Do girls just want to have fun? If by fun, you mean success on the athletic fields, then the answer is a resounding “yes.”
The University of Mobile’s volleyball team has exploded out of the gates. The team not only won its first 10 matches, the Lady Rams had yet to drop a set.
The streak eventually reached 31 straight sets on Saturday, but Coastal Georgia rallied to win the Southern States Athletic Conference match 3-1.
Among the top performers this year have been Bailey Nations, Sara Van Wert, Maegan Wilkins, Annie Kate Hudson, Katy McCollister, Kiki Youngblood and Taylor Harper. The squad’s next home action is Friday, Sept. 19, against Brenau at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 20, with Dalton State at 1 p.m.
• Stepping outside the gym, two players for the University of South Alabama’s soccer team recently swept a pair of Sun Belt Conference awards.
Nini Rabsatt-Smith, a junior from Montgomery, earned the league’s weekly defensive award by helping USA to two shutouts. Sophie Haywood, a freshman from Hull, England, received the offensive award after recording three goals and an assist in a win over Southern Mississippi.
South Alabama will host the Jaguar Classic this weekend. The schedule for Friday, Sept. 19, has Francis Marion vs. Troy at 4 p.m. and USA vs. North Florida at 7 p.m. On Sunday, Sept. 21, it is USA vs. Francis Marion at 11:30 a.m., and North Florida vs. Troy at 2 p.m.
Swing for the fences
Summer may be coming to a close, but that does not mean baseball is quite ready to finish. The University of Mobile is hosting a four-team tournament for community colleges on Friday, Sept. 19.
The schedule has Bishop State vs. Faulkner State at 10 a.m.; Jefferson Davis vs. Faulkner at 12:30 p.m.; Bishop State vs. East Mississippi at 3 p.m.; and finally Jefferson Davis vs. East Mississippi at 5:30 p.m. The teams will play 7-inning games.
• In case you did not know, our Mobile BayBears were denied a fourth straight trip to the Southern League championship round last week. The Jacksonville Suns took the best-of-five opening round series 3-1.
Mobile, which won the league titles in 2011 and 2012, will open the 2015 season on April 9 at the Birmingham Barons. Hank Aaron Stadium will host the home opener on April 15 against the yet unnamed Biloxi minor league team (among the finalists are Beacon, Black Jacks, Mullets, Schooners, Shrimpers and Shuckers).
The team moving to the Mississippi Coast is the former Huntsville Stars, which lost in the first round of the playoffs to Chattanooga. A recent story on the WLOX-TV website says the new $36 million stadium located across from the Beau Rivage Casino may not be finished until August.
While the 2014 regular season is finished, six BayBears will remain active after being invited to play in the Arizona Fall League. Selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks for their roster are right-handed pitchers Archie Bradley, Kaleb Fleck and Jimmy Sherfy, as well as catcher Peter O’Brien, infielder Brandon Drury and outfielder Evan Marzilli.
• Also staying busy has been University of South Alabama head coach Mark Calvi. He was selected by USA Baseball to assist in the 17U National Team Development Program.
Calvi served as the pitching coach for the Stripes team in four skill-development sessions at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C.
Tuki Jacobs, a sophomore on the University of South Alabama men’s tennis team, is currently representing his home county of Namibia in the Davis Cup. This is his third time on the squad.
The Namibian team is playing in the Group Three Africa Zone in Cairo, Egypt. They opened with a 3-0 win over Botswana, with Jacobs getting a win in singles. They still must face Benin, Mozambique and Algeria in round-robin play.
After posting a 20-10 record as a freshman, USA head coach Nick Brochu said he expects Jacobs to be an even stronger competitor for the Jaguars.
“This is a great opportunity for him,” Brochu said. “When you play for your country, it is a great honor and he is very proud to be selected.”
Tee it up
The Mobile Junior Open golf tournament is set to take place Sept. 27-28 at the Timber Creek Golf Club in Baldwin County. It is part of the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour.
The event is open to boys and girls from ages 11 to 18. They can earn Junior Golf Scoreboard Rankings and Alabama Junior Golf Association Performance Stars, if the respective field sizes are met within each age bracket. First place in each division receives an automatic bid to the 2014 Tour Championship on Dec. 6-7.
The event will run each day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration fees for HJGT members are $185, or $215 for non-members.
For more information, call 251-621-9900 or 877-621-9900.