College Sports

Volleyball team keeps on rolling

With four players reaching double-digit kills, the Winthrop volleyball team opened its Alumni Weekend with a 3-0 sweep over Radford (30-24, 30-20, 30-22) to extend its undefeated streak in Big South Conference matches to 56 straight victories.

The win improves the Eagles to 6-9 overall and 2-0 in league play while Radford dropped to 4-13 and 0-2.

"Our team played very consistent and improved from game one to game two and from game two to three," said Winthrop coach Sally Polhamus. "Hitting .333 in the third game was strong evidence of our first ball termination. We had a very balanced attack with four players in double figures and that is what we are looking to do in running a balanced terminal attack.

"Kellie Sellers did a nice job on defense and our team did well with 50 total digs. Kelsey Hall did a nice job as she looked to score more by attacking from her setter position."

Kelley Taylor led the Eagle attacking quartet with a match-high 14 kills. Also in double figures were Kellie Sellers with 12; Tara Toepke, 11; and Shannon Sitzmann, 10. Sellers also collected a double-double as she led Winthrop with 14 digs on defense. Radford was paced by Maggie Wagner's seven kills while libero Lauren Clary led all players in the match with 16 digs.

At the outset, it looked as though the Highlanders were going to give the Eagles a tough battle as they jumped out to a 17-13 lead midway through game one, but following a Winthrop timeout, Polhamus' squad went on an 11-2 run to take a 24-19 lead.

"I just told the team in the timeout to play our game. We were able to get into our offense and control the tempo through our passing during the run," said Polhamus.

• WINTHROP BASEBALL -- The Eagles will play their first of two intrasquad games this weekend at The Winthrop Ballpark. The first game will be played at 1:45 p.m. today, with the second being played at 2:45 p.m. on Sunday. The public is welcome to attend and the admission is free.

• WOMEN'S SOCCER -- Colleen Deignan scored with 20 seconds remaining in double-overtime to give visiting Georgia Southern a 1-0 victory over Winthrop.

Georgia Southern (2-6) was awarded a corner kick with 30 seconds to go in the game. The team took its time to set up, making sure it was set up properly and to also make sure there wasn't much time after its free kick. Susanne Rogers took the corner kick and Deignan found the ball at her feet right in front of the net, she took a touch and then slammed the ball into the net for the win.

"We played well on the field and had some opportunities," said coach Melissa Heinz. "I think what I told the girls is stands true. There is nothing we can do at this point. We can't look back, we can only look forward to conference play."

Winthrop will host Charleston Southern in its Big South Conference opener Wednesday. Charleston Southern captured its conference opener, 3-2 over Liberty. Kick off is set for 7 p.m.

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