The Winthrop Eagle volleyball team will host two play dates to highlight its 2008 spring schedule, as announced by coach Sally Polhamus.
The Eagles open up their spring slate by hosting Clemson at 6:30 p.m. on March 12. Winthrop will then travel to Wake Forest on March 29 to compete in an eight-team tournament.
The Eagles will then host Charlotte at 12:30 p.m. on April 5. Winthrop will close out the spring season by traveling to Atlanta on April 12 to compete in a tournament hosted by Georgia Tech.
• The Winthrop volleyball staff has announced the 2008 spring clinic dates will be April 6th and 13th.
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The general skills clinic from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. on April 6th and 13th is open to girls and boys in first through sixth grades. The cost is $25.00 for each session or $40.00 for both sessions. The general skills clinic will cover all the skills of volleyball including passing, setting, hitting, serving and defense, while also giving the opportunity for match play.
The position skills clinic from 3:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. on April 6th and 13th is open to girls and boys in seventh through 12th grades. The cost is $30.00 for each session or $50.00 for both sessions. The position clinic will cover specific training according to position setter, hitting, defensive specialist. Training will include fundamental technique along with advanced skill technique.
The players will be separated by age and experience working on technique, skill and match play with current Winthrop volleyball athletes and coaches.
Check-in starts 20 minutes prior to the beginning of the session inside the lower level of the Winthrop Coliseum.
• SOFTBALL -- In Columbus, Ga., Cari Wooldridge allowed no runs on one hit in a 1-0 victory over Auburn to help Winthrop bounce back from a 3-2 loss to Illinois State in eight innings earlier in the day at the 2008 NFCA Leadoff Classic.
Wooldridge, who missed her scheduled start on Wednesday against Gardner-Webb, held the Tigers to one hit to go along with three walks and five strikeouts to improve to 4-3 on the season.
The Eagles (8-7) scored their lone run of the game in the as Lisa Kingsmore scored on a fielder's choice by Lenny Stoddart.
Megan Evans started the first game for the Eagles, but did not factor into the decision as she was eventually replaced by Izzy Trottier. Evans tossed 5 2-3 innings, allowing just two hits, one earned run, two walks and four strikeouts. Trottier threw 2 1-3, allowing no earned runs on two hits with one walk to fall to 1-1 on the year.
Winthrop will take on No. 17 DePaul at 1:30 p.m. today and then No. 12 Michigan at 6:30 p.m.