Originally created 09/17/06



Booth charges into contention with 67

In Rocky Face, Ga., Wallace Booth fired 5-under-par 67, the best collegiate round of his career, to lead Augusta State to 1-over 289 in the second round of the Carpet Capital Collegiate.

Booth's round allowed him to jump from 43rd into a tie for 10th at 3-under 141. The Jaguars are tied for ninth with Wake Forest at 2-over 578. Clemson leads the tournament at 8-under-par 280.

Keith Guest, who had the low score for Augusta State on Friday, shot 2-over-par 74 and is tied for 31st. Jami Miller had the second-best round of the day with even-par 72. Michael Gordy shot 5-over 77 and Janne Kaske had 4-over-par 76.


Pacers finish third as Milner takes win

In Rock Hill, S.C., Marcie Milner turned in a time of 21 minutes, 3 seconds to win the Asics/Winthrop Invitational.

The win was Milner's first career title and the first for USC Aiken since 2001. Other USC Aiken finishers included Jen Mascarin (15th), Alley Dachenhaus (23rd), Jani Linde (24th) and Renea Marshall (29th).

The Pacers finished third in the team competition behind Lander and Presbyterian.

- In Wingate, N.C., Augusta State placed fourth in the Wingate Invitational.

The Jaguars were led by Annie Kim, who finished seventh with a time of 24:54. Kaci McCane (20th), Kristyn Holley (23rd) and Jenafer Forward (28th) also competed for Augusta State.


USC Aiken beats Armstrong Atlantic

USC Aiken snapped an 18-match losing streak to Armstrong Atlantic State with a 30-27, 30-25 and 30-26 victory.

The Pacers (13-2, 1-0) had been winless against their Peach Belt Conference opponents since 1998. The win continues the school's best start in the program's 16-year history.

Amanda Timm had a match-high 11 kills for the Pacers and Stefanie Durham had 10. Missy Deardorff had 17 digs and Cheryl Barcas finished with 36 assists.


Pacers open PBC play with victory

In Americus, Ga., USC Aiken won its Peach Belt Conference opener for the first time since 1994 with a 2-1 win over Georgia Southwestern.

Reuben Ojeyinka scored the only two goals as the Pacers (5-3-0, 1-0-0) won their fifth consecutive game.

- USC Aiken scored three unanswered goals to take a 3-1 victory over Georgia Southwestern.

Kristi Desrosiers had the go-ahead goal in the 31st minute and Lauren Myers had the first and third goals for the Pacers (3-4-2, 1-0-1).

Heather Hall made one save for USC Aiken.


Belgium, Italy tied in Fed Cup final

In Charleroi, Belgium, Justine Henin-Hardenne responded with a strong run in the second set to defeat Flavia Pennetta 6-4, 7-5, leaving Belgium and Italy tied 1-1 after the opening day of the Fed Cup final.

Francesca Schiavone gave Italy the early lead by beating inexperienced Kirsten Flipkens 6-1, 6-3 in the best-of-five format.

Reverse singles and doubles are Sunday, with No. 2 Henin-Hardenne opening against No. 14 Schiavone on the indoor hardcourt at the Spiroudome.

Italy leads Belgium 6-0 in Fed Cup play. Belgium has one title (2001) while Italy has never won the top team competition in women's tennis.

- In Beijing, Marco Baghdatis reached his first final since the Australian Open, defeating Thailand's Paradorn Srichaphan 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 to advance to the title match of the China Open.

Baghdatis, seeded third, will play for the championship Sunday against fourth-seeded Mario Ancic of Croatia. Ancic rallied past eighth-seeded Lee Hyung-taik of South Korea 4-6, 6-1, 6-1 and will be playing in his fourth final this year.


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