This Week in JU Athletics

Nov. 20, 2006


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In this week's edition, we relive the volleyball team's Cinderella run at the A-Sun Championship and other results from last week, while looking foward to the Dolphin basketball home games this week.


Men's Basketball

The Dolphins ended their 25-game losing streak with a 77-73 win over St. Leo as JU started a new era with its first home game Downtown at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena on Nov. 14.

In front of crowd of 1,825, sophomore Marcus Allen led the three Dolphins in double figures with 20 points, a game-high nine rebounds and a career-best six blocks.

On Nov 16, the Dolphins fell at No. 1 Florida, 91-60.

The Dolphins were able to outscore the Gators in the second half, after trailing 56-20 at the intermission. JU put up 41 points in the second stanza while the Gators were held to just 34.

On Wednesday, the Dolphins host Florida Tech at the Veterans Memorial Area with a tip off at noon. They finish the week on Saturday at 7 p.m. against South Carolina State in the Arena.

Women's Basketball

The Dolphins are flying high after opening the season with a peferct 2-0 record for the first time in program history.

They begin the season breaking five team records en route to a 105-66 victory at Charleston Southern on Nov. 13.

JU set new records for total points (105), first half points (53), second half points (52), field goals made (41) and margin of victory (39 points). Junior forward Ashley Williams also picked up where she left off last season by scoring a program-record 32 points on 14-of-18 shooting from the field.

The Dolphins rallied from behind to defeat South Carolina State, 66-56, on Nov. 17.

Three Dolphins scored in double figures to help erase a five point second-half deficit as the JU women's basketball team pulled away with four minutes remaining.

This week, JU will face former A-Sun foe UCF at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Swisher Gym before heading downtown to play at the Veterans Memorial Arena on Saturday against Charleston Southern at 5 p.m.


The Dolphins' Cinderella run to the Atlantic Sun Championship game ended on Saturday afternoon as Belmont took a 3-0 win to claim the A-Sun title and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

JU opened the A-Sun tournament with a 3-1 victory over No. 5 seed Gardner-Webb on Nov. 17 Katie Hendrian and Petya Borisova led the team with 14 kills apiece, with Hendrian getting 16 digs and Borisova getting 15. Eva Stoilova had 13 kills and 10 digs to round out the double-doubles.

Later that day, the Dolphin upset top seeded East Tennessee State in five sets to advance to the championship round. The Dolphins got 19 kills apiece from Hendrian and Melissa Merchant, along with 17 kills from Stevenique Richardson and 11 from Stoilova.

Stoilova had nine kills in the chamionshop match to lead JU, but it wasn't enough to earn their second A-Sun title in three seasons.

Richardson earned a spot on the all-tournament in her final matches as a Dolphin.