Nov. 4, 2006
ORLANDO, Fla. - Nicole Hage, Candace Schepperle and Abigale Schepperle each won matches on Saturday at the Hooters Collegiate Match Play, propelling No. 3 seed Auburn over No. 7 Florida State, 3-1-1, and into a Sunday shootout with No. 12 LSU.
"I thought we played just well enough to win today," Auburn head coach Kim Evans said. "I was impressed with how Nicole Hage and Margaret Shirley battled in close matches. Candace and Abigale just took control of their matches early and never let up."
Hage trailed Florida State's Carolyn Westrup for nine of the pairing's first 11 holes, but was able to climb her way to a 2 and 1 victory. Shirley's match finished all square as neither she nor Florida State's Jaclyn Burch could win one of the pairing's last four holes. Candace Schepperle controlled her match, never trailing on her way to a 4 and 3 win over Whitney Wright. Abigale Schepperle also never trailed, taking a 6 and 5 win over Whitney Brummett. The only Auburn golfer to fall was Marisa Milligan, who fell 2 and 1 to Kayla Shaul.
Auburn returns to the Eagle Creek Golf Club Sunday for a consolation match with LSU. The Bengal Tigers beat Arkansas 3-0-2 Saturday. In other tournament play, No. 4 Vanderbilt and No. 2 Duke both ran their tournament records to 3-0 and will compete for the championship on Sunday.
Tee times for all of Sunday's matches are 8 a.m. CT. Live stats are available at www.golfstat.com, and a full tournament recap can be found at www.auburntigers.com at the conclusion of the tournament.