Cougs fight way to 5th-place finish

— Capitalizing on the momentum gained from a sweep of Eckerd College on Friday, the College of Charleston sand volleyball team’s top pairing of Melissa Morello and Catey Warren fought their way to a fifth-place finish in the overall pairs competition at the famed Fiesta on Siesta Tournament over the weekend.

Still hoping for a place in the AVCA Sand Volleyball Championships in Gulf Shores, Ala., next month, Morello and Warren won their pool on Saturday after three consecutive victories over pairings from Stetson, South Carolina and Jacksonville University.

In perhaps their best win of the season, the Cougars then downed the top duo from Louisiana State in the first round before ultimately falling to Florida State’s No. 1 tandem in a 21-13, 20-22, 13-15 three-set thriller.

The tournament wrapped up regular season play for the Cougars, who will now be looking for an invitation to the AVCA Championships, set to take place May 1-3.

Liberty rallied for five runs in the top of the seventh inning as Charleston Southern fell in the series finale against the Flames at the CSU Softball Field, 10-7.

The Buccaneers (27-19, 9-6 Big South) batted around in the bottom of the fourth to take a 7-5 lead and seemed to be in control late before giving up a pair of home runs.

Amanda Matsumoto went 4 for 5 for CSU.

College of Charleston was defeated, 8-0, by Towson in five innings at Tiger Softball Complex in Towson, Md.

The Cougars (20-22, 4-8) also suffered their first CAA series sweep of the season as the Tigers picked up both victories in Saturday’s doubleheader as well.

The lone Cougars hit of the day was by junior Valerie Cassell, who hit a single to left field in the third inning but was later doubled up to end the scoring chance.