ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Charleston’s Shelby Rogers scored a 6-4, 6-4 victory over 18-year-old Sachia Vickery of Hollywood, Fla., on Friday to advance to Saturday’s semifinals of a $75,000 USTA Women’s Pro Circuit tennis tournament in Albuquerque.
Rogers, a 20-year-old ranked 135th in the world, used her big serve to hold service in the 10th game of each set after gaining 5-3 leads in each set.
Rogers next will face the winner of a quarterfinal match pitting Chieh-Yu Hsu of the United States and 33-year-old Slovenia Petra Rampre, who upended Melanie Oudin in the second round. Rampre is a former winner of a $10,000 pro satellite event at the former Players Club in Mount Pleasant (now LTP Tennis).
Siraya Windsor paced the Charleston Southern offense with 15 kills as the Buccaneers topped Jackson State in CSU’s opening match of the Bash in the Boro at Georgia Southern, defeating the Tigers 25-23, 25-14, 25-14, in the sweep.
Meredith Parrott added 10 kills and five digs for the Buccaneers (5-7).
SMU’s defense stepped up to slow down College of Charleston (9-3) in the final three sets and the Mustangs took a 3-1 (22-25, 25-15, 25-22, 25-17) victory in the nightcap of the first day of the C of C Classic.
Earlier in the day, nine Cougars recorded kills on their way to a 3-0 (25-10, 25-7, 25-14) sweep of Alabama A&M in the opening match.
Charleston Southern was unable to overcome an early two-goal deficit at Blackbaud Stadium as the Buccaneers fell to USC Upstate, 2-1.
Allison Lewis scored her first goal of the season, connecting on a shot in the 80th minute for the Bucs (3-4-1), but early goals by Kenzie Major and Shauna Kain proved to be the difference for the Spartans (3-4-2).
The College of Charleston fell, 6-0, to host Charlotte at TransAmerica Field.
The Cougars ended the night on the wrong side of a 20-8 shot margin.
Charleston (2-7) will open its inaugural Colonial Athletic Association season when the Cougars make their conference debut next Friday with a home match against Northeastern at Patriots Point.
Charleston’s Katherine Schofield and Samantha Maddox rolled through the first day of competition at the 12th annual C of C Invitational to claim spots in the semifinals.
The Cougars finished the day 6-6 and return to action Saturday at 8:30 a.m. at the C of C Tennis Complex on Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant.