Sept. 15, 1997

This Week in Wake Forest Sports

Wake Forest Volleyball To Host Radford, Deacon Invitational: The Wake Forest volleyball team (4-4) will return to Reynolds Gym this week after spending the last two weekends on the road. The Deacs will host Radford beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday night.

On Friday, Mary Buczek's team will host the five-team, two-day Deacon Invitational. Wake Forest will face College of Charleston in the opener on Friday beginning at 12 p.m. There will be four other matches on Friday including Wake Forest vs. West Virginia at 6:00 p.m.

Saturday's slate has four matches beginning at 10 a.m. Wake Forest will be in two matches, one against Rutgers at 12 p.m. and the other vs. Mississippi at 4 p.m.

FIELD HOCKEY TAKES SIX-GAME WIN STREAK INTO ACC OPENER: Hot on a six-game winning streak, the Wake Forest field hockey team opens up its ACC schedule this week when Duke comes to town on Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 7:30 p.m. The Blue Devils, ranked No. 9 in the SI for Women Preseason Poll, will provide a good measuring stick for the 6-1 Deacons. Wake spent the last week rewriting the school record books with some big nonconference wins, but has yet to be tested in the powerful ACC.

Wake notched four straight wins at home this past week, blowing out Davidson (12-0) and Appalachian State (10-0) and cruising by American (6-2) and Virginia Commonwealth (4-1). The Deacs set new school records for goals scored and margin of victory with the win over Davidson, and became the first Wake team in history to post back-to-back 10-goal games.

Freshman midfielder Jenny Everett (Rutland, VT) went on a scoring tear of her own, recording 22 points in four games (10g, 2a), including a school-record five goals and two assists in the win over Appalachian State. Everett earned ACC Player of the Week honors for her tremendous performance.

NO. 22 MEN'S SOCCER OPENS ACC SCHEDULE AT VIRGINIA: The No. 22 men's soccer team opens up their ACC schedule this week, travelling to Charlottesville to take on the 5th-ranked Cavaliers on Sept. 21. After splitting two games at the Wake Forest-Nike Classic last weekend, the Deacons (4-2) will be looking for a big win to boost themselves in the rankings.

The Deacs made a valiant effort against Washington in the Classic on Friday, taking the ninth-ranked Huskies to double overtime before falling, 1-0. Still weary from that marathon game, Wake fell behind early vs. unranked New Hampshire on Sunday, but rallied to win 3-2 in another double OT outing. Senior midielder Ihor Dotsenko (Kiev, Ukraine) scored two goals in the second half to tie the game for WFU, while senior forward Ilija Zlatar (Belle Harbor, NY) netted the game-winner with 3:11 to go in the second OT period.

Dotsenko and sophomore goalie Sean Conner (Georgetown, TX) were both named to the all-tournament team.

NO. 18 WOMEN'S SOCCER TAKES 5-1 RECORD TO STANFORD: Sophomore Anne Shropshire (Lexington, KY) leads No. 18 Wake Forest as they take to the road to face San Francisco and No. 17 Stanford in the Stanford/Nike Invitational. Wake Forest (5-1, 1-1 ACC) plays USF on Friday at 6 p.m. and takes on host Stanford on Sunday at 4 p.m.

Shropshire leads the Deacons with four goals and four assists for a total of 12 points. The midfielder ranks among conference and national leaders in scoring. Junior Meghan Suddes (Dublin, OH) and sophomore Karli Schilling (Doylestown, PA) both rank second on the team with three goals.

Last week the Deacons lost their first game of the season to No. 13 Maryland, 4-0, but rebounded to defeat Loyola College, 4-0, in the Maryland/Puma Invitational.

MEN'S GOLF KICKS OFF FALL SEASON IN JAPAN: The Wake Forest men's golf team kicks off their 1997 fall schedule halfway around the world, as the Deacons compete in the Topy Cup in Tanagura, Japan on September 16-18. The tournament features a total of 12 intercollegiate teams (four from the U.S. and eight from Japan) competing in three rounds of play at the Tanagura Country Club.

The Deacons enter the 1997-98 season with high hopes, returning four starters from last year's second-place NCAA team. In addition, the Wake program is now under the direction of new head coach Jerry Haas, a former All-American at Wake Forest who competed for several years on both the PGA and Nike Tours.

Leading the Deacons this season will be senior Todd Lynch (Winston-Salem, NC), who finished 26th in the 1996-97 Rolex rankings and earned third-team All-America honors with hs 72.7 stroke average. Junior Michael Capone (Cranston, RI) finished sixth at the NCAA Championships last season, earning honorable mention All-America honors with a 73.8 stroke average.

Women's Golf Finishes Fifth At The Rolex Fall Preview: Senior Alexandra Armas (Las Palmas, Canary Islands) fired a two-under round of 70 to lead the 12th-ranked Wake Forest women's golf team to a fifth place finish in the Rolex Fall Preview at Madison, WI, on Sunday.

The Deacs finished with a team score of 907, 18 strokes behind tournament champion Arizona. As a team the Deacons had their best day of the tournament in the final round, putting together a round of 297. That total was the second best team score of the day in the 18 team field.

Wake Forest will be in action again Sept. 26-28 at the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championships in Knoxville, TN.

MEN'S TENNIS SUCCESSFUL IN SEASON OPENER: The men's tennis team opened the fall season in impressive fashion with several outstanding individual performances. Senior Jimmy Chou (Hampton, VA), sophomore Ogden Phipps (Palm Beach, FL) and freshman Bret Mauro (Atlanta, GA) all posted 3-0 singles records to win their respective flights.

In doubles competition, junior Myles Clouston (Johannesburg, South Africa) and freshman Raul Munoz (Mexico City, Mexico) teamed to post a 3-0 record and win the No. 1 doubles flight.

The Deacons return to action when they compete in the Clemson Invitational on Oct. 3-5.

WOMEN'S TENNIS OPENS FALL SEASON: The women's tennis squad opens the 1997 fall season this weekend at the William & Mary Invitational. The Deacons, under the direction of 10th-year head coach Lew Gerrard, finished 1996 with a 19-7 record and were ranked No. 8 in the country.

Wake Forest is led by junior Nicola Kaiwai (Wellington, New Zeland), who was the ACC Champion at No. 3 singles and was ranked No. 86 in singles with a 26-18 overall record. Senior Lule Aydin (Coopersburg, PA) was the 1996 ACC Champion at No. 4 singles and had a 27-13 singles record.

Men's and Women's Harriers Win at Davidson: Sophomore Janelle Kraus (Shelter Island, NY) won her second race in as many tries in 1997 as the women's cross country recorded a perfect meet in winning the Davidson Invitational on Saturday.

In men's action, the Wake Forest B-team won the Davidson Invitational behind the legs of Pete Swanson (Sherman, NY). Swanson finished the race in second place with a time of 27:09.

The men will split in two weeks when the A-team travels to Iona and the B-team runs in the Greensboro Invitational. The women's B-team will also compete in the Greensboro Invitational.

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