Senior Shintaro Ban shot a 2-under-par 68 to help the 12th-ranked UNLV men’s golf team to a 5-over 285, five strokes behind the leaders, after the first round of the Fighting Illini Invitational in Olympia Fields, Illinois.
The 15-team tournament includes 10 teams ranked among the nation’s top 20. No. 1 Oklahoma State, No. 4 Baylor and No. 19 Alabama are in a three-way tie atop the leaderboard at even-par 280.
Next are No. 16 Texas A&M (281), No. 20 Florida State (282), No. 5 Illinois (283), No. 8 Southern California (283) and the Rebels in the top eight.
Oklahoma State’s Zach Bauchou is the individual leader by two strokes at 6-under 64. Ban is tied for sixth in the 78-player field.
Also for UNLV, freshman Jack Trent (71) is tied for 24th, junior Harry Hall (72) is tied for 27th, sophomore Yash Majmudar (74) is tied for 45th, and sophomore Justin Kim (79) and freshman J.J. Gresco (79) are tied for 71st.
At Bakersfield, Calif., Sophie Cortes scored her fifth and sixth goals of the season, including the decisive tally in the 81st minute, as the Rebels (7-1) notched a 2-1 win over Cal State Bakersfield (5-4).
Caitlyn Kreutz and Michaela Morris assisted on Cortes’ goal that opened the scoring in the 51st minute, and Morris added an assist on the decisive score.
Alexa Orrante scored her fourth goal of the season on a penalty kick in the 68th minute for the Roadrunners, who held a 19-16 edge in shots.
Jordan Sallee had nine saves for UNLV, including one against Aminah Settles with 1:45 left and another on Haley Vicente in the final seconds.
At Bloomington, Ind., Ashley Owens had nine kills, Elsa Descamps eight kills and Riley Jacobs 20 assists for the Rebels (4-7) in their 25-18, 25-14, 25-17 loss to Indiana (10-0) in the Hoosier Classic.
Kendall Beerman had 13 kills, Jessica Leish 11 kills and Victoria Brisack 42 assists for the Hoosiers.
At Johann Memorial Field, Lucas Rosa scored in the fourth minute of overtime to send Saint Francis (4-3) to a 1-0 victory over the Rebels (1-5) in the Johann Memorial Classic.
The Red Flash held an 8-6 advantage in shots, including 2-0 in the extra period.