Byers reaches 1,000-kill mark
In Florence, S.C., Shannon Byers combined for 23 kills to go over the 1,000-kill mark for her career as USC Aiken split a pair of matches in the Francis Marion Invitational.
The senior had seven kills as the Lady Pacers swept Pfeffer 3-0 (25-11, 25-17 and 25-15) and 16 in a 3-0 loss (25-22, 25-21, 25-20) to Newberry.
Byers is the seventh Lady Pacer in the 1,000-kill club. She also is the sixth to have over 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in their career.
Teammate Samantha Lukralle closed out the Francis Marion Invitational with 1,710 digs now in her career. She is 44 digs away from overtaking the school record for career digs.
• In Savannah, Ga., Augusta State won both its matches on Saturday in the Armstrong Atlantic State Classic.
In the first match, Augusta State swept Catawba 3-0 (25-18, 25-23 and 25-21).
In the second match, Augusta beat Lenior-Rhyne 3-2 (25-20, 23-25, 25-10, 19-25 and 20-18).
• In Lexington, Va., Erika Boggs scored with just over six minutes left in the match to give VMI a 1-0 victory over the USC Aiken in a women’s soccer match.
The loss kept USC Aiken winless and still looking for its first goal of the season. The Pacers played Newberry to a 0-0 tie in the season opener.
USC Aiken had two shots on goal in the match while Lady Pacers goaltender Alli Edens had two saves.
Women’s coach for US to leave
Pia Sundhage is stepping down as U.S. women’s soccer coach.
Sundhage plans to return to her native Sweden after leading the Americans to back-to-back gold medals and their first World Cup final in 12 years.
The announcement of her departure Saturday came just a few hours before the U.S. women began their “victory tour” against Costa Rica in Rochester, N.Y., the hometown of star Abby Wambach. The U.S. won 8-0.
U.S. Soccer said it will begin searching for a new coach immediately, but has no timetable for naming a successor.
There is no major tournament until the next World Cup in 2015.
Sundhage is expected to stay with the Americans for at least the next two games of their victory tour, a pair of exhibitions against Australia on Sept. 16 in Carson, Calif., and Sept. 19 in Commerce City, Colo.
The U.S. then plays two-time World Cup champion Germany on Oct. 20 in Bridgeview, Ill., and Oct. 23 in East Hartford, Conn.
• In London, U.S. forward Clint Dempsey sat in the stands as countryman Brad Friedel produced a superb display in goal, leaving Tottenham tied 1-1 with Norwich in the Premier League on Saturday.
Dempsey joined Spurs from Fulham late on Friday but wasn’t registered in time to make his debut this weekend.
• Violent fans have driven defender Kevin Pezzoni away from German football club Cologne, according to the club’s coach.
“Things happened that meant football matches were no longer possible for him here in Cologne,” Holger Stanislawski said.
“A group of people ambushed the player Pezzoni in front of the door to his private home this week, accosted him and seriously threatened him. They attached signs to his car, and made it clear they wanted to hurt him,” he said. “Limits are exceeded when … the player can no longer go out on the street.”
Cologne released the 23-year-old Pezzoni from his contract on Friday after the latest incident was followed up by threats on the player’s Facebook page.