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CSU Viking report 

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The men's soccer team will have its biggest challenge of the season when No. 1 Akron visits Krenzler Field for a 2:00 p.m. match on Saturday, Oct. 30.  Advance sale tickets are available by calling (216) 687-5440.  Tickets are $7 in advance and, if the event is not sold out, will run $10 at the door.

The volleyball team plays a pair of matches, hosting Robert Morris for a non-conference tilt on Tuesday, Oct. 26 at 7:00 p.m. in Woodling Gym.  CSU will then travel to Youngstown State for a 7:00 p.m. match on Friday (Oct. 29).

The men's tennis team will take part in its final tourney of the fall, traveling to Kalamazoo, Mich. for the Western Michigan Invitational.  The three-day tourney will run from Friday-Sunday, Oct. 26-29.

Fresh off wins in each of their first four dual meets, the men's swimming team will be in Oxford, Ohio to swim against Miami (OH) on Saturday, Oct. 30 at 2:00 p.m.

Volleyball Hosts Robert Morris In Final Non-Conference Match
Vikings Have Won 17 Times This Season

The Cleveland State volleyball team begins its stretch run of the regular season when the Vikings play two matches this week, beginning with a 7:00 p.m. contest against Robert Morris on Tuesday (Oct. 26) in the final nonconference match of the season. CSU returns to Horizon League play on Friday (Oct. 29) when the Vikings travel to Youngstown State for a 7:00 p.m. contest.

The Vikings enter the week with an overall record of 17-4 and are in third place in the Horizon League with an 8-3 mark. CSU is two matches behind co-leaders Butler and Milwaukee who are both 10-1 with five matches to play.

"We have to pick up our intensity and mental focus a little bit," head coach Chuck Voss said. "These last three weeks of the regular season are going to be really big for us, not only in terms of winning some matches, but also building some momentum heading into the tournament."

The Vikings went 1-2 in three matches last week, getting swept at home by Bowling Green on Tuesday (Oct. 19) before splitting a pair of matches in Wisconsin over the weekend. CSU earned a 3-2 win at Green Bay on Friday (Oct. 22) before falling at Milwaukee, 3-1, on Saturday (Oct. 23).

Despite losing two of three last week, the Vikings continue to put up impressive numbers, leading the Horizon League in attack percentage (.221) and opponent attack percentage (.147). Junior libero Amy Grabiec is ranked second in the league in digs (5.15 dpg), while her 402 digs this season are the seventh most in a single season in school history.

Women's Soccer Hosts Detroit To Open Horizon League Tourney Play
Vikings Post First Winning Season In School History, Claim No. 3 Seed In The Championship

The record-setting season for the Viking women's soccer program (9-7-2, 5-3 HL) will move on to postseason play as Cleveland State enters the Horizon League Championship as the No. 3 seed and will host No. 6 Detroit on Sunday, Oct. 31 beginning at 12:00 noon at Krenzler Field.  If the Vikings win the contest, which is one of two first round matchups, CSU would advance to face No. 2 Milwaukee in the semi-finals at Butler on Friday, Nov. 5.

"This is what we have worked hard for all season long and we have put ourselves into a good position for the tournament," head coach Derrek Falor said.  "Things could have been a little better last week, but despite the one setback, we went on the road and earned ourselves the right to play at home this week.  Now, we need to get ready for Detroit and start the process for winning the title."

The road to the title will be a challenge for CSU, which went 5-3 in the Horizon League this year with two of the losses coming at Detroit (1-0) and at home against Milwaukee (3-0), the first two opponents that the Vikings will face. 

"This team has been able to do what no previous Viking team has done so I am not worried about having to play a team that we previously lost to,SSSSS" Falor said.  "We've played well at home this season so I am glad that our tournament road starts here."

The Vikings traveled Indiana last week, using a 2-0 win at Valparaiso on Friday (Oct. 22) to assure themselves of their first winning season in the seven-year history of the program.  Natalie Daniels scored her school record breaking ninth goal of the year to start the scoring against Valparaiso while senior Kelly Zinkiewich recorded her school record seventh shutout of the year.

Men's Soccer Closes Out Home Slate With A Visit From No. 1 Akron
Vikings Are Two Weeks Away From The Start Of The Horizon League Championship
The Cleveland State men's soccer team will face its biggest test of the season this week when the Vikings welcome No. 1 Akron to Krenzler Field on Saturday, Oct. 30 at 2:00 p.m.  Akron enters the match with a 13-0-1 record, but the Vikings are far from intimidated.

"This week we're kind of stepping aside from the regular season to enter the "Twilight Zone" against Akron," head coach Ali Kazemaini said. "It will be a great experience for our kids. We have nothing to lose, and I expect us to enter the match relaxed and ready to play well."

The Vikings will use the Akron match to prepare for No. 7 Butler the following week in a match that will determine the final seeding of the conference playoffs. After defeating Wright State, 2-1, last Saturday (Oct. 23), CSU has clinched a berth in the Horizon League postseason tournament for the 10th consecutive year.

The Vikings are currently third in the league with 12 points, and could finish anywhere from second to sixth in the final standings, depending on whether they beat Butler and how the other teams in the conference finish the regular season.

Horizon League Championships Up Next For Cross Country

Following a week off, the Cleveland State cross country team returns 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 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.

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).

Men's Swimming To Square Off With Miami (OH)

The CSU men's swimming and diving team will travel to Oxford, Ohio on Saturday (Oct. 30) for a meet against Miami (OH) at 2:00 p.m.

"We'll be going on the road again this week to face a good challenge in Miami," head coach Wally Morton said. "We're off to a good start this season, and our team has been working hard and remaining focused. I'm excited to see if we can keep this going on Saturday."

Cleveland State is currently 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the Horizon League after sweeping two conference opponents on the road last weekend. The Vikings defeated Valparaiso, 131-69, on Friday (Oct. 22) and won at Green Bay, 147-96, on Saturday (Oct. 23).

The men won all but one swimming event in both meets and had six swimmers win multiple individual events.
Women's Swimming Takes A Well-Earned Week Off After Knocking Off Green Bay

Fresh off a road win at defending Horizon League champion Green Bay, the Viking women's swimming team will be off from competition until facing Ohio State and Denison in Columbus on Nov. 5.  Cleveland State is a perfect 6-0 on the year, including wins over both Green Bay and Valparaiso in league play.

"The women will get a couple days off after one of the best starts in program history," head coach Wally Morton said. "Given that we just had two road meets, and that it is still the beginning of the year, our swimmers have had some phenomenal performances, so far."

The Vikings picked up one of the biggest wins in program history on Saturday (Oct. 23), knocking off five-time defending Horizon League champion Green Bay, 126-117. The win came in dramatic fashion, coming down to the final event of the day, the 400 freestyle relay. Carys Behn swam the final leg of the relay, coming from 50 yards behind to beat Green Bay's Parker Wolf and secure the victory for CSU.

Cleveland State (6-0, 3-0 Horizon League) also defeated Valparaiso on Friday, winning every event in a 126-73 victory.

Men's Tennis Closes Fall Schedule At Western Michigan Invitational

The Cleveland State men's tennis team will conclude the 2010 fall season when the Vikings travel to Kalamazoo, Mich., to compete in the Western Michigan Invitational from Friday through Sunday (Oct. 29-31).

"This will be a very important weekend for us to continue to build on the momentum that we have put together this fall," head coach Brian Etzkin said. "We have been able to maintain our focus and intensity throughout the entire fall and really have battled well when big points have been needed."

The Vikings had five players - Yannick Goossens, Matt Kuelker, Rob Fox, John Haley and Matt Ford - travel to South Bend, Ind., over the weekend to compete in the ITA Regional Championships.

Goossens earned a spot in the main singles draw, falling in his opening round match before picking up a 6-2, 7-6 (1) win over Tobias Reitz of Northwestern in the consolation round. In addition, Goossens teamed with Kuelker as one of two CSU doubles teams to advance to the round of 16. Fox and Haley advanced to the round of 16 for the second straight year.

In singles play, Kuelker and Fox both won their first two matches in the qualifying round, before losing in the third round.

Fall Season Complete For Women's Tennis

The women's tennis team concluded its fall season when four Vikings competed in the ITA Regional Championship over the weekend in Ann Arbor, Mich. Catrine Bjerrehus, Nicole Janek, Alex Power and Kara Sherwood all represented CSU at the prestigious tournament with each player competing in the singles and doubles portion of the tournament.

"Although we didn't win as many matches at the tournament as we had hoped, I still feel that we played some pretty good tennis against some quality competition," head coach Brian Etzkin said. "I thought overall we had a very productive fall and will be able to take some things with us to the spring season."

Janek and Sherwood both won their first round singles matches with Power earning a win over JoHanna Manningham of Notre Dame. After losing in the first round, Sherwood battled back to pick up a 6-2, 6-2 win over Cali Gustafson of DePaul.

Bjerrehus and Janek picked up a doubles win in the consolation round with an 8-5 win over a duo from Illinois.

Fall Season Complete For Women's Golf

The women's golf team concluded its fall season by finishing 10th of 10 teams at the 36-hole Mid-American Conference Preview on Oct. 18-19 at the par-72, 6,173-yard Longaberger G.C. hosted by Akron. CSU carded rounds of 350 and 351.

"Overall, I am happy with where we are at as a team," head coach Steve Weir said. "We have such a young squad with two sophomores and four freshman and I think they were able to gain some valuable experience throughout the fall against top-notch fields. Each player has grown since the first tournament we played in and if we continue to improve on some things and limit our mental mistakes, we could accomplish some great things down the road."

Freshman Micaela Cronin paced the Vikings by tying for 38th place with rounds of 90-80 (170) at the MAC Preview. Her final round 80 was a career-low.

Sophomore Ariel Sparrow led the Vikings in scoring average during the five fall tournaments, averaging 81.7 in 12 rounds, including a low round of 77. Sophomore Lisa Barber was close behind, averaging 84.1 per round.

Viking High Fives

Wally Morton:  Already the owner of the best title on campus - Director of Competitive Aquatics - the leader of the Viking swim program added another notch to his belt over the weekend.  When CSU swept a dual meet at Green Bay, with the women knocking off the defending league champions, it gave him 301 career wins at CSU (269 men and 32 women).
Amy Benz:  The volleyball senior moved into 10th place on the all-time kills list at CSU on Saturday at Milwaukee.  She now has 1,069 kills during her time at CSU.
Aaron Adkins:  The men's soccer sophomore scored the game-winning goal against Wright State on a penalty kick, giving the Vikings a 2-1 lead and guaranteeing CSU a berth in the Horizon League playoffs.

Carys Behn:  The junior swimmer not only helped secure CSU's victory over Green Bay with a win in the 400 free relay, she also won three individual events and helped win another relay event as the Vikings picked up two conference wins over the weekend.

Berry Thompson:  The sophomore men's swimmer broke two pool records in the 147-96 win at Green Bay, setting new marks in the 50 free (20.88) and the 100 free (45.70).

Jessica Bound:  The women's soccer junior recorded her fourth assist of the season at Valparaiso, all of which have come off corner kicks. 
The Schedule Ahead For The Vikings
Oct. 26 (Tuesday)
Volleyball hosts Robert Morris
Woodling Gym, 7:00 p.m.

Oct. 29 (Friday)
Volleyball at Youngstown State
Youngstown, OH, 7:00 p.m.

Men's Tennis at Western Michigan Invitational
Kalamazoo, MI

Oct. 30 (Saturday)
Cross Country at Horizon League Championship
Chicago, Ill., 12:00 noon

Men's Soccer hosts Akron
Krenzler Field, 2:00 p.m.

Men's Swimming at Miami (Ohio)
Oxford, OH, 2:00 p.m.

Men's Tennis at Western Michigan Invitational
Kalamazoo, MI

Oct. 31 (Sunday)
Women's Soccer hosts Detroit (HL Championship)
Krenzler Field, 12:00 noon

Men's Tennis at Western Michigan Invitational
Kalamazoo, MI
MAC players of the week 

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West Division

Offensive Player of the Week:  Western Michigan WR Juan Nunez

Senior wide receiver Juan Nunez (Miami, Fla.) collected six receptions for a career high 192 yards and three touchdowns. The yardage total is the fifth most in a single-game in Western Michigan history and his three touchdowns are tied with five other Broncos for the second most in a game in program history. Nunez's three scores all came in the first half for 36, 59 and 34 yards, respectively.

Defensive Player of the Week:  Northern Illinois LB Tyrone Clark

Sophomore linebacker Tyrone Clark (St. Louis, Mo.) picked off two passes in Northern Illinois 33-7 win over Central Michigan.  Clark’s two interceptions came in the second quarter – both coming off of tipped balls – to stop Chippewa drives and ensure that the Huskies would have a halftime lead. His first interception came off a screen pass at the Central Michigan 37-yard line as Sean Progar tipped the ball at the line of scrimmage and Clark grabbed it and returned it three yards.  Following the interception, Northern Illinois drove to the Central Michigan 7 and hit a 24-yard field goal with 2:44 left in the half and would not trail again in the game.  On the Chippewas’ next possession, Clark tipped a pass to himself and picked it off at the Northern Illinois 26-yard line to stop Central Michigan from scoring prior to the half. 


Special Teams Player of the Week:  Toledo KR Isaiah Ballard

Junior kickoff return specialist Isaiah Ballard (Toledo, Ohio) returned three kickoffs for 103 yards, including a 56-yard return, in a 31-24 win over Ball State.  Ballard’s 56 yard return opened the second half and set up Toledo’s go ahead touchdown.

News Around The Mid-American 


• Ohio Stakes Claim On First Place In The East Division...Ohio rushed for

five touchdowns and forced six turnovers to win their fourth consecutive game

in a 34-13 win at Miami. Ohio improves to 5-3 on the year, 4-1 in MAC play,

good for first place in the East Division and Miami fell to 4-4 overall, 3-1 in

conference action and are tied for second place with Temple in the East.

Bobcats running back Vince Davidson rushed for 103 yards and one touchdown

on 17 carries and quarterback Boo Jackson threw for 149 yards on 10-of-19 passing.

Jackson added two rushing touchdowns and 31 yards on the ground.

Trailing 7-0 early in the first quarter, Ohio’s Davidson burst for a 56-yard

touchdown run to tie the game, 7-7. Bobcats running back Donte Harden

scored the next two touchdowns with a three yard score in the second quarter

and a 48 yard score in the third frame and Jackson’s one-yard score opened a

27-7 lead in the third quarter.

Defensively, Ohio forced six turnovers and five sacks on the afternoon as the

Bobcats defense allowed only 11 net yards rushing. For Miami, quarterback

Zac Dysert was 21-of-36 passing for 332 yards with two touchdowns and four

interceptions. Miami wide receiver Nick Harwell recorded a career-high 11

receptions for a school-record 219 yards receiving.

• Eastern Michigan Plays In 1,000th Game In School History...It was a

historic game for Eastern Michigan with a visit to Virginia last Saturday as the

Eagles played in their 1,000th game in program history, a 48-21 loss.