Conference champions were crowned this weekend in NCAA spring sports
The GIST: There was a veritable tsunami of conference champs crowned this weekend. While most beach volleyball tourneys hit the sand later this week, Long Beach State burned through the Big West to their first-ever conference title this weekend. Farther from shore, schools nabbed trophies on the courts and the links — here’s who else is celebrating.
🎾 Tennis: The fellas of No. 8 Virginia and No. 5 Kentucky took the ACC and SEC titles, respectively, but the men of No. 3 TCU served up the most drama. They bookended two regular-season losses to archrival No. 1 Texas with the wins that really mattered, beating the Longhorns in their February ITA indoor ’ship and yesterday’s Big 12-clinching upset.
- As for the gals, No. 5 NC State staged the biggest coup, earning their first-ever ACC championship with a win over No. 1 UNC. No. 4 Georgia pulled the SEC title out from under No. 2 Texas A&M, and No. 12 Texas beat No. 14 Oklahoma to take the Big 12.
⛳ Golf: Upsets also rocked the golf courses this weekend, from the Illinois women’s historic Big Ten–winning performance and the No. 23 Oklahoma State Cowgirls’ Big 12 title sweep to the No. 9 Florida men’s takedown of the nation’s top team, Vanderbilt, to steal the SEC hardware.