Pacers win title, earn NCAA berth
In Florence, S.C., USC Aiken won its first Peach Belt Conference title in a decade, stopping third-seeded Armstrong Atlantic State 3-0 in Saturday's championship match.
The top-seeded Lady Pacers won by scores of 31-29, 30-25 and 30-25.
The victory carries with it an automatic berth into this week's NCAA Tournament.
Tournament MVP Mandy Gerolstein led USC Aiken with 13 kills and seven blocks. Teammate Roxanna Rivera had 40 assists and 11 digs and joined Gerolstein on the all-tournament team.
Stephanie Durham had nine kills, 15 digs and four blocks for the Lady Pacers, who improved to 28-6.
Burkhart, Parel will play in next stage
Aiken's Dane Burkhart and Augusta's Scott Parel are on their way to the second stage of the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament, and Scott Brown should punch his ticket there today.
Burkhart finished tied for 14th in a first-stage qualifier in Durham, N.C., and Parel tied for 21st in a qualifier in St. Augustine, Fla.
Brown still has one more round to play in his first-stage qualifier in Valdosta, Ga., but he's tied for the lead there.
Burkhart shot 66-72-76-77-291 in his qualifier at Treyburn Country Club while Parel had 70-72-75-72-289 at St. Johns Golf and Country Club. The top 26 in St. Augustine advanced, and the top 25 in Durham moved forward.
Brown has fired rounds of 69-69-72 in his qualifier, which takes the top 25 players to the second stage.
Former Aiken resident David Seawell is tied for 21st place after rounds of 73-76-73. Augusta's Jay Mundy is tied for 37th place and North Augusta's Kyle Bradley is tied for 53rd place.
High School Football
Mustangs' season comes to an end
In Darlington, S.C., Midland Valley's season came to an end Saturday as Darlington High stopped the Mustangs 13-0 in the first round of the South Carolina High School League Class AAA playoffs.
The game was moved to Saturday because of lighting problems at the Darlington field Friday night.
Darlington forced four Midland Valley turnovers and limited the Mustangs to 81 yards rushing on 37 carries.
Midland Valley quarterback Brett Godwin was held to 32 yards rushing and tailback Terry Bradley had 23.
Quarterback Antonio Gattison scored both Darlington touchdowns on 1-yard runs, in the second and third quarters.
Midland Valley completes a 6-5 season.
Second period is downfall for Lynx
In Pensacola, Fla., the Augusta Lynx allowed four goals in the second period and lost to the Pensacola Ice Pilots 6-4 on Friday night.
Augusta held the lead three different times, but could never hold it.
J.B. Bittner had two goals for Augusta and Mike Erickson and Derrick Byfuglien had the other ones.
Lady Jaguars finish ninth in regional
In Memphis, Tenn., Augusta State finished ninth in the 22-team NCAA South Regional Tournament.
Annie Kim led the Jaguars with a 25th-place finish. Her time was 24:07. She was followed by Kaci McCane (43rd with a time of 24:53), Jenafer Forward (47th; 25:02, Kristyn Holley (60th; 25:24), Kara Kreutzer (103rd; 26:46), Amanda Griffin (117th; 27:38) and Sophie Baconnet (120th; 28:02).
The top three teams from the tournament - Harding, Florida Southern and Tampa - advanced to the NCAA National Tournament.
had Paris, Nikolay Davydenko reached his seventh final of the season at the Paris Masters, beating Tommy Robredo 6-3, 5-7, 6-2.
Davydenko will meet 17th-seeded Dominik Hrbaty today. Hrbaty advanced because 10th-seeded Tommy Haas retired because of gastroenteritis while trailing 6-4, 1-0.
Haas can no longer qualify for the season-ending Masters Cup in Shanghai. He needed to win the Paris Masters to overtake James Blake, who takes the eighth and final spot.
The Nov. 12-19 event in China will feature Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Davydenko, Ivan Ljubicic, Andy Roddick, Robredo, David Nalbandian and Blake.
- In Hasselt, Belgium, Kaia Kanepi of Estonia beat Michaella Krajicek of the Netherlands 6-4, 6-4 to reach the final of the Gaz de France.
The 91st-ranked Kanepi will play either defending champion Kim Clijsters or Vera Zvonareva of Russia today. Clijsters, in her home event, is playing her first tournament after a two-month layoff because of a wrist injury.
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