ELON, N.C. — Senior Christin Newman led top-seeded College of Charleston (20-8) to its fifth consecutive Southern Conference women’s tennis championship on Sunday — a 4-3 victory over second-seeded Elon.
With the league title and automatic NCAA tournament bid hanging in the balance at 3-all, it came down to the last match between the league’s player of the year in Newman and Elon’s Jordan Johnston.
In the decisive third set, Newman won the final two games, including the 26-minute, 26-point 11th game, which featured 10 deuces, to clinch the match for the Cougars with a 6-3, 6-7 (4), 7-5 decision.
Micah Wessinger closed out her Bulldogs career by recording the two best 800 times in school history en route to a third-place finish and her third all-conference honor as The Citadel closed out competition at the Southern Conference Outdoor Championship in Statesboro, Ga.
The men’s 4x400 team, Nicole Levermann (heptathlon) and Dylan Gidado (shot put) were also named all-conference.
Wessinger posted her second consecutive sub-2:11 time in the finals as the senior captain finished in third at 2:10.76.
Sophomore Hayley McMahon came within a second of breaking the school record as she won the title in the 1,500-meter run for the College of Charleston women in the Southern Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
The Cougars scored 32 points and tied with Furman for sixth place and finished 81/2 points ahead of The Citadel.
McMahon won the event in a time of 4:28.45, .85 seconds from breaking the school record of 4:27.60.
Freshman Roshani Glover earned a spot on the podium with a third-place finish in the triple jump with a mark of 11.86 meters to score six points for the Cougars. Glover also earned a spot on the all-freshman team.
College of Charleston top pair Lizzie Theesfeld and Melissa Morello advanced to the semifinals of the gold division in the Florida State Sand Volleyball tournament in Tallahassee, Fla., before falling to the eventual champions from Georgia State, Lane Carico and Katie Madewell.
Theesfeld/Morello lost in the semifinal round, 21-10, 21-12, to earn a tie for third place overall.
With their regular season now over, the Cougars will await the AVCA selection to the national championships.
The College of Charleston women’s sailing team won the SAISA Women’s Championship title hosted by South Florida in St. Petersburg, Fla.
The Cougars won a head-to-head tiebreaker with host USF. Both squads totaled 43 points across two divisions.
Junior Grace Lucas skippered A-Division to a second-place finish with senior crew Sarah Somes in races 1-8 and sophomore crew Morgan Buckley in races 9-10, while sophomore Clerc Cooper skippered B-Division to a first-place finish with junior crew Elizabeth Chambers.
Marci Christian connected on the walk-off home run in the first game and Melanie Stickney added a three-run blast on Senior Day as host Charleston Southern split with Gardner-Webb, winning 4-3 in the opener and falling 7-4 in the nightcap.