WWAY’s Wednesday night sports – March 12

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Submitted: Thu, 03/13/2014 - 3:50am
Updated: Fri, 07/17/2015 - 10:49am

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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -– Senior Rafael Aita has been named Player-of-the-Week in singles and Pedro Mol and Kaue Pereira have captured Doubles Team-of-the-Week honors from the Colonial Athletic Association.

The Seahawks, ranked 52nd in this week’s Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll, return to action Friday at North Florida. UNCW has played seven nationally-ranked opponents this spring.

The 53rd-ranked Aita nabbed the award as the CAA’s top singles player for the second consecutive week after posting two victories at the top of the lineup. The Lima, Peru, netter has won seven matches in a row and dispatched Georgia State’s Thomas Cook, 6-1, 6-4, and No. 64 Roberto Cid of South Florida, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4, last week.

Mol and Pereira, meanwhile, are ranked No. 64 nationally in doubles and also cruised to a pair of victories over No. 2 doubles opponents. The tandem topped Valentin Horvat and Felipe Jaworski of GSU, 8-2, and upset No. 35 Oliver Pramming and Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz of USF, 8-4.

Mol and Pereira own a 7-2 record in doubles action and have won four straight heading into Friday’s trip to Jacksonville.


WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -– UNCW’s Ricky Holden and William Shepley combined for 7 and 1/3 shutout innings of relief as UNCW topped visiting UNC Greensboro, 5-2, on Wednesday at Brooks Field.

The Seahawks improved to 7-8 with the non-conference win which also halted a brief two-game losing skid. The Spartans, meanwhile, dipped to 7-9 with the setback.

Holden (2-0) earned the win and Shepley notched the save, combining to allow just four hits and two walks while striking out eight. For Holden, he finished with a career-high six strikeouts.

UNCG starter Andrew George (0-3) was tagged with the loss after allowing three runs, two earned, on five hits and three walks over five innings.

Both teams combined for 12 hits, only one going for extra bases. UNCW freshman Teddy Cillis had a pinch-hit RBI double in the eighth to give UNCW a 4-2 lead.

How it happened: UNCG scored twice in the top of the first, but UNCW answered with a run in the bottom of the frame and took the lead in the second with two runs. In that second inning, Josh Abshire and Casey Golden both beat out potential inning-ending double play ground ball to score runs.

Inside the box score: UNCW went 1-for-9 in RBI opportunities, but its pitcher held UNCG to no hits in six at bats in RBI chances … Seahawk pitcher held UNCG to 0-for-12 with runners on base and 1-for-9 with two out … UNCW scored all three runners it had on third with less than two out … UNCW landed its leadoff hitter on base in 4-of-8 innings and scored twice … Holden and Shepley did not allow a Spartan further than second base.

Notes: Corey Dick extended his hitting streak to a career-long tying 11 games … Terence Connelly also pushed his hitting streak to seven games … Both Dick and Connelly also have reached base safely in each of their last 11 consecutive games … Holden improved to 10-2 in his career while Shepley collected his second save … Connelly played second for the first time in his collegiate career after 74 career starts at shortstop … Luis Renvill started at shortstop for UNCW … UNCW raised its record to 9-11 all-time against UNCG … The Seahawks turned a season-high three double plays.

Up next: The Seahawks host a red-hot Indiana State, who has won its last 12 games following a season-opening loss at Auburn. The series opens Friday with a 4 p.m. start


WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -– Junior southpaw Casey Rowland turned in a strong pitching performance and UNCW capitalized on four Youngstown State errors to post a 7-1 non-conference decision over the Penguins Wednesday at Boseman Field.

Playing in gusty conditions, the Seahawks avenged a pair of one-run losses to YSU on Tuesday and improved to 12-10 on the season. Youngstown State now stands 8-7.

Rowland, 6-4, scattered four hits over 5.2 innings and allowed just one unearned run, striking out two and walking four. Her counterpart, Caitlyn Minney, surrendered three earned runs on three hits, walking three and fanning four, to take the loss and fall to 0-3.

Senior outfielder Brittany Gamby and junior second baseman Jessica Rappe had two hits apiece to anchor UNCW’s seven-hit attack. Four different players had one hit apiece for the Penguins, who had trouble finding holes as the Seahawks played error-free softball on the day.

After two innings of scoreless play, the Seahawks broke through in the third inning with three runs on two hits, wrapped around an error. Gamby led off the frame with a double into the leftfield corner, moved over on Merritt Wilkinson’s bunt and scored on Casey Shue’s textbook squeeze play. Shue and Rappe later scored on an error by Minney.

UNCW tacked on another run in the bottom of the fourth when freshman shortstop Lauren Moore reached on a one-out single, advanced to second on a passed ball and raced home on a throwing error by YSU reliever Chancy Williams.

The Seahawks plated another run in the bottom of the fifth to raise the score to 5-0 before the Penguins scratched in the top of the sixth when Miranda Castiglione came across on a passed ball.

UNCW added two more insurance runs in the home half of the sixth to put the game on ice and salvage one game in the three-game set with the Penguins.

The Seahawks, now 6-3 on their 18-game homestand, play again Saturday when Presbyterian visits for a doubleheader, beginning at 2 p.m.


EL PASO, TX (AP) – Julian Washburn scored 20 points as No. 5 seed UTEP rolled to a 77-68 win over 12th-seeded East Carolina in the Conference USA second round Wednesday night.

UTEP (23-9) will play No. 4 seed Southern Mississippi (26-5) in the quarterfinals Thursday.

Washburn scored 13 points as UTEP jumped out to a 26-8 start. The Miners led 42-26 at the break and never trailed.

John Bohannon did not miss a shot on 6-of-6 shooting from the field and made three free throws, finishing with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Vince Hunter scored 12 points and Matt Willms added 11 for the Miners, who now have won three-straight.

Prince Williams, Paris Roberts-Campbell and Akeem Richmond each scored 14 points to lead East Carolina (17-16). Williams dished out five assists and Caleb White added 13 points for the Pirates.

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LELAND, NC (WWAY) — North Brunswick senior basketball standout Terrance Brown has verbally committed to play college basketball at Brunswick Community College.


ARLINGTON, VA (UNCW) -– UNCW junior guard Kelva Atkins was named Second-Team All-CAA and also earned All-Academic Team accolades as the Colonial Athletic Association handed out its annual awards Wednesday during the league’s pre-tournament banquet.

Senior Diana Venezia and freshman Brie Mobley were also recognized as Mobley was selected to the All-Rookie Team while Venezia was chosen as the team’s Dean Ehler’s Award recipient.

Atkins earned All-CAA distinction for the first time in her career after a stellar junior campaign that saw the Stem, N.C., product lead the Seahawks in scoring (15.1), assists (3.2) and steals (2.1) while ranking second on the squad in rebounds (5.3). A Preseason First-Team All-CAA selection, Atkins enters the conference tournament as one of only two players in the CAA to rank among the top 20 players in the league in points (5th), rebounds (18th), steals (4th) and assists (8th).

In the classroom, Atkins is a Recreation Sport Leadership major with a 3.1 cumulative GPA. She was named to the CAA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll for the 2012-13 season.

Mobley, meanwhile, garnered All-Rookie Team accolades following an outstanding rookie season that placed her second on the team in scoring (11.6), third in assists (1.6) and steals (1.6) and fourth in rebounding (4.3). A two-time CAA Rookie-of-the-Week selection, Mobley reached double figures in points on 16 occasions, including a season-high 29 points in the regular season finale at College of Charleston on March 5 to match Gwen Austin for the fifth highest single-game scoring performance by a UNCW freshman.

A native of Westfield, N.J., Venezia was recognized as the program’s Dean Ehlers Award recipient, which is presented annually to a women’s basketball student-athlete from each member institution who “embodies the highest standards of leadership, integrity and sportsmanship in conjunction with her academic athletic achievement.” An Exercise Science major, Venezia is a two-time CAA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll honoree (2011 & 2013) and has been active in the team’s community service projects throughout her four-year career. She has also served as a team captain for the 2013-14 season.

Ninth-seeded UNCW opens the 2014 CAA Women’s Basketball Championship Thursday with a 2 p.m. contest against eighth-seeded William & Mary at Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, Md.


ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament

Georgia Tech 73
Boston College 70

Miami 57
Virginia Tech 53

Wake Forest 81
Notre Dame 69



  • RestoreTheTeal says:

    Simply put, Biedenbach IS NOT the guy for the job! He has been trying to get the UNCW job since his days as GM at the Wilmington Athletic Club. A look to the past needs to be honored, there are plenty of very solid Alums coaching who all will be great fits. If Jimmy Bass can put the ego away for a moment, he will do the right thing, hire an Alum and bring UNCW Basketball back to the “Glory Days”. It’s time to clean house in Trask. Everything and everyone associated with the Moss/Peterson era from the strength coach to the “spiritual advisor” needs to be ditched. Just like they always say, “everything old is new again” #RestoreTheTeal

  • SayWha? says:

    Glory days? When was that? UNCW has never been more than what it is, and that’s just fine. To think otherwise is to be self delusional.

    If people like yourself as well as some other self delusional individuals in UNCW’s administration would get off of their “I have a dream for UNCW’s sports program” kick, maybe some of the moneys wasted here could be used for something really radical, like education.

  • Mr.T says:

    You can see the best coach you ever had lead Clemson in the ACC tourney.
    You guys ran him off and you reap what you sow.

  • Barry says:

    I see ignorance must be bliss,

  • Guest2020 says:

    UNCW basketball has certainly been better than what it is now. They made it to the NCAA tournament four times between 2000 and 2006 and even made it to the second round once.

  • SayWha? says:

    I see by your comment that it would be just fine to continue to waste about $400,000 plus per year to continue a mediocre sports program rather than spend it on education.

    That seems to be a bit ignorant.

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