Weekend Preview: Bulldogs travel, Jaxx host tournament

Freshman Tyler Erlandson, member of the Union Jaxx, looks for a pass during an ultimate frisbee game against Belmont University. | Photo by Jacob Moore

Bulldog fans will eagerly check their phones for team updates this weekend as almost every team will be on the road.

The women’s basketball team is in Florida this weekend. On Friday, they play against Rollins College and on Saturday, they will play the University of Tampa.

“This weekend, every game is an opportunity to grow,” Mark Campbell, head coach of the women’s basketball team, said. “We are young, and we have eight new players out of 13 on the team. These two games will give us valuable experience playing against two Sunshine Conference schools early in the season.”

He cited the lack of experience and “understanding of our culture” as a weakness for the team but said the team has the potential and character to make it through the season.

“We are grateful to have the opportunity to see challenges early that will prepare us for late in the season,” Campbell said.

The women’s volleyball team is playing at the University of West Georgia on Friday and University of West Alabama on Saturday. The team is fighting to overcome a five-game losing streak.

“The team needs to focus on finishing with intensity and having the next-play mentality,” said Christa Karns, freshman social work major and volleyball player. “I’m excited to see how this weekend falls into play and to see how hard we work to make it to the conference tournament.”

The men’s basketball team will be in Mobile, Alabama playing LeMoyne-Owen College on Friday and Spring Hill College on Saturday.

The only team on campus this weekend is a four-game tournament hosted by the Union Jaxx Ultimate Frisbee team Saturday. The Jaxx will play Vanderbilt at 5 p.m. at the soccer field.

“I went to the Jaxx homecoming game last year, and it was the first time I’ve watched an ultimate frisbee game,” said Shelby High, sophomore business and Spanish double major. “It was a really fun atmosphere, but at the same time, competitive and exciting. I would encourage students to attend the game because it’s a lot of fun to watch, and also because it’s a sports event you don’t get the chance to see regularly.”

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Ali, a member of the Union University class of 2018, is double-majoring in English and journalism. She serves as Managing Editor for the Cardinal & Cream. Her three life goals are to write, travel and live in a beach house.