No. 1 USC Advances To Liz Murphey Final|
April 5, 2014
No. 1 USC dispatched of Auburn and North Carolina State in quarter- and semi-final match-play contests on Saturday (April 5) to advance to the Liz Murphey Invitational final at the UGA G.C. in Athens, Ga.
The Trojans, winners of seven of eight events this year -- all in 54-hole stroke play format -- defeated Auburn, 3-1, and North Carolina State, 3-1, to earn a finals berth against No. 5 Arkansas, which defeated Mississippi State in the semifinals and Denver in the quarterfinals.
A win tomorrow would give USC a school-record eight victories this season. Troy has tied its record it set last season during its NCAA-title-winning season.
The Trojans, who finished fourth in the one-round stroke play portion of the event at 6-over 294 on Friday to qualify for the eight-team winners' bracket, moved to the final despite playing without senior All-American Sophia Popov and sophomore All-American Annie Park.
In USC's quarterfinal win over the Tigers, sophomore Kyung Kim defeated Marta Sanz, 3&2, freshman Karen Chung defeated Claara Baena, 3&2 and freshman Gabriella Then won the 18th hole to defeat Diana Fernandez, 1 up for USC's clinching three points. Junior Doris Chen was leading Alex Harrell, 2 up through 15, when the match was clinched. Sophomore Victoria Morgan lost to Victoria Trapani, 5&4.
Morgan scored USC's first point in the semifinals against the Wolfpack, posting a 3&2 win over Ana Menendez while never trailing in the match. Then next fell to NC State's Lindsay McGetrick, 3&2, as the Wolfpack evened the match.
Chung then posted a 3&2 wire-to-wire win over Vivian Tsui and Chen led from the second hole on to defeat Augusta James, 4&2, to put USC into the final. Kim led her match 1-up when it was called.
USC's match will begin at 8:50 a.m. ET on Sunday.