The Colorado women's golf team rallied late to beat Indiana 3 and 2 on Monday to advance to the championship match of the East & West Challenge in Madison, Wis.
The Buffaloes earned the top seed after winning the 36-hole stroke play portion Sunday and were the only higher-seeded team between both the championship and consolation brackets to win its opening match.
With sophomore Brittany Fan and junior Esther Lee already finished for the afternoon, Colorado was trailing in their other three matches, but with solid play down the stretch from seniors Alexis Keating and Allie Zech, and junior Natalie Vivaldi, the Buffs fought their way back to win two out of the three and move on to today's match play finals at the par-72, 6,219-yard University Ridge Golf Course.
Colorado will face Pac-12 Conference foe Oregon in the championship match. The No. 3 seeded Ducks defeated Michigan 4 and 1.
"I'm so proud of the way the team came back today," Colorado coach Anne Kelly said. "Indiana came out firing and we got down early in most of our matches. It's really nice to see Esther playing so well, and then for Natalie and Alexis to fight back after being down was really good."
(1) Colorado def. (4) Indiana, 3 and 2
Camille Chevalier (IU) def. Brittany Fan (CU), 7 and 6
Alexis Keating (CU) def. Eva Domingo (IU), 1-up
Natalie Vivaldi (CU) def. Pear Siriko (IU), 1-up
Esther Lee (CU) def. Erin Harper (IU), 5 and 4
Ana Sanjuan (IU) def. Allie Zech (CU), 1-up
Theresa-Ann Jedra (IU) def. Gillian Vance, 1-up
(1) COLORADO def. (4) Indiana, 3 and 2
(3) Oregon def. (2) Michigan, 4 and 1
(8) Penn State def. (5) UC Davis, 3 and 2
(7) SMU def. (6) Wisconsin, 3 and 2