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Richdale, ISU look to three-peat

Richdale, ISU look to three-peat

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The Illinois State women's golf team will be seeking its third straight title as the Redbirds take part in the Missouri Valley Conference Golf Championship today and Tuesday at Wichita, Kan.

ISU senior Samantha Richdale, meanwhile, will be looking for her fourth straight all-conference honor.

Another award would make Richdale just the third player in league history to earn all-conference honors for four straight seasons.

The Redbirds were picked in the preseason pool to tie for second with Missouri State, with Bradley getting the nod for the top spot.

"The pick wasn't really reflective of this season overall, but it is a motivator for us," said ISU coach Ray Kralis. "We are two-time defending champions and we just beat Bradley at Missouri State. They have a great team but they will have to work to take the title from us."

Rounding out the Redbird team are Ashlie Rose, Hilary Anderson, Olivia Campos, Kaitlin Troop and Marci Hill.

"We expect the team to rise to the occasion and get it done for a third year," Kralis said. "With players like Sam, Ashlie and Hilary, who have gone in and accomplished the title two times in their career, I look for them to step up and I know they won't back down easily."

Last season, ISU ran away from the field with an 18-stroke team victory at Springfield, Mo.

Another win would be the ninth Valley title for the Redbirds.

"We're looking really strong collectively," said Kralis. "Our practices here have been solid and preparation for this event has been very encouraging. We are looking to take home yet another title."

The first 18 holes will begin at 8 o'clock this morning at the Reflection Ridge Golf Club in Wichita.

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