NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Temple's Rebecca Breland (Las Vegas, Nev./Canyon Springs) has been named the Atlantic 10 Conference Women's Tennis Rookie of the Week, the league office announced on Monday. It is the first award of her career.
Breland went 2-0 in singles action and 1-1 in doubles play in a 2-0 week for the Owls. In TU's important 7-0 win over Atlantic 10 foe George Washington, Breland helped the team to the sweep with her come-from-behind 6-7(6), 6-0, 10-7 win at number five. The rookie moved to sixth singles against Buffalo and was the deciding point in a narrow 4-3 defeat of the Bulls. She cruised by her opponent in straight-sets for the 6-4, 6-1 win.
PHILADELPHIA -During Thursday night's Philadelphia Flyers and New York Islanders' game at the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia, the Temple Women's Gymnastics' squad was out in full force to help generate support for "Hockey Helping Kids", a program focused on raising awareness and money for children's organizations. "With this being the second year we participated with this program, it was a great honor to be down there to raise money for the Hockey Helping Kids event," head coach Aaron Murphy said.
"With this being the second year we participated with this program, it was a great honor to be down there to raise money for the Hockey Helping Kids event," head coach Aaron Murphy said.
PHILADELPHIA – CollegeFencing360.com released its first coaches' poll of the 2012 women's fencing season on Thursday. In the season's first of three polls, the Temple Owls are ranked No. 8 in the nation. [Full rankings listed below]
"As coaches, we're happy to see the recognition that the program is receiving," assistant coach Brad Baker said. "We feel honored to be one of nation's top-ranked teams."
PHILADELPHIA—It's back to action on the mats and apparatuses for the Temple men's gymnastics team, as the 2012 season gets underway on Saturday in Annapolis, Md. at the Navy Open.
Head coach and USA Gymnastics Hall of Famer Fred Turoff, now in his 36th season overseeing the Owls, is returning 17 of his 21 gymnasts from last season's impressive second place finish at the EIGL-ECAC Championships, finishing only behind host Illinois-Chicago.
PHILADELPHIA – An entire offseason and two intrasquad meets have passed, marking the official start to a new docket for Temple Women's Gymnastics. On Sunday, six-year head coach Aarron Murphy and his squad will head down to the nation's capital to open the 2012 campaign when they compete at the George Washington Invitational.
The Owls, who are coming off a 10-15 year with a fourth place finish in the ECAC and a third place finish in the opening round of the USAG Championships, have added seven freshmen to a roster that saw only three competitors depart due to graduation last season.
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Temple women's tennis team has been selected to finish second in the 14-team Atlantic 10 women's tennis conference. After capturing its seventh title in the past eight seasons a year ago, Richmond has been selected to win its fourth-straight championship in 2012, according to a vote of the league's head coaches.
Temple, which finished third at the 2011 A-10 Championship, has been chosen to place second at this year's event. The Owls, guided by veteran head coach Steve Mauro, will rely heavily upon the services of sophomore Yana Mavrina, an All-Conference second-team pick from a year ago. Mavrina finished the 2011 campaign with a 17-10 singles record – primarily playing at the number-three position – that included a 12-7 record in dual action. Mavrina also paired with classmate Alicia Doms to boast a team-best 17 wins in doubles play.
PHILADELPHIA – Temple University is being well-represented internationally this week, as two members of the women's soccer team, junior Kate Yurkovic and sophomore Jenna Gosnay, have journeyed to Granada, Nicaragua to volunteer their time with Soccer Without Borders, a program that uses soccer as a vehicle to provide underprivileged children a toolkit to overcome obstacles to growth, inclusion and personal success.
Back when the season was still in full swing, head coach Matt Gwilliam forwarded his players an email regarding the opportunity Soccer Without Borders was offering. Over the past few years, SWB has been running a program, T.E.A.M. (Trabajando en Equipo Aprendemos Más), during the U.S. college winter break season, which is the summer vacation for the young girls in Granada. The week-long (Jan. 7-15) camp centers on the theme of teamwork, with a soccer session every morning and a teambuilding activity in the afternoon.
PHILADELPHIA—On Friday, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America announced its selections to the Division I All-Mid-Atlantic Teams. Among the honorees were Temple senior Tyler Witmer (Wernersville, Pa./Conrad Weiser) and junior Cody Calafiore (Howell, N.J./Howell/Monmouth), as both were tabbed to the second team.
In his final year as an Owl, Witmer finished second on the team in scoring; having four goals and a team-high three assists to finish with 11 points. Back on Oct. 1, the Wernersville, Pa. native led the Owls to victory over Howard in the team’s final non-conference match of the season.
Temple's Jenna Dubrow Sets New School Record; Freshmen Carry Owls in Indoor Season Opener at Jack Pyrah Invite
HAVERFORD, Pa. – In what was the first collegiate event for several members of Temple's track and field squad on Friday night at the Jack Pyrah Invitational, the freshman class gave head coach Eric Mobley and the Owls a very strong first impression. First-year runner Jenna Dubrow marked a new school record in the 3000 meter run with her first place finish, as she shattered Rebecca Mims' record time of 10:21.51, which was set last season. In the shot put, Temple continued to get a glimpse of its bright future in its first-year class, as Margo Britton (13.84m) and Alana Owens (13.58m) had ECAC qualifying throws, finishing first and second in the event, respectively. In the weight throw, Owens (15.83m) and Britton (13.41) were also the two farthest throwers.
“Overall, we were very happy with the performances,” Mobley said. “It was a great event for our freshmen and I felt we were very solid across the board. It was a good first meet for us to open the season with and now we have an idea what we need to do to improve for upcoming events.”
Continuing to show early season dominance, two of its four squads in the 4x400 meter relay took the top two spots.
HAVERFORD, Pa. – Opening the season at the Jack Pyrah Invitational on Friday, Temple men's track and field got off to satisfying start to its indoor portion of the schedule. The Owls saw several of its runners take top spots in the evening's events, including Alex McGee's first place finish in the 55 meter run and his third place ranking in the 300 meter dash.
Temple took third place in a very close 4x400 relay, as the 'A' squad, which was comprised of Chris Bradley, McGee, Will Montgomery and Lionel Wilson, completed the relay in 3:27.34 to place behind Saint Joseph's (3:24.93) and Villanova (3:26.34).