Busy Weekend for Wake Forest Athletics

Nov. 14, 2008

Winston-Salem is not really the center of the NCAA playoff universe this weekend. It just seems like it.

Wake Forest University will host three NCAA Regional events between Friday and Sunday with two taking place on campus and another at Tanglewood Park.

The action starts on Friday when the women's soccer team hosts Morehead State in an NCAA First Round match at Spry Stadium. The match will start at 5:00 p.m and will be followed at 8:00 by Georgia and James Madison.

The winner's of Friday's matches will meet on Sunday at 1 o'clock at Spry Stadium in the NCAA Second Round. The winner advances to the NCAA Third Round where they will face the winner of the Portland, Ore. Pod which includes Portland, Northern Arizona, Washington State and Texas.

The Wake Forest field hockey team, ranked No. 2 in the nation, will host a four-team regional at Kentner Stadium starting on Saturday. The Deacons host American at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday with Virginia facing James Madison at 2 p.m. The winning teams meet on Sunday at 2:00 with the winner advancing to the NCAA Final Four at Louisville starting on Nov. 21.

Tanglewood Park will host the NCAA Southeast Regional Cross Country Meet on Saturday morning. Up to 88 teams will line up on the cross country course with the women's teams taking off at 11 a.m. and the men's squads starting at noon. The women will run 6K while the men's course covers 10K.

Along with the NCAA Regionals, a number of other regularly scheduled events will take place this weekend. Dino Gaudio's men's basketball team will open the 2008-09 season Friday night against North Carolina Central at the Joel Coliseum. The Deacon football team will continue its quest for a second ACC title in the last three years when it visits North Carolina State at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh.

The Deacon soccer team, the defending national champion, is competing in the ACC Championship in Cary, N.C. Wake Forest, ranked No. 1 in the country with a record of 18-0-1, will play Virginia in the semifinals Friday night at 8 o'clock. Should Wake win, the Deacs would advance to the ACC Championship at WakeMed Park.

The volleyball team will visit ACC co-leader North Carolina Sunday afternoon at 1 o'clock. The 17-11 Deacons will be looking for their highest season win total since posting 21 victories in 2003.

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