April 5, 2014
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - After Friday's qualifying round of stroke play, the University of Alabama women's golf team fell to Mississippi State 3-2 in the first round of match play Saturday at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic on the par-72, 6,335-yard University of Georgia Golf Course.
The Crimson Tide's second match of the day against Denver was suspended due to darkness with two points for each team and Alabama's Janie Jackson 1 down with one hole to play.
Hannah Collier led the way for Alabama in the first match against Mississippi State, earning the Tide's only victory with a 4 and 3 win over Ji Eun Baik. Mia Landegren halved her match with MSU's Mary Langdon Gallagher and Stephanie Meadow halved her match with Team USA Curtis Cup member Ally McDonald.
Daniela Lendl fell to Rica Tse 5 and 4 while Jessica Peng defeated Jackson 3 and 2 the help the Bulldogs advance.
Collier once again put on an impressive display in the second match of the day against Denver, defeated Jessica Carty 4 and 3. Landegren also posted a point for the Tide securing a 4 and 2 victory over Isabel Southard. Denver's Mariell Bruun defeated Lendl 1 up and Tonje Daffinrud ousted Meadow 3 and 2.
The deciding match between Jackson and Elyse Smidinger will be concluded first thing Sunday morning. Alabama will play Auburn if they defeat Denver Sunday morning and Northwestern if they lose to Denver.
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Match 1: Mississippi State 3, Alabama 2
Mia Landegren, Alabama vs. Mary Langdon Gallagher, Miss. St. - All Square
Hannah Collier, Alabama def. Ji Eun Baik, Miss. St. - 4-and-3
Rica Tse, Miss. St. def. Daniela Lendl, Alabama - 5-and-4
Jessica Peng, Miss. St. def. Janie Jackson, Alabama - 3-and-2
Stephanie Meadow, Alabama vs. Ally McDonald, Miss. St. - All Square
Match 2: Alabama 2, Denver 2 (UNFINISHED)
Mia Landegren, Alabama def. Isabel Southard, Denver - 4-and-2
Hannah Collier, Alabama def. Jessica Carty, Denver - 4-and-3
Mariell Bruun, Denver def. Daniela Lendl, Alabama - 1-up
Elyse Smidinger, Denver leads Janie Jackson, Alabama - 1-up through 17
Tonje Daffinrud, Denver def. Stephanie Meadow, Alabama - 3-and-2
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