Palo Alto grad Xie makes impressive college golf debut


With freshman Michelle Xie from Palo Alto High leading the way, the Harvard women's golf team opened its season by placing fourth at the Diane Thomason Invitational last weekend in Iowa City, Iowa.

Harvard finished the weekend at plus-44 (908). The Crimson began the tournament at plus-17 (305) before posting a plus-7 (295) in its second round. The team closed the tournament with a final round at plus-20 (308).

Xie stood out in her collegiate debut, tying for second place with a total score of 222 (+6). Xie's weekend included consecutive rounds at 1-over-par (73) to begin her career, and a final-round 76 on Sunday.

Gunn High grad Anna Zhou also made her debut over the weekend (+18, 234) and registered a pair of 77's (+5) to open and close the tournament.

Iowa won the team competition at plus-24 (888) with Rutgers (+42, 906) and Delaware (+43, 907) finishing just ahead of the Crimson. Played at the Finkbine Golf Course, the Diane Thomason Invitational covered 6,158 yards and featured a slope of 134 with a par of 72.

Harvard will have a three-week layoff before returning to action Oct. 3-4 at the Princeton Invitational to be played at Springdale Golf Club.

Women's volleyball

Palo Alto High grad Kimmy Whitson earned all-tournament honors after helping Pacific go 3-0 and captured the Bluejay Invitational title at Creighton University on Saturday in Omaha, The Tigers captured the title with a 16-25, 25-21, 25-15, 26-24 triumph over Creighton.

Whitson ended the night with 47 assists, two kills, one ace, one block, and nine digs as the Tigers improved to 8-1 this season. Whitson had 41 assists and three digs in a 27-25, 25-22, 25-13 win over Lipscomb in the second round. In an opening-round win over Bakersfield, Whitson produced 31 assists, five kills and a match-high six block assists.

Next up for Whitson and the Tigers will be a nonconference match at Stanford on Friday at 7 p.m.

Elsewhere on the weekend:

Sacred Heart Prep grad Sarah Daschbach and Menlo School grad Maddie Huber helped Princeton go 1-2 at the Hofstra Invitational that wrapped this past weekend.

Daschbach, a senior, had 13 digs during a 25-17, 25-2, 25-10 victory over Hartford to conclude tourney action. In a 29-27, 21-25, 25-17, 25-22 loss to Florida Gulf Coast, Daschbach produced 27 digs. The Tigers opened the tourney with a 26-24, 25-21, 18-25, 25-23 loss to Hofstra as Daschbach and Huber each had 10 digs.

At the Beacon Invitational in Boston, Palo Alto High grad Maddie Kuppe produced 33 kills and 27 digs as Tufts University went 1-2. Kuppe had 15 kills and 13 digs in a tourney-opening upset of No. 12 Eastern.

At the Wildcat Invitational in Providence, R.I., Palo Alto High grad Caroline Martin helped Connecticut College fashion a a 3-1 record.

In Washington, Palo Alto High grad Melanie Wade helped the Huskies remain unbeaten (8-0) with sweeps of Cal State Northridge (twice) and St. Mary's. Wade hit .467 with nine kills and four block assists in the win over St. Mary's.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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