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Nogueira, Hill named ACC's top athletes

Posted by on Thu, Jul 30, 2009 at 7:34 PM

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N.C. State's Matt Hill and UNC's Casey Nogueira have been named the ACC male and female athletes of the year in a vote by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.

Hill was the NCAA individual golf champion while Nogueira (pictured) was national women's soccer player of the year and led the Tar Heels to the NCAA title.

Hill is the first golfer ever to receive the McKevlin Award as the top male athlete. He is also the only golfer besides Tiger Woods in 1996 to win conference, regional and national titles in the same year.

Hill received 20 votes to nine for Florida State football player Myron Rolle.

Nogueira, a rising senior from Raleigh, is the first UNC woman to win the Garber Award since fellow soccer player Cindy Parlow was honored in 1999. She scored both goals in UNC's 2-1 win comeback win over Notre Dame in Cary that gave the program its 20th NCAA title.

Nogueira got 18 first-place votes to 13 for Duke tennis player Mallory Cecil.

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