CHARLESTON, S.C. – College of Charleston athletics wrapped up another action-packed week highlighted by a doubles championship for the men’s tennis team at the prestigious Southern Intercollegiate as well a new school record for the men’s cross country program.
Men’s tennis headed off to Athens, Ga., this past Friday to play in the Southern Intercollegiate Tournament, at the famed Dan Magill Tennis Complex – home of the 2014 NCAA Tennis Championships. Behind the play of Rodrigo Encinas and Josh Record, the men were able to snag the doubles championship in dominating fashion. The duo won five matches in five days against top-notch competition, eventually disposing of the doubles tandem from Winthrop University, 8-4 in the final.
Also competing on the road against some of the nation’s premier talent was the men’s and women’s cross country programs, who headed off to Greenville, S.C., to take part in the inaugural Furman Cross Country Classic. Led by junior Mackenzie Johnston – who broke the school record in the 8K – the Cougars continued their incendiary start to the season with both teams finishing in seventh place against the best teams in the country.
The volleyball team traveled west to California, tying the school record with an 8-0 start after defeating Seattle last Friday morning. However, a night loss to Long Beach State and a defeat at the hands of Loyola Marymount cut the run short. Sloane White played well over the weekend, leading the squad with 29 kills and posting a .367 attack percentage. Freshman Maddie Hills came off the bench to tally six blocks for the Cougars.
The defending national champion sailing program, led by a talented group of newcomers, claimed a 32-point victory over Eckerd College to win the SAISA Open N/S #1 regatta held over the weekend at the J. Stewart Walker Sailing Complex.
Women’s soccer (2-6) was also in action this past weekend, coming up just short on Friday and Sunday to highly-ranked SEC competition. In Auburn, Ala., on Friday night, the Cougars, led by goalkeeper Eli Sarasola, fought hard in the first half, keeping the Tigers off the board, but three second-half goals earned the Tigers the victory. On Sunday, against the University of Georgia, the Cougars possessed well and created scoring chances, before eventually succumbing to the Bulldogs 5-1.
Men’s soccer (1-3) fell, 2-0, to Vermont at Patriots Point on Friday evening. The Cougars dictated the majority of the match – especially the second half – but back-to-back counterattack goals for the Catamounts were enough to topple the Cougars.
CofC STUDENT-ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Mackenzie Johnston, Men’s Cross Country, Jr., Hilton Head, S.C. – The junior distance runner was named CAA Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week after breaking the school record in the 8K at the Furman Cross Country Classic this past weekend.
Sloane White, Volleyball, Jr., RS, Indianapolis, Ind. – White posted her best weekend performances of the season against tough competition in California. She totaled 29 kills through three matches and hit a team-high .367. In a win over Seattle, White had 14 kills and hit a career-high .650 attack mark, making just one error. She had 11 kills and two service aces against Long Beach State, including a dramatic set-winner in the third. White is currently ranked fourth in the CAA with a .292 hitting percentage.
A number of College of Charleston student-athletes will get the opportunity to see California this year as the volleyball, men’s soccer and men’s basketball teams all have trips planned for the Golden State. Volleyball just recently returned from the Los Angeles area, while the men’s soccer team heads to the San Francisco area to play Stanford and California this weekend. The men’s basketball teams travels to Anaheim, Calif., for the Wooden Legacy tournament at the end of November.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
The men’s basketball schedule was released this past week with dates for all non-conference and CAA bouts in the Cougars’ first year in the new conference. Highlights include a season opener at defending champion Louisville, a home game against ACC champion Miami and a rivalry game at former conference foe Davidson. View the full schedule here.
UPCOMING HOME EVENTS
An exciting slate of volleyball action is set to take place at TD Arena on Friday and Saturday as the Cougars host the CofC Holiday Inn Classic. The College kicks off the tournament on Friday afternoon against the Bulldogs of Alabama A&M, followed by a 7 p.m. Friday night clash against Southern Methodist University. A second double-header awaits the Cougars on Saturday as they will take on UNC Asheville at 2 p.m., followed by a 7:30 p.m. matchup against Ball State in the tournament finale.
Also in action this weekend is the women’s tennis team who is hosting the 12th annual College of Charleston Invitational at the CofC Tennis Complex in Mt. Pleasant. The Cougars will be joined by Coastal Carolina, UNC Wilmington, Stetson, Samford, Davidson and the defending Division II national champions, Armstrong Atlantic.
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Photographer Al Samuels organizing the men’s and women’s cross country photo shoot early Friday morning at Folly each.