Charleston touring tennis professional Shelby Rogers scored a 6-1, 7-6 (4) victory over Japan’s Mayo Hibi on Friday to advance to the semifinals of the $100,000 ITF tournament in Midland, Mich.
Rogers, ranked 151st in the world, will oppose her doubles partner, 112th-ranked Naomi Broady of Great Britain, in Saturday’s semifinals. Broady upset No. 1 seed Madison Brengle in the quarterfinals.
Four Charleston Southern athletes advanced to Saturday’s finals on the first day of the Buccaneer Invitational in Johnson City, Tenn.
CSU junior Kolisha Coleman earned a spot in the 400-meter final with a time of 57.74 seconds, good for fourth in a field of 114 competitors.
Aluntrea Davis’ career bests ushered her into the finals in the 60 and 200-meter dashes. She set personal bests in the prelims and semis of the 60-meter, darting to times of 7.69 and 7.66 seconds en route to placing fourth. She outpaced Coleman by almost .40 seconds in the 200, running in third place at 24.95 seconds.
Danielle Burnett continued a strong indoor season with a seventh-place time of 57.73 seconds in the 400 meter.
Jasmine Pilgrim qualified for the 60-meter final, notching a personal best time of 7.63 seconds to take third in that field.
On the men’s side, CSU thrower Jacob Moore eclipsed his personal best in the weight throw by .06 meters, throwing 15.36 meters to place 11th in the field of 39 competitors.