Barry University ready to host tennis regionals
05/02/2014 7:03 PM
05/02/2014 9:11 PM
Barry University will play host to the men’s and women’s NCAA Division II tennis regionals over the next several days at its campus in Miami Shores.
The top-seeded women, who have a 23-1 record and are ranked No. 1 in the country, play the regional final Sunday at noon. Their opponent will be the winner between fourth-seeded Rollins (17-6) and fifth-seeded West Florida (23-4).
Barry’s men (21-2), who are the defending national champs and ranked third in the country, play seventh-seeded Stillman (27-4) Monday at 10 a.m. in a regional semifinal. Barry is the No. 2 seed.
The other semifinal will pit No. 3 seed Lynn (15-6) against sixth-seeded Rollins (12-10) at 1 p.m. The winners will play in Tuesday’s regional final at 11 a.m.
Both the men’s and women’s regional winners will advance to the 16-team NCAA championships May 14-17 at Altamonte Springs.
Barry’s women last won the national title in 2011.
Both Barry’s men’s coach, George Samuel, and women’s coach, Avi Kigel, were recently named Sunshine State Conference Coach of the Year.
In addition, Barry’s men’s star Ahmed Triki of Tunisia was named the league’s Freshman of the Year and Player of the Year.
Meanwhile, Barry’s men’s golf team, which is the defending national champion and ranked No. 1 in the country, will play its regional Monday through Wednesday at Savannah, Georgia.
The women’s golf team will play in the 28-team NCAA Division I Central Regional May 8-10 at Stillwater, Oklahoma. Miami is ranked 28th in the nation and seeded 10th in the regional. Eight teams from the regional will advance to the NCAA championships May 20-23 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
This is the first time since 2004-2005 that the Canes have made two consecutive NCAA regional appearances.
Meanwhile, Miami’s women’s tennis team is ranked 12th in the nation and will host an NCAA regional for a 10th consecutive year. Miami (19-5) will play unranked Boston University (14-6) May 9.
With an expected win, Miami would host the regional final on May 10 against the winner of a semifinal between No. 18 Oklahoma (16-6) and No. 54 Oklahoma State (16-6).
The national championships are set for May 15-20 at Athens, Georgia. Miami is the only school in the nation that has made the Elite Eight round the past five years in a row.
Camila Serrano of Bogota, Colombia was named Women’s Golf Freshman of the Year by Conference USA.
Senior Eddie Cody was named the NAIA Sun Conference Pitcher of the Year. He went 8-1 with a 1.57 ERA and two shutouts. He also had a save in his lone relief appearance.
Junior Emilio Ogando (7-1, 1.95) was one of five pitchers named first team all-conference. Junior Edwin Medina (.392 batting average, 3 home runs, 40 RBI) and sophomore Jerry Downs (.333 batting average, 5 home runs, 46 RBI) were among four outfielders on the first team.
St. Thomas (30-19) began its conference postseason tournament on Friday.
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The men’s golf team is ranked seventh in the nation in NAIA and will compete in the 29-team national championships May 13-16 at Daytona Beach.
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