College of Charleston senior Holly Dowse and junior Emma Hayman made history on Wednesday when they became the first doubles team from the Southern Conference to receive a bid to the NCAA women's tennis championships.

The pair is one of 32 teams selected to compete at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex at the University of Georgia following the conclusion of the team championship. The singles and doubles championships will take place May 26-31. Although their opponent is not yet known, Dowse and Hayman's first match will be May 27.

The duo received one of 16 automatic qualifications as the only doubles team from the Southern Conference to be ranked in the top 60 in the country by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

The 37th-ranked pair in the country compiled a 17-5 record as the Cougars' top doubles team, including a perfect 6-0 conference mark. They were named to the SoCon all-Conference First Team.


Clemson's Rendrick Taylor signed an NFL free agent contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after he was invited to a tryout camp last weekend and impressed the club. He will report back to Tampa for a mini-camp May 17. He will work as a fullback and tight end. Taylor, played in 38 games over the last five years, 10 as a starter. He played wide receiver and tight end as a Tiger.


Charleston Southern coach Danyel Bellush signed three players: 5-11 middle blocker/outside hitter Colleen Hargrove and 5-9 outside hitter Kayla Klinger, both of Cary Grove High School in Cary, Ill.; and 5-6 defensive specialist Maggie Murphy of Marion, Iowa.

College basketball

NCAA Division II Coker hired Jenny Finora as its women's coach. Finora takes over for Carol Meegan, who retired after last season. She has coached as an assistant and interim head coach at Alabama-Huntsville. She spent the past year as a player and coach in Iceland.

--South Carolina promoted women's assistant coach Lisa Boyer to associate head coach.