The No. 5 Nova Southeastern University women’s golf team kept their spot atop the leaderboard and extended their lead to four shots with 18 holes remaining at the NCAA Division II South Super Regional Tuesday at Marcus Pointe Golf Club at Pensacola.
Nova Southeastern had the lowest team score for the second consecutive day and leads the 12-team, 66-player field at 14-over 590. Saint Leo is second at 594, Rollins third at 595, West Florida fourth at 602 and Florida Tech fifth at 609. Barry University shot a 305 in the second round and is tied for eighth at 616 entering Wednesday’s final round.
The top three teams and top three individuals not on a qualifying team advance to the NCAA Championships in Aurora, Colorado, May 18-21.
Nova’s Jamie Freedman shot 2-under 70, and leads the tournament at 1-under 143. Sharks teammate Aldana Foigel and West Florida’s Paloma Vaccaro are a stroke behind entering the final round. Barry senior Nicky Ferre had two birdies in her second round 74, climbing 15 spots on the leaderboard. Her 2-over Tuesday left her at 159 for the tournament.
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The No. 6 Nova Southeastern University and No. 7 Barry men’s golf teams are tied for sixth place after the second of three days at the NCAA South/Southeast Super Regional at Howey-in-the-Hills.
The top of the team standings is more bunched up with Tuesday’s play. No. 2 Lynn and No. 5 West Florida flip-flopped at one and two, with the Fighting Knights’ 574 putting them up a stroke on the Argos. No. 3 Florida Southern is third and No. 4 Saint Leo fourth, at 577 and 578, respectively. The Sharks and Bucs are now looking up at No. 19 Columbus State, currently sitting in the magic fifth spot. NSU and Barry are at 589.
Individually for NSU, junior Richard Mansell is tied for fourth overall after shooting an even-par for a 139 total, and freshman Juan Jose Guerra is 21st with a 147.
For the 12th consecutive year, the University of Miami women’s tennis team was tabbed by the NCAA Team Championship selection committee as a top-16 overall seed and will host the first two rounds of the tournament.
Miami (19-5, 12-2 ACC) was announced Tuesday as the No. 7 seed in the field, marking its 21st NCAA appearance in a row and its 31st berth in the 35-year NCAA era. The Hurricanes, who will be hosting Wichita State, TCU and Quinnipiac at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center, May 13-14, have made the NCAA Sweet 16 in each of past 10 years, the fourth-longest streak in Division I.
Meanwhile, No. 4 Nova Southeastern University (15-4) was seeded fifth in the South Region Bracket I at Tampa, and will play No. 8-ranked and fifth-seeded West Florida (22-5). That bracket will be hosted by top-seeded Saint Leo, No. 2 in the country.
Miami enters the NCAA Team Championship with four players in the Oracle/ITA singles rankings: senior Stephanie Wagner at No. 8, sophomore Sinead Lohan at No. 9, sophomore Yolimar Ogando at No. 42 and sophomore Wendy Zhang at No. 70. Ogando has yet to play in 2016 because of an injury.