Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Stars Picking Up Steam for State Championship

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Stars Picking Up Steam for State Championship

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Winning 19 of their first 20 games has Florida Community College at Jacksonville volleyball players believing they can challenge Miami-Dade Community College for the state championship.

That's a lofty goal since Miami-Dade has won the last 11 state titles. FCCJ is ranked two spots behind undefeated No. 1 Miami-Dade in the latest National Junior College Athletic Association Division III Poll.

With the state tournament three weeks away, the Lady Stars are 19-1 following a 16-0 start and hope to stay on track with two big tournaments ahead. Friday and Saturday, FCCJ plays host to eight teams and faces 15th-ranked Wallace State Community College from Hanceville, Ala. Next week, FCCJ competes at the Southwest Missouri Tournament and will battle the school's fifth-ranked team.

"We need to play as many good teams as we can in order to get ready for Miami," FCCJ coach Mary Andrew said. "Our goal is to win the state championship."

UNF GETS A PIECE OF THE PEACH -- The University of North Florida women's soccer team clinched a share of the inaugural Peach Belt Conference championship last week. But the second-ranked Lady Ospreys want sole claim to the title.

UNF (11-0, 4-0) plays host to the University of South Carolina at Spartanburg (4-8-1, 0-0-1) Saturday at 4 p.m. for a chance at a conference sweep. If North Florida loses and Francis Marion University wins its two conference games, the Lady Ospreys will have to share the Peach Belt title with Francis Marion.

"We don't want a tie," UNF coach Mike Munch said. "We have a good chance to beat the team that we're playing on Saturday. They're a first-year program, so they're not as strong as some of the others. We want to win that one and not leave anything to chance."

B-CC SET TO INDUCT 20 -- Bethune-Cookman College will induct 20 former and current presidents, coaches, athletes and humanitarians into its inaugural sports Hall of Fame on Friday at 7:30 p. …

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