Freshman Mark Goetz recorded his second career top-10 finish to lead the WVU golf team at the Cabarrus Country Irish Creek Collegiate, hosted by Charlotte and Davidson at The Club at Irish Creek in Kannapolis, N.C., on April 8.\r\n\r\nWVU posted a three-round team score of 290-298-290=878 for 26 over par. The Mountaineers\u2019 score of 290 in the third round was the second-best of the day.\r\n\r\n\u201cThe first few holes played extremely difficult for us this morning,\u201d head coach Sean Covich said. \u201cWhere we started, we had to play dead into that north wind with temperatures near freezing. After that rough start, our guys really battled back. I\u2019m proud of their effort. They fought until the end and had great attitudes out there with three rounds in adverse conditions.\u201d\r\nNo. 15 Clemson took home top team honors at seven over with an 859, while No. 29 North Florida was the runner-up at nine over with a score of 861. No. 4 Georgia Tech took third at 15 over (867), and Big 12 foe Kansas was fourth at 22 over (874).\r\n\r\nAfter posting scores of 71-70 on the first day of action, Goetz countered a pair of bogeys with two birdies to move into second place for a good portion of Sunday\u2019s play. However, a double-bogey on his final hole put him at two-over par with a 73. He finished tied for fourth place at one over with a 54-hole total of 214.\r\n\r\nPlaying as an individual, freshman Logan Perkins finished tied for eighth. He shot 69-73-74=216 for a new career low, shooting three-over par.\r\n\r\nShooting 74-76 in the first two rounds, junior Max Sear rebounded with five birdies on the day. He finished even-par at 70, shooting seven-over par across three rounds with a score of 220. Sear moved 16 spots in the standings to break into the top-25 and tie for 24th place.\r\n\r\nSophomore Etienne Papineau also struggled into the second rounds, but responded with a 72 to finish one over in the third round. He shot 72-78-72=222, using four birdies in the final round to move into 36th place at nine-over par. Papineau tied with freshman Matthew Sharpstene, who shot 73-74-75=222 to also finish at nine over.\r\n\r\nJunior Tristan Nicholls rounded out the group. He shot 76-78-81=235, finishing 22-over-par and in 72nd place.\r\n\r\nWVU heads to rival Penn State next weekend for the Rutherford Intercollegiate at the Penn State Blue Golf Course in State College, Pa., on Saturday and April 15.\r\n\r\n<strong>Tennis<\/strong>\r\n\r\nThe Mountaineers fell to No. 16 Kansas, 4-0, on April 8, at Summit Tennis Academy.\r\n\r\nWVU (7-9, 1-4 Big 12) began the match by dropping the doubles point, as Kansas took two of the three matches to take the early 1-0 lead. On the first court, Christina Jordan and Sofia Duran fell to No. 83 Tatiana Nikolaeva and Nina Khmelnitckaia, 6-2. The Jayhawks then claimed the doubles point with K.U.\u2019s Despoina Vogasari and Maria Toran-Ribes defeating Giovanna Caputo and Anne-Sophie Courteau, 6-2, at No. 3.\r\n\r\nThe match between Lyn Yuen Choo and Paula Goetz and K.U.\u2019s Janet Koch and Amber Policare was knotted at three-all when the match was abandoned due to clinch rules.\r\n\r\n\u201cUnfortunately, this was one of those days where we couldn\u2019t, and didn\u2019t, get much going,\u201d fifth-year head coach Miha Lisac said. \u201cWe had some individual performances that were better, like at No. 2 doubles. We had some individual performances where the girls found ways to battle back and to stay in matches, but that wasn\u2019t consistent across the board and the result is reflective of that.\u201d\r\nThe Jayhawks would then win the first three singles matches to win the contest, 4-0. At No. 4, Goetz fell to Toran Ribes, 6-2 and 6-0, and Jordan lost to No. 66 Vogasari, 6-3 and 6-0, on the first court as KU took a commanding 3-0 lead.\r\n\r\nKoch clinched the match for the Jayhawks when she defeated Courteau, 6-3 and 6-4, on the second court to give Kansas the 4-0 win.\r\n\r\nThe match between Choo and No. 116 Khmelnitckaia was in the second set when the match was abandoned due to clinch rules. The matches at No. 5 and No. 6 were also abandoned due to clinch rules.\r\n\u201cKansas came out and played sharp,\u201d Lisac said. \u201cWe are at home \u2014 this isn\u2019t the easiest situation for them to be in, especially playing without their top player, but everybody they had in the lineup was sharp today.\u201d\r\nWVU will hit the road for a two-match road swing through the Lone Star State, as it takes on Baylor, on Friday, and Texas, on April 15. April 13's match is slated for 6 p.m., while first serve for April 15\u2019s contest is set for 2:30 p.m.