Originally created 09/27/03

Transfer awaits eligibility status



Brooke Hixon has been an Augusta State student since January. She's still waiting to be a Lady Jaguars golfer, though.

Despite withdrawing from the University of Mississippi at the end of 2002, Hixon has yet to be released by the Southeastern Conference. Augusta State athletic director Clint Bryant expects a ruling within a week.

Hixon became a part-time Augusta State student in January and began classes in Augustfull time. Since Hixon gained full-time status, Augusta State has waited to hear from the SEC on her waiver request. If the SEC doesn't grant Hixon's waiver, Augusta State will appeal to the NCAA.

"Once the waiver is approved, we'll be able to certify her eligible," Bryant said.

Adding Hixon, a junior from Chattanooga, Tenn., to the team will give the squad a boost. If Hixon is eligible within the next two weeks, Lady Jaguars coach Trelle Kite will insert her into the lineup for the Lady Pirate Fall Intercollegiate in Greenville, N.C.,on Oct. 13-14.

When Hixon becomes eligible, the team's stroke average is sure to drop. Hixon averaged 81.73 strokes in 11 rounds at Ole Miss last year. In two tournaments this season, Augusta State's No. 5 golfer (Lucy Gibson and Ashley Phillips) has averaged 90.6 strokes per round.

VOLLEYBALL UPDATE: USC Aiken's Jenny Lloyd leads the Peach Belt Conference in kills (255), while teammate Jessica Lane leads the conference in service aces (34).

Augusta State's Katie DeGreeff and Cassie Zahn have the most digs in the Peach Belt. DeGreeff leads Zahn, 229 to 218.

The two teams opened conference play Friday night away from home and are also on the road today - the Lady Jaguars face Francis Marion at 3 p.m., while the Lady Pacers play UNC Pembroke at 3. Augusta State entered Friday with a 7-7 record, while USC Aiken had a 5-9 mark.

Reach Chris Gay at (706) 868-1222, ext. 114.