CofC defeats CSU in Silver Cup battle

The College of Charleston women’s soccer team defeated Charleston Southern for the seventh straight time Friday at CSU Soccer Field. CofC downed the Bucs, 1-0, behind a penalty kick from freshmen forward Jessica Schifer in the 35th minute and shutout from junior goalkeeper Lauren Killian.

In the 35th minute, freshmen Raymara Barreto was fouled in the CSU goal box awarding CofC a penalty kick. Jessica Schifer buried her third goal of the season past CSU goalkeeper Alyssa Dellacqua to give the College a 1-0 lead 10 minutes before halftime. Schifer now has a team-leading three game-winning goals in 2015.

The College (5-3) moved to 15-5-4 all-time against the Bucs, most notably an a 13-0-5 record in the series since 1998.

Tennis

The College of Charleston women’s tennis team kicked off its fall slate at the 15th annual College of Charleston Invitational on Friday.

Liza Fieldsend made her debut with the Cougars by defeating Sara Bondar of Coastal Carolina, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, to move into the next round against Ashley Dean of Stetson. Katherine Schofield defeated Charlotte’s Jessica Perez, 6-0, 6-0 in two sets, to move on to a showdown with junior Annika Hepp of Samford University. Schofield prevailed in an airtight first-set 7-6(5) before taking the second set 6-3 to move into the semifinals.

Joining Schofield in the A2 bracket was sophomore Sarah Jane Jones, who drew Stetson’s Alexe Vlaud of France. Jones started out strong in a tightly contested first set, winning 7-5, but couldn’t quite hold it together, falling 6-3 and 6-0 in the second and third sets.

Rachel McNeely and Sarah Zschunke both found success in the B1 Singles against Anja Erwin of Stetson and Brianna Bodner of Charlotte respectively. McNeely moved on by way of a 6-0, 6-0 victory, while Zschunke advanced 6-3, 6-3.

The College of Charleston used 12 team blocks including six from senior Kayla Tronick to sweep Sam Houston State 3-0 (25-17, 25-17, 25-22) in The Courtyard by Marriott North Charleston Classic at TD Arena on Friday.

Four of Tronick’s career-high six blocks came in the critical third set. The senior from Hutchinson, Minn., also posted five kills. Sophomore Krissy Mummey recorded a new season-high with 11 kills and hit .529 for the match. Mellisa Morello tallied eight blocks and nine digs.

The Cougars (7-5), who improved to 4-1 at home this season, cruised to a pair of 25-17 wins in each of the first two sets. The team finished strong, hitting .345 in the final frame and holding SHSU to a .083 hitting percentage for the match. It marked the fourth time in the last five matches that CofC held its opponent to a hitting percentage of .162 or lower.

Career-high efforts from Katrina Houston and Ashley Higginbothem were not enough for Charleston Southern in its tournament opener against Wofford as the Buccaneers fell in five sets to the Terriers at the Carolina Classic in Columbia, 17-25, 16-25, 31-29, 25-21, 15-11.

Houston connected on 28 kills with the senior right side hitter connecting at a .233 hitting percentage in pacing the Buccaneers offense on the afternoon. The Buccaneers hit .245 from the floor as a team but were unable to keep up their momentum over the first two sets in suffering the loss.

Higginbothem recorded her second 30-plus digs match in the 2015 season, recording 33 of CSU’s 94 digs in the match against the Terriers. The redshirt senior libero’s total was the second highest total in CSU program history, trailing only Taylor Allman’s 36 recorded last season against Presbyterian.

Newberry HOF

Charleston’s Mark Weeks, who played football at the old Fort Johnson High School, will be inducted into the Newberry College Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday night.

Weeks was named all-South Atlantic Conference as a senior in 1982 as well as an honorable-mention NAIA All-American. He still holds school records for tackles in a season (201) and in a game (33). He also was the school’s first Academic All-American in 1982.