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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - One win from history.
That's where the Ole Miss women's golf team finds itself after the fourth-seeded Rebels put together two superb match play wins over No. 5 seeded Texas in the NCAA Championship quarterfinals and No. 8 Arizona in the semifinals Tuesday to advance to just the second NCAA team final in the history of Ole Miss Athletics.
It took a monumental effort to get to this point, but Ole Miss showed no quit despite a very quick turnaround from a whirlwind final day of tournament action on Monday. The Rebels made the cut from tournament play as the No. 4 seed, and had to turn around for a 7 a.m. local time tee time against Texas in the quarterfinal.
It took every ounce of strength to get past the Longhorns in a 3-2 victory that featured two sudden-death matches, but the Rebels didn't let fatigue catch up with them, dispatching the Wildcats in regulation this time, 3-2, less than two hours later.
"There was a lot of golf played today that's for sure and I'm just really proud of the girls, they didn't give up," head coach Kory Henkes said. "It's a great opportunity for our program, to play at this high of a level and I think 'Why not us?' We've worked hard like every other team here, so why not Ole Miss?"
Ole Miss will have a date with No. 3 Oklahoma State in the NCAA title match on Wednesday, with tee time set for 3:35 p.m. CT live on GOLF Channel.
This is only the second time a Rebel team has ever advanced to an NCAA team final and the first since men's tennis finished as the runners-up in 1995. Ole Miss claims three national championships in football from 1959, 1960 and 1962, which at the time required at least one entity to vote for a team No. 1 in their final poll to be declared a national champion.