BY ANDREAS BUTLER
Bethune-Cookman failed to pick up a win in three games at the East Carolina University Classic in Greenville, N.C., this past weekend.
Mistakes doomed B-CU in a 3-0 (25-15, 25-22, 25-10) loss to the University of Charlotte to open the tournament. The Wildcats had more errors (27) than kills (21).
“We had a lot of unforced errors. We have a good team that has to settle down. We will get better,” said Head Coach Raphael Isaac.
Krysta Garner had seven kills, Delicia Pierre six kills, Monica Lowe 10 assists and Jennifer Jimenez 11 digs for the Wildcats.
The next day B-CU suffered defeats to host East Carolina and Campbell University.
“It’s a work in progress. I still plan on competing for the MEAC Championship. I am not happy with the loss, but I am happy with the play of our freshman and the potential that we have, but we still have a lot to learn,” added Isaac.
The Wildcats first fell to East Carolina 3-1(25-17, 20-25, 25-12, 25-8).
B-CU did rally from a 12-3 deficit to take the second set.
Gardner paced the Wildcats with 10 kills and 10 digs. Teammates Aubrianna Curtis added 21 assists, Jimenez nine digs and Janeen Davis eight digs.
B-CU concluded the weekend and tournament by losing to Campbell 3-0 (25-10, 25-13, 27-25).
Gardner had 11 kills, Destiny Hudson nine kills, Curtis 24 assists and Jimenez nine digs in that game.
Back to work
The Ladies travel to Laramie, Wyoming, to compete this week in the Wyoming University Cowgirl Classic.
There the Wildcats (0-3) will face tough opponents in the University of Missouri-Kansas City (2-2), Wyoming (4-0), Florida Gulf Coast University (2-1) and George Washington University (0-3).
B-CU won’t play at home until Sept. 11 when they host the University of North Florida.
Football: Wildcats season begins
Football season is finally here as Bethune-Cookman is set to open its season against Alabama State University in the MEAC/SWAC Challenge at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando on Sunday, Sept. 2.
The game will air live on ESPN at noon putting the Wildcats and Hornets in the national spotlight.
It’s the second straight year B-CU has played in the game. Last year the Wildcats defeated Prairie View A&M 63-14. They are hoping to duplicate that success.
Look at the Florida Courier for a complete preview on the MEAC/SWAC Challenge.
Wildcats in polls
Bethune-Cookman is ranked in several of the HBCU preseason football polls.
The Wildcats are ranked second in both the From Press Box to Press Row.com and Heritage Sports Radio Network preseason polls.
Norfolk State is ranked tops in both polls just ahead the Wildcats.
B-CU didn’t crack the FCS Coaches Top 25 pre-season poll but did receive 21 votes.
Fans win tickets
The Wildcats don’t play at home until Sept. 22 against Tennessee State University in the Hall of Fame game, but they are already working on filling the stands.
B-CUAthletics.com hosted a kickoff contest on Sunday that gave students, alumni and fans a chance to win tickets and hotel accommodations for that game.
Users had to access the website and correctly answer trivia questions.
Dr. Leonard Everett won the grand prize of four tickets and an overnight stay at Homewood Suites by being the first user of the site to answer the questions.
The other winners were Marcus Alridge, Adrian DeBose, Tehia Starker and Felicia Collins, who each won two tickets to the game.
Women’s basketball: New assistant coaches
Head coach Vanessa Blair promoted graduate assistant Letitia Curry to full-time assistant coach and named Mary Dunn graduate assistant coach on Aug. 23.
Curry joined the staff last season as the school’s first graduate assistant coach.
Dunn is a former Mt. Saint Mary’s player and was recruited to the school by Blair when she was the head coach there. Blair joined B-CU in 2008.