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UWF athletics weekly roundup

Jason Dustin

Sports Editor

An Argonaut placed in the top third of the NCAA Division II cross-country national championships, the women’s soccer team’s 2015 season ended on a high note, and the volleyball team’s post-season mission commenced at home.

Cross Country

Early in the fall, University of West Florida cross-country Head Coach Caleb Carmichael declared his short and long-term goals.

“I want to build the team back up to prominence,” Carmichael said. “I want to go to the nationals every year.”

Thanks to junior runner Tim Wenger, Carmichael can say the team made tangible progress in realizing their ambitions. Wenger finished 81st out of 246 runners in the Division II national championships, which were held in Joplin, Missouri on Saturday, Nov. 21, according to a UWF Athletic Communication’s press release.

Wenger’s time of 31:10.7 was his career-best, according to UWF Athletic Communications.

Women’s soccer

Not all losses warrant regret.

The UWF women’s soccer team lost 1-0 to host and national No. 4 Barry University on Sunday, Nov. 15, in the NCAA Division II national tournament. The Lady Argos defense, which has been strong all year, held Barry to nine total shots and only two official shots-on-goal.

UWF’s allowed only .703 goals per game this season.  Measured in those terms, the Lady Argos defense finished the season ranked No. 30 in the nation. The Lady Argos finished the season as the stingiest team in the Gulf South Conference.

The Lady Argos graduate only two players in Julianne Gaubron and Amber Pennybaker. Pennybaker capped her UWF career with 19 goals this season, which was good for 8th-best in the GSC.

The Lady Argos will return the conference’s No. 2 and No. 5 scorers in sophomore Daryl Bell and junior Kaley Ward.

Volleyball

The women’s volleyball team entered the GSC tournament, which they host, with momentum.

The Lady Argos defeated Shorter University 3-0 (25-22, 25-15, 25-20) in the GSC semifinals on Saturday, Nov. 21, at the UWF Field House.  The win extended their winning streak to nine games as they readied for Sunday’s GSC final against the University of North Alabama. UWF is currently 28-5.

Earlier in the week UWF sophomore Emily Cosgrove was named GSC Defensive Player of the Week, according to a GSC press release. Cosgrove is the third Argonaut to be awarded that honor this season. She joined juniors Tori Martella and Kathryn Torre as 2015 recipients of the award. Martella has been recognized twice.

In other news, the men’s and women’s basketball teams’ make their home debuts this upcoming week. The men’s lone game is against Spring Hill College on Tuesday, Nov. 24 at the UWF Field House. Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m. The women have two games. They open on the road against Spring Hill, on Tuesday, and meet Young Harris College at 12 p.m. in the Field House, on Saturday, Nov. 28.

UWF athletics weekly roundup

cross country

UWF’s Tim Wenger (right) leads the charge in a recent race. The junior from Inverness, Florida has qualified for the NCAA Division II national championship. It is the first time an Argonaut runner has qualified for the race since 2006.
Photo courtesy of UWF Athletic Communications.

Jason Dustin

Sports Editor

The University of West Florida women’s volleyball team wrapped up the regular season in convincingly, the men’s cross country team took a step forward, and women’s soccer clamped down in the NCAA Division II South Region tournament.

Men’s basketball

Four points were the difference between the UWF men’s basketball team opening the season with two wins versus two losses.

The Argonauts lost on Friday to Benedict College, 72-69, as part of a conference challenge tournament involving the Gulf South Conference and the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, which was hosted by Valdosta State University. Junior guard Mario Stramaglia led the Argos with 23 points. The Birmingham, Alabama, native was 4-for-5 in three-point attempts.

The Argos almost recorded their first win of the season on Saturday, on the road against Fort Valley State University.  The 82-81 overtime loss was highlighted by a monster game from UWF’s Austin Somerfield. The junior forward from Greenville, Michigan, led the team with 35 points and 18 rebounds, while logging 45 minutes.

The men’s next game, and home-opener, is 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23 against Spring Hill College at the UWF Field House.

Women’s basketball

The women’s team opened the season 0-2, as well. The Lady Argos traveled to host University of Tampa to participate in the season-opening Spartan Challenge Tournament where they lost 77-52 and 72-65 to the No. 20 UT and Rollins College, respectively.

Belle Bistrow posted UWF’s single-game high for the tournament. The freshman guard from Jacksonville scored 15 points in the loss to RC.

The Lady Argos’ next game is away against Spring Hill College on Nov. 24. UWF’s 2015 Field House debut will be at noon on Nov. 28 when they meet Young Harris College.

Men’s cross country

UWF junior runner Tim Wenger has qualified for the NCAA Division II Men’s Cross Country Championships, according to a UWF Athletic Communications press release.

By virtue of Wenger’s fifth-place finish at the South Regional Championships, he became the first Argo to qualify for the national race since 2006, according to UWF Athletic Communications.

Women’s soccer

Daryl Bell scored the lone goal of UWF’s first-round 1-0 victory at the NCAA Division II South Regional tournament, which was hosted by Barry University, in Miami. The goal was all the Lady Argos defense needed as it held Nova Southeastern University to one second-half shot on goal, and only six for the game.

UWF’s Alissa Festagallo, a junior from Fort Pierce, assisted Bell.

UWF meets host BU on Sunday for the region’s championship. If victorious, it will advance to the NCAA Division II Super Regional Tournament, which will be hosted by the highest-seeded participant.

For more UWF athletics information visit goargos.com.

Argo volleyball closes out regular season with a bang

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Photo by Kenny Detwyler.

Kenny Detwyler

Contributing Writer

The No. 22-ranked University of West Florida volleyball team swept Gulf South Conference opponents this weekend: North Alabama and Alabama Huntsville 3-0 at home on both Friday evening and Saturday afternoon to wrap up the regular season.

Friday’s win over North Alabama clinched the team’s spot in the GSC and moved them to the top of the conference. The heavy hitters from that match were UWF seniors Autumn Duyn and Colleen Starrs. Duyn had eight kills and a team-high 16 digs on the night while Starrs added eight digs and three service aces. Both players were honored before the game for their contributions to the UWF volleyball program.

The Argos won each set (25-16, 25-19, and 25-17) with 41 kills, six aces, 10 blocks, and 37 assists.

The Argos’ successes led into Saturday, when the ladies dominated yet another opponent. UWF took on Alabama Huntsville at home for their regular season closer. The Lady Argos came out strong, with excellent blocking and strong assists. The players who came out on top in this game were junior Corisha Smith, who had an impressive 15 kills with only one attack error on 26 swings. Smith also was effective from the service line with four aces in the win. Junior Kathryn Torre had 11 kills with two attack errors on 25 swings with three blocks.

The Lady Argos swept these opponents as well (25-19, 25-19, and 25-15), with the team earning 48 kills, nine aces, nine blocks and 45 assists.

“Any time you can sweep opponents at this time of the year, you’ve got to perform really well,” Head Coach Melissa Wolters said. “I thought that last night and tonight we performed well in different ways, they played loose and had fun.”

Following a successful regular season, the Lady Argos are now turning their attention to the Gulf Southern tournament, which is being hosted here at UWF. The ladies fell short of a conference title last year, but Wolters and her team have high hopes for this year’s matchups. “We hope to win it. We fell short last year, and we’re hoping to get it back,” Wolters said. “We’ve made changes over the last 11 months. It’s a mindset and a hunger, and they have different drive after letting it slip away last year. We’ll train hard this week. We have to make sure they’re mentally prepared as well as physically prepared.”

It appears the players share a similar sentiment. “We going to go all in, we’re feeling pretty confident,” junior Holly Mattmuller said.

The Lady Argos’ next opponents will be determined pending other conference results. The Lady Argos finish out their season ranked 22 in the nation, with a record of 27-5 and 19-1 in the GSC.

For the conference schedule and other information, visit the volleyball team website.