Sports teams face busy weekend

Basketball, swimming, rifle in action while baseball staff offers hitters' camp | January 17, 2003

This weekend is a busy one for the University's athletic teams, with both basketball teams on the hardcourt, both swim teams in the water and rifle team in the range. Plus, the baseball team staff is offering a hitters' workshop on campus. The No. 23 men's basketball team is on the road but can once again be seen on national television. The Musketeers are 11-4 overall and 2-1 in the Atlantic 10 Conference and play on Saturday, Jan. 18, at the University of Massachusetts. The 6:00 p.m. game is being broadcast on ESPN2. UMass is 6-9 overall and 0-3 in the A-10 this year, but 5-2 at home. The Musketeers are 1-2 against Massachusetts at the Mullins Center, with two of the three meetings going into overtime. The No. 49 women's basketball team is also on the road this weekend, taking on the University of Richmond on Friday, Jan. 17, at 7:00 p.m. and then heading to George Washington University on Sunday, Jan. 19, to take on the Colonials at noon. The Sunday game is being televised on Fox Sports Net. The Friday game pits two first-year coaches, both of whom have backgrounds at very successful programs and have their teams off to strong starts. Kevin McGuff came to Xavier after six years at Notre Dame and Joanne Boyle joined Richmond after nine years at Duke. Xavier is 10-4 on the season and 2-1 in the Atlantic 10, while Richmond is 11-3 overall and also 2-1 in the conference. Xavier senior guard Amy Waugh has scored 60 points in the last two games. Freshman forward Tara Boothe was named the Atlantic 10 rookie of the week for the fourth time this season. She averages 16.1 points per game. The rifle team also returns to action after nearly two months away from the range, traveling to the University of Kentucky on Saturday, Jan. 18, and then to the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Indiana on Sunday, Jan. 19. And the University swim teams are in the pool twice this weekend, hosting Wheeling Jesuit University at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 17, before heading to Cleveland State University on Saturday, Jan. 18, for a dual meet with Duquesne at 1:00 p.m. Also, the baseball coaching staff is offering players between the ages of 14 and 18 years old a chance to get into the swing of things this weekend with the first of four hitters' workshops. The camps offer concentrated instruction on the basics of hitting. The first session on Sunday, Jan. 19, runs from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The remaining three sessions run from 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the following consecutive Sundays: Jan. 26, Feb. 2 and Feb. 9. The cost to attend all four Sundays is $120. There is a family discount available for each additional child at $100 each. A team discount is also available at the same price with six team members' applications mailed in at the same time.