The ACC Hot List

Feb. 23, 2010

MEN'S BASKETBALL

  • Seven ACC teams are ranked in the RPI's Top 35 in terms of schedule strength - Duke (5), Georgia Tech (17); North Carolina (20), Wake Forest (25), Maryland (30), Boston College (31) and Clemson (35).
  • With 18 points in Saturday's 76-74 win over Georgia Tech, Maryland senior guard Greivis Vasquez became the 41st player in ACC history to score 2,000 points in his career ... Vasquez is also the first player in ACC history to have 2,000 points, 700 assists and 600 rebounds.
  • In an ACC-best 22 straight games, Vasquez has scored 10 or more points and leads all active ACC players in career points (2,013) and assists (725).
  • Over his last three games, Duke's Brian Zoubek is averaging 12.7 rebounds and 9.7 points while NC State's Dennis Horner is averaging 11.0 points and 9.8 rebounds over his last four games.
  • Duke is the No. 1 -ranked team in the Pomeroy Rankings and No. 2 in the RPI.
  • Virginia Tech's Malcolm Delaney leads the ACC in scoring (20.2) and is second in free throw percentage (.845) and Miami's Adrian Thomas leads the ACC in 3-point field goal percentage (.435) and has made at least one 3-point field goal in 40 of his last 45 games.
  • Wake Forest's Al-Farouq Aminu leads the ACC in rebounding (11.0) and double-doubles (17) while NC State's Tracy Smith leads the ACC in field goal percentage (.543) and is fifth in scoring (17.1).

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

  • Boston College center Carolyn Swords leads the nation in field goal percentage (66.1), a position in the statistics that the junior is comfortable. Swords finished atop the charts last year as a sophomore and ranked No. 3 in FG percentage as a freshman.
  • Duke's Joy Cheek was named as a member of the eighth annual "So You Want To Be A Coach" program, as announced on Feb. 23 by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). She is one of 39 student-athletes selected for the Class of 2010. The two-and-a-half day workshop will be held April 2-4 in conjunction with the WBCA National Convention in San Antonio, Texas. The 2010 class marks the largest in the eight years of the program and is sponsored by the WBCA, the NCAA Diversity and Inclusion, NCAA Minority Opportunities and Interests Committee, and the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics.
  • Maryland senior Lori Bjork (2nd team) and Duke junior Jasmine Thomas (3rd team) were named to the 2009-10 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America teams as voted by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Bjork leads the Terrapins in 3-pointers with 68 this season and has led in points on eight occasions. She is second in the ACC in three's made and third in 3-point field goal percentage (.417). Bjork has climbed up the Maryland senior record books with her talent from behind the arc; currently sitting at No. 3 in three's made (68) and in 3-point attempts (163).
  • NC State sophomore Bonae Holston scored a team-high 20 points to send the Wolfpack to a 74-63 victory over North Carolina (Feb. 21), the team's third consecutive victory and first in seven tries against North Carolina. Freshman Marissa Kastanek added 17 points, including four 3-pointers, six rebounds and had a season-best five assists. Kastanek ranks second among ACC freshmen in scoring at 11.0 points per game and has made a rookie-best 51 three-pointers in 27 contests played this season.
  • Virginia senior Monica Wright is on pace to become the ninth ACC Women's Basketball player to lead the league in scoring in two-consecutive years and the first since Tamara James of Miami (2005 & 2006). Wright registered a team-high 23 points, her league-leading 18th 20-point effort of the season, against Florida State on Feb. 22.

BASEBALL

  • Virginia is ranked No. 1 nationally by Baseball America, a first for the Cavaliers.
  • Miami is ranked 10th by the NCBWA, giving the ACC four teams among the Top 10 in that poll.
  • Miami Starting pitcher Eric Erickson was impressive in his first outing in nearly two years, allowing two hits and no earned runs in 5.2 innings vs. Rutgers last Friday night ... Erickson, who missed all of last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, pitched in a college game for the first time since June 16, 2008.
  • Virginia Tech's Austin Wates picked up where he left off last year, going 7-for-12 in three weekend games ... Wates is riding an ACC-best 16-game hitting streak dating back to last season.
  • Georgia Tech junior Chase Burnette went 8-for-11 (.727) with two doubles, two home runs and six RBI in the Yellow Jackets' series sweep of Missouri State last weekend.

MEN'S LACROSSE

  • The ACC boasts three of the top six 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. two, four and six, respectively, while Duke is ranked No. 8 in the poll.
  • Junior attackman Billy Bitter helped the Tar Heel offense explode as the Tar Heels compiled 17 goals, their most since March 3 of last year, in beating Lehigh 17-5 over the weekend. Bitter had two goals in his three on-goal shots, and he matched his career high for assists with four for six points overall. Bitter assisted on UNC's first two goals of the game in the opening two minutes to give the Tar Heels a quick 2-0 lead. He had two goals and an assist in the second quarter when the Tar Heels went on a 7-2 scoring run to pull away from the Mountain Hawks for a 9-4 halftime lead. Bitter's goal with just seven seconds left in the second quarter started a seven-goal run that extended into the second half, eventually leading to a 15-4 lead with 11:24 left in the game.
  • With two goals and four assists, Maryland junior Grant Catalino now has 26 multi-point, 21 multi-goal and eight multi-assist games for his career. Right after Bellarmine cut the Terrapins' lead to 5-3 to open the third quarter, Catalino assisted on back-to-back man-up goals to give Maryland a four goal cushion. He then assisted and scored on the third and fourth goals, respectively, in a five-goal Terrapin run, spanning the end of the third to midway into the fourth quarters, that put the game away The victory ups Maryland's win streak in season openers to 17. The victory also gives the Terps a 22-0 record in season openers away from College Park.
  • Virginia attackman Steele Stanwick scored three second-half goals and dished two assists to pace the Cavaliers' 11-8 win at Drexel. The Baltimore, Md., native scored his second goal with 12:03 left to put UVa up by one goal. After Drexel tied the game with 5:40 left to play, Steele took on two defenders and spun to his right to score what proved to be the winnings goal with 3:37 left to play. The Cavs would add two more goals, including one on a Stanwick pass when double teamed near the crease, which found a wide open Chris Bocklet to cap Virginia's scoring. He also added three ground balls in the winning effort.

WOMEN'S LACROSSE

  • The ACC can claim three of the top five schools in the Inside Lacrosse Top 25 Women's Lacrosse poll. Maryland stands at No. 2, while North Carolina and Duke are No. 4 and No. 5, respectively.
  • Maryland midfielder Caitlyn McFadden lifted the second-ranked Terrapins to their first road win of the 2010 campaign at No. 18 Penn State Sunday. The senior from Phoenix, Md., tallied six goals, including four in the second stanza, to help Maryland erase a three-goal, first-half deficit against the Nittany Lions. McFadden added an assist and also tallied three draw controls to lead the Terps to a 2-0 record on the year. McFadden, who ranks among the nation's best with a 27-game scoring streak, is also among the NCAA Division I active leaders in points and assists.
  • In her first collegiate game played, Brooke Blue tallied five goals on six shots and one assist for six Boston College points against Bryant last weekend. The rookie from Bethesda, Md., also recorded two draw controls and one ground ball on the day.
  • Sarah Bullard helped lead her Blue Devils to a pair of wins over x and William and Mary last week with a total of 10 points from sevens goals and three assists. The junior midfielder also led Duke with six draw controls (2 vs. Richmond and 4 vs. William & Mary).
  • Virginia senior midfielder Brittany Kalkstein won a career-high nine draw controls to break Virginia's career record in the category. Lauren Aumiller previously held the record at 190 from 2000-03. Kalkstein entered the season five shy of the mark and now tops the chart with 199 for her career.

WRESTLING

  • Virginia All-American Chris Henrich scored a dominating win at 174 pounds lat Saturday, easily dispensing of Maryland's Bradley Nielson for his fourth technical fall of the season. Henrich, a winner of 13-consecutive matches, now is 28-2 this season.
  • Virginia's Ross Gitomer won his 89th career match Saturday and now needs just one win to tie current UVa head coach Steve Garland for 10th on the all-time Virginia wins list. Mike Salopek won at 184 pounds Saturday and now has 26 wins this year. He needs six wins to match the UVa freshman record for wins.
  • Duke senior heavyweight Konrad Dudziak captured his 12th win of the season last Saturday vs. Gardner-Webb, outlasting 12th-ranked Dustin Porter at heavyweight. Dudziak is undefeated on the season with a 12-0 mark and is ranked third nationally.

SWIMMING & DIVING

  • The 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Swimming Championship will be held at Koury Natatorium on the University of North Carolina campus from Wednesday-Saturday, February 24-27. Live coverage will be video-streamed on theACC.com from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
  • At last week's women's swimming & diving and men's diving championship, eight championship meet records and six conference records were broken, and the University of Virginia collected its third consecutive women's swimming & diving championship. Points from the men's diving championship will be applied to team scores at this week's swimming championship.

MEN'S TENNIS

  • Miami's Christian Blöcker won a pair of singles matches and a pair of doubles matches to help the Hurricanes go 2-0 over the last week. Pairing with David Simon, the tandem handily knocked off a pair of opponents - clinching the doubles point with the 8-5 win over Stetson on Friday and then defeated UCF's No. 24-ranked duo of Marc Rocafort and Blaze Schwartz, 8-4, on Sunday to improve to 8-4 for the year (4-2 in dual match play). He also won two straight doubles matches last week to earn his team-high tying 10th win of the year and improve to 5-1 in dual match competition.
  • Reid Carleton clinched Duke's third straight win with a three-set victory over No. 108 Krisztian Krocsko. Carleton earned his third win over a ranked opponent this season and second match-clinching victory. He has clinched two of Duke's five wins on the year. Carleton remained undefeated in dual match play, improving to 5-0 at the No. 2 position. He is 11-5 overall in singles. Carleton also teamed with Henrique Cunha in the No. 1 doubles spot as the pair clinched the doubles point with an 8-5 win to help send the Blue Devils to a 6-1 win.
  • No. 77 Vahid Mirzadeh of Florida State won his fifth straight match of the year last weekend and is now 9-1 this season. He and freshmen Connor Smith are now 6-2 in doubles this year, with all matches coming on Court 1. Maryland's Sergio Wyss was perfect last weekend for the Terps, and played a key role in two winning matches. Against Boston College, Wyss partnered with Ian Mansfield for the Terps' only doubles win on the day. Later, in singles, his win over Thomas Nolan clinched the Terps' first ACC win of the season. Against George Washington, Wyss and Mansfield teamed up again, and their win at No. 2 doubles gave Maryland the doubles point. Wyss finished the weekend with an easy win at No. 1 singles to help lead the Terps to a 6-1 victory.
  • After moving into the ITA singles rankings at No. 93, NC State's Jaime Pulgar had a solid day against Elon. In doubles, Pulgar teamed with Akash Gujarati to take down Clark Howell and former teammate Eric Turner 8-4. Pulgar won his singles match at No. 1 over Philip Nemec in straight sets, 6-4, 6-1.
  • Hernandez has played a large part in North Carolina's success this year as a freshman, compiling a 6-2 record at No. 2 singles. Last week saw him upset Michigan's 34th-ranked Evan King to help UNC to a 6-1 win over the Wolverines.

WOMEN'S TENNIS

  • NC State's Sandhya Nagaraj beat her second top 30 opponent of the season with a 1-6, 6-2, 6-2 victory over No. 26 Irene Rehberger of No. 33 South Florida. Nagaraj stands at 4-1 on the year and is currently ranked No. 107 in singles competition by ITA.
  • Senior Lauren McCreless led Florida State in last Sunday's match against No. 58 LSU with a straight set win in singles and a victory in doubles. LSU was the fifth ranked opponent FSU has beaten this season.
  • Lisa Miller led Maryland to its first win of the season, a 7-0 shutout of Penn. The senior combine with Maggie MacKeever to clinch the doubles point with their 8-3 win over Alexa Ely and Emily Wolf. Miller went on to down Ely in straight sets to earn the third point of the match.
  • North Carolina's Sanaz Marand dropped just two games in a pair of singles wins at the top of the lineup last Saturday, leading UNC to 7-0 wins over East Carolina and UNC Greensboro. Marand also teamed with Katrina Tsang for an 8-4 win at No. 1 doubles vs. ECU. Marand's efforts helped push UNC to 12-1 overall as the Tar Heels have ascended to a program-best No. 1 national ranking.

INDOOR TRACK & FIELD

  • The 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Men's and Women's Indoor Track and Field Championship will be hosted by Virginia Tech at Rector Field House in Blacksburg from Thursday-Saturday, February 25-27. Live coverage will be video-streamed via theACC.com on Friday beginning at 3 p.m. and on Saturday beginning at 12 p.m.

MEN'S GOLF

  • The February 21 Golfweek/Sagarin poll highlighted by three ranked ACC teams in the Top 25, #8 Florida State, #18 Georgia Tech, and #20 Virginia. NC State ranked 27th, Clemson #28, Duke #33, Wake Forest #35. North Carolina and Virginia Tech ranked 40th and 43rd respectively.
  • In the Golfweek/Sagarin individual rankings of February 21, four players ranked in the Top 25: Florida State's Brooks Koepka ranked 6th, Wake Forest's Brendan Gielow ranked 10th, J. T. Griffin, Georgia Tech ranked 13th and Virginia's Ben Kohles ranked 24th.

WOMEN'S GOLF

  • Three ACC teams ranked in the top 15 of the February 18 Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings: #8 Duke, #12 Virginia and #15 Wake Forest. North Carolina and Florida State ranked 27th and 30th respectively.
  • Two ACC players ranked in the Top 25 of the February 18 Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings: #11 Lindy Duncan, Duke, and #25 Catherine O'Donnell, North Carolina. Virginia's Brittany Altomore ranks 39th while Wake Forest's Cheyenne Woods and Natalie Sheary are ranked 41st and 45th respectively in the rankings.

SOFTBALL

  • North Carolina senior pitcher/first baseman Danielle Spaulding threw a pair of no-hitters in three starts at the Carolina Classic (Feb. 19-21) over the weekend en route to a 3-0 record. The Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., native racked up 38 strikeouts in just 16.0 innings of work.
  • ACC teams are a collective 40-24 (.625) against non-conference competition through two weeks of the 2010 softball season, including five wins against ranked teams.
  • Two teams--Georgia Tech (twice) and NC State (once)--have come back to win after trailing through five innings of play this season.