THE YEAR IN VCU ATHLETICS, FROM A TO Z

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Wrong A-B-C...whatever, close enough.

Wrong A-B-C…whatever, close enough.

June marks the conclusion of the college athletics calendar, and July’s arrival effectively signals the beginning of the 2013-14 season, at least for those of us in the biz, anyway. It all makes this week a good time to reflect back on the year that was in VCU Athletics.

A – is for Atlantic 10 Conference, in which, according to our slogan, the Rams were ‘all-in’. We were also all-in for another season of “Arrested Development” and Pop Tart ice cream sandwiches, so we’re having a good year. VCU competed in the A-10 for the first time in 2012-13, a move that has elevated the program’s national profile. The Rams’ first A-10 title came via the women’s tennis squad, followed by a men’s tennis crown days later. Meanwhile, several other sports (men’s basketball, women’s soccer, men’s soccer) reached the league’s championship final.

B – is for the Ball family, one of the driving forces behind the VCU Golf program. They’re like the Kennedy’s of VCU Golf, but with a better short game. Matt Ball may have just completed his 14th season with the Rams, but this one was surely different than the others. That’s because 40 percent of his starting lineup was occupied by sons Adam and Matt Jr. Son Adam, a freshman, led the Rams in scoring average (73.53) this year, while Matt Jr., a junior, placed seventh at the A-10 Championship and was named to the league’s All-Academic Team.

C – is for Courtney Conrad, the alliteratively named star of the women’s soccer team. Conrad led the Rams with 11 goals, including five game-winners, and received All-Mid-Atlantic by the NSCAA.

D – is for Daniels, Troy. If you are a fan of basketball players who score three points at a time (and the signed, obscure Mark Price picture in my dining room proves I am), then you would’ve enjoyed Daniels’ 2012-13 season. In 36 games, Daniels bombed a school-record 124 three-pointers, including games of 11, nine and eight.

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OLYMPICS UPDATE; ONE RAM UP, ONE DOWN

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Quanitra Hollingsworth, a 2009 VCU graduate, has averaged 9.0 points and 2.5 rebounds in two games – both victories – for Turkey at the Olympics.

Quanitra Hollingsworth’s Olympic experience is off to a great start, while Hayley Moorwood’s time in London has been met with heartbreak.

Hollingsworth, who is suiting up for the Turkish women’s basketball team in London, scored eight points and grabbed one rebound while battling foul trouble in a 61-57 win over the Czech Republic Monday morning.

The victory was a significant one. The Czechs were ranked No. 4 in FIBA’s World Rankings and the victory improved Turkey to 2-0 in Group A action. Turkey defeated Angola in its Olympic opener Saturday. The Turks may have punched their ticket to the quarterfinals with Monday’s win. At the last two Olympic Games, two victories was enough to earn a spot in the elimination round. Canada in 2000 was the last team with a 2-3 record in group play to fail to advance to the quarters.

So, although Hollingsworth has more fouls (9) than rebounds (5) so far, Turkey is in great shape. If she can stay out of foul trouble, the Turks can really make some noise.

Next up for Hollingsworth and Turkey is a contest the United States – the heavy gold medal favorites – Wednesday at 5:15 p.m. (EST). That game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network (formerly Versus), as well as the NBC Olympic Basketball Channel.

Women’s Basketball: Group Standings

For Moorwood, the Olympics have not gone as well. In women’s soccer competition, Moorwood and New Zealand suffered their second 1-0 loss at these games Saturday, this time to Brazil. New Zealand battled favored Brazil for most of Saturday’s contest, only to fall on a goal scored in the 86th minute.

New Zealand is now 0-2 and likely out of contention for a quarterfinal spot. Moorwood and New Zealand will meet Cameroon Tuesday at 12:45 (EST) in what will likely be their final match in London.

Women’s Soccer: Group Standings

A BRIEF HISTORY OF VCU OLYMPIANS

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Half a dozen VCU alumni have appeared in the Olympics over the years, including two this summer in London. Some of these student-athletes will be familiar to you, others may not, but all have been a part of history. Let’s meet them.

SAEED BASWEIDAN – YEMEN (1996 Summer Olympics – Atlanta)
Saeed Basweidan was just 19 when he ran the 800-meters for Yemen at the 1996 Atlanta Games. He was clocked at 1:49.35 and finished sixth in his heat. He did not advance to the finals.

A native of Mokala, Yemen, Basweidan transferred to VCU in 1997 from Florida Community College after winning three National Junior College Championships in the 800. He enjoyed a solid, if not spectacular middle distance career at VCU from 1997-99, qualifying for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in 1998, as well as the NCAA Indoor Championships in 1999. He was also a member of VCU’s NCAA-qualifying distance medley relay team in 1998. He still holds school records in the indoor 800 (1:49.33) and as a member of the distance medley and 4×800-meter relays.

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FOLLOWING VCU AT THE SUMMER OLYMPICS

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There will be two former Rams competing in the Summer Olympics in London: Quanitra Hollingsworth (’09), who will be suiting up for Turkey’s women’s basketball team, and Hayley Moorwood, who played women’s soccer for the Rams in 2005 and will be wearing the colors of her native New Zealand for the second time. She also competed for New Zealand in Beijing in 2008.

Opening ceremonies will be held on Friday, July 27, while the first competitions will take place on Wednesday, July 25. Unless they are going to play those games in a time machine, I believe that means they are actually before the opening ceremonies.

Here are the game times and TV listings for both Hollingsworth and Moorwood.

QUANITRA HOLLINGSWORTH (WOMEN’S BASKETBALL – TURKEY)
Group A (FIBA Ranking):
Angola (27), China (7), Croatia (31), Czech Republic (4), Turkey (21), USA (1)
Group B (FIBA Ranking): Australia (2 tie), Brazil (6), Canada (11), France (8), Great Britain (49), Russia (2 tie)

**Top four from each group advance to quarterfinals**

Saturday, July 28
Turkey vs. Angola, 9:30 a.m. EST (NBC Basketball)

Quanitra Hollingsworth starred for VCU from 2005-09

Monday, July 30
Turkey vs. Czech Republic, 6:15 a.m. EST (NBC Basketball)

Wednesday, Aug. 1
Turkey vs. United States, 5:15 p.m. EST (NBC Sports; NBC Basketball)

Friday, Aug. 3
Turkey vs. China, 11:45 a.m. EST (NBC Basketball)

Sunday, Aug. 5
Turkey vs. Croatia, 3 p.m. EST (NBC Basketball)

Aug. 7-11
Elimination Rounds (NBC; NBC Sports; NBC Basketball)

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HAYLEY MOORWOOD (WOMEN’S SOCCER – NEW ZEALAND)
Group E (FIFA Ranking):
Great Britain (9), New Zealand (23), Cameroon (50), Brazil (5)
Group F (FIFA Ranking): Japan (3), Canada (7), Sweden (4), South Africa (61)
Group G (FIFA Ranking): United States (1), France (6), Columbia (28), North Korea (8)

Hayley Moorwood is set to become the first Ram to appear in two Olympic Games (2008, 2012).

Wednesday, July 25
New Zealand vs. Great Britain, 11 a.m. EST (MSNBC)

Saturday, July 28
New Zealand vs. Brazil, 9:30 a.m. EST (NBC Sports; NBC Soccer)

Tuesday, July 31
New Zealand vs. Cameroon, 2:45 p.m. EST (Tape delay, 7:45 p.m., NBC Soccer)

Aug. 3-9
Elimination Rounds (NBC Sports; NBC Soccer)

CHANNEL LOCATIONS

NBC Sports
Comcast 226; Dish 159; DirecTV 603; Fios 590 (HD)/90 (SD)

NBC Basketball
Fios 594; Comcast in Richmond Area 847

NBC Soccer
Fios 596; Comcast in Richmond Area 843

MSNBC
DirecTV 356, Dish 209, Fios 103 (SD)/603 (HD)

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