Eagles finish year with loss at Charleston

CHARLESTON -- The Winthrop volleyball team finished off its season with a 30-21, 30-16, 30-23 loss at College of Charleston on Wednesday.

The Eagles end the year with a 20-12 record, while Charleston, which captures its fourth consecutive Southern Conference title, moves up to 26-7 and awaits the NCAA tournament pairings to find out who its next opponent will be.

For the first time this season, Winthrop didn't have any hitter in double figures for kills. Middle hitter Shannon Sitzmann led the team in kills with nine, while right-side hitter Kelley Taylor led the Eagles in hitting percentage with .368. She also added eight kills to help out the offense.

Setter/defensive specialist Kelli Kirkwood and setter Kelsey Hall shared the setting duties with Kirkwood providing 21 assists and Hall dishing out 10.

Despite not serving an ace at Charleston, outside hitter Tara Toepke finished her career tied for sixth all-time at Winthrop in total aces with 142. She also ended the 2007 regular season ranked sixth in the nation in aces per game.

• Rock Hill native Sarah Cline, a sophomore defensive specialist/outside hitter at South Carolina, was named to the SEC Volleyball Community Service Team.

Cline has volunteered for the EdVenture Children's Museum and helped with the Carolina Junior Volleyball Club.

• PRO FOOTBALL -- Baltimore Ravens cornerback Samari Rolle was on the inactive list for six games this season. His malady was described by the team with one word: illness.

Rolle used a different word Wednesday to explain his absence, one that addressed his situation far more specifically.


Rolle kept it a secret for two months because he had trouble finding the right medication to keep his disorder in check.

"It's under control now. That's the main thing," he said. "Right now, I'm not scared."

• COLLEGE FOOTBALL -- North Carolina has agreed in principle to extend coach Butch Davis' contract one year through the 2014 season.

Davis also will receive a raise of $291,000 that will push his annual income to about $2.1 million. The raise and extension are expected to be approved next week by the university's board of trustees.

"We recognize the progress Coach Davis has made in rebuilding and generating momentum in the Carolina football program," athletic director Dick Baddour said. "We recognize that we have one of the nation's best coaches and we wanted to ensure the stability of the program.

• PRO BASEBALL -- Catcher Jason Kendall and the Milwaukee Brewers reached a preliminary agreement on a one-year contract.

The deal, which includes a 2009 option that could become guaranteed, is subject to Kendall passing a physical. Milwaukee made the move one day after trading catcher Johnny Estrada, to the New York Mets for reliever Guillermo Mota.

Kendall hit .270 with 19 RBIs in 57 games with the Chicago Cubs after a midseason trade from Oakland. Prior to the trade, Kendall batted .226 with 33 RBIs for the Athletics.

Estrada, who was acquired in a trade with Arizona last offseason, hit .278 with 10 homers and 54 RBIs for Milwaukee last season but was considered a defensive liability.