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Duke, Purdue's Boeljon take early leads at NCAA women's tournament

5/25/2007 - Tennis

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Two-time defending champion Duke took
an eight-stroke lead Thursday after the windy third round of the
NCAA women's tournament, while Purdue's Christel Boeljon moved five
strokes ahead in the individual competition.

Anna Grzebien and Jennie Lee had even-par 72s to help the Blue
Devils, seeking their fifth team title in nine years, shoot a
5-over 293 for a 16-over 880 total on LPGA International's Legends
Course. Purdue was second at 24 over, followed by UCLA (29 over),
Georgia (38 over) and Vanderbilt and Stanford (both 39 over).

"We're excited about tomorrow and it's clear that Purdue and
UCLA are not going away," Duke coach Dan Brooks said. "They are
here to win this thing."

Purdue shot a 3-over 291, the best team score in the third
round.

"I think Duke has a nice little lead, but we don't really
control Duke," Boilermakers coach Devon Brouse said. "We just
have to try and play well tomorrow and see what happens. ... It
just comes down to whether or not we can get something going and
put four scores together. We have not done that yet."

Boeljon, a sophomore from the Netherlands, shot her second
straight 3-under 69 for a 6-under 210 total. Southern California's
Paola Moreno (70) was second at 1 under, and Duke's Amanda
Blumenherst (74), Vanderbilt's Jacqui Concolino (73) and TCU's
Catherine Matranga (74) followed at 1 over.

"I played really solid again," Boeljon said. "I hit a lot of
fairways and greens. I made some bogeys, but on this course you
have to expect them. I trusted my game well enough that I would
make some birdies and that's what I'm doing."