College Roundup: UCI women take second at UCI Invitational


UC Irvine Invitational

SANTA ANA — Top-five finishes by Michelle Park and Ronnie Valerio helped UC Irvine to a second-place finish at the UC Irvine Invitational presented by Kia at the Santa Ana Country Club Tuesday.

The Anteaters second-place finish is the team's highest of the year after placing third at The Gold Rush Feb. 12.

UCI shot its lowest round of the tournament Tuesday, posting a 298 and finished with a 54-hole total of 907 (308-301-298) for second place. Gonzaga won the team title with a score of 885 (295-298-292).

Long Beach State was third (914), Portland State fourth (922) and UC Riverside was fifth (926). Santa Clara came in sixth (929) followed by Sacramento State in seventh (941), BYU in eighth (945), Idaho ninth (947), North Dakota State 10th (957), Montana in 11th (961) and Northern Colorado was 12th (964).

Gonzaga's Alice Kim earned medalist honors after carding a 215 (67-72-76) and will receive a sponsor exemption to the 2013 Kia Classic held March 18-24 at Aviara Golf Club.

Park finished fourth with a two-day total of 221 (77-71-73), her second top-five performance of the year. Valerio has placed in the top 10 in each of the last two tournaments, ending in fifth place with a score of 223 (72-75-76). Starting on the sixth hole, freshman Luciane Lee birdied five of the next seven holes to help record a 71 final round. She ended the tournament tied for 20th with a three-round total of 231 (80-80-71). Sophomore Taryn Yee was 24th at 233 (80-75-78) and junior Sara Banke was tied for 37th with a score of 238 (79-80-79). Brenna Carlsoon finished tied for 30th (236-76-83-77) playing as an individual.

The Anteaters will travel to the Juli Inkster Invitational March 4-5 at the Almaden Country Club.



Orange Coast 8, Cypress 1

COSTA MESA — Chris Chiu won at No. 2 singles, 6-0, 6-2, and Francesco Nguyen won at No. 4 singles, 6-0, 6-0, for the Pirates in the Orange Empire Conference match Tuesday.

Chris Chiu and Chad Meyer won at No. 1 doubles, 8-5, while Anthony Thai and Chris Tran won at No. 2 doubles, 8-0, for OCC (5-3, 2-0 in conference).



North Ranch Intercollegiate

WESTLAKE VILLAGE — UC Irvine finished eighth Tuesday at North Ranch Country Club.

UCI and San Diego tied for eighth with 54-hole totals of 902. USC won the 12-team tournament at 863, BYU was second at 872 and host Pepperdine third at 875.

Yi Keun Chang of USC was medalist with a three-round score of two-under par 211 after shooting a 73 Tuesday.

UCI sophomore Pete Fernandez placed 15th at 223 after a final round of 77, junior Travis Russell (74) was 30th at 226 and junior Allan Jun (79) 41st at 229.

Freshman Jacob Schulze shot the Anteaters' best score in the final round with a 73 and placed 47th at 231 while senior Michael Yang (81) finished 49th at 232.

UCI is back in action Monday and Tuesday in the Fresno State Lexus Classic at Belmont Country Club in Fresno.



San Diego Christian 6, Vanguard 3

EL CAJON — Ian Sakry went two for three and Ellis Whitman went two for four for the Lions in the Golden State Athletic Conference game Monday.

Jason Ochart went two for five with one run batted in and Bryce Arroyo also had an RBI for Vanguard (8-8, 3-8 in conference).

San Diego Christian is 13-6, 6-6.

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