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UNCW senior Lori Beth Adams posted a one-under-par 71 in the final round of the 2014 NCAA East Regional at the SouthWood Golf Club.

Adams finished the 54-hole event in a five-way tie for 29th with a tournament scorecard of two-over-par 218 (68-79-71).

Lori Beth Adams finished a stellar golf career at UNCW over the weekend. Photo courtesy- UNCW athletics
Lori Beth Adams finished a record golf career at UNCW over the weekend. Photos courtesy UNCW athletics.

“Lori Beth had an excellent round today and did a great job staying focused and regrouping from a tough second round,” said UNCW Head Coach Cindy Ho. “Her ball striking was much improved today as she hit 15 greens and gave herself many chances for birdie.

“L.B. got off to a great start making birdie on the par-five first hole. She gave back two shots on back-to-back three putts on six and seven, but she didn’t let that get her down.  She made birdie on the eighth to get settled down and then birdied four out of the next six holes.”

Adams finishes her UNCW career as one of the most decorated players in program history. A three-time All-CAA honoree with two first-team All-CAA selections, Adams posted the second-lowest career stroke average in school history (75.95), just behind former standout Carmen Perez-Narbon’s school mark (75.35).

The 2012-13 CAA player of the year, Adams turned in one victory, nine top-five and 14 top-10 finishes in 43 events played. With her participation in this week’s East Regional, Adams became only the fourth UNCW player to participate in NCAA Regional competition in all four years of her career, joining Michelle Jarman (2003-06), Becky Berzonski (2002-05) and Amelie Farrah (2002-05) on the exclusive list.

“Lori Beth is one of a handful of players who has competed in every NCAA Regional Championship during their UNCW career, which is a major accomplishment and something to be incredibly proud of,” said Ho. “Lori Beth is one of the top 100 female amateurs in the world and has been a tremendous ambassador for UNCW Women’s golf. She made significant progress from a freshman to where she is now as a player and became an impact player for our program and one of the best players in the CAA.”

Seahawk netters fall to Penn State

No. 23 Penn State stormed back after losing the doubles point to win at the top four singles positions and defeat No. 50 UNCW 4-2 in a first-round pairing of the NCAA Men’s Tennis Regionals at the University of Virginia’s Snyder Tennis Center.

Rafael Aita will compete in the NCAA Singles Championships. Photo Courtesy- UNCW athletics
Rafael Aita will compete in the NCAA Singles Championships. 

The two-time defending Colonial Athletic Association Champions had a nine-match winning streak halted and closed out the season with a 15-7 record after battling 11 nationally-ranked opponents this spring.

“I’m very proud of how our team competed,” said Mait DuBois, UNCW’s seventh-year head coach and the 2014 CAA Coach of the Year. “We put ourselves in a position to win the match. It was a very quality tennis match and it just came down to a couple points that went Penn State’s way.”

UNCW senior Rafael Aita will compete in the NCAA Singles Championships with a 14-5 singles record and 64 career wins, which is second all-time at UNCW.

“It was a real pleasure to play here in front of about 300 fans. Most of them were Virginia fans who just like to watch good tennis. It was a great college tennis environment today.”

It marked the fifth NCAA appearance for the Seahawks in the last six years and their fourth consecutive trip to the tournament.

“I’m very proud of the strides we made from the fall to this point in the spring,” DuBois noted. “This team has come a long way and I’m very, very proud of how they competed today. The worst thing is saying goodbye to our three seniors and the fact that we won’t be able to play another match together.”