HPU women’s soccer falls at Virginia Tech
The High Point University women’s soccer team fell 7-1 at Virginia Tech to open the season late Friday night.
Redshirt-freshman Jill Graff scored for the Panthers.
“Virginia Tech is a very good team, probably the best team that we will face this season,” head coach Marty Beall said. “The first half as we tried to generate attacks we would lose possession and they were able to score quickly. When you give up the ball in the defensive third against a team like Virginia Tech they are going to make you pay. That being said, I was proud of how resilient the team was tonight. We came out in the second half and had some good possession in the attacking third and Jill Graff had a great goal.”
High Point returns to action on Friday in Williamsburg, Va. against William & Mary. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
CARMICHAEL PACES SENIOR CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP AT WILLOW CREEK
HIGH POINT — Jim Carmichael grabbed a commanding six-stroke lead after Saturday’s first round of the Senior Club Championship at High Point Country Club’s Willow Creek course.
Carmichael carded a 4-under 68 and leads defending champion Kim Mansfield (74). Mike Bivins holds third at 76, followed by David Millis and Frank Saxon at 77.
In flight 2, James Brown leads at 80, followed by Matt Weis at 82, Nick Nikouyeh at 83, Larry Miller at 85 and Orrin Magill at 86.
Mike Torrence paces flight 3 at 91, followed by Duane Edwards and Richard Sanders at 92, Mark Ayer at 93 and Terrence Richter and Herschel King at 98.
The event concludes today.
MELZER WINS W-S OPEN AFTER MONFILS RETIRES
WINSTON-SALEM — Austria’s Jurgen Melzer didn’t want to spend a week in New York with all the craziness surrounding the start of the U.S. Open.
Instead, Melzer spent the week training and playing in the relative quiet of North Carolina — and came away with a champion’s trophy and a big jump up the world rankings.
Melzer won the Winston-Salem Open title on Saturday at the Wake Forest Tennis Center after Frenchman Gael Monfils retired because of an injury early in the second set.
Melzer earned his fifth career ATP tournament title and first this season. His ranking will improve five spots to No. 27 on Monday, when the U.S. Open begins at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
“I’m playing great tennis at the moment,” Melzer said. “A week ago, I wasn’t a happy camper. I hadn’t played well, I had been struggling. It’s been the small things, but I’m getting my confidence back and playing well again. That’s important, especially being a week before a Grand Slam. It’s very important to get that confidence.
“I usually don’t like to play the week before a slam, but this has been a perfect preparation week. Being in New York a week just gets you crazy.”
The left-handed Melzer led 6-3, 2-1 after breaking Monfils’ serve in the second set. During the changeover, Monfils received treatment on his left abdominal muscle and hip before opting to retire.
Still, the Winston-Salem Open title marked a turnaround of sorts for the 32-year-old Melzer, once ranked as high as No. 8 in the world standings. He made it to the Round of 16 at Wimbledon last June, but an injured shoulder cost him a month away from the tour.
Since his return, Melzer had lost his first match in three straight tournaments — which led to the hiring of Spain’s Galo Blanco as his coach two weeks ago — before his title run at Winston-Salem.
“He took me on in a tough moment of my career,” Melzer said. “I hadn’t won any matches after Wimbledon, and I played terrible at Cincinnati (the tournament before the Winston-Salem Open). But we came back the week after to sit here with the trophy.”