A Page -- Oct. 23, 2011

Katy Dolesh
South Euclid native Katy Dolesh

NDCL alumna Katy Dolesh scores again as Miami wins third straight

MAC Player of the Week has now scored goals in three straight matches


OXFORD, Ohio--Junior Jess Kodiak scored twice to lead the Miami women's soccer team to a 3-0 win over Northern Illinois Friday afternoon at the Miami Soccer Field. The RedHawks' record moves to 9-7-0 overall and 4-5-0 in the Mid-American Conference with their third-straight win while the Huskies fall to 2-13-2 overall and 1-8-0 in the MAC.

"I think it says a lot about the character of this team, that they're able to withstand a tough spell," head coach Bobby Kramig said. "We lost five in a row, and I know an awful lot of teams that would just fold up the tent and go home after that. But these kids have shown great character, we've had great leadership and I'm really proud of them. We're playing the best soccer of the year at the best time of the year."

Miami jumped out to the early 1-0 lead when Kodiak fired her first shot of the game into the top left corner at the start of the sixth minute for her team-leading eighth goal of the season. Kodiak, with her back to the goal and a defender directly behind her at top of the six-yard box, took a pass from senior Giselle Mangal, turned around her defender sent a shot past Northern Illinois goalkeeper Amy Carr.

"I saw [Mangal] and cut in and called for it," Kodiak said. "She gave me a really good ball and when I turned, it just fell to my left foot perfectly. It was a nice opportunity, so I took it."

Throughout the rest of the first half, the RedHawks created scoring chances, forcing Carr to make four before halftime. On the defensive end, the Red and White limited the Huskies to six shots, with only three on goal that Miami keeper Allison Norenberg was able to stop to keep Miami in front 1-0 at the half. 

The RedHawks picked up the pace in the second half when Kodiak again found the back of the net for the ninth time this season, this time in the 51st minute. She took a pass from freshman Hailey Pleshakov and sent a high, arcing shot from the left side over Carr and into the right side of the goal for a 2-0 Miami lead. It was Kodiak’s second career multi-goal game, both coming this season.

"Jess is really starting to find her rhythm," Kramig said. "She's been playing well all year, the goals just weren't coming for her. You can see that changing now as her confidence is building. She's such a composed player."

Sophomore Katy Dolesh added to the lead less than two minutes later when she took over at the top of the 18-yard box and dribbled around the defense to the left side where she sent a left-footed shot into the right side of the net to conclude the scoring and give Miami the 3-0 lead. Dolesh has now scored in three straight games.

The RedHawk defense stifled the Huskies in the second half, holding them two just two shots and only one on goal, which Norenberg stopped to preserve her fourth shutout of the season and second straight.

"Two shutouts in a row, I'm very proud of Allison," Kramig said of his keeper. "I thought she did well. I'm very pleased with Allison and really our entire back four who've really come together these last three games."

With the win, Miami kept pace in the crowded MAC East standings with just two games left in the season.

"We told our kids before this game that today was the most important game of the year and now Sunday becomes the most important game of the year," Kramig said. "When you get down to the last couple games in this conference, everything gets very tight. You just have to keep your composure, stay on task and play one game at a time."

The RedHawks return to action Sunday, Oct. 23 at 1 p.m. at the Miami Soccer Field as they take on Western Michigan.


NO. 6 'BERG VOLLEYBALL clinches share

of OAC regular season title with sweep
at Marietta


TIFFIN, Ohio-The No. 6 Heidelberg University volleyball team clinched at
least a share of its third consecutive Ohio Athletic Conference regular
season championship by sweeping Marietta College (25-18, 26-24, 25-19)
tonight in an OAC match at Ban Johnson Arena in Marietta, Ohio.  In addition
to clinching a share of the conference regular season crown, the win secured
home court advantage for the Berg throughout the OAC tournament and extended
its winning streak to 17 straight matches.

With one week to play in the conference regular season, the University of
Mount Union and Otterbein University sit a virtual tie for second place in
the league standings with one loss each, but Heidelberg holds the advantage
in any potential tie-breaking scenario, having defeated both the Purple
Raiders and Cardinals earlier this season.

The Tri-Color moves to 25-2 overall and 8-0 in the OAC, while the Pioneers
drop to 13-12 overall and 4-3 in the OAC.

Senior reigning OAC player of the year Jackie Reinhart (New Riegel) led the
offense with a match-high 10 kills in 18 attacks and hit at a .444 clip, in
addition to her four service aces.  Junior right side hitter Jacki Street
(Grafton/Midview) added eight kills of her own.
Grafton's Jacki Street

Junior setter Rachel Ferguson (Brighton, Mich./Brighton) and sophomore
setter Alexa Frank (Tiffin/Calvert) guided the offense with 16 assists and
11 assists, respectively.

Defensively, Reinhart and senior outside hitter Venessa Haase (Miamisburg)
tallied a match-high 14 digs, while freshman libero Tessa Benanzer (Fort
Loramie) had 12 saves of her own.

Marietta was led on offense by Paige DeVriendt with nine kills and Laura
Mauer with 30 assists.  Jen Braun had a team-high 12 digs to lead the
defense.


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Case Reserve swimmers plan to build off breakout season


CLEVELAND (U District)  – Fresh off of its breakout season from a year ago, the Case Western Reserve University men's swimming and diving team is ready to take another successful step forward during the winter of 2011-12.

In just the first season of the Doug Milliken era at Case Western Reserve, the Spartans improved two spots in the University Athletic Association standings (fourth) in addition to breaking four school records and landing a multitude of NCAA "B" cut qualifying marks.

"I think the success we had last year left our men hungry for more," said Milliken, who enters his second season as head coach. "After seeing what they can accomplish, our guys have set some very lofty goals and expectations for this season. Now, we just have to make sure we are putting in the required work to accomplish those goals."

Milliken and assistant second-year assistant Emily Wylam were tabbed as the 2011 UAA Coaching Staff of the Year as the men earned their best conference finish since 2006.

The 2011-12 edition of the Spartans will feature a young, yet talented roster with three upperclassmen and plenty of depth from top to bottom.

"We truly are a very young team, but the leadership from our upperclassman, combined with the energy and enthusiasm from our younger athletes will make us strong," noted Milliken.

St. Ed's alumnus Sam Geiger

The team's three upperclassmen, seniors Sam Geiger (Westlake, Ohio/St. Edward) and Nathan Vonder Haar (Gahanna, Ohio/Columbus Academy), along with junior Chris Emr (Rockville, Md./Thomas S. Wootton) all have significant experience during the past three seasons.

In 2010-11, Geiger posted team-bests in the 500-yard freestyle (4:39.29), 1,000 free (10:03.59) and 1,650 free (16:25.96). Geiger also placed sixth in the 1,650 free and seventh in the 500 free at the UAA Championship Meet.

"Sam (Geiger) is just flat out one of the hardest working student-athletes I know," said Milliken. "Being a distance swimmer, he has to be. Sam has the potential to put up some great times, and he has certainly put in the work needed to do it."

Vonder Haar has three years of varsity experience in mid-distance events, and Emr placed eighth in the 1,650 free at the UAA Championship.

Milliken's sophomore class made a significant impact last season, and the head coach is expecting even more in 2011-12.

"We have a lot of talented younger swimmers who will be expected to step up in big spots," noted the head coach. "Last season, our freshmen were able to do that, and now as sophomores, I am relying on them to push this year's freshmen to do the same."

Sophomore diver Daniel Jacobson (Solon, Ohio/Solon) earned All-UAA finishes on both the one-meter (486.5 points) and three-meter (441.75) boards with school records and NCAA "B" cuts in each event. A three-time UAA Athlete of the Week, Jacobson also earned the CWRU Bill Sudeck Rookie of the Year award.

Solon High product Dan Jacobson

"Not only is Dan one of the top divers in the conference, he is one of the strongest divers I have ever worked with," said Milliken. "The challenge for Daniel this season is to become more consistent and dominate both boards at the UAA meet."

Classmate Sean Nickley (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) hit a pair of "B" cuts in the 100 breaststroke (57.44) and 200 breaststroke (2:05.90) – earning All-UAA finishes (third) in the 200 and with the 400 medley relay team.

"Sean is a very diverse swimmer that is capable of excelling in a lot of different events," noted Milliken. "Last year, he had to be successful for us in a lot of different events. This year, he will be able to focus more on the breaststroke and set himself up for a great season."

Fellow sophomore Nick Clyde (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) turned in qualifiers in the 400 individual medley (4:06.19) and the 200 breaststroke (2:06.65), in addition to breaking the school record in the 200 IM and swimming a leg on the All-UAA 200 medley relay.

"Nick was a pleasant surprise for us as a freshman," said Milliken. "He is very talented, and he really came on at the end of the season. With more depth on the team this year, we are looking forward to using Nick's versatility in a lot of different events."

Sophomore Gus Bailey (Grove City, Ohio/Grove City) recorded team-best times in the 50 free (21.09 seconds) and 100 free (46.68) as well as the 50 fly (24.42), while his season-best time in the 100 fly (52.17) was second-best on the squad. During the UAA Championship meet, Bailey placed sixth in both the 50 and 100 free and was a part of the third-place 200 and 400-yard medley relay teams that earned All-UAA honors. In the classroom, Bailey earned UAA All-Academic and College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-America Honorable Mention status.

"Gus is our top sprinter, and he is capable of becoming one the best sprinters in the conference," noted Milliken. "The thing I love about Gus is that he is a competitor. He is the guy you want anchoring your relay when you need a win. Gus has that sprinter mentality that coaches love."

McHenry

Providing depth will be sophomore Heath Hudgins (Chapel Hill, N.C./East Chapel Hill), who posted a team-best time in the 200 freestyle (1:44.26), sophomore Scott McHenry (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury), who posted a team-best in the 200 fly (2:00.36), twin classmates Karch Petersen (Nassau Bay, Texas/Lutheran South Academy) and Kyle Petersen (Nassau Bay, Texas/Lutheran South Academy), and Tyler Piedimonte (Cranberry Township, Pa./Seneca Valley).

Milliken also welcomes 14 incoming freshmen who are expected to play major roles in the Spartans' success.

"I am expecting big things out of this class. They fill not only the holes left from graduation, but also areas where we needed depth. They are an extremely talented group of young men. If they can perform like I think they will, then this will be a very special class. Time will tell if they are willing to put in the work, but, so far, I have been impressed with their work ethic and their high expectations."

The Spartans open the 2011-12 campaign in quad meet action with UAA foes New York University, Carnegie Mellon University (Pa.) and host University of Rochester (N.Y.) on Friday-Saturday, October 28-29. Action is slated to begin on Friday at 6:00 p.m. and Saturday at 10:00 a.m.

The squad's first home action will take place on Friday and Saturday, November 11-12, with the annual Veale Classic Duals at Veale Natatorium.

No. 7/10 RedHawks Fall to No. 14 FSU in CCHA Opener

Miami loses 4-2 as Czarnik, Vogelhuber tally goals for the ‘Hawks

BIG RAPIDS, Mich. – In a back-and-forth affair, No. 14 Ferris State scored the go-ahead goal just over six minutes into the final period to break a 2-2 tie en route to a 4-2 win over the No. 7/10 Miami hockey team Friday night at Ewigleben Ice Arena in the CCHA opener for both teams. The RedHawks (2-3-0, 0-1-0 CCHA) dropped a league opener for the first time since the 2006-07 season while the Bulldogs (5-0-0, 1-0-0 CCHA) remained undefeated on the year.

For the first time all year, the opposition scored first, as Eric Alexander found the back of the net on the power play to put the Bulldogs up 1-0 3:41 into the opening stanza. Chad Billins sent up a pass to Alexander creating a 2-on-2 break for FSU while Alexander was able to get around senior defenseman Chris Wideman and beat senior goalie Cody Reichard over his left shoulder for the goal.

The RedHawks evened the game with 2:39 left in the first period as senior Trent Vogelhuber scored for the first time this season. Fellow senior Patrick Tiesling stole the puck in the neutral zone and skated the other way with Vogelhuber trailing, creating a 2-on-1. Tiesling flipped the puck through the FSU defender and Vogelhuber was able to catch up and poke the loose puck home for the goal.

Ferris State regained the lead just 3:25 into the second stanza as TJ Schlueter scored on a one-timer from above the left circle. The Bulldogs kept possession in the attacking zone and Travis Ouellette centered from Reichard’s right side to Schlueter, who went top shelf to make it 2-1.

Miami again pulled level just over three minutes later however, as freshman Austin Czarnik tallied his second goal of the year. Classmate Alex Wideman won a faceoff to the left of FSU goalie Taylor Nelson and flicked it to Czarnik, who beat Nelson off the backhand below the crossbar from between the circles. The Bulldogs nearly took the lead in the closing minute of the middle period on the power play but Reichard came up with a sprawling save off the blade of his skate to keep the game even at 2-2.

On FSU’s final power play of the game, the Bulldogs reclaimed the lead at 3-2 as Jordie Johnston beat Reichard with a point-blank wrister at 6:19 of the third period. Miami had several chances to clear the puck out of the zone but failed to and ultimately turned it over right in front of the net where Johnston buried it.

The RedHawks turned up the pressure over the remainder of the game, creating several good looks on its lone power play of the period, including three shots on goal, but Nelson, who finished with 26 saves, kept Miami off the board. With a minute to go, Reichard was pulled in favor of the extra attacker but Alexander took a pass and shot from his own blue line into the empty net with 35 ticks to play to seal Ferris State’s 4-2 win.

Despite the loss, Miami outshot Ferris State 28-25, including 12-5 over the final 20 minutes, while Reichard ended with 21 stops. Both teams earned five power plays, but the Bulldogs capitalized on two of them while the RedHawks went 0-for-5 on the man advantage.

Cleveland State Women Picked Second, Wright State Third in Horizon League Poll

The Wright State women's basketball team was been third and Molly Fox was named to the First Team as the Horizon League Preseason Poll and All-League Teams were announced Wednesday by the league office. Voting was conducted by the 10 head coaches in the league along with each school's sports information contact and a media member from each institution.

The Raiders, under second-year head coach Mike Bradbury, posted one of their best seasons ever in 2010-11, winning 20 games for the first time as a Division I member and advancing to its first Division I postseason tournament as the Raiders defeated Buffalo in the Women's Basketball Invitational before falling to Manhattan. WSU also set school records for three-pointers in a game with 13 against Valparaiso on January 8 and in a season with 227.

Fox (Nashville, IN/Brown County) a senior forward, was a Second Team All-League selection last season as she was the league leader in offensive rebounds per game at 3.7 and ranked second in field goal percentage at .546, fifth in overall rebounds at 9.2 per game, seventh in defensive rebounds per game at 5.5, seventh in scoring at 14.8 points per game and ninth in blocks per game at 0.8.

Fox scored in double figures 23 times in 2010-11 with 14 of those coming in league play, including a career-best 28 against Detroit on January 15. Fox also had 11 double-figure rebound efforts, her high being 16 at Longwood on December 11, and posted 10 double-doubles.

The Raiders face Georgetown (KY) in exhibition action on Monday, October 31, at 7:00 at the Wright State Nutter Center before hosting Ball State in the regular-season opener on Sunday, November 13, at 1:00.

The following is the 2011-12 preseason Horizon League women's basketball poll and preseason teams:


2011-12 PRESEASON HORIZON LEAGUE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL POLL

PlaceTeam2010-11 RecordPointsFirst-Place Votes
1.Green Bay34-2, 18-0 HL
29929
2.Cleveland State
21-12, 12-6 HL
238 
3.Wright State20-13, 11-7 HL
212 
4.Butler20-14, 12-6 HL
197 
5.UIC
14-16, 9-9 HL
186 
6.Milwaukee
12-18, 9-9 HL
177 
7.Detroit13-18, 6-12 HL
1411
8.Loyola
12-19, 5-13 HL
88 
9.Valparaiso
7-24, 4-14 HL
64 
10.Youngstown State6-24, 4-14 HL
48 


2011-12 PRESEASON ALL-HORIZON LEAGUE FIRST TEAM

PlayerPointsFirst-Place Votes
Brandi Brown, Jr., F, Youngstown State
26011
Julie Wojta, Sr., G/F, Green Bay
25915
Molly Fox, Sr., F, Wright State
2153
Shalonda Winton, Jr., F, Cleveland State
139 
Jasmine Bailey, Sr., G/F, UIC
124 

 

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