Vols card third-best finish in Round One

SHOAL CREEK, Ala. -- The No. 25-ranked Volunteers carded the third-best round (300, +12) on day one of the NCAA Shoal Creek Regional held at Shoal Creek Golf and Country Club on Thursday, May 5. No. 8 Northwestern leads the field with an eight-over 296 while No. 22 Florida State follows closely behind at 11-over par.

Team Scores 1. Northwestern: 296 (+8) 2. Florida State: 299 (+11)3. Tennessee: 300 (+12) Individual Scores 1. Jennifer Hahn (Vanderbilt): 70 (-2)T2. Kacie Komoto (Northwestern): 72 (E)T2. Maddie McCrary (Oklahoma State): 72 (E) Tennessee Scores T4. Hannah Pietila: 73 (+1)T15. Blakesly Warren: 75 (+3)T25. Anna Newell: 76 (+4)T25. Shannon Brooks: 76 (+4)T55. Lucia Polo: 79 (+7) "Today we got off to a good start and took advantage of some of the easier holes on the fron nine," Head Coach Judi Pavon said. "There are some long, difficult holes and the wind really picked up halfway through the back nine which made the course very difficult."

Despite the weather, the Orange and White collected 12 birdies, nine of which were holed on the front nine.

"I was pleased with the effort and patience the players showed. Their short games also looked really good today," added Pavon.

Leading the effort was junior Hannah Pietila, who carded a team-best four birdies in her third NCAA Regional appearance.

"Hannah played really solid golf today. She is striking the ball very well and took advantage of her birdie opportunities," commented Pavon.

Pietila finished the round with 73 strokes, tying for fourth place.

Sophomore Blakesly Warren, who is making her NCAA tournament debut, finished just two strokes behind Pietila with a 75. Warren concluded the day in a 10-way tie for 15th place.

Also making her first appearance in an NCAA Regional, freshman Shannon Brooks ended Thursday's round tied for 25th place with sophomore Anna Newell. Brooks and Newell, the 17-ranked player in the country, carded dual scores of 76.

Lucia Polo posted 79 in the round to enter the second day of the tournament tied for 55th place.