CARMEL, Ind. — The No. 15 Lee women's golf team finished eighth after carding a final round 302 to open the season at the UINDY Invitational, hosted by the No. 1 University of Indianapolis …
Junior Haverly Harrold led the Lady Flames with a 74 and finished tied for 30th with a 227 total. Junior Annika Gino followed with a 78 and 230 total. Freshman Emily Felix fired a two-over 74 and Carson McKie shot a four-over 76 to end their first collegiate tournament on a high note.
"We saw a lot of positives from this team for our first tournament out of the gates. Certainly we aren't very satisfied with eighth place in any tournament, but this is a great field and I thought the last two rounds we played were very solid," said head coach John Maupin.
Eight of the 15 teams competing were ranked in the WGCA preseason Top 25 poll.
The Greyhounds protected their home course with an eight-stroke victory No. 3 Dallas Baptist. Findlay and No. 21 Arkansas Tech finished tied for third at 894 while No. 10 Grand Valley State rounded out the top five at 896.
"We had a lapse in focus at the end of our first round and the beginning of the second, that was probably the biggest disappointment from the week, but I think we responded well from there," noted Maupin. "I felt really good about today's round for the majority of it, and it ended up being a solid round, but it had a chance to be much lower. We didn't make as many putts as we're capable of making, so that's something we'll focus on before the next one."
The Flames finished with a 915 total but rebounded nicely to shoot a 301 and 302 in rounds two and three after a 315 in the opening round.
UINDY's Pilar Echeverria showcased her familiarity with the Prairie View Golf Club as she fired a 1-under 71 to finish at 7-under for the tournament to claim the individual title. Hanna Harrison of Dallas Baptist tied for the low round of the day with a 69 and finished second at 4-under.
"It's so important for each player to be using these early tournaments to learn their games and tendencies better. Right now we just want to stay focused on getting better and preparing for each tournament. We'll have another great opportunity in a couple of weeks."
The Lady Flames will get back on the course on Sept. 22-23 for the Battle of Old South from Bluffton, S.C.
Lady Flames dominate
CARROLLTON, Ga. — The Lee volleyball team dominated from start to finish in posting a straight set victory at West Georgia in its Gulf South Conference opener on Tuesday evening.
Set scores were 25-9, 25-19, 25-18.
Silvia Sartori recorded her seventh straight double-double with 12 kills and 10 digs while Alex Reuter and Bailey Kress slammed home 10 kills apiece to help in the winning effort.
"Alex Reuter was a key player for us tonight," said head coach Andrea Hudson. "She really came to play."
Hanna Matthews recorded 37 assists while MaKayla Beebe led all players with 14 digs. Lee recorded a season high nine aces in the match, including three from Beebe and two from Sartori and Reuter.
The Lady Flames (3-8, 1-0 GSC) jumped out fast putting together a near flawless first set en route to a 25-9 victory. Sophomore Allie Koepfer would slam home set point to take the early advantage.
The second set saw a tighter contest with Lee using a six-point run behind three Beebe aces to separate themselves from the Wolves at 20-15. West Georgia would fight back cutting the gap to three before the Lady Flames went on a 3-0 run with two kills from Sartori and an ace from Reuter to take the second set 25-19.
Lee made sure there was no comeback in store for the Wolves coming out firing in the third set to take a 10-4 lead. Reuter would cap things off with a kill to put the match away in the third set, 25-18.
"It was great to start off conference play with a win," added Hudson. "Every conference match will be tough this season so I was happy to see the girls take the win."
West Georgia (5-3, 0-1 GSC) was paced offensively by McKenna Wharton with six kills. Sam Jones recorded 10 assists while Emilee Harris was credited with 11 digs.
The stingy Lee defense limited the Wolves to just 22 kills in the match and a .062 hitting percentage. The Lady Flames recorded 43 slams and made just 11 errors on 99 total attacks for a .323 attack mark.
Coach Hudson's ladies are back in action on Friday returning to the sport court in Walker Arena to take on Valdosta State in GSC action at 7 p.m.
Flames fall to
The No. 4 Young Harris Mountain Lions escaped a furious second half comeback by the Lee men's soccer team with a 3-2 victory over the Flames on Tuesday evening at the Lee Soccer Field.
The contest was a tale of two halves as the Flames looked over matched in the first 45 falling behind 3-0 at the intermission before bouncing back with a spirited second half effort against the highly ranked Georgia club.
Lee was out shot 12-3 in the opening half but stormed out of the locker and out shot YHC 6-1 in the second half scoring two goals.
Senior Jake Brown made things interesting powering past a defender and firing a shot into the box that ricocheted off another defender and into the back of the net to cut the margin to just one with two minutes remaining.
The Mountain Lions survived the final 90 seconds to improve to a perfect 5-0 on the season. The loss drops the Flames to 2-2-1 on the year.
Freshman Will Carter got Lee on the board with his first career goal in the 74th minute drilling home a score after a deflection from Samaan Williams' shot set him up at point-blank range.
"I thought we played really tentative in the first half and let them dictate the game," noted Potteiger. "We didn't do anything different tactically in the second half I just told the boys you can play with these guys and we are going to play with these guys but don't come out of the locker room until you believe that. Certainly none of us are happy with the loss but we feel like we can play with anybody in the country and that feeling will serve us well as we head into conference play so I was proud of our second half performance tonight."
The Mountain Lions got the scoring started in the 21st minute when Carlos Gomez hammered a ball into the top left corner of the goal just out of the reach of the outstretched arms of Lee keeper Daniel Hrenko.
Mikie Rowe made it 2-0 Young Harris at the 30 minute mark striking for his ninth goal of the season. Rowe is second in the nation in goals scored so far this season.
Seba Andreassen tallied the final score for the visitors on a 1-timer off a cross from Mehdy Hidane.
Hrenko was credited with five saves for the Flames while keeping the high-powered Mountain Lions off the scoreboard in the second half.
Young Harris goalkeeper, Alex Iglesias registered one save in earning the victory.
Coach Potteiger's club will get back to action on Saturday night at the Lee Soccer Field when the Flames open up Gulf South Conference play against rival Shorter University at 7 p.m.
"It's Saturday night under the lights, it's Shorter, it's our conference opener we will be ready to go," Potteiger said. "We hope the crowd comes out in force because it's always a big game when we play Shorter."
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