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Wake Forest, Duke to meet in NCAA women's final

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Behind the firepower of first-team All-Americans Jennifer Kupcho and Emilia Migliaccio, Wake Forest earned a spot in the final match on Wednesday at the NCAA Women’s Championship.

Kupcho, a senior who deferred her LPGA membership for a chance to win a team championship, knocked off Auburn’s Kaleigh Telfer, 6 and 4. Migliaccio, a three-time winner this season, rolled for the second straight day, topping Brooke Sansom, 7 and 5.

The fifth-seeded Demon Deacons dispatched the eighth-seeded Tigers, 4-0-1, and will face Duke in Wednesday afternoon’s final, which will begin at 2 p.m. at Blessings Golf Club.

Virginia Elena Carta and Ana Belac each won their second straight match for the second-seeded Blue Devils before freshman Gina Kim topped Arizona senior Bianca Pagdanganan in the anchor match, 1 up, to give Duke a 3-2 win over the defending national champions.

Here’s a by-the-numbers look at Wednesday’s All-ACC championship match:

Final matchups, tee times

Duke (2) vs. Wake Forest (6)

2 p.m.: Virginia Elena Carta vs. Siyun Liu

2:10 p.m.: Jaravee Boonchant vs. Jennifer Kupcho

2:20 p.m.: Miranda Wang vs. Letizia Bagnoli

2:30 p.m.: Gina Kim vs. Emilia Migliaccio

2:40 p.m.: Ana Belac vs. Vanessa Knecht

Duke (2)

Best NCAA finish: first (six times, most recently in 2014)

Golfstat rank: 3

Stroke play: 14-over 890

Match play: def. Stanford, 3-2; def. Arizona, 3-2


(4) Jaravee Boonchant, T-7, 76-71-74, 2 over

       -lost to Lee, 19 holes

       -lost to Moore, 4 and 3

(38) Gina Kim, T-10, 78-70-75, 4 over

       -def. Valenzuela, 1 up

       -def. Pagdanganan, 1 up

(45) Ana Belac, T-16, 76-69-79, 5 over

       -def. Liu, 1 up

       -def. Chang, 2 and 1

(148) Miranda Wang, T-19, 75-72-78, 6 over

       -lost to Krauter, 2 and 1

       -lost to Hou, 2 and 1

(50) Virginia Elena Carta, T-43, 82-71-77, 11 over

       -def. Wang, 24 holes

       -def. Nordaas, 2 and 1

Wake Forest (5)

Best NCAA finish: third (1995)

Golfstat rank: 6

Stroke play: 26-over 902

Match play: def. Arkansas, 3-2; def. Auburn, 4-0-1


(6) Jennifer Kupcho, T-23, 78-76-72, 7 over

       -def. Benton, 1 up

       -def. Telfer, 6 and 4

(32) Siyun Liu, T-23, 79-74-73, 7 over

       -def. Kim, 1 up

       -tied McCarthy

(13) Emilia Migliaccio, T-36, 85-70-74, 10 over

       -def. Gonzalez, 6 and 4

       -def. Sansom, 7 and 5

(NR) Vanessa Knecht, T-54, 78-79-75, 13 over

       -lost to Fassi, 2 and 1

       -def. O’Berry

(NR) Letizia Bagnoli, T-103, 74-83-84, 22 over

       -lost to Matthews, 1 up

       -def. Hualde, 1 up