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Thursday, May 23, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. - Blacksburg graduate Courtney Ellenbogen of Duke carded an even-par 72 and Hidden Valley graduate Meredith Swanson of South Carolina posted a 2-over 74 during the second round of the NCAA Championship at the par-72 University of Georgia Golf Course.
Second round play was suspended late in the day, but both Duke and South Carolina made it to the clubhouse before play was stopped.
Duke started the day two strokes back of Southern California with a score of 286. The Blue Devils carded a 1-over 289 on the day to finish at 572, while the Trojans posted a 12-under 276 to increase their lead to 15 strokes over Duke and 12 over second-place Alabama with a two-round score of 260.
South Carolina followed a first-round 304 with a 305 in round two and sits in 23rd place with a score of 609.
Ellenbogen followed a first-round 74 with a 72 to put her in a tie for 28th place on the individual leaderboard at 146. Her even-par score is the second lowest on the team behind Lindy Duncan's 1-under 145.
Swanson improved on a first-round 79 with a 72 in round two, putting her in a tie for 100th at 153. Swanson's 153 leads the Gamecocks as the lowest score.
Alabama's Stephanie Meadow leads the field at 136 after posting a 5-under 67 in the second round.
Second round play will wrap up this morning. South Carolina tees off at 7:30 and Duke will follow at noon.
Two Cavaliers advance at NCAA singles championship
URBANA, Ill. - Fresh off of a team national championship, two Virginia men's tennis players took one step towards an individual title with wins in the first round of the NCAA Singles Championship at the University of Illinois.
Virginia's Mitchell Frank, the 39th seed, handily upset top-seed Mikelis Libietis of Tennessee, 6-2, 6-1. Frank clinched the schools's first national championship on Tuesday with a 0-6, 6-4, 7-5 win over Adrian Puget of UCLA. Frank is the third Cavalier to earn a win over a No. 1 seed in the NCAA singles championship.
Libietis was familiar with the Cavaliers, retiring in the third set against Jarmere Jenkins in Virginia's 4-0 win over Tennessee in the team quarterfinals.
Jenkins, the number three seed, downed 33rd-seeded Ben Wagland of Georgia, 6-2, 6-4. Wagland bested Jenkins 7-5, 6-3 for the Bulldogs' only point in Virginia's 4-1 win over Georgia in the team semifinal on Monday.
The Cavaliers suffered a pair of losses on the day though as 31st-seed Tsvetan Mihov of South Carolina upset two-seed Alex Domijan, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2. Ryan Lipman, the 10th seed out of Vanderbilt, defeated 28th-seeded Mac Styslinger, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (5).
Domijan and Styslinger's college careers continue today as they take the court in doubles play. Domijan teams up with Frank against Arkansas' Manfred Jeske and Mike Nott. Styslinger joins Jenkins against Illinois' Ross Guignon and Tim Kopinski.
Virginia Tech's Amerigo Contini, the 61st seed, was eliminated by 15-seeded Matjia Pecotic of Princeton, 7-6 (5), 6-3. Contini was named the 2013 ACC freshman of the year and an ITA Atlantic Region player to watch.
Virginia's Elbaba advances at NCAA
URBANA, Ill. - Virginia's Julia Elbaba defeated Brynn Boren of Tennessee, 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 on the first day of the NCAA Singles Championship.
Elbaba, No. 12 in the nation, downed No. 24 Boren 6-4, 2-6, 6-3. Elbaba faces No. 46 Caroline Price of North Carolina this morning at 9 a.m.
Virginia's Li Xi and Stephanie Nauta begin play in the doubles championship today.
Radford game starts late at Big South
Radford's Big South tournament game against Campbell was pushed back to a 9:45 p.m. start due to inclement weather. The game did not end before press time.
Decker 2 shots back at the Senior Four-Ball Champinship
SPOTSLYVANIA - Yorktown's Jim Gallagher and partner Jim Nirich of Catlett teamed for a blistering 10-under-par 62 Wednesday to take the first-round lead in the 31st VSGA Senior Four-Ball Championship at Fawn Lake Country Club.
The 62 fell one shot shy of matching the event's all-time single-round scoring record of 61.
Martinsville's Keith Decker and partner David Partridge of Manakin stand two shots back heading into today's final round. The tandem has combined to win three regular-division VSGA Four-Ball titles.
The Lexington duo of J.W. Entsminger and David Brogan are tied for ninth at 69. Blue Ridge's Bill Nunnenkamp and Salem's Jack Allara II posted a 70.
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