College Notes

All-ACC men's tennis team announced; ECU tennis player honored

From News ReleasesMay 2, 2014 

— North Carolina’s Sam Paul and Brayden Schnur were named the ACC’s coach and freshman of the year in men’s tennis as announced by the conference on Thursday.

Virginia senior Alex Domjian was named the ACC player of the year.

Schnur joins the likes of Paul Harsanyi (1994), Bjorn Rencken (1999) and Chris Kearney (2007) as Tar Heels to capture freshman of the year honors.

Additionally, Duke junior Jason Tahir and senior Fred Saba joined Schnur and freshman Ronnie Schneider on the All-ACC first team. N.C. State juniors Austin Powell and Robbie Mudge were named to the All-ACC second team in addition to UNC sophomore Brett Clark. Duke’s Bruno Semenzato, a sophomore and the Blue Devils’ Raphael Hemmeler were named to the All-ACC third team.

East Carolina: Senior Joran Vliegen has been selected the Conference USA player of the year. Vliegen, a native of Maaselk, Belgium, is the first East Carolina player to earn player of the year honors and be named first team All-Conference USA twice.

Vliegen, the top-ranked player in the league at No. 26 nationally, has enjoyed one of the finest seasons in league history. He will enter the NCAA championships this month with a 31-7 overall singles record after compiling a 15-3 dual match record playing exclusively at No. 1 singles.

Vliegen also received first-team all-conference doubles honors paired with sophomore Colin Roller. The duo went 20-6 overall this season with a 14-4 record in dual matches this spring, playing all contests at the No. 1 position. They are the only pair in ECU history to earn all-league doubles accolades and have been recognized as such each of the last two seasons.

Women’s Tennis

Duke: Duke moved up one spot to No. 5 in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) rankings. The Blue Devils are also heavily represented in the rankings by four singles players and five doubles pairs.

Sophomore Beatrice Capra held steady at No. 7, continuing to headline the Blue Devil contingent this season. Junior Ester Goldfeld, who also appeared on the ITA’s list throughout the season, remained ranked among the nation’s top-30 singles players, at No. 27. Senior Hanna Mar, currently ranked 36th by the ITA, has not appeared outside of the top 40 since Feb. 25, while freshman Chalena Scholl currently ranks 116th.

In doubles, Duke’s tandem of Capra and Mar is No. 5. Two additional doubles teams, the duo of Goldfeld and freshman Alyssa Smith and junior Annie Mulholland/Goldfeld are ranked Nos. 36 and 45, respectively. The team of Goldfeld and senior Marianne Jodoin and the pairing of Mulholland and Scholl rounded out Duke’s nationally-ranked doubles teams, appearing at Nos. 60 and 69, respectively.

Baseball

Campbell: Ryan Thompson has been named one of 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award.

To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

Thompson is Campbell’s career saves record holder with 21, and is also a member of the 50-man midseason Golden Spikes Award watch list.

• Sophomore designated hitter Matt Parrish has been named to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-District 3 baseball team, selected by College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Parrish, who carries a 3.87 GPA as a mathematics major at Campbell.

Softball

N.C. State: Senior Kirsty Grant has been selected to the Capital One Academic All-District III First Team, announced Thursday by CoSIDA.

The award recognizes student-athletes not only for their performance in the classroom, but also on the field. To qualify for the award, one must have a GPA of 3.3 or better and see significant action on the field.

Grant is a biological sciences major with a 3.86 GPA.

Campbell: For the second-straight year, Shaela Churchill has been named to the Capital One Academic All-District 3 softball team by CoSIDA.

Churchill owns a 4.0 GPA as a mathematics major.

Women’s Basketball

Duke: Former Duke All-America Georgia Schweitzer will be inducted into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame on May 17 in Columbus at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

Schweitzer helped lead the Blue Devils to their first NCAA Final Four in 1999, while knocking off three-time defending NCAA champion Tennessee in the NCAA Elite Eight. Schweitzer, who was named the NCAA East Regional MVP as a sophomore, scored 22 points against the Lady Vols and eventually led Duke to the NCAA championship game before falling to Purdue.

A 6-foot guard, Schweitzer went on to be named ACC Player of the Year as a junior and senior and was selected a Kodak All-America in 2001. She helped led Duke to its first ACC championship in 2000 and earned ACC tournament MVP in 2001 leading the Blue Devils to a second straight title. Schweitzer, who graduated in 2001 with a degree in environmental science, closed her career with 1,620 points, 533 rebounds, 428 assists and 171 steals.

Track & Field

Saint Augustine’s: JaQuan Demiel won the men’s long jump with a personal outdoor best of 23 feet, 9 inches at the Liberty Twilight Qualifier track & field meet at Matthes-Hopkins Track on the Liberty University campus in Lynchburg, Va.

In other events, sophomore Ornella Livingston placed second in the women’s 100-meter dash in a season-best 11.67. She finished behind Barbara Pierre, a former Lady Falcons’ standout who won in 11.15.

Livingston sprinted a season-best 23.96 to place third in the women’s 200-meter dash. Senior Akeisha Dumont was fourth in a season-best time of 24.15 and freshman Shakinah Brooks of Raleigh was fifth in 24.22.

Jermaine Jones finished third while teammates Burkheart Ellis Jr. and Joshua Edmonds were fourth and fifth, respectively, in the men’s 200-meter dash. Jones (20.64), Ellis Jr. (20.78) and Edmonds (20.80) all ran season-best times.

Roxroy Cato finished second in the men’s 400 meter dash in 47.22. Former Falcons standout Josh Scott of G.W. Express/Nike was the winner in 46.72. Ellis Jr. of the Falcons was fourth in a season-best 47.34.

Ty’reak Murray placed fourth in the men’s 110 meter hurdles in 14.15. Former Falcons standout Gerkenz Senesca of G.W. Express/Nike won in 13.82. Shamia Lassiter placed fourth in the women’s 100-meter hurdles in a season-best time of 14.04.

Men’s Lacrosse

Duke: Senior attacker Jordan Wolf has been named the ACC men’s lacrosse offensive player of the year, and Maryland swept the league’s three other yearly individual awards announced on Thursday.

Wolf has scored an ACC-high 47 goals in 15 games to lead Duke to a 12-3 record. The Wynnewood, Pa., native ranks second in total points (72), fourth in assists per game (1.67) and fourth in shots per game (7.20). Wolf has scored the winning goal in three Blue Devils victories.

Both Wolf and Maryland’s Niko Amato also collected All-ACC honors for the fourth times of the their career in 2014, joining only five other former ACC men’s lacrosse greats as four-time selections.

Golf

Campbell: Two former Campbell standouts and coach John Crooks have been named to the Big South Conference women’s golf all-decade teams.

Janet Wooten and Jennifer Layman, who won back-to-back Big South individual titles in 1993 and 1994, were named to the 1990-99 all-decade team.

When Crooks took over as head coach for the 1991-92 season, it marked the start of an era of sustained success in the women’s program. His first team finished as runner-up in the Big South, while the next two won back-to-back conference titles before Campbell joined the Atlantic Sun Conference in 1994-95. After a 17-year stint in the league, Campbell re-joined the Big South in 2011-12 and has won two of the past three women’s golf championships.

Now in his 23rd year in charge of the team, Crooks has guided his teams to 12 league trophies and nine runner-up showings during his tenure.

A native of Morganton, Ga., Janet Wooten Collins led Campbell to consecutive Big South Conference women’s golf championships in 1993 and 1994 during her three-year career. After transferring from Auburn, she became the first Campbell golfer to earn an individual berth in the NCAA Division I regional championships.

She led Campbell to 10 tournament wins in her three-year career. Individually, she won seven collegiate tournament championships and finished among the top 10 individuals 19 times in 26 outings. She is a member of both the Campbell University and Big South Conference Hall of Fame.

Layman was a two-time all-conference performer (1992, 1994) and won the league tournament as a junior in ’94 when Campbell received its first NCAA regional team berth. During Layman’s career, the Camels won two league titles and finished as runner-up twice, including 1995 in the Atlantic Sun Conference.

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