Behind tournament MVP Jo Wilks’s 12.54 assists per set, Furman downed Clemson and South Carolina on Saturday to win the Carolina Classic in Greenville.
Furman opened the tournament’s second day with a 3-2 (25-22, 26-28, 23-25, 25-13, 15-12) win over the Tigers, then closed out the day with a 3-1 (25-14, 28-30, 25-17, 25-22) win over the Gamecocks.
This is Furman’s second consecutive Carolina Classic win, after going 2-1 in 2014 when the tournament was hosted by Winthrop.
Charleston Southern split its matches on the final day of the Elon Phoenix Classic, falling in the morning match to Wake Forest, 3-0 (17-25, 16-25, 18-25), while sweeping past N.C. Central in the afternoon tournament finale, 3-0. (25-21, 25-21, 25-14).
The College of Charleston officially kicked off the cross country season as the women won outright, while the men took third at the Western Carolina Invitational on Saturday in Cullowhee, N.C.
On the women’s side, the squad combined for a very strong team score of 29, nearly cutting second-place UNC Asheville’s score of 54 in half. Junior Cara Butcher led the way for the Cougars with an impressive second-place overall finish, crossing the finish line with a time of 11 minutes, 29.90 seconds.
The CofC men achieved a team score of 65 to place third behind Western Carolina and UNC Asheville, who scored 43 and 44 respectively. Sophomore Crew Kosiorek took seventh in the 5K run with a time of 16:01.90.
Charleston Southern junior Caleb Breeden took home a 16th-place finish to lead the Bucs at the season-opening Palmetto State Cross Country Festival in Columbia.
Breeden, CSU’s top runner as a sophomore in 2014, led the Bucs with a time of 18:39.44. CSU senior Jessie Dotson placed fourth to pace three Bucs among the top 10 finishers at the Palmetto State Cross Country Festival.
Dotson posted a time of 21:54 to finish fourth among collegiate competitors in the field.