MONDAY, MARCH 05, 2007
This Week in Jacksonville University Athletics

March 5, 2007

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

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In this week's edition, we look back at last week's results, while previewing the big week the women's baseketball and the rest of the JU athletic programs.

WEEK IN REVIEW

Men's Basketball

The storybook season for JU came to a tragic end as Campbell upset the Dolphins, 90-85, in overtime in the quarterfinals of the General Shale Atlantic Sun Men's Basketball Championship.

The Dolphins (15-14) see their season come to an end after rallying from a nine-point deficit in the final five minutes to force overtime, largely because of Jesse Kimbrough.

The senior put the team on his back in the second half, scoring 14 of his game-high 24 in the second frame. In his final game at JU, Kimbrough led the in scoring, dished out six assists, pulled down five rebounds and didn't commit a turnover in 42 minutes of action.

Women's Basketball

Basketball has never been hotter with the JU women's basketball team as they picked up their program-record 20th win over Lipscomb, 69-59, on March 2.

They opened the week upsetting regular-season champion Belmont, 65-58, on March 1 at Swisher Gymnasium.

The Dolphins finished the regular season winning a program-record eight consecutive games and they have won 15 of their last 17 games overall. For their efforts, JU earned a program-high No. 2 seed in the A-Sun Tournament.

Junior Ashley Williams scored 19 points in the Belmont win, while adding 25 points in the home finale against Lipscomb. Sophomore Virginia Gregorie also added 16 points in JU's victory over Belmont.

This week, the Dolphins host No. 7 seed Stetson on Thursday in the first round of the A-Sun Tournament in Dothan, Ala. Tipoff is set for 4:30 p.m. and can heard live on ESPN 1460 or watched through atlanticsun.org.

Baseball

The Dolphins ended the week on a high note with two wins over La Salle at Alexander Brest Field.

JU opened the week with at loss at Georgia Southern, 12-7, on Feb. 28.

La Salle their four-game slate against JU with an 11-7 win on March 2 and a 10-5 game one victory in extra innings on the next day.

JU bounced back with a 6-2 in game two of the Saturday doubleheader and a 14-4 thrashing on March 4 to end the week.

Senior Pete Clifford led the way for JU at the plate going 13-for-20 (.650) with three doubles, a triple, eight runs and four RBI in five games. He also tallied 18 total baes, a .900 slugging percentage and a .900 on-base percentage.

The Dolphins have a busy week as they play six games in less than seven days. JU opens the week at 2005 national-runner up Florida in Gainesville, Fla. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. The game can be heard live on ESPN 1460 with pregame starting at 6 p.m.

They will return home Wednesday for five games. They begin the slate with UCONN at 6:30 p.m. JU plays UCONN again on Friday at 6:30 p.m. before taking on UNC-Greensboro on Saturday at 1 p.m. They wrap up the marathon week with a doubleheader against Western Michigan at 2 p.m.

Softball

The Dolphins continued their tough preseason slate as they hosted #9 Michigan, Notre Dame and Virginia for the Crispers/JU Invitational over the weekend.

They dropped games to the Fighting Irish and the Wolverines on the first day, but were able to down the Cavaliers, 10-2, on Sunday.

Freshman Ashley Mora led JU on the final day going 4-for-9 with two doubles in three RBI in two games. Senior Katie Buell picked up the win in the circle for the Dolphins after tossing five innings and allowing two runs on four hits with a strikeout.

The Dolphins will travel down to Clearwater, Fla. to complete in the USF/adidas Spring Break Invitational beginning on Thursday. They open the day with Oklahoma State at 11 a.m. and wrap up with Western Michigan at 1 p.m. On Friday, JU faces North Carolina at 1 p.m. before taking on Wagner at 6 p.m. The Dolphins play host USF on Saturday at 1 p.m. before heading into bracket play.

Men's Tennis

The men's tennis team spilt a pair of matches at home this week. JU fell to Campbell, 4-3, to open the week on March 3, but bounced back with a 4-3 win over Hampton on March 4.

Sophomore Jordi Ballester won both of his No. 1 singles match and helped clinch the game-winning doubles point against Hampton to pace JU.

The Dolphins host Xavier at 2 p.m. on Thursday and finish with Appalachian State at 1 p.m. The Dolphins will also officially dedicate the Keith T. Watson Tennis Complex as their home courts on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Women's Tennis

JU began the week by ending Campbell's seven-game winning streak with a 4-3 victory on March 3, which carried over to the next day with a 4-3 win over Hampton.

Tatiana Soldatova went 3-0 in singles and doubles over the weekend to lead JU.

This week, the Dolphins host A-Sun foe Kennesaw State on Wednesday at 2 p.m. in their only match of the week.

Other notable events

- After a two-week hiatus, the men's golf team is back in action for the two-day Braveheart Classic in Beaumont, Calif. starting on Monday.

- The women's golf team plays at Peggy Kirk Bell Invitational on Wednesday in Orlando, Fla.