College of Charleston sailing teams ranked No. 3

The College of Charleston sailing teams — coed and women — enter the spring season ranked No. 3.

The Sailing World Rankings recognized the Cougars’ success of top 5 finishes and victories during their 14 regattas this semester.

“The new top 3 ranking for both our teams is certainly indicative of the tremendous efforts from our sailors, and the depth of talent on our team,” College of Charleston Director of Sailing Greg Fisher said. “We couldn’t be any more proud of our sailors and the impressive results they have nailed so far this spring. Of course, we’re thrilled that our offshore team won its national championship as well last fall. There’s a lot more sailing left to go, including the Nationals in late May — but we’re sure excited about the all they have to look forward to.”

Marci Christian, Cheyenne Gandara and Georgi DeLio all homered as Charleston Southern split with Winthrop on Friday at the CSU Softball Field, with the Bucs taking the first game, 6-1, while falling in the afternoon contest, 7-5.

Christian connected on her 16th and 17th home runs of the season to take over the lead from teammate Gandara (16) as both players surpassed the previous CSU single-season home run record on Friday. Gandara connected on a solo shot in the bottom of the fifth inning in the first game, while Christian connected on a grand slam in the bottom of the sixth to secure the Bucs’ victory. Christian added a solo shot in the bottom of the fourth to put her back atop the CSU and Big South rankings for the 2015 season.

Jennifer Giles (9-8) picked up the win for the Bucs in the first contest, hurling two innings of shutout relief for CSU. She also picked up the loss in the second game of the doubleheader, lasting 2.2 innings while allowing five runs.

College of Charleston women’s tennis picked up its second straight conference win with a 5-2 victory over UNC Wilmington on Friday at Patriots Point Tennis Center.

The Cougars (9-12, 2-1 CAA) won the doubles point and reeled off three straight singles victories to cement their victory before the Seahawks (8-7, 3-2 CAA) got on the board.

CofC swept UNCW in doubles, but it wasn’t easy work as two of the matches went into tiebreaks. Senior Jenny Falcone and Katherine Schofield edged top-seeded Annika Sillanpaa and Christine Kharkevitch 7-6(2) on court one to pick up their ninth doubles win of the season at the top spot. Senior Grace Baker and Sarah Jane Jones won their match over Alix Theodossiou and Hollie Champion on court three by the same margin to clinch the doubles point for Charleston. Senior Samantha Maddox and Mara Argyriou completed the sweep with an 8-6 triumph to move to 3-1 on the year at the No. 2 spot.

Baker raced to a 6-0, 6-0 victory on court six to claim her fifth straight singles victory and push the Cougar lead to 2-0. Falcone followed with a 6-3, 6-0 win of her own at the No. 5 spot, moving to 12-9 on the season in singles. McAmis clinched the match for Charleston by earning a 6-3, 6-4 win on court two.

Schofield gave the Cougars their largest lead of day, a five-point margin, by overcoming a late rally by fourth-seeded Theodossiou in the second set to secure a 6-3, 7-5 victory.

The Seahawks picked up two points with wins at the first and third seeds. Argyriou and Kharkevitch remained locked in battle on court three, with Kharkevitch pulling away with a tiebreak victory to claim the first set. Argyriou, who is fighting a nagging injury, was forced to retire after having played doubles earlier in the afternoon and the match ended with a 5-2 score in favor of the Cougars.

College of Charleston junior Mary Chandler Bryan shot 2-over par in the opening round and is currently tied for 10th at the 18th Annual Bryan National Collegiate held at the Bryan Park Golf and Enrichment Center in Greensboro, N.C.

Bryan made four birdies in a round where the average score was 78.54 on the par-72 Champions Course. Sophomore Laura Fuenfstueck was 3-over and is tied for 22nd.

As a team, the Cougars are currently 13th with a first-round 311 (+23), which is only five strokes outside of the Top 10 in the 18-team field comprised of 11 Top 50-ranked schools including No. 12 Virginia, which leads at 9-over.