Charleston Southern’s Gabrielle Houston won the 100 and 200 meters at the Big South track and field championships Saturday as the Buccaneers finished third overall.

Houston won the 100 with a time of 11.47 seconds, .14 seconds ahead of Coastal Carolina’s Erica Peake. Houston outdueled Peake again in the 200, winning in 23.45.

Liberty won the women’s and men’s Big South titles. The Liberty women notched 210 points to win, ahead of Coastal Carolina (203.25) and CSU (89.50).

Also winning for CSU’s women was Mulern Jean in the 100 hurdles (13.32).

CSU’s men finished fourth with 81 points behind champion Liberty (213), Coastal Carolina (131) and High Point (110).

Jarad Jeter won the 400 for CSU in 47.48 and Lavon Allen took the long jump in 7.64 meters, just ahead of teammate Braxton Drummond (7.47).


ELON, N.C. — The top-seeded College of Charleston women’s tennis team moved within one win of repeating as Southern Conference tournament champions with a 4-0 victory over fourth-seeded UNCG in the semifinals Saturday at the Jimmy Powell Tennis Center.

The Cougars (19-8) will make their fifth consecutive appearance in the championship match and will face host and second-seeded Elon (21-3) in the finals at 10 a.m. today.


Southern Conference semifinals

At Elon, N.C.

Singles: Christin Newman (CofC) vs. Niltooli Wilkins (UNCG), 4-6, 1-2, DNF; Kelly Kambourelis (CofC) vs. Dilara Yurtkuran (UNCG), 6-4, 4-1, DNF; Brooke McAmis (CofC) d. Alex Whitehead 6-2, 6-2; Jenny Falcone (CofC) d. Anette Rios 6-1, 6-2; Samantha Maddox (CofC) vs. Stephanie Falcon (UNCG), 6-3, 5-3, DNF; Katherine Schofield (CofC) d. Kayla Gammie 6-1, 6-2.

Doubles: Wilkins/Whitehead (UNCG) d. Irene Viana/Schofield 8-4; Kambourelis/Falcone (CofC) def. Rios/Gammie 8-3; Maddox/Newman (CofC) d. Falcon/Yurtkuran (UNCG), 9-7.

Record: CofC 19-8.

No. 2 seed Charleston Southern dropped a 4-0 decision to top-seeded Winthrop in the Big South Conference women’s tennis championship match in Rock Hill.

Charleston Southern (14-7) picked up a wins against Radford and Presbyterian, but the Buccaneers were unable to overcome host Winthrop (18-9) in a rematch of CSU’s only Big South loss back on March 30.

Winthrop 4, Charleston Southern 0

Big South Championship

At Rock Hill

Singles: Yasmine Alkema (W) d. Marketa Placha 6-3, 6-1; Andressa Garcia (W) vs. Yvonne Hubler (CSU) 6-1, 5-4, unfinished; Alice Garcia (W) d. Angelica Sidorenko 6-2, 6-3; Giovanna Portiolli (W) vs. Alexandra Walters (CSU) 5-4, unfinished; Caitlin Cridland (W) vs. Alia Nour (CSU) 5-6, unfinished; Tijana Uzelac (W) d. Susita Das 6-0, 6-3.

Doubles: Alkema/An. Garcia (W) d. Sidorenko/Nour 9-8 (7-5); Hubler/Walters (CSU) d. Al. Garcia/Portiolli 8-4; Ekin Gunaysu/Cridland (W) d. Placha/Das 8-1

Records: CSU 14-7, Winthrop 18-9.

At Elon, N.C., third-seeded College of Charleston fell 4-1 to No. 2 seed Samford in a rematch of last year’s Southern Conference tournament final in semifinal action.

The Cougars finished the season at 13-9, while the Bulldogs improved to 14-9.


Southern Conference semifinals

At Elon, N.C.

Singles: Zac Dunkle (S) vs. Brice Allanic (CofC) 4-6, 6-2, 2-1 DNF; Elliot Barnwell (Samford) vs. Sebastian Lopez (CofC), 6-7 (7), 0-4; Fares Kilani (S) d. Crescente Lesser 6-2, 6-2; Alex Sajonz (S) d. Charlie Ghriskey 7-6 (2), 6-2; Austin Akers (S) d. Zack Lewis 6-1, 6-3; Alon Faiman (CofC) d. Garrison Laduca 6-4, 6-2.

Doubles: Dunkle/Barnwell (S) vs. Allanic/Charlie Ghriskey (CofC), 8-8 DNF; Akers/Laduca (S) d. Lopez/Lesser 9-7; Kilani/Sajonz (S) d. Faiman/Lewis 8-3.

Records: CofC 13-9, Samford 14-9.


Morgan Baker connected on a three-run home run for Gardner-Webb in a seven-run fourth inning to beat Charleston Southern, 7-1, in at CSU Softball Field.

Ari Tedesco recorded an RBI single in the third inning for the Bucs (10-37, 3-16 Big South), who host Gardner-Webb (10-27, 5-14) in a doubleheader today with seniors Jasmine Conley, Courtney Konyk, Jana Matthews, Linzy Rother, Trea Steeleand and Melanie Stickney to be recognized.

Sand volleyball

College of Charleston split its two dual matches in tournament competition at Florida State in Tallahassee, Fla.

The Cougars defeated Georgia State, 3-2, in a dual and fell to No. 3 Florida State, 5-0. Bracket play continues today.