Bucs advance to semis in Big South tourney

— Charleston Southern opened its championship defense on Saturday afternoon in the quarterfinals of the Big South women’s tennis championships with a 4-1 victory over No. 5 Campbell.

The fourth-seeded Buccaneers took the doubles point to open the match, while Valeria Koussenkova, Kimberley Koerner and Sophie Cloessner all won their singles matchups as CSU topped Campbell for the second time this season.

Charleston Southern advances to take on the top overall seed Liberty on Sunday. Doubles play is set for 11 a.m.

Juan Estevarena secured the winning point in the No. 1 singles flight as the College of Charleston men defeated Charlotte, 4-3, at Patriots Point.

The Cougars (16-6) will next play in the CAA Tournament, set to begin on Thursday.

Caitlyn Emberson connected on a pair of home runs, including the go-ahead shot in the first game of a doubleheader, as the Buccaneers split with host Winthrop.

CSU took the first game, 2-1, while the Bucs fell to the Eagles in the series finale, 5-2.

Brittany McPherson added a solo blast in the second game for the Bucs.

Rebecca Mueller led all batters with four hits and three runs scored on the day as College of Charleston split its doubleheader with host UNC Wilmington, winning the first game, 6-2, and losing the second, 2-1.

The Cougars (24-18, 4-7 CAA) outhit the Seahawks (23-18, 3-7) in both games.

The College of Charleston women won the Lowcountry Collegiate Invitational in Mount Pleasant, putting up 225.5 points to edge second- place Georgia Southern (192) in the nine-team field.

RoShani Glover won the triple jump with a distance of 12.32 meters, breaking a six-year-old Cougars record.

College of Charleston wrapped up its regular season with a 3-2 upset of No. 13 North Florida in the Florida State Tournament in Tallahassee, Fla. The Cougars later fell to the third-ranked Seminoles, 4-1.