The Winthrop volleyball team will look to extend its winning streak as it heads to Clemson, S.C. this weekend to take part in the Big Orange Bash.
The Eagles will kick off the tournament Friday with a 4:30 p.m. contest against the Furman Paladins. Winthrop will continue Saturday with matches at 10 a.m. against host Clemson and 4 p.m. against South Carolina.
Winthrop enters the tournament with a perfect 4-0 record after winning the Winthrop Classic last weekend and knocking off North Carolina A&T in five sets on Tuesday.
Sophomore Rachel Lenz, Winthrop Classic MVP, leads the Eagles offensively with 43 kills and a .461 hitting percentage. Lenz also tops the team with 13 total blocks.
Freshman Brianna Gray has recorded 30 kills this season while senior Irene Ojukwu, who didn’t play against N.C. A&T, totaled 29 kills over the weekend.
Junior Jessie Vicic leads the Eagles, and the Big South Conference, in assists with 164. Freshman Maria Volstad has been solid defensively as she leads the team with 46 digs.
Furman enters the tournament with a 0-4 record after dropping all three of its matches in the Georgia Bulldog Invitational last weekend and a mid-week contest against East Tennessee State. Host Clemson enters the weekend with a 1-2 mark from the Xavier University Tournament last weekend. Clemson fell to Michigan and Xavier while picking up a four-set victory over Northern Kentucky.
South Carolina is the only other team coming in undefeated with a 3-0 mark. The Gamecocks swept through South Carolina State, Florida International and High Point at their Gamecock Invitational last weekend.
Following the weekend in-state tournament, the Eagles will take their longest trip of the season out to Stockton, CA to participate in the University of the Pacific Tournament Sept. 13-14.
Women’s soccer takes first road trip
The Winthrop women’s soccer team hits the road for the first time this year as they travel to East Tennessee State and then on to Huntsville to take on Alabama A&M. Kick off at ETSU is set for Friday at 7 p.m.
Winthrop will head into Friday’s contest with a 2-0 record after defeating Anderson University last week. Junior Krystyna Freda leads the team with three goals; she scored twice in the 5-1 victory over Anderson. Anna Sammons, Eden Ralph and Baley Jackson each registered their first collegiate goals to round out the scoring for the Lady Eagles. Goalkeeper Amelia Henderson has made five saves this season with a save percentage of 0.83.
ETSU is 1-3 this season and is coming off a 3-0 loss to North Carolina State, but has beaten Winthrop in four of the two schools’ five all-time meetings. Alabama A&M will look to get its first victory of the year after opening 0-4 this season and failing to score a goal in its first four outings.