Alex Hicks won his first collegiate individual medal by seven strokes and led William and Mary to third place in the Joe Agee Invitational at Williamsburg Club.
Hicks aced the fifth hole — just the third hole-in-one in Tribe men’s history — and finished with a tournament-record 14-under-par 199 (66-66-67), tying the school record for a 54-hole event.
James Madison won the team title at 1-under-par 851, beating Towson by a stroke in the 11-team field. W&M was next at 862, with Davis Morrison (218) pacing the Tribe’s scorers besides Hicks.
Eric Bird of Virginia Beach scored in the 106th minute to lift Virginia (5-3-1) past VCU 2-1 in overtime, extending the Cavaliers' winning streak to three games and their unbeaten streak to five.
Darius Madison put U.Va. on top in the 20th minute. VCU, ranked 23rd in the national coaches' poll, fell to 3-4-1 despite Kharlton Belmar's tying goal in the 65th minute. ...
W&M was fifth, Virginia sixth and VCU 25th in the first NCAA Rating Percentage Index of the season, which bodes well for the NCAA tournament qualifying hopes of especially the Tribe and Cavaliers.
Stephanie Paul had 50 assists and 11 digs in her first collegiate start to help William and Mary beat Liberty 25-12, 21-25,. 27-25, 25-21.
Liz Brown added 19 kills and Dessi Koleva 18 for the Tribe (5-12). Paulette Grand Pre made 21 digs.
Lillie Happel had 17 kills and 15 digs for the Flames (1-13). ...
Christopher Newport (10-10) slipped to No. 24 in the national Division III coaches' poll. The Captains face Salisbury (17-2) in their first-ever Capital Athletic Conference match at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Freeman Center. Salisbury, which has six consecutive times to CNU, is just outside the top 25.
William and Mary’s Maria Belaya won a pair of matches in qualifying for the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s Riviera All-American Championships in Pacific Palisades, Calif., leaving her one victory away from the main draw.
She defeated Vanderbilt’s Courtney Colton 6-2, 6-4, then overcame North Carolina’s Whitney Kay, ranked 33rd nationally, 6-4, 6-3.
W&M's Elaina Balouris and Rad Gunzenhauser were named the CAA women's and men's Runner of the Week, respectively.
Balouris set a women's course record of 16 minutes, 31.8 seconds for 5 kilometers at the Panorama Farms Invitational in Charlottesville, the fastest 5K time in the nation last week. She has led the Tribe to No. 21 in the national rankings, a seven-spot drop from before the Charlottesville race.
Gunzenhauser finished eighth among men in the Panorama Farms Invitational, which featured many of the top teams from the Southeast Region, running 23:58.8 for 8 kilometers.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun