Sport Clubs — On the Road Again!

The Campus Rec sport clubs wasted no time once the off-campus travel restrictions eased thereby permitting some opportunities to compete and compete they did.  Last month we highlighted one of our students who cashed in for gold at the national championships for cycling.

Let’s shift back to the AVP Grass Nationals held in Greenville, SC on October 1-3.  Our women’s volleyball club entered several teams in the doubles volleyball tournament.  Julia Houghton and Mia Wooden claimed 2nd place in the women’s B division.  Not far behind in 3rd place was another CofC team, Sidney Hillhouse and Jazmin Brown.

Julia Houghton and Mia Wooden captured 2nd place in the AVP Grass Nationals Women’s B division.

It is not uncommon for players in these tournaments to play between 10 and 13 games per day.  Keep in mind that the great majority of training that our team does is for the 6v6 indoor season.  Transitioning back and forth in these two play formats is difficult.

Also worth noting is the Madeleine Ellegard and Dallas Bryson duo.  They scored a 9th place finish in the more challenging BB women’s division.  This was Dallas’s first time on grass.  Twenty-seven teams rounded out that bracket.

Adversity is one of those buzz words used in sports.  The ice hockey club enjoys putting on a golf tournament each year to help fund some of its ambitious goals.  This year all 72 spots were sold and included a couple of sponsorships to boot.  As luck would have it, a weather front clamped down on the entire Eastern seaboard and washed out any chance of playing.  While their enthusiasm may have been splashed, they quickly regrouped with the plan to play in early spring, something Charleston is famous for.

The crew club too faced a bit of adversity in its quest to attend the Head of the South, one of the large regattas hosted each year in Augusta.  Did we say large?  Well yes, 681 entries among the 63 clubs in attendance is quite large, but to row you have to first get there.  The 60′ boat trailer wasn’t going far on two bald tires.  Fortunately, the dad of one of the club members was doing the driving and got it there and then coaxed the pros from Firestone to work a little magic late on a Friday afternoon.  The rest was easy.  The club racked up several medals and had a great time being able to escape the campus in well over a year.

Those wins were:
Gold and silver in the varsity men’s lightweight single.
Silver in the varsity women’s championship double.
Silver in varsity men’s quad.
Gold in the varsity women’s quad.

Sporting some new hardware won at the Head of the South regatta.

The women’s soccer club drove up to Columbia on November 14 to take on a strong USC team.  Well this time USC got the better of it, but one of our players, Eden Kirn had a marvelous outing scoring twice.  Her two teammates, Sarah Khantzian, in goal, and Jenny Sella both showed strong defense and helped to keep the score close.  In truth all the players had good games, and that is said with considerable assurance since soccer is undeniably the sport where all 11 must play well together.

The men’s soccer club posted a 2-1 victory over the Citadel in a match held over at Patriot’s Point.  Details were rather spotty given the post game celebration.

There are other reports to be made but let’s save something for next time including details of the men’s rugby club playoff game this past weekend.

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