MONDAY, APRIL 02, 2007
This Week in Jacksonville University Athletics

April 2, 2007


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In this week's edition, we celebrate the women's tennis team's first-ever Atlantic Sun title, while checking out the week ahead in JU athletics.



The Dolphins fell twice in extra innings against Mercer over the weekend to drop their third straight Atlantic Sun Conference series.

The Bears earned a 13-inning 5-4 victory on March 30 before taking the series in game three of the series the next day with a 10-inning 7-6 win.

Matt Gardner tossed a complete-game five-hit shutout, while Pete Clifford and Jimmy Potucek each added home runs to help the Dolphins take game one of the doubleheader, 5-0.

This week, the Dolphins host Campbell for a doubleheader on Friday at 3:30 p.m. JU wraps up the series on Saturday at 1 p.m.


The softball team fought through four tough games last weekend in Nashville, Tenn.

Junior Shannon Jensen tossed six no-hit innings to help JU down Belmont, 5-3, in game one. The Bruins came back and defeated the Dolphins, 2-0, in the second game.

Against Lipscomb, the Bisons rallied and benefitted from an JU error in the 10th inning to take a 3-2 win in game one. Junior Jillian Mirante added her first career home run, but the Dolphins fell, 5-2, to wrap up their trip.

The Dolphins look to bounce back in the win column when travel to Florida A&M for a doubleheader on Wednesday beginning at 4 p.m. On Friday, JU hosts A-Sun and cross-town rival North Florida in a doubleheader at 6 p.m., in another installment of the SunTrust River City Rumble.

Track and Field

Senior Janita Ocana qualified for the NCAA Regionals in the long jump, while sophomore Natasha Harvey won her first heptathlon to help the JU track and field team complete a stellar day at the FSU Relays on March 30.

Ocana picked up her regional qualifier with mark of 20'03" (6.17m) to win the long jump. She also won the 400-meter dash with 54.83 to finish her day.

Harvey posted first place marks in the javelin (99'03"), 100-meter hurdles (13.99), 200-meter dash (25:34) and shot put (36'11.75") to win with 4,563 points.

Janel Grooms, Alison Ritter, Alyssa Deal and Tiffanie Saxton ran a time of 9:18.77 to help JU win the 4x800 meter relay.

The Dolphins compete again on Friday at the Florida Relays in Gainesville, Fla.

Women's Tennis

After sweeping Belmont and Lipscomb this weekend, the women's tennis team clinched the A-Sun regular season title and the No. 1 seed at the upcoming conference tournament.

After dropping their A-Sun opener, the Dolphins ran through the rest of the A-Sun schedule unscathed to earn their first regular season title. The run in the A-Sun has buoyed a 13-match winning streak that JU will carry into the tournament.

Lena Willi and Emese Sulyos has helped with a lot of the success for JU this season. They are 11-2 as the No. 1 doubles team, while each of them have posted a 16-2 record in singles play.

The Dolphins wrap up the regular season at Bethune-Cookman on April 10.

Men's Tennis

The Dolphins picked up a pair of wins on their road trip in Nashville, Tenn. over the weekend.

JU opened with a 4-3 victory against Belmont on March 31 and finished with a 6-1 win over Lipscomb the next day to wrap up the weekend.

Jordi Ballester and Francisco Riveroll earned two wins in singles play to help lead JU.

This week, the Dolphins travel to face in-state rival UCF on Saturday in Orlando, Fla. First serve is set for 11 a.m.

Women's Golf

The women's golf team improved their score each round while finishing 12th at the Ryder Florida Women's Collegiate Championship on the par-72 Don Shula's Golf Resort on April 1.

Camilla Loeveid was the top finisher for JU, tying for 42nd after opening with an 85 and following it up with back-to-back 79s. She shot 243 for the 54-holes, finishing at 27-over par.

The Dolphins are off until the A-Sun Championship, which starts on April 9.

Men's Golf

The men's golf team is back in action beginning on Monday as they travel to Spartanburg, S.C. for the two-day Wofford Spring Invitational