The College of Charleston's Holly Dowse and Emma Hayman will face Anna Redecsi and Selma Salkovic of DePaul in the first round of the NCAA women's tennis doubles championships Thursday in Athens, Ga.
Dowse, a senior, and Hayman, a junior, are the first women from the Southern Conference to qualify for the NCAA individual championships. Also, the two Cougars are the first athletes, male or female, from the Charleston area's three NCAA Division I programs to compete in the individual tournament.
Dowse and Hayman will face the Blue Demons in the afternoon session Thursday. They are 17-6 on the season as Charleston's top doubles team and are ranked 37th nationally. They were named first-team all-conference after going 6-0 in the SoCon.
Salkovic and Redecsi, ranked 18th nationally, went 18-4 at No. 1 doubles for Big East Conference member DePaul, which qualified for the NCAAs as a team.
The College of Charleston competes at the Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) spring national championships today through June 3 in Madison, Wis. Charleston is one of eight teams to qualify for all three competitions this spring. The Cougars will take part in the ICSA women's nationals today through Friday, the team race national championship Saturday-Monday and the coed dinghy championship June 1-3.
The regattas are all being held on Lake Mendota.
Clemson will play host to Indiana on Dec. 2 as part of the fourth annual ACC/Big Ten Women's Basketball Challenge. The Tigers hold a 2-1 mark in the previous three Challenges between the two conferences. Clemson won at Northwestern, 69-68, in last year's Challenge matchup.