Originally created 10/01/00


After a slow start, USC Aiken's volleyball team defeated Francis Marion Saturday in Aiken for its fourth straight victory. Aiken won 8-15, 15-12, 15-8, 15-6.

The victory, the 12th of the season against four losses, is one more victory than the Lady Pacers had all of last season. Aiken, which won three games in the Peach Belt Athletic Conference in 1999, is now 4-2.

Andrea Emmons and Shelley Wooten led the way for Aiken. Emmons had 14 kills, 14 digs and six blocks while Wooten had 13 kills and nine digs.

Aiken is at Newberry Tuesday at 7 p.m.

FOOTBALL: Two buses and a van carrying Clark-Atlanta University students to an out-of-state football game collided Saturday near Memphis, Tenn., sending at least 130 people to hospitals, police said.

No one was killed, and the injuries were not considered life-threatening.

The vehicles were carrying cheerleaders, university band members, and fans traveling to Memphis for Clark-Atlanta's game against Lane College on Saturday night.

The wreck occurred about 9 a.m. about 12 miles south of Memphis, Tenn., Olive Branch Police Sgt. Bill Sanders said.

Sanders said traffic had been slowed on the highway because officers were cleaning up debris from an 18-wheeler crash that occurred before dawn.

BASKETBALL: Former University of Georgia guard Vern Fleming, who played 11 seasons with the Indiana Pacers, has joined the team as an assistant coach.

Fleming was the Pacers' first-round draft pick in 1984, and started at point guard during most of his tenure with the team. He completed his NBA career with the New Jersey Nets in the 1995-96 season, and then played one season in Europe.

RUNNING: Joey Knight and Michelle Milner were the winners of the 11th annual River Run in Augusta on Saturday.

The 26-year-old Knight ran the 7-kilometer course in 24:26. Milner, 15, had a time of 27:08.

David Allison won masters division with a time of 24:44 and Sohaila Rothermel won the female masters title with a time of 30:43. The masters is for runners 40-over.

TENNIS: Oliver Rochus beat older brother Cristophe 7-5, 6-4 Saturday at the $375,000 ATP tournament in Palermo, Sicily to reach his first tour final. Oliver, whose ranking of 104th is 28 spot below Cristophe's, needed 1 hour, 40 minutes to win the clay-court match. Cristophe had won the Belgian brothers' only other encounter.

Italy's Diego Nargiso defeated two-time French Open champion Sergi Bruguera 6-4, 6-4 in the other semifinal and will play Oliver Rochus today.

Bulgaria's Magdalena Maleeva defeated Anna Kournikova 6-2, 6-4 Saturday to advance to final of the WTA SEAT Open in Luxembourg. The 19-year-old Russian, ranked 13th and seeded the No. 1 seed, was the favorite after beating defending champion Kim Clijsters in the quarterfinals of the $170,000 tournament. Maleeva, seeded seventh, will face third-seeded Jennifer Capriati, who beat unseeded Barbara Rittner of Germany 6-4, 2-6, 6-2.

Monica Seles rallied to beat Serena Williams 6-3, 0-6, 7-6 (1) Saturday in an exhibition in Hong Kong between players who won medals at the Sydney Olympics.

Seles won the bronze medal in singles in Sydney. Williams won the doubles gold with sister Venus. Williams was ahead 6-5 in the third set and leading 40-15 when Seles forced a tiebreaker. The hard-court match was played at Victoria Park. Both players will compete in next week's Princess Cup in Tokyo.


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