Aggies Climb To 9th At NCAA East Regional

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BATON ROUGE, LA -- With freshman Danielle McVeigh and senior Ashley Knoll each breaking par for the second straight day, No. 13-ranked Texas A&M climbed to ninth place on Friday at the NCAA Women's Golf East Regional at the University Golf Club.

The final round is Saturday with the top eight teams and two individuals advancing to the NCAA Championships May 22-25 in Daytona Beach, Fla.

A&M carded an even-par 288 for a 579 total and is just three strokes out of eighth place. The Aggies set a school postseason record for a single round for the second consecutive day and also set an overall school mark for 36 holes.

No. 6 UCLA leads at 12-under (564), followed by No. 20 Wake Forest (568), No. 1 Duke (572), Furman (574), No. 12 Purdue (575), Louisville (575), No. 7 Auburn (575), No. 24 Alabama (576), A&M (579), No. 25 South Carolina (579), No. 19 North Carolina (582, LSU (582), No. 21 Virginia (583), Florida State (590), Birmingham-Southern (592), College of Charleston (595), South Florida (600), North Carolina State (605), Western Carolina (609), Jacksonville State (625) and Jackson State (654).

McVeigh is tied for 10th place in the individual standings at four-under (69-71=140), six shots behind leader Sydnee Michaels of UCLA, who is 10-under (66-68=134). McVeigh's 36-hole score is a record for an A&M freshman.

Knoll is tied for 12th at three-under (71-70=141), while freshman Ashley Freeman is tied for 47th (73-74=147), sophomore Lauren Johnson is tied for 76th (78-73=151) and senior Christa Spedding is tied for 79th (78-74=152).