Argonaut Weekly: November 16-22
PENSACOLA, Fla. – A third Gulf South Conference championship for the University of West Florida Athletic Department highlighted the final week of regular season play for the fall teams. Head Coach Melissa Wolter and the UWF volleyball team ran away with a second straight conference championship while dropping just one set in the three tournament matches. UWF women’s soccer picked up a big win in the team’s first NCAA postseason game of the season, and the Argonauts men’s and women’s basketball teams tipped off the season at home on Monday.
ARGONAUTS OF THE WEEK
Courtney Jones (Panama City, Fla./Bay HS) of the No. 1 UWF women’s soccer team was named to the 2009 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America third team on Tuesday, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Jones is an Exercise Science major and holds a GPA of 3.86, and she also ranks fifth in NCAA Division II with a 0.37 goals against average. Jones’ selection marks the fourth Argonaut across all sports to be named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America team and the first since 2000.
Junior Outside Hitter
Jamie Nichols (Crawfordville, Fla./Wakulla HS) and the West Florida volleyball team won a second straight Gulf South Conference championship over the weekend, and Nichols was one of three UWF players named to the all-tournament team. Nichols had double digit kill totals in all three matches during the tournament, highlighted by a 14-kill performance and .522 hitting percentage in the finals against West Alabama. The junior outside hitter is averaging 2.49 kills per set and ranks third on the team with a .257 hitting percentage.
VOLLEYBALL (22-12, 8-2 GSC)
- 11/13 vs. Henderson State: 3-1 W
- 11/14 vs. North Alabama: 3-0 W
- 11/14 vs. West Alabama: 3-0 W
West Florida earned its second consecutive Gulf South Conference championship with a 3-0 (25-15, 25-19, 25-20) sweep of East Division rival West Alabama on Saturday night. Patricia Gandolfo was named as the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player while juniors Jamie Nichols and Chelsea Wilhoite earned all-tournament team nods.
In the championship game Nichols brilliantly led the offensive with a total of 14 kills for a .522 hitting percentage, while Gandolfo nailed 12 kills for a huge .750 clip. Lindsay Homme and Valissia Brathwaite joined in the double-digits with 10 and 11 kills, respectively. Homme’s 11 kills were good for a .500 clip, the third Argo hitting at .500 or above. As a team, West Florida hit .371 with the credit due to Tricia Tirabassi’s 40 assists.
UWF will face Lynn on Thursday at noon ET in the first round of the NCAA South Regional hosted by Tampa this weekend. The Argonauts advanced to the finals of the regional tournament last season and fell to Nova Southeastern 3-2. Fans can tune into live coverage of the NCAA South Regional all weekend long at www.GoArgos.com.
WOMEN’S SOCCER (20-0, 7-0 GSC)
- 11/15 vs. North Alabama: 6-1 W
The No. 1 UWF women’s soccer team’s NCAA Tournament run began last weekend in a 6-1 win over North Alabama in the second round game in Pensacola on Sunday. The Argonauts earned a first round bye as the No. 1 seed, and Dernelle Mascall’s two goals led UWF in the third win over UNA this season. With her first goal of the match, Mascall became the all-time leading goal scorer in UWF history, passing Brianna Oeser’s record 54 goals set in 2005. Mascall now claims both the career goals and points record in just three seasons in an Argonaut uniform.
UWF is on the road this weekend to face No. 9 Rollins in the third round on Friday at 4:00 p.m. ET at Carson-Newman. If the Argonauts advance to Sunday’s quarterfinal round match, they would play the winner of Friday’s Carson-Newman vs. Columbus State game for the right to play in the Final Four in Tampa on December 3-5. Fans can listen to all the action live at www.GoArgos.com.
MEN’S BASKETBALL (0-1, 0-0 GSC)
- 11/16 vs. Columbus State: 76-91 L
In Bob Stinnett’s first game as men’s basketball Head Coach at the University of West Florida, the Argonauts came out with plenty of energy but eventually fell to visiting Columbus State 91-76. UWF ran into foul trouble with two starting players fouling out, as CSU ran away with the game in the second half to take home the victory. Senior Max Hoggard led all players with 20 points for UWF.
Hoggard finished the night shooting 6-10 from the field and 8-11 from the free throw line. Freshman Peter Connole had a strong performance in his first collegiate game with 14 points, and junior transfer Ervin Herron also scored in double digits in his first game as an Argonaut with 13 off the bench.
The Argonauts will hit the road this weekend for the first time this season, facing Puerto Rico-Bayamon on Friday in a neutral site game at Florida Tech at 7:00 p.m. ET. The Argos will then head to St. Augustine to face Flagler on Saturday with tip-off scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (0-1, 0-0 GSC)
- 11/16 vs. Mobile: 76-81 L (OT)
After going into overtime six times in the 2008-09 season, the West Florida women’s basketball team started the 2009-10 schedule with another overtime contest, falling to visiting Mobile 81-76 at the UWF Field House on Monday. Senior Amy Drake led the Argonauts with 25 points for the night, including 4-8 from three-point territory. Mobile’s Gerica Johnson led the Rams to victory, pouring in a game-high 37 points.
Two other Argonauts also scored in the double-digits, with senior Tiffany Williams collecting 18 points and sophomore Kirstin McIntyre scoring 14 points in her first game as an Argonaut. Drake also led in assists for the evening, just two shy of a double-double with eight.
UWF will return to the court again this weekend when they host the UWF Tip-Off Classic on November 20-21, when they will face Cameron on Friday at 6 p.m. and Harding on Saturday at 4 p.m.
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THIS WEEK’S UWF ATHLETICS SCHEDULE
Thursday, November 19
Volleyball vs. Lynn (NCAA Regional Quarterfinals) (at Tampa, Fla.) noon ET
Friday, November 20
W. Soccer vs. Rollins (NCAA Third Round) (at Jefferson City, Tenn.) 4:00 ET
Volleyball vs. TBA (NCAA Regional Semifinals) (at Tampa, Fla.) 5:00 ET
W. Basketball vs. Cameron (UWF Tip-Off Classic) 6:00
M. Basketball vs. Puerto Rico-Bayamon (@ Florida Tech) (at Melbourne, Fla.) 7:00 ET
Saturday, November 21
W. Basketball vs. Harding (UWF Tip-Off Classic) 4:00
M. Basketball @ Flagler (at St. Augustine, Fla.) 7:00 ET
Volleyball vs. TBA (NCAA Regional Finals) (at Tampa, Fla.) 7:00 ET
Sunday, November 22
W. Soccer vs. TBA (NCAA Quarterfinals) (at Jefferson City, Tenn.) 1:00 ET
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