Eastern Florida State College Sports Roundup
By Mark DeCotis, Eastern Florida State College // August 29, 2014
EFSC Men’s Basketball Completes 2014-15 Signing Class
BASKETBALL — Eastern Florida men’s basketball head coach Jeremy Shulman has rounded out his 2014-2015 recruiting class.
Shulman most recently secured the signatures of Jacksonville products Terrell Miller, a 6-foot, 7-inch, 250-pound power forward, Lamont Dunnam, a 6-6, 200-pound shooting forward and Zavier Peart, a 6-9, 260-pound center.
Miller had signed with the University of Central Florida. At Arlington County Day in Jacksonville he had 24 double-doubles as a senior and was named MVP of a team that included five Division I signees.
Miller also had considered Wichita State, DePaul, LSU and San Francisco.
Dunnam graduated from Jacksonville Raines High and joins Jacksonville Ribault product and 2014 signee Daishon Smith a 6-foot, 160-pound guard who signed earlier with the Titans.
Peart graduated from Miami’s Coral Reef High and averaged 13 points and seven rebounds as a senior. He also received NCAA Division I offers in volleyball from Penn State and Indian-Purdue Fort Wayne among others.
Earlier Shulman secured the signatures of NCAA Division I transfers Payton Hulsey, a 6-4 guard, 200-pound from Memphis, Tennessee and Western Kentucky University and Kyle Meyer, a 6-10, 225-pound center/forward from Johns Creek, Georgia and the University of Iowa.
Also signed are Marcus Barham, a 6-foot-4, 165-pound forward from Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy, Melbourne, Florida; Djordge Beronja, a 6-6, 235-pound forward from Secondary Grammar School Petar Kocic, Novi Grad, Bosnia and Herzegovinia; and Dalon Evans, a 6-4, 200-pound guard from Huffman High in Birmingham, Alabama.
Returning from the 2013-2014 Titans team that won its second consecutive Florida College System Activities Association Southern Conference title while finishing 24-7, are sophomore signees Demetrius McReynolds, a 6-2, 205-pound guard/forward from Butler High in Louisville, Kentucky; Landus Anderson, a 6-6, 180-pound forward from Florida High in Tallahassee, Florida; and Jermohn Queen, a 5-8, 165-pound guard from Stuart, Florida and Martin County High.
Eastern Florida opens its home season in the Melbourne Campus gym on Nov. 4 against Tampa’s TAAG Academy. The Titans are riding a 31-game home winning streak and Shulman’s record in his four seasons at Eastern Florida sits at 89-39, 50-14 over the past two campaigns.
EFSC Volleyball Faces Packed Schedule Beginning Friday
VOLLEYBALL — Sixteen matches in 21 days including three in the Florida College System Activities Association Southern Conference await Eastern Florida’s volleyball team.
The stretch for the Titans, who are 2-1, begins with four matches in a Friday-Saturday tournament at Florida State College Jacksonville. It continues with Tuesday’s home opener against Polk State College at 6 p.m. on the Melbourne Campus.
Admission is free.
The Titans then hit the road again — something they will become quite familiar with since only eight of their 35 matches are at home — for a Thursday visit to South Florida State College in Avon Park and a two-match Saturday tournament at nationally ranked College of Central Florida in Ocala.
They finally return home for their conference opener at 6 p.m. Sept. 9 against perennial Southern champion Miami Dade. From there seven more matches — including conference dates with Broward College and Palm Beach State — await, five on the road, before a four-day break from competition.
Eastern Florida first-year head coach Andrea Rasmussen deliberately packed the Titans schedule.
“You don’t improve by just practicing,” Rasmussen said.
“You improve by playing tough competition and that’s what I have scheduled. We welcome the challenge as a team.
“Opportunity is knocking.”
Heading into the weekend Eastern Florida sophomore setter McKenzie Price is ranked 19th nationally in assists per set at 7.91. She has 87 total.
As a team the Titans are ranked fourth nationally in blocks per set at 3.73, eighth in total blocks with 41, 10th in solo blocks with 20 and 21st in blocks assists with 42.
Freshman Julianna Torres leads the Titans in blocks with 12. Sophomore Mariah Davis has nine and classmate Michelle Rodriguez has eight.
“We spend a lot of time on blocks in practice,” Rasmussen said.
Freshman Caitlin Stoner has 12 digs and Davis has 11.