B Page -- Oct 11, 2010

Amy Benz
Amy Benz reaches 1,000 kills

Viking Report

Continued from A Page

The women's soccer team, which is in a third place tie in the league standings, will play just one time, hosting Wright State on Friday (Oct. 15) at 7:00 p.m. at Krenzler Field.  It will be Senior Night with the six CSU seniors being recognized prematch.

The men's and women's swimming teams will open up their seasons on Friday (Oct. 15) in Busbey Natatorium.  Both squads will face Niagara and Gannon with the women's team also entertaining Butler and St. Francis.  Diving begins at 3:00 p.m. with the rest of the action starting at 5:00 p.m.

Both golf teams will be in action early in the week.  The women's team will be in Akron for the Zippy Invitational.  The 36-hole tourney will be played with single rounds on Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 11-12.

The men's team will be in southern Ohio, taking part in the UC Bearcat Invitational in Cincinnati.  The 54-hole tourney will be played with two rounds on Monday (Oct. 11) and a single round on Tuesday (Oct. 12).

Fresh off claiming the team title at the Shawnee State Invitational last week, the cross country team will end the regular season on Saturday (Oct. 16) at the Falcon Invitational at Bowling Green.  The 5,000-meter race will begin at 10:45 a.m.

Volleyball To Host UIC As Second Half Of Horizon League Slate Begins
Vikings Are In Third Place With A 6-2 Mark

The Cleveland State volleyball team follows up its busiest week of the season with one of its quietest when the Vikings host UIC on Friday (Oct. 15) at 7:00 p.m. in Woodling Gym in their lone contest of the week. CSU enters the week at 15-2 overall and in third place in the Horizon League at 6-2, one match behind league leaders Milwaukee and Butler who are both 7-1.

"We had four matches last week and I think we really learned a lot about ourselves as a team," head coach Chuck Voss said. "It will be nice to have just one match this week for us to get some rest and allow some players to heal up."

CSU won three of its four matches last week, sweeping Butler and Wright State at home on Tuesday and Wednesday (Oct. 5-6), respectively, and winning 3-1 at Valparaiso on Saturday (Oct. 9) before falling at Loyola, 3-1, on Sunday (Oct. 10). The loss was CSU's first road setback of the season in five contests.

Senior Amy Benz averaged 2.57 kills per set in the four matches last week, becoming the 14th player in school history to reach 1,000 career kills in the win over Butler.

Kara Koch led the Vikings offense with four double-doubles, averaging 4.21 kills and 3.50 digs per set, while Amy Grabiec made double-digit digs in all four matches, averaging 4.93 per set.

Women's Soccer Hosts Wright State For Senior Night
Vikings Are In Third Place In The Horizon League Standings

The women's soccer team will close out its home regular season schedule this week when the Vikings host Wright State on Friday, Oct. 15 beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Krenzler Field.  The contest will serve as senior night with Vikings Marley Greiner, Nicole Howard, Jessica McCloy, Sylvia Olsby, Allie Riczo, Shannon Saunders and Kelly Zinkiewich being honored in a pre-match ceremony.

With a 3-2 league record with three matches to go, the Vikings find themselves in a third place tie in the league standings with Milwaukee and Butler, one point behind first place Loyola and Detroit.

"This is an important match for us," head coach Derrek Falor said.  "We have played well at home this season and we need to get another win if we want to maintain or improve our place in the standings.  If we can finish strong, we have a good chance of either getting a first round bye in the tournament or hosting one of the two first round games."

The Vikings took to the road in league play last week, splitting a pair of matches.  CSU used goals by Natalie Daniels and Valerie Stahl to shutout first place Loyola on Friday (Oct. 8) but was shutout on Sunday (Oct. 10) at Detroit, 1-0.

Daniels took center stage again for CSU as her goal against the Ramblers allowed her to tie Jennifer Wieand's school records for goals (8) and points (19) in a season.

Men's Soccer To Play Three Matches In Six Days
Vikings Are In Third Place In The Horizon League

The Cleveland State men's soccer team faces its busiest week of the season, playing three matches in six days including two on the road.  The week begins with a non-conference match against Buffalo on Monday (Oct. 11) at 4:00 p.m. at Krenzler Field. The Vikings will then take to the road for two matches, playing at Detroit on Friday (Oct. 15) at 4:00 p.m. and at IUPUI on Sunday (Oct. 17) at 1:00 p.m.

The Vikings are currently 6-6 on the year, including 3-2 in conference play. The top six teams in the Horizon League make the postseason tournament.

"I think we can go into the remaining conference games with the confidence that we can approach each of them one match at a time," Kazemaini said. "Securing (the playoff spot) is our top priority right now."

The Vikings, who have gone undefeated in 19 of their last 20 contests at Krenzler Field, swept a pair of home games last week, defeating Pittsburgh, 2-0, on Wednesday (Oct. 6) and blanking Valparaiso, 1-0, on Saturday (Oct. 9).

Junior Brian Donnelly scored his first career goal as a Viking in the 28th minute of the Pittsburgh match, and CSU took advantage of a Panther own goal to secure the win.   Aslinn Rodas was the hero against Valparaiso, scoring the only goal of the match in the 86th minute off a pass from Aaron Adkins.

"We knew (the Valpo match) would be a tight game, and our kids showed a lot of character," Kazemaini said. "We played well in both matches this week, and I think that gives us the confidence to enter our last few conference games and move up the ladder."

Men's Golf To End Fall Slate At Bearcat Invitational

The men's golf team will conclude its fall season when Cleveland State competes in the 54 hole UC Bearcat Invitational on Monday and Tuesday (Oct. 11-12) at the par-72, 7,103-yard Traditions G.C. in Hebron, Ky.

"We have to be able to go out and put three solid rounds together in our final fall event," head coach Steve Weir said. "I feel that we are so close as a team to putting it all together, but then we'll have a bad stretch of two or three holes and that affects our final score. We just have to play our game, stay mentally tough and continue to make some putts on the greens."

CSU finished fifth of 15 teams at the Telich Sun Life Financial/CSU Invitational on Monday and Tuesday (Oct. 4-5) at the par-72, 7,103-yard Canterbury G.C. The tournament was originally scheduled to be 54 holes, but the final 18 on Tuesday were canceled due to rain after teams played between six and seven holes before the course took on too much water.

The Vikings shot 297-294 (591) in the first two rounds, finishing 10 shots behind team champion Malone.

Freshman Andrew Bailey was CSU's top finisher for the second straight tournament, tying for third place with rounds of 72-71 (143). Sophomore Michael Klaric also notched a top-20 finish, carding rounds of 77-70 (147) to tie for 14th place.

Women's Golf Heads To Zippy Invitational

The Cleveland State women's golf team hits the home stretch of their fall schedule when the Vikings take the short trek down I-77 to compete in the 36 hole Akron Zippy Invitational on Monday and Tuesday (Oct. 11-12) at the par-72, 6,060-yard Rosemont C.C.

"This is going to be a big event for us," head coach Steve Weir said. "I don't think we have been able to put everything together, but our young players have been getting some great experience early on. Now, we have to prove that we can go out, put some things together and post two solid scores."

The Vikings finished 13th of 14 teams at the Butler Fall Invitational last Monday and Tuesday (Oct. 5-6) at the par-72, 6,303-yard Eagle Creek G.C. CSU carded rounds of 332 and 331.

Sophomore Ariel Sparrow tied for 40th place to pace the Vikings with a pair of 81's (162), while freshman Madeline Kaminski fired rounds of 83-80 (163) to tie for 43rd place.

Swimming Squads To Open Season At Home

The Cleveland State men's and women's swimming and diving teams will open the 2010-11 season on Friday (Oct. 15) when both squads host Niagara and Gannon while the women also face Butler and St. Francis in the Busbey Natatorium. The diving events will start at 3:00 p.m., while the swimming portion of the meet begins at 5:00 p.m.

Both the men's and women's teams won 14 meets last year, with the men tying the school record for wins in a season set by the 1996-97 squad. The women's 14 victories last year broke the previous record of 10 set by the 1982-83 team.

"What we want to do (on Friday) is to continue working on our races, our turns in the pool and our overall focus," CSU Director of Competitive Aquatics Wally Morton said. "And it's always our intention to win."

The Vikings officially kicked off the season with the annual Viking Green and White Intrasquad last Saturday (Oct. 9). The event gave the team its first taste of competitive swimming this season, as teammates raced each other to prepare for the upcoming season.

"Overall the team performed at a very high level (in the Green and White Intrasquad)," Morton said. "We were focused and we had a lot of energy. At the same time, we still have a ways to go to get where we want to be at the end of the year, but this was a very good start."

Cross Country Concludes Regular Season At Falcon Invitational

Fresh off a team title at the Shawnee State Invitational, the Cleveland State cross country team will be back in action on Saturday (Oct. 16) when the Vikings run their final regular season race at the Bowling Green Falcon Invitational. The race will begin at 10:45 a.m. at the BGSU Golf Course.

The Vikings won the 13-team Shawnee State Invitational on Friday (Oct. 8), placing four runners in the top-10 and finishing with 41 points. Junior Allison Craine was the Vikings top finisher, placing fifth overall in 19:41, while junior Brittany Elmlinger was seventh in 19:51 and junior Kari Haywood eighth in 19:58. Junior Kelly Zaleski finished ninth in 20:05.

"We rarely had one runner under 20 minutes the last few years and Friday  was the third straight week that we have had three go under 20 minutes," head coach Joe Jaketic said. "That's a sign that this team is working hard and the improvement is showing.

"What a great feeling it was to go down there and win the team title," Jaketic said. "We headed down to the race because it was another race to help get us ready for the league championship, but everyone ran hard and in the end we came out on top. This will be another big week for us since it is our final tune-up before the league championship race."

Women's Tennis Out Of Action Until  ITA Regional

The women's tennis team will be out of competitive action until Cleveland State competes at the ITA Regional Championship in Ann Arbor, Mich., from Oct. 21-25. It will be the final fall event for the Vikings.

"We have been playing some pretty good tennis during the fall and I'm excited to see where we are at as a team," head coach Brian Etzkin said. "We have a very youthful team who is getting some good experience that we will be able to take into the spring. The ITA event is going to be a big one for us and will really allow us to get a feel for how we stand as a team against some of the best competition in the region."

CSU continued its fall slate by competing at the five-team Toledo Rocket Invitational on Friday and Saturday (Oct. 8-9). The competition was a hidden-dual where each team played nine sessions with three matches in each grouping. The winner of two of the three matches earned a point and the Vikings finished third with four points over the two days, defeating Detroit in doubles and in "A" singles on Friday and Duquesne and Detroit in "B" singles on Saturday.

Freshman Alex Bush won all three of her singles matches over the weekend, while also going 1-1 in doubles play. Sophomore Mengdi Liu continued her stellar fall campaign, winning both of her singles contests to improve to 9-0 this fall.

Viking High Fives

Cross Country:  Under the direction of head coach Joe Jaketic, the Vikings claimed their first team title in more than 10 years, winning the Shawnee State Invitational on Friday.

Brad Stuver:  The Horizon League's leader in saves this season added eight more to his total this past week, giving Stuver 54 stops on the year.  Stuver earned a shutout against Valparaiso, his second of the season, and played for 83 minutes of CSU's 2-0 blanking of Pittsburgh.

Amy Benz:  The senior middle hitter became the 14th player in school history to reach 1,000 career kills against Butler on Oct. 5.

Alex Bush:  The women's tennis freshman won all three of her singles matches at the Rocket Invitational over the weekend, running her win streak to six straight.

This Week's Schedule

Oct. 11-12 (Mon.-Tues.)
Women's Golf at Akron Invitational
Akron, OH

Men's Golf at UC Bearcat Invitational
Cincinnati, OH

Oct. 11 (Monday)
Men's Soccer hosts Buffalo
Krenzler Field, 4:00 p.m.

Oct. 15 (Friday)
Swimming hosts Niagara & Gannon
Busbey Natatorium, 3:00 p.m.

Women's Swimming hosts Butler & St. Francis
Busbey Natatorium, 3:00 p.m.

Men's Soccer at Detroit
Detroit, MI, 4:00 p.m.

Women's Soccer hosts Wright State
Krenzler Field, 7:00 p.m.

Volleyball hosts UIC
Chicago, IL, 7:00 p.m.

Oct. 16 (Saturday)
Cross Country at Falcon Invitational
Bowling Green, OH, 10:45 a.m.

Oct. 17 Sunday   Men's Soccer at IUPUI
Indianapolis, IN, 1:00 p.m.

Eaton Tabbed NCAC Defensive Player of the Week
Story Reported by Mike Mancini
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10/11/2010 10:53:43 AM
Westlake, Ohio – Oberlin College sophomore Clay Eaton was named the North Coast Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week, the league office announced on Sunday evening. 

Eaton, a defensive lineman from Findlay, Ohio, had career day for the Yeomen with a career-high 7.5 tackles to go along with four sacks, three tackles for a loss and a forced fumble in Oberlin’s 48-36 setback against Case Western Reserve on Saturday.

The four sacks by Eaton tie Chris Pisani for the second most in a single game in school history. Pisani came away with four sacks against Hiram in 2005. The duo trails just Sam Hobi who had five sacks in a game against Denison in 2001. 

Eaton joins teammate Adam Niec as those who have been named NCAC Player of the Week so far this season. 

He and the rest of the Yeomen will go right back to work this weekend when they travel west for a conference showdown against Wabash College. 

Marlington alum Mary 

Snode leads Purple 

Raiders to Phipps title; 

West G.'s Zenobi fifth

Oct 11

By Josh Reilly

CANTON, Ohio -- Mount Union women's golfer Mary Snode (Alliance/Marlington) ran away from the field, beating the next-best performers by 10 strokes, and led the Purple Raiders to the Phipps Memorial championship at the par-72 Brookside Country Club 

on today.


Snode shot a four-over 76 for the Raiders. Teammate Meghan McInnes (Massillon/Massillon Jackson) tied for second with an 86

Also scoring for Mount Union, Megan Zenobi (Novelty/West Geauga) carded an 87 for fith place and Kelly Slutz(Orrville/Smithville) tied for sixth with a 91.


As a team, the Purple Raiders had a score of 340, which bested Malone by 50 strokes.

Mount Union's women will not play again until the spring. They are scheduled to return to action on March 7 at the Pinehurst Invitational in Pinehurst, N.C.


Phipps Memorial - Final

Brookside CC
Par 72, 5,845 yards

Team Scores
1. Mount Union 340, 2. Malone 390

Top 5 Individuals
1. Mary Snode (Mount Union) 76, T2Meghan McInnes (Mount Union) 86, T2. *Nikki Barr (Walsh) 86, T2. *Mackenzie Smith (Walsh) 86, 5. Megan Zenobi (Mount Union) 87

Mount Union
1. Mary Snode 76, T2. Meghan McInnes 86, 5. Megan Zenobi 87, T6. Kelly Slutz 91, 15. Alyssa King 107

* Competing as an Individual

Miller-Farrell Earns Player of the Week Honors
Story Reported by Mike Mancini
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Westlake, Ohio – After helping the Oberlin College men’s soccer team get off to a great start in conference play, junior Oliver Miller-Farrell has been named as the NCAC Player of the Week, the league office announced on Sunday.

Miller-Farrell, a native of New York City, triggered the corner kick that was headed in by Evan Atwell to give the Yeomen at 2-1 overtime win over The College of Wooster. 

Furthermore, he scored Oberlin’s lone goal in a 1-1 draw with No. 6 Ohio Wesleyan to help the Yeomen earn a critical point in conference play. In the process the Yeomen snapped the Bishops’ 24-match conference winning streak. 

Miller Farrell will lead the Yeomen into Allegheny on Wednesday night for another key conference showdown.

Mount men second at Phipps

CANTON, Ohio -- Mount Union's men's golf team placed second at the Phipps Memorial on Monday at Brookside Country Club.

Steve Guerrieri (Canton/Massillon Jackson) and Jon Lieser (Minerva/Minerva) were the top Purple Raider golfers. They shot 75s to tie for fourth place.

Cory Muller (Akron/Green) carded a 77 and tied for eighth while Vincent Lorenzo (Broadview Heights/North Royalton) tied for 10th with a 78 to round out the Mount Union scoring.

The Raiders had a team score of 305 -- six strokes behind team champion Malone.

Mount Union will be in action next on April 1 at John Carroll.


Phipps Memorial - Final

Brookside CC
Par 71, 6,651 yards

Team Scores
1. Malone 299, 2. Mount Union 305, 3. Walsh 324

Top 5 Individuals
1. Steve Robison (Malone) 71, 2. Ryan Gaughan (Malone) 73, 3. Jon Clark (Malone) 74, T4. Steve Guerrieri (Mount Union) 75, T4. Jon Lieser (Mount Union) 75

Mount Union

T4. Steve Guerrieri 75, T4. Jon Lieser 75, T8. Cory Muller 77, T8. *Bryan Bober 77, T10. Vincent Lorenzo 78, T10. *Bryce Barber 78, T13. Alex Welch 79, T23. *Jesse Spacek 86, T23. *Kyle Zenobi 86, 26. *Derek Housak 88, 29. *Andrew Bunnell DQ