Cougars climbing in polls

Following a 3-1 week which included baseball road wins over a ranked Coastal Carolina team and a Colonial Athletic Association series win at Delaware, College of Charleston continued to garner the attention of the national pundits, and is now ranked in all polls recognized by the NCAA.

The Cougars are ranked No. 20 in both the Baseball America Top 25 and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Poll, No. 22 in the USA Today Coaches Poll, No. 23 in the D1Baseball Top 25, and No. 27 in the Collegiate Baseball Poll.

The Cougars are currently ranked No. 34 in the NCAA RPI, which factors teams’ wins and losses and their strength of schedule.

The Cougars boast the nation’s sixth-best batting average (.316) and third-best slugging percentage (.494). The Cougars are also ranked fourth in home runs per game (1.14), 10th in doubles per game (2.39) and 12th in runs per game (7.4).

College of Charleston’s top pairing of Melissa Morello and Catey Warren were selected to participate in the Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Championships, as announced by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

The duo earned the No. 4 seed in Pool B following a successful regular season highlighted by top honors at the Georgia State Invitational and a terrific display at the Fiesta on Siesta Tournament.

The tournament is set to be held May 1-3 in Gulf Shores, Ala.

Shelby Rogers’ trip to Bogota, Colombia, turned out to be a rewarding one, even after the Charleston touring tennis professional’s first-round defeat in singles.

Rogers bounced back from her singles loss to team up with friend Irina Falconi for a fun-filled week of doubles. The Rogers/Falconi team didn’t lose until the third set of the doubles final in the WTA Tour’s $250,000 red clay event in Bogota.

Their march through the doubles field with three straight victories was worth only $3,200 in prize money to Rogers, but the experience may have been priceless. Rogers is headed for Europe next week where she will start with a $100,000 event in France, then play Rome, followed by Strasbourg (France) and finally the French Open.

“Getting used to the red clay is definitely nice, the more time the better,” Rogers said Monday after returning from Colombia.

Rogers and Falconi eliminated the top-seeded team of Anastasia and Arina Rodionova in the second round. The Americans finally ran into the Brazil pair of Paula Cristina Goncalves and Beatriz Haddad Maia in the championship match where they lost, 10-6, in the third-set match tiebreaker after the two teams had split two 6-3 sets.

Rogers, who is ranked 79th in singles, collected enough points to lift her doubles ranking to 179 in the world.

“It was really exciting to get to my first WTA doubles final, especially with such a great friend,” Rogers said. “We had a lot of fun while playing really well which is a great combo. It was the first time we have played together and after that showing it will definitely happen again.”