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Riordan (L), English (R)

Spartan Football’s Riordan and English (Holy Name) Tabbed UAA Athletes of the Week

PITTSFORD, N.Y. – Case Western Reserve University sophomore running back Kenny Riordan ­­­(Spring Grove, Ill./Richmond-Burton) and senior defensive tackle Dale English (Middleburg Heights, Ohio/Holy Name) have been tabbed as the University Athletic Association Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, for their roles in a 6-0 victory versus the University of Chicago (Ill.) on Saturday.

Riordan rushed for a career-high 103 yards on 17 carries with a season-best 45-yarder in the win versus Chicago. For the season, Riordan has run for 380 yards on 84 carries for a 4.5 yard per carry average.

English, picking up his third career UAA Athlete of the Week honor, recorded 10 tackles, including four for loss, with 1.5 sacks, a forced fumble and two quarterback hurries against the Maroons. English moved to just a half-sack shy of tying the school career record of 30.5 sacks set by Brian Calderone (2005-08). This season, English leads the UAA in both tackles for loss with 13 and sacks with 5.5, and ranks seventh with 45 tackles. He also has 10 quarterback hurries along with a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

The Spartans (7-1 overall, 1-0 UAA) have won six consecutive games and are back in action this Saturday, November 5 versus UAA foe Washington University-St. Louis (5-3 overall, 1-0 UAA) at 1:00 p.m. at Francis Field in St. Louis.

2011 NCAC Women's Soccer Tournament Field Announced

The seeds for the 2011 NCAC Women's Soccer Tournament are:

#1 Ohio Wesleyan (5-1-2) - 17 points
#2 Allegheny (5-1-2) - 17 points
#3 Wooster (4-1-3) - 15 points
#4 Kenyon (4-3-1) - 13 points

Note: Ohio Wesleyan wins tiebreaker over Allegheny. Kenyon wins tiebreaker over Denison/DePauw.

The tournament will begin with semifinals on Tuesday, Nov. 1, and Wednesday, Nov. 2

Tuesday, Nov. 1
#4 Kenyon at #1 Ohio Wesleyan, 7:00 

Wednesday, Nov. 2
#3 Wooster at #2 Allegheny, 2:00

The championship match will be Saturday, Nov. 5 at the site of the highest remaining seed.

Stewart Lifts WSU Men Past Green Bay 2-1
Drake Stewart's first two goals of the season lifted the men's soccer team past Green Bay 2-1 in Horizon League action Saturday night at Alumni Field.

Stewart opened the scoring at the 22:29 mark of the first half with his first goal off an assist by Will McAteer. That duo, along with Bryce Rockwell-Ashton, put the Raiders up 2-0 just 2:04 later as Rockwell-Ashton's cross from the right side found an open Stewart in the middle. The two assists were McAteer's first of the year while Rockwell-Ashton now has four assists.
B-W Women’s Soccer Team Defeats Muskingum, 6-2, in Final Regular Season Match to Secure OAC Tourney Spot

NEW CONCORD, OHIO -- The Baldwin-Wallace College women’s soccer team defeated Muskingum University, 6-2, today (Saturday, October 29, 2011) in an Ohio Athletic Conference match at Muskie Field. The Yellow Jackets were led by the foot of sophomore midfielder Hanna Cavalier (Chippewa Lake/Cloverleaf) as she scored two goals to tie for third on the team with four goals this season.

With the win, B-W improves to 11-8 overall and 4-5 in the OAC and will open OAC Tournament play on Tuesday against a team and at a time yet to be determined.  Please visit the OAC web site at www.oac.org<http://www.oac.org/> for a complete tournament bracket with sites and match times.  With the loss, Muskingum finishes its season 5-14 overall and 1-8­ in the OAC.

B-W opened the scoring just 4:56 into the match when sophomore midfielder Heather Keller (Parma) scored off an assist from senior midfielder Lindsey Cooper (Westerville/ New Albany) for a 1-0 lead. The goal was Keller’s fifth of the season to place her second of the team.

Undaunted, Muskingum answered back at the 8:57 mark when Emily Preston scored off an assist from Raven Francis to even the scored at 1-1.

Just three minutes later, Yellow Jacket senior forward Noelle Fox (Canfield) scored her fourth goal of the season at the 11:57 mark of the first half to give B-W a 2-1 lead. Cavalier was credited with the assist, her third assist of the season.

The Yellow Jackets extended their lead to 3-1, when Cooper scored an unassisted goal at the 17:58 mark. This was her team-leading sixth goal of the season. Cavalier scored the final goal of the first half at the 27:02 mark to extend the Yellow Jacket lead to 4-1.

In the second half, Cavalier opened the scoring with her second unassisted goal of the game at the 62:27 mark to give B-W a 5-1 advantage.

Muskingum than cut into the lead at the 73:07 mark when Francis scored to make the score 5-2. To put the game out of reach, junior forward Brigitte Petrash (Pa)

In net for the Yellow Jackets, freshman Gabrielle Bodo (Alliance/St. Thomas Aquinas) played the first half and freshman Claire LoPresti (Bethel Park, Pa.) played the second. Bodo recorded four saves while LoPresti had one.  

With the win, Bodo improved her record to 7-7 on the season.

Loss to Otterbein Ends OAC Tournament Hopes for Women's Soccer


WESTERVILLE, Ohio—The Mount Union women's soccer team suffered a 2-0 loss at Otterbein on Saturday afternoon. A win would have likely qualified the Purple Raiders (8-9-2, 3-6-0) for the Ohio Athletic Conference 
Tournament for the first time since 2003.


Emily Bates netted two goals in the opening six minutes for Otterbein. The Cardinals controlled the rest of the match, but were unable to score again. They outshot the Purple Raiders, 19-3, and a header by Alyssa Flitcraft(Alliance/Marlington) in the 49th minute was the only shot on goal for Mount Union.


Goalkeeper Maria Favorite (Chesterland/Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) made 5 saves for the Raiders.


Melissa Zang made one save and was credited with the shutout and win for Otterbein (10-5-2, 7-1-1).

rma/ Normandy) scored her third goal of the season with just 53 second left in the match.

Miami Women Place Third at MAC Championship

MUNCIE, Ind. – A pair of RedHawks garnered Second-Team All-Mid-American Conference honors to lead the Miami University women’s cross country team to a third-place finish at the 6K MAC Championship Saturday morning at Muncie Elks Country Club, hosted by Ball State.

The RedHawks totaled 83 points to equal their finish at last year’s MAC Championship while Toledo repeated as the champion with 33 points. Central Michigan was the runner-up with 73 points, 10 better than Miami. Ohio finished fourth with 86 points, led by individual champion Juli Accurso, while Eastern Michigan rounded out the top five with 89 points in the 12-team field.

Senior Maggie Bingham (Carmel, Ind.) led Miami for the third time this season, placing eighth in 21:20.4 to earn Second-Team All-MAC honors for the third straight year, with her eighth-place finish a career-best at the league meet. Freshman Jess Hoover (Hilliard, Ohio) also picked up Second-Team All-MAC accolades by finishing 12th in 21:34.1.

Fellow freshman Alex Chitwood (Carmel, Ind.) crossed in 19th in a season-best 21:50.4 while redshirt junior Jillian Dickman (Madison, Ohio) was just a half a second behind in 20th as Miami’s fourth scorer. Senior Kelley Miller (Dublin, Ohio), a Second-Team All-MAC performer last year, rounded out Miami’s scoring five in 24th in 21:58.1.

“We didn’t want it bad enough,” a disappointed head coach Kelly Phillips said. “It wasn’t that we couldn’t have won. It was doable. We just chose not to. You have to want it to win it.”

CSU, John Carroll basketball open season tonight
John Carroll (16-12 in 2010-11) at Cleveland State (21-12 in 2010-11)
Date: Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011
Time: 7:00 p.m. EST
Site: Woodling Gym (3,000) - Cleveland, Ohio
Series: Cleveland State leads, 5-2
Last Meeting: CSU 81, JCU 36 (1/13/81)
Tickets: Free To All Fans

SETTING THE SCENE

Cleveland State will begin the 2011-12 season Tuesday evening (Nov. 1), as the Vikings host John Carroll in their first of two exhibition contests. CSU returns nine letterwinners and four starters from last year's squad that advanced to the postseason for the third time in the last four years. The Vikings will be led by veterans Destinee Blue, Janelle Adams, Takima Keane and Shalonda Winton who have combined for 150 career starts over the last three seasons. John Carroll ended the 2010-11 season with a 16-12 overall record, marking its fourth winning season in the last six years. 

PREVIEWING CLEVELAND STATE
With four starters returning for the 2011-12 season, the Cleveland State women’s basketball team is poised to have yet another successful season under ninth year head coach Kate Peterson Abiad. The starting lineup is centered around junior Shalonda Winton (12.5 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 3.2 apg), a preseason first team all-league pick. Winton will combine with the senior trio of Janelle Adams (9.8 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 3.1 apg), Destinee Blue (10.2 ppg, 7.2 rpg) and Takima Keane (8.1 ppg, 3.2 apg) to form the backbone of the Viking roster. Peterson Abiad will have a deep bench to work with this season, as five additional letterwinners will be returning in juniors Honesty King (5.8 ppg) and Kaila Montgomery (1.6 ppg, 1.4 rpg) and sophomores Ondrea Hughes (1.1 ppg, 1.2 rpg), Brandee Kelly (0.2 ppg, 0.6 rpg) and Haley Schmitt (1.1 ppg, 0.8 rpg). The CSU veterans will be joined by four freshmen, guards Cori Coleman (Springfield Gardens, N.Y./Murry Bergtraum), Kiersten Green (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township) and Tess Zufall (Slickville, Pa./Greensburg Central Catholic) and forward Imani Gordon (Akron, Ohio/Firestone).

HEAD COACH KATE PETERSON ABIAD
Cleveland State head coach Kate Peterson Abiad is entering her ninth season at the helm of the Vikings, and ranks second on the all-time wins list at CSU coming into the 2011-12 season. Peterson Abiad became the third coach in program history to record 100 career victories last season, and currently has 106, needing just 10 more to take over first place on the all-time wins list. Peterson Abiad has led the Vikings to four straight 19-win seasons, including a 21-12 record last year, the second most wins in program history.

38th SEASON OF CSU BASKETBALL
The 2011-12 season will be Cleveland State’s 38th year of intercollegiate competition. The Vikings have compiled an all-time record of 415-575 (.419), while also going 121-150 (.446) in 18 seasons in the Horizon League.

CSU TABBED SECOND IN PRESEASON POLL
Cleveland State was picked to finish second in the Horizon League Preseason Poll, receiving 238 points. The Vikings finished behind preseason favorite Green Bay, who received 29 first place votes and 299 points. Wright State (212 points), Butler (197) and UIC (186) rounded out the top five. Detroit was the only other team to collect a first place vote, as they finished seventh with 141 points behind Milwaukee who placed sixth with 177 points. The Titans were followed by Loyola (88), Valparaiso (64) and Youngstown State (48).

WINTON NAMED PRESEASON ALL-LEAGUE
Junior Shalonda Winton was named to the 2011-12 Preseason All-Horizon League first team in voting conducted by the league’s 10 head coaches, sports information directors and select media. Last season Winton ranked sixth in the league in rebounding (9.1), seventh in blocks (0.8), ninth in field goal percentage (.462; 146-316) and 15th in scoring (12.5). She also became the fourth player in school history to grab at least 300 rebounds in a season, ending right on the number.

HOME SWEET HOME
CSU has played some of its best basketball at home over the last three years, going 44-13 in the Wolstein Center since the 2007-08 season.  It is the best four year stretch in program history, besting the 34 wins the Vikings have recorded twice before (1979-83 and 1998-2002). The Vikings were 13-3 in the Wolstein Center last year, setting a school record for most home wins in a season.

FOURTH STRAIGHT WINNING SEASON
The Vikings 21-12 overall record last year allowed CSU to finish with a winning record for the fourth straight season, a first in program history. The streak started with the Vikings going 19-14 in 2007-08 and continued with CSU’s 19-13 record in 2008-09 and their 19-14 record during 2009-10.

REBOUNDING MACHINE
Entering her junior season Shalonda Winton is just 15 rebounds shy of breaking into the top-20 on the all-time career rebounds list at CSU. After two seasons in a Viking uniform Winton has collected 460 rebounds, including 300 last year, the fourth highest single season total in program history.

CSU VS. TEAMS IN 2011 POSTSEASON
The Vikings will play seven games against teams that advanced to postseason play last year, including Green Bay who reached the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament. CSU will face the Phoenix twice, as well as Butler who played in the WNIT and Wright State who played in the WBI. The final game will come against Toledo, the 2011 WNIT champion. 

LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SET FOR MARCH
The annual Horizon League Championship will begin with two opening round games on March 5 and the quarterfinals on March 7 at campus sites. The highest remaining seed will host the semifinals on March 9 and the championship game on March 11.

CSU HOOPS LUNCHEON RETURNS
The third annual CSU Hoops Luncheon Series, will debut on Monday, Nov. 14 with Viking basketball fans having the opportunity to get monthly updates from CSU basketball head coaches Kate Peterson Abiad and Gary Waters throughout the 2011-12 season. The luncheon will take place beginning at 11:30 a.m. on the fifth floor Viking Loge of the Wolstein Center annex. Future luncheons will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 14, Tuesday, Jan. 17 and Monday, Feb. 13. Reservations can be made by calling (216) 687-5454.

UP NEXT
The Vikings will continue the exhibition portion of their schedule, as they host Case Western in a 7:00 p.m. contest on  Monday, November 7 in the Wolstein Center.
Ohio
Series: Cleveland State leads, 5-2
Last Meeting: CSU 81, JCU 36 (1/13/81)
Tickets: Free To All Fans

SETTING THE SCENE

Cleveland State will begin the 2011-12 season Tuesday evening (Nov. 1), as the Vikings host John Carroll in their first of two exhibition contests. CSU returns nine letterwinners and four starters from last year's squad that advanced to the postseason for the third time in the last four years. The Vikings will be led by veterans Destinee Blue, Janelle Adams, Takima Keane and Shalonda Winton who have combined for 150 career starts over the last three seasons. John Carroll ended the 2010-11 season with a 16-12 overall record, marking its fourth winning season in the last six years. 

PREVIEWING CLEVELAND STATE
With four starters returning for the 2011-12 season, the Cleveland State women’s basketball team is poised to have yet another successful season under ninth year head coach Kate Peterson Abiad. The starting lineup is centered around junior Shalonda Winton (12.5 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 3.2 apg), a preseason first team all-league pick. Winton will combine with the senior trio of Janelle Adams (9.8 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 3.1 apg), Destinee Blue (10.2 ppg, 7.2 rpg) and Takima Keane (8.1 ppg, 3.2 apg) to form the backbone of the Viking roster. Peterson Abiad will have a deep bench to work with this season, as five additional letterwinners will be returning in juniors Honesty King (5.8 ppg) and Kaila Montgomery (1.6 ppg, 1.4 rpg) and sophomores Ondrea Hughes (1.1 ppg, 1.2 rpg), Brandee Kelly (0.2 ppg, 0.6 rpg) and Haley Schmitt (1.1 ppg, 0.8 rpg). The CSU veterans will be joined by four freshmen, guards Cori Coleman (Springfield Gardens, N.Y./Murry Bergtraum), Kiersten Green (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township) and Tess Zufall (Slickville, Pa./Greensburg Central Catholic) and forward Imani Gordon (Akron, Ohio/Firestone).

HEAD COACH KATE PETERSON ABIAD
Cleveland State head coach Kate Peterson Abiad is entering her ninth season at the helm of the Vikings, and ranks second on the all-time wins list at CSU coming into the 2011-12 season. Peterson Abiad became the third coach in program history to record 100 career victories last season, and currently has 106, needing just 10 more to take over first place on the all-time wins list. Peterson Abiad has led the Vikings to four straight 19-win seasons, including a 21-12 record last year, the second most wins in program history.

38th SEASON OF CSU BASKETBALL
The 2011-12 season will be Cleveland State’s 38th year of intercollegiate competition. The Vikings have compiled an all-time record of 415-575 (.419), while also going 121-150 (.446) in 18 seasons in the Horizon League.

CSU TABBED SECOND IN PRESEASON POLL
Cleveland State was picked to finish second in the Horizon League Preseason Poll, receiving 238 points. The Vikings finished behind preseason favorite Green Bay, who received 29 first place votes and 299 points. Wright State (212 points), Butler (197) and UIC (186) rounded out the top five. Detroit was the only other team to collect a first place vote, as they finished seventh with 141 points behind Milwaukee who placed sixth with 177 points. The Titans were followed by Loyola (88), Valparaiso (64) and Youngstown State (48).

WINTON NAMED PRESEASON ALL-LEAGUE
Junior Shalonda Winton was named to the 2011-12 Preseason All-Horizon League first team in voting conducted by the league’s 10 head coaches, sports information directors and select media. Last season Winton ranked sixth in the league in rebounding (9.1), seventh in blocks (0.8), ninth in field goal percentage (.462; 146-316) and 15th in scoring (12.5). She also became the fourth player in school history to grab at least 300 rebounds in a season, ending right on the number.

HOME SWEET HOME
CSU has played some of its best basketball at home over the last three years, going 44-13 in the Wolstein Center since the 2007-08 season.  It is the best four year stretch in program history, besting the 34 wins the Vikings have recorded twice before (1979-83 and 1998-2002). The Vikings were 13-3 in the Wolstein Center last year, setting a school record for most home wins in a season.

FOURTH STRAIGHT WINNING SEASON
The Vikings 21-12 overall record last year allowed CSU to finish with a winning record for the fourth straight season, a first in program history. The streak started with the Vikings going 19-14 in 2007-08 and continued with CSU’s 19-13 record in 2008-09 and their 19-14 record during 2009-10.

REBOUNDING MACHINE
Entering her junior season Shalonda Winton is just 15 rebounds shy of breaking into the top-20 on the all-time career rebounds list at CSU. After two seasons in a Viking uniform Winton has collected 460 rebounds, including 300 last year, the fourth highest single season total in program history.

CSU VS. TEAMS IN 2011 POSTSEASON
The Vikings will play seven games against teams that advanced to postseason play last year, including Green Bay who reached the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament. CSU will face the Phoenix twice, as well as Butler who played in the WNIT and Wright State who played in the WBI. The final game will come against Toledo, the 2011 WNIT champion. 

LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SET FOR MARCH
The annual Horizon League Championship will begin with two opening round games on March 5 and the quarterfinals on March 7 at campus sites. The highest remaining seed will host the semifinals on March 9 and the championship game on March 11.

CSU HOOPS LUNCHEON RETURNS
The third annual CSU Hoops Luncheon Series, will debut on Monday, Nov. 14 with Viking basketball fans having the opportunity to get monthly updates from CSU basketball head coaches Kate Peterson Abiad and Gary Waters throughout the 2011-12 season. The luncheon will take place beginning at 11:30 a.m. on the fifth floor Viking Loge of the Wolstein Center annex. Future luncheons will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 14, Tuesday, Jan. 17 and Monday, Feb. 13. Reservations can be made by calling (216) 687-5454.

UP NEXT
The Vikings will continue the exhibition portion of their schedule, as they host Case Reserve in a 7:00 p.m. contest on  Monday, November 7 in the Wolstein Center.





2011 NCAC Volleyball Tournament Field Announced 


The seeds for the 2011 NCAC Volleyball Tournament will be:

#1 Wittenberg (16-0)
#2 Hiram (13-3)
#3 DePauw (11-5)
#4 Wooster (10-5)


Note: If Wooster beats Oberlin on Tuesday, Nov. 1 in the final match of the regular season, the Fighting Scots will finish at 11-5 and in tie with DePauw for third place. DePauw beat Wooster twice during the season to earn the #3 seed.

Tournament host: Wittenberg

The Tournament will begin with semifinals on Friday, Nov. 4
#4 Wooster vs. #1 Wittenberg, 5:30 p.m.
#3 DePauw vs. #2 Hiram

The championship match will be Saturday, Nov. 5 at 2:00 p.m.

2011 NCAC Men's Soccer Tournament Field Announced 


The seeds for the 2011 NCAC Men's Soccer Tournament are:

#1 Ohio Wesleyan 9-0-0 (27)
#2 DePauw 8-1-0 (24)
#3 Hiram 5-4-0 (15)
#4 Allegheny 4-4-1 (13)

Note: Allegheny wins tiebreaker over Kenyon.

The tournament will begin with semifinals on Wednesday, Nov. 2

#4 Allegheny at #1 Ohio Wesleyan, 7:00 p.m.
#3 Hiram at #2 DePauw, 7:00 p.m.

The championship match will be Saturday, Nov. 5 at the site of the highest
remaining seed.

Both Wright State teams finish fifth in Cleveland

Both Wright State men's and women's cross country teams finished fifth at the Horizon League Championships Saturday in Cleveland.

On the men's side, junior Jason Bruns topped the Raiders with an 11th-place finish and a time of 26:54.2, earning Second Team All-League honors in the process. The best women's runner was senior Rudy Millard at 23rd overall with a time of 20:35.8.

Both teams will next be in action November 12 at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional in Toledo.

No. 5 Heidelberg to Host Muskingum in OAC Volleyball Quarterfinal Today


TIFFIN, Ohio-The No. 5 Heidelberg University volleyball team will open the
2011 Ohio Athletic Conference Volleyball Tournament on Tuesday, Nov. 1 by
hosting Muskingum University at 7 p.m. at Seiberling Gymnasium in Tiffin,
Ohio
.  After winning the conference regular season championship for the
third consecutive season, the top-seeded 'Berg is seeking its second
straight tournament title.

Heidelberg (27-5, 9-0 OAC) is making its fifth straight appearance in the
OAC tournament and 19th overall.  No. 8 seed Muskingum (12-15, 2-7 OAC) is
making its 26th appearance in the tournament, including 22nd consecutive.

Under the direction of 12th-year head coach Jason Miller, the Berg raced out
to a 9-2 record to start the season before going on a 20-match win streak,
which included its second straight perfect season in OAC play.  The Berg's
second-ranked (OAC) offensive attack (.256) is sparked by four hitters who
are at or nearing the 200-kill plateau for the season.  Junior second-team
All-OAC outside hitter Marian Bevington (Celina/Parkway) leads the attack
with 2.74 kills per set and is fourth in the OAC with a .324 hitting
percentage.  Sophomore middle hitter Amber Welfle (Norwalk/St. Paul) (2.36
kps.) and senior two-time All-OAC outside hitter Venessa Haase (Miamisburg)
(2.36 kps.) also rank in the top-10 in league hitting percentage.  Haase
also ranks eighth in the conference with 45 service aces.

The offense is set by junior setter Rachel Ferguson (Brighton,
Mich./Brighton) and sophomore setter Alexa Frank (Tiffin/Calvert) with 6.09
and 3.95 assists per set, respectively.  The pair has combined for 984 of
the team's 1,277 assists this season.

Freshman libero Tessa Benanzer (Fort Loramie) and Bevington guide the
defense.  Benanzer averages 4.81 digs per set to rank seventh in the OAC,
while Bevington's 112 total blocks top the league.  Senior reigning OAC
player of the year Jackie Reinhart (New Riegel), who tallies 2.24 kps. of
her own, is second with a 4.02 dps. average.

Mount Union 5th at OAC Women's Cross Country Championships
LIMA, Ohio—Mount Union ran to a fifth place finish at the 2011 Ohio Athletic Conference Women's Cross Country Championships Saturday at Hawthorne Hills Golf Course in Lima, Ohio.

Ohio Northern claimed the title with 35 points as John Carroll (71), Wilmington (102), Baldwin-Wallace (106), and Mount Union (132) were the rest of the top five.

The top Mount Union finisher was sophomore Caitlin Goggin (Mantua/Crestwood), who placed 16th (23:18.1) to earn All-OAC Second Team honors.

The top 18 finishers earn All-OAC honors with the top nine being All-OAC First Team selections.

Four freshmen rounded out the scorers for the Purple Raiders. Jessie Iafelice (Mentor/Mentor) placed 23rd (23:51.4), Tabitha Jacofsky (Brecksville/Brecksville-Broadview Heights) finished 24th (23:51.5), Miranda Stockton (Cuyahoga Falls/Woodridge) finished 35th (24:15.2), and Brooke Benner (Orrville/Orrville) finished 38th (24:25.6).

'BERG WOMEN'S SOCCER FALLS TO WILMINGTON, MISSES OAC 

TOURNAMENT


WILMINGTON, Ohio-Sophomore forward Bethany Mattern (Youngstown/Austintown
Fitch) scored her first career goal tonight, but the Heidelberg University
women's soccer team fell to Wilmington College, 3-1, in an OAC match at
Charlie Gilhart Field in Wilmington, Ohio.  Heidelberg needed a win or a tie
in its final match of the season to earn a berth in the Ohio Athletic
Conference tournament. 

The Berg ends its regular season 6-11-1 overall and 3-6-0 in the OAC to
finish in seventh place in the conference standings, narrowly missing out on
the postseason.  Wilmington improved to 6-10-3 overall and 4-5-0 in the OAC
to earn the tournament's sixth seed.

Heidelberg, the Quakers, Baldwin-Wallace College and the University of Mount
Union
 entered the day in a four-way tie for fifth place.  A B-W win at
Muskingum University and a Mount Union loss at Otterbein University opened
the door for the Berg to earn the sixth seed with at least a tie, or the
fifth seed with a win.

In the first half, Sammy Koerner put the Quakers up, 1-0, in the 30 minute
after receiving a cross from the middle of the field into the box and
finding the back of the net.After the break, Mattern (Youngstown/Austintown Fitch) scored her first
career goal 


Mount Union hosting Capital in OAC volleyball tourney


ALLIANCE, Ohio—The Mount Union volleyball team will host Capital in an Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament quarterfinal match on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The teams met just over a week ago, with the Purple Raiders coming away victorious.


Just eleven days ago in Bexley, the Purple Raiders (21-7, 7-2 OAC) found themselves down two sets to none, but the young Raiders showed great poise in rallying to take the final three sets for a 19-25, 23-25, 25-18, 25-16, 15-11 decision. Mount Union was led by freshman Nicole Snyder (Mentor/Lake Catholic) with a career-high 20 kills, senior Julie Radigan (Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Falls) with a season-high 57 assists, and freshmanLauren Mastroine (Orrville/Orrville) with 28 digs. For Capital 


Tara Luth and Emily Heitmeyer had 11 kills each, Alyssa Angle had 40 assists, and Luth had 22 digs.


Sixth-year head coach Leigh Ann Swartz looks to lead the Purple Raiders to the first OAC Tournament crown in program history. Her teams have reached the tournament semi-finals in each of her seasons in charge, but the conference title has eluded them each time.


Sophomore Taylor Webb (Geneva/Geneva) leads the OAC with 3.65 kills per set. The freshmen trio of Snyder,Melanie Patterson (Mentor/Lake Catholic), and Maya Brown (Tiffin/Tiffin Columbian) has played key roles in the Raider attack. Snyder averages 2.20 kills per set, Patterson 2.09 kills per set, and Brown 1.76 kills per set on the season.

Radigan, the team's lone senior, has averaged 10.00 assists per set, good for second in the conference. She also goes for 1.11 kills per set and 2.09 digs per set.


At the net, the Purple Raiders have one of the best defenses in the nation. They have averaged 2.34 blocks per set, which is 14th in the nation, and have held opponents to a conference-worst .126 opponent hitting percentage. Junior Deanna Glass (Medina/Medina), who ranks 16th in the nation with 1.25 blocks per set, leads the Raiders while Brown, Webb, and Snyder have also been factors up front.


Juniors Kristen Gromes (Navarre/Fairless), Christine Frazier (Westerville/Westerville North), and Riley Galant(Lewis Center/Olentagy) along with freshmen Mastroine and Allison Insana (Cleveland/Villa Angela-Saint Joseph) have also contributed to Mount Union's strong defense. Gromes leads the team with 4.55 digs per set, followed by Mastroine (3.61 digs per set), who recently made the switch to libero.


Capital (20-11, 4-5 OAC) earned the No. 6 seed in the OAC Tournament by defeating John Carroll, 3-1, on Saturday. The Crusaders enter the tournament having won eight of their last eleven matches.

Pam Briggs, who is in her 19th year as head coach at Capital, is just two wins short of 400 for her career. She has guided the Crusaders to a pair of OAC regular season championships (1996, 2003), one OAC Tournament crown (2005), and two NCAA Tournament appearances (2005, 2006).


The Crusaders are led offensively by sophomore Sanaya El-Naggar (2.5 kills per set), senior Heitmeyer (2.4 kills per set), and sophomore Luth (2.1 kills per set). Heitmeyer leads the team with a .267 hitting percentage and freshman Marissa Price is seventh in the conference with 7.86 assists per set.

Sophomore Elissa Foster averages 4.66 digs per set to lead the defense, followed by El-Naggar (4.06 digs per set), and Luth (3.74 digs per set).


Spartan Women’s Swimming & Diving Drops Three at Rochester Quad Meet

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The Case Western Reserve University women's swimming & diving team opened its 2011-12 campaign with an 0-3 record at the University of Rochester Quad Meet on Friday and Saturday, October 28-29 at the Speegle-Wilbraham Aquatic Center.

The Spartans lost to Carnegie Mellon University (Pa.), 246-118, New York University, 215-153, and host Rochester, 200-168.

On day one, sophomore Sara Tillie (Fallston, Md./Fallston) turned in the top finish for the Spartans with a second-place showing in the 200-yard individual medley (2:13.91).

On day two, Tillie won the 100-yard freestyle in 54.45, was second in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:58.51, and third in the 400-yard IM in 4:45.67.

Sophomore Maggie Dillione (Newtown, Pa./Council Rock North), the team's Rookie of the Year last season, finished runner-up in the 200-yard butterfly in 2:15.41 and was second in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:00.52.

Senior Stephanie Campbell (Highland Heights, Ohio/Mayfield) was runner-up in the 100 back with a mark of 1:02.45.

The 400-yard freestyle relay placed first as the quartet of Dillione, senior Jessica Nuhfer (Warren, Pa./Warren Area), Campbell and Tillie finished in 3:43.56.

After a week off from competition, the Spartans return to the pool on Friday and Saturday, November 11-12 with the Veale Classic Duals at Veale Natatorium in Cleveland. Case opens the weekend versus John Carroll University at 7:00 p.m. on Friday then closes out the meet on Saturday at either 12:00 p.m. or 2:00 p.m.

Spartan Men Seventh at UAA Championship

CHICAGO, Ill. – The Case Western Reserve University men's cross country team was in action on Saturday, October 30, at the 2011 University Athletic Association Championship meet hosted by the University of Chicago (Ill.) at Montrose Beach. The men's team secured a seventh-place finish.

In the team standings, Washington University in St. Louis claimed another title with a 46-point performance as the Spartans finished with a team score of 160 to rank just behind the Carnegie Mellon University (Pa.) with 138 points and the University of Rochester (N.Y.) with 146 points.

The Spartans placed two in the top-25, as senior co-captain Ethan Teare (Burton, Ohio/Berkshire) placed 18th overall in a time of 26:27.61. He was followed by junior Chris Kelly (Twinsburg, Ohio/Twinsburg), who came across the line in 24th position with a time of 26:41.98.

Senior Christopher Wade (Berea, Ohio/Berea) placed third for the Spartans, crossing the line in 26:50.04 to place 27th, while senior Peter Walls (Anchorage, Alaska/Grace Christian) and junior Paul Curtiss (Newport Beach, Calif./Newport Harbor) rounded out the scoring for Case. Walls finished 47th overall with his logged time of 27:21.79, while Curtiss claimed 52nd in 27:31.51.

Case will return to the course on November 12 at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championship hosted by nearby Oberlin College. Race time is scheduled for 11:00 a.m.


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