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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- The University of Delaware women’s golf team will look to defend its conference title this weekend when the Blue Hens compete in the Colonial Athletic Association Women’s Golf Championship.

Delaware is one of eight conference teams that will compete in the three-day tournament, which will be held on the par 72, 6,113-yard Blue Heron Course at Ford’s Colony Country Club. Friday and Saturday rounds begin at 8:30 a.m. on the first tee, while Sunday’s final round will start at 8 a.m. also on the first tee, followed by the awards ceremony.

The Blue Hens will compete in the league championship along with Charleston, Elon, Hofstra, James Madison, UNCW, Towson and William & Mary, with the winning team earning an automatic berth to the NCAA Championship.

Delaware captured its first title in school history a year ago by posting an eight-shot victory at St. James Plantation in Southport, N.C. Andi Slane claimed her second consecutive individual crown with a two over par 218, while Nathalie Filler finished in third place at 12 over par.

UD freshman Ariane Klotz leads the Blue Hens with a 75.15 average round this season, and has posted a team-high four top 10 finishes on the year. Vitoria Teixeira ranks second on the team by averaging 76.42 shots per round, while Valentina Mueller is third on the squad with a 76.46 average round.

Ashley Dingman (77.73) and Grace Chua (78.08) have also competed in all nine tournaments for the Blue Hens, while Josefina Fernandez-Davila (78.08) has participated in all but one.

Delaware has recorded five top five finishes during its nine tournaments this year, and won the Rutgers Invitational team title on Sept. 16-17. The Blue Hens are the second ranked team at the CAA Championship, behind only Charleston.

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