A Page -- Nov. 22, 2011 -- AM Edition

Kimmie Dyer leads Wittenberg to the national championship; Copley native earns tourney's most outstanding S/A award in NCAA D-III volleyball finals

Wittenberg (37-3) volleyball swept Christopher Newport 25-21, 25-21, 28-26 to win the Tigers', and the NCAC's, first NCAA Division III championship. The Tigers rolled through the 2011 national tournament, dropping just a single set along the way.

Senior Kimmie Dyer (Copley, OH/Copley) earned Most Outstanding Performer honors after leading the Tigers at the finals, hosted by Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. Dyer hit .286 for the three matches in the finals, registering 33 kills on 84 attempts, 31 digs and four service aces. 


She also contributed two blocks and four assists as Wittenberg dispatched Cal Lutheran (25-17, 25-15, 25-12) and Eastern (25-21, 25-13, 2-19) in straight sets to reach the title match. 

She was joined on the All-Tournament team by senior Christine Simpson (Dublin, OH/Scioto) and junior Christina Gilene (Milford, OH/McNicholas). Simpson had 23 kills against 52 total attacks, good for a .365 hitting percentage over the quarterfinal, semifinals and championship matches. She also added five blocks and two assists. Gilene had 58 digs over the three finals matches, averaging 6.44 digs per game. As a team, Wittenberg hit .324 over the finals matches, while holding their opponents to a .185.

Wittenberg last reached the semifinal round of the Div. III tournament in 2007, the last of three straight trips beginning in 2005. 

The Tigers weren't able to capitalize on those trips, but they could not be stopped this fall. Wittenberg opened 2011 tourney action at the Calvin Regional. They moved past Rose-Hulman, 3-0 (25-15, 25-10, 25-11) and Heidelberg, 3-0 (25-23, 25-22, 25-16) in the first and second rounds of play, setting up a match with familiar foe, and defending national champion Calvin. Eliminated by the Knights in the 2009 and 2010 NCAA Tournaments, the Tigers turned the tables this year with set scores of 25-18, 19-25, 25-18, 25-10.

CSU men taking short jaunt down to Kent before going to New England for holiday tourney

Cleveland State’s men’s basketball team will be back in action tomorrow night when it travels down to Kent State to play the Golden Flashes.

The campus better known for its war protests than its basketball teams is an old stomping ground for CSU coach Gary Waters, who formerly coached the Flashes before taking the head job downtown.

Coach Waters at Monday's Press Conference

Watch short videos of Coach Waters discuss the next four games for the Vikings’ men by clicking and downloading:

Waters said it brings back some memories but only slight ones and should not have a bearing on the game, his players or how he coaches in the contest.

The Vikings at 3-0 are trying to crack the top 25 in the nation, but Waters said the key will be not to get in to the top 25 but to remain in it consistently once there.

Listen to audios of Coach Waters discuss the next four games for the Vikings’ men by clicking and downloading:


Horizon League Rolls Out “Horizon League Network Live” Mobile App

INDIANAPOLIS -- Continuing as a pioneer in the streaming of live sporting events, the Horizon League, in partnership with WebStream Productions, has announced that “Horizon League Network Live,” the conference’s newest mobile application, is now available in the iTunes App Store. The Horizon League is the only NCAA Division I athletics conference in the country to offer its entire live video collection via a mobile application.


For a one-time fee of just $1.99, the app can be downloaded to any iOS smart phone or tablet, with Android availability coming soon. The app allows fans to watch any game carried live on the Horizon League Network along with on-demand features and highlights during the 2011-12 athletics season. Eighteen of the 20 Horizon League basketball programs will have non-conference home games available, while all Horizon League conference basketball games will be carried live both on HLN Live and HorizonLeague.com.


“When we started the Horizon League Network six years ago, we were committed to distributing TV-quality Horizon League games across a variety of content platforms, further expanding our reach,” said Commissioner Jon LeCrone. “ The Horizon League Network Live app is an extension of that commitment, allowing our fans to watch their favorite teams and games on hand help devices.”


The Horizon League Network has long been a pioneer in online streaming of live events. In its first five years, HLN has carried more than 2,000 live events with TV-quality production, attracting viewership from more than 140 countries.


“We’re excited to launch this innovative application. Reaching Horizon League fans on every possible screen has long been a goal of WebStream Productions and the League,” said WebStream Productions President & CEO John Servizzi. “There’s a lot of talk right now about digital networks in college athletics. I believe this app is a testament to the Horizon League’s continued innovation and commitment to its fans. Not only is the Horizon League Network the original digital network, it remains the best.”


In 2010-11, HLN and HorizonLeague.com experienced unprecedented growth as more than 300,000 unique visitors across 149 countries/territories watched HLN coverage.  Through the League’s partnership with WebStream Productions, HorizonLeague.com integrated both HorizonLeagueNetwork.tv and HorizonLeague.org, leading to record visitors on the new site.


HLN Live will take that same quality to handheld devices, further extending the League’s global reach. Not only will fans be able to watch live video of men’s and women’s basketball, swimming and diving, baseball, softball and more, on-demand content will also allow those who miss a game to watch highlights at a later time. All 15 remaining conference championships will have live and/or on-demand content.

Oberlin Club Sports Report Nov. 14-20
Report Compiled by Cynthia Getschow

Club Sports Updates: Nov. 14 – 20
Compiled by Cindy Getschow

Congratulations to Carrie Fowler, CSC past-President who won first prize, a turkey, in the 2011 IM 5K Turkey Trot race on Saturday morning. Carrie, a dressage team member, completed the course in 28:15, just 15 seconds off her predicted time. Several members of the women's ultimate team and another dressage rider also participated in the annual fun run.

Team Updates

The Badminton Club had a smooth Saturday with a few new members and a fair showing on Saturday. Baldwin-Wallace was not able to make it for a visit, but the Club hopes to challenge them in the future!
-Anrey Wang

Oberlin College Dressage Team held their weekly practices.
-Rebecca Ciota

SCUBA finished the pool and classroom portion of their certification class and will wait for warmer weather to complete the open water dives.
-Akemi Berry

The Squirrels are taking it easy after an excellent end to their season. To keep the chops in top shape, they will be playing indoors frequently through the winter. Next spring is eagerly looked forward to, with its promise of demolishing many an opposition.
-Saksham Khosla

Tumbling club is in the final stretch in preparing for Team Ryouko's visit (http://www.teamryouko.com/). They invite you to come see a world-class performance by professional stuntmen for just $3 in Finney at 8pm, December 3rd!
-Benjamin George-Hinnant

Men’s Ultimate
This week the Horsecows have had to deal with hard weather conditions and hard loss; with one promising member leaving the team and the potential loss of another, the Horsecows are in a position where they must reevaluate their season and mentality as a whole. As North Fields, which the team has come to adopt as their own, is now unavailable for daily practice, the Horsecows are moving inside to the field house. They are excited to bleed and sweat on the rough turf and improve their mental toughness.
-Bo Strauss

Women’s Ultimate
The Preying Manti are adjusting to their new schedule of team practices at the indoor and outdoor tracks as well as weekly times at Williams Field House, combined with partner workouts in the weight room.
-Cindy Getschow

Wideman Tabbed CCHA Defenseman of the Week

Senior from St. Louis, Mo. claims honor for third time in his career

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – For the third straight week, a member of the Miami University hockey team earned a CCHA weekly award as senior Chris Wideman was named Defenseman of the Week, the Central Collegiate Hockey Association announced Monday.

Wideman (St. Louis, Mo.) had a big weekend, dishing out three assists in a win and a tie against Bowling Green. He also helped Miami pitch its first shutout of the year Friday, with a 4-0 win. In Friday's game, the blue-liner assisted on Miami's first goal, which turned out to be the game-winner. Saturday, he handed out two assists for his second multi-assist game of the year. Both of his assists were the primary assists and both goals broke a tie to put Miami ahead. Wideman posted a +4 rating on the weekend, going +2 in each game. He blocked a shot in each game as well.

Wideman has seven points on the year, including six assists, which ties for second on the team. The Preseason All-CCHA Second Team selection has a +3 rating with 19 blocked shots while playing in all 14 games this season.



Coach Peterson Abiad

Honesty King Returns to the Cleveland State lineup; after Kalamazoo stint, Vikes continue “intellectual” part of slate against Cornell here

CLEVELAND (THEATRE DISTRCT) As Cleveland State’s basketball team sandwiches a game up in Kalamazoo against Western Michigan in between its “intellectual swing,” Lorain’s Honesty King will find herself back in the lineup for the Vikings.

The Elyria High grad missed the first three regular-season games of the season for disciplinary reasons but will be back for the game against the Broncos.


Watch video of Coach Peterson Abiad discuss Elyria’s Honesty King by clicking and downloading:

Coach Kate Peterson Abiad expressed during Monday’s press conference that she is excited to have King back in the lineup and that it gives the Vikings another dimension from the point guard, where King can spell Janelle Adams.

The Vikings have also had some injuries to some players in the early going and with some of them coming back and subsequently the team coming together at full strength, they are hoping to snap a two-game losing streak against the Broncos

King will also be ready for the next home game, which will be Sunday, Nov. 27, against Cornell in an afternoon game. It will be the second game in 11 days against East Coast teams known more for their academics than for their athletics although the Student/Athletes excel on the playing surface as well as they do at any other higher learning place.

The Vikings lost, 52-43, in their last outing against Fordham, in the Bronx. In fact, Fordham is one of four Jesuit colleges on the Vikings schedule this year. They already played John Carroll in an exhibition and have afternoon games at home coming up against Detroit and Loyola of Chicago

Already in a league made up of half private schools and half public schools, CSU is striving to align itself with those who are excelling in well in the antecedent of component of the “Student/Athlete” concept and adding Ivy League and Jesuit schools from college towns like New York is another way of doing it.

Akron's Gordon

Watch video of Coach Peterson Abiad discuss Akron’s Imani Gordon by clicking and downloading:


Freshman Imani Gordon from Akron Firestone scored nine points in only 14 minutes of play in the loss to Fordham. She is one of the top shooters on the team, making 66 percent of her shots. She’s also been getting nearly three rebounds a game in playing less than half the games in the first three outings.

CSU Women's Basketball Signs Two To 

National Letters Of Intent

Jasmine Flanagan & Nafeshia Holifield Set To Join CSU Next 


CLEVELAND (THEATRE DISTRICT) - The Cleveland State women's basketball program has added two players to the lineup for the 2012-13 season, as Jasmine Flanagan (Corona, Calif.) and Nafeshia Holifield (Milwaukee, Wis.) have signed National Letters of Intent to attend CSU beginning next fall.

Listen to audio of Coach Peterson Abiad discuss at the press conference the two new Student/Athletes she signed earlier this month by clicking and downloading:


"I felt we had specific needs for this recruiting class, and these two young ladies are an excellent duo to fill those needs," head coach Kate Peterson Abiad said. "Our goal is to maintain the high level of excellence that has developed over the past four years and I believe Jasmine and Nafeshia will do exactly that."

Flanagan, a 5-foot-5 combo guard, will join the Vikings after a standout career at Roosevelt High School where she earned first team all-league honors as a sophomore and junior. The two-time Team MVP averaged 15.8 points, 4.3 assists, 1.9 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game as a junior, and set the Roosevelt record with 62 three-pointers made in a season.

The Corona, Calif. native has earned all-area honorable mention accolades twice, and will be playing her senior season at Centennial High School, which is a very successful program that is known for producing Division I athletes.

"We came across Jasmine very late in the recruiting process and when I had a chance to evaluate her in person I knew she was a player that we wanted. She is quick, she has excellent ball handling skills and she is an outstanding three-point shooter with a very quick release. She is a dynamic player who will create a challenge for our opponents," Peterson Abiad said.

Holifield is a 6-foot power forward that will come to CSU after an excellent high school campaign at Milwaukee Vincent High School. The Milwaukee, Wis. native averages 10.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. Milwaukee Vincent, which is the same high school as current Viking Destinee Blue, has won the state championship three times out of the past five years.

"Nafeshia's energy and work ethic combined with her rebounding and defensive abilities will make her an excellent fit for our program. I was immediately drawn to her because of her mentality on the court. She is relentless on the boards and I have never seen her back down from anyone," Peterson Abiad said. 

Mount's Taylor Harrison is swimmer of week in OAC

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio—Senior Taylor Harrison (New Philadelphia/New Philadelphia) was named Ohio Athletic Conference Women's Swimmer of the Week on Monday.

Harrison won a pair of individual events and was a member of a relay team that finished first as the Purple 

Raiders remained unbeaten with a 138-83 win over rival Baldwin-Wallace. She won the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:14.74 and the 400-yard IM with a time of 4:52.96.

In the 200 Medley Relay, Harrison teamed with Shelbey Mitchell (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls), Courtney Gabel(Fremont/Fremont Ross), and Jocelyn Gaydos (Murrysville, Pa./Franklin Regional).

Mount Union will return to action December 1 when they compete in the Wooster Invitational.