Volleyball’s Jimenez makes school history with 1,000 digs


Jennifer Jimenez became the first Bethune-Cookman player in program history Tuesday to register 1,000 career digs in the Lady Cats’ 3-0 (25-13,25-12,25-21) recent loss to Florida Gulf Coast in Historic Moore Gymnasium.

Jennifer Jimenez is shown with Coach Isaac Raphael.
Jennifer Jimenez is shown with Coach Isaac Raphael.

The senior from Merritt Island, who is already B-CU’s all-time digs leader, reached 1,000 with her third dig in the first set. She finished with 13.

Destiny Hudson led B-CU (2-16) with eight kills, followed by Rhea Simon and Delicia Pierre with five each.  Simon added four blocks.

Jessica Barnes led FGCU (5-10) with 15 kills and Christine Pinder posted 11.

B-CU returns to Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play this weekend, hosting North Carolina A&T Friday night and North Carolina Central Sunday.

Worth noting: Lauren Turner, who missed the last two matches, had four kills and a block … Jimenez’ next milestone is 100 service aces; she needs two more; B-CU is now 0-11 on Tuesday matches in the Isaac Raphael era.

Good practices for basketball team
The Bethune-Cookman Lady Wildcats opened up women’s basketball official team practices on Monday afternoon at historic Richard V. Moore Gymnasium. Under the leadership of sixth-year Head Coach Vanessa Blair-Lewis and senior captains Kayla Crawford and Kiara Redmon, B-CU got to work with great intensity on opening day.

The Lady Wildcats brought that intensity to the court on several bucket-to-bucket drills, before beginning work on plays and the offense, getting acclimated to working together as a team with the deepest and most experienced squad in Blair-Lewis’ time at B-CU.

“Every year is like a new beginning,” Blair-Lewis said. “It’s like a new flower that you’re waiting to see bloom.”

Excited to hit the court after the weeks of individual practices, the Lady Wildcats did not disappoint, getting the 2013-14 season under way.

“There were some great high points, and obviously with the first day of practice, there were some things that we’ve got to continue to work on,” Blair-Lewis said.

This information is special to the Times from B-CU Athletics.



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