TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 04, 2008
Keri Zwikker and Jessica Hurtado earn Atlantic Sun All-Conference honors
Senior forward Keri Zwikker was voted first team Atlantic Sun All-Conference for the fourth consecutive year, while freshman forward Jessica Hurtado earned second team all-conference and all-freshman team honors, it was announced on Tuesday afternoon by the league office.

Zwikker becomes the first player in A-Sun history to receive first team accolades for four straight years. Hurtado is the first JU player since Zwikker and Michelle Lavine to be named to the all-conference team, while also earning all-freshman honors.

“I am excited for Keri and Jess,” said JU head coach Brian Copham. “I am glad to see them getting recognized for their hard work and contributions to our team.

“Keri has been a constant for this program for the last four years and her leadership on and off the field has proven invaluable. Jess has made a great transition to the college level and has pushed her game to new heights in the last few weeks.”

Zwikker takes first team honors after leading the team in goals (9), assists (6) and points (24). Her goals total is fourth in the A-Sun, while her points tally ranks second in the conference.

For her career, Zwikker ranks second in goals (49), assists (24) and points (122) in the JU record books. She is only one of two JU players to score more than 40 goals and has the highest goal total among all active A-Sun players over the last four years.

Hurtado is one of three JU freshmen to play in 17 matches in 2008. She is tied for second on the team with five assists and third in goals (3). Hurtado posted two goals and two assists in her first collegiate week of matches to earn A-Sun Offensive “Player of the Week” on Sept. 2.

Recently, Hurtado had an assist in three straight wins for the Dolphins (Oct. 12-24) and scored the game-winning goal in JU’s 1-0 win against cross-town rival UNF on Oct. 30 in the home finale.

Zwikker, Hurtado and the No. 4 seed Dolphins (9-8-1, 6-4) will kick off the A-Sun Tournament on Wednesday against No. 5 seed East Tennessee State (7-9-1, 5-4-1) at 4 p.m.