Xavier makes four athletics dept. hires

Jason Horn, Xavier University of Louisiana’s director of athletics and recreation, announced Wednesday the hiring of four employees.

Joining the staff are Allie Wood and Joe Fawcett as athletic trainers, Hilary Lobenstein as assistant women’s volleyball coach and Jimmie Walker as administrative specialist.

Goldstein falls in U.S. women’s amateur

GLEN COVE, N.Y. — It was late enough in a match play situation where a major turn for LSU sophomore golfer Carly Ray Goldstein could mean the difference in a win and moving to the round of 32 situation in the United States Golf Association Women’s Amateur Championship on Wednesday at the Nassau Golf Club.

Thirteen holes into Goldstein’s match with Mississippi State senior Ally McDonald things were all square after Goldstein was finally after six halved holes able to get a par to get the match all square.

But things turned on a dime as McDonald won the 14th hole with a birdie and the 15th hole with a par and the 2UP lead was too much to overcome as Goldstein fell 2&1 to end her bid for at the women’s amateur.

The pair halved the 16th and 17th holes to end the match.

LSU soccer freshman earns accolade

LSU soccer signee Jorian Baucom was recognized as one of the NCAA’s top freshmen when she was one of 11 players named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com Freshman Preseason Best XI Team.

A five-star recruit from Pinnacle High School in Scottsdale, Arizona, Baucom signed with the Tigers as the No. 13-ranked recruit nationally regardless of position by TopDrawerSoccer.com.

LSU to hold track alumni awards banquet

Coach Dennis Shaver announced Tuesday that the Tigers and Lady Tigers are set to host their annual LSU Track & Field Team Awards and Alumni Recognition Banquet during the fall on Oct. 24 at the Carl Maddox Field House, ahead of LSU’s football game against Ole Miss the next day.

All current and former track and field athletes at LSU are invited to join in the celebration as a social is set for 6:30 p.m. with the dinner and banquet to follow at 7:30 p.m.

There will be a celebration of the 25th anniversary of LSU’s NCAA Outdoor national championship sweep in 1989 and 10th anniversary of the program’s NCAA Indoor national championship sweep by both the Tigers and Lady Tigers.

Both seasons marked the first time a collegiate track and field team swept national championships both indoors and outdoors.

Wozniacki advances in Montreal tournament

MONTREAL — If the fans had their wish, Caroline Wozniacki would be facing local favorite Eugenie Bouchard on Thursday in the third round of the Rogers Cup.

Instead, the former world No. 1 from Denmark will play Shelby Rogers, the American qualifier who put a quick end to Bouchard’s homecoming tournament in the second round.

Wozniacki breezed through a second match in a row with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Klara Koukalova on Wednesday. She has lost only five games in two matches in the hard-court event. She is coming off her first win of the season at the Istanbul Cup, where she dropped only two games while beating Roberta Vinci in the final.

In the night feature, top-ranked Serena Williams dispatched Samantha Stosur 6-0, 6-2 in a match interrupted 28 minutes by a sprinkle of rain. Williams is coming off a victory Sunday in Stanford, Califiornia.

Williams needed only 59 minutes of playing time to beat Stosur. The American set up a match against 15th-seeded Lucie Safarova, a 6-4, 6-2 winner over Magdalena Rybarikova. Williams is 6-0 against Safarova.

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“She is an interesting player,” Williams said. “She’s extremely tricky. We’ve had some tough matches. I know we’ve gone to three sets on occasions. It’s definitely not an easy match for me.”

Williams has won the Rogers Cup three times when it is held on alternate years in Toronto, including last year, but she has not played in Montreal since she retired from the final with an injury in 2000.

UL-Lafayette volleyball team recognized

LAFAYETTE — For the second straight season the Louisiana-Lafayette volleyball team has been recognized for its work in the classroom, receiving the American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award.

The Ragin’ Cajuns earned the award by maintaining a 3.30 cumulative grade-point average for the team during the 2013-14 academic year.

The Ragin’ Cajuns were one of four current Sun Belt Conference schools to attain the honor, joined by Louisiana-Monroe and new league members Appalachian State and Georgia Southern, each of whom competed in the Southern Conference in 2013-14.