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CCSU golfers take ninth at tournament

From staff reports

The Clayton College & State University men's golf team tied for ninth Sunday at the Carolina Sands Intercollegiate at the Carolina Sands Golf Club in White Lake, N.C.

The Lakers opened the tournament with a round 320, followed by shooting 321 on the second day on the par 72, 6,925-yard course. Coker College won the tournament with rounds of 313 and 306, six shots ahead of Belmont Abbey College, finishing with rounds of 309 and 316.

Clayton State sophomore Matt Beall (Newnan) led the way for the Lakers, tying for sixth in the tournament with rounds of 78 and 77, five shots back from the leader.

Junior Andrew Dagneau (Kitchener, Ontario) posted the team's second best score with rounds of 79 and 82, tying for 31st.

Freshman Josh Monk (Stockbridge) tied for 34th with rounds of 83 and 79, followed by junior Steven Sanders (Snellville) tying for 44th with rounds of 81 and 83.

Freshman Danyel McKibben (Conyers) tied for 54th with rounds of 82 and 85.

Clayton State will return to action on April 18-19 for the Peach Belt Conference Championships hosted by Armstrong Atlantic State University at Southbridge Golf Club in Savannah.

Lady Lakers tennis team falls: The 23rd-ranked Clayton College & State University women's team dropped its sixth match of the season Tuesday, falling to the second-ranked team in the nation, Armstrong Atlantic State University, 8-1 in the Peach Belt Conference action.

The Lakers won one match in doubles play before dropping all six of the singles. Clayton State will try to get back on the winning track on Thursday, traveling to face another nationally ranked Peach Belt team in Georgia College & State University.

The match hosted by the 11th-ranked Bobcats will begin at 2 p.m. in Milledgeville.

The loss on Tuesday drops the Lakers to 9-6 overall and 4-4 in the Peach Belt.

Clayton State's lone win on the afternoon came at No. 1 doubles with Julia Gandia and Julia Chergova defeating Luisa Cowper and Laura Peaty 9-7.

Peaty and Cowper entered the match as the third-ranked doubles team in the nation. The Lakers second seed of Daniela Petkova and Velina Boteva lost 8-1 to seventh-ranked ranked Manuela Emmrich and Caroline Grange.

The third-seeded team of Katrin Gutknecht and Elena Bondari also fell 8-1.

In singles, top-seeded Gandia, the nation's 9th-ranked player, fell 6-2 and 6-2 to Cowper, the fourth-ranked player, while Chergova, ranked 44th, fell 6-1 and 6-4 to Dziyana Nazaruk, the nation's sixth-ranked player. Third-seeded Bondari lost to 27th-ranked Johanna Dahlback 6-1 and 6-1, and fourth-seeded Gutknecht lost 6-1 and 6-3 to Emmrich.

Fifth-seeded Petkova fell 6-2 and 6-2 to Sofia Haggstrom and sixth-seeded Lilia Tzvetanova lost 6-0 and 6-0 to Kristen Kelly.