Playing at home, second-seeded William and Mary overcame No. 3 James Madison 4-2 to reach the Colonial Athletic Association championship match, whose winner will gain an automatic NCAA tournament berth.
After taking the doubles point, the Tribe advanced to Sunday's 2 p.m. final against No. 1 UNC Wilmington on singles victories at lines 3, 4 and 5. The triumphs came from Ben Guthrie, Ben Hoogland and John Banks, who won a 6-1 third set to oust the Dukes.
On the other side of the bracket, UNCW -- ranked 57th nationally -- breezed past Drexel 4-0 and will be looking for its third CAA crown in five years. W&M's looking for its first championship since 2005.
Host William and Mary rolled into the CAA title match by shutting out Delaware 4-0.
The top-seeded Tribe took the doubles point, then advanced on victories by Maria Belaya at line 1, Jeltje Loomans -- who is serving underhand because of shoulder trouble -- at 4 and Hope Johnson at 5.
W&M will play at 10 a.m. Sunday against No. 2 UNC Wilmington, which bounced back from losing the doubles point to defeat No. 3 JMU 4-1. ...
No. 17 Virginia (15-8, 8-2) shut out No. 32 Florida State 4-0, earning its single-season-best eighth ACC victory.
No. 7 Virginia swept a key doubleheader against No. 5 Florida State, beating the Seminoles 9-2 and then 2-0 in Charlottesville.
In Game 1, Brandon Downes, Derek Fisher and Nick Howard belted home runs for the Cavaliers (34-6, 15-5 Atlantic Coast Conference).
In Game 2, the Seminoles (31-8, 13-7) suffered a one-hit loss for the first time in 15 years. Winner Scott Silverstein (7-0) allowed one hit and three walks over seven innings, and junior Kyle Crockett of Poquoson retired six straight batters to gain his eighth save of the season. ...
Josh Eldridge, Jordan Negrini and Michael Perez slammed homers and Andy Roberts pitched seven scoreless innings to lead Old Dominion (20-18, 10-10) to a 10-1 Colonial Athletic Association victory over William and Mary (26-15, 9-5).
William and Mary junior Landon Funiciello and freshman Neal Courter advanced to Sunday’s NCAA individual event finals in University Park, Pa., while junior Daniel Potemski placed 11th in the all-around finals.
Funiciello advanced on rings by tying for fourth with a 15.45. He placed sixth as a freshman in 2011.
Courter qualified in vault after tying for fifth with a 15.05. He will look to become just the second freshman in school history to earn NCAA All-America accolades.
Competing in the all-around finals, Potemski narrowly missed out on earning All-America honors by placing 11th with an 82.2.
Norfolk State (22-8, 13-1 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) swept a home doubleheader against Delaware State, winning 4-3 in eight innings and then 9-1.
In Game 1, Kathy Cortez belted a walk-off home run, and teammate Alina Moriarty also homered.
In Game 2, Gipsy Ramirez hit a three-run homer in the first inning, Haley Ward was 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBI, and Liz Riley pitched a six-hitter. ...
Hampton (22-21, 10-1 MEAC) won a pair from Maryland Eastern Shore, 5-3 in eight innings, then 10-6 in seven.
Taylor McCoy and Margaret Wilkins had three hits apiece in the opener. Carla Trimble was 2-for-4 and scored three runs in Game 2.
Track and field:
VCU's Kiara Porter, a Tabb High graduate, set a Rams record of 23.28 in the 200 meters, the 15th-best time nationally this season. ...
Virginia Tech's men placed second in the ACC championships with 138 points, while Florida State won with 149.
U.Va.'s Brandon Burton, a former Hampton Crabber, finished eighth in the 400-meter hurdles in 53.93. ...
In the ACC women's championships, Clemson edged Florida State 151-146 for the crown.
Virginia snapped a six-game slide with a 12-7 victory over Bellarmine.
The Cavaliers (6-7) will face Maryland on Friday in an ACC tournament semifinal. U.Va. likely will need to win the ACC tournament to qualify for the NCAA bracket. ...
Alex Barber scored the tying goal in the fourth quarter and the winner in overtime as CNU (8-8) beat host Ferrum 6-5.
Virginia senior Brittany Altomare shot a 1-under-par 70 at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C., for a 141 that put her in the ACC tournament lead entering the final round, three strokes ahead of defending champion Lindy Duncan of Duke.
The Cavaliers are third 32-over 600. UVa shot 16-over 300 for the second consecutive day. Duke, ranked No. 3 in the Golfstat standings, leads the nine-team field at 17-over 585, while No. 21 N.C. State moved into second place at 28-over 596, four strokes better than U.Va.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times