Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Jacksonville and UNF "Battle" for the Barrel in SunTrust River City Rumble

After opening Atlantic Sun play in Nashville, the JU volleyball team (3-5, 0-2) will host its Swisher Gymnasium home opener against cross-town rival UNF (4-5, 0-2) on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. for the first installment of the SunTrust River City Rumble.

The SunTrust River City Rumble is a season-long series between Jacksonville's two Division I institutions - Jacksonville University and the University of North Florida - that was founded in fall 2005. It was officially named and announced on Jan. 23, 2006, at a press conference on the UNF campus. The University of North Florida and Jacksonville University battle annually for the "SunTrust Old Wooden Barrel," which is awarded to the school with the most victories over the other during a school year. The "SunTrust Old Wooden Barrel" will be housed in the winning school's athletic department until the conclusion of the final event of the following year.

How The SunTrust River City Rumble Works
Jacksonville and UNF both field teams in 14 sports. Each time the Dolphins and Ospreys face each other, the game will count toward the River City Rumble standings. The exception is individual sports, where the team that finishes higher at the A-Sun Championship will earn one win for its school.

In 2008-09, the teams faced each other 20 times. To claim the "SunTrust Old Wooden Barrel," The school with most wins will receive the "SunTrust Old Wooden Barrel" at the end of the year. Any tie in the standings will keep the trophy at the previous year's winner.

Previous Results
2005-06: JU wins, 11-9
2006-07: UNF wins, 11-9
2007-08: Tied at 10, UNF retains the Barrel
2008-09: JU wins, 13-7

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