College Sports


ECU’s Spang is AAC Women’s Golf Player of Year

East Carolina senior Frida Gustafsson Spang has been named the American Athletic Conference Women’s Golf Player of theYear, the league office announced Friday.

Spang and sophomore Lisa Pettersson were also unanimous selections to this year’s all-conference team as voted on by the leagues head coaches.

Spang becomes just the second golfer in program history to take home multiple player of the year honors. Back in 2013, she became the first golfer in C-USA history to be named Player and Freshman of the Year in the same season.

She recorded 10 top-11 finishes and placed in the top-29 in all 11 events during her senior season, while posting a program-best 72.18 seasonal stroke average. She set a new single-season standard with four tournament wins and became the all-time leader in wins with seven, after her 1-under par 215 in the American Championship. She was named league golfer of the week three times and heads into the Baton Rouge Regional ranked No. 8 nationally by Golfstat.

During her four years as a member of the golf team, Spang owns a 73.32 career average in 45 events, which is the lowest in school history.

Pettersson garnered her first career all-conference selection after posting a team second-best 74.55 stroke, which ranks ninth on the all-time single-season charts.

Men’s Golf

NC State: After a seventh-place finish at the Sage Valley Junior Invitational, Benjamin Shipp of the most recent signing class is now the No. 1 junior golfer in the class of 2016. Through eight events this season, Shipp has recorded a record of 467-120-23. At 51-46-11 against competitors in the top 25, he is one of only two in the top 10 to have a winning record against such opposition.

Men’s Soccer

Wake Forest: Coach Bobby Muuss has added Mick Giordano to the coaching staff as an assistant coach, the team announced Friday. Giordano joins the Demon Deacons after serving as the top assistant at UNC Asheville. He replaces Eder Quintanilla, who has taken a coaching position in the San Jose Earthquakes Academy.

Women’s Soccer

Duke: The next U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team camp will take place May 1-7 with standout Christina Gibbons traveling to Charlottesville, Va., to train with 26 college players. Rising senior Toni Payne had been training with the U-23 squad but due to conflicts with exams she will not be attending the camp.

Women’s Tennis

Shaw: The team scored a 5-0 victory Friday afternoon over Virginia State in the CIAA semifinal match at Millbrook Exchange Center. The Bears advance to the championship match and will face the Hawks of Chowan University at 10 a.m.

Track and Field

Duke: Senior distance runner Anima Banks will travel west for the 21st-annual Payton Jordan Invitational Sunday, hosted by Stanford. Banks, a first team All-American after placing eighth in the women’s 800 at the 2016 NCAA Indoor Championships, will have the opportunity to secure an automatic-qualifying time for the U.S. Olympic Trials.

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