Winthrop volleyball, women’s golf drop close contests Sunday; women’s soccer advances

November 3, 2013 

Winthrop volleyball loses to Coastal Carolina, 3-2

The Winthrop volleyball team fell in five sets to Coastal Carolina Sunday afternoon.

Winthrop fell to 13-12 overall and 4-7 in the Big South while Coastal improved to 15-10 overall and 8-3 in the conference.

Senior Jackie Landers recorded her second consecutive double-double with 19 kills and 13 digs and finished with a .333 hitting percentage. Rachel Lenz and Irene Ojukwu each added 15 kills. Jessie Vicic notched a double-double with 52 assists and 13 digs while Maria Volstad led the team with 22 digs.

Winthrop will return home on Friday against Gardner-Webb.

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Eagles women’s golf finishes second in Winthrop tournament

The Winthrop women’s golf team battled back on Sunday from a 10-shot deficit, but came up two shots short of tying Boise State for the 2013 Winthrop Intercollegiate championship held at the Rock Hill Country Club.

The event closes out the fall portion of Winthrop's 2013-14 schedule.

The Eagles shot the low team score of the day as they finished at 311 and had a 36-hole total of 627 on the par 72, 6,044-yard layout. Boise State shot 319 after opening the tournament on Saturday with 306. The Broncos held off the charge by Winthrop thanks to Samantha Martin, who shot 152 (73-79) to capture tourney medalist honors by one shot over four other golfers.

Winthrop senior Meagan Wallace and junior Viivi Nuorti were among the four second-place finishers. Wallace had rounds of 77-76 while Nuorti shot 76-77. Also finishing second and joining the Winthrop duo on the All-Tournament Team was Taylor Dodson from Gardner-Webb and Boise State's Oceane Pelloille.

Also finishing in the top 10 for Winthrop was freshman Louise Jeppesen, who tied for ninth place at 159 (79-80). Juniors Jennifer Dilger and Rachel Wyatt tied for 17th at 163. Both players shot identical rounds of 84 and 79 for the tournament.

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Winthrop women’s soccer advances in Big South tournament

The No. 4 Winthrop women's soccer team advanced 4-3 in penalty kicks over No. 5 Coastal Carolina in Saturday's quarterfinal match of the 2013 Big South Conference tournament. Winthrop advances to Friday's semi-final match against No. 1 Radford in Conway.

Goalkeeper Amelia Henderson made a career high 14 saves and two saves in the penalty shootout to lead the Lady Eagles to their eighth Big South quarterfinal victory.

Coastal Carolina elected to take the kick off in the first over time and put the pressure on Winthrop's defense. Coastal's Sam Patterson received a yellow card in the 100th minute and junior Krystyna Freda's resulting free kick was a line drive just under the cross bar but goalkeeper Megan Spencer managed to get her fingertips to it and hit it over the crossbar. Coastal had a slight lead in shots at the end of regular with 18 to Winthrop's 16.

The second overtime period ended with Coastal making five shots and three corner kicks in the last five minutes, but Winthrop weathered the storm and the game ended in a 0-0 tie.

Winthrop and Coastal each converted their first three penalty kicks; Kelly Clark, Tori Davis and Ashley Herndon took the shots for Winthrop while Darbie Kelley, Fia Jonsson and Kacey Kelley took Coastal's. Winthrop went up 4-3 when Taylor Walton put her shot away and Henderson made a save on Brianna Panico's kick. Freda had a chance for the game-winning shot for Winthrop but it was saved by Spencer. Sam Patterson stepped up and took the final kick for Coastal and it looked to be going in but Henderson blocked it to give Winthrop the win.

"I thought we played with great intensity for the whole 110 minutes, it was a good team effort,” Winthrop coach Spencer Smith said. “There's a good team in Coastal Carolina, and it's a great way to advance."

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Winthrop men’s golf tied for sixth after first round of Kiawah tournament

The Winthrop men’s golf team is tied for sixth place after the first round of the 54-hole CSU 2013 Wendy's Kiawah Classic as the Eagles shot 295 on Sunday.

The Eagles are tied with Towson in the 15-team field while South Carolina is the first round leader after shooting 5-under 283. The Gamecocks lead second place Radford by eight strokes heading into Monday's second round. The Big South Conference is well-represented as Presbyterian College and the host Charleston Southern Buccaneers are tied for third at 292.

Winthrop redshirt freshman Christian Sease led Winthrop with a 1-under 71 while another freshman, Zach Seabolt, is at 1-over 73 and is tied for 17th. Junior Taylor Dickson is another shot back at 74 and is tied for 29th. Junior Sam Whitehead is tied at 57th after shooting 77. Sophomore Nick Eberhardt of Fort Mill had 80 and is tied for 78th place.

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