The Collegian
Saturday, April 13, 2024


Siblings Pablo, Isabel and Rafa Arana, from Mexico City, all play tennis for Richmond.

Arana family stays together in Richmond, on the court

It's not often that you come across a family full of tennis players, but the Aranas are full of them. Few students in Mexico leave the country to attend university or play collegiate sports, but twins Isabel and Pablo Arana and their cousin Rafa Arana all came from Mexico to play on the University of Richmond men and women's tennis teams. Sitting together in 8:15 at Boatwright, the Aranas laughed and joked with each other as if they were all siblings. "I mean, Rafa has basically lived in my house," Pablo said.


Two-Minute Drill: 04/02/09

-The Final Four is set for Saturday. Connecticut will take on Michigan State during the first national semifinal and North Carolina will play Villanova during the second game.

Ryan Butler, '10

Men's basketball's 20-win season ends during CBI semi

Even though the University of Richmond men's basketball team lost during the College Basketball Invitational semifinal last week, its players said they felt the season ended on a high note. The 81-69 home loss to the University of Texas at El Paso marked the end of the Spiders' 20-16 season, their first 20-win season since 2003-04. With five freshmen and three sophomores on the 16-player roster, the team had plenty of room to grow at the beginning of the season.


Safe or soft: the new NFL

Perhaps you are looking at the snapshot above and wondering to yourself: "Who is this Jessie Murray girl and what could she possibly have to tell me about sports?" I will give you some insight into who I am and then you may understand.


Women's basketball handles key injuries, finds success

The University of Richmond's women's basketball team ended its 2008-09 season with a 24-10 overall record. Many may look back over the season and wonder what might have been, but it proved to be a turning point in the women's program. During the previous two years, the Spiders had not had much success, ending with a 13-17 record during the 2006-07 season and a 14-17 record during the 2007-08 season.


Men's golf heads to W. Va. for Marshall Invitational

Members of the men's golf team said they hoped to get back into the swing of things as their season comes to a close and they head to the Marshall Invitational this weekend in Huntington, W.Va. Although the team has had an inconsistent season in regards to its record, head coach Adam Decker said he was optimistic about a positive finish to the season and would look forward to the Atlantic 10 conference championships. "It has been an up and down year," Decker said.


Comment Policy Change

Part of the Collegian's mission is to provide a forum for the free exchange of ideas, and we are proud of the discussions that our opinion section and online edition have fostered. But as the semester has progressed, some of the comments for online articles have moved away from a discussion of ideas, morphing into anonymous and very public attacks on the personalities and lifestyles of the people who write articles, columns and comments on our Web site. The Collegian's policy for print opinion submissions is that they must be accompanied by the writer's name, unless the editor grants a writer's request for anonymity.


Richmond loses to Tribe after ninth inning rally

A five-run first inning was not enough to lift the University of Richmond baseball team to its first win in four games as the Spiders fell to the College of William & Mary, 9-7. Freshman Tadd Bower hit a home run to straight-away centerfield in the top of the ninth to give the Tribe the win.

Track & Field

Track and field team dominant in season's only home meet

Several school records fell and another athlete qualified for the regional track and field meet Friday and Saturday at the Fred Hardy Invitational, the season's only home meet for the University of Richmond track and field team. Junior Andrew Benford placed second in the 3,000-meter in 8 minutes, 59.33 seconds to earn the qualifying standard for the South Regional Meet. Benford said he was mildly surprised to hit the standard so early during the season because he suffered a hamstring injury in mid-January and redshirted the indoor track season. Junior Heather Roush broke sophomore Monica Howard's shot put school record with a 45.23-meter throw.

Mandy Friend, '09

Lacrosse wins second straight to start A-10 season

Senior Mandy Friend scored a goal with 1:29 left during overtime to lift the University of Richmond women's lacrosse team to a 14-13 victory against Duquesne University. Richmond got control of the ball during the overtime and took its time getting off a shot.


Lacrosse coach resigns after officials discover outside fund

Sue Murphy was asked to resign as University of Richmond women's lacrosse coach after athletic department officials discovered a parent-operated fund was supporting the team's budget, including travel expenses and senior gifts, The Collegian has learned. In an interview at her home on Thursday, Murphy said she knew the fund was against department policy and that using it meant she risked losing her job.


Cold shooting sinks Richmond in third round of WNIT

A 22-7 run by Georgetown University during the final 13 minutes of the first half put away the University of Richmond women's basketball team as the Spiders were blown out 65-49 during the third round of the Women's National Invitational Tournament. The Spiders never seemed comfortable on the offensive end.

Swimming & Diving

Beaudreau's career ends at the NCAA Championships

The days after Lauren Beaudreau's disappointing performance at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials last summer were some of the grimmest in her 15-year career. After making the NCAA championships as a freshman and sophomore, she entered junior year on the heels of lackluster summer training.

Members of the men's track team with Jeff Strojny, '09 and Sean Welsh, '09 in the lead
Track & Field

Track team kicks off outdoor season

The University of Richmond's men's and women's track and field teams will have the opportunity to confront four in-state opponents in front of a home crowd during the fifth-annual Fred Hardy Invitational on March 27 and 28. The Spiders' rivals - the College of William & Mary, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Tech and Columbia University - are four of the 20 to 25 men's and women's teams expected to attend the invitational in downtown Richmond. The invitational is usually the Spiders' only home meet of the season, but because of construction at Richmond's First Market Stadium, the meet will be held in Sports Backers Stadium at 3001 N.

Xenia Schneider versus Xavier

Women's tennis moves to first in Atlantic 10

Whether you see one member on the court or eight on the sideline, the University of Richmond women's tennis team stands as one. Senior Ashlee Vosters said that the word "team" had been a big part of the Spiders' mindset this year. "Instead of tennis as an individual sport, focusing on the importance of team and us working together has been really important for this group of tennis players," Vosters said. This focus on being a team helped the Spiders push their regular season record to 12-3 with recent victories against Xavier University on March 20 and East Carolina University on March 24.