The ACC Hot List: Thursday, April 8

April 8, 2010

NCAA Championships and Postseason Competition

Men's Basketball
  • Duke won its fourth national title with its 61-59 win over Butler on Monday night. It is the league's 12 national title in the sport and fifth in the last 10 years.
  • Blue Devil Kyle Singler was named the Most Outstanding Player in the 2010 Final Four.
  • Maryland's Greivis Vasquez was announced as the winner of the Bob Cousy Award, given to the nation's best point guard.
  • Maryland's Eric Hayes won the 3-point Shootout and the Battle of Champions in Indianapolis on Thursday night.
  • Boston College named Steve Donohue as its men's basketball coach on Wednesday.
  • Clemson head coach Oliver Purnell left to become the head coach at DePaul.
  • Wake Forest's Dino Gaudio was released from his contract on Wednesday.

Women's Basketball

  • Miami was the conference's final team in competition, advancing to the WNIT championship game. The Hurricanes rolled past Michigan in Ann Arbor, 76-59, in the semifinal game, but fell at California on Saturday, 73-61. Miami finished the season with a 22-14 and won more than one postseason game for the first time, going 5-1 in the newly expanded WNIT.
Ice Hockey
  • Boston College makes its 22nd Frozen Four appearance and the ninth in the last 13 years. tonight. The Eagles will face Miami (OH) in the national semifinals on Thursday, April 8 at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN2. The 2010 Frozen Four will be played at Ford Field in Detroit, Mich. The winners on Thursday night advance to the championship game on Saturday, April 10 at 7 p.m. on ESPN.
  • BC is now 26-4 in the NCAA Tournament under head coach Jerry York. Its senior class is 23-2 in four years of postseason competition, including the national title in 2008. BC was also the national champion in 1949 and 2001.

Gymnastics

  • Teams from three ACC schools earned bids for the NCAA Regionals to be held April 10. North Carolina is the No. 6 seed in the Columbia (Mo.) Regional, marking its ninth straight appearance. Maryland will make its 16th regional appearance after claiming a No. 4 seed in the University Park (Pa.) Regional. NC State is also a No. 4 seed and will compete in the Morgantown (W.Va.) Regional. The Wolfpack is making its 17th regional appearance in the last 18 years. The top two teams and the top two all-around competitors (who are not on an advancing team) from each regional will receive an automatic berth to the national championships in Gainesville, Florida, April 22-24, hosted by the University of Florida.

Regular-Season Competition

Baseball
  • The ACC has eight teams ranked in at least one of the major college baseball polls, including five that are ranked in the top 20 in each: Georgia Tech, Florida State, Virginia, Miami and Clemson. The other three are ranked in one of the polls: Virginia Tech, NC State, North Carolina.
  • Virginia Tech’s Austin Wates, the ACC Player of the Week, was named the NCBWA National Hitter of the Week (March 29-April 5) on Tuesday. Wates hit .476 with a pair of homers and 10 RBIs. Five of his 10 hits went for extra bases, and he scored eight runs
  • Boston College infielder Mickey Wiswall led the Eagles in eight different categories last week in four games, including batting average (.467), slugging (1.067), runs scored (8), hits (7), RBIs (5), home runs (3) and total bases (16).
  • In seven starts (42.0 innings pitched), Clemson left-hander Casey Harman is 5-0 with a 2.14 ERA and .187 opponents’ batting average.
  • Duke freshman pitcher Chase Bebout has given up one run or less in his four starts while going at least five innings in each of those outings. Bebout has a team-low 1.93 ERA and has surrendered just 17 hits in 23.1 innings (.210 opponents’ batting average).
  • Florida State’s Mike Martin has become just the fourth coach all-time to achieve 1,600 career victories and just the third at the Division I level. Martin joins an exclusive Division I group that includes Texas’ Augie Garrido and Wichita State’s Gene Stephenson
  • Miami pitcher Jason Santana is now 3-0 in league play, owns a 1.93 ERA and has a staff-high 25 strikeouts against ACC opponents
  • Last week saw NC State’s Kyle Wilson become the first player to hit a ball off of the school’s new scoreboard, which sits about 25 feet behind the fence in right field. Wilson’s shot hit caromed about a third of the way up the structure.
  • NC State coach Elliott Avent picked up his 501st win at NC State with Tuesday night’s victory over Coppin State. Avent ranks second all-time in career wins at the school, behind Sam Esposito’s 513 from 1967 through ’87.

Softball

  • Georgia Tech senior second baseman Jen Yee still the league in all three triple crown categories with a .567 batting average (on pace for league record), 19 home runs, and 46 runs batted-in.
  • Florida State second-year head coach Lonni Alameda coached her 100th came as the Seminoles’ leader on Sunday, April 4, a 6-2 loss at ACC-foe Maryland. FSU won the series (2-1).
  • North Carolina 19th-year head coach Donna Papa needs just six wins to tie former Florida State head coach JoAnne Graf (1992-2008) for the league record for head coaching victories. Papa is 122-83 (.595) all-time in league play at UNC.
  • Tar Heel freshman third baseman Haleigh Dickey, who had not previously hit a home run all season, has swatted six round trippers in her last 10 games. She set a school record by hitting home runs in three consecutive innings in a 17-7 rout of South Carolina (Mar. 30) after setting a school single-game record with three home runs in a 5-0 win over in-state foe UNC Wilmington (Mar. 25).
  • Georgia Tech freshman pitcher Hope Rush threw her second no-hitter of the season in a 15-1 win (5 inn) over Virginia Tech (Apr. 2). Rush struck out seven batters while walking only three, and was provided with plenty of run support, as the Yellow Jackets scored in every inning.
  • ACC pitchers have combined for 13 no-hitters in 2010.
  • North Carolina senior pitcher Danielle Spaulding tossed her fourth no-hitter of the season and eighth of her career, tying her with former Tar Heel hurler Crystal Cox for the school record, in an 8-0 win over Virginia (Apr. 3) in the first game of a doubleheader. Spaulding struck out 13 Cavaliers and allowed four walks.
  • Georgia Tech an ACC game at home this season, posting a 6-0 record in Atlanta. Conversely, Virginia, with its 5-0 ACC record on the road, has not lost a league game outside of Charlottesville.

Men’s Tennis

  • Florida State’s Clint Bowles entered the week on a five-match winning streak in singles. Of those past five wins, two have been against ranked opponents including a two-set win over Wake Forest’s No. 101 Iain Atkinson last Sunday. Bowles is now 12-6 this spring in singles. Bowles and Jean-Yves Aubone are 10-4 on court two in doubles.
  • Georgia Tech’s Kevin King, who missed eight months covering the fall season and early spring with a shoulder injury, remained undefeated in the spring season (10-0) by winning three matches last week, helping the Yellow Jackets to three team wins against Clemson, Maryland and Boston College. King defeated Clemson’s Carlos Alvarez in three sets and Maryland’s Jesse Kiuru in straight sets at No. 2 singles, then moved up to No. 1 to spell a resting Guillermo Gomez and outlasted Maryland’s Thomas Nolan in three sets. The sophomore also teamed with freshman Juan Spir to win three times in doubles, improving their record to 7-1.
  • North Carolina’s Jose Hernandez, who is ranked 78th in the nation in singles, upset two higher-ranked players last week. The second of those wins helped UNC pull out a 4-3 win over Virginia Tech. On Friday, Hernandez faced the 9th-ranked player in the nation, Virginia’s Sanam Singh, at the second singles flight. The freshman from the Dominican Republic took the junior three sets in a 6-3, 6-7(7), 6-2 win. On Sunday, Hernandez faced another higher-ranked player, No. 61 Luka Somen of Virginia Tech. The freshman downed Somen 6-3, 7-5, to start a comeback by the Tar Heels that resulted in their fourth ACC win.
  • Senior David Simon continues to have a strong senior campaign and helped Miami to its first ACC win of the season last Sunday. With a pair of singles victories at the No. 4 position – extending his win streak to four straight, he improved to a team-leading 19-8 – including a 6-1 mark in conference play. Pairing with Christian Blocker at the No. 1 doubles spot, the duo spilt a pair of matches over the weekend – pushing Wake Forest’s 14th ranked pair before falling, 9-7. Simon and Blocker then bounced back on Sunday to knock off NC State’s top-flight tandem, 8-5, to improve to a team-best 14-9.
  • Wake Forest freshman Tripper Carleton had a perfect week in doubles and singles. In singles the rookie defeated three ranked opponents, including an upset over FSU’s 20th-ranked Vahid Mirzadeh. In doubles, Carleton teamed up with classmate Zach Leslie for the first time this season against Miami, taking an 8-2 win at No. 3 and followed with an 8-5 win over FSU opponents on April 4. Carleton helped the Deacons go 3-0 for the week in ACC play. 

Women’s Tennis

  • Miami’s Laura Vallverdu raised her winning streak to five matches through the weekend, collecting three consecutive straight-set wins, all at the No. 1 singles position. She also upped her season record in doubles play to 24-6, courtesy her ninth consecutive doubles victory. As the seventh-ranked player in the nation, Vallverdu raised her ACC record in singles play at 7-1, with her only loss coming to Georgia Tech’s Irina Falconi. Vallverdu has been an intricate cog in Miami’s current 12-match win streak as a team.
  • Georgia Tech sophomore Irina Falconi moved to 18-1 during the dual-math season in singles with a pair of victories this week. Falconi has now won 12 straight matches and has not lost a set in those matches. She is 29-2 in singles since September and if the season finished today, Falconi would own the school-record for winning percentage at .935. In doubles, Falconi teamed with Sasha Krupina for a pair of victories. The duo is 12-3 together in the dual-match season and 4-1 in ACC play.
  • North Carolina senior Sophie Grabinski helped the Tar Heels improve to 6-0 with a trio of singles wins and a pair of doubles victories…Rallied from down a set against Virginia’s Hana Tomljanovic to score a 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 win that clinched the 4-3 dual match victory over the Cavaliers…Improved to 16-1 in dual match singles so far in 2010.
  • Senior Elizabeth Plotkin posted a 2-0 singles record from No. 2 singles and a 1-1 record at doubles to help Duke to a 2-0 week. Her win at Virginia put Duke up 3-2 for the match, and the Blue Devils went on to a 5-2 victory. For the year, Plotkin is a team-best 17-1 in dual matches and 3-0 against ACC foes. She entered the week with a 9-1 record in her previous 10 matches. Men’s Golf
  • Current Clemson graduate student Ben Martin is in the field at the 2010 Masters. He is playing the first round with two-time Masters Champion Ben Crenshaw and Steve Flesch.
  • Maryland reclaimed its crown at the Rehoboth Beach Spring Invitational with an 11-over-par 579. Sophomore John Popeck paced the Terps with a tie for second place (141, -1). This was the Terrapins third straight top-five finish.
  • Duke paced ACC teams at the Administaff Augusta State Invitational with a third-place finish. Clemson was fourth as freshman Corbin Mills finished tied for sixth and matched Tiger freshman lows for total and vs. par scores. Virginia Tech was 12th.
  • North Carolina finished second at the ECU/UNCW River Landing Intercollegiate as four Tar Heels carded top-11 finishes.
  • In the April 4 Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, four ACC teams ranked in the Top 20, Florida State #12, Clemson #15, Virginia #19 and Georgia Tech #20. Duke, Wake Forest and NC State ranked 27th, 31st and 36th respectively.
  • Four ACC golfers ranked in Top 25 of April 4 Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, Brendan Gielow, Wake Forest #5, Florida State Brooks Koepka #7, Ben Kohles, Virginia #14, and J. T. Griffin, Georgia Tech #21. NC State’s Matt Hill is ranked #46.
Men’s Lacrosse
  • The ACC owns the only two undefeated men’s lacrosse programs in the country - North Carolina and Virginia. Both schools are currently 10-0 on the season and will put their flawless marks to the test in front of an ESPNU audience on Saturday, April 10, when they face one another in the Big City Classic.
  • The league’s four men’s lacrosse programs combine for only one non-conference loss this season. The teams are also undefeated on the road, sitting currently at 13-0 when away from home.
  • Senior attackman Max Quinzani registered a team-high 10 goals and two assists for 12 points to lead the Blue Devils to a 3-0 week. In three contests, Quinzani posted at least three points in each outing. Against 16th-ranked Brown, the native of Duxbury, Mass., tallied two crucial goals at the ends of quarters to help the Blue Devils edge the Bears 11-10. At Harvard, he dropped in five scores to lead the way in a 14-5 rout. He finished out the week with a four-point outing against the Dolphins. For the week, Quinzani scored 10 goals on 25 shots for a strong 40 percent shot percentage. He also picked up seven ground balls, fourth most on the team for the week. Quinzani has at least three points in all 12 games this season and has scored at least three goals in 11 of the 12 contests. Quinzani currently leads the nation with a 58-game scoring streak and has a team-best 52 points
  • North Carolina junior Billy Bitter scored four goals on only seven shots and had two ground balls in the win.  The Stowe, Vt., native scored all three of UNC’s goals in the first quarter to stake the team to an early 3-2 lead and then he scored the goal that essentially iced the win with 6:46 left in the game to give Carolina a 10-6 lead.  Thanks to Bitter’s leadership, as the Tar Heels had to play the Blue Jays minus their No. 1 and No. 2 scorers, Thomas Wood and Sean DeLaney, who both had to sit out the Hopkins game after sustaining injuries against Maryland, the Tar Heels improved to 10-0 for the first time since 1991, when the team went 16-0 en route to winning the national championship.
  • Virginia sophomore Chris Bocklet put Virginia up 2-0 only 2:34 into the game before Maryland even had a chance to run their offense.  After scoring only four goals during his entire freshman campaign (2009), the South Salem, N.Y., native tallied his fifth game of the season with at least four goals when he scored his final goal of the game 1:28 into the third quarter.  Bocklet's first three goals helped UVa march to a 6-0 opening quarter lead in front of a visiting crowd of 7,636 fans at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.

Women’s Lacrosse

  • The ACC owns four of the top five teams ranked among the IWLCA Top 20 poll - No. 2 Maryland, No. 3 North Carolina, No. 4 Duke, and No. 5 Virginia.  Boston College (19th) again ranks in the Top 20 in this week’s Inside Lacrosse poll.
  • The league currently holds a 44-8 non-conference record for 2010, a mark good for nearly 85 percent. In addition, the ACC has won 86 percent of its non-conference games on the road this season and 86 percent at home.
  • Senior co-captain Lindsay Gilbride turned in two stellar performances in Duke's back-to-back weekend matches on Saturday and Sunday, April 3 and 4. Gilbride led the Blue Devil attack against No. 1 Northwestern with four goals, while also dishing out two assists. The Alexandria, Va., native also recorded a ground ball, a draw control and a caused turnover in the match. Gilbride followed Saturday's performance with another four-goal, two-assist match, this time against the visiting Wildcats of Davidson. Following the weekend, Gilbride is tied for the team lead with 33 goals on the year and ranks second on the squad with 16 assists.
  • Corey Donohoe led the way with back-to-back career scoring-highs as North Carolina won two games last weekend. The junior from Jarrettsville, Md., had three goals and a career-high four assists for a career-high seven points in Friday’s 19-3 win over Virginia Tech. Two days later, Donohoe had four goals and three assists at Old Dominion, matching her career-high with seven points for the second game in a row, as the Tar Heels won 16-2 over the Monarchs. For the week, Donohoe totaled seven goals and seven assists for 14 points in games UNC won by a combined score of 35-5.
  • Kaitlyn Duff led Virginia with a career-high six goals against Old Dominion. The senior midfielder’s sixth score of the game gave the Bethesda, Md., native her 100th career goal. Virginia’s 22 goals against ODU also marked the highest scoring output under head coach Julie Myers and the most since Virginia defeated Richmond, 22-7, on April 5, 1994. Following that stellar performance, Duff did not take a shot against Boston College, but dished out an assist.
  • Sarah Mollison of Maryland scored a game-high four goals in the Terrapins’ come-from-behind win against the Tigers on March 31, while adding a pair of assists, two draw controls and a caused turnover.  Against the Quakers in front of a live televised audience, the junior Tewaaraton nominee notched two goals, while adding an assist to give Maryland its sixth win over a top-10 ranked foe this season. Mollison has now tallied a point in 33-consecutive matches, the 15th best streak in the country.  She currently has 21 goals and 14 assists in 2010.

Women’s Golf

  • After winning her first collegiate event last weekend at the Bryan National Collegiate, sophomore Cheyenne Woods was named the Golf World and Golfweek Female Player of the Week.
  • ACC teams finished in the top three spots at the Bryan National Collegiate last weekend. Florida State won its second consecutive team title at the event and its third of the season. Wake Forest was second, paced by individual medalist Cheyenne Woods.
  • Both the Duke team and freshman Lindy Duncan tied for third. As a team, Duke registered 16 birdies in the final round. Duncan finished with a 2-under-par 214. Duncan registered her second straight top-five finish after earning her first collegiate victory at the Liz Murphey the weekend.
  • Maryland claimed its third-straight top-two finish after taking the title at the Canes & Cardinal Classic. Freshman Christine Shimel led the Maryland team with a second place finish individually (217, +1).
  • In the April 4 Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, four teams ranked in the Top 25, Duke #4, Wake Forest #13, Virginia #19 and Florida State ranked #22. North Carolina is ranked 28th.
  • Duke freshman, Lindy Duncan ranked #6 individually in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings of April 4. Cheyenne Woods, Wake Forest ranked #22, North Carolina’s Catherine O’Donnell and Florida State’s Macarena Silva ranked 43rd and 44th respectively.

Rowing

  • Virginia is ranked No. 1 in the latest Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) poll, becoming the first ACC team to earn that top ranking in the league’s 11-year history. UVA has now appeared in 68 CRCA national polls.
  • Virginia’s 1V8+ Crew defeated 10th-ranked Michigan and 12th-ranked Ohio State last weekend, giving it five wins over nationally-ranked crews in the last two weeks.
  • Clemson’s First Varsity Four crew, which defeated Michigan and Ohio State last weekend contains three members of last year’s NCAA National Champions—coxswain Meredith Razolini (Roswell, Ga.) and rowers Alison Colberg (Six Mile, SC) and Callen Erdecky (Bowie, Md.).
  • Brittany Walsh, a junior at North Carolina, was inducted this spring into Phi Beta Kappa national honorary society. A biology major with a minor in Hispanic studies, Walsh also has been named a National Scholar-Athlete by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association. She is from Hampstead, N.C., and rows in the Tar Heel Varsity Eight boat.

Track & Field

  • Four women’s teams—Florida State (fourth), Virginia Tech (10th), Miami (18th, and North Carolina (25th), are ranked among the US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Top-25 Poll.
  • At the Florida Relays (Apr. 2-3):
    Clemson updated its record book in wholesale last weekend. Sophomore Kim Ruck, an indoor All-America in the women’s 5,000-meter run, won the event (16:12.05) in her outdoor season debut, posting the third-best time in Tiger history and besting her closest competitor by more than nine seconds. Tiger junior Michaylin Golladay joined Ruck in the Clemson record books with a 100-meter hurdles time of 13.44, placing ninth at the meet and tying for third all-time at Clemson. Junior Stephanie Buffo, the school record-holder in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, improved her school mark with a third-place finish in 10:40.50, while sophomore Kulik placed fifth in 10:44.60, moving her into second on the Tigers’ all-time list. Sophomore April Sinkler jumped from sixth in the Tiger record books to second with a 21-foot leap in the long jump. The women’s 4x200-meter relay team of Golladay, freshman Stormy Kendrick, senior Kristine Scott, and freshman Jasmine Edgerson broke the 11-year old school record by finishing in second with a time of 1:33.37. Golladay, junior Patricia Mamona, junior Liane Weber, and Egerson also broke a five-year old record in the 4x100-meter hurdles, placing third in 55.66.
    Virginia Tech senior Queen Harrison and sophomore Marcel Lomnicky each set school records. Harrison won the 100-meter hurdles in a school-record time of 12.65, eclipsing her former mark by .05 seconds, while also breaking the meet and facility records by .04 seconds. Harrison also won the 400-meter hurdles (56.06). Lomnicky recorded a 245-foot 6.00-inch toss in the hammer throw, breaking former school record-holder and two-time NCAA champion Spyridon Jullien’s mark (238-5.00), while also setting a league mark. Harrison helped set another school record by teaming with freshman Yvonne Amegashie, senior Asia Washington, and sophomore Aunye Boone for the 4x400-meter relay, in which the group placed third with the top collegiate time at the meet of 3:33.15.
  • At the Texas Relays (Apr. 2-3): Virginia freshman Dallas Rose broke a Cavalier freshman record with a 41-foot, 7.75-inch mark in the women’s triple jump, besting a 17-year old school record formerly held by Atalaya Jones (40-11.75).
  • At the Duke Invitational (Apr. 2-3): Duke took three of the top-four places in each of the 1,500-meter run and women’s javelin. Sophomores Esther Vermeer (4:28.92) and Leslie Morrison (4:29.32) swept first and second place, while senior Anna Farias-Eisner (4:32.58) came in fourth. Freshman Andrea Hopkins placed first (142-2.00) and junior Amy Matulewicz came in second (139-2.00), while freshman Shannon Sullivan came in fourth (134-11.00).
  • Blue Devil sophomore Andrew Brodeur clocked a 14:12.06 in the 5,000-meter run to place second and land in fifth in the Duke record book. Junior All-America John Austin broke his own school record in the javelin with a throw of 227 feet, three inches, and freshman Austin Gamble, making his Blue Devil debut, threw the discus a school record 175 feet, 4.00 inches to claim second place.
  • At the Auburn Tiger Classic (Apr. 2-3): Wake Forest senior Brent LaRue set a school-record in the 400-meter hurdles in winning the event in a time of 50.60, breaking a three-year old Demon Deacon mark, held by Phillip Warsaw, by 1.60 seconds. LaRue also topped his career-best long jump mark by nearly six inches, placing third with a leap of 23 feet, 5.25 inches.
  • Demon Deacons claimed two of the top three sports in the 400-meter hurdles, as seniors Carolina Vaughn (59.23) and Alex Gove (59.62) turned in the top best collegiate times at the meet.
  • At the Colonial Relays (Apr. 2-3): Virginia freshman Emily Vannoy recorded Virginia’s sixth-best shot put mark all-time with a 46-foot, 11.50-inch heave, good for first place. Vannoy and sophomore Maurren Laffan, who finished runner-up in the shot put (45-9.25), joined sophomore Erin Wykoff to claim three of the top-four places in the discus. Vannoy (150-9.00), Wykoff (148-3.00), and Laffan (142-3.00) finished in second, third, and fourth, respectively.