November 17, 2023

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Kennesaw State Owls Campus Sports
Along with News from the
Atlantic Sun Conference (ASUN)

Schurfranz Leads Owls Volleyball Past UNA,

into ASUN Semifinals Tonight

Fourth-seed Kennesaw State (18-10) bounced back from an opening-set loss with three straight wins to claim a 3-1 victory over fifth-seeded North Alabama (17-12) on Thursday in the quarterfinal round of the 2023 Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament.

Senior Emma Schurfranz was second on the team with 14 kills while posting a .500 hitting percentage (14K-1E-26TA). She also added nine digs, two blocks and an ace in the win.

Manu Johnsen led the Owls in kills with 15 and added eight digs. Olivia Burrage also posted double-figures in kills with 11.

This is the ninth straight year the Owls have advanced to the ASUN semifinal round.

This year's tournament is being held on the campus of FGCU, and the Owls will next meet the host the 24-6 Eagles in Friday's semifinal round, scheduled to start at 7 p.m. from Alico Arena. FGCU is coming off a quarterfinal sweep of Bellarmine.

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Johnsen, Schurfranz Named All-ASUN, Brown and Burrage Named ASUN


Four Kennesaw State Owls were honored by the Atlantic Sun as Manu Johnsen was selected to the All-ASUN First Team while Emma Schurfranz was a second-team selection, the league office announced on Wednesday. In addition, Kourtney Brown and Olivia Burrage were both selected to the ASUN All-Freshman Team, and Schurfranz picked up the first Academic All-ASUN honor of her career.

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Owls Football Hosts Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns for First Home Game of FBS Era

Kennesaw State football and Louisiana have agreed to a non-conference matchup inside Fifth Third Stadium scheduled for the 2024 season. The contest will take place September 7th and will be KSU's first home game as an FBS program.

"This game will start the next chapter of Kennesaw State Athletics history," said KSU Director of Athletics Milton Overton. "We are excited to host our first matchup as an FBS program and look forward to incredible fanfare as Owl Nation fills Fifth Third Stadium! We are ready to provide a great atmosphere against a top-notch FBS opponent."

The game will be the first in series history between the Owls and Ragin' Cajuns. ULL holds a 52-24 record in its last six seasons with five-straight bowl appearances.

Kennesaw State officially becomes a member of the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) on July 1, 2024, and will compete within Conference USA. In its nine years with a football program, the Owls are 44-9 when playing at home.

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Owls Men's Basketball Flies Over Keiser 101-55.

Head To East Carolina November 19-21

Kennesaw State men's hoops will play their next four games on the road, starting with the Townebank Holiday Classic, hosted by East Carolina in Greenville, N.C. on Nov. 19-21.

The Owls easily took care of Keiser on Wednesday 101-55 at home.

First up will be a Sunday, Nov. 19 contest against Georgia Southern at 5 p.m. The Eagles are winless in three road tries against Georgia Tech, Eastern Michigan and Jacksonville.

KSU follows G on Monday, Nov. 20 against Northeastern (3 p.m.). The 1-2 Huskies lost at Harvard on Tuesday 80-56.

Tuesday, Nov. 21, the Owls finish the tournament at the host ECU (6 p.m.). The 2-1 Pirates just suffered their first loss in a close match vs USC Upstate on Wednesday, 83-81.

All three games can be seen on ESPN+.

Owls Men's Hoops Sign Historic No. 27 Nationally Ranked Recruiting Class

Kennesaw State head basketball coach Antoine Pettway already signed the top freshman recruiting class in school history after just three months on the job, and for a follow-up, he brought in a five-member recruiting class that is the highest-rated class in school history (27th nationally) and is the No. 1 rated class in the nation from a non-power conference.

Joining the Owls for KSU's first year in Conference USA in 2024-25 will be five three-star recruits: Braedan Lue, Ricky McKenzie, Mekhi Turner, Ramone Seals and Adrian Wooley. All five hail from the Southeast, coming from Alabama, Georgia and Florida.

"We're very excited to add these five signees to our program here at Kennesaw State," said Pettway. "These young men not only are really good basketball players, but they also possess high character that will contribute to our already established culture here. I thought our staff did a tremendous job of going out and identifying our needs and then recruiting to those needs.

"We targeted positional size, skill and versatility, and I feel like we hit a home run with this class in all three categories. We made it an emphasis to jump all in on these guys early and it paid off in a major way."

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Owls Women's Basketball Visits Georgia Tech Sunday

Another Atlanta game awaits the Owls as they play at Georgia Tech Sunday. Tip-off with the Yellow Jackets is set for 2:00 p.m.

  Kennesaw State's Keyarah Berry scored a career-best 16 points and KSU held Georgia State to a season-low in points, but the Owls fell, 62-52, Tuesday evening in the GSU Convocation Center in their most recent game.


The Owls (1-2) and Panthers (3-0) traded runs throughout the contest with a relatively similar box score, but the difference at the free-throw line proved too costly for KSU. The hosts were 10-14, while Kennesaw State was only 7-17.

"We know what we can be. We have to work on being consistent in the moments that we were pretty good tonight," said head coach Olivia Blue. "Once we gain that consistency and our players gain more game experience with many in new roles, we will get our feet under us and play better down the stretch."

 The Yellow Jackets have started the season with wins over Coastal Carolina (83-53), Furman(91-56) and Rice (78-75). The Sunday matchup can be see on ACC Network Extra.

This Weeks' Kennesaw State Sports Composite Campus Schedule

Friday, November 17 - VOLLEYBALL - ASUN Conference Tournament

Semifinals vs Florida Gulf Coast Eagles, Alico Arena, Ft. Myers, FL, 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, November 19 - WOMEN'S BASKETBALL - @ Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

McCamish Pavilion, Atlanta, GA, 2:00 p.m. (ACC Network Extra)

Sunday, November 19 - MEN'S BASKETBALL - @ Pirate Classic vs Georgia Southern Eagles, Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum, Greenville, N.C. 3:00 p.m. (ESPN+)

Monday, November 20 - MEN'S BASKETBALL - @ Pirate Classic vs Northeastern Huskies, Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum, Greenville, N.C. 3:00 p.m. (ESPN+)

Tuesday, November 21 - MEN'S BASKETBALL - @ Pirate Classic, vs Eastern Carolina University Pirates, Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum, Greenville, N.C. 6:00 p.m. (ESPN+)

Saturday, November 25 - WOMEN'S BASKETBALL - vs Florida Atlantic Owls,

KSU Convocation Center, Kennesaw, GA, 2:00 p.m.(ESPN+)

Sunday, November 26 - MEN'S BASKETBALL - @ Florida International University Panthers, Ocean Bank Convocation Center, Miami, FL, 6:00 p.m.

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