CHARLESTON, S.C. – It was a relatively light week of action for College of Charleston athletics as men’s and women’s golf took over Kiawah Island, volleyball stayed undefeated in conference play, sailing won the SAISA Match Race on home water and women’s soccer celebrated senior day.
Volleyball (18-4, 8-0) continue to make themselves at home in the Colonial Athletic Association, this time dispatching of rival UNC Wilmington, 3-0, on Saturday afternoon in the friendly confines of TD Arena. The Cougars outmatched the Seahawks in every major statistical category on their way to a comprehensive victory in front of their home fans. Senior Darcy Dorton again led the way for the College with 14 kills, five digs and three blocks. Sloane White, Emily Neideffer and last week’s CAA Defensive Player of the Week, Andi Zbojniewicz also played well for the Cougars, who will put their undefeated record on the line this Friday night at 7 p.m., against Towson at home in TD Arena.
Both Men’s and Women’s Golf headed to Kiawah Island this past weekend where the men hosted The Invitational at the Ocean Course, held at the Kiawah Island Resort and the women hosted the Palmetto Intercollegiate at the Turtle Point golf course.
Freshman Laura Fuenfstueck finished in a tie for second place to lead the women to a fifth-place finish with a team score of 902 (+38). Back-to-back CAA Player of the Week, Fuenfstueck scored runner-up honors for her second consecutive tournament with a three-round score of 69-73-74=216 (E), two strokes behind individual medalist Melissa Siviter of Georgia State who fired a final-round 67 to capture the honors. Also performing well for the Cougars was Morgan Webber, who finished in seventh-place, as well as Louise Olssen and Julia Neumann.
Across the Island, in their final tournament of the fall season, the men finished in sixth-place at the Ocean Course, behind strong play from Zach Munroe and John Jonas. Playing on one of the toughest courses in the country, Jonas provided the highlight of the weekend draining an incredible hole-in-one on Monday with a 203 yard four iron gem on hole 14.
The defending national champion College of Charleston sailing team celebrated another victory this past weekend with a win at the home-hosted SAISA Match Race. Competing against Georgia Tech, Eckerd and the University of South Florida at the Walker Sailing Complex, the Cougars claimed victory on the last race of the day to secure the team win. Ryan Davidson, Brandon Folkman, Ali Blumenthal and Jake Reynolds were the Cougars’ top performers.
Women’s soccer celebrated senior day this past weekend prior to its match against CAA foe, Drexel. Five seniors were honored, including Jena Mohr, Jade Reynolds, McCallie Jones, Victoria Finchman and Eli Sarasola. Sarah Cardamone, a redshirt junior, also celebrated senior day with the class she’s spent the last four seasons with despite having another year of eligibility. In the end, a Jade Reynolds goal wasn’t enough as the Cougars eventually fell to the Dragons, 4-1.
In Birmingham, Ala., on Friday night, an upset bid by the men’s soccer team was deflated after two late goals from UAB secured a 2-1 victory for the Blazers. Troy Peterson got the goal for the Cougars on an assist from Jake Currie.
CofC STUDENT-ATHLETES OF THE WEEK sponsored by HARRIS TEETER
Darcy Dorton, Volleyball, RS-Sr., Muncie, Ind. – Dorton led CofC to a 3-0 sweep of UNCW by posting her most kills/set in a CAA match, tallying 14 kills with only three errors for a hitting percentage of .379. She also made five digs and had three blocks.
John Jonas, Men’s Golf, So., Jacksonville, Fla. – Jonas, a transfer from LSU, provided the highlight of the tournament for men’s golf this past weekend, sinking a hole-in-one at the famed Ocean Course on Kiawah Island. Hitting a four iron from 203 yards away, the sophomore hit his magical shot in front of his mother, who was in the gallery alongside the green. “She was going crazy,” said Jonas. “It was special.”
INSIDE THE LINES presented by HENDRICK HONDA
This week’s Inside the Lines presented by Hendrick Honda keeps up with the volleyball team’s perfect CAA record, previews the CAA Cross Country Championships, recaps baseball’s Fall World Series and talks with John Jonas after his hole-in-one at the Ocean Course. Fans then get an inside look at the basketball block party from this past Sunday.
BASKETBALL BLOCK PARTY ROCKS GEORGE STREET
Just under two weeks away from the start of the season, the College of Charleston Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams kicked off the 2013-14 campaign in style on Sunday evening in downtown Charleston, on George Street, where CofC hosted the first annual Basketball Block Party.
Arriving together in a team bus, players and coaches alike were met on the corner of George and St. Philip on Sunday evening by hundreds of cougar faithful excited to get their first look at the year’s edition of CofC basketball.
With bounce houses lining the street, as well as a regulation basketball goal, people of all ages spent the evening mingling with the players and coaches while the younger crowd made use of the face painting station, photo booths and balloon maker. With DJ Natty Heavy keeping the party going, senior Alyssa Frye delighted fans with a three-point clinic while redshirt freshman Canyon Barry taught people the nuances of the under-handed free throw.
The women officially open the season at TD Arena on Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. (ET) against Kennesaw State, while the men tip-off Saturday, Nov. 9, at 1 p.m. (ET), on the road against defending national champion, Louisville.
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Redshirt-freshman Canyon Barry shows the crowd how to shoot his patented underhand free throw at Sunday’s Basketball Block Party.