NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Duke swept both matches on Monday to advance to the finals of the 2003 Hooters Collegiate Match Play Championship at the Barefoot Resort in North Myrtle Beach, Fla. and will meet Georgia in the championship match beginning at 8:30 AM on Tuesday.
'UCLA is a very good team,' said Duke Head Coach Dan Brooks. 'They have very good short games, good swings and they played really well. Things got a little shaky there through the 10-14 holes and then we were able to hold on and win the match.'
Duke cruised to a 4-0-1 victory over Ohio State as Liz Janangelo, Anna Grzebien, Leigh Anne Harding and Brittany Lang each registered victories. Janangelo cruised to a 5-and-4 win over Allison Hanna, Grzebien knocked off Lindsay Knowlton 3-and-1, Hardin defeated Jennifer Selfinger, 4-and-3 and Lang won 1-up over Allyson Harvie. Nirapathpongporn had a bogey on the final hole to halve with Kristen White.
In the afternoon against UCLA, the Blue Devils won 3-1-1 with Janangelo once again cruising to a 5-and-4 victory over Yvonne Choe to set the stage. Then, Nirapathpongporn defeated Hannah Jun 3-and-2 and Grzebien won 1-up over Krystal Shearer to give Duke three victories. Lang halved with Charlotte Mayorkas, while Hardin fell 2-and-1 to Susie Mathews. A freshman from McKinney, Texas, Lang led for the first 14 holes by as many as two but Mayorkas won hole 15 and 18 to win the match.
'Virada is on top of her game and playing very well right now,' said Brooks. 'She has had her hands full with these matches and it is great to see her doing so well. She is a very good match player now and all the experience she had over the summer is really helping her.'
Georgia advanced to the finals by defeating Pepperdine (2-2-1), Arizona (5-0-0) and Auburn (4-1-0).
'Anna has been finishing very strong and did it again today,' said Brooks. 'I am very proud of her comeback today as she was down by two until the 13th hole and then ended up winning on the 17th hole.'