March 6, 2013

Weekly Athletics Release 24 – Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Quartet of Players Named to PBC All-Conference Basketball Teams

Leading up to the 2013 Marvin Vanover Peach Belt Conference Basketball Championships in Columbus, Ga., the league office has released the 2013 Women's and Men's All-Conference teams with three University of North Georgia players appearing on the women's list and one receiving the honor on the men's side.

On the women's side 2012 Daktronics National Player of the Year Jaymee Carnes was named to the first team, fellow junior Mimi Hill earned second team honors and sophomore Stephanie Huffman earned third team recognition. Ishmael Hollis was named to the men's All-PBC second team. 

The full women's release can be found HERE with all three women's All-PBC teams found HERE. 

The full men's release can be found HERE with all three men's All-PBC teams found HERE. 


Women’s Basketball (12-14, 10-9 PBC)

Last week (1-0): Away vs. Georgia Southwestern (Sat., Mar. 2 – W, 83-73)
This week: Peach Belt Conference Tournamnt – Columbus, Ga.

The University of North Georgia women's basketball team is carrying momentum with them heading into this week's Marvin Vanover Peach Belt Conference Basketball Tournament as the Saints have won their last three straight games and four of their last five.

The Saints (12-14, 10-9 PBC) will be making their third appearance in the conference tournament, but first since the 2008-09 season. In both of North Georgia's previous appearances in the PBC tournament the Saints were able to go 1-1 to give them a 2-2 record heading into this year's tourney.

In this year's tournament, North Georgia is one of three teams that have made the field after missing the cut last season. Also making the trip to Columbus, Ga. are Flagler College and Armstrong Atlantic State University. Returning from last year's field are No. 1 Clayton State University, No. 21 University of South Carolina Aiken, Augusta State, Columbus State University and the University of Montevallo. 

North Georgia ended the regular-season 12-14 for the second straight year, but finished above .500 in PBC play for the first time since the 2005-06 season and will look to take on Augusta State University, the No. 1 seed out of the East, in the opening round of the PBC Tournament at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 7 in Columbus, Ga.

The Saints will play Augusta State in the tournament's first quarterfinal game on Thursday. The Jaguars (21-5, 14-5 PBC) have reached the 20-wins mark for first time since 2007-08 season and earned the East Division's top seed.

The two programs met once earlier this season in Dahlonega with the Jaguars escaping Memorial Hall Gymnasium with a 54-52 win despite North Georgia shooting better from the field. The Saints shot 43.2% (19-44) from the field and 33.3% (5-15) from three-point range but the Jaguars made four more shots than the Saints while going 23-63 (36.5%) from the field. 

The Peach Belt will provide live stats and a free live webcast of all the games from Thursday through Sunday. Additionally, Glory 1330 WGTJ will air all of North Georgia's games in the tournament. Games can be heard on the radio at AM-1330, online through the "Listen Live" link on the home page of the station's website, www.glory1330.com, and/or on any smart phone or tablet with the "Tune In Radio" application.

Following the matchup between North Georgia and Augusta State, Flagler College and Montevallo will tangle at 3:00 p.m. with Armstrong Atlantic and No. 1 Clayton State following at 5:00 p.m. Host-school Columbus State and USC Aiken will wrap up the first day of competition with a 7:00 p.m. game.

 

Men’s Basketball (15-11, 10-9 PBC) 

Last week (0-1): Away vs. Georgia Southwestern (Sat., Mar. 2 – L, 92-80)
This week: Peach Belt Conference Tournament – Columbus, Ga.

The University of North Georgia men's basketball team is returning to the Marvin Vanover Peach Belt Conference Tournament after a two-year absence and is hoping to change its luck in the tournament, as the Saints are 1-3 in three previous trips.

The Saints (15-11, 10-9 PBC) enter the 2013 tournament as the No. 2 seed out of the West Division and are joined by Armstrong Atlantic and Georgia Southwestern State University as teams that were not in the tourney last season. Returning from last season's field are the University of Montevallo, the University of North Carolina Pembroke, Augusta State University, the University of South Carolina Aiken and Clayton State University.

North Georgia will take on Armstrong Atlantic (15-11, 11-8 PBC) at 3:00 p.m. in the second quarterfinal game of Friday, Mar. 8. The Pirates enter the tournament as the No. 3 seed out of the East Division after winning their last two games.

The two teams met just once this season, in the Saints' first league game of Peach Belt play, with North Georgia escaping Savannah with a 92-90 win on December 15. In that game, Ishmael Hollis and Antroine Williford each scored a game-high 23 points with Hollis netting four three-pointers off a 9-17 shooting performance from the field in 35 minutes of work. Williford went 8-12 off the bench in 31 minutes of action.

The Peach Belt will provide live stats and a free live webcast of all the games from Thursday through Sunday. Additionally, Glory 1330 WGTJ will air all of North Georgia's games in the tournament. Games can be heard on the radio at AM-1330, online through the "Listen Live" link on the home page of the station's website, glory1330.com, and/or on any smart phone or tablet with the "Tune In Radio" application. 

Prior to Friday's matchup between North Georgia and Armstrong Atlantic, Clayton State and USC Aiken will tangle at 1:00 p.m. Georgia Southwestern and UNC Pembroke will then play at 5:00 p.m. with Augusta State and Montevallo squaring off to close out the day's quarterfinal bouts at 7:00 p.m.

 

Women's Tennis (1-7, 0-2 PBC)

Last week (1-2): Away vs. Mars Hill (W 8-1); Away vs. #1 Armstrong Atlantic (L 9-0); Away vs. Flagler College (L 5-4)
This week: Home vs. Augusta State (Sat., Mar. 9 – 12:00 PM); Home vs. #18 Georgia College (Mon., Mar. 11 – 4:00 PM) 

The University of North Georgia women's tennis team returns to the courts in Dahlonega this week as they take on PBC foes Augusta State and Georgia College.

The Saints will first host the Jaguars of Augusta State on Saturday, Mar. 9 at the North Georgia Tennis Courts at high noon. Augusta State comes in at 4-3 overall and 3-2 in the Peach Belt.

Georgia College will come to town two days later to take on the Saints with doubles play starting at 4:00 p.m. The Bobcats sport a 3-5 record and 2-3 in the PBC.  They are ranked No. 18 in the NCAA.

 

No. 30 Men's Tennis (3-4, 0-4 PBC)

Last week (1-2): Away vs. Mars Hill (W 9-0); Away vs. #1 Armstrong Atlantic (L 9-0); Away vs. Flagler College (L 5-4)
This week: Home vs. Augusta State (Sat., Mar. 9 – 12:00 PM); Home vs. #18 Georgia College (Mon., Mar. 11 – 4:00 PM)

The University of North Georgia men's tennis team makes their return to Dahlonega with two Peach Belt matches against Augusta State and Georgia College at the North Georgia Tennis Courts.

The No. 30 Saints will take on the Jaguars of Augusta State on Saturday, Mar. 9. The Jaguars come in with a record of 2-7 overall and 1-2 in the PBC.

Two days later, North Georgia and Georgia College will square off in a top 30 battle in Dahlonega.  Georgia College comes in at 5-3 overall and 2-2 in the conference.

 

No. 8 Softball (18-5) 

Last week (2-2): Fri., Mar. 1 vs. Lenoir-Rhyne (L 3-2) – Mid-South Classic
                             Fri., Mar. 1 vs. Brevard College (W 9-8) – Mid-South Classic
                             Sun., Mar. 3 vs. Queens University (W 11-2 (5 inn.)) – Mid-South Classic
                             Sun., Mar. 3 vs. Wingate (L 4-2) – Mid-South Classic
This week: Away vs. Augusta State – PBC Series (Sat., Mar. 9 DH 1:00 PM)

The University of North Georgia softball team slipped four spots in the most recent National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Top-25 Poll Released Wednesday morning, coming in at No. 8. 

The Saints went 2-2 this past weekend with wins over Brevard College and Queens University of Charlotte (N.C.). North Georgia defeated Brevard 9-8 on Friday, Mar. 1 after dropping the opening game of the Mid-South Classic 3-2 to Lenoir-Rhyne University. The Saints then defeated Queens 11-2 in five innings on Sunday, Mar. 3 before closing out their final regular-season tournament of the season with a 4-2 loss to Wingate University.

Valdosta State University held onto the top spot in the national poll for the third straight week after going 3-1 this past weekend. The top-three in the poll did not change with Southeastern Oklahoma State remaining second with three first-place votes and West Texas A&M still third and also receiving three first-place votes. Indianapolis and Cal State Dominguez Hills rounded out the top-five. 

Fellow Peach Belt Conference institution Armstrong Atlantic State University jumped from 10th in last week's poll to sixth this week. Flagler College also moved up from 16th to 14th this week.

The eighth-ranked Saints will next open their PBC slate with a doubleheader at Augusta State University this Saturday, Mar. 9. The first game is scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m. with the second game to start at approximately 3:00 p.m.

 

Baseball (4-11, 1-2 PBC) 

Last week (1-2): Away vs. #5 Lander (W 7-2; L 11-0; L 6-5)
This week: Away vs. Augusta State – PBC Series (Sat., Mar. 9 DH 1:00 PM; Sun. Mar. 10 1:00 PM)

The University of North Georgia went 1-2 against the No. 5 Bearcats of Lander University in Greenwood, S.C. this past week, winning the series opener 7-2. 

In the opener, the Saints out-hit the Bearcats 12-8 led by Devin GearhartTravis Naraine and Derek Hooper each with two hits. Gearhart went 2-3 at the plate while Naraine went 2-4. Both scored twice while Tremayne Toorie batted in three runs. 

The Saints started things off with the first run scored in the top of the second before Lander answered with their only two runs of the game in the bottom of the same frame.

From there, North Georgia tacked on two runs in the third and fifth innings before plating single runs in the sixth and seventh to secure the five-run win.

Sophomore left-handed pitcher Taylor Keinat pitched the first seven innings for the Saints, striking out seven batters, to improve to 1-2 for the year while Chris Cobb came in for the final two innings, giving up just two hits compared to three strikeouts. 

North Georgia will now turn their attention to the Jaguars of Augusta State in another PBC series. Doubleheader action will start on Saturday, March 9 at 1:00 p.m. with the third game of the series to start on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. as well.

 

Women's Golf 

This week: Armstrong Atlantic Pirate Invitational (10th/13)
Next: Chick-fil-A Spring Invitational @ Achasta Golf Club in Dahlonega, GA (Mon., Mar. 18 – Tues., Mar. 19)

The University of North Georgia women's golf team finished 10th in the Armstrong Atlantic State University Pirate Women's Invitational

Host school Armstrong Atlantic held on to win the event after posting a 303 in the second round giving the Pirates a 607 two-day score. Fellow Peach Belt Conference school Lander University ended the tournament second with a 615 after scorching the field on Tuesday with a 299 to finish with a 615 following a 316 in the opening round of play.

Other PBC schools appearing in the tournament were Flagler College in third (625) and Columbus State University (655) in seventh.

Senior Catalina Olarte led North Georgia, once again. She posted an 81 in Tuesday's round following an opening round 82 to finish in a tie for 23rd with a 163.

Sophomore Abbey Gill also showed improvement on the second day as she bounced back from a 90 on Monday to match Olarte's 81, finishing in a tie for 41st with a 171 two-round score.

Both Casey Truelove and Anna Belle Higgins improved their scores as well from matching 91's on Monday. Truelove carded an 83 on Tuesday while Higgins posted a 90. Bridget Sandy posted the most significant improvement for the Saints as she lowered her second round score down from a 111 to 91.

North Georgia will next play in its own Chick-fil-A Spring Invitational on Monday, Mar. 18 and Tuesday, Mar. 19. The two-day tournament will be played at North Georgia's home course, Achasta Golf Club.