ROCK HILL -- The College of Charleston split two volleyball matches to cap its play in the Carolina Challenge, beating South Carolina, 3-2, before bowing to Clemson, 3-2, on Saturday.

The Cougars (5-2) beat USC, 24-26, 25-18, 25-20, 20-25, 16-14, their first win against the Gamecocks since a 3-1 win in Columbia in November 2006.

Clemson (6-0) defeated the Cougars, 17-25, 26-24, 25-15, 19-25, 15-13.

Against the Gamecocks (0-8), Whitney Russell led the Cougars with 29 kills, marking her career high.

--Tournament host Mercer posted a 3-0 win over The Citadel in Macon, Ga. The Bears won 25-22, 25-23, 25-22 over the Bulldogs, led by Tatum Jestila, who was named to the all-tournament team.

Running

There are three events on tap for local running and cycling enthusiasts Saturday. The Bridge Ride will be held at Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park beginning at 6:45 a.m. Go to eccocharleston.org for more information.

For runners, the Francis Marion Dirt Dash half marathon and 5K will be run on dirt roads in the Francis Marion National Forest beginning at 8 a.m. For more information, go to francismariondirtdash.blogspot.com. The Leslie McCravy 5K Run is also set for Saturday and starts at 8 a.m. at the Edwin S. Taylor Fishing Pier on Folly Beach. More information is available at pethelpers.org/LeslieMcCravyRun.html.

High school football

Jarod Walker and Justin Mitchel had rushing TDs and Marcus Campbell scored on a 70-yard kickoff return in the fourth quarter as Garrett Tech (3-0) rallied to a 20-16 road win over St. John's (0-2) on Friday.

Next: Garrett Tech at Military Magnet; Stall at St. John's.