This Week in Jacksonville University Athletics

Jan. 22, 2007


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Men's Basketball

JU improved its home record to a 8-0 after sweeping a pair of Atlantic Sun opponents last week in Swisher Gymnasium.

After opening the week with a loss at East Tennesee State, the Dolphins bounced back with an 87-77 win over Mercer on Jan. 18 in their first game back in Swisher since moving to Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.

Lehmon Colbert led four Dolphins in double figures with 19 points and nine rebounds. Marcus Allen added 17 points and nine rebounds as well for JU.

JU finished the week on Jan. 20 with a hard fought 69-65 victory against A-Sun rival Stetson.

Jesse Kimbrough led all scorers with 17 points, tying his career high with three 3-pointers, as the Dolphins racked up their 150th win ever at Swisher Gymnasium.

The Dolphins are back in action on Thursday on the road against Gardner-Webb at 7 p.m. They wrap up the week on Saturday in Bues Creek, N.C. to face Campbell at 7 p.m.

Women's Basketball

Despite a four-point deficit in a hostile environment, the JU women's basketball team rallied to extend its season-high winning streak to five games with a 71-67 win over Kennesaw State on Jan. 18.

Virginia Gregoire finished with a career-high 21 points, including 16 in the second half, to go with seven rebounds. Ashley Williams tallied 15 points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots. Sophomore guard DaVina Hamilton added eight points, a career-high six assists and five rebounds.

The Dolphins winning streak was snapped two days later as they fell at East Tennessee State, 68-61.

JU erased a 19-point second half deficit and held a late lead, but were unable to secure the win.

This week, they return home to face A-Sun rivals Stetson and Mercer. JU opens the week with the Hatters on Thursday at 7 p.m. and finishes with Mercer on Saturday at 2 p.m.

Women's Track & Field

The Dolphins had two successful days at the Razorback Invitational last week.

Sophomore Natasha Harvey set the tone on the first day by placing third in just her second collegiate pentathlon. She picked up first place marks in the long jump (19'8.25") and shot put (35-02) to earn a near NCAA qualifying mark of 3,626 points.

Freshman Alyssa Deal placed seventh in the mile on Jan. 20., with a time of 5:10.99 to help JU complete the strong showing.

JU is back in action on Saturday as they return to Gainesville, Fla., for the second time this season to compete in the Gator Pepsi Invitational.

Women's Tennis Junior Lena Willi went 2-1 over the weekend to lead the Dolphins at the Florida State Quad Invitational on Jan. 21.

JU picked up three singles wins over Penn State and two over Northwestern.

The Dolphins travel back to Tallahassee, Fla., on Saturday to take on Florida State at 11 a.m. They finish with Florida A&M on Sunday morning at 11 a.m.

Men's Tennis

The Dolphins fell in their season opener to former A-Sun rival Florida Atlantic, 6-1, in Boca Raton, Fla., on Jan. 21.

Despite the loss, the Dolphins forught the Owls hard by forcing them to the final set in the match on three occassions.

Ernesto Ramos claimed the lone win for the Dolphins, knocking off Daniel Vardag in the No. 4 singles match, 7-6 (1), 6-1.

JU plays again on Saturday as they travel to face Georgia Southern at 2 p.m.