The ACC Hot List

March 10, 2010

MEN'S BASKETBALL

  • Maryland guard Greivis Vasquez has been named the league's Player of the Year, Florida State sophomore forward Chris Singleton has been named Defensive Player of the Year, Georgia Tech forward Derrick Favors claimed the ACC Rookie of the Year award and Maryland's Gary Williams has been named ACC Coach of the Year.
  • Duke's Nolan Smith is two points shy of becoming the 60th player in school history to score 1,000 points in a career.
  • Virginia Tech's Malcolm Delaney has scored 20 or more points in each of his last four games, 17 times overall, leads the ACC in scoring (20.9) and in free throw attempts per game (8.6).
  • Wake Forest sophomore Al-Farouq Aminu leads the ACC in rebounding (10.8) and has an ACC-best 20 games with 10 or more rebounds.
    Maryland has won 21 straight games when the Terps lead at halftime while Greivis Vasquez has scored 10 or more points in 26 straight games and is 26th on the ACC all-time scoring list (2,112), 10th in assists (54) and 11th in minutes played (4,457).
  • Clemson's Trevor Booker leads all active players with 31 double-doubles and is 24th on the ACC all-time rebound list with (1,040).
  • Forty different ACC players have had at least one double-double this season.
  • Duke's Jon Scheyer is 66 points shy of 2,000 for his career and is fi fth all-time among ACC free throw percentage leaders (.863).
  • Florida State has held 66 consecutive opponents below 50 percent shooting from the field ... the Seminoles lead the ACC in fi eld goal percentage defense (.372).
  • Duke has out-rebounded its opponents in 24 of its 31 games and is bidding to lead the ACC in rebound margin for the first time since 1989.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

  • The eighth-ranked Duke Blue Devils claimed the 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Basketball Championship with a 70-60 victory over NC State in the Greensboro Coliseum. It was the sixth ACC championship for the Blue Devil women, but their first since winning five straight from 2000-04. Duke has now won six conference titles with all six wins coming in the Greensboro Coliseum, and improves to 6-5 in ACC Championship games. Duke's Jasmine Thomas paced Duke, registering 18 points, six assists and six rebounds to earn tournament MVP honors.
  • Duke head coach Joanne P. McCallie became the first Division I head coach to win conference championships in four different conferences. She won the North Atlantic Conference title in 1995 and 1996, the America East Championship in 1997 and 1998, the Big Ten Championship in 2005 and the ACC Championship in 2010. In addition, McCallie, who earned 2010 ACC Women's Basketball Coach of the Year, is the first coach in the nation to win Coach of the Year honors in four different leagues. McCallie, who previously spent time as head coach at Maine and Michigan State, is in just her third season at the reigns of the Blue Devils' program.
  • Virginia guard Monica Wright was named the ACC Player of the Year and the 2010 ACC Defensive Player of the Year, while also headlining the five-player All-ACC Defensive team and the All-ACC first team. Wright, a senior from Woodbridge, Va., rapidly ascended to the top of the league's career scoring list this season, currently standing in third place all-time in the ACC. This season, Wright ranks among the ACC leaders in several categories, including ranking first in steals.
  • Georgia Tech's Alex Montgomery earned the third annual Atlantic Coast Conference Sixth Player of the Year honor. The ACC Sixth Player of the Year accolade is nominated and selected by a vote of the league's 12 ACC women's basketball head coaches.
  • Boston College boasts 11 wins over RPI Top 100 teams this season, including eight wins over RPI Top 50 teams. The Eagles are 6-4 in the last 10 games with four RPI Top 50 wins. Boston College went 2-1 in this year's ACC Tournament with wins over Virginia Tech and Florida State.
  • NC State's Marissa Kastanek was named the 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Basketball Freshman of the Year by a vote of 42 members of the Blue Ribbon Panel, a group that includes selected media as well as all 12 women's basketball coaches, to become only the third Wolfpack freshman to garner the award and first since Katie Smrcka-Duffy in 1997. Kastanek started all but one of 29 regular-season games, averaging 10.7 points per game, the second best mark among all ACC rookies in 2009-10. She made 39.9 percent (109-of-273) of her shots, including 35.3 percent (53-of-150) from 3-point range, the ninth-best mark in the ACC.
  • Duke's Jasmine Thomas has been named recipient of the second-annual Kay Yow Award as the Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year and headlines the 2009-10 ACC Women's Basketball All-Academic Team. Thomas, a junior guard from Fairfax, Va., is a John R. Wooden Award and State Farm Wade Trophy National Player of the Year candidate.
  • NC State ended its Cinderella run through the 2010 ACC Women's Basketball Championship with a 70-60 loss to Duke in the finals. The No. 6 Wolfpack recorded wins over Clemson, an upset of No. 3 Virginia and a win over seventh-seeded Boston College on their way to the finals.

BASEBALL

  • ACC teams won 32 of 38 games vs. non-conference opposition over the weekend ... Three of the six losses came to teams ranked among the nation's top 15 ... Eight teams posted series sweeps, including No. 3 Florida State's three-game blitz of No. 25 Georgia ... No. 9 Clemson took two of three from No. 15 South Carolina, including a 19-6 road win on Sunday. The Tigers' 19 runs were their most vs. the Gamecocks since 1962, and Clemson's margin of victory was its largest in the series since 1997.
  • Defending ACC champion Virginia maintains a No. 1 ranking from Baseball America. Florida State and Georgia Tech are now top-five teams in all of this week's national rankings, while Clemson remains in the Top 10 of both the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' and NCBWA polls. Miami and North Carolina remain consensus Top 20 teams, and NC State is ranked among the Top 30 by both Collegiate Baseball and the NCBWA.
  • The 18-game hitting streak by Boston College's Robbie Anston (the final nine games of 2009, the first nine games of this season), was the longest active streak in the ACC as of March 9.
  • Junior Jesse Hahn was a major part of Virginia Tech's doubleheader shutout sweep of Long Island on March 6 ... Hahn went seven innings in his third consecutive start to improve to 3-0, allowing no runs to drop his season ERA to 0.86 in 21 innings ... Hahn retired the first 13 batters he faced and exceeded a career-high for strikeouts by the end of the third inning, eventually finishing with nine ... He allowed only two hits and one walk in his time on the mound ... Hahn got the Hokies started on what would end up being the first back-to-back shutouts for Tech since 2003 and the first shutouts in back-to-back games at home since 1970.
  • NC State's Andrew Ciencin went 5-for-5 and drove in six runs on March 4 to key a 10-7 win over Xavier ... Ciencin matched his career highs for hits and RBIs, both set earlier this season.

MEN'S LACROSSE

  • The ACC boasts three of the top five teams in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Top 25 Men's Lacrosse poll, and owns four of the top 10. Virginia, North Carolina and Maryland rank Nos. one, four and five, respectively, while Duke is tied for No. 10 in the poll.
  • Maryland junior attackman Grant Catalino had a career-best five goals, including the game-winner, one assist, and four groundballs in the seventh-ranked Terrapins' 11-10 overtime victory over No. 9 Duke at the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic at M&T Bank Stadium. The Webster, N.Y., native tallied his first career overtime goal at the 1:50 mark in the extra period, while Maryland possessed the ball for only eight seconds of the overtime period. Catalino had two goals in the first quarter, one in the second and third and his final goal of the day in overtime. With his second goal of the game, Catalino reached the 100-point mark for his career and now has 104 points on 62 goals and 42 assists. Catalino was also a key component in Maryland's defensive presence with his four groundballs and a caused turnover. Maryland is now 56-17 all-time against Duke. The 56 wins are the most for the Terrapins against any one opponent, and the overtime win marked Maryland's first since defeating Navy 8-7 in two OTs in 2007.
  • Virginia junior midfielder Rhamel Bratton tallied a career-high four goals in No. 2 Virginia's 11-10 victory in front of 7,501 fans at Klöckner Stadium over top-ranked Syracuse. The Huntington Station, N.Y, native's goal at 5:46 in the second quarter helped erase an early 5-2 Orange lead and gave UVa the lead for good, 6-5. Bratton scored three of his goals unassisted on All-American goalie John Galloway and added two groundballs for the winning effort. The last four meetings between Syracuse and Virginia in the series each have been determined by one goal, with UVa holding the 3-1 advantage during the span. The victory is also UVa's second consecutive over Syracuse when the Orange are ranked No. 1 in the nation and the Cavaliers are No. 2.
  • North Carolina senior midfielder Sean DeLaney tied his career high for goals in a game and had a career high for points in a match as the Tar Heels defeated No. 18 UMBC 12-7 in Catonsville, Md., giving UNC its 36th non-conference victory in its last 40 league games. DeLaney's four goals matched his career high previously set against Lehigh on February 28, 2009. DeLaney also had an assist to give him five points, a career high. He previously had four points in a game on six previous occasions. DeLaney has scored at least two goals in each of UNC's five games this year and leads the 5-0 Tar Heels with 13 this season.

WOMEN'S LACROSSE

  • The ACC boasts two of the top three teams in the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (UWLCA) Top 25 Men's Lacrosse poll, and owns four of the top eight. Maryland, North Carolina, Duke, and Virginia rank Nos. two, three, six and eight, respectively.
  • Duke junior midfielder Sarah Bullard, Duke's leading scorer this season, led the No. 6 Blue Devils to a 13-6 win at No. 7 Princeton. The Needham, Mass., native racked up six points and tied a career-high, set earlier this season, with five goals. Bullard was also key for Duke on the defensive end, totaling four groundballs, three caused turnovers and a draw control.
  • Maryland sophomore Karri Ellen Johnson extended her streak to 26 consecutive games with a goal last Friday as No. 2 Maryland defeated No. 9 Virginia, 11-5, to move to a perfect 4-0 on the season. The Annapolis, Md., native added to her team-best draw control count with one, while also tallying two caused turnovers, one ground ball and a game-high five points on four goals and one assist. Maryland held the Cavs scoreless in the second half and allowed UVa only 11 shots in the match to pick up its league-leading second conference win in 2010.
  • Boston College senior Lauren Costello led the Eagles in points last week, recording seven goals (on nine shots) and 10 assists for 17 points in contests with Jacksonville and Siena. She scored the game-winning tally in both matches and tallied three ground balls and two draw controls as well. The win against Siena also marked a career day for her, as she moved into second place on BC's all-time points list by notching the 182nd point of her career at the Heights.

WRESTLING

  • Virginia claimed its fourth ACC Wrestling Championship and its first since 1977 on March 6 at NC State's Reynolds Coliseum. A major decision win by Chris Henrich in the 174 title match vs. North Carolina's Thomas Ferguson, coupled with Mike Salopek's thrilling 2-0 decision over top-seeded Tommy Spellman of Virginia Tech at 184 sealed the win for the Cavaliers. Virginia finished with 85 team points. Two-time defending champion Maryland, placed second at 80.5. Virginia Tech finished third with 78.5 points. North Carolina (44.5 points), Duke (28) and host NC State (15.5) rounded out the scoring. The 22nd-ranked Cavaliers finished third in the ACC standings during the regular season, behind 10th-ranked Maryland and No. 14 Virginia.
  • Maryland 197-pound senior Hudson Taylor was voted the Most Outstanding Wrester of the 2010 Championship by the six head coaches in attendance. Hudson scored a pair of pinfall victories to win the individual title in his weight class.
  • Twenty-four ACC Wrestlers - including Henrich, Salopek, Spellman, and Taylor - received automatic berths in the NCAA Championships, set for March 18-20 at the Qwest Center in Omaha, Neb. The ACC is hopeful of landing several more at-large berths, which will be announced by the NCAA on Wednesday.

SWIMMING & DIVING

  • Nine ACC women's teams will compete at the 2010 NCAA Women's Swimming & Diving Championship held on Thursday-Sunday, March 18-20 and hosted by Purdue University. Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Maryland, North Carolina, NC State, Virginia, and Virginia Tech will each compete for an NCAA team title, while individuals will look to claim All-America status. Twenty Tar Heels will compete, followed by 18 Cavaliers, 15 Seminoles, 13 Hokies, nine Terrapins and Wolfpack, eight Tigers, seven Blue Devils, and six Yellow Jackets.

MEN'S TENNIS

  • Thomas Nolan posted a 6-0 record last week on the way to guiding Boston College to a 2-1 spring break trip. The Eagles beat No. 48 UNC-Wilmington as Nolan posted a hard-fought singles win and teamed with Erik Kreutzer for an 8-1 win in doubles. Nolan and Kreutzer are now ranked 47th in the nation in doubles and Nolan is ranked fifth in the Northeast region in singles.
  • Dominic Hodgson helped lead No. 44 NC State to a doubleheader sweep over No. 61 VCU and UNC Asheville on Sunday, March 7. Against VCU, Hodgson took down Krisztian Krocsko in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2. He teamed with Dave Thomson in doubles to beat Camill Salomon and Max Wennakoski, 8-2. In the second matchup against UNC Asheville, Hodgson won easily 6-4, 6-1 over Matt Waissen. Hodgson is 9-1 in singles and 7-2 in doubles during the spring.
  • Florida State's Vahid Mirzadeh is now 11-1 this season and entered the week with 13 straight sets in singles play. Mirzadeh and freshman Connor Smith are now 8-2 on the season, including one win over a ranked opponent .

WOMEN'S TENNIS

  • Laura Vallverdu, ranked No. 4 nationally in this week's Campbell's/ITA singles poll, collected a win at the No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles positions, respectively, for Miami last week, as the Hurricanes defeated ACC foe Boston College, 7-0. Vallverdu teamed with Bianca Eichkorn for the 8-3 win at the top flight doubles spot, improving her individual doubles for the year to 16-6 (5-4 dual). Vallverdu also claimed a straight0set win over Alex Kelleher of BC - 7-6(1), 6-0 en route to her eighth consecutive ACC singles win (dating back to the 2009 season), upping her record for the year to 19-8 (7-2 dual). Vallverdu has won four consecutive matches dating back to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships.
  • Georgia Tech's Amanda McDowell, Miami's Laura Vallverdu and Wake Forest's Sasha Kulikova are 2010 recipients of the Weaver-James-Corrigan Scholarship Award, presented by the ACC to select student-athletes who intend to pursue graduate degrees.

INDOOR TRACK & FIELD

  • Atlantic Coast Conference schools will combine to send 52 student-athletes--26 male and 26 female--to the 2010 NCAA Men's and Women's Indoor Track & Field Championship, held this upcoming Friday-Saturday, March 12-13. The championship will take place at the Randal Tyson Track Center and be hosted by the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.
  • A total of 26 men, including Florida State sophomore Maurice Mitchell who will compete in two events, will participate in the men's championship. Clemson junior April Sinkler and freshman Brianna Rollins will each compete in three women's events and lead 26 ACC women student-athletes at the NCAA championship. In addition to Sinkler and Rollins, Miami senior Deandra Doyley and junior Ti'erra Brown, as well as Seminole junior Kim Williams will compete in two events.
  • On the men's side, Virginia Tech, which is ranked 10th in the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, leads all league teams in sending eight student-athletes to Fayetteville, and is followed by ninth-ranked and 2010 ACC champion Florida State with six participants, Clemson and North Carolina with three each, Georgia Tech and Virginia with two each, and Duke and Miami with one apiece.
  • The sixth-ranked and 2010 ACC champion Clemson women's squad will see nine of its student-athletes compete at the championship. Clemson is trailed by Florida State with five participants and Boston College, which has four student-athletes competing in the distance medley relay. Rounding the field of participants representing the ACC will be Miami with three selections, Virginia Tech with two, and Maryland, North Carolina, and Wake Forest with one apiece.

MEN'S GOLF

  • Boston College sophomore Kyle McCartan tied for fifth individually, (212, +1), at the Treasure Coast Classic played March 1-3, Indian Hills Golf Club in Ft. Pierce, Fla. Fellow teammates Kevin Melnick (222, +9) and John Nurczynski (223, +10) finished tied for 18th and 21st respectively. As a team, BC finished seventh.
  • The March 8 Golfweek/Sagarin poll highlighted by four ranked ACC teams in the Top 25, #8 Florida State, #18 Clemson, #20 Georgia Tech and #21 Virginia. Duke ranked 29th, NC State #36, Wake Forest #39.
  • In the Golfweek/Sagarin individual rankings of March 8, three players ranked in the Top 25: Florida State's Brooks Koepka ranked 2nd, Georgia Tech's J.T. Griffin ranked 6th, and Wake Forest's Brendan Gielow ranked 25th. Ben Kohles, Virginia, Seath Lauer, Florida State and James White, Georgia Tech ranked 28th, 43rd and 47th respectively.

WOMEN'S GOLF

  • Boston College sophomore Eunice Yim finished third individually, (227, +14) at the Treasure Coast Classic, played March 1-3, Indian Hills Golf Club in Ft. Pierce, Fla.
  • Three ACC teams ranked in the top 20 of the March 8 Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings: #7 Duke, #16 Wake Forest and #17 Virginia. Florida State and North Carolina ranked 28th and 33rd respectively.
  • Duke's Lindy Duncan ranked #17 in the March 8 Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings. Catherine O'Donnell, North Carolina ranked 31st while Virginia's Brittany Altomore and Duke's Alison Whitaker ranked 42nd and 43rd respectively. Cheyenne Woods, Wake Forest ranked 45th and fellow teammate, Natalie Sheary ranked 49th.

SOFTBALL

  • Boston College senior second baseman Renee Ramos moved into fourth place on the Boston College career home runs list with a two-run homer in the top of the first inning of a 5-2 loss to Bethune-Cookman (Mar. 4). The pair of runs batter-in were the 99th and 100th of her career, and she now has 23 career round trippers.
  • North Carolina senior pitcher/first baseman Danielle Spaulding struck out 18 batters in a 3-0 shutout of No. No/12 Stanford (Mar. 6), the second-highest single-game total in Tar Heel history. Spaulding, who has at least 10 strikeouts in seven straight outings, fanned 19 against Campbell last season.
  • Eight different Yellow Jackets had one hit and one RBI in No. 12/9 Georgia Tech's 16-0 thrashing of Seton Hall at the Buzz Classic in Woodstock, Ga. (Mar. 5). Georgia Tech's 16 runs were the most since Virginia Tech, 21-5, on March 18, 2007.
  • Georgia Tech senior second baseman Jen Yee failed to hit safely in a 1-0 win against Mississippi at the Buzz Classic (Mar. 7), ending her 19-game hit streak. During Yee's streak, the New Delta, British Columbia, native hit at a .610 pace and had 11 multi-hit games and a pair of multi-homer run games.
  • Sophomore second baseman Landon Warren hit her first career home run and was 3-for-4 at the plate with two RBIs in NC State's 8-2 triumph over Coastal Carolina at the Wolfpack Challenge (Mar. 5).
  • Sophomore pitcher Kendra Knight and junior pitcher Kerry Hickey combined for 22 strikeouts, while allowed only three hits, in just 14 innings pitched in the Terrapins 9-0 win over Princeton and 2-0 victory against Mt. St. Mary's at the Maryland Round Robin Tournament (Mar. 5). Wight also fanned 13 of the first 16 Tigers she faced and finished with 18 strikeouts in a 2-0 loss to Towson (Mar. 6).
  • Florida State, 20-2 overall, is off to its best start since 1993, when the Seminoles also started 20-2, won the ACC championship, and made an appearance in the College World Series.