Gamecocks in NCAA finals
At Stanford, Calif., the USC women’s team is headed back to the NCAA Championship for the fourth-straight year after carding a final-round 9-over 293 (+9) to finish in fourth place at the NCAA West Regional on Saturday afternoon at the Stanford Golf Course. The Gamecocks earned the NCAA berth by finishing in the top eight. Suzie Lee led USC at T14 with 4-over 217.
Team scores (advancing teams): Southern California 859; Purdue 860, Vanderbilt 869, South Carolina 874, Stanford 875, Arizona, Oregon, San Jose State 889.
USC: T14, Suzie Lee 73-71-73—217; T18, Meredith Swanson 75-70-73—218; T33, Sarah Schmelzel 76-72-74—222; T39, Justine Dreher 72-78-73—223; T85. Mary Fran Hillow 82-72-78—232.
At Clemson, the Tigers overcame a Vanderbilt lead and a bout of rain to win, 4-2, in the NCAA Women’s Tennis Team Championships Second Round at the Hoke Sloan Tennis Center. Sophomore Beatrice Gumulya overcame a first set loss to bounce back for a 1-6, 7-6 (6), 6-3 win as she fought full-body cramps, to clinch the match. Clemson plays at Illinois in the Round of 16 on Thursday. ... At Knoxville, Tenn., No. 6 Tennessee (25-8) ended the Clemson men’s season with a 4-3 victory. The Tigers finish 19-8.
Nadal in finals
At Madrid, Rafael Nadal reached his seventh consecutive final since returning from a knee injury, brushing aside wild-card entry Pablo Andujar 6-0, 6-4 at the Madrid Open. He will play Stansilas Wawrinka in the title match. Serena Williams will play Maria Sharapova for the women’s title.
Scheper leads USC
At Columbia, Mo., Jeannelle Scheper added an SEC outdoor silver medal in the high jump to her resume and advanced to the Sunday finals of the SEC Outdoor Championships. In addition to Scheper, Jarrod Hutchen, Petra Olsen and Kaysee Sullivan tallied points for the Gamecocks.
Benedict signs guard
Benedict coach Fred Watson has announced the signing of Andrew Crawford, a 6-4 guard from USC Salkehatchi, who averaged 10.4 points last season.
From Staff and Wire Reports