2016 NCAA champion Washington, Duke will decide Women's East Lake Cup
Washington's Julianne Alvarez <br>(Washington Athletics Photo)
Washington's Julianne Alvarez
(Washington Athletics Photo)

ATLANTA, GA (November 1, 2016) -- What a turn around from Monday to Tuesday for defending champion Washington. The Huskies simply put couldn't get anything going during Monday's stroke-play qualifying at the Women's East Lake Cup. As a result Washington was slotted in as the four-seed and in a rematch of last years NCAA Championship they had to face top-seed Stanford who had bested them by 34- strokes a day earlier at East Lake Golf Club.

Following a team discussion the Huskies came out of the gates reengaged and clicking on all cylinders and they blitzed Stanford 4-1. They will face Duke, the three- seed in Wednesday's final.

Monday's medalist winner Andrea Lee won the opening match for Stanford 5&4 over Eunwon Park but that would prove to be their only point of the day. The young Washington team would take control from there winning the remainder of the matches. Husky victories went to Ellen Takada (2&1), Julianne Alvarez (3&1), Sarah Rhee (5&4) and Wenyung Keh (5&4).

"We had a really good team talk last night and today and a really good evaluation about what we needed to do against Stanford," said Alvarez who clinched the National Championship last year. "It was really honest and we just specified what we needed to do today against Stanford."

Duke moved on thanks to a 3-2 win over the two- seed UCLA. Bronte Law and Clare Legaspi got UCLA on the board with wins in two of the first three matches but Duke was able to rally late.

The Blue Devils received big wins in the latter two matches from Olympian Leona Maguire (4&2) and Ana Belac (3&2). Duke's first point on the board came from reigning NCAA Individual champion Virginia Elena Carta (5&3).

Championship Match Draw

Match 1: Eun Won Park (Wash) vs. Lisa Maguire (Duke)
Match 2: Ellen Takada (Wash) vs. Virginia Elena Carta (Duke)
Match 3: Julianne Alvarez (Wash) vs. Leona Maguire (Duke)
Match 4: Sarah Rehh (Wash) vs. Sandy Choi (Duke)
Match 5: Wenyung Keh (Wash) vs. Ana Belac (Duke)

Stanford and UCLA will play in the consolation match.

ABOUT THE Women's East Lake Cup

Inaugural event in 2015. Hosted by the historic East Lake Golf Club Atlanta, this collegiate, two-day match- play competition features the top-performing teams from the previous year's NCAA Women's Golf Championships.

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