Citadel’s Baucom gets second commitment

New Citadel basketball coach Duggar Baucom has picked up a second commitment for the Bulldogs, adding 6-1 guard Quayson Williams from Gibsonville, N.C., to the fold.

Williams, who attends Eastern Guilford High School, had previously committed to play for Baucom at VMI.

He averaged 21.9 points, 5.6 assists and 6.8 rebounds for his team last season, said Eastern Guilford coach Joe Spinks.

“His biggest strength is being able to shoot he ball as a point guard,” Spinks said. “He’s got a great mid-range jumper as well as shooting the three with high efficiency. He loves the open style of play, so he chose a system that really fits his skill set at The Citadel.

“Every coach who came through here said they thought Quayson has a college basketball body already. He’s a gym rat and loves to play the game.”

Williams’ team went 20-6 and made the second round of the state playoffs last season.

Baucom previously got a commitment from Connor Schroeder, a 6-7 wing from The Miller School in Charlottesville, Va.

Charleston Southern bounced back from losing the doubles point to win four positions in singles to post a 4-2 win over Liberty on Friday in the semifinals of the Big South Conference women’s tennis tournament in Asheville, N.C.

The regular-season champion Bucs (17-2) now advance to Saturday’s noon final against second seed Coastal Carolina, which scored a 4-2 win over Winthrop on Friday. The Bucs defeated Coastal Carolina, 6-1, during the regular season.

Liberty, which had scored a 4-3 win over CSU in the regular season, jumped out to a 1-0 lead by sweeping all three doubles positions from the Bucs, who had swept doubles in their last seven matches.

Big South player of the year Marketa Placha, a senior from the Czech Republic, won easily, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 1 singles for the Bucs, but doubles ace Angelica Sidorenko fell at No. 3 singles as Liberty took a 2-1 lead in the match.

CSU’s Valeria Koussenkova then came through in straight sets at No. 6 singles, followed by Yvonne Hubler rallying to take a tight three-setter at No. 2 singles to put the Bucs on the edge of advancing to the championship match.

German freshman Sophie Cloessner wrapped up the victory with a tight three-set comeback at No. 5.

Former Porter-Gaud star Mi’Kola Cooper, the only American starter for the Bucs, suffered a rare loss, 8-6, at No. 1 doubles while playing with Canadian Sidorenko. The Cooper/Sidorenko team had won 15 of its last 17 matches. Cooper also was trailing in the third set in singles when Cloessner clinched the Bucs’ berth in the final.

College of Charleston women’s tennis swept Drexel, 4-0, in the quarterfinals of the CAA Championship on Friday at the Millie West Tennis Facility in Williamsburg, Va.

“To be the No. 2 seed, that’s about as tough of a first match as you can get,” CofC head coach Angelo Anastopoulo said. “Drexel is talented; they were 15-2 entering this match with an RPI of 100. It’s not generally what you would expect in a first-round match, and they gave us everything we could possibly handle.”

The Dragons (15-3, 2-2 CAA) won at No. 3 doubles and pushed three singles matches to a third set when the Cougars (13-12, 5-1 CAA) clinched the match. Their final season record of 15-3 is the most wins ever recorded in program history.

After Drexel’s Lea Winkler and Kendra Brunch took an 8-2 victory at No. 3 doubles, the All-CAA First Team tandem of senior Jenny Falcone and junior Katherine Schofield evened the score with an 8-3 win over Nicole Pivonika and Clay Rodriguez on court one. The 79th-ranked duo have now won seven straight matches as the Cougars’ top seed, compiling a 13-7 record on the year.

The doubles point came down to No. 2-seeded senior Samantha Maddox and sophomore Mara Argyriou. The pair turned in an 8-3 triumph over Erin Bowsher and Ryshena Providence to clinch the doubles point and give CofC an early 1-0 lead.

Freshman Sarah Jane Jones won the first singles match for the Cougars with a 7-5, 6-2 defeat of Brunch at the No. 6 spot. In her first conference tournament match, the Jacksonville, Fla., native was down 5-2 in the first set before changing strategies and coming back to win 7-5. The momentum propelled her to a 6-2 win in the second set.

At the No. 3 spot, Schofield won her first set over Rodriguez 6-4 before starting to falter halfway through the second set. After Rodriguez took a 4-3 lead in the second, Schofield found the energy to come back and earn her second 6-4 victory to give the Cougars a 3-0 lead.

Falcone clinched the match with a three-set triumph on court four. After suffering a 6-2 setback in the first set, the Davidson, N.C., native won the next two sets, 6-2, 6-1, for her seventh straight singles victory, increasing her overall record to 16-9.

College of Charleston advances to the semifinals where the Cougars will meet Elon on Saturday at 10 am. The Phoenix (15-7, 2-1 CAA) downed Towson 4-0 in the quarterfinals. The match comes just eight days after CofC edged Elon, 4-3, in a conference matchup at Elon.

College of Charleston men’s tennis won four straight singles matches to overcome an early deficit and defeat JMU, 4-1, in the quarterfinals of the CAA Championships on Friday at the Millie West Tennis Facility in Williamsburg, Va.

The Cougars (14-9, 3-1 CAA), who entered the conference tournament as a No. 4 seed, met the Dukes (8-11, 2-4 CAA) just two weeks after defeating them, 6-1, in Harrisonburg. In a repeat of the last time the two teams met, CofC claimed an early 1-0 lead after wins at the No. 1 and 3 spots.

Junior Josh Record and sophomore Rodrigo Encinas got Charleston started with an 8-4 victory over Maxi Branth and Alex Berdnikoff on court three. After JMU evened the score with an 8-6 win at the No. 2 spot, the doubles point once again came down to top-seeded seniors Brice Allanic and Alon Faiman. The All-CAA Second Team selections, who needed a tiebreak to beat JMU’s Sebastian Salinas and Maljan Ruzic in the last outing, clinched the doubles point for a second time against the Dukes with an 8-4 victory.

JMU was undaunted as the two teams headed into singles action and the Dukes’ top-seeded singles player, Rob Stirling, was able to tie the match 1-1 with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Allanic. Junior Garrett Gordon gave the Cougars their edge back with a 6-0, 6-4 triumph over Stephan Goldman on court six. Junior Zack Lewis extended CofC’s lead with a three-set victory over Ruzic at the No. 5 spot, the fifth straight singles victory for the All-CAA Academic Team honoree.

Charlie Ghriskey clinched the match for CofC with a 7-6(1), 6-2 triumph over Brett Moorhead at the No. 3 spot. Ghriskey was recently named to the All-CAA Second Team and now holds a 15-8 record on the year, including a 3-1 mark against conference opponents.

Charleston advances to the semifinals of the CAA Championships, where the team will face top-seeded UNC Wilmington in a rematch of the CAA Championship match last year. The Seahawks (12-7, 1-0 CAA) who are ranked 63rd in the country, according to the latest ITA poll, routed eight-seeded Delaware, 4-0, on Friday. First serve will be at 2 pm.