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Spartan Maggie Nofel from Stronsgsville

Case Reserve volleyball 

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Other matches in the Frostburg State regional this weekend include the host Bobcats versus Pitt-Bradford

 University (PA), Ithaca College versus Lebanon Valley College (PA), and Juniata College (PA) versus Cabrini.

 College (PA). All match start-times are TBA.

Spartan bio-med engineering S/A Allie Palmer from Avon Lake

The Case Western Reserve-Cortland winner will face the winner of the Frostburg State vs.

 Pitt-Bradford match in the regional semifinals on Saturday. Regional finals are set for Sunday with

 the regional champion advancing to the “Elite 8” at Washington University in

 St. Louis on Nov. 19-21.

Angie DeSantis, Our l;ady of Elums alumna from Brecksville

Cortland was 33-7 during the regular season, competing out of the State University of

 New York Athletic Conference, and has made 22 total appearances in the NCAA Tournament.

Pre-med major Dana Coleman from Solon

VASJ alumna Breanna Creegan

November 8, 2010                                 

The Viking Report

A Look At What Is Happening In CSU Athletics.

Basketball Returns To Highlight Athletic Week. . .

Men's Soccer Hosts Detroit To Open Horizon League Championship 


Nov. 8, 2010

By Brian McCann

The winter athletic schedule officially kicks into high gear this week as all five winter sports will be in action with the three remaining fall sports winding down.

The men's basketball team headlines the home slate by playing five home games over an eight-day period.  CSU plays its lone exhibition contest of the preseason when the Vikings host Baldwin-Wallace on Monday (Nov. 8) beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Wolstein Center.  Cleveland State then opens the regular season by hosting the World Vision Classic in the Wolstein Center from Nov. 12-15.  The Vikings face Bryant on Friday at 7:30 p.m., Iona on Saturday at 6:00 p.m., Kent State on Sunday at 6:00 p.m. and Urbana on Monday, Nov. 15 at 7:00 p.m.

After hosting Ohio Valley on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. for their second exhibition game, the Viking women's basketball team will head to Ithaca, N.Y, to open the regular season against Cornell on Saturday (Nov. 13) at 7:00 p.m.  CSU ends its brief road trip with a 7:00 p.m. game at Buffalo on Monday, Nov. 15.

The men's soccer team begins Horizon League Championship play as the No. 4 seed after finishing tied for third with Loyola in the league standings.  CSU will host No. 5 Detroit on Tuesday (Nov. 9) at 7:00 p.m.  A win will send the Vikings to a semi-final match against either Butler or Green Bay on Saturday (Nov. 13) with the championship match slated for 1:00 p.m. on Sunday (Nov. 14).  The semi-finals and final will be played in the Butler Bowl in Indianapolis, Ind.

The volleyball team will close its regular season with its sights set on earning the No. 2 seed for next week's league championship.  The Vikings will play at Wright State on Friday, Nov. 12 at 7:00 p.m. before heading to Butler for a 4:00 p.m. match on Saturday, Nov. 13).

The men's and women's swimming teams will continue their dual-meet schedules when they both swim at St. Bonaventure on Saturday, Nov. 13 at 1:00 p.m.

The cross country team will close out its 2010 season when the Vikings travel to Oakland, Mich. to run in the NCAA Great Lakes Regional.  The 5,000-meter race will be run on Saturday, Nov. 13 at  9:00 a.m.

The wrestling team will also be in Michigan to take part in its second competition of the season when the Vikings wrestle at the Michigan State Open on Saturday, Nov. 13 beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Men's Basketball Opens 2010-11 Season With Four Games In Four Days
Vikings Host World Vision Classic In The Wolstein Center
Cleveland State will put three weeks of preseason practice behind them on Monday (Nov. 8) when the Vikings host Baldwin-Wallace beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Wolstein Center in their only exhibition contest of the year.

"It will be good to go out on Monday and play against Baldwin-Wallace," CSU head coach Gary Waters said.  "Practice has gone well, but we have reached the point where we are ready to face a live opponent to get ready for the regular season.

"Last year we went into the season with a young lineup and it took us some time for everybody to develop their roles.  This year is the exact opposite as we have most of the team back from last year, they know their roles and are ready to go." 

The Vikings return all five starters and nine lettermen from last year's squad that went 16-17 against one of the toughest non-conference schedules in the country.  CSU finished in fourth place in the Horizon League with a 10-8 mark.

Senior Norris Cole returns to lead a deep and talented Viking lineup.  He was a first team All-Horizon League choice last season after averaging 16.3 points and 4.4 assists a game.  He was one of five players chosen for the preseason all-league first team this year.

Volleyball Closes Regular Season With Matches At Wright State & Butler
A Viking Sweep This Week Will Give CSU The No. 2 Seed In The Upcoming League Tourney

The Cleveland State volleyball team concludes the regular season with a pair of road matches this weekend, beginning with a 7:00 p.m. contest at Wright State on Friday (Nov. 12) before heading to Butler for a 5:00 p.m. match on Saturday (Nov. 13).

The Vikings enter the final week of the regular season with an overall record of 20-5 and are in third place in the Horizon League with a 10-4 record and can finish anywhere between second and fourth in the league. Milwaukee (14-1) has already clinched the regular season crown, while Butler is one match ahead of the Vikings in second place at 11-3. Valparaiso is in fourth place with a 10-5 mark, one-half match behind CSU. The Vikings would clinch no worse than third place with one win this weekend, while two wins would allow CSU to finish in second place.

"We are heading into the last week of the season with a chance to secure one of the top two seeds in the league tournament," head coach Chuck Voss said. "We haven't played our best volleyball the last few weeks so we will have to get a few things worked out and play with a lot of focus and intensity this weekend."

The Vikings split a pair of matches last weekend at home, earning a 3-0 sweep of Loyola on Friday (Nov. 5) to avenge an earlier loss to the Ramblers this season and also clinch the 13th, 20 win season in school history. CSU also dropped a 3-0 decision to Valparaiso on Saturday (Nov. 6) in which seniors Amy Benz, Lindsay Griffith and Meghan Mental were honored in a pre-match ceremony before playing the final home match of their careers.

CSU received a bit of good news off the court late last week when junior Jordan Goad and senior Amy Benz were both selected to the ESPN Academic All-District team. Goad was a second team selection, while Benz was named to the third team.

Women's Basketball Opens 2010-11 Season At Cornell
Vikings Entertain Ohio Valley For Exhibition Game On Tuesday
Cleveland State will play its second and final exhibition game of the preseason when the Vikings host Ohio Valley at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday (Nov. 9) in the Wolstein Center. Four days later, CSU kicks off the 2010-11 regular season when the Vikings play at Cornell at 2:00 p.m.

The Vikings cruised to a 64-27 victory over Slippery Rock in CSU's first exhibition game of the preseason on Tuesday (Nov. 2) in the Wolstein Center, holding SRU to a 10-for-58 (.172) shooting effort from the floor.

"I was pleased with the result of our first exhibition game, but there were some things that we need to improve on," head coach Kate Peterson Abiad said. "We have a very young and untested team, but I think we are going to improve the more we play and find out who is going to fill what role. I can see this team starting to take shape and I think we do have a new identity that we are moving forward with."

Junior Janelle Adams paced three players in double figures with 19 points against Slippery Rock, adding eight rebounds and two steals. Sophomore Shalonda Winton added a double-double with 11 points and 21 rebounds, while also contributing six assists and five blocked shots. Honesty King scored 12 points and Shawnita Garland chipped in nine.

Men's Soccer To Start Championship Run At Home Against Detroit
Vikings Finish Third In The Regular Season After Tying 6th-Ranked Butler Last Week
After finishing the regular season with a 0-0 tie at Butler on Friday (Nov. 5), the Cleveland State men's soccer team (8-9-1, 4-3-1 HL) will begin the 2010 Horizon League Championship postseason tournament as the No. 4 seed, hosting No. 5 Detroit on Tuesday (Nov. 9) at 7:00 p.m.  A win over the Titans would send CSU back to Indianapolis to face either Butler or Green Bay in a semi-final match on Friday.

"After our last two matches, we are confident that we can beat anyone," head coach Ali Kazemaini said. "Having the first game at home is a break for us. We've played well at home all season, and if we beat Detroit on Tuesday, we're going to have a lot of confidence and momentum when we go back to Butler."

Home field has been a strong advantage for the Vikings this season, as CSU is 3-1 in Horizon League contests and 7-2 overall in matches played at Krenzler this season.

Strong defensive play was the key to the shutout against Butler, the Vikings' fourth of the season. Goalkeeper Brad Stuver made seven saves and the Vikings became the only Horizon League team to blank the Bulldogs, who had entered the game ranked sixth in the nation in goals scored and seventh in goals per game.

Cleveland State's match against Butler was its second in seven days against undefeated and top-ranked opponents, as the Vikings had previously defeated No. 1 Akron, 2-1, on Saturday, Oct. 30.

Cross Country To Conclude Season At Great Lakes Regional

The Cleveland State cross country team concludes its season at the Great Lakes Regional Championship on Saturday (Nov. 13) in Oakland, Mich. The race will begin at 9:00 a.m.

The Vikings were last in action on Oct.30 at the 2010 Horizon League Championship at Montrose Beach in Chicago, placing sixth of 10 teams. It was the best finish for the Vikings since CSU placed sixth in 1996 and also the first time that the Vikings finished ahead of four teams at the league championship.

"We ran such a great race as a team at the league championship," head coach Joe Jaketic said. "My goal going in was to run well and finish ahead of two teams and we went in there and beat four teams, which had not happened here in over 10 years. Everyone on the team has worked so hard since August and the results have showed all season, culminating at the league championship."

Junior Allison Craine was CSU's top finisher, placing 16th in 19:01, just missing all-league honors by eight seconds. Junior Brittany Elmlinger was 20th in 19:12, while junior Kari Haywood ran a personal-best time of 19:47 to place 38th.

CSU finished with 157 team points, finishing just eight points behind fifth place Wright State (149).

Men's Swimming Heads To St. Bonaventure

The Cleveland State men's swimming and diving team will face a tough non-conference opponent on Saturday (Nov. 13), as the Vikings will travel to New York for a dual meet against St. Bonaventure at 1:00 p.m.

"St. Bonaventure is a very strong Atlantic-10 team," head coach Wally Morton said. "We've had some terrific meets with them in the past, and we will have to swim very hard to compete with them this year. It will be a good challenge for our team."

Last Friday (Nov. 5) the Vikings (4-1-1) experienced their first loss of the season, falling at Ohio State, 162-122. Cleveland State also faced Denison, beating the Big Red, 191-108.

Deni Gasparin and Berry Thompson led the way for the Vikings. Gasparin won the 200 breast (2:05.90) and placed second in the 100 breast (57.12) while Thompson placed second and third in the 50 free and 100 free, respectively.
St. Bonaventure Next Up For Women's Swimming

The women's swimming and diving team will travel to New York on Saturday (Nov. 13) for a 1:00 p.m. dual meet against St. Bonaventure.

"St. Bonaventure has probably the most difficult pool we will swim in this season," head coach Wally Morton said. "They are a very good team, and we know that we will have to train and swim extremely hard to prepare for this meet. It will be a good challenge for our team."

The Vikings (7-1) split a pair of meets on the road last Friday (Nov. 5), edging Denison, 152-148, and falling to Ohio State, 178-113. Alice Sommerville won the 50 free (23.79) and placed second in the 100 fly (56.32), while Carys Behn beat Denison's swimmers in the 100, 200 and 500 freestyle events.

Kacey Cummings led the way in the diving events, placing first against Denison and third overall in both the 1-meter and 3-meter dives. Kathleen Chandler and Alex DiMasso placed second and third against Denison, respectively, in both dives, marking the first time the women's team had ever finished 1-2-3 against an opponent under diving coach Rich Karban.

Wrestling Heads To Michigan State Open

The wrestling team will compete in its second open event of the season, as the Vikings will travel to East Lansing, Mich. to participate in the Michigan State Open on Saturday (Nov. 13) at 9:00 a.m.

"We're going to try and get our guys a little more experience before we begin dual meets," head coach Ben Stehura said. "We're still working to determine our starting lineup, and the Open will give some of our freshmen a chance to prove they have what it takes to be a starter."

The Vikings got the 2010-11 campaign off to a good start competing at the Eastern Michigan Open last Saturday (Nov. 6), with Robbie Michaels winning the 165 pound division and Nick Flannery finishing second in the 133.

Ben Willeford placed sixth in the 125, while Brandon Sommers finished the day with a 4-2 record wrestling at 149.

Viking High Fives

Zach Ellis-Hayden:  The freshman men's soccer defender made the play of the game in CSU's match at Butler, stopping a shot that had gone past the goalkeeper right before it entered the net, keeping the Bulldogs scoreless and preserving the Vikings' fourth shutout of the season.

Brad Stuver:  The sophomore goalkeeper earned his third shutout of the year with a seven save performance against No. 6 Butler on Friday.

Kacey Cummings:  The women's swimming junior won both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events against Denison, giving the Vikings what proved to be crucial points in their 152-148 victory.
Robbie Michaels:  The senior wrestler won four straight matches en route to becoming the 165 division champion at the Eastern Michigan Open.
Shalonda Winton:  The sophomore finished with a double-double of 11 points and 21 rebounds in CSU's exhibition win over Slippery Rock.
Jeff Baker, Natalie Daniels & Marley Greiner:  The soccer trio were each named to the ESPN Academic All-District team last week with Baker earning first team honors, Daniels second team and Greiner third team.  Baker is now eligible for Academic All-America recognition.

The Schedule Ahead For The Vikings
Nov. 8 (Monday)
Men's Basketball hosts Baldwin-Wallace (Exh.)
Wolstein Center, 7:00 p.m.

Nov. 9 (Tuesday)
Women's Basketball hosts Ohio Valley (Exh.)
Wolstein Center, 7:00 p.m.

Men's Soccer hosts Detroit (HL Championship)
Krenzler Field, 7:00 p.m.

Nov. 12 (Friday)
Volleyball at Wright State
Dayton, OH, 7:00 p.m.

Men's Basketball hosts Bryant
Wolstein Center, 7:30 p.m.

Men's Soccer at Horizon League Semi-Finals
Indianapolis, IN, 12:00/2:30 p.m.

Nov. 13 (Saturday)
Wrestling at Michigan State Open
East Lansing, MI, 9:00 a.m.

Cross Country at NCAA Great Lakes Regional
Oakland, MI, 9:00 a.m.

Men's & Women's Swimming at St. Bonaventure
St. Bonaventure, NY, 1:00 p.m.

Volleyball at Butler
Indianapolis, IN, 4:00 p.m.

Men's Basketball hosts Iona
Wolstein Center, 6:00 p.m.

Women's Basketball at Cornell
Ithaca, NY, 7:00 p.m.

Nov. 14 (Sunday)
Men's Basketball hosts Kent State
Wolstein Center, 6:00 p.m.

Men's Soccer at Horizon League Finals
Indianapolis, IN, 1:00 p.m.

Nov. 15 (Monday)
Men's Basketball hosts Urbana
Wolstein Center, 7:00 p.m.

Women's Basketball at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY, 7:00 p.m.

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Peterson Abiad must incorporate several talented, yet untested players into the rotation and figure out what roles everyone will fill. The starting lineup is centered around guard Shawnita Garland (12.6 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 3.3 apg), the lone senior on the roster and a second team All-Horizon League pick in each of the last two seasons. She is slated to be joined in the starting backcourt by sophomore Honesty King (3.4 ppg) and junior Janelle Adams (5.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg). Juniors Takima Keane (2.1 ppg) and Danisha Cole, a junior college transfer, as well as freshman Ondrea Hughes will also figure into the backcourt rotation. Sophomore Shalonda Winton (6.1, 4.8) returns in the frontcourt after starting 23 times last season and junior Destinee Blue (2.0, 1.9) lead a deep frontcourt in which sophomore Kaila Montgomery(0.2, 0.4) and freshmen Brandee Kelly and Haley Schmitt will also fight for time.

Honesty King

Elyria High alum Honesty King'

HEAD COACH Kate Peterson ABIAD: Kate Peterson Abiad is in her eighth season as the head coach of the Vikings and claims an overall record of 85-128 (.399), leading the Vikings to 19 wins in each of the last three seasons and Horizon League titles and appearances in the NCAA tournament in 2008 and 2010. The sixth head coach in school-history, Peterson Abiad spent six years as an assistant coach at Wisconsin, serving as the recruiting coordinator starting in 1998 after working as an assistant coach at Eastern Illinois (1993-97) and Indiana (1991-93). A 1991 graduate of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Peterson Abiad earned Kodak All-America honors her senior season after setting the NCAA Division III record for three-point field goals per game at 3.85.

38TH SEASON OF BASKETBALL The 2010-11 season will be Cleveland Sate's 38th year of intercollegiate competition. The Vikings have compiled an all-time record of 394-563 (.412), while also going 109-144 (.431) in 17 seasons in the Horizon League.

CSU TABBED FOURTH IN PRESEASON POLL: Cleveland State was picked to finish fourth in the Horizon League Preseason Poll, tied with UIC. The Vikings received 166 points to finish behind Green Bay, which received 26 of the 27 first place votes and 269 points to top the poll and Butler who earned 231 points to finish second. Detroit picked up the other first place vote and 224 points to come in third followed by CSU and UIC. Milwaukee was tabbed sixth with 140 points and was followed by Loyola (93 points), Wright State (84), Valparaiso (82) and Youngstown State (30).

GARLAND NAMED PRESEASON ALL-LEAGUE: Senior Shawnita Garland was named to the 2010-11 Preseason All-Horizon League first team in voting conducted by the league's 10 head coaches, sports information directors and select media. Garland has been voted to the All-Horizon League second team in each of the last two seasons. Last season, Garland started all 33 games, leading CSU in assists (3.3) and steals (3.0) and ranking second in scoring (12.6) and fourth in rebounding (5.0). Her steals total led the league and was also 18th in Division I, while she also finished 10th in the league in scoring and assists.

CSU HOOPS LUNCHEON RETURNS: The second annual CSU Hoops Luncheon Series, will debut on Tuesday, Nov. 9 with Viking basketball fans having the opportunity to get monthly updates from CSU basketball head coaches Kate Peterson Abiad and Gary Waters throughout the 2010-11 season. The luncheon will take place beginning at 11:45 a.m. on the fifth floor Viking Loge of the Wolstein Center annex. Future luncheons will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 8, Wednesday, Jan. 5 and Wednesday, Feb. 9. Reservations can be made by calling (216) 687-5454.

GARLAND CLOSING IN ON 1,000 POINTS: Shawnita Garland enters her final year in the Green and White just 85 points shy of becoming the 22nd player in school history to score 1,000 career points. Garland scored 114 points as a freshman, 384 points during her sophomore campaign and 417 last year.

DOUBLE YOUR PLEASURE, DOUBLE YOUR FUN: The men's and women's basketball teams will play four doubleheaders this season, including the first two which are true doubleheaders against Detroit (Jan. 20) and Wright State (Jan. 22). The next twinbill is on Feb. 12 with the women hosting Butler and the men Youngstown State with the final doubleheader on Feb. 26 as the women take on Youngstown State and the men Green Bay. Over the last three seasons, the squads have combined to go 23-5 in doubleheaders, including nine sweeps, with the women owning a 12-2 mark and the men going 11-3.

HOME SWEET HOME: CSU has played some of its best basketball at home over the last three years, going 31-10 in the Wolstein Center since the 2007-08 season. It is the best three year stretch in program history, easily outdistancing the 25 wins from the 1980-81 season through 1982-83. The Vikings were 11-3 in the Wolstein Center last year, tying the school record for most home wins in a season.

BACK-TO-BACK-TO-BACK: The Vikings 19-14 overall record last year allowed CSU to finish with a winning record for the third 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.

CSU VS. TEAMS IN 2010 POSTSEASON: The Vikings will play six games against teams that advanced to postseason play last year. CSU will play twice against Green Bay, who advanced to the NCAA tournament second round, as well as two games versus Butler and one against Toledo, which both played in the WNIT. The final game comes against Akron, which appeared in the inaugural Women's Basketball Invitational.

WORKING OVERTIME: The Vikings played three overtime games last year, winning them all to improve to 16-15 all-time in overtime contests in school history. CSU defeated Indiana (77-75) and Detroit (70-60) in overtime during the regular season and then won in overtime at Green Bay (83-75) in the Horizon League semifinals.

SHE'S A THIEF: Shawnita Garland enters her senior year ranked sixth all-time in CSU history with 219 steals, needing to make 81 steals this year to become the third player in school history with 300 career swipes. Garland holds two of the top-10 single season records for steals in school history, including 100 last year that ranks third, and 88 as a sophomore which is 10th all-time.

KLEIN IN THE PROFESSIONAL RANKS: Former CSU standout Kailey Klein signed a professional contract to join Satu Mare of the Division A League in Romania on Aug. 30. Klein left her hometown of Cherry, Ill., two days later for the season which will run from mid-October through mid-May. Through six games (as of Nov. 8), Klein was leading the team in scoring at 20.3 points and ranked second in rebounds (7.5) with two double-doubles, helping Satu Mare to a 4-2 mark.

LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SET FOR MARCH: The annual Horizon League Championship will begin with two opening round games on March 7 and the quarterfinals on March 9 at campus sites. The highest remaining seed will host the semifinals on March 11 and the championship game on March 13.

UP NEXT: The Vikings open the regular season with a 2:00 p.m. contest at Cornell on Saturday (Nov. 13). CSU then heads to Buffalo for a 7:00 p.m. contest on Monday (Nov. 15).