Women's soccer to receive championship rings at JU men's basketball game on Thursday

Feb. 5, 2007

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The JU women's soccer team will be presented with their 2006 Atlantic Sun Conference Championship rings during halftime of the JU men's basketball game against East Tennessee State at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena on Thursday at 7 p.m.

"Thursday night will be a tremendous night for the student-athletes in our program," said JU head coach Chris Kouns. "This team had an amazing year in terms of earning a NSCAA Team Ethics Award, a NSCAA Team Academic Award and winning an A-Sun Conference Championship. With 16 underclassmen, this young group represented both Jacksonville University and themselves very well on their way to the NCAA tournament.

"I am especially happy for our three seniors; Jenny Borschel, Michelle Kmiotek and Meagan Surrency because they survived our coaching transition three seasons ago and transitions are a very difficult period. I am thrilled to be able to allow them to end their careers wearing the fruits of their labors as champions."

In 2006, the Dolphins posted their first double-digit win total since the 2002 season, their second A-Sun Championship in school history and earned an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.

Senior goalie Michelle Kmiotek helped pave the way with a career-best 173 saves to earn A-Sun Tournament MVP honors. Kmiotek also wrapped up her career with a program-best 362 saves and 18 shutouts.

Sophomore Keri Zwikker was also a major contributor by receiving first team all-conference and all-tournament accolades after ranking first on the team with 10 goals.

Other Dolphins earning honors were sophomore defender Katie Orr, who was named second team all-conference, while Kirby Hutton and Angela Hulse were awarded all-tournament honors after helping JU secure its second conference title.

Off the field, JU earned it's second consecutive National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic by posting a 3.19 grade point average for the 2005-06 school semester. They also earned the Team Ethics Award Bronze honor from the NSCAA for only having nine cautions in 2006.