The ACC Hot List

Jan. 26, 2010


  • Florida State is averaging a league leading 7.0 blocked shots per game and is 6-0 in games decided by five points or less or in overtime this season. The Seminoles have also won seven of their last eight league games at home and have held 13 of 19 opponents to 62 points or less
  • Wake Forest's Ishmael Smith is averaging 20.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists over his last two games and is second in the ACC in minutes played per game (35.9).
  • Duke is 4-1 versus ranked foes this season with wins over Connecticut, Gonzaga and Clemson (twice). Junior Nolan Smith posted his team-leading ninth game with 20 or more points vs. Clemson and has 16 double-figure games this season and 39 for his career.
  • Georgia Tech has held every opponent this season to less than 45 percent shooting from the floor and freshman Derrick Favors has grabbed at least 10 rebounds in three of his last four games. Another Yellow Jacket, Gani Lawal, is 29 points shy of 1,000 for his career.
  • Miami's freshman class of Durand Scott, Reggie Johnson, Garrius Adams, Antoine Allen and Donnavan Kirk are averaging a combined 20.8 points and 12.3 rebounds per game.
  • Virginia's Sylven Landesberg has scored 10 or more points in 19 straight games and is the only ACC player to have scored in double figures every game this season.
  • Boston College leads all ACC schools with eight games decided by five points or less or in overtime while Clemson's Trevor Booker is 43 rebounds shy of becoming the third Tiger to have 1,000 rebounds in his career.


  • The ACC earned four of the top seven recruits for the 2010-11 season, according to ESPN HoopGurlz. In addition, Duke and Maryland signed the No. 1 and No. 2 recruiting classes in the country, respectively. Next year's class marks the best in Duke's school history with four of its five-member incoming student-athletes in the top 33 of the ESPN HoopGurlz rankings, including No. 4 Chelsea Gray and No. 6 Richa Jackson. Florida State pulled in No. 2 Natasha Howard, while Maryland will add No. 7 Alyssa Thomas next season.
  • Monica Wright, who earned Atlantic Coast Conference and Eastern College Athletic Conference Player of the Week, scored a career-high and 2009-10 league-high 39 points in No. 22 Virginia's 70-68 road victory at Boston College on Jan. 21. Wright's 39 points ties for the second-highest scoring total in Virginia history. The last 39-point game was by current assistant coach and former All-American Cavalier Wendy Palmer vs. Maryland on Jan. 25, 1995. The school record is 48 points by Mimi McKinney in 1998. In addition, Wright continues her climb up the league's all-time scoring list, and is now No. 8 with 2,229 career points.
  • Duke remains the only undefeated ACC team in league play thus far this season. Senior Joy Cheek is closing in on 1,000 career points as she now owns 997 for her career in 121 games. She will become the 25th player in Duke history to reach the 1,000-point mark.
  • The Atlantic Coast Conference is currently No. 2 in the RPI ratings, according to (Jan. 25). The ACC is behind only the Big 12 and own the third strongest strength of schedule and third toughest non-conference strength of schedule.


  • Voris Tejada posted a 3-0 week at 174 pounds for Duke. He started the week with a 5-3 decision victory of Campbell's John Merickel to help Duke beat the Camels, 21-17. Tejada followed up with a 2-0 weekend at Maryland and American University. The senior was Duke's lone double winner on Saturday as he defeated the Terps' Owen Smith 8-3 and got past American's Phillip Barriero 9-4. The three wins pushed Tejada's career total to 92, which moves him into sole possession of the sixth spot on the career wins list in Duke history. He is just the seventh wrestler to capture 90-plus wins in his career. With one more win he will tie Tom Cass at 93. Tejada is 16-8 overall this season and 5-1 in dual matches and 3-0 in the ACC.
  • Virginia's Chris Henrich (174) won twice last weekend to up his winning streak to eight straight matches. Ranked fourth nationally, Henrich is now 23-2 this season.
  • The Cavaliers' Matt Snyder, despite wrestling up a weight class from his usual 125 pounds, scored two wins at 133 pounds. Snyder capped his weekend with a 3-2 win over VT's Brock LiVorio. Snyder rode LiVorio for the entire second and all but 20 seconds of the third to rally for the win.
  • Virginia now has 13 dual wins this season - second most in UVa history. The school record is 18, set in 2008.
  • Senior Mookie Golden(133) put together a perfect 3-0 weekend for Maryland, helping the Terps improve to 3-0 in Atlantic Coast Conference action with dual meet wins over North Carolina State and Duke. The 133-pounder gained nine team points for Maryland in Saturday's dual meet with a major decision and a technical fall. Golden didn't allow a single point to be scored on him Saturday, winning 9-0 against Scott Norris of NC State and 15-0 over Nick Adamo of Duke. The senior also took a 6-4 decision over Pat McCaffrey of Navy on Friday night. Golden, who was subbing in at 133 pounds for All-American Steven Bell, improved his record to 13-6 on the season and 3-1 in dual meets.


  • Virginia men's swimmerss senior Garrett Wren and junior Scot Robison each set Taishoff Aquatics Pavilion pool records in the ninth-ranked Cavaliers 159-133 win over Duke (Jan. 22). Wren won the 1,000-yard freestyle, while Robison claimed the 200-yard freestyle. Not to be out-done, Duke freshman Nick McCrory won both the one and three-meter diving events, and posted a school record 454.50 in the three-meter competition. McCrory has not lost a diving competition this season.
  • North Carolina junior Joe Kinderwater set a Taishoff Aquatics Pavilion pool record with a 9:16.40 clocking in the 1,000-yard freestyle in No. 14 North Carolina's 161.5-137.5 win at Duke (Jan. 24).
  • For the women, North Carolina freshman Carly Smith broke the school record in the 100-yard backstroke when she clocked a 53.51 in a loss to No. 9 Virginia 185. Smith also posted season-bests in the 200-yard backstroke (1:57.31) and the 100-yard butterfly (56.03).
  • Two women set Taishoff Aquatics Pavilion pool records at Duke in the Blue Devils' 171-124 loss to No. 15 North Carolina (Jan. 24). Duke junior Ashley Twichell clocked a 9:54.45 in the 1,000-yard freestyle and North Carolina sophomore Lauren Moriarty finished the 100-yard breaststroke in record-time of 1:03.50.
  • Miami freshman Sofia Johansson won her seventh consecutive 100-yard breaststroke for the Hurricanes in 1:04.80, as Miami raced to a 171-116 win against Florida Atlantic (Jan. 22). Johansson concluded Miami's regular season by winning seven of eight 100-yard breaststroke races.
  • Duke sophomore Abby Johnston bettered her school record in the three-meter dive with a 355.80 performance in Duke's 157.5-127.5 loss to ninth-ranked Virginia. Virginia posted two Taishoff records, as Cavalier sophomore Lauren Smart won the 200-yard backstroke in 2:00.85, and sopohmore Joann Thomas stopped the clock at 4:22.83 in the 400-yard individual medley.
  • No. 25 Virginia Tech's 154.5-145.5 victory over No. 15 Florida State (Jan. 23) was the first over the Seminoles in program history.
  • Clemson sophomore Brooke George won the one-meter dive with a 284.10 score, the third best in school history, in the Tigers 176-124 loss to NC State (Jan. 23). Sophomore Cassie Self scored a 267.53, the sixth-highest mark in Tiger annals.


  • Dave Thomson was the only player to gain a win for NC State against No. 55 Vanderbilt, upsetting No. 53 Charlie Jones, 7-6 (6), 6-7 (3), 4-1 (def.). He then teamed with Dominic Hodgson to beat Ryan Lipman and Charlie Jones, 9-8 (1) in doubles. Thomson's victory over George Navas two days later helped lead NC State to an upset win over No. 33 Michigan, 4-3.
  • Miami's No. 57 Carl Sundberg was victorious in his Hurricanes debut at the No. 1 position, battling back to defeat Florida Atlantic's Marc Abdelnour to preserve a 7-0 in the spring season-opener. Sundberg started the day strong, pairing with sophomore Ignacio Taboada to cruise past FAU's third-flight doubles tandem of Ervin Garibovic and Georg Matschke, 8-1.
  • Boston College's Thomas Nolan opened his spring season with a thrilling 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 three-set win over Columbia's Jonathan Wong, who is ranked second in the Northeast region.
  • North Carolina's Jose Hernandez made an immediate impact as a freshma,n dominating his first two collegiate singles matches vs. Presbyterian's Matt Martin and North Carolina Central's Jose Fabara in the No. 2 spot .Henrandez also teamed with Brennan Boyajian for a pair of convincing doubles wins.
  • In his first collegiate duel-matches for Florida State, freshman Connor Smith clinched both victories for his team by winning both of his singles matches vs. Georgia Southern and South Alabama in two sets. Smith and Vahid Mirzadeh, who are ranked No. 33 by the ITA in doubles, won their match vs. South Alabama as well with a solid 8-3 victory.


  • Georgia Tech's Irina Falconi helped the 10th-ranked Yellow Jackets top No. 35 Auburn, 7-0, on the road on Sunday. She teamed with Sasha Krupina to earn an 8-1 win over Fani Chifchieva and Caroline Thornton to clinch the doubles point for the Jackets. In singles, Falconi defeated No. 71 Chifchieva, 6-1, 6-1, at No. 1 singles for the Yellow Jackets third point of the match. Falconi is 11-1 against ranked opponents in 2009-10.
  • Clemson's Ina Hadziselimovic, ranked #113 nationally, dropped only five games in her two singles wins, which included a 6-0, 6-1 takedown of #102 Kinsey Casey of College of Charleston. Hadziselimovic also won both of her doubles matches with Keri Wong at flight one. They defeated the 44th-ranked tandem of Holly Dowse and Emma Hayman of College of Charleston, 8-1, and then won against #43 VCU to help the Tigers clinch the doubles point
  • Duke senior Elizabeth Plotkin returned to the courts in dual match play last week for the first time since 2007 and did not miss a beat, going 2-0 in singles action and 2-0 in doubles play. Plotkin lined up at No. 1 in her first match vs. Ashley Murdock of Memphis, dropping just four games to win 6-3, 6-1. She played No. 3 in the next match vs. Old Dominion's Diana Ivanova and cruised 6-1, 6-0. In doubles, she was equally impressive. Playing with two different partners in the two matches, Plotkin and her partner dropped just a combined two games in those contests. Overall she lost just seven games in four matches overall.
  • In her first-ever collegiate match, Boston College freshman Olga Khmylev played impressively in a straight-set win over Yale's Stephanie Kent, who is currently ranked ninth in the Northeast region and 87th nationally. Khmylev and partner Alex Kelleher added a win in doubles and are currently ranked the No. 5 in the Northeast region.
  • Playing at at No. 6 singles for Wake Forest in last weekend's 7-0 win over Charlotte Aileen Davis dropped the first set to Candace Cunningham 6-1, but fought through the second to take a 6-4 win. In the super-tiebreaker Aileen rallied back from a 6-1 deficit to take a 13-11 victory and clinch the Charlotte sweep.
  • Sanaz Marand helped North Carolina to a 3-0 start to 2010 with a trio of victories at No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles vs. Winthrop, 28th-ranked Kentucky and No. 69 Minnestoa. Along with partner Sophie Grabinski, Marand dropped just three games in three wins at the top doubles position. Marand rallied from down a set to top Kentucky's Caroline Lilley in a third-set tiebreaker and scored straight-set wins over Winthrop's Siska Yasmine Alkema and Minnesota's Jackie Sperling.


  • Virginia Tech sophomore Keith Ricks--this week's Atlantic Coast Conference Indoor Track and Field Men's Performer of the Week--set a school record, running a 6.65 60-meter dash, eclipsing the former school record--held by Andre Davis since 2000--by .07 seconds at the unscored Hokie Invitational (Jan. 22-23).
  • Also at the Hokie Invitational, Virginia sophomore Vincenzo Chiariello broke the Cavalier record in the weight throw with a heave of 61 feet, 2.25 inches, breaking a 19-year old record. Virginia's 4x800-meter relay team of freshman Zack Vrhovac, senior Alex Bowman, sophomore Sintayehu Taye and freshman Robby Andrews set a Rector Field House Record by racing to a 7:26.49 finish.
  • Maryland sophomore Zach Ray ran to a second-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles at the Navy Quadrangular (Jan. 23), posting a career-best time of 8.11, which ranks sixth all-time at the school. Additionally, he ran the lead leg on the second-place 4x400-meter relay team that clocked the seventh-fastest time in school history with a 3:16.75 showing.
  • Senior Queen Harrison--this week's Atlantic Coast Conference Indoor Track and Field Women's Performer of the Week--posted the top collegiate time and a Virginia Tech record in the 400-meter dash at the Hokie Invitational (Jan. 22-23), turning in a 53.64 run, just .02 seconds under the former mark set by Asia Washington last season.
  • Maryland junior Kiani Profit posted career-bests in the 60-meter hurdles (8.52, fifth place) and the long jump (19-9.50, second place) at the Hokie Invitational, ranking her second and fourth, respectively, all-time at Maryland. She also ran the lead leg of the third-place 4x400 medley relay team (3:42.70), which moved into third in the Terrapin record books.
  • Virginia senior Stephanie Garcia ran to a second-place finish in the one-mile run in a time of 4:45.73 at the Hokie Invitational, ranking her seventh all-time in the event in Cavalier history.


  • Duke freshman Julian Suri recorded a hole-in-one on the 210 yard, par 3 7th hole at CordeValle in the opening round of the Gifford Collegiate. He went on to finish tied for eighth at the event and closed the fall with four top 20 showings (four events).
  • Florida State head coach Trey Jones was named Mid-Season National Coach of the Year by Golf Digest after a fall season that included two victories and three top-five finishes. Virginia's Ben Kohles and Georgia Tech's J.T. Griffin were named to Mid-Season All-American by Golf World.
  • The Maryland men's golf team has four golfers ranked in the league's top-25 after the fall season, junior Andrew Kay, sophomore Sean Brannan, junior Tom Hanna III and junior Donnie Shin.
  • Three ACC teams earned four fall championships: Florida State (Golfweek Conference Challenge and Gary Koch Intercollegiate), North Carolina (Maryland Intercollegiate) and Georgia Tech (UNCG Bridgestone Collegiate).
  • Five ACC golfers captured medalist honors this past fall: Florida State's Drew ( Golfweek Conference Challenge), NC State's Kent Copeland(Gordin-Myers Coca-Cola Classic), Virginia's Ben Kohles and North Carolina's Henry Zaytoun tied for medalist honors at the Maryland Intercollegiate and Virginia's Amory Davis (UNCG Bridgestone Collegiate).


  • Former Duke University women's golfer, Amanda Blumenherst, was presented with the NCAA Top VIII Award at the NCAA Convention on Friday, Jan. 15 in Atlanta, Ga. The Top VIII award recognizes current student-athletes who have completed their athletics eligibility for their success on the fields and courts, in the classroom and in the community. Blumenherst became the first Duke student-athlete in school history to receive the Top VIII Award.
  • Four ACC schools won fall championships: Boston College (Rutgers Invitational), Duke ( NCAA Fall Preview at the Country Club of Landfall), Florida State (Bettie Lou Evans Fall Invite), and Maryland ( Spider Invitational).
  • Three medalist honors were captured by ACC golfers this past fall: Boston College's Eunice Yim (Dartmouth Invitational), Florida State's Macarena Silva, (Bettie Lou Evans Fall Invite) and Maryland's Jessie Hollandsworth (Palmetto Intercollegiate).