09 Sep UNF women’s basketball team faces rugged start to schedule
The University of North Florida women’s basketball team will face its difficult tests early, both out and within the conference.
The Ospreys released their 2021-22 schedule earlier this week, with 20 of 29 games in the state of Florida and five games against NCAA Power Five Conference teams, all coming within the first 12.
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UNF will open the season at Florida State on Nov. 9, and plays its first home game two days later against Warner at 7 p.m. The Ospreys will then play at Clemson Nov. 24, at Auburn Nov. 30, at Georgia on Dec. 8 and at Miami Dec. 21.
Defending ASUN champions Florida Gulf Coast will host the Ospreys to begin the conference schedule for both teams on Jan. 5.
The River City Rumble games against Jacksonville will be Jan. 15 at UNF Arena (2 p.m.) and Feb. 24 at Swisher Gym.
Bonding over basketball
The Ospreys were loaded already, with seniors Jazz Bond, the ASUN defensive player of the year, and All-ASUN players Rhetta Moore and Marissa Mackins returning, along with nine other letter winners.
Add Jaida Bond to the mix.
Jazz Bond’s sister has transferred to UNF after averaging 15.0 points, 12.1 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game for North Alabama last year. Jazz Bond averaged 17.8 points, 8.2 rebounds and an ASUN-leading 2.7 blocked shots per game.
Offense rules for JU
The Jacksonville University women’s soccer team upped their record to 5-1-1 with a 4-0 victory over Alabama A&M last week.
Julianne Hutchison scored her first two goals of the season and 13 Dolphin players have now scored this season. Selma Fohrer had an assistant, her fourth of the season, and she is second in the ASUN in points with 10.
All 11 JU freshmen have played this season.
The Dolphins are 3-0-1 at home and return to Southern Oaks Stadium at 1 p.m. on Sunday to play Charleston Southern.
Jacksonville and UNF volleyball players earned ASUN honors last week and it was old hat for one.
UNF sophomore Rocio Moro was named the ASUN defensive player of the week for the fifth time in her career and followed teammate Bre Walp in earning the award two weeks in a row.
Moro is the returning ASUN defensive player of the year. The San Juan, Puerto Rico native was named to the UNF Invitational all-tournament team after collecting 59 digs in two matches, victories over Virginia Tech and Georgia State.
UNF is off to its best start in the program’s NCAA Division I era at 6-0.
JU’s Cami Kelsay, an outside hitter, was the ASUN freshman of the week. She had 27 kills in two games to help the Dolphins beat UNC-Wilmington twice in their invitational tournament.
Lewis to head track committee
UNF deputy athletic director Ervin Lewis has been named chairman of the NCAA Division I Track & Field/Cross Country Committee for the 2021-22 season.
Lewis, who has served as a member of the NCAA committee during the past three seasons, will organize and manage the committee’s monthly meetings and serve as a speaking agent and representative for the NCAA at championship events. He also will oversee championship selections, policies and site selections.
The NCAA Championship events that Lewis will oversee this season include the 2021 Cross Country Championship on Nov. 20 in Tallahassee, the 2022 Indoor Track & Field Championship on Mar. 11-12 in Birmingham, Ala., the 2022 Outdoor Track & Field Preliminaries on May 26-28 in Bloomington, Ind. (East Region) and Fayetteville, Ark. (West Region); and the 2022 Outdoor Track & Field Championship on June 8-11 in Eugene, Ore.
More UNF moves
Chase Driscoll, a former Ospreys basketball player and the son of coach Matthew Driscoll has been named the program’s director of basketball operations.
Driscoll played at UNF from 2014-15 to 2017-18 and was a member of the team’s back-to-back ASUN Champions.
Before coaching at Webber, Driscoll was a graduate assistant coach at Oral Roberts University. He helped Bishop Kenny win district titles in 2013 and 2014, and a state final four appearance in 2014.
Another former UNF athlete came back home as former cross country and track athlete Tyler Stahl was hired as an assistant for both programs under coach Jeff Pigg. Stahl won the ASUN cross country championship in 2016 and won the 1500 and 5000 meters in outdoor track in 2018.
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