January 30, 2013

Weekly Athletics Release 19 – Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Tennis

This week: Women host Clark Atlanta (Sat., Feb. 2 – 2:00 PM)

                   Men & Women host Lenoir-Rhyne (Sun., Feb. 3 – 1:00 PM)

The University of North Georgia men's and women's tennis teams will start their 2013 campaign at home this coming weekend, Saturday, Feb. 2 and Sunday, Feb. 3.

The women will hit the court first on Saturday as they host Clark Atlanta University at the North Georgia Tennis Complex on Saturday. The match is scheduled to start at around 2:00 p.m. and all spectators are welcomed to attend.

The next day, both teams will be in action as the Bears of Lenoir-Rhyne come calling for a 1:00 p.m. pair of matches.

The UNG men are currently ranked 23rd in NCAA Division II by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) and start the season seventh in the Southeast Region. The men's doubles tandem of Mateus Camasmie and Felipe Friedrich are currently ninth in the region. 

Directions to the North Georgia Tennis Complex can be found HERE.

Mixed Rifle

This week: Home vs. NC State & Memphis (Sat., Feb. 2 – 8:00 a.m.)

The University of North Georgia mixed rifle team will return to competition this weekend in their final home match of the year. The Saints will host the nationally-ranked rifle teams of North Carolina State University and the University of Memphis on Saturday, Feb. 2. Competition will commence at 8:00 a.m.

Last week, the Saints opened the 2013 portion of their season by beating both teams from The Citadel while finishing second to N.C. State in a come-from-behind performance.

Baseball

This week: Away vs. #28 Lynn (Fri., Feb. 1 – 2:00 PM) – Comfort Suites Classic (Valdosta, Ga.)

                   Away vs. Palm Beach Atlantic (Sat., Feb. 2 – 6:00 PM) – Comfort Suites Classic

                   Away vs. Valdosta State (Sun., Feb. 3 – 3:00 PM) – Comfort Suites Classic

The University of North Georgia baseball team will start its season on the road this weekend as the Saints travel to Valdosta, Ga. for the Comfort Suites Classic hosted by Valdosta State University. 

The Saints, chosen 10th in the 2013 Peach Belt Conference Preseason Coaches Poll released Tuesday, will be facing three quality teams over the three days, including No. 28 Lynn University on Friday, Feb. 1 at 2:00 p.m. The next day, North Georgia will face Palm Beach Atlantic University at 6:00 p.m. before closing out the tournament with a 3:00 p.m. game against tournament host Valdosta State on Sunday.

Last season, the Saints went 24-28 with a 13-17 mark in the Peach Belt Conference en route to a fourth-place finish in the West Division after a 10-5 start through the first 15 games of the season. They advanced to the conference tournament, but back-to-back losses to Armstrong Atlantic State and the USC Aiken ended the Saints' season. 

Cantrell and staff will have plenty of talent to work with this season even though they will be the youngest squad in the PBC and one of the youngest in the country. Heading into the season, the Saints boast 13 freshmen and 11 sophomores taking on the bulk of the load but several of the underclassmen saw plenty of action last season. The team will also have five juniors – mostly transfers – and just three seniors filling in to help with the leadership.

Softball

This week: Away vs. Florida Southern (Sat., Feb. 2 – 11:00 AM) – PBC-SSC Challenge (Columbus, Ga.)

                   Away vs. Saint Leo (Sat., Feb. 2 – 6:30 PM) – PBC-SSC Challenge

                   Away vs. Lynn (Sun., Feb. 3 – 11:30 AM) – PBC-SSC Challenge

                   Away vs. Florida Tech (Sun., Feb. 3 – 2:00 PM) – PBC-SSC Challenge

The University of North Georgia softball team will start the 2013 with the target once again firmly on its back. The Saints, which finished 2012 ranked No. 10 in NCAA Division II with a record of 49-10, will start their season off this weekend in the first-ever Peach Belt Conference-Sunshine State Conference Classic hosted by Columbus State University in Columbus, Ga.

North Georgia will play four games over the two day stretch starting with an 11:00 a.m. matchup against Florida Southern College on Saturday, Feb. 2. The Saints will then take on Saint Leo University at 6:30 p.m. later that day. On Sunday, the Saints will start off with an 11:30 a.m. game against Lynn University before closing out the tournament with a 2:00 p.m. first pitch against Florida Institute of Technology (Florida Tech).

All the action from the PBC-SSC Softball Challenge can be followed HERE.

For the fifth year in a row, North Georgia was picked as the preseason favorite to claim the PBC crown. The Saints claimed four first-place votes, six second-place votes and one third-place vote to finish with 113 total points, 11 more than second-place Flagler College which also received four first-place nods. North Georgia returns four starting infielders, three outfielders with extensive experience and two pitchers. 

Last week, four players were named to the PBC Preseason All-Conference team including seniors first baseman Katherine Martin, third baseman Karlie Gillam and outfielder Kayla Minger. Sophomore pitcher and 2012 PBC Freshman of the Year Melissa Dickie was also named to the team.

Men’s Basketball (11-6, 6-4 PBC)

Last week (1-1): Home vs. Ga. Southwestern (W, 78-73); Home vs. Clayton State (L, 88-75)

This week: Away vs. Columbus State – PBC Game (Thurs., Jan. 31 – 7:30 PM)

                   Away vs. Montevallo – PBC Game (Sat., Feb. 2 – 4:30 PM)

The University of North Georgia men's basketball team went 1-1 last week to close out their four-game home stand with a 2-2 record. The Saints will now hit the road for three straight road games starting with Thursday's 7:30 p.m. game against Columbus State University down in Columbus, Ga.

The Saints will then travel to Montevallo, Ala. where they will take on last year's NCAA Division II National Tournament runner-up, the University of Montevallo at 4:30 p.m. Eastern standard time. The last time the Saints and Falcons met earlier this season, the Falcons left Memorial Hall Gymnasium with a 73-54 victory on January 10. 

Last week, the Saints started things off with a 78-73 win over Georgia Southwestern State University on "Student-Athlete Appreciation Night." Senior Scott Windom led the scoring drive with the Saints with 18 points as he went 6-11 from the field and 4-4 from the charity stripe.

North Georgia then fell 88-75 at the hands of Clayton State University on Saturday, Jan. 26 on Homecoming. Windom once again led the scoring charge with 12 points while Tyler Norman and Robby Goldsmith each tallied 11 points.

Women’s Basketball (7-10, 5-5 PBC)

Last week (1-1): Home vs. Ga. Southwestern (W, 71-42); Home vs. #3 Clayton State (L, 88-56)

This week: Away vs. Columbus State – PBC Game (Thurs., Jan. 31 – 5:30 PM)

                   Away vs. Montevallo – PBC Game (Sat., Feb. 2 – 2:30 PM)

The University of North Georgia women's basketball team finished last week with a 1-1 record, closing out a four-game home stand with a 2-2 record that included a marquee win over the then third-ranked University of South Carolina Aiken on Monday, Jan. 21. The Saints closed the stand out with a 71-42 thumping of Georgia Southwestern State University before falling 88-56 to No. 3 Clayton State University on Saturday.

Junior forward Jaymee Carnes collected her 500th career rebound against the Hurricanes of Georgia Southwestern on Thursday, but junior transfer Mimi Hill led the Saints in scoring with a career- and game-high 24 points off an 11-18 performance.

This week, North Georgia will open up a three-game road swing with two games. The Saints will first travel to Columbus, Ga. where they will take on Columbus State University on Thursday, Jan. 31 in a 5:30 p.m. contest. They will then travel to Montevallo, Ala. where the Falcons of the University of Montevallo await their arrival for a 2:30 p.m. Eastern standard time tipoff on Saturday, Feb. 2.

The Saints and Cougars have yet not matched up on the hardwood this season, but the last time Montevallo and North Georgia tangled, the Falcons escaped Memorial Hall Gymnasium with a 60-58 win.