MONDAY, MARCH 12, 2007
This Week in Jacksonville University Athletics

March 12, 2007


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In this week's edition, we relive the thrilling women's basketball season, while previewing the week for the rest of the JU athletic programs.


Women's Basketball

The Dolphins fell one game shy of making the Atlantic Sun Tournament Championship last week in Dothan, Ala.

JU opened the tournament with a 74-61 win over No. 7 Stetson to reach its first semifinal in school history.

Sophomore guard Virginia Gregoire (25) and freshman guard Courtney Jackson (18) each finished with career high's in points to help the Dolphins extend their program-record winning streak to nine games.

Despite a sluggish first half in the semifinal and a 15 point deficit in the second frame, JU pulled to within three but ran out of magic to end its record breaking season with a 78-72 loss to No. 3 East Tennessee State.

Gregoire led all scorers with 22 points and jjunior forward Ashley Williams had 17 points to set a new program record for points in a season (509).

The Dolphins finished the 2006-07 season winning 16 of their last 19 games, including 15 of their last 18 A-Sun games, while also going 15-3 since Jan. 1. JU set career records for wins (21), conference wins (14), home wins (13), consecutive home wins (10), consecutive road wins (four).


JU used a two-run rally to down Western Michigan to finish up a five-win week.

The Dolphins opened the week scoring six unanswered runs to down Florida in Gainesville, Fla. on March 6. They begin their four-game homestand with two wins over Uconn. After losing late to UNC-Greensboro, the Dolphins bounced back with a doubleheader sweep against Western Michigan, 15-3 & 5-4, on March 11 to wrap up the week.

Senior Pete Clifford helped paced the Dolphins at the plate by batting. 381 with two doubles and nine RBI. He also had a game-tying solo home run at Florida and added a grand slam against Uconn.

This week, the Dolphins travel to face in-state rival Bethune-Cookman on Tuesday at 6 p.m. JU opens A-Sun schedule with a three-game series against Belmont starting Friday in Nashville, Tenn.


The Dolphins defeated Western Michigan in their final at-bat and picked up their first win in 11 games over USF to earn a spot in the Silver Flight Bracket of the USF/adidas Invitational in Clearwater, Fla.

At the plate, junior Jillian Mirante batted .381 for the Dolphins, while Mora drove in four runs. Mirante also became JU's new all-time leader in steals with her 19th career swipe against UMass.

Freshman Ashley Iveson pitched three consecutive complete games and picked up two wins for the Dolphins. She recorded a 0.62 ERA after only allowing seven runs (two earned) and fanning nine batters in 22.2 innings of work. Iveson also hurled seven no-hit innings against North Carolina.

This week, the Dolphins host Ball State in a doubleheader on Wednesday at 4 p.m. JU faces Campbell in their A-Sun opener on Friday at 5 p.m.

Track and Field

Sophomore Natasha Harvey finished fourth in the long jump to earn All-America honors at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships on March in Fayetteville, Ark.

Harvey is the third Dolphin track athlete in school history to earn All-America accolades, earning it with a jump of 20'10.75" (6.37m).

Men's Golf

The men's golf team overcame a two-stroke deficit in the final round to upset UCLA with a nine-stroke victory to claim the Braveheart Classic on the par-72 Oak Valley Golf Club on March 6.

The Dolphins finished the second round early on Tuesday morning and trailed the Bruins by two. In the final round, JU posted a one-over par total of 289 to race past UCLA's final round of 300.

Matt Kleinrock led the charge in the final round to win his first collegiate title. The junior opened the tournament with a 78, but rallied with rounds of 73 and 69 to win the individual title at four-over par 220.

The Dolphins claimed the top three spots in the individual competition - with Russell Knox taking second and Duncan Stewart finishing in third.

The Dolphins are back in action on March 19th at the Kennesaw Spring Invitational.

Women's Golf

Camilla Loeveid's four-over par 76 led the Dolphins to a third place finish at the Diet Coke Wofford Invitational on March 6.

The Dolphins posted their second straight round of 319 to finish in third with a two-round total of 638. JU finished 22 shots behind tournament champion and host Wofford in the seven team event.

Loeveid's two round total of eight-over par, 152, placed her in third behind Wofford's Erin Wells, who won the title with a one-over total of 145.

The Dolphins return to the greens today in the North/South Invitational in Jacksonville, Fla.

Women's Tennis

The Dolphins swept play in doubles and won all the singles matches to down Kennesaw State on March 7 in their only match of the week.

JU opens the week with Eastern Kentucky on Monday at home and travel to face Northern Iowa in Valdoasta, Ga. on Tuesday at 2 p.m. They host Wyoming on Friday at 2 p.m. and finish the week against Layafette on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Men's Tennis

The Dolphins earned two wins at the newly dedicated Keith Watson Family Tennis Complex last week.

JU dismantled Xavier, 6-1, to start the week and christened its new home courts with a 5-2 win over Appalachian State on March 11.

Jordi Ballester, regining A-Sun "Player of the Week," picked two wins at No. 1 singles and a victory at No. 2 doubles to lead JU.

The Dolphins host Eastern Kentucky on Monday at 2 p.m. They take on Buffalo at home on Wednesday with first serve at 2 p.m. and will wrap up the week against Layafette on Saturday at 10 a.m.

Men's and Women's Rowing

The Dolphins will kick off the season by traveling down to Winter Park, Fla. to compete in the Rollins Invitational on Saturday.