CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - LSU freshman Madelene Sagstrom fired a 4-under par 68 to grab a share of the first-round lead in the Lady Tar Heel Invitational Friday a the UNC Finley Golf Course.
Sagstrom’s 68 helped pace the No. 3-ranked Lady Tigers to a tie for second with a 4-under team round of 284 in the play five, count four scoring system. No. 4 Alabama, the defending champion, is the leader at 7-under par 281. LSU is tied at 284 with Wake Forest. Auburn is fourth at 1-under 287.
Sagstrom, who tied for the second-most birdies in the first round at sixth, is tied with Cheyenne Woods of Wake Forest and Katie Burnett of South Carolina. Twelve other golfers broke par on the opening day, including LSU’s Tessa Teachman, who is tied for 10th at 1-under 71.
LSU’s Austin Ernst posted even-par 72 to tie for 16th. Jacqueline Hedwall, who returned to the team after caddying for her sister in the Solheim Cup, posted a 1-over 73 to complete LSU’s counting opening round totals.
Tulane finished the first round in a tie for 10th at 7-over 295. Gemma Dryburgh is tied for 10th at 1-under 71.
Saturday’s second round has LSU in the final wave off the front nine with Alabama and Wake Forest at 9:30 a.m.
VANDERBILT SCORES WIN IN DOUBLE OVERTIME: In Nashville, Tenn., the 14th-ranked LSU soccer team saw its six-game winning streak and nine-game unbeaten streak come to an end on Friday in a 2-1 double overtime loss to Vanderbilt in LSU’s first Southeastern Conference road contest.
The Commodores (7-6, 1-4 SEC) scored the golden goal just three minutes into the second overtime on a counter attack to secure their first conference win of the season in their SEC home opener.
When a strike from beyond the penalty spot by LSU’s Taryne Boudreau was kept out of the net by Vanderbilt goalkeeper Jessica Amlaw, the Commodores went on the attack, going the other way as midfielder Emily Grant got the ball on the counter.
Grant served the ball over LSU’s back line to striker CJ Rhoades in the breakaway. While drawing goalkeeper Mo Isom off her line to challenge, Rhoades raced into the area and buried a shot inside the left post to give Vanderbilt the victory in the 103rd minute of play.
The Tigers (9-4-1, 4-1) dropped back into a tie for first atop the league standings.
Addie Eggleston scored in the 57th minute, seconds after winning a free kick.
Rhoades netted Vanderbilt’s equalizer.
TIGERS TOPPLE SOUTH CAROLINA TO END TWO-MATCH SKID: In Columbia, S.C., Desiree Elliott, Madie Jones and Michele Williams combined for 50 of LSU’s 62 kills in 3-1 win - 25-21, 23-25, 25-18, 25-18 - over South Carolina on Friday at USC’s Volleyball Competition Facility.
LSU (11-5, 4-2 Southeastern Conference) ended a two-match losing streak. The Gamecocks fall to 9-7, 0-6.
“Desiree, Madie and Michele did an excellent job of carrying us at different points during the match,” LSU coach Fran Flory said. “Don’t take anything away from the way South Carolina defended us. They were tremendous and forced us to take more swings than we anticipated. Ultimately, our big three stayed the course, chose the right shots and terminated the ball at crucial times.”
Williams had 18 kills, and Elliott had 17 kills on a .343 hitting percentage with five digs. Jones had 15 kills and two blocks. Helen Boyle had 15 digs and seven kills, while Malorie Pardo added 50 assists and 12 digs.
LSU ADVANCES IN DOUBLES AT RICE: In Houston, the LSU’s doubles team of Ariel Morton and Yvette Vlaar defeated Tulane’s Caroline Magnusson and Emily Dvorak 8-4 in the first round of the Rice Invitational on Friday.
The pair advanced to the quarterfinals, where they will face Katie Gater and Dominique Harmath of Rice on Saturday.
In singles, Morton moved into to the semifinals of the Blue Consolation Draw after a marathon win over Penn State’s Marie Bedard 6-7 (4), 6-0, 14-12 in the day’s second round of singles matches.
Freshman Rebecca Bodine advanced to the Gray Consolation Draw semifinals after a win over Penn State’s Sarah Henderson 6-2, 6-2.
The Lady Tigers continue play on Saturday with doubles beginning at 9 a.m. and singles at noon. The tournament concludes Sunday.
“I’m looking forward to seeing how the girls respond tomorrow after a grueling day,” LSU assistant coach Lisa Jackson said. “This tournament has a lot of matches in a short time, so it’s going to take a lot out of us, but hopefully we can get some wins.”