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Vandy wins rematch with Texas, Texas A&M holes out, advancing to East Lake Cup finals

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During a strange day at the East Lake Cup, Vanderbilt got his revenge on Texas.

In the men’s semi-finals on Tuesday, the Commodores defeated the Longhorns 3.5-1.5 in a rematch of the 2022 NCAA Championship quarterfinals. The Longhorns won the national title.

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“I hope so,” Vanderbilt head coach Scott Limbaugh said when asked if there was any additional motivation to play against Texas again. “That’s not what I mentioned, but I mean, we know they ended our season in the Final Four last year. It’s obviously a different team and obviously a program that I couldn’t respect anymore, just the way they do things and behave is great.”

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The admiration for each other is mutual.

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“I have a lot of respect for Vanderbilt, they’re a great team,” Texas head coach John Fields said. “We got them in the semi-finals last year at the Nationals and today they returned the favor with a little exclamation mark. It’s a great team, a team much older than us, and they used that experience just to show it to us today.”

Christian Maas of Texas was the Longhorns’ only victory on Tuesday, defeating Reid Davenport 4 and 2.

In the most anticipated match of the day, East Lake Cup personal champion Gordon Sargent, who is also the reigning NCAA individual champion, scored a 3-2 win over Travis Vick, a low-flyer at the 2022 US Open.

On Wednesday, Vanderbilt will play Arizona State in the final. Arizona State defeated Pepperdine 3-2 in the semi-finals.

Arizona State, like Vanderbilt, suffered a crushing defeat at last year’s NCAA championship, losing to Texas in the final. Vanderbilt ruined a chance for a rematch on Tuesday with a win over Texas, but Arizona State is ready for tomorrow regardless of the opponent.

“I think we could put anyone against anyone and feel like (we) can beat them,” Arizona State head coach Matt Thurmond said. “We have five very, very good players. I think it’s… we have a difficult match, but so does Vanderbilt.”


Highlights: East Lake Cup Day 2

Highlights: East Lake Cup Day 2

Meanwhile, in the women’s draw, Auburn came back from three positions to defeat Oregon to advance to the finals. The decider got another hole as Casey Weidenfeld defeated Cynthia Lou to seal the Tigers’ victory.

“I think this team is fighters and I think we will all be very motivated if we just practice today and I think it will be really good for tomorrow,” Weidenfeld said.

Auburn will play Texas A&M, who beat UCLA 3-2 on a highlight of the day.

On a par-5 of 18th place, Hayley Cooper hit an eagle, sending Aggie into the final.

“I had a lot of time to think about (the shot) because (Emily Paltrinieri of UCLA) was looking for it and trying and everything,” Cooper said, “but I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I caught myself trying to change the shot, and I thought, “Why are you trying to make things difficult, like stick to your game plan, hit the shot you were talking about.” I hit exactly where I wanted to, I bounced back and he just walked in.”



Source: www.golfchannel.com

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