A Page -- Feb. 11, 2012


2012 Spartan Men's Tennis Spring Preview

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Riding a wave of momentum from the most successful fall season in program history, the No. 19 nationally-ranked Case Western Reserve University men's tennis team is poised to ascend up the standings of the University Athletic Association and earn the team's first-ever NCAA Tournament berth during the spring of 2012.

"We have made it no secret that our goal is to be playing in the NCAA Tournament at season's end," said fourth-year Head Coach Todd Wojtkowski. "This has been our objective since the conclusion of last season. We know that we have to continue to improve on a daily basis, and we are excited about working towards our goal."


After a 12-8 campaign in 2010-11 with the program's first-ever national ranking, the Spartans pushed their game to the next level this past fall. The team won both of its dual matches with convincing 9-0 shutouts and finished ranked 19th in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association national poll – the highest in program history. The Spartans also turned in impressive performances at the Washington & Lee University (Va.) Invitational, the Purdue University (Ind.) Invitational and the United States Tennis Association/ITA Central Region Championship.

"Our schedule is built to really challenge our players, and they definitely responded this fall," said Wojtkowski. "Teaming our freshman class with the returning guys produced a lot of amazing accomplishments at some highly competitive tournaments."

Wojtkowski's Spartans, also ranked No. 5 in a stacked ITA Central Region, have three players ranked in the singles poll. Maybe even more impressive is Case's three doubles tandems ranked in the region's Top 15.

One of those regionally-ranked Spartans that Wojtkowski will count on at the top of his lineup is freshman Will Drougas(Roanoke, Va./Salem), who posted a team-high 10 wins (10-5 overall) during the fall en route to earning the No. 12 spot in the ITA rankings. The rookie also earned UAA Player of the Week honors on September 19 after posting a 3-2 record against strictly Division I competition at Purdue and advanced to the quarterfinal round of the USTA/ITA Central Region Championship.


"Our freshman class had a lot of success in the fall," noted Wojtkowski. "Will (Drougas) is a great example of that, winning three matches against mostly Big Ten opponents at Purdue and then reaching the quarterfinals at ITAs. Those are amazing accomplishments for anyone at this level, let alone a freshman."

Also expected to play at the top of the lineup is junior Kyle Gerber (Columbus, Ohio/St. Charles Prep) and senior Sean Carr(Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington).

Gerber, the 23rd-ranked player in the region, was 7-4 in the fall and advanced to the round of 16 during the regional championship. In his third year with the team, Gerber has 31 singles victories and a combined 37 doubles wins.

Carr, Case's No. 1 singles player as a junior, posted a 5-4 record in the fall and earned the No. 27 regional ranking. The senior totaled 13 wins last season and ended the spring as the No. 18-ranked singles player in the region.

The entire Spartan singles lineup will see plenty of competition for playing time, especially positions three through six.

Sophomore Eric Klawitter (Arlington Heights, Ill./John Hershey) was 8-3 in singles play during the fall after posting a team-high 17 wins (17-10 overall) as a freshman. Junior Nicolas Howe (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights) went 3-3 in the fall and was a member of Case's No. 1 doubles tandem last spring. Freshman Bas Van Lent (Wexford, Pa./Pine-Richland) was 7-4 as a rookie in the fall.

Senior captain Rohan Patel (Cincinnati, Ohio/Sycamore), juniors Richard Brunsting (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell Academy) and Alex Solove (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty), along with sophomore Ben McClarren (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Davidson) will also add depth across the board.

In doubles play, Drougas and Klawitter, the No. 10-ranked tandem in the region, posted a 6-3 mark during the fall. Carr and Brunsting sit one spot behind at No. 11 after a 5-4 performance, while Gerber and Howe rank 14th at 6-4 overall.

"Everything we do as a team is done with a purpose," noted Wojtkowski. "The fall season was simply an extension of this concept as we wasted no time and played as much as we could. Our players will continue to push the envelope striving to get better each and every day."

The Spartans open the 2012 portion of the schedule this Friday, February 10 versus No. 7 nationally-ranked Kenyon College at 7:30 p.m. in Gambier, Ohio. The team jumps right back into action the following day versus No. 12 North Carolina Wesleyan University at 2:00 p.m. in Gambier.

The home portion of the spring begins with a dual match versus Allegheny College (Pa.) on Friday, Feb. 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Cleveland Skating Club. The team then heads south for its annual spring break trip from March 10-17.

The UAA Championship Tournament closes the regular season on April 26-28 in Altamonte Springs, Florida.


No. 7 Mount Union travels to Ohio Northern 


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Nationally ranked Mount Union (#7 in D3hoops.com and #8 in ESPN/USA TODAY Coaches polls) can clinch at least a share of its second straight Ohio Athletic Conference women's basketball regular season title with a win at Ohio Northern Saturday at 3 pm in Ada.


Follow the game with LIVE AUDIO and  LIVE STATS right here.


Mount Union (21-1, 14-1 OAC) is in first place in the conference a game ahead of Ohio Northern (19-3, 13-2 OAC).  A win for the Purple Raiders would also give them the No. 1 seed in the OAC Tournament.

Mount Union extended its school-record win streak to 16 games with 74-56 win this past Wednesday at Marietta.


The Raiders never trailed as they used an 11-2 run in the first half to build a 25-point lead and cruise to the victory.  

Senior forward Amanda Rose (Green/Green) had a team-high 16 points to become the 13th player in school history to score over 1,000 career points.


On the season, Rose is the team's top rebounder (5.2 per game) and is third in scoring at 11.0 points per game.

Junior point guard Rosa LaMattina (Westlake/Westlake) leads the team and is sixth in the OAC in scoring at 14.7 points per game, while leading the conference in steals (3.7 per game) and third in assists (4.1 per game).


Seniors guard Kori Wiedt (North Olmsted/North Olmsted) is right behind LaMattina and seventh in the OAC in scoring averaging 14.2 points per game.  Wiedt, who is eighth on the school's all-time list with 1,148 points, is also third in the nation and OAC in three-point percentage (.477) as she has made a conference-best 62 from beyond the arc. 



Mount Union leads the conference in scoring offense at 73.3 points per game and is the top defensive team allowing just 54.5 points per game.  The Raiders help that defense by leading the OAC in steals at 12.3 per game.


Since losing at Mount Union on Jan. 7, Ohio Northern has won eight-straight games including a thrilling 88-82 double overtime win Wednesday at Heidelberg.


Cenzie Yoder had 27 points to lead the Polar Bears, who are right behind the Raiders in total offense (68.3 ppg) and scoring defense (58.5 ppg) in the OAC.


Ohio Northern has four players average in double figures on the season led by junior wing Morgan Dumbaugh at 13.3 points per game.  Senior forward Kara Dysert is second on the team in scoring at 12.7 points per game and four in the OAC in rebounding at 8.7 per game.


EARLIER THIS SEASON

Mount Union rallied from an 11-point first half deficit to lead 44-42 at halftime, then opened the second half on an 11-3 run and held off Ohio Northern for an 85-71 win.  Kori Wiedt scored a game-high 26 points and went over 1,000 career points in the win.

THE SERIES


This will be the 61st meeting between the teams with Mount Union holding a 31-29 lead in the series.  The Raiders have won six-straight games and nine of the last 10 meetings, with the last Polar Bear win coming in 2008-09 -- 47-44 in Alliance.

1,000 TIMES THREE


Eariler this season, Mount Union senior guard Kori Wiedt became the 11th player a little over a week ago junior guard Rosa LaMattina became the 12th player and this past Wednesday, Amanda Rose became the 13th player in school history to score 1,000 points.  


It is the first time in school history that three 1,000-point scorers have all been active at the same time.

Rose has never missed a game playing in each of the last 108 games with 105 starts, Wiedt has 101 starts in 104 games while LaMattina has started every of the 82 games in her college career.  Their head coach - Suzy Venet holds the Mount Union record for games played at 124.


Mount men host Ohio Northern


  • TV (Tape Delay):
    • WIVM-TV (Ch. 39 Canton - Ch. 989 Time Warner Cable) at 7 pm Saturday and 1 pm Sunday 
    • SportsTime Ohio on Saturday at 11 pm and Sunday at 2 p
  • WRMU 91.1 (Alliance): LISTEN LIVE
  • LIVE STATS

The Mount Union men's basketball team welcomes Ohio Northern to the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex in Alliance for a crucial Ohio Athletic Conference matchup Saturday at 3 pm. The Raiders defeated the Polar Bears 71-66 in Ada earlier this season. There will be FREE admission to the game and current Jacksonville Jaguars and former Mount Union wide receiver Cecil Shorts III will sign autographs immediately following the game.

Saturday's game will be televised on tape delay on both WIVM Ch. 52 in Canton and SportsTime Ohio. WIVM will broadcast the game at 7 pm Saturday and again at 1 pm Sunday while the game will air on STO at 11 pm Saturday and at 2 pm Sunday.

The Purple Raiders (8-14, 4-11) enter the final three games of the regular season in a three-way tie for the final spot in the OAC Tournament. The Raiders defeated all three of those opponents earlier this season.

Mount Union boasts one of the conference's top defenses. The Raider allow opponents to score just 66.1 points per game, which is tied for the fewest in the conference, and are second in field goal percentage defense as opponents shoot 42.6-percent shooting from the field.

Senior Jimmy Wood (Wintersville/Indian Creek) is the OAC's leader in scoring at 18.0 points per game and three-pointers (54). He also ranks among the top three in the OAC in free-throw shooting (.798) and minutes per game (32.6). Wood poured in a game-high 20 points against Marietta Wednesday night, her first 20-point effort since January 7th, when the Raiders last faced Ohio Northern.

Freshmen Nate Jacubec (Struthers/Struthers) and Stevie Griffin (Canton/Massillon Jackson) and sophomoreT.J. Gillespie (Toledo/St. John's) contribute to the Raiders' guard-oriented offense. Jacubec is second on the team in scoring (11.0) and three-pointers (37) while Griffin is third in both (9.1 ppg; 36 three-pointers). Gillespie scores 7 points per game off the bench and had 13 against Marietta Wednesday night.

Ohio Northern (11-11, 7-8) enters this weekend winners of their last two games. The Polar Bears defeated Marietta on Saturday and Heidelberg on Wednesday. The score 68.3 points per game while allowing opponents to score 67.8 points per game on the season.

Senior Scott Schnelle, who is the conference's tallest player at 6-9, is the reigning OAC Player of the Week after scoring 18 points in each of Ohio Northern' s last three games. Schnelle averages 12.7 points per game and 6.4 rebounds per game on the season. Sophomore guard Branden Rushton leads the Polar Bears in scoring at 14.1 points per game.

Last Meeting

Mount Union led 36-28 at halftime, but Ohio Northern rallied in the second half to take the lead. A basket by freshman Stevie Griffin with 2:38 to play put the Purple Raiders ahead for good and the Raiders made nine-of-ten free throws down the stretch to secure their first OAC win of the season.

Jimmy Wood scored game-high 22 points and freshmen Griffin and Nate Jacubec scored 16 points apiece to lead the way for the Raiders.

Ohio Northern was led by 18 points and a game-high eight rebounds from Branden Rushton. Scott Schnelle added 12 points, seven rebounds, and blocked three shots.

The Series

This will be the 84th meeting all-time between Mount Union and Ohio Northern. The Polar Bears hold a decisive 54-29 advantage in the series, but the Raiders have been victorious in four of the past six meetings.


Storm faces tough GlIAC foe today


Lake Erie College Storm (8-12, 3-10 GLIAC) at Ferris State University Bulldogs (13-7, 10-3 GLIAC)
When: Thursday February 9, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.
Where:  Jim Wink Arena - Big Rapids, Mich.
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Lake Erie College Storm at Grand Valley State University (12-9, 8-6 GLIAC)
When: Saturday February 11, 2012 at 3:00 p.m.
Where:  GVSU Fieldhouse Arena - Allendale, Mich.
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LAKE ERIE FACES TOUGH GLIAC NORTH FOES: The Lake Erie College men's basketball team (8-12, 3-10 GLIAC) faces a pair of difficult GLIAC road foes this weekend at it travels to Ferris State University Thursday (Feb. 9) and Grand Valley State University Saturday (Feb. 11).  The Storm snapped a seven-game losing streak by recording their largest margin of victory this season Saturday, 75-54, over Ohio Dominican University.

LAST TIME OUT FOR THE STORM: Redshirt freshman Jamil Dudley had a breakout performance with a game- and career-high 24 points and sophomore center Rich Austin added his second career double-double with 17 points and a career-high 14 rebounds to help lead Lake Erie to a 75-54 victory over Ohio Dominican.

SERIES NOTES: Ferris State and Lake Erie met for the first time last season, with the Bulldogs victorious, 77-64, in Painesville on Feb. 10, 2011.  Lake Erie has faced Grand Valley State each of the last three seasons with the Lakers taking all three matchups.  The Storm nearly pulled off an upset over GVSU in their first season as a member of NCAA Division II, in 2008-09, falling 65-63 in Allendale.  The Lakers defeated Lake Erie 76-69 in Painesville last season on Feb. 12.

OPPOSITION POSITION: Ferris State (13-7, 10-3 GLIAC) enters the weekend with a 1 1/2 game lead in the GLIAC North.  The Bulldogs have won four straight contests and are 8-2 at home this season.  They are led by guard Kenny Brown scoring 15.9 ppg.  Grand Valley State (12-9, 8-6 GLIAC) is fighting for GLIAC playoff position, entering the weekend tied for seventh overall in the conference.  The Lakers are led by forward James Thomas at 14.9 ppg. 

AUSTIN ALL-IN: Sophomore Rich Austin has made a huge leap after a solid freshman season. Austin is averaging 11.6 ppg. and 6.3 rpg., leading the team in both categories. He has reached double figure scoring in 12-of-20 games this season and recorded his second double-double Feb. 4 vs. ODU with 17 points and 14 rebounds. The Cleveland St. Ignatius grad averaged 6.0 ppg. as a freshman.

DUNKING DUDLEY: Don't be surprised to see a few electrifying dunks from redshirt freshman Jamil Dudley this season.  As a member of the Lake Erie track team last season, Dudley won the GLIAC Indoor Championships and was an All-American in both indoor and outdoor seasons.  Over the Summer, Dudley won the United States Junior National Championship in Eugene, Ore.  This season, Dudley has served as the sixth man for Lake Erie, averaging 6.6 ppg. and 1.8 rpg., including a game-high 24 points against ODU on Feb. 4.

CLOSING IN ON 100: With eight victories already this season, Lake Erie Head Coach Cliff Hunt is just three wins away from the 100-win plateau with a 97-86 career record in his seventh season with the Storm. He is already the all-time winningest coach in school history.

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