Tough road trips mark big weekend for CofC sports

The College of Charleston volleyball team returns to TD Arena on Friday after a tough trip to the Midwest, but the rest of the Cougars are scattered up and down the eastern seaboard this weekend.

The volleyball team ran into a buzzsaw last weekend in Kansas, dropping straight-set matches to the host Kansas Jawhawks and Arizona State, while picking up a 3-1 win against Wyoming. The Cougars will try to bounce back in their final tournament before they start Southern Conference play next weekend at Elon. They will face Georgetown at 7 p.m. on Friday, followed by Presbyterian College at noon and Michigan State at 7 p.m. on Saturday. Head over to TD Arena to catch the team this weekend, because they won’t be back home until an Oct. 2 match against Coastal Carolina.

Last weekend started well for the men’s soccer team as keeper Kees Heemskerk posted his second straight shutout in a 2-0 win over Memphis, but the Cougars (3-2-0) slumped to a 2-0 defeat against UNC Wilmington to close the weekend trip to Greenville. They will try to take another big scalp or two this weekend in New Jersey as they face Rutgers at 5:30 p.m. on Friday and No. 19 Monmouth at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Coach Ralph Lundy’s squad will also host a mid-week match against Winthrop at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

The women’s soccer is in Florida to face Jacksonville at 7 p.m. on Friday, before returning home to host Wofford and Furman next weekend.

The men’s and women’s cross country teams, which swept the team titles at their home meet last weekend, will try to extend their hot start this Saturday in Rock Hill as they run in the Winthrop Invitational.

The sailing season has started in full force, and as usual, the team is sailing all over the place this weekend. Part of the squad will be at MIT in Boston for the Hatch Brown, part will be in Kings Point, N.Y., for the Nevins Trophy and the freshmen will be Knoxville, Tenn., for North Points No. 1. The squad will return to Charleston Harbor next weekend, though, as 2012 Olympian Juan Maegli will lead the Cougars in the SAISA Men’s Singlehanded Championship.

Speaking of Maegli, had a chance to sit down with him and fellow CofC Olympian Andrew Lawrence for a great interview this week. Watch for the story when our new magazine, The Yard, hits the stands in October. But for now, take a look at what the Olympic pair got up to after our interview.

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