Digest: Pair of Maryland natives qualify for national table tennis team

Lisa Lin of Clarksburg and Tiffany Ke of Gaithersburg, both 11, recently qualified for the USA Hopes Team and will compete in Canada this weekend in the North American Hopes Trials. Lisa qualified by winning the regional qualifier in Dunellen, N.J., while Tiffany qualified by winning the regional qualifier in Austin, Texas.

The girls train together at the Maryland Table Tennis Center in Gaithersburg. The two make up half of the USA Hopes girls team. The winner from the North American Trials will go to the World Hopes finals, to be held at the International Table Tennis Federation Hopes Week in Doha, Qatar, from May 29 to June 4.


Tiffany and Lisa join Derek Nie (National Cadet Boys' Team — under 15) and Ryan Dabbs (National Minicadet Boys' Team — under 13) as MDTTC players on USA National Teams.



Former Terps assistant Ehsan named basketball coach at UAB

The University of Alabama-Birmingham announced Monday that associate head basketball coach Robert Ehsan would replace Jerod Haase. Ehsan, 33, will be formally introduced today. He spent the past four seasons as an assistant under Haase, who left to take over the Stanford program. Ehsan was associate head coach when UAB won the past two Conference USA championships. "Rob has been an integral part of the resurgence of UAB basketball, and he emerged as the clear-cut choice to be our head coach after an exhaustive, national search that included candidates from all corners of the basketball world," Ingram said. Ehsan spent one season as an assistant at Virginia Tech and six under Gary Williams at Maryland, where he helped recruit two Top 25 classes. UAB made the second round of the NCAA tournament two seasons ago, followed by a trip to the National Invitation Tournament. "I have been fortunate to hone my craft with coaches like Gary Williams, Seth Greenburg and Jerod Haase," Ehsan said. "It will be a natural step to now lead our very talented team to continued growth." No details were released on the contract, which has to be approved by the compensation committee of the University of Alabama System board of trustees.

Men's lacrosse: Loyola Maryland freshman attackman Pat Spencer (Boys' Latin) was named Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week and Navy junior Brady Dove was named Faceoff Specialist of the Week. Greyhounds freshman goalkeeper Jacob Stover (McDonogh) and Mids senior attackman Patrick Keena and sophomore defensive midfielder DJ Plumer received honorable mention. … Towson junior faceoff specialist Alec Burckley was named Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week. … Salisbury is ranked No. 1 in the nation by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association coaches' poll and the Lacrosse Magazine rankings.

Women's lacrosse: Navy sophomore Julia Collins (River Hill) was named Patriot League Attacker of the Week. Loyola Maryland senior Maddy Lesher was named Defensive Player of the Week and Greyhounds freshman Hannah Powers was named Rookie of the Week. Mids sophomore goalkeeper Ingrid Boyum received honorable mention. … Towson freshman goalkeeper Angie Benson was named CAA Defensive Player of the Week and Tigers freshman Carly Tellekamp was named Rookie of the Week. James Madison senior attacker Betsy Angel (Roland Park) was named Player of the Week. … Salisbury senior attacker Megan Wallenhorst (Centennial) was named Capital Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week and St. Mary's senior Kayla Dunn was named Defensive Player of the Week. … Salisbury remained at No. 3 in the Lacrosse Magazine ranking and No. 4 in the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association poll.

Baseball: Maryland freshman outfielder Marty Costes (Archibishop Curley) was named Big Ten Conference Rookie of the Week. … Navy freshman pitcher Noah Song was named Patriot League Rookie of the Week. Junior catcher Adrian Chinnery received honorable mention. … Towson junior shortstop Brady Policelli was named CAA Player of the Week … Coppin State senior outfielder John Kraft was named Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Player of the Week. … Salisbury senior Connor Shockley was named CAC co-Pitcher of the Week.

Softball: Salisbury senior Kim Dorsey (Franklin) was named CAC co-Player of the Week and senior Annah Brittingham was named Pitcher of the Week. … Frostburg State senior Renay Aubel was named CAC Co-Player of the Week.

Men's tennis: Loyola Maryland sophomore Blest Jones received Patriot League Player of the Week honorable mention.

Football: Johns Hopkins will host a Marrow Donor Drive in partnership with Be The March on Thursday, April 7 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Goldfarb Gym and the Levering Courtyard. For more information contact assistant coach Mickey Rehring at and 410-516-8907.


Track and field: Navy men's senior sprinter Austin Batiste was named Patriot League Track Athlete of the Week. Midshipmen junior Jay Stell and freshman Kordell Williams received honorable mention.