An eventful week in the Presbyterian College athletics department saw the Blue Hose advance into the Big South men’s soccer semifinals, hire a women’s tennis coach to replace Catherine Dunagan and pick up a pair of volleyball victories.
The PC men’s soccer team cruised to a 3-0 win over Longwood in the first round of the Big South Tournament on Sunday night at Martin Stadium.
Freshman Marcos Kitromilides scored on an open goal to give PC the 1-0 lead in the 20th minute of the game. Junior Sergio Pinto took an initial shot that was saved and rebounded to Kitromilides for his team-leading sixth of the season.
No. 3 seed PC improved to 7-11 on the year, while sixth-seeded Longwood fell to 5-13-1 with the loss.
Athletics Director Danny Sterling announced Monday the hiring of Steve Brooks as Head Women’s Tennis Coach. Brooks comes to PC with more than 20 years of collegiate coaching experience, including 14 years at the NCAA Division I level.
“I am very excited to welcome Steve Brooks to the Presbyterian College athletic department,” said Sterling. “His many years in both collegiate and club tennis will be very beneficial to our women’s tennis program.”
Most recently, Brooks has owned and operated the Tri-Cities Tennis Academy, based in Bristol, Tenn. Over the past seven years, the academy has produced junior players, winning more than 70 state championships, six high school state championships, and 10 USTA Southern Section championships. His players are beginning to reach college age and are receiving scholarships to NCAA Division I and II programs.
From 2001 to 2010, Brooks was the Head Women’s Tennis Coach at East Tennessee State University. He inherited a program which had four coaches in the past four years and guided the Bucs to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history. In each of the final five years of his time in Johnson City, Brooks’ teams played in the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament finals. His teams also boasted high academics with 60 academic all-conference selections, 27 ITA Scholar-Athlete selections, six ITA All-Academic teams, a Fulbright Scholar and a NCAA Sportsmanship Award winner.
In addition to ETSU, Brooks has coaching stints at The Citadel, Wofford College, the University of Tennessee, the University of Arkansas and his alma mater, Carson-Newman College.
Dunagan resigned in September to take a similar position at Furman.
The PC volleyball team battled for a five-set victory on Senior Day on Saturday night over Winthrop. The Blue Hose defeated the Eagles 25-15, 17-25, 19-25, 29-27, and 15-10.
Freshman Erin Cooke recorded her fourth triple-double of the season with a team-high 15 kills, 24 assists, and 11 digs. Senior Jaclyn Brewington (team-leading 33 assists, 10 digs), junior Erin Eulitz (10 kills, 12 assists), and freshman Lauren Talbert (11 kills, 12 digs) all picked up double-doubles. Sophomore Allie Wright and freshman Trinity Williams collected 13 kills apiece. Sophomore Sydney De Jong added eight kills and led PC with five blocks. Sophomore Taylor Farmer paced the Blue Hose with 33 digs on the night, which is tied for seventh highest in a single match in PC's Division I era.
The Blue Hose took down Gardner-Webb in four sets on Friday night in Templeton Center. PC defeated the Runnin’ Bulldogs 25-18, 25-21, 21-25, and 26-24.
Freshman Lauren Talbert led the way for PC with 14 kills and a .379 hitting percentage. Classmate Erin Cooke recorded another double-double with 10 kills and 22 assists. Senior Jaclyn Brewington tallied a team-high 27 assists on the night. Sophomore Sydney De Jong chipped in with eight kills and a team-high five blocks. Junior Erin Eulitz and sophomore Taylor each collected 13 digs to lead the Blue Hose.