The ACC Hot List

March 3, 2010

MEN'S BASKETBALL

  • The ACC is one of only three conferences (Big 12, Big East) to have at least seven teams currently ranked in the Top 55 of the RPI.
  • Seven ACC teams are ranked in the RPI's Top 35 in terms of schedule strength - Duke (8), North Carolina (15), Georgia Tech (25), Maryland (29), Clemson (31), Wake Forest (34) and Boston College (35).
  • North Carolina is one win shy of joining Kentucky as only the second school in NCAA history with 2,000-ormore victories.
  • Duke's Jon Scheyer is one assist shy of 400 for his career and fi ve points shy of 1,900.
  • Florida State has held 64 consecutive opponents below 50 percent shooting from the fi eld ... the Seminoles lead the ACC in fi eld goal percentage defense (.369).
  • With Saturday's 104-100 double-overtime win at Virginia Tech, Maryland's Gary Williams became only the third coach in ACC history to win 200 Conference games ... North Carolina's Dean Smith leads all ACC coaches with 422 career league wins ... Duke's Mike Krzyzewski is second with 354 ACC victories.
  • Total points scored by Maryland and Virginia Tech in Maryland's 104-100 double-overtime win Saturday ... the 204 points mark the most points scored in an ACC regular season game since Wake Forest (119) and North Carolina (114) tallied 233 points on Dec. 20, 2003.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

  • The ACC Women's Basketball Tournament begins on Thursday March 4, 2010 and is the longest-running NCAA women's tournament in the country, dating 32 years and counting. The league's first conference tournament was held in 1978, while the SEC followed closely behind in 1980.
  • Virginia's Monica Wright earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors for the fourth consecutive season as part of the All-ACC Women's Basketball first-team this season. Wright, who was an ACC All-Freshmen pick in 2006-07, before earning second-team in 2007-08 and first-team accolades last season, is joined by six multi-year all-conference performers on the first, second, and honorable mention squads, including seniors Lele Hardy (Clemson) and Jacinta Monroe (Florida State) and juniors Cetera DeGraffenreid (North Carolina) and Carolyn Swords (Boston College), who are each collecting some kind of All-ACC honor for the third time.
  • Miami sophomore forward Shenise Johnson, who was named Honorable Mention All-ACC and ACC All-Freshmen last season, and Duke junior guard Jasmine Thomas share first-team honors with Swords, Monroe, and Wright.
  • NC State's Marissa Kastanek was named the 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Basketball Freshman of the Year. Kastanek started in 28 of NC State's 29 games this season, averaging 10.7 points and 26.7 minutes per game, ranking third and second on the squads, respectively.
  • Joining Kastanek on the ACC All-Freshman Team is Duke center Allison Vernerey, Florida State forward Chasity Clayton, Maryland freshman Diandra Tchatchouang, and Wake Forest forward Sandra Garcia. Vernerey is the first Blue Devil to be named ACC All-Freshman since Abby Waner in 2006, while Garcia is the first Demon Deacons to collect the award since Mekia Valentine in 2007.
  • The league celebrates its sixth annual class of ACC Women's Basketball Legends during the 2010 ACC Women's Basketball Tournament. TheACC.com will feature three members of the 2010 ACC Legends Class each week until the end of the regular season. The honorees will be recognized during the ACC Legends Luncheon on Friday, March 5, as well as on the court at halftime of the first semifinal game on Saturday, March 6. The ACC Women's Basketball Legends program honors past players from each of the ACC's 12 schools who have contributed to the league's rich tradition. Included in the class are 12 former student-athletes that represent four decades of ACC Women's Basketball competitors.

BASEBALL

  • Defending ACC champion Virginia's maintains a No. 1 ranking from Baseball America. Florida State and Georgia Tech also remain Top 10 teams in all of this week's national polls, while Clemson has moved into the Top 10 of both the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' and NCBWA polls (at No. 9). Miami remains No. 10 in the NCBWA rankings ....Six ACC teams (Virginia, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Clemson, Miami and North Carolina) are ranked among the nation's Top 12 in the latest ESPN/USA Today Coaches and NCBWA polls ... Each of those teams remain ranked among the Top 20 of each major poll this week.
  • Led by 6-0 starts by both Clemson and Florida State, five ACC teams enter the week riding at least three-game winning streaks ... Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Virginia and Virginia Tech all swept series vs. non-conference opponents
  • Clemson's Jeff Schaus' had a career-high five RBIs in last Sunday's win over Wright State.
  • Boston College's Robbie Anston entered the week with an ACC-best 15-game hitting streak (the final nine games of 2009, the first six games of this season).

MEN'S LACROSSE

  • Senior Will Yeatman's three goals in a dramatic 7-0 run spurred the No. 7 Maryland men's lacrosse team to a 15-13 come-from-behind victory over the No. 13 Georgetown Hoyas Saturday afternoon in front of a crowd of 2,532 at the Hoyas' Multi-Sport Field.
  • Duke senior attackman Max Quinzani tallied six goals and two assists to lead the eighth-ranked Blue Devils to a 16-11 win over Pennsylvania in men's lacrosse action this afternoon at Koskinen Stadium. Duke scored eight goals in the fourth quarter to come away with the five-goal victory.
  • Chris Bocklet and Steele Stanwick each scored three goals to pace the No. 2 Virginia Cavaliers (3-0) to a 13-8 victory over the No. 18 Stony Brook Seawolves (1-1), Saturday afternoon in front of a 1,689-capacity crowd at the University Hall Turf Field.

WOMEN'S LACROSSE

  • The Boston College lacrosse team earned an 18-6 win over Jacksonville on Tuesday afternoon in Jacksonville, Florida. The Eagles are 3-0 on the season
  • Megan Bosica scored four goals and Jenn Russell and Kristen Taylor had three apiece as the University of North Carolina women's lacrosse team defeated the University of Florida, 18-5, on Sunday afternoon at sunny, breezy Fetzer Field. Freshman Emily Garrity added two goals and an assist and Corey Donohoe scored twice as Carolina, ranked No. 4 in the IWLCA and Inside Lacrosse coaches polls, improved to 5-0 this season.
  • The No. 12 Virginia women's lacrosse team used a balanced attack and stingy defense to upset No. 6 Syracuse, 14-13, Saturday afternoon at the UHall Turf Field. The loss marks the first for the Orange this season, as they fall to 2-1, while the Cavaliers improve to 2-1. Senior All-American Brittany Kalkstein paced the Cavaliers throughout the entire field - tallying two goals and two assists, in addition to winning nine draw controls to tie a career-high for the school's career record holder. Her total also moves her career mark to 214 - breaking the Atlantic Coast Conference's all-time record of 205 held by Maryland's Dana Dobbie from 2007-08.

WRESTLING

  • The 2010 ACC Championships, scheduled for Saturday at NC State's Reynolds Coliseum, feature five defending weight-class champions from 2009, including Most Outstanding Wrestler Brent Jones (197).
  • The event will also feature five All-America wrestlers from last season, including NCAA heavyweight runner-up Konrad Dudziak of Duke. Defending NCAA 149-pound champion Darrion Caldwell of NC State is taking a medical redshirt year due to a shoulder injury.
  • Three ACC teams remain nationally-ranked entering the Championships, including 10th-ranked Maryland and 14th-ranked Virginia Tech, which shared first place in the final regular-season standings. Virginia enters the ACC Championships ranked No. 22.
  • After receiving just 14 automatic NCAA Championship qualifying bids in 2008, the ACC received 27 last year and 24 this year. The conference is also hopeful of receiving several at-large bids following this week's ACC Championship.

SWIMMING & DIVING

  • Virginia claimed its third consecutive and 13th overall Atlantic Coast Conference title as the Cavaliers totaled 806 points at the 2010 ACC Men's Swimming & Diving Championship at Koury Natatorium on the University of North Carolina campus. Cavalier junior Scot Robison, who won three individual titles and set a pair of league and pool records, was named the meet's Most Valuable Swimmer. North Carolina junior Tommy Wyher set two new Atlantic Coast Conference and pool records on the third day of competition.
  • Virginia won its third consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference title as the 2010 ACC Women's Swimming & Diving and Men's Diving Championships at Koury Natatorium on the University of North Carolina campus drew to a close. The Cavaliers began the day with a 158-point lead and continued to pace the 11-team field on the final day of action. The title is the eighth women's crown in school history -- all of which have come under 32nd-year head coach Mark Bernardino -- second only to North Carolina.
  • Cavalier freshman Lauren Perdue was selected by the head coaches as the meet's Most Valuable Swimmer, while Duke sophomore Abby Johnston and freshman Nick McCrory were each picked unanimously to be the Women's and Men's Most Valuable Diver, respectively.

MEN'S TENNIS

  • Two members of the Virginia men's tennis team will represent their nations as the first round of the 2010 Davis Cup takes place this weekend. Junior Sanam Singhhas been named to India's Davis Cup Team thata faces Russia in the World Group and first-year Julen Uriguen will lead Guatemala at Mexico in the Americas Group. Singh is joined on the Indian team by former Cavalier All-American Somdev Devvarman. Uriguen will make his third Davis Cup appearance for Guatemala this weekend against Mexico. He represented his country twice last year, against the Dominican Republic and the Bahamas. He clinched Guatemala's win over the Bahamas last year with a five-set win over Marvin Rolle.
  • The reigning ACC Player of the Year, Jean-Yves Aubon of Florida State, defeated his third ranked opponent in singles this season by winning court one and helping the Seminoles upset No. 16 Pepperdine on Saturday. He is 9-2 playing singles in 2010 and his only two losses have come to Top 10 foes. In doubles, Aubone has teamed up with Clint Bowles to begin the spring season with a 5-2 mark. Aubone, FSU's senior leader, has helped the Seminoles start the season 8-1 overall and garner a Top 20 national ranking.
  • Maryland freshman Tommy Laine continued his hot start to the season by winning a combined six matches last weekend. In singles, Laine notched easy victories against Old Dominion and Morgan State, the latter clinching the match for the Terrapins. Against Richmond, Laine fought to win the first set in a tiebreaker before quickly winning the second set. Laine is now 11-0 in singles, and has yet to drop a set in 2010. In doubles, Laine paired with Jesse Kiuru for three easy victories. The pair lost a total of one game in their three matches this weekend.
  • Miami's Christian Blöcker continues to play well for the Hurricanes, pairing with David Simon to help clinch the doubles point in last Saturday's win over No. 50 South Florida/. The duo - who improved to 5-2 in dual match play and 9-4 on the year - defeated USF's top-flight tandem, 9-7. In singles play, Blöcker knocked off his first ranked opponent of the season - using straight sets to defeat No. 91 Jamal Adderley, 7-5, 6-3.
  • North Carolina freshman Jose Hernandez played an important role in two wins for the 22nd-ranked Tar Heels last week. In UNC's first match of the week against Navy, he moved up to the top singles spot, where he recorded a 6-3, 6-0 win that helped UNC to a 6-1 team victory. Hernandez moved back down to the second singles flight for Sunday's match against No. 60 VCU, but got the same results with a 6-3, 6-1 win against Krisztian Krocsko. His singles win was one of three that gave UNC a victory over the Rams by a 4-3 margin. Hernandez has now compiled an 8-2 overall record in singles this season. He broke into the ITA singles' rankings for the first time on Feb. 18, and remains No. 97 in the nation.

WOMEN'S TENNIS

  • Laura Vallverdu, ranked tied for No. 7 nationally in this week's Campbell's/ITA singles poll, picked up her first ACC win of the year on Sat., Feb. 27, turning in a 7-6(3), 6-3 defeat of No. 12 Clemson's Josipa Bek - ranked No. 18 nationally. Vallverdu upped her record for the year to 18-8, while improving to 6-2 in the spring. She also advanced to 10-7 against nationally ranked opponents. Dating back to last season, Vallverdu has claimed seven consecutive ACC wins (not including three singles wins in the 2009 ACC Championships). In doubles play, the No. 5 ranked duo of Gabriela Mejia and Vallverdu fell to Clemson's 16th-ranked team of Ina Hadziselimovic and Bek in No. 1 doubles, 8-3. They slipped to 14-5 on the year (3-3 dual).
  • NC State's Sandhya Nagaraj had a hard fought match with No. 104 Ellah Nze of No. 6 Duke on Feb. 25 before falling 6-4, 7-5. She rebounded two days later to help NC State take down No. 41 FIU, 4-3. Nagaraj defeated No. 110 Liset Brito in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4. She also teamed with Berkeley Brock to beat Brito and Maria Vallasciani 8-5.
  • Sophomore Lindsey Hardenbergh led Virginia to a 5-0 record last week, including a 2-0 start to ACC play. She went 5-0 in singles at No. 1, winning all five matches in straight sets. Against Old Dominion, she defeated No. 15 ranked Nadine Fahoum 6-2, 7-5 for the highest ranked win of her career. Hardenbergh also went 5-0 at No. 2 doubles with Erin Vierra.

INDOOR TRACK & FIELD

  • Florida State played catch-up most of Saturday afternoon, but a fast finish allowed the Seminoles to raise the ACC Men's Indoor Track and Field Championship trophy for the eighth straight year. Propelled by a sweep of the gold, bronze and silver medals in the 200-meter dash, coach Bob Braman's Seminoles pulled ahead over the final three running events to finish with 107 team points. The Men's Indoor Championship is the ninth overall for FSU, which captured its first in 1994.
  • North Carolina placed second with 103.5 points, followed by host Virginia Tech with 97 and Virginia with 77. NC State tallied 63 team points to round out the top five.
  • Clemson, coached by Lawrence Johnson, brought home the Tigers' second ACC Women's Track and Field Indoor title and their first since 1992. Clemson took an 18-point lead into Saturday's final session and kept a comfortable lead with consistent performances throughout the final 11 events. The Tigers finished with a strong 145.5 points. Florida State finished second with 93, followed by Virginia Tech with 74, Duke with 60 and Miami with 56.
  • The exciting final day featured an ACC-record and site best-tying record performance by Virginia Tech's Queen Harrison in the women's 60 meter hurdles. Harrison's blazing time of 7.94 topped the 24-hour mark of 7.99 she set in Friday's qualifying heat. Just minutes after completing that record run, Harrison raced to another gold-medal time in the 400-meter dash, posting a winning time of 53.06.
  • Florida State's Kimberly Williams set an ACC record of 46-8¼ in the women/s triple jump, assuring her of her third straight gold medal in the event and giving her the top two distances in the NCAA this year. Saturday's attempt leads the NCAA this season, set a Rector Field House record, and was just two centimeters off the all-time NCAA record.

MEN'S GOLF

  • The February 27 Golfweek/Sagarin poll highlighted by four ranked ACC teams in the Top 25, #9 Florida State, #19 Virginia, #21 Georgia Tech and #22 Clemson. NC State ranked 27th, Duke #34, Wake Forest #35. North Carolina and Virginia Tech ranked 39th and 50th respectively.
  • In the Golfweek/Sagarin individual rankings of February 27, three players ranked in the Top 25: Florida State's Brooks Koepka ranked 4th, Georgia Tech's J.T. Griffin ranked 7th, and Wake Forest's Brendan Gielow ranked 21st. Ben Kohles, Virginia, Brad Revell, NC State and Florida State's Seath Lauer ranked 27th, 46th and 50th respectively.
  • Wake Forest senior Brendan Gielow named Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Golfer of the Month for February. Gielow captured medalist honors at the Jacksonville Invitational and tied for 10th individually at the Wexford Intercollegiate and helped his team to their first team victory of the season at the Wexford Plantation.
  • Wake Forest's Brendan Gielow and Clemson's Ben Martin selected as two of four student-athletes who are honorary recipients of the 2010 Weaver-James-Corrigan Award - recognized for their outstanding academic and athletic performance.

WOMEN'S GOLF

  • Three ACC teams ranked in the top 20 of the February 27 Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings: #5 Duke, #16 Wake Forest and #17 Virginia. North Carolina and Florida State ranked 27th and 29th respectively.
  • Two ACC players ranked in the Top 25 of the February 27 Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings: #18 Lindy Duncan, Duke, and #24 Catherine O'Donnell, North Carolina. Virginia's Brittany Altomore ranks 43rd while Wake Forest's Cheyenne Woods , Duke's Alison Whitaker and Wake Forest's Natalie Sheary rank 44th, 46th and 48th respectively.
  • Duke freshman, Lindy Duncan named Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Golfer of the Month for February. Duncan registered a three-day total of 216 with rounds of 67, 76 and 73 at the Northrup Grumman Regional. Her round of 67 was a career best in the first round.
  • Virginia's Whitney Neuhauser selected as one of four student-athletes who is an honorary recipient of the 2010 Weaver-James-Corrigan Award - recognized for her outstanding academic and athletic performance.

SOFTBALL

  • Florida State junior pitcher Sarah Hamilton and North Carolina senior pitcher Amber Johnson were named Atlantic Coast Conference Softball Co-Pitchers of the Week, and Georgia Tech senior second baseman Jen Yee was selected Player of the Week for the third consecutive time, announced today. Hamilton and Johnson combined to throw three no-hitters, while Yee collected a dozen hits over the weekend.
  • Hamilton threw back-to-back no-hitters for No. 22/18 (USA Today/ESPN.com) Florida State at the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Leadoff Classic in Columbus, Ga., striking out seven batters while issuing only three walks in no-hitting Hofstra by an 8-0 count (Feb. 27). The Tallahassee, Fla., native followed that performance by fanning 14 more batters in 7.0 innings in a 6-0 win over Kent State (Feb. 28). Hamilton also struck out 10 Illinois batters in the tournament's opening game (Feb. 26), and finished the weekend allowing only three runs on three hits with 31 strikeouts.
  • Johnson struck out 22 batters in just 14.0 innings of work in No. 25/23 NorthCarolina's wins against Fairfield (Feb. 26) and Pittsburgh (Feb. 27). The Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., native allowed just two base hits struck out 12 in shutting out the Stags, 2-0, then punched out 10 Panthers in her 8-0 no-hit victory against Pitt.
  • Yee continued her torrid pace by going 11-for-22 at the plate (.545) with six home runs and 14 runs batted-in for the week, guiding the No. 11/8 Yellow Jackets to five wins, including four at the NFCA Leadoff Classic. The New Delta, British Columbia native had three-hit games against Kennesaw State (Feb. 24), Arkansas (Feb. 27) and Louisiana - Lafayette (Feb. 27) and homers in five of the six games, including two against the Razorbacks. After three weeks of the 2010 ACC softball season, Yee is leading the league in each triple-crown category, with a .587 batting average, 10 home runs, and 27 RBI, and leads the ACC in five other major offensive categories.