Fall sports wrap-up
Last year was record breaking for the University of West Florida athletics. In total the university received eight Gulf South Conference championships, an accomplishment never met by any other school in the conference Director of Athletics Communications Matt Rowley said.
The fall season consisted of men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country and women’s volleyball.
The volleyball season came to a close when the team lost to Palm Beach Atlantic University 3-1 in the first round of the NCAA Division II South Regional tournament. They ended the season with a record of 24-8.
The men’s soccer season ended with an overall record of 6-9-2 and 4-4-1 in the GSC. The season came to an end on the road at Shorter University with a loss of 4-0 in the GSC Tournament quarterfinal match.
The women’s soccer season ended with a record of 12-6 and a GSC record of 9-3. The women made it to the GSC Tournament, but they were eliminated by Valdosta State University 2-1 in the semifinal match.
The men’s tennis and golf team, as well as the women’s volleyball, basketball, golf and tennis teams helped set this eight-championship record in the 2014 season.
“Although we are not likely to reach those heights this season, we have high hopes for our teams and expect success from them all,” Rowley said.
Although the soccer and volleyball seasons have came to a close, the men’s and women’s cross-country teams participated in the NCAA Division II South Regional Championship on November 22. The men ran a 10k at 9 a.m. and the women completed a 6k at 10 a.m.
“Kelley Bahn has really been a standout for the women’s cross-country team,” said Rowley. “She has broken records for that no one has been able to touch in the past.”
Bahn, a member of the women’s cross-country team, was the individual winner at the GSC Championships and NCAA Division II South Regionals, an accomplishment that is first in UWF history for the men’s and women’s teams.
Bahn also set the school record for fastest time in a 5k and 6k this season with a time of 17:58.80 and 22:18.74, respectively.
As the fall sports season comes to a close at UWF, the spring teams are gearing up to begin their 2015 season next semester.
The men’s basketball team kicked off the season Nov. 22 with win of 78-66 against Spring Hill. The swimming and diving, baseball, softball, golf and tennis seasons will all compete next semester and are expected to do well.
The men’s tennis team is currently ranked number one in the country according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division II preseason poll.
For in-depth stats for all UWF sports and a full schedule for next semester’s lineup visit goargos.com.