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Lady Eagles volleyball team picks up first road win of season

CHARLESTON -- Winthrop's volleyball team picked up its first road win of the season Tuesday evening as it defeated the Charleston Southern Buccaneers 3-1 at the CSU Fieldhouse in Big South Conference action.

The Eagles won 25-20, 23-25, 25-15, 26-24 to improve to 6-6 in the conference and 10-15 overall while Charleston fell to 13-17 overall and 2-11 in the Big South.

Winthrop was led offensively by senior middle hitter Shannon Sitzmann, who picked up a double-double finishing with 16 kills, 16 digs and a .361 hitting percentage. Junior Kelley Taylor and sophomore Kaley Viola also finished with double-digit kills with 14 and 13, respectively. Sophomore setter Kelsey Hall had 28 assists while freshman libero Janice Rivera led the Eagles with 18 digs.

"It feels great to get our first road win," head coach Sally Polhamus said. "Today we had a very balanced offense with our outsides hitting .360 and .361 respectively. This was all with the help of our middles transitioning hard."

As a team, Winthrop hit .271 with 61 kills, 56 assists, 79 digs and 13 team blocks. Charleston hit .131 with 52 kills, 45 assists, 67 digs and five team blocks.

Winthrop's next match will be Friday night at 7 p.m. when they host the High Point Panthers. Friday will be senior night as the Eagles honor senior Shannon Sitzmann.

• MEN'S GOLF -- In Cashiers, N.C., Winthrop senior Kelly Manders fired a 36-hole total of 142 to finish in a sixth place tie as the Eagles closed out the 2008 fall season with an 11th place score in the Hummingbird Intercollegiate which concluded Tuesday at Sapphire Valley Country Club.

Playing with three freshmen and two seniors in the lineup, Winthrop shot a two-day total of 600 (309-291). Central Florida won the team title with a score of 557 as all five of the UCF players turned in below par scores on Tuesday. Vanderbilt was one shot back at 558.

Manders opened with a 73 on Monday and finished with a 3-under par 69 in the final round to lead Winthrop. The Winthrop senior's sixth-place finish was his best performance of the fall season. Senior Brent Martin finished with a 152 (78-74) to tie for 58th place.

The freshman trio included Kyle Bearden and Jordan Sease, who tied for 63rd place with 163 scores. Bearden shot 80-73 while Sease had rounds of 78-75. Brandon Truesdale rounded out the scoring as he fired a 157 (81-76) to tie for 76th place.

Medalist honors were captured by Vanderbilt's Hudson Johnson, who finished shot an 11-under par 133 (68-65).

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