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    2012-13 Wolfpack Athletics Year in Review
     

    July 24, 2013

    Raleigh, N.C. - NC State's athletic teams enjoyed success competitively and academically during the 2012-13 athletic campaign as they continued strong progress towards the comprehensive goals outlined in the department's five-year strategic plan.

    Competitively, the Wolfpack set a school record this year with its 633.6 points earned in the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Directors' Cup, easily eclipsing the previous high mark of 576.6 set last year and finishing 34th.  In all, 18 of 23 Wolfpack teams advanced to postseason play, including all eight spring sports.

    The Wolfpack was one of only three schools nationally to play in a football bowl game, have its men's basketball team reach the NCAA Tournament, and its baseball team advance to the College World Series.

    Three squads - Softball, Gymnastics, and Rifle - won their respective conference championship, while the baseball team returned to the College World Series for the first time since 1968. Volleyball was selected to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1987, and under first-year head coach Shawn Rychcik, the softball team captured the ACC tournament title behind ACC Pitcher of the Year Emily Weiman.

    The baseball team posted the department's highest national ranking, placing fifth in the final poll.  The Men's Swimming & Diving squad placed 15th at the NCAA Championship, the best among all ACC programs and the best finish for the program since 1979.  Second-year head coach Braden Holloway was named the ACC Coach of the Year.

    Academically, 61 student-athletes were named to their respective academic all-conference squads, 110 graduated and 315 were named scholar-athletes on campus - posting a GPA of 3.0 or higher.  Three NC State student-athletes were awarded ACC postgraduate scholarships in 2013 while another earned the Honorary Award. In the history of this program, NC State continues to boast the highest number of these honorees among league schools.

    This spring, the Wolfpack Leadership Academy was instituted.  This program, which is available to all 23 varsity sports, will help the Wolfpack develop the next generation of leaders, both in competition and life.

    In all, the Wolfpack boasted 72 all-conference performers, 25 All-Americans and five Academic All-Americans.

    Here's a look at a number of the highlights from each of the Wolfpack's 23 sports:

    Fall Sports
    Volleyball  

    • Earned an invitation to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1987
    • Finished fourth in the ACC after being picked to finish eighth in the preseason
    • Set a school record for ACC wins with 12 and had its highest finish in the conference since 1991
    • The team's 22 regular season wins were the most for the program since 1983 (23)
    • Ended the season with a record of 22-10
    • Megan Cyr named an All-American and to the All-ACC squad
    • Cyr and Brie Merriwether named to the All-ACC Academic Team and Merriwether earned Capital One Academic All-District honors

    Football

    Cross Country

    • Men's team reached the NCAA Championships for the seventh consecutive season and 24th time in program history, finishing 26th overall at the meet
    • Both the men's and women's teams finished third overall at the NCAA Southeast Regional
    • Andrew Colley finished 16th at NCAA Championships to earn a second-straight All-America citation and was named ACC Men's Performer of the Year
    • Samantha George earned ACC Women's Rookie of the Year
    • Colley, Matt Sonnenfeldt and Graham Crawford earned All-ACC honors for the men's team with top-14 finishes at the ACC Championships
    • Colley named an USTFCCC Academic All-American
    • Joanna Thompson, Samantha Norman and George earned All-ACC honors for the women's team with top-14 finishes at the ACC Championships

    Women's Soccer

    Men's Soccer

    • NC State's 6-0 start marked the best since 1982, and helped the Pack climb as high as No. 14 in the national rankings
    • Alex Martinez became the first Wolfpacker to make the All-ACC First Team since 2009
    • Martinez also captured a spot on the NSCAA's All-Region First Team, another first since 2009
    • Matt Ingram and Fabian Otte earned spots on the All-ACC Academic Team

    Winter Sports
    Women's Basketball

    • Wes Moore, who ranks eighth in wins among all active coaches in Division I, was named head coach in April
    • Earned a trip the Postseason WNIT, the 31st postseason appearance in program history
    • For the second-straight season, NC State was the only Division I women's basketball team to have two Academic All-Americans (Marissa Kastaknek and Kody Burke)
    • Kastanek named first team All-ACC and was named the ACC WBB Scholar Athlete of the Year

    Men's Basketball

    • Posted 24 victories for the second consecutive season under head coach Mark Gottfried.  The last Wolfpack squad to post more victories than the 2012-13 squad's total was the 1983 National Championship team, which went 26-10
    • The Pack posted an 11-7 mark in ACC play, marking its highest number of league wins since 2003-04
    • Defeated UNC-CH and Duke at home in the same season for the first time since 2003.
    • NC State finished the season at No. 33 in the RPI, and at No. 33 in strength of schedule
    • NC State was the only team nationally to have five players average over 12.0 points per game
    • NC State finished fourth nationally in field goal percentage with a .496 mark
    • The Pack finished with a 16-1 home record, including 8-1 in ACC games. It was the most home wins in a season since 1999-00 (17), and the Pack also finished with just one loss in conference action at home for the first time since 1990-91
    • Richard Howell named first-team All-ACC
    • Lorenzo Brown was a second-round NBA draft pick

    Gymnastics

    • 2013 East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) Champions
    • Senior Rachel Fincham won the EAGL title on the uneven parallel bars
    • Head coach Mark Stevenson earned his 500th career victory at the Sweetheart Invitational
    • The team advanced to the NCAA Regional for the 11th consecutive time and 25th in school history
    • Finished fifth at the NCAA Regional and ended the season ranked 26th nationally
    • The team boasted two Academic All-Americans: Hannah Fallanca, Megan Kurdelmeier
    • Michaela Woodford was named EAGL Rookie of the Year
    • Five gymnasts named to the All-EAGL first team: Hannah Fallanca (Balance Beam), Rachel Fincham (Uneven Parallel Bars), Diahanna Ham (All-Around, Vault), Stephanie Ouellette (All-Around, Floor Exercise, Vault) and Brittni Watkins (Floor Exercise, Vault)

    Swimming & Diving

    Wrestling

    • Under first-year head coach Pat Popolizio, NC State sent three individuals to the 2013 NCAA Championships
    • Popolizio has signed the fourth-best recruiting class in the country for 2013-14


    Men's Indoor Track & Field

    • Finished the indoor season ranked 25th nationally
    • Ryan Hill earned two All-America nods in the mile run and 3,000-meter event. Hill finished second in the mile for a first-team accolade and 11th in the 3,000-meter race for a second-team citation
    • Hill was named both the ACC and South Region's Track Athlete of the Year and was the ACC Champion in the men's mile run
    • Hill recorded the fastest mile ever by a North Carolina runner with a 3:54.89 clocking at the 106th Millrose Games
    • Kris Kornegay-Gober earned second-team All-America honors in the men's high jump after his 11th-place finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships and broke the programs indoor high jump record with a 7' 4.25" leap

    Women's Indoor Track & Field

    • Karimah Shepherd earned second-team All-America honors in the triple jump and long jump
    • Shepherd was named the ACC Championship's Field MVP and NCAA South Region Women's Indoor Field Athlete of the Year
    • Shepherd won the ACC Championship in the long jump and triple jump, while breaking the program record in the long jump with a 21' 2.00" mark

    Rifle

    • NC State won its seventh Southeastern Air Rifle Conference (SEARC) title in program history and its third in the last four years
    • The squad set team aggregate records in air rifle, smallbore and total during the season
    • Junior Madeline Pike became the fourth straight SEARC individual champion from NC State
    • Five earned All-SEARC accolades, including Madeline Pike, Dani Foster, Daniel Cliff, Bryan Cross and Alex Martin

    Spring Sports
    Baseball

    • NC State advanced to the College World Series for the first time since 1968
    • The Pack finished the year ranked No. 5 nationally, the highest final ranking for the baseball team since 1968
    • Trea Turner became NC State's first finalist for the Brooks Wallace Award, recognizing the top shortstop in the nation. Turner took over as NC State's all-time stolen base leader in the 94th game of his career
    • Brett Williams represented one of nine national ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove recipients. His diving catch against New Mexico State on February 27 gained over 4.5 million views on YouTube to become the most watched play in college baseball history
    • Carlos Rodon set the NC State single season record with 184 strikeouts
    • Carlos Rodon and Trea Turner made first team All-ACC, Tarran Senay earned a second team All-ACC mention
    • Carlos Rodon and Trea Turner returned to the U.S. Collegiate National Team for the second-consecutive summer, becoming the first Wolfpackers to suit up for Team USA in back-to-back seasons
    • Carlos Rodon made Perfect Game's first team All-America, second team from NCBWA and Louisville Slugger, and third team from Baseball America. Trea Turner landed on Perfect Game and Louisville Slugger's second teams, and the third team from Baseball America and NCBWA
    • Season ticket sales more than doubled

    Softball

    • First-year head coach Shawn Rychcik led the Pack to the ACC Championship
    • Won two games in NCAA regional play and advanced it to the Regional finals for the first time ever
    • Pitcher Emily Weiman earned ACC Pitcher of the Year and ACC Championship MVP honors, while breaking the program record in wins with 33
    • Shortstop Renada Davis broke the school records in home runs (26), total bases (146) and slugging percentage (.768) in a season
    • As a team, the Pack set team records in a season for slugging percentage (.491), runs scored (288), doubles (70), home runs (88), runs batted in (266), total bases (736), intentional walks (7), sacrifice flies (13), fewest average walks allowed per game (1.82), fewest losses (20), fewest walks allowed (96) and fewest sacrifice hits allowed (26)

    Men's Outdoor Track & Field

    • Three performers earned All-America honors at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships
    • Ryan Hill earned his seventh-career All-America award as a track runner with a ninth-place finish in the men's 1,500-meter run at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. His seven citations are the third-most in the history of NC State men's track and field
    • Freshman Craig Engels earned a silver medal at the 2013 USA Junior Championships in the men's 1,500-meter run
    • Andrew Colley earned second-team All-America honors with a 12th-place finish in the men's 5,000-meter run

    Women's Outdoor Track & Field

    • Four performers earned All-America honors at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships
    • Finished third at the ACC Outdoor Championships - its best finish at the meet since 1986
    • Karimah Shepherd earned two All-America nods in the long jump and triple jump at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. She received a first-team accolade in the long jump and a second-team citation in the triple jump
    • Shepherd was named the NCAA South Region Women's Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year and the ACC Women's Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year and won the ACC crown in the women's long jump with a 21' 1.25" measurement
    • Freshman Alexis Perry won two silver medals at the USA Junior Championships in the women's 100-meter hurdles and the women's long jump
    • Freshman Megan Moye won a bronze medal in the 1,500-meter run at the USA Junior Championships

    Women's Tennis

    • Reached the NCAA tournament for the second time in three years
    • Had its best start to a season in program history with a 9-0 record
    • Team reached as high as 30th in the ITA national team rankings
    • Junior Joelle Kissell was selected to the NCAA Singles Championship for the second season in a row, earned All-ACC honors for the second straight season and finished the season ranked No. 58 in the ITA national singles poll.  Kissell also finished the season tied for third place in program history with 49-career spring singles wins - just 10 behind the all-time leader

    Men's Tennis

    • Clinched a berth in the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive year and sixth time in program history
    • Finished the ACC regular season ranked fourth in the standings, its highest finish in the league since 1980
    • Dave Thomson and Sean Weber also advanced to the NCAA Doubles Championships as a doubles pair.  The duo was ranked throughout the season by the ITA and peaked in the rankings at No. 10
    • Robbie Mudge and Austin Powell were named to the All-ACC team while Austin Powell and Sean Weber were named to the All-ACC Academic Team

    Men's Golf

    • NC State made its 39th NCAA postseason appearance with an at-large selection to the Tallahassee Regional
    • Albin Choi won a Division I best five tournaments during the 2012-13 season, was named 2013 ACC Men's Golfer of the Year & ACC Golfer of the Month in both February and March, and was a semifinalist for The Ben Hogan Award - only ACC golfer listed among the 10 semifinalists
    • Choi named an All-American, All-Region performer and the ACC Player of the Year
    • Logan Harrell won The Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate; NC State has won four individual titles in the event in the last six years
    • NC State won the USF Invitational in Dade City, Fla.; finished second in four tournaments

    Women's Golf

    • NC State earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Central Regional, its 11th NCAA appearance in the last 12 years
    • Named the eighth seed in the regional, tying for the highest seed in school history
    • Ranked No. 21 in the final Division I Women's Coaches Poll, one of 14 schools that were included in all nine polls during the 2012-13 season
    • Recorded the best ACC Championship finish in school history, finishing second
    • Augusta James and Brittany Marchand were named to the All-ACC team
    • Amanda Baker, Marchand, Ana Menendez and Vivian Tsui were named to the All-ACC Academic Team
    • Baker was named a WGCA All-American Scholar

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