifton, Chance Johnson, Gavin Dail, Dustin Jones.

Assists: West Bladen – Edwin Labra. South Brunswick – Gavin Dail, Terry Gage.

Saves: West Bladen – Brett Jackson 12. South Brunswick – Mason Berne 3

Highlights: South Brunswick outshot West Bladen 32-3 and had 18 shots on goal to West Bladen’s 3.

Records: West Bladen 3-3 overall, 0-2 in Waccamaw 3A/2A Conference; South Brunswick 2-3 overall, 2-0 in Waccamaw 3A/2A Conference.

Scoring recap
1. SB – Kyle Reitzel, 10 yards, 9:04, 1st half
2. SB – Ryan Dail, 15 yards (Assist: Gavin Dail), 33:45, 1st half
3. SB – Matt Clifton, 5 yards, 35:15, 1st half
4. SB – Chance Johnson, 10 yards (Assist: Terry Gage), 6:45, 2nd half
5. WB – Clay Allen, 10 yards (Assist: Edwin Labra), 9:30, 2nd half
6. SB – Gavin Dail, 15 yards, 22:45, 2nd half
7. SB – Dustin Jones, 10 yards, 24:15, 2nd half


GREENSBORO, NC (Courtesy ACC) — The Atlantic Coast Conference Council of Presidents has unanimously voted to accept the University of Notre Dame as a new member. The Irish will compete as full members in all conference sponsored sports with the exception of football which will play five games annually against league programs.

“We are committed to keeping the Atlantic Coast Conference a vibrant and competitive league dedicated to ensuring the appropriate balance of academics, athletics and integrity,” said the ACC Council of Presidents in a joint statement. “The addition of Notre Dame further strengthens the rich tradition and culture of the ACC as well as allowing for future academic collaboration and we enthusiastically welcome them into the league.”

“The ACC was founded on the cornerstones of balancing academics, athletics and integrity,” said Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford. “Our partnership with Notre Dame only strengthens this long-standing commitment. Notre Dame enhances the league’s unique blend of public and private institutions that are international in scope. The collective alumni and fan bases cover the entire country with exceptionally strong roots up and down the Atlantic Coast. This is a terrific milestone in the evolution of the ACC and showcases tremendous solidarity and vision by our Council of Presidents.”

“The ACC is composed of some of the most highly respected universities in the country, and we at Notre Dame look forward to joining them,” said Notre Dame President, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. “With a mix of institutions – many of which are also private, similar to Notre Dame in size, and committed to excellence in research and undergraduate education – the ACC is an exceptionally good fit for us academically, as well as athletically.”

“We have monitored the changing conference landscape for many months and have concluded that moving to the ACC is the best course of action for us,” said Jack Swarbrick, Notre Dame Vice President and Director of Athletics. “We are able to maintain our historic independence in football, join in the ACC’s non-BCS bowl package, and provide a new and extremely competitive home for our other sports.”

With the addition of Notre Dame, the ACC’s future membership includes 11 institutions ranked among the top 58 in the 2013 U.S. News & World Report survey of “America’s Best Colleges”, more than any other conference also competing at the highest level athletically.

In addition to extending an invitation to Notre Dame, the Council of Presidents voted to increase the conference exit fees to three times the annual operating budget. Currently this would equate to an exit fee of over $50 million.


WILMINGTON,NC (UNCW sports release) — UNCW junior Laverry Kumar was named the Colonial Athletic Association’s Women’s Golfer-of-the-Week on Wednesday following her top-five finish in the Terrier Intercollegiate earlier in the week.

“Laverry had an excellent tournament to start the year and is deserving of this honor,” said UNCW Head Coach Cindy ho. “She was consistent off the tee and her short game was very strong. I believe she led the tournament field in par scoring. I am really proud how she stayed focused for two days as she played incredibly well on a hilly course considering she had trouble walking and was in quite a bit of pain due to a swollen ankle caused by an injury suffered just before we left for Spartanburg.”

A native of New Delhi, India, Kumar finished tied for fourth in the season-opening event with a 36-hole score of two-over-par 146 (72-74) as she helped the Seahawks to a third-place finish in the 13-team event.

Kumar opened the tournament with an even par 72 on Monday to post the seventh round of par or lower in her career. She followed that performance with a two-over 74 in the final round Tuesday to claim her second top five and seventh top ten result of her career.

UNCW returns to action Sept. 17-18 in the Louisville Cardinal Cup at the Cardinal Club Golf Course in Louisville, Ky.


RALEIGH,NC – (WWAY) — The UNCW-NC State volleyball game was featured on ESPN’s top ten plays of the week segment on Wednesday. Click play video to see the play. A match recap from Tuesday’s encounter has been posted below.

RALEIGH, NC (UNCW sports release) — Down to match point on its home court, NC State’s volleyball team rallied after losing its first two sets against UNC Wilmington for a 3-2 victory at Reynolds Coliseum on Tuesday night.

Playing less than inspired in the opening two sets, the Wolfpack let a pair of early leads slip away. The match nearly escaped as well, as the Seahawks were serving with a 24-20 lead in the third set.

The Pack (9-1) seized the serve, however, and sophomore Nikki Glass led a charge in which State scored six straight points to stave off its second home loss of the season.

The 26-24 victory seemed to awaken third-year head coach Bryan Bunn’s team, which was playing its seventh contest in a 13-match homestand. In the next two sets, the Pack hit .387 and .455, respectively, winning 25-16 and 15-11.

The momentum changed quickly after the third-set win, and continued to swing the Wolfpack’s way when sophomore Alston Kearns saved a ball from going out of bounds by kicking it high into the air to continue the point. Later, senior Megan Cyr managed to keep a volley going after falling to the court.

The Pack won both points, and took the wind from the Seahawks wings.

“We were awful in the first two sets,” Bunn said. “We absolutely lost our minds. The girls have shown a lot of resiliency all year, but they shouldn’t be putting themselves in that position.

“When we get to the ACC, this is not going to fly. You can’t go out and score six straight if you are down 24-20 to an ACC team.”

The Wolfpack opens its conference schedule on Friday, when rival North Carolina comes to Reynolds for a 7 p.m. contest. Admission is free for all spectators.

“They are tough – they are going to be one of the top three teams in our league,” Bunn said. “We have to get our act together in two days.”

In the opening set against UNCW, the Wolfpack jumped out to a 6-0 lead, but couldn’t hold on. The Seahawks fought back to make the score 19-18, then took their first lead of the contest with four consecutive points that gave them a 22-19 lead.

UNCW finished off the 7-2 flurry to win the opening frame 25-21, hitting .182 to the Wolfpack’s .049. UNCW also won the battle at the net, recording six blocks to the Wolfpack’s one.

The Seahawks also came back from a 21-18 deficit to capture the second set, 25-22, to take its 2-0 lead.

In the third set, Wilmington was in position to seal the win, even getting to match point, 24-20. But the Wolfpack scored six in a row behind the serving of Glass to close the gap to 2-1.

The Pack surged in the fourth set, inspired by a foot’s up play Kearns, who made her first start at libero. With a mis-hit ball going out of bounds on the baseline, she stuck out her right foot, kicked the ball in the air to continue the volley. The Pack eventually won the point and gained some much-needed momentum.

Cyr added to it later in the set, when she was able to set a pass to a teammate despite falling on the ground as she tried to get in position. She still managed to get the ball in the air to keep alive a long volley that the Pack eventually won.

“It’s all about confidence and when we made that run in the third set, it gave us confidence,” Bunn said. “They didn’t want to lose.”

Behind the strong attacks of sophomores Dariyan Hopper and Glass and freshman Morgan Cormier, the Wolfpack improved its hitting to .387 for the set and won going away 25-16.

In the decisive fifth set, Hopper and Cormier led the way in a .455 hitting effort, and the Pack led the entire way en route to a 15-11 win.

For the match, Hopper finished with 17 kills, followed by Glass with 16 and Cormier and junior Brie Merriwether with 13 each. Cormier led the way with seven total blocks, followed by Merriwether with five.

Kearns led the team with 22 digs, while Cyr had 15 digs and 52 assists, matching the second most in her career.


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