State Colleges

Nova Southeastern, Barry men’s golf teams top national poll

The Barry University men’s golf team tied for the No.2 spot in the Golf Coaches Association of America poll that was released Friday.

The Buccaneers, who held the No.1 spot since May 24, 2013, when they won the first of their two consecutive NCAA Division II national championships, still received the most first-place votes (8).

The Bucs held the No.1 ranking for 519 consecutive days.

Nova Southeastern, which jumped ahead of Barry in the poll, received six first-place votes.

Barry collected 402 points, while the Sharks had 410. South Carolina-Aiken, which received three first-place votes, also had 402 points to move up a spot from its previous No.3 ranking into a tie with the Bucs.

Chico State was fourth with 343 points, and Cal State Monterey Bay was fifth with 265 points.

No.6 Lynn, No.11 Saint Leo, No.17 Florida Southern and No.19 Florida Tech make up four of the six Sunshine State Conference schools that are ranked in the Top 25.

Rollins, also a part of the SSC brethren, received eight votes.

The SSC, which Barry competes in, is a current league of nine member institutions which will expand with the additions of Embry-Riddle and Palm Beach Atlantic in the coming years.


▪ UM 3, Wake Forest 0: An efficient University of Miami attack helped the Hurricanes sweep host Wake Forest in their lone match of the weekend.

The Hurricanes hit .383 in their three-set win over the Demon Deacons, winning 25-13, 25-16 and 25-23.

UM improved to 14-6 on the season and 7-2 in Atlantic Coast Conference play. The Canes have now won their past five matches.

Savanah Leaf was the most productive Hurricane attacker. The senior outside hitter notched a team-high 16 kills, hitting .400 while adding seven digs and three blocks.

Sophomore Kelsie Groot was an all-around contributor, tallying eight kills, six digs, three blocks and an ace. Groot hit a team-best .538.

Senior Emani Sims and junior Taylor Scott each added six kills, while freshman Sakile Simmons notched three kills and four blocks. Sims led all Canes with six blocks.

Freshman setter Haley Templeton dished out 35 assists, while junior defensive specialist Kalysta White recorded six digs.

▪ Western Kentucky 3, FIU 0: FIU suffered a 25-11, 25-13, 25-20 Conference USA loss to host Western Kentucky. The Panthers fell to 6-16 overall and 3-6 in the league. The Toppers improved to 21-5 overall and 9-1 in conference play.

Western Kentucky posted its second straight-sets victory over the Panthers this season. The Toppers had 12 blocks compared to two by the Panthers. The Toppers out-dug the Panthers 53-39.