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College roundup: SLCC softball receives nation's top ranking

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Published: Thursday, April 26 2012 12:07 a.m. MDT

BYU carried its solid play into singles, where the Cougars quickly grabbed the first three matches to secure the win. No. 61 Batrakov took a 6-2, 6-1 decision over Alvaro Nazal on Court 1 while No. 118 Kawka topped Olivier Jami 6-3, 6-1. At No. 4 singles, Cullimore followed suit with a straight set victory (6-3, 6-2) over Zhia Hwa Chong.

With the Cougars already advancing, the remaining three matches were not finished.

BYU next faces No. 5 seed LMU Thursday at 10:30 a.m. MDT at the Barnes Tennis Center in the second round. LMU (11-13) edged out No. 8 seed San Francisco in its first round matchup. The Cougars recorded a 6-1 win over the Lions earlier this season.

The winner of the Tennis Championships will be crowned Saturday and will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Follow tournament updates at WCC Tennis Tournament Central.

UTAH DEFEATS OREGON AT PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIPS: At Ojai, Calif., the seventh-seeded University of Utah men's tennis team topped No. 70 and sixth-seeded Oregon, 4-0, during round one of the Pac-12 Championships Wednesday at Libbey Park. The Utes secured the doubles point and went on to sweep in singles play. Freshman Rafael Davidian managed to clinch the match for Utah in singles with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Oregon's Daniel Sardu from the No. 4 position.

Women's golf:

UVU's NAGEL TOPS AT TOURNEY: At Highland, Utah Valley University freshman Lynn-Marie Nagel birdied two of the last three holes Wednesday to hold of Houston Baptist's Kelsey Lou-Hing to win top medalist honors at the Great West Conference Women's Golf Championships at the Alpine Country Club.

"She had a powerful performance on the back nine," UVU women's golf coach Sue Nyhus said of Nagel, who was four-under par on the final nine. "She made some crucial downhill fighting putts."

Lou-Hing made birdie on the final hole to pull within a shot, but Nagel converted a two-putt par to win UVU's first women's individual conference or tournament championship.

Nagel opened the tournament Monday with a school and Great West Conference record 69 and followed it up with rounds of 76 and 77. She finished with 6-over par 222.

As a team, the Wolverines (925) finished second to Houston Baptist (904), while Chicago State (932) was third, followed by Texas-Pan American (964) and North Dakota (983).

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