March 17, 2010
- Keyed by ACC Tournament MVP Kyle Singler, Duke captures its 18th ACC title, defeating Georgia Tech 65-61 in the finals.
- Nine ACC teams to take part in post-season play ... Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Maryland and Wake Forest earn NCAA Tournament berths ... North Carolina, NC State and Virginia Tech selected to play in the NIT.
- The ACC is the winningest conference in NCAA Tournament history ... league teams are a combined 338-170 (.665) in NCAA Tournament play and ACC teams have won 11 NCAA Men’s Basketball National titles, including four in the last nine years.
- Florida State’s Solomon Alabi leads the ACC in blocked shots and is one block shy of 150 for his career.
- Duke’s Jon Scheyer is 19 points shy of becoming the 42nd ACC player to score 2,000-or-more points in his career and Wake Forest sophomore Al-Farouq Aminu leads the ACC in double-doubles (20) and rebounding (10.7).
- Maryland’s Greivis Vasquez has scored 10 or more points in an ACC-best 27 games in a row ... is 24th on the ACC all-time scoring list (2,129), 10th in assists (758) and 12th in minutes played (4,494).
- Clemson’s Trevor Booker leads all active ACC players with 31 career double-doubles and is 13th on the ACC career blocked shot list (248) and 24th in rebounds (1,049).
- Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski leads all active head coaches with 71 NCAA Tournament wins in his career.
- Florida State has held 67 consecutive opponents below 50 percent shooting from the field ... the Seminoles lead the ACC in field goal percentage defense (.374).
- Duke has out-rebounded its opponents in 26 of its 34 games and is bidding to lead the ACC in rebound margin (+5.9) for the fi st time since 1989.
- For the eighth straight year, the ACC will be represented by at least six teams in the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament Field of 64, while the addition of three programs to the WNIT gives the league nine postseason teams for the fifth time overall, first since 2006 and third time in the last seven years.
- Duke, which won the school’s sixth ACC Women’s Basketball Championship and its first since winning five straight from 2000-04, finished 27-5 and earned a No. 2 seed in the Memphis region of the upcoming NCAA Tournament. Duke has won six of its last seven contests and boasts a 7-3 record against ranked teams, including an 83-67 victory over then-ranked No. 3 Ohio State. Junior first-team All-ACC guard and All-America candidate Jasmine Thomas will guide Duke to its league-best 16th-straight NCAA tournament and 17th overall.
- In the Dayton, Ohio region, the Florida State Seminoles make their second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, ninth appearance overall and sixth under 13th-year head coach Sue Semrau. The ‘Noles wrapped up the regular season as co-regular season champions for the second-consecutive year with a 12-2 league finish and have won eight of their last 10 games. As a No. 3 seed, FSU will play host to No. 14 seed Louisiana Tech, the Western Athletic Conference automatic qualifier. The winner of this first-round contest will face either No. 6 seed St. John’s or No. 11 seed Princeton in Tallahassee, Fla.
- Also placed in the Dayton region is No. 5 seed Virginia, which earns its 24th NCAA Tournament appearance, a mark that only four other schools have attained. The Cavaliers, who finished 21-9 overall, the squad’s third-straight 20-win season, will face No. 12 seed Green Bay, the first Horizon League at-large selection in conference history. The winner of the Wahoos and the Phoenix will face No. 4 seed Iowa State or No. 13 seed Lehigh in Austin, Texas.
- Georgia Tech, which won 23 games thus far this season, a mark that ties the school record for wins in a regular season, claimed a No. 6 seed in the Kansas City region. The Yellow Jackets posted their fourth straight 20-win season en route to making their fourth straight NCAA Tournament appearance and sixth overall. The Yellow Jackets face No. 11 seed Arkansas-Little Rock in the Trojans’ first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance, while the winner will advance to face No. 3 seed Oklahoma or No. 14 seed South Dakota State in Norman, Okla.
- North Carolina was named a No. 10 seed in the 2010 NCAA Tournament and will participate in the Big Dance for the 22nd time in program history. Carolina definitely felt the absence of Jessica Breland, who took a medical redshirt to battle Hodgkins lymphoma, but managed a 10-point victory over arch-rival and sixth-ranked Duke in the final conference game of the season. The Tar Heels will face No. 7 seed Gonzaga, the West Coast Conference automatic qualifier, in the Sacramento region. The winner will square off against No. 2 seed Texas A&M or No. 15 seed Portland State in second-round action in Seattle, Wash.
- The Wolfpack, less than one year removed from the loss of legendary coach Kay Yow, responded to first-year head coach Kellie Harper, who guided the Pack all the way to the finals of the 33rd Annual ACC Tournament, before losing, 70-60, to top-seeded Duke. NC State became only the second team in ACC Tournament history to reach the tournament finals as a No. 6 seed and have now won seven of their last nine games. Led by sophomore Honorable Mention All-ACC forward Bonae Holston and ACC Freshman of the Year Marissa Kastanek, NC State, an NCAA Tournament No. 9 seed, will face No. 8 seed UCLA, a Pac-10 at-large selection, in the Kansas City region with the opportunity to advance and face No. 1 seed Nebraska or No. 16 seed Northern Iowa in Minneapolis, Minn. The Pack will make their 20th NCAA Tournament appearance and first since 2007.
- Maryland will make its 24th postseason appearance and will play host to Iona of the Metro Atlantic Conference Friday, March 19 in first round WNIT action at the Comcast Center. The appearance marks the Terrapins’ second all-time appearance in the WNIT. Maryland owns a 2-1 record in this particular postseason event, after advancing to the quarterfinals in 2000 under former head coach and 2010 Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Chris Weller. The Terrapins defeated Georgetown 63-46 in the first round of play and went on to an overtime win against ACC foe Virginia Tech, 68-60, to advance to the quarters. Maryland’s lone loss in the WNIT came against eventual tournament runner-up Florida, 57-77.
- Miami will make its first postseason appearance since 2006 and its 11th postseason and fifth WNIT appearance in program history. In the Hurricanes last postseason appearance, the squad advanced to the second round of the WNIT after defeating FIU, 95-83, at the BankUnited Center. Miami will host in-state foe Florida Gulf Coast in the opening round of this year’s WNIT Thursday, March 18 at the BankUnited Center. With a win, the ‘Canes would advance to the second round to take on the winner of the Florida and USF match-up.
- Wake Forest, which finished the season 18-13 overall, earning the No. 5 seed in the ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament, and enters the WNIT having won seven of its last 12 games, five of those wins to top 100 RPI teams. The Demon Deacons will open the postseason event hosting North Carolina A&T on Thursday, March 18 in Reynolds Gymnasium. The winner will advance to face either Charlotte or Gardner-Webb at a location that will be announced following the first round conclusion. The invitation marks the second consecutive WNIT appearance for the Demon Deacons. Last season Wake Forest received a first round bye and faced Georgetown in the second round in Winston-Salem, where the Deacs fell 72-61.
- Virginia Tech’s Tim Smalling hit for the cycle in Monday’s 22-10 non-conference win over Columbia. Smalling enjoyed a 5-for-5 night that included two singles, a double, a triple and a home run. He also scored five runs and drove in three.
- NC State’s Drew Poulk began the week with a 20-game hitting streak, the longest active streak in the ACC at present.
- Miami junior catcher Yasmani Grandal improved his average from .306 to .392 over the past week, recording multiple hits in three of UM's last four games, including a 4-for-4 performance in Sunday's win over BC. Grandal, who leads the team with a .522 on-base percentage, went 7-for-11 with a homer, three doubles and four runs scored in UM's three games against the Eagles.
- In 7.1 innings pitched over three relief appearances, Clemson’s David Haselden is 2-0 and has not yielded a hit or run and has six strikeouts against only one walk. Clemson's weekend rotation of Casey Harman, Will Lamb, and Scott Weismann have combined for a 6-0 record and all have ERAs under 3.40.
- Junior shortstop Jake Lemmerman led Duke to four wins last week, including two in a series win over No. 11 North Carolina. Lemmerman drove in eight runs for the week, four of which came in one swing of the bat when he hit his second career grand slam against Quinnipiac.
- The ACC boasts three of the top four teams in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Top 25 Men’s Lacrosse poll, and owns four of the top eight. Virginia, North Carolina and Maryland rank Nos. one, three and four, respectively, while Duke is ranked No. 8 in the poll.
- North Carolina junior attackman Billy Bitter posted a season-high four goals as fourth-ranked UNC defeated ninth-ranked and preseason No. 1 Duke, 13-7 on the road last week. Bitter not only tallied four goals, but also matched his season-high for points (6) in the win, which broke a 15-game ACC regular-season losing streak for North Carolina and an 11-game losing streak to Duke. Bitter scored two first half goals to give the Tar Heels to a 5-3 lead at intermission. Then, after Duke had tied the game at 6-6 with four minutes left in the third quarter, UNC scored four-straight goals in a span of 3:27 to take a 10-6 lead with one second left in the third period. Bitter assisted on the first and third goals of the scoring streak that put the game away while scoring the second and fourth goals of the same scoring run, both in an unassisted manner.
- Virginia junior keeper Adam Ghitelman was successful defending the goal against Cornell’s strong attack of Rob Pannell and Ryan Hurley in the Cavaliers’ convincing 12-4 road victory against the eighth-ranked Big Red. Ghitelman picked up a game-high five ground balls and allowed only three scores. After Ghitelman was lifted in the final quarter for the second and third string goalies, Cornell scored a final goal with 27 seconds left in order to tie the lowest scoring output by a Cornell team in the head coach Jeff Tambroni era, a ten-year period. Ghitelman’s defense of the goal helped UVa become only the second visiting team, and first in the regular season, since 2007 to come out of Ithaca, N.Y., with a victory.
- The ACC boasts two of the top three teams in the Inside Lacrosse Top 25 Women’s Lacrosse poll, and owns four of the top six. Maryland and Duke are ranked No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, while North Carolina and Virginia rank No. 5 and No. 6.
- Virginia redshirt sophomore Ainsley Baker led the Cavaliers to their first conference win of the season, a 13-12 upset win over No. 3 North Carolina in overtime last week. Baker scored a career-high five goals, including the game-winner in overtime, to lift the eighth-ranked Cavaliers to a win in their season debut at Klöckner Stadium. Despite UVa being down 4-0 just 2:40 into play, the Corning, N.Y., native opened the scoring for the Cavaliers at the 26:58 mark. She tallied another goal midway through the half before completing the first hat trick of her career with the final goal before halftime to send the conference foes into the break tied 8-8. Baker added another goal in the second half before scoring the game-winner about two minutes into overtime. She has scored in the last four games for Virginia and has notched nine goals and one assist this season.
- Duke junior attacker Christie Kaestner led the Blue Devils in scoring last week, guiding Duke to a pair of wins over top 10 teams. Against the seventh-ranked Boston University Terriers, the Trappe, Md., native tied for a game-high four points on two goals and two assists as Duke went on to win 10-6. Kaestner followed up that performance with another four-point effort against fifth-ranked Georgetown, scoring three goals and dishing out an assist to lead the Devils to a 10-8 victory. For the season, the junior is first on the team with 12 assists, and second on the squad in both goals (17) and points (29).
- Maryland attacker Sarah Mollison led the way in routs of George Mason and No. 15 New Hampshire last week. The junior Tewaaraton nominee scored one goal and scooped up three ground balls against Mason on the road before tallying a game-high four goals in a 20-6 thrashing of UNH Saturday at home. The Melbourne, Australia, native added four draw controls as Maryland moved to a perfect 6-0 on the year and have yet to allow an opponent to reach double-digit scores.
- Lauren Costello, a senior attacker, led the Boston College Eagles in points last week, notching five goals and an assist for six points in BC’s 14-9 win over conference foe Virginia Tech on Saturday afternoon in Chestnut, Hill. Costello also recorded seven shots, all on goal, and two caused turnovers in the game. She helped lift Boston College to its first 5-0 start in program history. The squad is currently riding its longest win streak since 2003.
- A total of 25 ACC wrestlers will take part in the NCAA Championships Thursday through Saturday (March 18-20) at the Qwest Center in Omaha, Neb. Included in the contingent are five wrestlers who earned All-America honors in 2009, including national heavyweight runner-up Konrad Dudziak of Duke. Other All-America returnees include the Maryland trio of Steven Bell (133 pounds), Alex Krom (141) and Hudson Taylor (197), and Virginia’s Chris Henrich (174).
- Dudziak enters the NCAAs ranked No.1 in his weight class. Other top-10 ranked wrestlers from the ACC include Maryland’s Bell (10th at 133), Krom (seventh at 141) and Taylor (third at 197), Virginia Tech’s Jesse Dong (fourth at 157) and Chris Diaz (ninth at 141), and Virgnia’s Henrich (third at 174).
- After being awarded 14 automatic qualifying spots to the NCAA Tournament, the ACC has seen at total of 51 automatic qualifiers the past two seasons. A total of 27 ACC wrestlers automatically qualified in 2009, and 24 were awarded berths this year.
SWIMMING & DIVING
- The Atlantic Coast Conference will be represented by 38 student-athletes who earned invitations to this weekend’s NCAA Women’s Swimming & Diving Championship, held from Thursday-Saturday, March 18-20 at the Boilermaker Aquatics Center on the campus of host Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. The ACC’s 38 performers are representing seven conference teams and garnered an invite in 99 events.
- The ACC’s representation combined for 29 All-ACC performances at the recently concluded 2010 ACC Women’s Swimming & Diving Championship.
- The Cavaliers lead all women’s squads with 16 invitations and four competing relay teams, and is followed by North Carolina, which finished second at the conference championship, with seven individuals and two relay teams. Maryland received five invitations and was followed by Virginia Tech with four invitations and one relay team. Rounding out the ACC representatives are Florida State with three, Duke with two, and Clemson with one.
- A total of 27 ACC men were invited in a combined 77 events to the 2010 NCAA Men’s Swimming & Diving Championship, held at Ohio State University on Thursday-Saturday, March 25-27 at the McCorkle Aquatics Center in Columbus.
- On the men’s side, North Carolina and Virginia led all conference teams with eight invitations apiece, and the Cavaliers and Tar Heels will compete in three relay events and two relay events, respectively. Florida State garnered five invites, followed by Virginia Tech with three, and Duke, Miami (diving only), and Georgia Tech with one each.
- Clay Donato led UNC to its fourth straight win to improve to 9-2 and Carolina posted its fourth win away from home over a ranked opponent in six road matches, losing only to a pair of Top 10 teams, Georgia and Ohio State. Donato combined with Stefan Hardy to help the Heels clinch the doubles point with an 8-5 upset win over 51st-ranked Michael Nuesslein and Christian Saravia of Rice 8-5. Donato, ranked 49 in singles, crushed 25th-rated Bruno Rosa in singles to be the first man off the court. Donato pulled off the near bagel, whipping Rosa 6-1, 6-0.
- NC State’s No. 94 Jaime Pulgar battled back and fourth with No. 109 Kenziel Juneau of William & Mary last Saturday, but came out on top 5-7, 7-5, 6-3. With the Wolfpack hanging on to a 3-2 lead, Pulgar’s victory clinched the win and gave head coach Jon Choboy his 100th victory at NC State. Choboy is now 101-97 in his eighth season in Raleigh. Earlier in the match Pulgar teamed with Fernando Banos to beat Daniel Mihalov and Ilja Orre 8-1 at the No. 3 doubles spot. Playing at the No. 1 spot throughout the year, Pulgar is 6-3 with wins over three ranked opponents.
- Virginia Tech’s Luka Somen, ranked No. 71 nationally, defeated No. 54 Simon Chiles of Louisville and won both of his singles matches last week. He teamed with Sebastien Jacques to win two doubles matches including the clinching match in doubles against Southern Methodist.
- Miami’s Laura Vallverdu, ranked No. 4 nationally in this week’s Campbell’s/ITA singles poll, posted a 6-3, 6-2 win over No. 87 Liset Brito in her only singles action last week, giving Vallverdu – a three-time All-American for the Hurricanes – a 1-0 record on the slate. Vallverdu raised her record to 20-8 (8-2 dual), claiming her fourth straight 20-win season. In doubles play, she teamed with fellow All-American Bianca Eichkorn to turn in an 8-4 victory over FIU’s Liset Brito and Maria Vallasciani at the No. 1 spot. In doubles play, Vallverdu owns a record of 17-6 (6-4 dual), while upping her record with Eichkorn to 2-1. In singles play, Vallverdu now owns a record of 11-7 against nationally ranked opponents.
- Senior Lauren McCreless led Florida State to a 6-1 win over 35th-ranked Pepperdine last Wednesday on court one. McCreless not only trumped her fourth ranked singles opponent of the spring season, she also led the team past the Waves for the second consecutive time. McCreless’ strong recent efforts include an upset of No. 24 Josipa Bek of Clemson on March 7. McCreless has consistently been ranked throughout the fall and spring season in the top 50 in the country. Her singles record in now 8-6 and doubles record is 6-9.
- Georgia Tech’s top-ranked Irina Falconi dropped the first game of the day against Madura Ranganathan in last week’s match vs. North Texas, but took the next 12 games for a 6-1, 6-0 win at the top spot in the lineup. Falconi is now 11-1 in singles this season. She also teamed with Lynn Blau to earn an 8-2 win in doubles over Catalina Cruz and Barbora Vykydalova.
INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
- Three of the top-12 teams at the 2010 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track & Field Championship on the University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville (Mar. 12-13) reside in the ACC. Clemson and Florida State each accumulated 20 points to tie for seventh place, while Virginia Tech tied for 10th with 18 points. Only one conference had more top-12 team finished than the ACC.
- On the men’s side, ACC teams claimed five of the top-24 places, led by Florida State’s (16 points) 12th-place showing. Georgia Tech’s 11 points were good for 17th place and Virginia Tech claimed 19th with 10.5 points. North Carolina and Virginia each tied with three other teams for 20th after tallying 10 points. Only one conference had more teams place 20th or better.
- Among the 52 student-athletes who represented ACC schools at the 2010 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track & Field Championship on the University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville (Mar. 12-13), 15 men and 20 women earned All-American honors, including national champions Robby Andrews (800m, 1:48.39) of Virginia, Kim Williams of Florida State (TJ, 45-9.25), and Queen Harrison (60mH, 7.95) of Virginia Tech.
- The ACC controlled the women’s 60-meter hurdles at the NCAA championship, as Virginia Tech seniors Queen Harrison (7.95) and Kristi Castlin (8.01) and Miami junior Ti’erra Brown (8.08) finished in first, second, and third places, respectively.
- For the men, three Seminoles, including Maurice Mitchell (60m, 200m) claimed All-America status in four events to led the league, while Clemson, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Virginia, and Virginia Tech each had a pair of All-Americas. NC State had one.
- On the women’s side, Brianna Rollins (5,000m, 4x400) was an All-American performer in two events to lead nine Tiger All-Americas. Kim Williams (TJ, LJ) was also a two-time All-America and was joined by the other Seminole All-Americas. Miami and Virginia Tech each had two All-American performers, while Maryland rounded out the conference with one.
- Florida’s State’s Seath Lauer and Wesley Graham led the charge to the Seminole Intercollegiate tournament championship. The Seminoles won their third tournament of the school year, slipping past South Carolina by a one-stroke margin (865, +13). Florida State’s Seath Lauer tied for first place honors but was outlasted by South Carolina’s Paul Woodbury on the fourth playoff hole.
- North Carolina finished tied for seventh place (887, +35) at the Seminole Intercollegiate. Tar Heel sophomore Jack Fields, who held the individual lead after the first two rounds, slipped to a tie for third place, finishing just one stroke out of first place.
- Virginia Tech shot a three-round total of 12-over par 876 and won the Pinehurst Intercollegiate by Gatorade at the Centennial Pinehurst No. 8 Course, played March 12-14 in Pinehurst, N.C. The victory was the Hokies’ first tournament title since October of 2007. Freshman Mikey Moyers (Stanardsville, Va.), finished with a three-day total of two-under-par 214 and finished in second place. This was Moyers’ best-ever finish at Virginia Tech.
- Georgia Tech’s James White earned his fifth top-20 finish this year by shooting a 73 on the last day of the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters, played March 12-14, Southern Highlands Golf Course in Las Vegas, Nev. As a team, Georgia Tech tied for ninth. White, a sophomore from Acworth, Ga. shot the Yellow Jackets’ best individual score of the tournament. (227,+11).
- Wake Forest, NC State and Duke finished fifth, sixth and eighth respectively at the General Hackler Championship, played March 14-15 in Murrells Inlet, S.C.
- In the March 14 Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, three teams ranked in the Top 25, Florida State ranked #10, Clemson ranked #18 and Georgia Tech #22. Virginia ranked #26, Duke #30, NC State #36 and Wake Forest ranked #40.
- Three ACC players ranked in the Top-10 of the March 14 Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, Florida State’s Brooks Koepka ranked #2, Ben Kohles, Virginia #9 and Georgia Tech’s J.T. Griffin #10. Wake Forest’s Brendan Gielow ranked #27, Seath Lauer, Florida State #40 and Georgia Tech’s James White #43.
- Virginia golfer Calle Nielson shot a 3-under 69 in the final round to finish second at the Tiger/Wave Golf Classic, played March 12-14 at English Turn Golf and Country Club in New Orleans, La. As a team Virginia placed fifth out of a field of 23 teams.
- North Carolina fired a seven-over-par 295 in the final round of the Tiger/Wave Classic to finish in eighth place. Junior Sarah Thead was the top Tar Heel as she tied for 15th place with an eight-over 224 total.
- Wake Forest posted four of five rounds at par or better on Sunday (March 14) to finish with the lowest final round of the day at 5-under 283 and took ninth place at the Tiger/Wave Classic. Freshman Michelle Shin made a total of six birdies in her season-low round of 3-under 69 and sophomore Cheyenne Woods posted a bogey-free 2 under 70 to lead the Demon Deacons.
- NC State posted its best score of the weekend 302 (+14), Sunday, March 14 to finish 15th at the Tiger/Wave Classic. NC State wound up defeating three ranked teams among the stacked field of 16 programs ranked in the top-50.
- In the March 14 Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, three teams ranked in the Top 20, Duke #6, Virginia #16 and Wake Forest #18. Florida State ranked #29, and North Carolina #32.
- Duke freshman, Lindy Duncan ranked #14 individually in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings of March 14. North Carolina’s Catherine O’Donnell ranked #38, Cheyenne Woods, Wake Forest ranked #42, Virginia’s Brittany Altomore ranked #44 and Alison Whitaker, Duke ranked #47.
- League teams have posted a 110-59 (.651) record against non-conference opponents, including 8-4 and 9-7 records against the BIG EAST and Big Ten Conferences, respectively. Additionally, ACC teams are 37-7 at home against out-of-conference competition, and an impressive 8-13 against ranked teams.
- After taking two of three games from No. 16/16 Florida State in the ACC-opening series for both teams, North Carolina jumped from No. 18 to No. 16 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top-25 poll, its highest ranking of the season.
- North Carolina 19th-year head coach Donna Papa needs just nine wins to tie former Florida State head coach JoAnne Graf (1992-2008) for the league record for head coaching victories. Papa is 119-77 (.607) all-time in league play at UNC. Additionally, she is the ACC’s active leader in ACC winning percentage, and is second all-time.
- Boston College 15th-year head coach Jen Finely is just 12 wins shy of her 400th victory at the helm of the Eagle program. Finley is 388-346-1 (.529) at Boston College and averaged more than 27 wins per season over her first 14 campaigns in Chestnut Hill.
- Three teams—North Carolina (15), Georgia Tech (12), and Florida State (11, 10) have strung together double-digit win streaks this season. Only two players—Yellow Jacket senior second baseman Jen Yee (19) and Seminoles sophomore outfielder Shayla Jackson (15)—have recorded double-digit hitting streaks.