State report: College of Charleston’s Newman, Anastopoulo earn top Southern Conference tennis honors
College of Charleston senior standout Christin Newman was named Southern Conference women’s tennis player of the year.
Newman is the first women’s tennis player in program history to earn the honor since the Cougars joined the SoCon in 1998. She also earned All-SoCon first team honors for the third year in a row playing at No. 1 singles. Newman has posted a team-leading 17-6 overall record in dual matches, including an 8-1 league mark.
Teammate Brooke McAmis earned a spot on the six-member all-freshman team after going 12-5 overall and 7-1 in the conference playing primarily at No. 3 singles.
For the fifth time in the SoCon and sixth time overall, director of tennis Angelo Anastopoulo was named SoCon coach of the year. Anastopoulo, who earned his 400th career win earlier this season, led the Cougars to their third league regular season championship title in the last four years with a 17-8 overall record and 9-1 conference mark. He also won the award in 1996, 2001, 2003, 2010 and 2011.
The Southern Conference tennis championships are Thursday to Sunday in Elon, N.C.
College of Charleston freshman Zack Lewis earned a spot on the All-Southern Conference men’s second team.
Freshman Mary Chandler Bryan earned the best finish for a freshman in team history and helped College of Charleston finish fourth in the Southern Conference women’s golf championship at Moss Creek Golf Club on Hilton Head Island.
The Cougars shot a 15-over 303 and finished at 57-over 921. Chattanooga took the team title at 31 over, six shots ahead of Furman.
Bryan had a 1-under 71 and was tied for the individual lead after 54 holes with Agathe Sauzon of Chattanooga at 2-over 218. The two players went to a sudden-death playoff to determine the individual medalist. Bryan missed a birdie putt from about 30 feet, and Sauzon made a 3-footer for birdie to take medalist honors.
The Cougars placed three on the All-Southern Conference Team with Vanessa Koechli, Kathy Boehm and Julia Neumann earning that honor. The Cougars also placed two on the All-Freshman Team with Neumann and Louise Olsson being recognized by the conference.
The Citadel shot a 171-over 1,035 and finished 10th.
In Ninety Six, Charleston Southern seniors Amanda D’Ostroph and Katelyn Bensch each shot 78 as the Bucs finished fifth in the Big South women’s golf championship at The Patriot Golf Club at Grand Harbor.
The Lady Bucs fired a 23-over 311 in the final round to finish at 931. Coastal Carolina shot a 16-over 880 to win by eight strokes over Campbell. D’Ostroph was CSU’s top finisher, tying for 19th at 14-over 230.
In Spartanburg, Charleston Southern junior Ross Thomson finished tied for fifth following a final round 75 at the Wofford Invitational at Spartanburg Country Club.
East Tennessee State won by two strokes over host Wofford. CSU finished 12th. The Mountaineers’ Caleb Keck took medalist honors with a total of 7-under 209, four strokes ahead of Thomson.
College of Charleston swept a doubleheader at South Carolina State in Orangeburg to extend its win streak to seven games. The Cougars (26-16) picked up 8-0 and 2-0 victories behind a combined shutout from Stephanie Saylors and Jen Rosene in the opener and a two-hit shutout by Valerie Cassell, who had seven strikeouts.
Lizzy Vaughn went 4 for 5 on the day with a double and an RBI for the Cougars, while Kelsey Hodgson hit her 11th homer of the season.
A solo home run in the sixth inning by Kiana Quolas helped Coastal Carolina (26-18, 13-5 Big South) complete a season sweep of Charleston Southern with a 6-5 win in Conway.
Jana Matthews hit her ninth home run of the season for the Bucs (10-36, 3-15).