Men’s golf holds strong among top 20 in nation

first_img Freshman and Pensacola native Spencer Olson has played in all but one event in 2012-13 (photo by Jim Hogue) Share    NEW YORK, N.Y. – Despite not competing in an event since Mar. 19, the West Florida men’s golf team improved one spot overall in the latest edition of the Golf World/Nike Golf Division II College Coaches’ Poll to No. 18 in the nation heading into postseason play next week. The Argonauts have not fallen out of the top-20 nationally the entire spring semester. West Florida dropped down to 24th in the nation at the end of the fall season, but catapulted nine spots to No. 15 in the first poll of the spring after a fifth place result at the competitive Matlock Collegiate Classic. West Florida followed up that performance with its first victory of the 2012-13, when it bested 18 other teams at the Las Vegas Desert Classic Mar. 3-4. The Argonauts have been led this spring by sophomore Gary Buffington III (Tampa, Fla./Chamberlain HS), who claimed three top-20 finishes including two career-best tie for eighth place results to own UWF’s best scoring average of 74.75 strokes per round. West Florida begins postseason play Apr. 22 in Tunica, Miss., when it goes for its 11th all-time Gulf South Conference Championship. For information on all UWF athletics, visit #ARGOS#Golf World/Nike Golf Division II College Coaches’ PollApril 18, 2013 Rank    Team                         Points  Last1.      Nova Southeastern (16)        424     12.      Barry (1)                     399     23.      USC-Aiken                     336     34.      CSU-Monterey Bay              334     85.      Lynn                          333     56.      Florida Southern              323     47.      Abilene Christian             315     68.      Western Washington            272     109.      North Alabama                 269     710.     Columbus State                239     911.     Grand Canyon                  234     1712.     CSU-Stanislaus                217     1513.     Armstrong Atlantic State      200     T-1214.     Belmont Abbey                 191     T-1215.     Georgia College               164     1116.     Barton                        149     2417.     Hawaii-Hilo                   126     1418.     West Florida                  112     1919.     Central Oklahoma              101     18        Rollins                       101     1621.     Colorado School of Mines      95      2122.     Georgia Southwestern State    86      2223.     Coker                         61      2024.     Mount Olive                   44      NR25.     Chico State                   41      23 Also receiving votes: Newberry, 29; UM-St. Louis, 27; Florida Tech., 25; Indiana U. (Pa.), 25; King College, 20; UNC-Pembroke, 18; Wayne State (Mich.), 18; Ferris State, 17; Indianapolis, 17; Midwestern State, 17; Grand Valley State, 15; Oklahoma Christian, 14; Valdosta State, 14; Cameron, 13; St. Thomas Aquinas, 11; Tiffin, 11; UC-San Diego, 9; St. Edward’s, 9; Montevallo, 7; Sonoma State, 7; Saint Leo, 6; CU-Colorado Springs, 5; North Georgia, 5; Dallas Baptist, 4; Pfeiffer, 4; Post, 3; Central Missouri, 2; Clayton State, 2; Dixie State, 2; Flagler, 1; UMass-Lowell, 1; Washburn, 1. First-place votes in parenthesis.Polls conducted by the Golf Coaches Association of America. Voting closed April 11, 2013. Print Friendly Versioncenter_img Men’s golf holds strong among top 20 in nationlast_img read more

The Latvian men’s volleyball team wins Cyprus and takes the lead…

first_imgThe most productive in the Latvian national team with 15 points was Atvars Ozoliņš, ten points each for Herman Egleskalns and Romans Saušs, but Toms Švans added nine more points. Zigurds Adamovičs scored six points, while “libero” Deniss Petrovs scored with three points.Sotiris Siapanis was the top scorer in Cyprus.Egleskalns scored the first point of the Latvian national team, but Ozoliņš shortly afterwards reached 3: 1. Soon the Latvians gained a six-point lead, but Sauša’s skillful play at the net later put his national team in the lead with 13: 5.Following the set, the Cypriots recovered a bit, successfully playing in the block, as well as skillfully attacking, but Petrov’s cunning serve soon provided Latvia with a nine-point lead 21:12. At the 21:13 result, a small technical break was taken in the game, but immediately after that, the Cypriots scored a point after an elusive service. The Latvian national team later made mistakes in two games (16:22), but in the attack of Ozoliņš and Adamovičs and in the net, they allowed to win the set with 25:17.At the beginning of the second set, Egleskalns initially reached 3: 2, but a moment later he joined the block, the Latvians achieving a two-point advantage – 4: 2. As Seth approached the end, Ozoliņš hit 10: 6 with a strong blow, but immediately after that the Cypriots responded with two precise attacks (10: 8). After the set, the game of point 25 took a long time, but after the Schwann block, the ball flew high in the air and deceived the Cypriot “libero”, landing on the field line.Egleskalns reached with an elusive service at 19:13, but after several successful actions in defense, Saušs scored the 20th point of Latvia. At the very end of the set, Kristaps Šmits scored two points in the attack, but the Švana block scored a point for the second set – 25:16.In the third set, the Latvians quickly gained the lead 6: 1, but a moment later Renārs Jansons reached 10: 3 with the second pass. Even before the Latvian national team reached the limit of ten points, the Cypriot “libero” player Antonis Antonio was injured, so he was replaced.In the middle of the third set, Latvia was already in a safe lead with 15: 4, as a result of which several reserve players managed to gain more playing time. The Latvian national team scored the 17th point after Edvins Skrūder’s great pass to Ozoliņš, who “jumped” over the net and made an elusive blow. Immediately after that, 18: 4 was reached after the success of Schwan and Kristaps Platač in the bloc.By the end of the game, the Cypriots regained a few points, but the Latvian national team took the top without major mistakes and celebrated the victory in the third set with 25:11. The winning point was obtained after the Cypriot mistake to serve.Vladislavs Blumbergs and Markuss Cielavs were the only players of the Latvian national team who did not go on the field.It has already been reported that in the first game Latvia beat the Moldovan team 3-0 (25:10, 25:21, 25:20) on Sunday, but on Monday 1-3 (22:25, 21:25, 25:16, 19 : 25) gave in to the group ‘s favorite for Spain. Cyprus conceded Spain’s lead in the first game with 1-3 (22:25, 27:25, 17:25, 17:25) and lost to Moldova in the second match with 0-3 (22:25, 22:25, 22:25) .In the first duel of the day, Moldova beat Spain surprisingly 3-1 (23:25, 25:20, 25:21, 25:19).In group D, the leader with six points in three games is Latvia, followed by Moldova and Spain with the same number of points, but Cyprus is a beige.Latvia has managed to qualify for the final tournament in 1995, but Avo Kēl with the Estonian national team – twice. Under the leadership of head coach Kels, this is the second attempt for Latvians to enter the final of the European Championship.In 2019, Latvia played in the subgroup of the European Championship qualification tournament together with the Estonians and the State of Israel. The only victory in the last match was won over the Israelis, but the subgroup had to settle for the last, third, position.Meanwhile, Cyprus has never played in the final.Even before leaving for Cyprus, the Latvian national team in Estonia held three test matches with the local national team, failing in all dues. Duels with the Polish team Radrad “Cerrad Enea Czarni” were also planned, but they had to be canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.The second round will start on September 4 against Moldova, but in the next two days the Spaniards and Cypriots will have to fight.The European Championship qualifying tournament in Group D will take place in the capital of Cyprus, Nicosia, where the two-round matches will take place from 30 August to 6 September. In addition to Latvia and hostess Cyprus, Spain and Moldova will also take part in it.The qualifying tournament for the European Championship in Group D will be the only one in which both rings will be played at once in one country, and the only one that will be played in late August and early September, with the other groups finishing in January next year.last_img read more