The College of Charleston men’s and women’s tennis teams each posted wins over Furman to reach the Southern Conference championship matches with semifinal wins Saturday.
On the men’s side, the top-seeded Cougars (17-4) beat the fifth-seeded Paladins, 4-0. They will face No. 2 seed Samford (17-4) in today’s championship at 10 a.m. at the C of C Tennis Center in Mount Pleasant.
The Charleston women rolled past Furman, 5-0, to reach the title matchup. The No. 2 seed Cougars (24-5) will look to claim a fourth straight SoCon title at 2 p.m. today against top seed UNC Greensboro (18-5).
For the men, Tom Delme clinched the match with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Furman’s Alex Christ at No. 2 singles. Kyle Parker and Crescente Lesser also won.
The other Cougars point came at doubles with wins by Alon Faiman/Stephen Hardy and Delme/Billy Kenny.
On the women’s side, the Cougars got quick wins from Jenny Falcone at No. 5, and Katie Lee at No. 6. The Cougars kept rolling, getting wins at No. 2 from Kelly Kambourelis, followed by Samantha Maddox’s 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 win at No. 4 over Margaret Boyette. Charleston finished off the win seconds later when Christin Newman beat Lauren Kline 7-5, 7-5 at No. 1.
Charleston Soutern’s men’s track team was fourth at the Big South Conference Championships in Myrtle Beach, while the women were third.
CSU’s menhad 78½ points behind champion Liberty, which won its sixth straight title with 213 points. CSU’s women had 84 points, trailing champion Coastal Carolina’s 234.
Javon Young defended his title in the 100 meters, winning in 10.38 seconds. He also won the 200 in 20.82 to cap a CSU sweep as Rozzie Johnson was second and Cornelius Tyler third.
The CSU men’s 4x100-meter relay team of Young, Johnson, Tyler and Dantwan Spreads successfully defended their title, winning the event in a meet record timeof 39.91 seconds.
Tyler, Young and Spreads would add another win in the 4x400, combining with Juan Thompson in 3:12.92.
Mulern Jean won the 100- meter hurdles for CSU’s women, setting track, meet and conference records in 13.45.
Citadel sophomore Eddie Jones jumped a personal-best 23 feet, 111/4 inches, to win the long jump during the Southern Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Cullowhee, N.C. Denard Smith took second in the long jump (22-113/4) and Clay Allen was second in the javelin.
College of Charleston senior Kristen Wolfe defended her title in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in a season-best time of 10 minutes, 48.26 seconds, and sophomore Dena O’Brien set a school record by winning the 10,000 meters in 35:55.44.
College of Charleston split a Southern Conference doubleheader with UNC Greensboro in Mount Pleasant. The Cougars fell 5-2 in the opener, but won 2-0 in the second game. The Cougars (29-20, 12-9 SoCon) host the Spartans (18-29, 7-10) at 1 p.m. today.
Amanda Lonergan went 2 for 3 with an RBI for the Cougars to back a seven-hit shutout by Hope Klicker. Kelsey Hodgson had the other three RBIs.
In Boiling Springs, N.C., Charleston Southern (27-21, 10-7 Big South) was swept in a doubleheader by Gardner-Webb, 3-1 and 5-3.
Gardner-Webb (22-23, 8-7) hosts CSU today at 2 p.m.