College Sports

Winthrop volleyball, women's soccer teams win

Winthrop's volleyball team downed Charleston Southern in a five-set thriller Tuesday, winning 22-25, 25-20, 20-25, 26-24, 15-11.

The Eagles, who totaled 19.5 team blocks, a half block short of the team record, improved their record to 7-12 overall and 3-3 in Big South action. Charleston Southern fell to 13-10 overall and 2-4 in the conference.

Winthrop had four players in double-digit kills. Junior right-side hitter Kelley Taylor led the Eagles with 17 kills and also had seven block assists.

• WOMEN'S SOCCER -- The Winthrop women's soccer team picked up its second straight Big South Conference victory on Tuesday evening as it defeated Gardner-Webb 2-1 at Eagle Field.

Stephanie Benshoof gave Gardner-Webb (3-11, 1-4 BSC) the early 1-0 lead in the eighth minute, courtesy of a free kick.

The Eagles (6-8, 2-3) tied the game at 1 in the 64th minute after Chelsea Tidwell moved into a tie for the team lead with her third goal of the season with an assist from Kristen Lee.

Freshman Christine Isabella's first career goal proved to be the game-winner in the 78th minute.

• MEN'S GOLF -- In Cincinnati, the Winthrop men's golf team turned in its best performance of the 2008 fall season as it finished fifth out of 20 teams in the Xavier Invitational.

Coach Kevin Pendley's squad fired a 1-over par 865 total for the 54 holes, including a 2-under par 286 in the opening round and a 4-under 284 in the second round.

Winthrop was led by senior Brent Martin, who tied for seventh in medalist competition after finishing with a career-best 6-under 210 (69-70-71).