A Page -- Oct. 28, 2011

DAYTON FARES WELL IN LATEST GRADUATION SUCCESS RATES
UD Is 1 Of 4 Schools With 100 GSR & 20 Wins In Men’s & Women’s BB
 
 Indianapolis - The NCAA Graduation Success Rate report on Division I student-athletes released today places the University of Dayton in familiar territory – among the nation’s best in graduating its student-athletes.  UD’s 95 GSR in this year’s report places the University tied for 21st in the nation and tied for first in the Atlantic 10. 
The Flyer men’s and women’s basketball teams both have 100 GSR scores.  UD’s men’s team is the only one in the Atlantic 10 with a perfect GSR, while the women are one of five.
Dayton is one of just four institutions whose men’s and women’s basketball programs have perfect GSR numbers and both won at least 20 games last season.  That exclusive club’s membership consists of Dayton, Duke, Notre Dame and Princeton.
In the Atlantic 10 Conference, UD and Xavier tied for the best overall GSR.  Dayton has nine of its sports teams – men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s golf, women’s golf, women’s rowing, women’s soccer, men’s tennis, women’s tennis and volleyball -- that have a perfect 100 GSR in this year’s report, and that is the most of Atlantic 10-sponsored sports, tying UD with Fordham, George Washington and Xavier. 
Two more Flyer teams are second in their respective conferences.  Football is second in the Pioneer Football League, and baseball is second in the A-10. 
Nationally, Brown and Columbia are the only schools with a 100 GSR for all of their sports programs.  American, Colgate, Dartmouth and Notre Dame are second at 99.  Harvard, Holy Cross and Siena are next at 98, followed by Boston College, Bucknell, Davidson, Duke, Lafayette, and Yale at 97. Creighton, Loyola-Marymount, Northwestern, Penn, and the U.S. Naval Academy all have a 96 GSR.  Dayton is tied with Fairfield, Rice, Seattle, Vermont, Wofford and Xavier at 95.
“It might be tempting for people to look at this as ‘business as usual’ for the University of Dayton, but that would short-change how important our student-athletes’ academic success is to everyone at the University of Dayton,” Tim Wabler, UD Vice-President and Director of Athletics said.  “It speaks to the type of young person we attract to the University, as well as the commitment to success in and out of the classroom by our student-athletes, our coaches and our academic support team.”
The Graduation Success Rate for all Division I student-athletes across the country who began college in 2005 is 80 percent. This is the highest ever in Division I, and it has risen six points in 10 years of GSR collection. 
Oberlin travels to Piper Stadium to take on 

Denison

Oberlin, Ohio – The Oberlin College football team takes to the road for their final three games of the year, and travel to Granville this weekend to take on the Big Red of Denison University.

What: Oberlin College Yeomen (2-5, 1-2 NCAC) @ Denison University Big Red (3-5, 2-2 NCAC)
When: Saturday, October 29, 2 p.m. EST
Where: Deeds Field-Piper Stadium – Granville, Ohio
Radio: AM- 1320 WOBL l Brian Deitz (play-by-play) l Don Vincent (color)
Web Audio: Listen
Live Video: Watch
Live Stats: View

Series: Oberlin trails the all-time series 16-47-3

Last Meeting Against the Big Red: Oberlin defeated Denison University 20-10 on October 30, 2010 at Savage Stadium in Oberlin, Ohio.

Last Time out for the Yeomen: Lost to Washington University (St. Louis) 24-21 (10/22/10)

Series Information ...
Oberlin trails the all-time series against the Big Red 16-47-3 … The first meeting between the two schools came all the way back in 1911 when the Yeomen edged the Big Red in a 9-0 defensive battle … In the 2010 matchup, the two teams were in a defensive battle for much of the game … The Yeomen defense was outstanding on the day, limiting Denison to just 191 total yards of offense… The defense forced seven punts and recorded five tackles for a loss, three of which were sacks… The offense was led byRobin Witjes who had three receptions for 74 yards and two touchdowns… Drew Mixter had 102 yards on the ground, for his second 100 yard rushing performance of his career… Josh Mandel finished 10-of-20 for 150 yards and two touchdowns… Corey Kidd connected with Witjes on a double reverse pass that would ice the game.

Mixter

Scouting the Big Red …
Denison comes into Saturday’s matchup riding a three game losing streak … After winning  three of their first five games of the season, the Big Red have dropped games to the likes of Chicago, Allegheny and Wabash … The Big Red offense is led by their junior quarterback Max Paulus. He is 149-241 on the year for 1770 yards, 16 touchdowns, and only seven interceptions… Runningback Sam Fioroni leads the ground attack with 825 rushing yards and three touchdowns. He also leads the team in receptions, with 33, and has caught two touchdown passes… Paulus’ go to receiver has been Braden Layer, who has 26 receptions for a team high 403 yards and two scores. He averages 15.5 yards per catch. On the goal line, look for Lucas Graham to be the go to target, he has 4 touchdowns on 20 receptions this year… The Defense is led by linebacker Adam Frudden, who has a team high 52 total tackles, five of which are for a loss, and two picks. Defensive lineman Lan Hartfield has 36 total tackles, with a team high 17 for a loss and a team high 5 sacks.

Gun Slingin’…
Last week’s historic passing performance set two Oberlin College records. Quarterback Josh Mandel threw for 454 yards, shattering the previous record by 87 yards. The previous record was held by quarterback’s coach Greg Mangan. The second record was Mandel’s 63 passing attempts. The previous record was 62. Any time a school record at Oberlin is broken, it is special because the program has been around since 1891.

Pass and Catch…
Two Oberlin receivers had career days against Washington last week. Robin Witjes had a stellar day of 13 receptions and 176 yards. Both of those statistics rank third all time at Oberlin. Senior Dan Weintraub showed the NCAC that he had arrived. He caught five passes for 126 yards and two touchdowns. All three of those were career highs, and he nearly doubled his yardage for the year in last week’s game.

Another 1000…
In the notes against Case we mentioned that Josh Mandel was approaching 2,000 passing yards in his career. After last week’s explosion, he is now only 377 yards away from 3,000 in his career. He is also approaching 5th all time, which is 3,041 held by Gregg Heiden, which was set from 1976-1979.

Sack Lunch…
Junior defensive lineman Clay Eaton is leading the NCAC in sacks after recording one last week. He has 6.5 this season, making his career total at 15. 15 career sacks is good for third all time at Oberlin. Last week’s tackle of the quarterback pushed him past Vinnie Hachigian, who had 14.5 from 2001-04 With 13 more career games, he only needs 7.5 to tie Chris Pasani for the all time record, which is 22.5. Going into Saturday, Denison had given up 29 sacks as a team, so look for Eaton to take a few steps closer to the record.

Rushing Attack…
Despite last week’s impressive passing attack, the Yeomen only managed four yards rushing. Coming into this week, Denison gives up 103.1 yards per game on the ground. Look for offensive coordinator Alan Estep to get Justin Williams and Drew Mixterinvolved in the game early, and establish a solid ground game that could open up the play action pass in later quarters.

Graduation Success Rates Above National Average at Wright State

The NCAA has released this year's Graduation Success Rates (GSR) for student-athletes in Division I athletics. Wright State continues to exceed the national average.

WSU women's tennis once again posted a perfect 100 while women's soccer (90), men's swimming (93) and women's swimming (96) scored in the 90 percentile. WSU's mark was 81 this year--up from 73 when it was first reported in 2004-05. The national average has been reported at 80 this year.

"We are pleased that our GRS score is once again above the national average and even more gratified that it has continued to increase through the years," said WSU Deputy Director of Athletics Roderick Perry. "I'm appreciative of the support and effort put forth by our faculty, academic advisors, coaches and most importantly, our student-athletes as they continue to make meaningful academic progress towards obtaining their degrees."

The GSR was developed as a more accurate way to track the academic success of student-athletes. Using a six-year time frame, the GSR measures graduation rates of student-athletes, including transfers.  If a student-athlete transfers from an institution in good academic standing, then the transfers are merely passed on to the new institution. This year's GSR scores include the incoming freshman classes from 2001-02 through 2004-05. The rate holds institutions accountable for transfer students, unlike the federal graduation rate. The Graduation Success Rate also accounts for midyear enrollees and is calculated in every sport.

Under the calculation, institutions are not penalized for outgoing transfer students who leave in good academic standing. The most recent Division I Graduation Success Rates are based on the four entering classes from 2000-01 through 2003-04. Nearly 105,000 student-athletes are included in the most recent four classes using the GSR methodology. This year marks the ninth year that GSR data has been collected. The NCAA began collecting these data with the entering freshmen class of 1995.

HEIDELBERG FOOTBALL TEAM LOOKS FOR SECOND STRAIGHT WIN, HOSTS WILMINGTON
SATURDAY



TIFFIN, Ohio-The Heidelberg University football team will look to win its
second straight game Saturday, Oct. 29 when it hosts Wilmington College in
an Ohio Athletic Conference game at Mayer Field in Tiffin, Ohio on Tiffin
Community Football Day.  Kickoff is slated for 1:30 p.m.  Tiffin area youth
football players wearing their game jerseys will receive free admission to
the game.

The game will be broadcast live on WTTF 1300 AM/93.3 FM and on the 'Berg
Athletics Network
(http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/heidelberg.portal#
<http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/heidelberg.portal> ).  John
Cullen, Jon Kerns and Matt Harp have the call on WTTF.  Jeff Garvin and
Chris Hoderny have the call on BAN.

In addition, live stats will be available at
http://www.heidelberg.edu/athletics/livestats.

The Student Princes, 42-20 winners at Marietta College last Saturday, enter
the game 5-2 overall and 4-2 in the OAC, and will be looking for their sixth
win of the season for the first time under fifth-year head coach Mike
Hallett, who took over a program that went 1-39 over the four-year stretch
(2003-06) prior to his arrival.  The last time the Berg won six games in a
season was in 1994 when it finished 7-3 under Dick West.

The Quakers, under second-year head coach Ken Minor, come to Tiffin 0-7
overall and 0-6 in the OAC following a 75-0 loss to Baldwin-Wallace College
last Saturday in Wilmington.  Wilmington has lost 23 consecutive games
dating back to 2009.

Last week in Marietta, Heidelberg grinded out a season-high 456 rushing
yards-led by sophomore second-team All-OAC running back Germany Woods
(Cleveland/St. Edward) with a season-high 226 yards on a
career-high 34 carries and sophomore running back/kick returner Cartel
Brooks (Kokomo, Ind./Galion) with 191 yards on just 11 carries, including
touchdown runs of 83 and 62 yards.  Woods was named OAC offensive player of
the week for his efforts.  Heidelberg totaled 530 yards of offense in just
under 24 minutes of possession time.

The Berg offense is averaging 30.8 points and 425.6 yards of total offense
per game, both of which rank second in the OAC.  Woods and Brooks lead a
ground attack that ranks 18th nationally, averaging 243.4 yards per game.
Woods, a 100-yard rusher in five of seven games this season and in nine of
his last 11 contests dating back to last season, is 13th in the nation and
second in the OAC with 130.4 yards per game.  He averages 5.3 yards per
carry (171 attempts, 913 yards) and is threatening to go over the 1,000-yard
mark for the second consecutive season to start his career.  Brooks is ninth
in the league with 55.8 yards per game and will provide the explosive
threat, averaging 11.2 yards per touch.  All five of his TDs this season
have been at a distance of 55 yards or more, including two kick returns.

Freshman quarterback Michael Mees (North Ridgeville) will direct the
offense.  Mees has completed 48.6 percent (85-of-175) of his passes this
season for 1,128 yards and has thrown for 13 TDs.  He is fourth in league
with 175.4 passing yards per game.  Mees' favorite target has been junior
wide receiver Mario Escalante (Highland Heights, Ky./Newport Central
Catholic), who leads the team with 18 receptions for 342 yards, and has
caught one TD.  Senior wide receiver CJ Powell (Detroit, Mich./Bishop Foley)
leads the team with five TD catches.  Mees will be well protected, as the
front five leads the OAC and is eighth nationally with just four sacks
allowed.

The Student Prince offense will match up against a Wilmington defense that
is last in the OAC in giving up 40.3 points and 439.7 yards of total offense
per game and is ninth in allowing 234.2 rushing yards per game.  Matt
McFadden anchors the group with 66 tackles, good for fifth in the league.
McFadden also has 6.5 tackles for loss and has broken up four passes.
Antwoine Shelton is second with 61 tackles and 6.5 tackles for loss.  Jamar
Roberts leads the secondary with 40 stops and a team-high six passes
defended.  Darian McGree anchors a three-man defensive front with 29
tackles, including five for loss, and one interception.

The Quaker offense averages 7.3 points, 210.9 yards of total offense and
44.9 rushing yards per game, all of which rank 10th in the OAC.  Tyrell
Richardson leads the team with 33.2 rushing yards per game and one TD.

Brandon Arehart will guide the passing attack.  Arehart is completing 48.8
percent (106-of-217) of his passes for 1,110 yards and six TDs.  Kyle
Blakeman leads the receiving corps with 33 receptions and 417 yards, good
for fifth and seventh in the conference, respectively.  Malcolm Heard is
ninth in the OAC with 25 catches and has 272 receiving yards.  Blakeman has
five TD receptions, while Heard has one.

The Student Prince defense is allowing 24.1 points and 405.3 yards of total
offense per game, including 151.6 yards on the ground and 253.7 yards
through the air.  The linebacking corps of junior reigning OAC defensive
player of the week Craig Sykes (Centerburg) and sophomore Dawson Gore
(Bellevue) lead a defensive unit that ranks third in the OAC and 23rd
nationally with 22 sacks and has forced 26 turnovers.  Sykes is seventh in
the league with 65 tackles and has an OAC-leading four INTs, while Gore is
eighth in the league with 61 hits, including a team-high 8.5 for loss.
Junior defensive back Justin Suddeth (Akron/Warren Howland) anchors the
secondary with 37 tackles and three pass break-ups.  Senior defensive back
Tony Gordon (Euclid) leads the conference with 10 total passes defended,
including two INTs.  Junior defensive lineman Stephen Fejedelem (Ravenna)
tops the defensive front with 31 tackles, including four for loss and two
forced fumbles.

The Berg has relied heavily on special teams through its first seven games.
Junior kicker and two-time OAC special teams player of the week Dan Kilger
(Novi, Mich./Novi) has connected on seven-of-11 field goals, while the kick
return unit leads the conference with 22.9 yards per return.

Hallett's group is looking for its third straight win against the Quakers
and fourth in the last five seasons.  The Berg won last year's meeting,
36-3, in Wilmington.  The Quakers lead the all-time series, 8-3, dating back
to 2000.

Have A Heart Fundraiser Set for Friday

The Wright State women's soccer team will be raising money for the Mikell Thompson Fund during its match today with Cleveland State.

When: Friday, October 28th 7 PM
Where: Alumni Field
What: Fundraiser for the Mikell Thompson Fund
Why: In memory of Mikell Thompson who was an avid support of Wright State Women's soccer attending all home games the last 4 years. We are raising money for the Mikell Thompson fund that is going to be used for research and a scholarship for an under privileged student.

Also, the women's soccer team is asking fans to show their support by wearing red, donating at the door and donating $1 for every goal WSU scores that night.


Yeomen End Home Season in Grand Fashion

Oberlin, Ohio - Ari Schwartz’s game-winning goal with 5:38 left in the second overtime propelled the Oberlin College men’s soccer team to a thrilling 3-2 come-from-behind victory on Wednesday night at Fred Shults Field.

The game-winner, which was Schwartz’s first goal of the season, came following a corner kick service into the box. Following a header by Justin Griffiths the ball got batted around in the box before Schwartz belted it into the back of the cage.

The end-game heroics wouldn’t even have happened if it were for senior Oliver Miller-Farrell as he tied the game at 2-2 with just 42 seconds left in regulation. On the play the keeper ran out at him, but totally missed, leaving the goal wide open for Miller-Farrell to finish the job. He was setup for the score by Joe Graybeal.

Oberlin netted the first goal of the game at the 19:23 mark of the first half when Griffiths chipped in a shot over the keeper’s head. Both Graybeal and Matt Capozzi set him up for the score.

The Gators would add the equalizer just before the half and later tack on the go-ahead score in the 71st minute to go up 2-1.

Oberlin had numerous opportunities to win it in the first overtime period as four of their five shots in the session were on frame, while another shot flew just wide. The stanza was pretty indicative as to how the whole game went as Oberlin had chances throughout the contest.

The Yeomen finished with a 26-19 edge in shots as they squeezed off eight attempts in the two overtime periods alone. Corner kicks were dead even at seven apiece.

Brandt Rentel played an outstanding game in goal, making seven saves on the night to help keep Oberlin within striking distance in the closing moments.

Oberlin will conclude the regular season when it travels west to take on nationally ranked DePauw on Saturday afternoon at 2:30 p.m.


Scots blank Yewomen

Wooster, Ohio- The Oberlin College women's soccer team fell in their game today against the Fighting Scots of Wooster. The final score was 6-0.

The Yeowomen struggled to get their offense going from the start of the game. The Scots jumped out to a quick lead, scoring in the first three minutes of the game. The Yeowomen only were able to get off one shot in the first half. The score at half time was 3-0.

The Yeowomen played better offensively in the second half, taking five shots, but were unable to find the back of the net. Lori Sakoand Hanna Combe each took two shots in the match to lead the Yeowomen. The Scots were able to score three more goals in the second  half, to end the game at 6-0.

The Yeowomen finish off their season on Saturday when they travel to DePauw. The final game of the 2011 campaign is scheduled for a 12 p.m. start.

'BERG WOMEN's soccer loses at ONU


ADA, Ohio-Junior goalkeeper Molly Schriber (Sidney) made seven saves in the
first half, but the Heidelberg University women's soccer team lost an Ohio
Athletic Conference match to No. 12 Ohio Northern University, 4-0, today at
the ONU Soccer Field in Ada, Ohio.  Alyssa Merrick scored two goals and
assisted on two more scores in the opening period to lead the Polar Bears.

The loss drops the Berg to 6-10-1 overall and 3-5-0 in the OAC.  The Polar
Bears improved to 14-1-2 overall and 8-0-0 in the league and have won 10
consecutive matches.

Merrick notched her first assist when she found Abbie Schauble with an open
look at the net in the third minute to give ONU a 1-0 lead.  Merrick put the
Polar Bears up, 2-0, just three minutes later when she headed a Sami
Atkinson cross into the net.

ONU extended its lead to 3-0 in the 19th minute, as Merrick and Atkinson
reserved roles, with Atkinson scoring of a long-range cross from Merrick.

Merrick scored her second goal of the half in the 28th minute to increase
the Polar Bear lead to 4-0.

Playing with just 12 available student-athletes, the Berg offense was paced
by sophomore midfielder Brittany Newcomer (Cleveland/Parma Heights Holy
Name) and freshman midfielder Leeora Mohler (Marysville).

In goal, Schriber logged 45 minutes before being relieved by sophomore
Brittany Labry (Aurora/Twinsburg), who made three saves.

Erin Waehner faced one shot in 45 minutes and made one save for ONU.
Bay Village's Kristen Dewees played the second half in goal.

 


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St. Ignatius, St. Ed’s set again to do the Holy War in front of 10,000 fans

By Ed Daugherty

LAKEWOOD – The 2011 edition of the Holy War will take place Saturday when St. Edward football hosts St. Ignatius here in Lakewood Stadium in front of 10,000 fans.

Note: This story could also be found at S/A-Cleveland's national electronic paper, S/A-Jesuit: https://sites.google.com/a/studentathletecleveland.com/student-athlete-jesuit/ And By Clicking on Oct. 28 A Page

Both teams are 7-2 and in the top four in the computer rankings. A win guarantees a home game for next week’s playoffs for either team.


GAME PREVIEW


Last week, in front of 4,550 fans at Don Shula Stadium, the Wildcats let one slip away in a heartbreaking 14-12 loss to Cincinnati St. Xavier. St. Ignatius (7-2) was driving for the game-winning field goal, but a fumble with 21 seconds remaining in the 4th quarter and the Bombers escaped.

The Wildcats were facing first-and-10 on the Bombers' 36 when a botched snap from center put the ball on the ground. St. Xavier's Brian Douglas scooped up the Wildcats' third turnover of the game, and the

Bombers (7-2) iced the game from there.

The Wildcats missed a chance to tie it with 7:41 remaining when Williams found Jake Mooney (six  catches, 100 yards) on a 35-yard score. Kyle opted to go for two, but Williams' pass to Tim McCoy missed.

Also last week, St. Edward High School wide receivers Anthony Young and Quincy Jones demonstrated more speed than Moeller could handle. And on a perfect fall Saturday afternoon from Lakewood Stadium, the Eagles put such speed to use on both sides of the football en route to a decisive win over Moeller, 42-27.

After initially trailing, 7-0, the Eagles shifted into high gear. Junior RB Kenny Butler scored on a 5-yard touchdown run, while JR QB Ryan Fallon connected with Young on a 30-yard TD strike.

The Fallon-to -Young combination would surface two more times, while Butler scored a total of three touchdowns leading the Eagles to victory. Fallon threw for over 300 yards, while Young and Jones both accumulated over 100 yards in pass

receptions.

St. Edward HS opened in 1949 and is run by the Brothers of the Holy Cross - the same order running the University of Notre Dame Following WWII, the Brothers of the Holy Cross would open 3 HS in the Cleveland Diocesse - Gilmour Academy, Akron Hoban, and St. Edward.

Capital improvements over the last decade include: The Jack Kahl Student and Leadership Center, The Lowe Technology Center, and the Holy Family Chapel - with a replica Golden Dome, inspired by the one at Notre Dame.

RIVALS.COM TOP 10 HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

RIVALRIES IN THE UNITED STATES

This game is so big, it - unlike so many rivalries on this list - doesn't need a special nickname. The Ohio

communities sit about seven miles apart (think Duke-North Carolina in basketball) and both focus their energy

the entire week of the game into topping their counterparts. It is the oldest HS football rivalry WEST of the

Alleghany Mountains.

1) Massillon Washington (or simply Massillon High) vs Canton McKinley

2)  Jenks (OK) vs Union (OK) - The Backyard Brawl

3) Lowndes (GA) vs Valdosta (GA) - The Winnersville 3 Classic

4) Pahokee (FL) vs Glades Central (FL) - The Muck Bowl

5) St. Xavier (KY) vs Trinity (KY) - Battle for the Shillelagh

6) St. Ignatius vs St. Edward - The Holy War

The St. Ignatius - St. Edward rivalry is the LONGEST CURRENT rivalry for each school. Plain and simple, these two schools compete in EVERYTHING. In fact, in the last few years, the schools staged a Battle of Blood - a competition to see which school could donate the most blood to the American Red Cross.

Ohio and Florida are the only TWO states to have TWO rivalries in the Top-10

7) Northwestern (FL) vs Jackson (FL) - The Soul Bowl

8) Periman (TX) vs Lee (TX) - Friday Night Lights

9) Las Cruces (NM) vs Mayfield (NM) - Battle for the City

10) Mt. Carmel (IL) vs St. Rita (IL)-

These two Southside Chicago squads have been battling since 1924. The Chicago Tribune compared this

game to the Cubs-White Sox rivalry, and brothers who compete for the different schools decline to talk to each

other during the week.

Ed's-Ignatius game on 1220/'HKW this week

The high school football game Saturday October 29th between St. Ignatius High School and St Edward High School at Lakewood Stadium (Lakewood, OH) will air LIVE on WHKW-AM 1220 and on www.thesportsking.com at 7:00 PM 
 
Ed Daugherty (play-by-play) and Mike Gibbons (color) will have the call - LIVE on WHKW-AM 1220 at 7:00 pm. 
 Extended Pre-Game begins at 6:30 pm  
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Mount Union to Host Trick-or-Treat With The Raiders This Sunday


Mount Union's athletic teams will host Trick-or-Treat with The Raiders Sunday, Oct. 30 from 2-4 in the Peterson Fieldhouse on campus in Alliance.


The FREE event is open to children in grade five and under and each Purple Raider team with members in uniform will have a station set-up with games and activities along with candy for the children.


"It is a fun event that allows our student-athletes to help in the community," commented event organizer and head women's basketball coach Suzy Venet.  "We encourage everyone to come and enjoy a safe and fun way to trick-or-treat and weather will not be a factor indoors."


Also helping with the event are members of Mount Union's chapter of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.


Spartan Women Tabbed Fourth in UAA Preseason Coaches’ Poll

PITTSFORD, N.Y. – The Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team was tabbed fourth in the University Athletic Association Preseason Coaches' Poll released this afternoon. The Spartans (13-12, 7-7 UAA in 2010-11) placed fourth in the conference last season and have three winning seasons in four years under Head Coach Jennifer Reimer.

Defending champion University of Chicago (Ill.) is favored to win the conference after receiving seven out of a possible eight first-place votes. Washington University-St. Louis was picked second, University of Rochester (N.Y.) third, Case fourth, Emory University (Ga.) fifth, Brandeis University (Mass.) sixth, New York University seventh and Carnegie Mellon University (Pa.) eighth.

Case returns four starters, including two All-UAA selections, and eight letterwinners as the squad looks to compete for a UAA Championship this winter.

Headlining Case's veteran roster is three-time All-UAA senior forward Erin Hollinger (Chardon, Ohio/Chardon), who led the league at 16.8 points per game and 46 blocked shots last season. Hollinger, a D3Hoops.com Honorable Mention Preseason All-American this season, was a finalist for the Jostens Trophy (Division III Player of the Year) as a junior. She enters her senior season in seventh place on the CWRU career scoring list (1,093).


Also back is second-team All-UAA junior guard Evy Iacono (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame). She finished second on the team at 12.4 ppg and ranked in the top-10 in the UAA in assists (4.6 apg), free throw percentage (.746), steals (51), three-pointers (47), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.2) and minutes (33.9 mpg).

Two others return from the starting lineup – junior point guard Erica Iafelice (North Canton, Ohio/Canton Hoover) and junior forward Marissa Miles (McDonald, Pa./Fort Cherry). Iafelice led the UAA in minutes played per game (34.8) and ranked fifth in the league in assists per game (4.4), second in steals per game (2.3), fourth in three-point field goal percentage (.361) and fifth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.5). Miles started all 25 games a year ago and averaged 4.8 points and 1.9 rebounds.

The Spartans play an exhibition game on Monday, November 7 at 7:00 p.m. at Cleveland State University before officially opening the season on Tuesday, Nov. 15 on the road versus Washington & Jefferson College (Pa.) at 7 p.m.

Spartan Volleyball Sweeps Oberlin on Seniors’ Night

CLEVELAND (University Circle) – In its final tune-up before the University Athletic Association Championship Tournament, the Case Western Reserve University volleyball team worked some younger players into the mix and swept Oberlin College on Seniors' Night at Horsburgh Gymnasium.

The Spartans end the regular season at 21-8 overall and will now prepare for the UAA Championship on Friday and Saturday, November 4-5 at New York University. Case enters as the No. 4 seed and will play host NYU on Friday at 2:00 p.m.

Case defeated Oberlin (1-25) by scores of 25-7, 25-13 and 25-14.


Prior to the match, CWRU honored its three volleyball senior student-athletes, middle hitters Tricia McCutchan (Hamilton, Ohio/Stephen T. Badin) and Ellie Lyman(Sawyer, Mich./Bridgman) as well as outside hitter Rachael Suchy (Venetia, Pa./Peters Township).

As a team, the Spartans turned in a season-high hitting percentage of .434. McCutchan posted 12 kills without an error in just 16 attempts for a .750 percentage. Lyman totaled nine kills.

Junior setter Breana Freeman (Geneva, Ohio/Geneva) paced the offense with 30 assists and posted four kills in just seven attempts.

Defensively, McCutchan totaled 11 digs for her 12th double-double of the season and recorded her 468th career block – just one away from tying the school record set by Krissa Kean (1995-98). McCutchan is already the school's all-time kills leader (1,875).

NO. 5 'BERG VOLLEYBALL to close regular 

season at Emory (Ga.) invitational


TIFFIN, Ohio-After winning its third consecutive Ohio Athletic Conference
championship outright with a sweep of Ohio Northern University on Tuesday,
the No. 5 Heidelberg University volleyball team will close its 2011 regular
season Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28-29 at the Emory (Ga.) Invitational in
Atlanta.  The Berg has matches against Washington & Lee (Va.) University and
Lee (Tenn.) University at 2:30 and 5 p.m. on Friday, and tilts against No.
12 Juniata (Pa.) College and No. 2 Emory University at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
on Saturday.

Live stats for Saturday afternoon's match against Emory will be available at
http://www.go.emory.edu/LiveStats/VBall/XLIVE.HTM.  Live video will be
available at http://www.emoryathletics.com/information/webcasts.

The matches against Juniata (21-6) and Emory (29-2) will be the second and
third for Heidelberg this season against 2010 Final Four participants.  The
Berg suffered one of its two losses to defending national champion and
top-ranked Calvin (Mich.) College earlier this season.

The Tri-Color begins this weekend's slate 28-2 overall and riding a 19-match
winning streak, dropping just six sets during that stretch.

The offensive charge is led by junior second-team All-OAC outside hitter
Marian Bevington (Celina/Parkway), who leads with 234 kills (2.72 kills per
set) and a .349 hitting percentage.  Three more have 200 or more kills.

HEIDELBERG CROSS COUNTRY TEAMS LOOK FOR OAC 

TITLE THIS WEEKEND


Both teams last competed at the Oberlin College Interregional Rumble on Oct.
15, where the men's team placed 10th among 34 teams, while the women placed
25th among 33 teams.

Senior John Gogle (Sunbury/Big Walnut) topped the men's squad in 30th place
among 315 runners in a time of 26:38.40.  Sophomore Sophie Goobic (Canton,
N.Y./Hugh C. Williams) led the women's top five by finishing in 67th place
in a field of 282 runners with a time of 24:05.00.

Mentor's Kolesar

Mount union explodes for seven goals in Musky rout


ALLIANCE, Ohio—Six players netted scores as the Mount Union women's soccer team defeated Muskingum, 7-0, Wednesday night at Mount Union Stadium. With the win, the Purple Raiders (8-8-2, 3-5-0) pulled into a four-way tie for the final two spots in next week's Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament.


Playing in her final home match, senior Alyssa Flitcraft (Alliance/Marlington) provided an immediate spark off the bench. 


The teams had combined for just two shots when the speedy Flitcraft entered in the 24th minute. Flitcraft was able to get off two shots within the next three minutes. Finally, in the 30th minute, she found juniorKylee Kolesar (Mentor/Mentor) in the box. Kolesar possessed the ball and buried the shot into the back of the net for her seventh goal of the season.


Less than a minute later, Ashley Kuhn (North Olmsted/North Olmsted) was able to convert a corner by Ashley Sams (Louisville/St. Thomas Aquinas) into the Raiders' second goal of the night. Jen Sprandel (Green/Green) scored off another corner by Sams a few minutes later for a 3-0 lead heading to halftime.


Flitcraft got back into the action in the second half. The OAC's second-leading goal scorer netted a pair of goals to give her 10 on the season. Seniors Kaleigh Stanley (Twinsburg/Twinsburg) and Christin Handley(East Aurora, N.Y./Iroquois Central) assisted on the scores.


Two freshmen, Gina Wall (Warren/Howland) and Nicole Moldovan (Cortland/Lakeview), also added second half goals. Wall was able to maneuver her way through the defense for her score in the 64th minute. In the 85thminute, Moldovan scored on a header off a corner by Sprandel.


Freshman goalkeeper Maria Favorite (Chesterland/Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) started and made one save in 45 scoreless minutes in net. Fellow freshman Jackie Podolsky (Canfield/Canfield) replaced her at halftime and also made one save in 45 minutes. Starter Sara Poling made nine saves for Muskingum (5-13-0, 1-7-0) while Megan Dever made one save for the Muskies.


Mount Union returns to action on Saturday when they visit Otterbein. A win will likely qualify the Raiders for the OAC Tournament for the first time since 2003.

 

 








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