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Brad Pollock Feature  

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“I am more focused this year,” said Pollock, who credits the whole offense line but names two in particular, junior long snapper Danny Reinick (Woodstock, Ga/ Etowah) and senior WR and holder Anthony Fairhurst (Ashland/ Senior). They have been great to work with.  We are all on the same page.”

While many players have their own pregame ritual of listening to music on their ipods or jogging up and down the field, Pollock is different.

“I sit by myself and I try to visualize every kick while taking deep breaths after every one,” said Pollock.  “That helps me to remain calm when I get out on the field and have to do it in a real game situation.”

Even through his longest field goal as a Yellow Jacket is 37 yards set earlier this season in B-W’s season-opening 38-14 victory against The College of Wooster, Pollock says he can kick in much further.

”At practice, I have kicked a 50-yard field goal, and in high school, I made a 43-yarder at Finnie Stadium against Berea High School. And, even though I made a 37-yarder earlier this season, I plan to make an even longer one before the season is over.”

“It is great to have a kicker who is as accurate as Brad and a plus that he has confidence in his ability,” said Snell. “As a coach, I have the utmost confidence in Brad and his ability to put points on the board. That’s also a positive for our offense. For our offense to know that even if they can’t put the ball in the endzone for seven [points], Brad will give us three.”

In addition to his team goals of having a winning season, winning an OAC title, qualifying for theNCAA Division III Playoffs and winning B-W its second Division III national title, Pollock has some individual goals.

“I would like to be an All-OAC player and I would like to help restore order and put B-W back on top of the OAC,” said Pollock,  “Last year, we were 3-7 and tied for seventh place in the conference. This year, we are 5-1 and tied for second place. We know what we have to do the rest of the way.  It has been very satisfying to see the turnabout, but we also know there is still a long way to go and there are more games to win.”

When Pollock leaves his heir-apparent is junior placekicker David Cantu (Amherst/ Marion Steele), and he some advice for his understudy.

“Remain focused and this rest of it he knows since we’ve been talking for about three years now,” said Pollock.

“Brad brings a great deal to the table in terms of his talent and leadership,” said Cantu, who kicks off for the Yellow Jackets.  “On the field, he works hard, goes about his business in a professional manner and is always willing to help the younger players on the team.  Off the field, he handles himself with poise and is a strong student.  As a younger player, I certainly look up to Brad in many ways.”

Pollock credits his eighth grade coach [Coach Desandes] and current B-W Sports Management ProfessorDr. Alvy Styles with helping him a great deal.

“In eighth grade, Coach Desandes demanded a lot from me and it tough me the value of hard work,” said Pollock.  “That hard work is paying off now, not only on the field but in the classroom.

“Dr. Styles is a very demanding professor who asks all of her students to give 110 percent and be accountable both in the classroom and out of it,” continued Pollock. “She has a lot of knowledge and experience in the sports industry. and is always willing to help her students.”

This Saturday, October 23, Pollock and his Yellow Jacket senior teammates will get a chance to thank Dr. Styles and other members of the B-W faculty when B-W hosts Ohio Athletic Conference rival Wilmington College on the Tressel Field turf at The George Finnie Stadium at 1:30 p.m. on Professor Appreciation Day.


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She helped Oberlin beat Allegheny for the first time in school history, contributing a season-high 23 kills – hitting .340 - to go along with 18 digs. 

In the five-match week, Frackman had 49 kills and 53 digs as she surpassed 1,000 career digs and moved into second all-time with 882 kills.

Frackman and the rest of the Yeowomen will look to complete the series sweep against the Gators on Wednesday night. 

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"We are really happy to be playing for a great cause," said Head Coach Deb Ranieri. "So many have been affected in one way or another by cancer and anything we can do to show support for the cause and the loved ones in our lives, Oberlin hockey is more than happy to be a part of."

For nearly four decades, the National Foundation for Cancer Research (NFCR) has been the driving force behind many of the cancer treatments that are saving lives and making headlines today. Over the years, NFCR has helped millions of cancer patients, and much of this has been possible because of the continued loyal support of individuals, donors, and organizations.

Viking Report  

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With a spot in next week’s league tourney already assured, the women’s soccer team will take to the road to play at Valparaiso on Friday, Oct. 22 at 4:00 p.m. and at Butler on Sunday, Oct. 24 at 12:00 noon.  With two wins, CSU will guarantee itself at least a second place finish and first round bye in the league tourney.  With two wins and a Milwaukee loss in either of its matches, the Vikings can clinch a share of the regular season crown.

The men’s and women’s tennis teams will each compete in their respective ITA Regionals this weekend.  The men will send five individuals to South Bend, Ind. while four members of the women’s squad will travel to Ann Arbor, Mich.  Both tourneys begin on Thursday (Oct. 21) and run through the weekend.
Fresh off a victorious opening weekend, the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams will face some league competition, swimming at Valparaiso on Friday, Oct. 22 at 1:00 p.m. before heading to Green Bay for a 12:00 noon dual meet against the Phoenix on Saturday, Oct. 23.  The Viking women swept all four meets last week to open up the year with a 4-0 mark while the CSU men are 2-0 after claiming wins over Niagara and Gannon.
The women’s golf team will close its fall slate by competing at the MAC Preview in Columbus.  CSU will play single rounds on both Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 18-19.

Volleyball Travels To Wisconsin For Rematch With Milwaukee
Vikings Play Three Matches This Week In An Attempt To Regain First Place

The Cleveland State volleyball team will be in action three times this week, beginning with a 7:00 p.m. non-conference match against Bowling Green on Tuesday (Oct. 19) before heading to Wisconsin for a pair of key Horizon League contests this weekend. The Vikings will play at Green Bay on Friday (Oct. 22) at 8:00 p.m. EDT before heading to Milwaukee on Saturday (Oct. 23) for a 5:00 p.m. match.
The Vikings enter the week at 16-2 overall and are in third place in the Horizon League with a 7-2 mark, just one-and-a-half matches behind first place Butler (9-1) and one match behind Milwaukee which is 8-1.
“This will be a very key week for us,” head coach Chuck Voss said. “After Tuesday’s non-conference match, we go on the road for two huge matches. It is never easy to win on the road, but I’m looking forward to see how we compete against two very good teams in our league on back-to-back days.”
The Vikings earned their 16th win of the season with a 3-1 triumph over UIC on Friday (Oct. 15) night in Woodling Gym. After losing the first set, CSU rallied to win the next three and claim a four-set win. Sophomore Kara Koch notched her fifth straight double-double with 16 kills and 15 digs, while Amy Grabiec made a match-best 20 digs.
Amy Grabiec
St, Joe Amy Grabiec

CSU held a huge advantage in blocks, making 25 to UIC’s seven. Amy Benz led the way with seven and now ranks third all-time in blocks in CSU history with 495. She is five blocks shy of becoming just the third player in school history with 1,000 career kills and 500 career blocks.

Women’s Soccer Ends Regular Season At Butler & Valparaiso
Vikings Have Clinched Tourney Spot, Play This Week To Improve Tourney Seed

After beating Wright State last week to assure themselves of one of the six spots in next weeks Horizon League Championship, the women’s soccer team takes to the road this week with a chance to improve its seed in the tourney by playing two matches in the state of Indiana.  The Vikings open the week with a 4:00 p.m. match at Valparaiso on Friday, Oct. 22 and CSU then closes the regular season slate with a 12:00 noon meeting at Butler on Sunday, Oct. 24.
The Vikings enter the week in a third place tie with Butler in the league standings with a 4-2 record.  Milwaukee (5-1) leads the way with Loyola (4-2-1) in second place.  Wins in both matches this week will assure CSU of second place in the standings with the Vikings also needing a loss by Milwaukee in either of its two final matches to claim a share of the regular season title.  
“Now that we have met our first team goal of making the tournament, we can go on the road this week and try to get a couple of wins,” CSU head coach Derrek Falor said.  “The team understands that everything good that we do the rest of the way will help us reach the goal of lifting the trophy in three weeks.  One win will most likely give us a home match in the first round and two wins means either hosting the tournament or a first round bye.  Either way, we are accomplishing things right now that we have never done before.”
Sylvia Olsby

The Vikings celebrated their final regular season home match last week by saluting their seven-member senior class and it was a senior who came up big in the contest as Sylvia Olsby scored the only goal of the contest with just two minutes left in the first half.  The CSU defense took over after that, recording its fourth league shutout of the season.

Men’s Soccer Hosts Wright State
Vikings Close In On Tournament Spot 

After facing the busiest week of its season, playing three times in seven days, the Cleveland State men’s soccer team will get a few days off to prepare for its next match, a home contest against Horizon League opponent Wright State on Saturday (Oct. 23) at 7:00 p.m.
“The Wright State match will be an important one as far as securing a playoff spot,” head coach Ali Kazemaini said. “We’re going to give the team a few days off, let everyone get healthy and rested. We were hit with some injuries last week, but once we get some bodies back I think we’ll be alright.”
CSU enters the week in a fourth place tie in the league standings.  The Vikings need at least one point to guarantee themselves a spot in the Horizon League Championship in three weeks and could move as high as second with two wins in the last two weeks.
The Vikings began last week with a home match against Buffalo on Monday (Oct. 11). CSU fell, 2-0. The Vikings also dropped road contests against Detroit, 2-0, on Friday (Oct. 15) and against IUPUI, 2-1 in overtime, on Sunday (Oct. 17).
Cleveland State has had a recent rash of injuries. Kazemaini said that more than half of his starters either missed the IUPUI match or played with an injury. He also said that he was confident most of those players would be back on the field for Saturday’s Horizon League contest once they had time to recover from the busy week.

Horizon League Championships Up Next For Cross Country

The Cleveland State cross country team will have a week off before returning to action at the 2010 Horizon League Championship on Saturday (Oct. 30) at Montrose Beach in Chicago, Ill. Loyola is serving as the host school for the event this year.
“This is what we have been working hard for all season long,” head coach Joe Jaketic said. “Everyone on the team has shown a tremendous amount of improvement as the season has progressed and I expect us to go out at the league championship and show what we are capable of doing.”
The Vikings concluded their regular season on Saturday (Oct. 16) by finishing ninth of 17 teams at the Bowling Green Falcon Invitational with 241 points. It was the first 6K event of the season for CSU, but the Vikings top six runners all had times under 20 minutes at the 5K mark.
Allison Craine
Normandy alumna Allison Craine

Junior Allison Craine was the Vikings top finisher, placing 24th with a time of 22:47, while junior Brittany Elmlinger was 40th in 23:04. The top six finishers all had better times than CSU’s top finisher at the exact same event last year (24:08).

Fall Season Complete For Men’s Golf

The Cleveland State men’s golf team concluded its fall campaign by placing 11th of 18 teams at the UC Bearcat Invitational on Monday and Tuesday (Oct. 11-12). The 54 hole tournament was played at the par-72, 7,103-yard Traditions G.C.
“I think we accomplished some nice things this fall and we are better off than when we teed off at our first tournament,” head coach Steve Weir said. “Our lineup started to take shape as the fall season progressed and I think we will enter the spring with some things set. We’ll work on our games during the winter months and be ready to come out next March as we prepare for the league tournament.”
The Vikings carded the tournament’s lowest second round at Cincinnati, firing a two-under-par 286 as three of the four scores CSU counted were under par.
Kent Monas
Perry (Lake County) alum Kent Monas

Senior Kent Monas led the Vikings, tying for 28th place with a 54 hole total of 222 (77-71-74), while sophomore Michael Klaric tied for 32nd place at 223 (72-71-80).


Women’s Golf Ends Fall Season At MAC Preview

The women’s golf team will conclude its fall season when CSU competes in the 36-hole Mid-American Conference Preview on Monday and Tuesday (Oct. 18-19) at the par-72, 6,173-yard Longaberger G.C. Akron will serve as the host of the nine team tournament that also includes Ball State, Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, Northern Illinois, Ohio, Western Michigan, Toledo and Xavier.
“This will be a great tournament for us to conclude the fall season with,” head coach Steve Weir said. “It is a very good field and we will have to go out and maintain our focus both days. I have seen some good things out of everyone throughout the fall, but now we have to go out and put together a complete tournament.”
The Vikings finished 11th of 12 teams at the 54-hole Akron Zippy Invitational on Monday and Tuesday (Oct. 11-12) at the par-72, 6,025-yard Rosemont G.C, carding rounds of 335-337-345.
Ariel Sparrow
Strongsville alumna Ariel Sprarrow

Sophomore Ariel Sparrow shot rounds of 77-78-86 (241) to tie for 12th place overall, while sophomore Lisa Barber tied for 37th place with rounds of 83-86-84 (253).
Lisa Barber
South Grad Lisa Barber

Five Men’s Tennis Players To Take Part In ITA Regional

Cleveland State will send five players to compete in the ITA Regional Championship in South Bend, Ind., this weekend, including junior Yannick Goossens who earned a spot in the main singles draw and will begin play on Saturday (Oct. 23).
Seniors Rob Fox and John Haley and freshmen Matt Kuelker and Matt Ford will begin their competition in the qualifying singles draw on Thursday (Oct. 21), needing to win two matches to advance to the main draw.
“This will be an exciting weekend for all of our players who will compete,” head coach Brian Etzkin said. “They will face tough competition each time they take the court and hopefully they will be able to take some positives out of every match they get to play. It is also quite an honor for Yannick to receive a spot in the main singles draw because very few players from mid-major schools ever accomplish this.”
The Vikings will also field three doubles teams at the event, but Etzkin will determine his doubles lineup later in the week. The only team he is set on is the duo of Fox and Haley who advanced to the round of 16 at last year’s ITA Regionals, the furthest that a CSU doubles team had ever advanced at the regionals.

Women’s Tennis Sends Four To ITA Regional

The Cleveland State women’s tennis team concludes its fall season when four players head to Ann Arbor, Mich., to compete in the ITA Regional Championships from Thursday through Sunday (Oct. 21-24). Making the trek for the Vikings will be junior Catrine Bjerrehus, sophomore Nicole Janek and freshmen Kara Sherwood and Alex Power.
Kara Sherwood
Mentor alumna Kara Sherwood

All four players will represent CSU in the single elimination qualifying singles draw that begins on Thursday, needing to win two matches to advance to the main draw. In addition, Bjerrehus and Janek will team in the main doubles draw, while Power and Sherwood will also compete in doubles. The doubles part of the tournament begins on Friday.
It will be the third straight appearance for Bjerrehus at the prestigious championship, while Janek will be making her second consecutive appearance.
“This will be a fun, challenging week for all four players who will be traveling to this tournament,” head coach Brian Etzkin said. “We know that every match is going to be a battle against one of the top players in the region so they will all have to come out and maintain their focus throughout the match.”

Viking High Fives

Kara Koch:  The volleyball sophomore notched her fifth straight double-double with 16 kills and 15 digs in the win over UIC.

Alice Sommerville:  The women’s swimming sophomore set two school records at the team’s first meet of the season.  She topped her own school mark in the 100 butterfly with a time of 55.75 and swam a leg of the 200 yard medley relay team that set a record with a 1:47.82 effort.

Natalie Daniels:  The women’s soccer junior assisted on the game-winning goal against Wright State to break the CSU single season scoring record with 20 points (eight goals, four assists).

Kelly Zinkiewich:  The women’s soccer senior celebrated Senior Night last week in fine fashion, making four saves to record her school record sixth shutout of the season, four of which have come in league play.