TUESDAY, MAY 20, 2014
Dolphins Claim the 2013-14 Sherman Day Trophy
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – After winning Atlantic Sun Championships in volleyball, indoor track & field, outdoor track & field and the A-Sun Tournament title in women’s soccer, Jacksonville University is the winner of the Atlantic Sun’s Sherman Day Trophy for 2013-14.
The Sherman Day Trophy, which is awarded to the women’s all-sports champion, has now been won by the Dolphins four times. Each school accumulates points based on the sports they sponsor within the Atlantic Sun, provided that there are at least five full-fledged members of the conference represented. Previously, Jacksonville claimed titles in 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2010-11.
In addition, the Dolphins finished third in the Bill Bibb Trophy combined all sports race. The third place showing is up from sixth in 2012-13 and represents the high finish by Jacksonville since a runner-up in 2008-09.
Jacksonville earned 175.5 points out of a possible 240 (.731) on the season on the women’s side. Women’s soccer earned 27 points for its second place finish in the regular season, volleyball 28.5 for its split regular season title and indoor track & field 21 for its conference title. Women’s cross country (4th of 10) and women’s basketball (5th of 10) received 21 points and 18, respectively.
In the spring season, outdoor track & field took home 24 points for its conference title last weekend, women’s golf received 18 for its fourth place showing at the conference meet, and sand volleyball and softball each garnered nine points for their performances on the season.
East Tennessee State finished second in the standings, splitting the regular season volleyball crown with the Dolphins and winning the women’s golf championship. The Bucs percentage of .673 (169.5/252) placed them just ahead of Florida Gulf Coast (.655, 145.5/222). Stetson (.601, 133.5/222) and Kennesaw State (.583, 147/252) round out the top half of the conference standings.
Lipscomb (.560, 141/252), North Florida (.551, 147/267), Mercer (.500, 123/246), USC Upstate (.381, 96/252) and Northern Kentucky (.333, 84/252) finish out the standings.
Women’s lacrosse, which claimed both the A-Sun regular season and tournament titles did not factor into the standings for Jacksonville as a minimum of five full-fledged conference members must participate in the sport to be counted in the standings. The women’s rowing team, which competes as a member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, also won a conference title this season building onto a season of dominance for women’s athletics at JU.