The ACC Hot List: Wednesday, April 21

April 21, 2010

ACC Championships

Men’s Tennis

  • Top-ranked Virginia, winner of a record 58 consecutive matches vs. Atlantic Coast Conference competition, headlines the field for the 2010 ACC Men’s Tennis Championship, which gets under way Thursday at Cary (N.C.) Tennis Park.
  • The Cavaliers (32-1, 11-0) will be going after their fourth straight ACC title and their sixth in seven years. Virginia is one of seven ACC teams among the nation’s top 27 in the latest Campbell’s/ITA national rankings.
  • The tournament will also include the nation’s top-ranked doubles team (Duke’s Henrique Cunha and Reid Carleton). Duke’s Cunha (No. 3), Virginia’s Michael Shabaz (No. 6), Georgia Tech’s Guillermo Gomez (No. 8), Virginia’s Sanam Singh (No. 13) and Wake Forest’s Steven Forman (No. 23) all entered this week ranked among the nation’s Top 25 singles players.

Women’s Tennis

  • The nation’s top-ranked team, the top-ranked singles player and the defending national championship squad will be among a star-studded field as the 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Tennis Championship gets under way Thursday at the Cary (N.C.) Tennis Park.
  • Top-ranked North Carolina (24-3, 11-0) will be seeded first in the 12-team field, but the Tar Heels will be challenged by a number of fellow ranked teams, including sixth-ranked and defending NCAA champion Duke (19-6, 7-4), No. 8 Clemson (21-4, 9-2) and No. 11 Miami (17-4, 10-1). Florida State and Georgia Tech also rank among the nation’s Top 25.
  • Headlining a talented group of individual players will be Georgia Tech’s top-ranked Irina Falconi, who closed out the regular season on a 16-match winning streak and has recorded an overall singles record of 22-1. Among the many other ranked players will be Miami’s No. 6 Laura Vallverdu, the 2009 NCAA singles runner-up.

Men’s Golf

  • The 2010 ACC Men’s Golf Championship will be held Friday through Sunday, April 23-25, at The Old North State Club, (Par 72, 7,100 yards), in New London, N.C. This marks the ninth consecutive year the event is at the course, 14th time overall.
  • Georgia Tech is the defending champion and has won at least a share of the team title in two of the last three and five of the last 10 years.

Women’s Lacrosse

  • 2010 ACC Women’s Lacrosse Championship is being held in College Park, Md. Thursday, Friday and Sunday, April 22, 23 & 25. Visit theACC.com for more information.
  • North Carolina is the new No. 1 team in the country after handing Northwestern its first loss in 42 games and first at home (Lakeside Field) in 59 contests with an 18-16 victory on Sunday, April 18. Prior to the decision, Northwestern hadn't lost a game in nearly two years, dating back to April 27, 2008 when the Wildcats lost to Penn.
  • The ACC owns four of the top five teams in the IWLCA Top 20 poll - No. 1 North Carolina, No. 3 Maryland, No. 4 Duke, and No. 5 Virginia. Boston College (16th) also ranks in the Top 20 in this week’s Inside Lacrosse poll.

Men’s Lacrosse

  • 2010 ACC Men’s Lacrosse Championship is being held in College Park, Md. Friday and Sunday, April 23 & 25. Visit theACC.com for more information.
  • Entering the 2010 ACC Men’s Lacrosse Championship, the league’s four men’s lacrosse programs combine for only one non-conference loss. The league teams are also undefeated on the road, sitting at 14-0 when away from home.
  • Eleven ACC men’s lacrosse student-athletes were named to the 2010 Tewaaraton candidate list, as announced by the Greater Washington Sports Alliance. All four of the ACC’s men’s lacrosse programs are represented, paced by four selections from Virginia.

Rowing

  • Virginia, the nation’s No. 1-ranked rowing team, heads into Saturday’s 11th Annual Atlantic Coast Conference Rowing Championships as the top seed in three of the four events--the First Varsity Eight, the Second Varsity Eight and the First Varsity Four--as the Cavaliers seek to reclaim the ACC title they lost to host Clemson last year at Oak Ridge, Tenn. Clemson, ranked 12th nationally, is the top seed in the Novice Eight and is second-seeded in the First Varsity Eight, the Second Varsity Eight and the First Varsity Four. The Tigers are also the NCAA’s defending national champions in the First Varsity Four.
  • Clemson’s ACC victory last year marked the first time a team other than Virginia had captured the ACC Rowing Championship. The Cavaliers took the first nine ACC Rowing titles. This year’s ACC Rowing Championship will be held on Lake Hartwell and will be hosted by Clemson. It marks the eighth time the Tigers have hosted the Championship.

Outdoor Track & Field

  • The Florida State men and Clemson women claimed the 2010 ACC Outdoor Track & Field Championships held at Clemson last weekend.
  • The Florida State women led all squads with five individual champions, while the Seminole and Virginia Tech men had four each. It was Clemson women, however, that bested all squads with a trophy count of 20, while Florida State men claimed 17.
  • Virginia Tech senior Queen Harrison set ACC and track records in both the women's 100-metter hurdles (12.44) and 400-meter hurdles (54.66). FSU’s Marecia Pemberton set an ACC record in the 100-meter dash (11.12), while teammate Jennifer Dunn set a course record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (10:26.03).
  • On the men’s side, three meet and two course records were set. Georgia Tech’s Alphonso Jordan’s triple jump (54-6.50) was good for course and championship bests. Florida State’s Maurice Mitchell set a meet record in the 100-meter dash (10.11) and a course record in the 200-meter dash (20.25). Marcel Lomnicky of Virginia Tech set the meet mark in the hammer throw (235-7.00).

Women’s Golf

  • Wake Forest claimed its fifth ACC Women’s Golf Championship in dramatic fashion with a four-stroke victory (869) over Virginia (873) at Sedgefield Country Club. The title was the second in a row for the Demon Deacons and marks the second set of back-to-back titles for the school (1994 and 1995).
  • The individual race was close with Wake Forest freshman Michelle Shin (Cape Coral, Fla.) capturing medalist honors with a two-under-par 211. Shin is the first freshman to win the individual honor since Duke’s Amanda Blumenherst captured the title in 2006.
  • Virginia finished second paced by a duo tied for second place individually – freshman Brittany Altomare (Shrewsbury, Mass.) and junior Calle Nielson (Nashville, Tenn.).

Miscellaneous Notes 

  • In an effort to raise awareness for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), or Lou Gehrig’s disease, the Florida State baseball team is hosting ALS Awareness Night at the ball park on Wednesday, April 21 at 6:00 p.m., when FSU takes on Charleston Southern inside Dick Howser Stadium. In honor of this special event, the Seminole players, coaches and staff will wear special red jerseys which will then be auctioned off online at Seminoles.com.
  • Virginia is adding general admission seats at Davenport Field for the third time this season. The facility began the year with a capacity of 3,600 and that number is now up to 4,825 beginning on May 14. The Cavaliers are 21st in the nation with an average attendance of 2,789.
  • Georgia Tech redshirt senior second baseman Jen Yee has been named Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division I National Player of the Week. This is the second time this season Yee has won this national award. Earlier today, she picked up her fifth ACC Player of the Week award.
  • NC State senior Taylor Seaman will compete as an individual in the 2010 NCAA Gymnastics Championship being held in Gainesville, Fla. April 22-24. She qualified for the national competition through her performance in the all-around at the NCAA Regional Championship at West Virginia on April 10. She is making her second straight national appearance as an individual.
  • Duke senior women’s basketball player Joy Cheek introduced Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday, April 20 as he made an announcement about Title IX at the Charles E. Smith Center at George Washington University.
  • Duke senior Alison Whitaker has been selected by Golf Australia to participate in the 2010 World Amateur Team Championships in Argentina from Oct. 16-31 at the Buenos Aires Golf Club and Olivos Golf Club.
  • Following their successful collegiate seasons, ACC Divers of the Year Nick McCrory and Abby Johnston represented the United States last weekend at the 2010 FINA/Li-Ning Diving World Series in Veracruz, Mexico. Both Duke divers won bronze medals in synchronized diving events at the international competition, which marked the second of three 2010 World Series stops for the USA Diving team.