Right-side hitter Kelley Taylor posted 19 kills and the Winthrop volleyball team cruised past future Big South member Presbyterian 30-19, 30-25, 30-26 Saturday afternoon in the Winthrop Coliseum.
Winthrop has now won 11 in a row and holds an overall record of 13-9, while Presbyterian dropped to 15-11 with the loss.
Taylor's 19 kills were a match high, as was her personal-best .692 hitting percentage. Middle hitter Kaley Viola, who hit a career-high .529, and outside hitter Kellie Sellers were the other two Winthrop players in double figures in kills.
Libero Pohai Nu'uhiwa picked up 16 digs to lead an Eagle back row that also had Sellers, who recorded her 13th double-double of the year, and outside hitter Tara Toepke, who helped out the offense with nine kills and seven aces, in double digits for the category.
"It was just a great job this weekend running our system and we're very excited about it," Winthrop coach Sally Polhamus said. "Kaley Viola stepped up in the middle hitter position getting 10 kills and hitting .529. Kelley Taylor had 19 kills and .692. It was a great match for her. Overall, we had four hitters closing out strong. Kelsey Hall accomplished the goal we set for her, which was to get to 15 assists per game. I was very pleased with what our team brought today on a consistent basis."
For Presbyterian, Lauren Mason posted 11 kills to anchor the offense and nine digs to lead the defense.
The Eagles now will be on a two-game road swing as they visit Radford next Friday at 7 p.m. and Liberty on Saturday at 7 p.m.
• WOMEN'S SOCCER: The Winthrop women's soccer team lost its invincibility in Big South play as it went down by the hands of rival Coastal Carolina, who got a 2-0 decision to take the lead on the league standings.
With the loss, the Lady Eagles fall to 4-5-4 on the season and 3-1 in conference action, while the Chants move up to 10-4-1 and 4-0 in league play.
Midfielder Michelle Butler led Winthrop in shots as she provided three attempts, with all three going on target. As a team, the Lady Eagles fired 11 shots.
Goalkeeper Dimitra Poulos had another solid outing as she collected 10 saves.
The Lady Eagles had some good chances in the first half as forward Ashley Hallmon just missed the goal on a shot from inside the box in the first minute of play, and midfielder Katie Schraudenbach was denied on a header by a Coastal defender standing on the goal line in the 36th minute.
Coastal came out strong in the second half and pretty much sealed the win with two early goals. Ashleigh Gunning found the back of the net after a scrambling play on a shot from the penalty-kick spot in the 47th minute and Blair Monroe beat Poulos on a nice finish off a cross from the right side in the 49th minute.
"It angers me that we are playing very well and then we pause for three minutes and it costs us. But that's why soccer is a 90-minute game," Winthrop coach Melissa Heinz said. "It still doesn't take away from how pleased I am with my team, and I still think we are one of the better teams in the conference."
The Lady Eagles will be back in action Wednesday as they play host to BSC opponent VMI at 7 p.m.
• WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Winthrop women's basketball fans can catch of glimpse of what's in store this season for the women's basketball team as it will play a Garnet and Gold scrimmage today that will be open to the public.
The game will begin at 4 p.m. at the Winthrop Coliseum.
The team does not have any exhibitions games scheduled this season, so it will be the only chance for fans to see the team play before its season opener on Nov. 9 against North Texas at home.
The Lady Eagles return all five starters from last season and two key contributors off the bench. Ashley Fann is the team's leading scorer from last season and Tiffany Rodd is the team's top 3-point threat and has a shot at becoming the school's all-time leader in 3-point field goals made in the upcoming season.
The team welcomes five new players, including four new players in the post. Kayler McBride is the lone newcomer at the guard position. Ashley Cox, Sarah Scott, Asha Gwynn and Jennifer Walker were brought in to improve the frontcourt.
• WOMEN'S TENNIS: In Chapel Hill, N.C., Patricia Coimbra advanced at the ITA Southeast Championships that are being held this weekend at the University of North Carolina.
Coimbra defeated Bianca Gorbea of Louisville 6-0, 6-1 in the singles bracket, and will take on ninth-seeded Taka Bertrand of Vanderbilt today.
Coimbra and freshman Lisa Wilkinson competed in the doubles bracket, but were defeated by Lenka Hojckova and Daria Petrovic of N.C. State 8-4.
• MEN'S TENNIS: In Charlottesville, Va., Vinicius Bortolatto and Rodrigo Santos were both eliminated from the Mideast Regional on Friday in the singles and doubles bracket.
In the singles bracket, Bortolatto was defeated by Kiril Dimitrov of Duke 6-4, 5-5 (ret.). Bortolatto was forced to retire from his match because of an injury, and will miss time because of it.
Due to the injury of Bortolatto, he and Santos were defeated in the doubles bracket by Benjamin Carlotti and Andy Crone of UNC.