Clemson dropped its first match of the season Saturday, losing to Furman in five sets – 25-23, 25-18, 17-25, 22-25, 9-15 – at the Battle of South Carolina.
Clemson is 5-1. It defeated Winthrop in four games – 21-25, 25-19, 25-17, 25-22 – earlier in the day.
In the win over Winthrop, Clemson lost the first set before the defense shut down the Eagles’ offense.
In the opening games of the 2014 Carolina Challenge volleyball tournament, senior Alina Sopizhuk tallied 18 kills and 14 digs Friday to lead Winthrop to a five-set victory over the Furman Paladins.
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Sopizhuk’s double-double was her second of the season. Sophomores Brianna Gray and Emma Weakland also finished with double-digit, totaling 10 and 11, respectively. Senior Jessie Vicic tallied 46 assists, and sophomore Maria Volstad had 14 digs. Junior Rachel Lenz had six blocks.
In other action Friday, Clemson shrugged off a hot-hitting first set by South Carolina to win the next three. It was Clemson’s second straight win in the rivalry, as the Tigers closed the gap in the all-time series to 24-36. After allowing the Gamecocks to hit .407 in the first set, the Tiger defense held South Carolina to .000 hitting the rest of the way.
The Winthrop men’s golf team started its season Friday in the first round of the 54-hole Northern Intercollegiate tournament. Sophomore Zach Seabolt led the field by three shots over senior teammate Sam Whitehead. Winthrop opened with a 3-under 285 on Friday to build a 5-shot lead over second place Ohio State.
Soccer team falls to Elon
Winthrop men’s soccer team suffered its first loss of the season, 1-0 to Elon on Friday in the opening game of the UNCW Courtyard Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach Classic. Winthrop, 2-1, plays Sunday at 2:30 p.m. against UNC Wilmington.
Elon scored the game’s only goal on a penalty kick by James Brace in the ninth minute after Josh Choice was whistled for a foul inside the box.