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'Noles get another shot at UNC

Published Sep. 10, 2005

Ninteenth-ranked Florida State will meet No. 1 North Carolina in the title game of the ACC women's soccer tournament today in Winston Salem, N.C.

The defending NCAA champion Tar Heels have won 27 straight games.

The Seminoles opened the tournament Friday by beating Maryland 7-2 and followed up with the longest scoreless game in ACC Tournament history against Virginia (90 minutes and four 15-minute overtime periods). Ashlee Fontes scored on the shootout to send FSU to today's 1 p.m. final.

CROSS COUNTRY: USF placed four runners in the top 25 and finished second in defense of its NCAA South Region Championship on Saturday in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The Bulls also qualified for the NCAA Championships on Nov. 19 at Furman.

USF junior Kristy Fuller led the Bulls with an 11th-place finish in the 6K race in 21 minutes, 37.39 seconds. Twin sisters Tara (21:53.17) and Tiffany Quinn (22:17.33) placed 15th and 24th, respectively, and freshman Christa Benton was 22nd in 22:12.02.

Georgia Tech won the region with 54 points. The Bulls had 102 points, followed by FSU with 113.

On the men's side, Rolando Ortiz was the only Gator to qualify for the NCAA Championships after placing eighth in the South Region.

Florida took fifth overall. The top two teams from the region automatically qualify for NCAA Championships, as do the top four individuals not on one of the top two squads.

Ortiz ran a 31:23.27 to become one of the four individuals from the region to qualify for the NCAAs. Moise Joseph finished 24th with a career-best 10K time of 32:06.30.

Alabama won the championship with 55 points. The Tide's David Kimani was the individual champion with a time of 30:06.43. Tennessee (84 points) was the other team to qualify.

Miami sophomore Matt Mulvaney finished 37th with a time of 32:33.42, and senior Jeff Gaulrapp finished the 10,000-meter course in 33:49.22 to place 76th.

TENNIS: The Miami women's team won six of seven singles matches and three of four in doubles on Day 2 of the Hurricane Fall Classic in Coral Gables.

Miami took one of two from South Alabama in doubles during morning competition and beat FIU 5-1 during the afternoon session.

The Hurricanes conclude the tournament with South Alabama this morning.

SWIMMING: The Tampa men's and women's teams won at the Rollins Invitational in Winter Park. The men defeated Rollins 53-31 and Florida A&M 55-26. The women turned back Rollins 45-39 and FAMU 55-26. Making national cuts for Tampa were Elysia Moreland, Shannon Treen, Jasmine DeGross, Mandy Smith and Matt Goodwin.

VOLLEYBALL: Delaney Menell recorded 17 kills, 40 total attacks and 10 digs as Eckerd closed out its regular season with a 3-0 victory over Saint Leo. Erin Johnson had 10 kills for the Tritons (23-10, 11-3 Sunshine State Conference).

+ Ania Ruiz logged 19 kills, 6 digs and 2 blocks as Tampa defeated Florida Southern 3-0 to clinch at least a share of the Sunshine State championship for the sixth consecutive year.