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LOCAL COLLEGE NOTEBOOK: GSW men's golf moves to No. 6 in nation, ranked No. 1 in D-II Southeast poll; ASU volleyball loses fourth straight at home

AMERICUS -- The Georgia Southwestern men's golf team ranks first in the Southeast region and No. 6 in the country according to the latest Golfstat standings released Wednesday.

The Hurricanes have won three tournaments this fall and not lost to a D-II school.

Individually, GSW has three golfers ranked in the top seven of the region that includes 20 schools.

Craig Gibson ranks third while shooting close to par with a 72.13. Gibson won the 90-player Aflac/Cougar Invitational Oct. 3-4. He has a pair of second-place finishes to go along with the Aflac/Cougar title.

Gibson ranks 185th in the Golfstat Cup standings. The Golfstat Cup, presented to the top collegiate golfer based on scoring average and conditions, includes particpants in all NCAA Divisions, NAIA and junior colleges. Past winners of the Golfstat Cup include PGA Tour members Rickie Fowler (2007-08), Graeme McDowell (2001-02), Charles Howell (1999-2000), Luke Donald (1998-99) and Tiger Woods (1995-96).

J.P. Griffin ranks fourth in the Southeast with a 72.88 scoring average. Griffin claimed a second-place finish at the season-opening Kiawah Island Invitational and tied for third at the Aflac/Cougar event.

Former Lee County star and Herald Player of the Year Nate Gahman ranks seventh in the region. His best finish was a tie for second at the RTJ Grand National Challenge on Sept. 17. Gahman's average score is 73.50.

GSW holds the lowest single-round score in the Peach Belt Conference this season with a 279 in the third round of the Aflac/Cougar led by Griffin's 66, which is the low round by an individual in the PBC this fall.

The Hurricanes' final event of the fall is the Laker Invitational which begins Monday and ends Tuesday in Hampton.

Play resumes in February for GSW with the second half of the season. Trips to Mississippi, Louisiana and South Carolina highlight the Hurricanes' spring schedule.

GSW opens the second half of its season at the Frito Lay AT&T Intercollegiate hosted by Jackson State University on Feb. 17-19.

The following week GSW makes its first trip to "The Big Easy" for the University of New Orleans Mardi Gras Invitational at the TPC of Louisiana Feb. 27-28.

The Hurricanes stay closer to home for their next outing, the Southeastern Collegiate at Kinderlou Forest Golf Club in Valdosta, March 12-13. On March 26-27 GSW will be at the Bearcat Classic hosted by Lander University at Greenwood Country Club in Greenwood, S.C.

The season culminates at Callaway Gardens in Columbus on April 9-10 when Columbus State hosts the PBC Championships.

ASU VOLLEYBALL FALLS TO ALABAMA A&M AT HOME: After opening its season with 14 straight matches on the road, the Albany State volleyball team couldn't wait to get home.

Now that the Lady Rams are home, not much is going right.

Alabama A&M (8-16) swept the host Lady Rams on Thursday night, 25-17, 25-22, 25-22, handing ASU its third loss at home this week. The Lady Rams began the season 8-6 before their home opener Sept. 30 against Paine College, which the Lady Rams won. But in the month of October, the Lady Rams are 0-4 at home and 2-5 overall.

ASU (11-11) couldn't handle Alabama A&M's hitters on Thursday as the Lady Bulldogs racked up 52 kills and made just 20 errors. On the other side of the net, the Lady Rams had 36 kills and 25 errors.

Sharme Ridley and Sabrina Garcia led ASU at the net with 11 kills each, while Jennifer Johnson had a match-high 27 assists. Adrienne Morris had 19 digs, followed by Desiree Hardy and Johnson with 14 and 12 digs, respectively.