In the region: Virginia struggles in NCAA men’s golf regional | UVa sports news

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NORMAN, Okla. — The Virginia men’s golf team is in 11th place out of 14 teams after Monday’s first round of the NCAA tournament’s Norman Regional.

The Cavaliers shot a 9-over 297. Oklahoma leads the field at 5-under 283.

UVa’s Ashton Poole is tied for 21st with a 1-over 73.

The top five teams and the top individual not on one of those five teams will advance from the three-day regional to the national championships.

RALEIGH, N.C. — Mark Lawrence Jr. of Virginia Tech is tied for 64th place out of 75 golfers after the first round of the NCAA tournament’s Raleigh Regional.

Lawrence, who received an individual NCAA bid, shot a 5-over 76.

Liberty is tied for seventh place out of 14 teams at 4-under 280.

The top five teams and the top individual not on one of those five teams will advance from the three-day regional to the national championships.

ODAC teams get at-large bids

For the first time, there are three ODAC teams in the NCAA Division III baseball tournament. But Roanoke (31-11), which advanced to the Division III World Series last year, is not one of them.

ODAC regular-season champ Randolph-Macon (31-7-1) received one of 16 at-large bids to the 58-team tournament Monday. Virginia Wesleyan (28-14), which tied Roanoke for second place in the ODAC standings, also reaped an at-large bid. ODAC tournament runner-up Roanoke did not get an at-large bid.

Shenandoah earned an automatic bid by winning the ODAC tournament Sunday.

Randolph-Macon was ranked No. 1 in the NCAA’s final South Region rankings Sunday. Virginia Wesleyan, which went 3-1 against Roanoke this year, finished fourth in the regional rankings. Capital Athletic Conference member Christopher Newport (32-10), which was third in the regional rankings, also got an at-large bid. Roanoke, which was 13th in the national coaches’ poll last week, was not one of the top nine teams in the NCAA’s South Region rankings Sunday.

Randolph-Macon is the No. 1 seed and CNU the No. 4 seed in an NCAA regional that will be held in North Carolina. Virginia Wesleyan is the No. 4 seed in a regional that will be held in Pennsylvania. Shenandoah will be the No. 5 seed in a regional in Michigan.

CLEMSON, S.C. — UVa swept all five races in the finals of the ACC championships Sunday night to win the league crown for the ninth straight year.

Seventh-ranked UVa finished with 99 points. Syracuse was second out of the nine teams with 77 points.

UVa’s Kevin Sauer was named the ACC coach of the year for the 12th time.

Big South champ Liberty has been assigned to an NCAA regional that will be held at the University of South Carolina.

The pairings for the 64-team NCAA tournament were announced late Sunday night.

Liberty will face Hofstra in the first round of the South Carolina regional Friday. South Carolina, the No. 9 overall seed, will face UNC Greensboro in the other first-round game.

James Madison (42-12) received an at-large bid and was assigned to a regional at Tennessee. JMU will face Ohio University on Friday. Tennessee, the No. 10 overall seed, will face Monmouth in the other first-round game.

Notre Dame and ACC champ Florida State are the only ACC teams in the field.

NEWPORT NEWS — Defending NCAA Division III national champ Virginia Wesleyan (47-2) beat host Christopher Newport 7-6 in eight innings in the final of an NCAA Division III regional Sunday to earn a berth in the super regionals.

The Marlins will host Berry in a best-of-three super regional series beginning Friday.

Virginia Tech pitcher Carrie Eberle, who has a 3.88 GPA, has been named to the academic all-district team by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

North Cross graduate Michael Fleming of Mary Washington has been named to the All-Capital Athletic Conference first team in doubles and to the second team in singles.

Fleming went 16-9 in singles and was part of an 11-7 doubles team for Mary Washington, which lost at Kenyon in the second round of the NCAA Division III tournament last Friday.

Other singles players on the All-CAC second team included Southern Virginia’s Paul Monson and Ben Spencer.

Harry Shepherd (14-3) of Washington and Lee has received a bid to the 32-man NCAA Division III singles tournament, which will be held May 24-26 in California.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Blacksburg graduate Kendell Wiles finished second in the women’s 800 meters Sunday on the final day of the Big Ten outdoor championships.

She had a time of 2 minutes, 5.81 seconds.

Wiles had earned bronze in the 600 at the Big Ten indoor meet earlier this year.



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