ACC Performer of the Week
Every week, the ACC recognizes the top student-athletes of each sport for their performance the previous week. Just about every week, at least one or two -- and sometimes more -- Virginia Cavaliers earn these honors. In keeping true to our dedication of shining the spotlight on both revenue and Olympic sports, Streaking the Lawn will endeavor to update you weekly. The following are Virginia's ACC Performers of the Week for the week beginning March 26, and the description is provided by the conference's media release.
Branden Kline, Baseball
Kline, a junior from Frederick, Md., fired a two-hit masterpiece in Virginia's series-clinching win Saturday over Clemson. After giving up a triple on the second pitch of the game, Kline retired 27 of the next 28 batters, including the final 18 batters from the fourth through ninth innings. He recorded the first complete game of his career (his longest previous outing was 6.1 innings) and the first by a Cavalier in ACC play since May 15, 2010. It also marked the first complete game by an ACC pitcher in conference play this year.
Jarmere Jenkins, Men's Tennis
Jenkins, of College Park, Ga., posted straight-set wins over a pair of All-Americans at No. 1 singles to lead the third-ranked Cavaliers to a pair of ACC road wins against the conference's other two top-20 teams.
Friday's matchup against sixth-ranked Duke came down to the contest at No. 1 where two of the nation's top seven ranked players battled. Seventh-ranked Jenkins and third-ranked Henrique Cunha held serve every game of the first set before Jenkins won the first set tiebreaker. The second set was tied at 1-1 before Jenkins rolled off five consecutive games to close out the 7-6(4), 6-1 victory and clinch a 4-3 win for Virginia.
In Sunday's 6-1 win at No. 20 North Carolina, Jenkins dropped just four games in securing a 6-3, 6-1 win over No. 34th-ranked Jose Hernandez. The team win was Virginia's 83rd consecutive victory against ACC competition, extending its conference record.
Josie Owen, Women's Lacrosse
Owen, of Gibson Island, Md., totaled eight goals, four assists, six ground balls and eight draw controls in a two-win week for the Cavaliers that included a victory over No. 6 Duke. In the victory over James Madison, Owen totaled a career-high six goals and added an assist. Owen contributed to five of Virginia's nine second-half goals at Duke, including an assist on the game-winner. Virginia has home games against Old Dominion and Boston College this week.