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Local colleges: Fresno State women golfers combine for record lows

Three golfers fired career lows to help break two program team records as the Fresno State’s women’s team closed its fall season in full swing this week at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown.

The Bulldogs set a single-round low of 279 and a 54-hole record of 852 at Boulder Creek Country Club in Boulder City.

“I am extremely thrilled,” coach Emily Milberger-Loftin said. “It’s very exciting to see players shoot their personal bests, and to break two program records is just icing on the cake. These ladies have put in so much hard work this fall and it is great to see those efforts reflected in competition. I am very proud.”

Junior Gudrun Bjorgvinsdottir (69), sophomore Mimi Ho (67) and senior Hannah Sodersten (68) shot career-low rounds as the three-day tournament wrapped up Tuesday. Sodersten had four birdies and finished at 8-under 208 to tie for 13th in a field of 105.

Her final-round 208 was a personal best and the second lowest 54-hole score for a Fresno State women’s golfer. Jennifer Shipley holds the record at 205, set in 2007 at the same course.

Ho’s 67 tied former Bulldog Madchen Ly for third-lowest single round by a Bulldog. She finished tied for 53rd at par 216. Bjorgvinsdottir, who broke into the 60s for the first time in her career, finished in a tie for 45th at 2-under 214.

Fresno State finished 12-under (852) as a team and 14th out of 19 schools. Vanderbilt and UNLV shared the title at 831. Tennessee’s Anna Newell won the individual crown at 18-under 198.

The spring season opens Feb. 13-14 at Stanford’s Peg Barnard Invitational.

▪ The men’s golf team tied for seventh with a 54-hole 892 to close the Pacific Invitational at Stockton Country Club. Trevor Clayton showed the way Saturday, dropping six birdies in a 4-under 67 while tying for 12th in a field of 88. Sacramento State won the team title at 859; UC Irvine’s David Kim grabbed the individual title at 209.

▪ Freshman Ugne Mazutaityte broke a Fresno State record with a win in the 200 backstroke, finishing in 1:58.66, and also won the 100 backstroke (56.76), though the Bulldogs dropped a 176-121 dual meet decision at Nevada.

▪ Aleisha Coates had 14 kills and Zana Bowens 11 as the Bulldogs’ volleyball team swept Utah State 25-17, 25-23, 25-22 in a Mountain West match Saturday at Save Mart Center. Fresno State (13-2, 5-6) visits San Diego State and Nevada next week.

▪ Fresno State sophomore soccer forward Peyton Cline was named to the College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-District VIII second team. The Bulldogs (5-12-1, 4-6-1) wrapped up their season, eliminated from a conference postseason tournament that only took the top six finishers.

Fresno Pacific – The men’s soccer team cracked the Top 25 for the first time since joining NCAA Division II. The Sunbirds (12-2-2, 9-1-1 PacWest) debuted at 16 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll and are sixth in the NCAA’s West Region. The top six by region will qualify for the postseason.

Fresno City, other JCs – The Rams saw an unbeaten season in women’s soccer and a long run of success in the Central Valley Conference end with a 1-0 loss to Taft on Tuesday. It was the first time the Rams (13-1-3, 2-1) had lost in CVC play in nine years and the first regular-season loss of any kind in two-plus years. The Rams created eight shots on goal but couldn’t get passed Cougars’ goalie Alexandra Benavidez.

▪ Fresno City’s volleyball continues to roll in the Central Valley Conference, time dispatching Reedley 25-10, 25-15, 28-26 on Friday. Riley Winden had eight kills and Jessica Luplow finished with six kills. The Rams (16-4, 10-0) will host Columbia at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The Tigers (11-11, 7-3) face Taft on Wednesday.

▪ Reedley and Fresno City shot 328 team scores to share mini-tournament honors, but it was the Tigers who emerged with the CVC title Thursday at Riverside Golf Course. Conference MVP Jenna Scrivner of Fresno City earned top medalist honors with a 75. The Tigers finished with 44 points in the league standings, while the Rams totaled 39. Both teams advance to the NorCal Regional on Nov. 9-10 at Lemoore GC. All conference/individual qualifiers included Scrivner, Katie Horsford, Jessica Rudd, Taylor Vaughn and Hailee Espinoza of Reedley; Sara Scheidt and Amanda Scheidt of Fresno City; and Brai Gear of West Hills-Lemoore.

▪ Bruno Bramati and Ismael Farfan, two members of West Hills-Lemoore’s men’s soccer team, have been named to the California Community College Athletic Association’s Academic All-State Soccer Team. Recipients must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher. Only 11 players received the designation for 2015.

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