B Page -- Oct. 4, 2010

Natalie Daniels
Natalie Daniels -- broke CSU record for assists

Viking Report

Continued from A Page

The men's soccer team will be at home to host Pittsburgh for a non-league match on Wednesday (Oct. 6) and then returns to league play to face Valparaiso on Saturday (Oct. 9).  Both contests will begin at 7:00 p.m. at Krenzler Field.

The women's soccer team will take to the road for an important league road swing.  CSU will play at Loyola on Friday (Oct. 8) at 7:00 p.m. and then visit Detroit on Sunday (Oct. 10) for a 12:00 noon meeting with the Titans.

The cross country team will be in Southeast Ohio to run in the Shawnee State Invitational.  The 5,000-meter race will be held on Friday (Oct. 8) at 4:15 p.m.

After a week off from play, the women's tennis team will be in Toledo for their third tourney of the fall.  CSU will compete in the Toledo Invitational from Friday (Oct. 8) through Sunday (Oct. 10).

With the season opener less than two weeks away, the men's and women's swimming teams will host the annual Green & White Intrasquad on Saturday (Oct. 9) at 10:00 a.m. in Busbey Natatorium.

Volleyball To Play Four Matches In Six Days
Vikings Are 12-1 Overall & 3-1 In Horizon League Play

The Cleveland State volleyball team faces its busiest week of the season when the Vikings play four matches over a six day span this week, including home matches with Butler on Tuesday (Oct. 5) at 5:00 p.m. and Wright State on Wednesday (Oct. 6) at 7:00 p.m. The Vikings then hit the road to take on Valparaiso on Saturday (Oct. 9) at 7:00 p.m. and Loyola on Sunday (Oct. 10) at 4:00 p.m.

"This is one of the most important weeks of the season for us," head coach Chuck Voss said. "We play four matches over six days and will have to maintain our focus and intensity during each and every point. We have been playing well both offensively and defensively this season and I expect that to continue this week."

CSU improved to 12-1 overall and 3-1 in the Horizon League by defeating Youngstown State, 3-0, in its lone match last week. The win helped the Vikings continue the best start in school history.

Kara Koch hammered out a match-best 12 kills and Jackie Dabbelt added 11, while Amy Grabiec made 21 digs, marking the 19th time in the last 20 matches that she reached double-digit digs. Annie Djukic, making her third career start, notched 31 assists and nine digs.

Women's Soccer Travels To Loyola & Detroit
Vikings Are Tied For Second In Horizon League Standings

Cleveland State takes to the road for the first time in Horizon League play this week when the Vikings play a pair of matches.  CSU opens the week on Friday (Oct. 8) with a 7:00 p.m. CDT contest against first place Loyola and then plays at Detroit on Sunday (Oct. 10) at 12:00 noon.

The Vikings (6-5-2, 2-1) begin the week with six points in league play, tying them with Milwaukee and Wright State for second place, one point behind Loyola (4-8-1, 2-0-1).  CSU plays four of its five remaining league matches on the road.

"We've put ourselves in a good position by playing well at home, but if we want to remain near the top of the league standings, we are going to have to play well on the road, starting this week," CSU head coach Derrek Falor said.

The Vikings improved to 2-1 in league play by outlasting Youngstown State, 1-0, on Friday night (Oct. 1) at Krenzler Field.  Freshman Taylor Vidovic, who has been limited for most of the season because of injuries, scored her first career goal to provide the game-winner.  Junior Natalie Daniels added an assist, giving her 11 in her career to break the old school record of 10 held by Jennifer Wieand (2004-08) and Lisa Conway (2005-06).

Men's Soccer Hosts Pitt & Valparaiso
Vikings Are Tied For Third In League Race

Cleveland State's men's soccer team will continue a season-long five-match home stand which two contests this week. The Vikings host Pittsburgh on Wednesday, Oct. 6, and will play Horizon League opponent Valparaiso on Saturday (Oct. 9). Both matches will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Both matches will be against teams against whom CSU has had recent success. The Vikings played Pittsburgh to a 2-2 double overtime tie last season. They also own a 9-3 series lead over Valparaiso, including a 4-1 edge in contests played at Krenzler Field.

Head coach Ali Kazemaini expects his team to be competitive in both matches, but plans on using the Pittsburgh game to prepare for Valparaiso.

"We're going to try and get a lot of guys in (against Pittsburgh)," he said. "We'll let some of our starters get some rest, and try a few different combinations on the field."

Cleveland State is coming off a hard-fought 1-0 double-overtime loss to Milwaukee on Sunday (Oct. 3) that ended CSU's school record 17-match home undefeated streak.  The Vikings, who had kept the streak alive with a 3-1 victory over Green Bay the previous Friday (Oct. 1), gave up a goal with 4:31 remaining in the second overtime.

Prior to Sunday , CSU (4-6-0, 2-2-0 HL) had not lost at home since the end of the 2007 season.

"It's ultimately disappointing ," Kazemaini said of the streak coming to an end. "We had established a good expectation of winning at home. We have to take care of our home field, and we will need to get back to that this week. Hopefully on Wednesday we can start a brand new (home undefeated) streak."

Men's Golf To Host Telich Sun Life Financial/CSU Invitational

The men's golf team will stay home this week, hosting the Telich Sun Life Financial/CSU Invitational on Monday and Tuesday (Oct. 4-5) at historic Canterbury G.C. in Beachwood, Ohio. The course layout will play as a par 71, 7,012 yards from the championship tees.

In addition to CSU, the 15 team field will include Appalachian State, Austin Peay, Cincinnati, IPFW, Loyola, Malone, North Dakota State, Northern Illinois, Oakland, Ohio Wesleyan, Robert Morris, St. Francis, Wright State, Youngstown State, as well as several individuals.

"We are very excited to be hosting the Telich Sun Life Financial/CSU Invitational at a golf course with a rich history and tradition like Canterbury has," head coach Steve Weir said. "It is a very demanding, yet fair course with a lot of variation of holes that will reward good play. The golf course has a history of hosting elite competition and I expect it to be a great course for this event."

The Vikings were in action last week at the John Piper Invitational at the par-72, 7,064 yard Stone Ridge G.C., finishing 10th out of 12 teams at the rain shortened event. The Vikings shot an opening round 297 and followed that with a 307 in the afternoon round on Monday (Sept. 27).  The final 18 holes on Tuesday (Sept. 28) were cancelled due to heavy rain.

CSU had three players finish in the top-10, including freshman Andrew Bailey who tied for third place at 145 with rounds of 72-73. Senior Kent Monas and sophomore Michael Klaric tied for 10th place.

Women's Golf To Play In Butler Invitational

After being out of action for three weeks, the Cleveland State women's golf team will take to the course on Monday and Tuesday (Oct. 4-5) when the Vikings compete at the 36 hole Butler Fall Invitational at the par-72, 6,197-yard Eagle Creek G.C.

"We've had two pretty good tournaments to open the season and we have continued to work hard and improve this fall," head coach Steve Weir said. "We have such a young team so there will be a lot of ups and downs, but as long as we continue to show improvement, I think this team is capable of some great things."

CSU finished 12th of 18 teams at the Bucknell Lady Bison Classic in its last competition on Sept. 11-12 at the par-70, 6,006-yard Bucknell Golf Club. The Vikings were in 13th place after shooting 332-335 in the first two rounds before a final round 329 moved CSU up one spot in the final standings.

Sophomore Ariel Sparrow was the Vikings top finisher, tying for 21st place with rounds of 77-70-80 (237), while sophomore Lisa Barber tied for 39th at 244 (82-81-81).

Swimming Preps For Season Opener With Green & White Meet

The CSU men's and women's swimming and diving teams will kick off the 2010-11 season on Saturday, Oct. 9 with the Viking Green and White intrasquad scrimmage. Both teams are coming off 14-win seasons, and both expect great things in the Horizon League this year.

"We have combined both experienced and talented new swimmers to form a very balanced and competitive team," head coach Wally Morton said.

The 14 wins were the most in a season in school history for the women, and a strong returning group, headlined by the very versatile Joanna Olsson, expects to build off that success in 2010-11.

Olsson, last season's team newcomer of the year, tied the conference record in the 500 free (4:54.39) and set seven school records last season in freestyle, IM and butterfly events.  She joins eight other returning Vikings who own CSU top 10 times.

Junior Mark de Swardt, who has never lost an individual event in two trips to the Horizon League championships, leads a men's team with lofty expectations for the upcoming season.

"We will make every effort to have an athlete in every event in the NCAA Championships," Morton said. "That's a feat that CSU is the only Horizon League school to ever accomplish."

The returning upperclassmen own two Horizon League records, four school records and feature six members who have posted top 10 Cleveland State times.

Both squads will open the season a week from Friday (Oct. 15) when CSU hosts Niagara, Gannon, Butler and St. Francis in dual meets. The diving competition will begin at 3:00 p.m., while the swimming events are set to start at 5:00 p.m.

Shawnee State Invitational Up Next For Cross Country

The cross country team is back in action on Friday (Oct. 8) when the Vikings compete at the Shawnee State Invitational at Riverside Park. It will be the sixth consecutive weekend that the Vikings are in action.

"This is a very important week for us," head coach Joe Jaketic said. "We only have two more races left before the league championship so we want to make sure that we continue to work hard and show improvement. We have been working hard each week and I feel that the results are showing."

CSU was in action on Friday (Oct. 1) at the All-Ohio Championship in Cedarville, Ohio, finishing 23rd of 39 teams. It was the best finish at the event in program history, bettering the previous best finish of 29th set in 2008.

Junior Allison Craine was 75th overall in 19:03, while junior Brittany Elmlinger placed 97th in 19:17. Junior Kari Haywood finished 149th in 19:56 and junior Kelly Zaleski was close behind, placing 167th in 20:12.

Men's Tennis Out Of Action Until ITA Regionals

Cleveland State will be out of action for the next two weeks, returning to competitive action from Oct. 21-25 when the Vikings compete at the ITA Regional Championships in South Bend, Ind.

"We have been going strong for the last month or so and the next few weeks will give us a chance to get a little rest and regroup," head coach Brian Etzkin said. "We have had some great performances this fall and are going to continue to improve on some things as we prepare for the regional championships."

Three Viking players, Yannick Goossens, Rob Fox and Matt Kuelker, traveled to Tulsa, Okla., over the weekend to compete in the prestigious All-American Championships which features some of the best competition from around the country.

Goossens won his first match in the pre-qualifying draw with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Vlad Marinescu of Wichita State, 6-4, 6-2, before falling later in the day to Chris Kearney of UC Irvine, 6-0, 6-3. Fox dropped a three set match to Krzysztof Muzalewski of Old Dominion, while Kuelker fought hard but fell to Tyler Brown of Texas San Antonio, 6-2, 6-2.
Women's Tennis Returns To Action At Toledo Invitational

Following a weekend off, the women's tennis team will be back on the court when Cleveland State competes in the Toledo Invitational from Oct.8-10. It will be the Vikings third tournament of the fall.

"We used the week off to get a little rest and improve on some things," head coach Brian Etzkin said. "We've been able to get some nice wins in both singles and doubles during the first two tournaments and that is hopefully something we can build upon. I like where we are at as a team at this point in the season and I expect us to continue to work hard and improve every time we take the court."

The Vikings last competed at the Michigan State Invitational from Sept. 24-26, winning a singles title and also claiming a consolation championship. Sophomore Mengdi Liu won the Draw "E" singles championship with a 4-0 mark for her second individual title in as many weeks. Liu is now 7-0 this spring and has won all 14 sets that she has played.

Freshman Alex Bush also had a successful weekend at Michigan State, winning three straight matches after dropping her opener to claim the consolation championship in the Draw "D" singles bracket.

Viking High Fives

Andrew Bailey:  The freshman golfer tied for third place at the John Piper Invitational, firing rounds of 72 and 73.

Amy Grabiec:  The junior libero has reached double-digit digs in 19 of CSU's last 20 matches.

Brad Stuver:  The sophomore goalkeeper, who entered the week as the Horizon League's save leader, stopped 11 shots this week, including seven against Milwaukee.

Natalie Daniels:  The junior midfielder broke the CSU record when she recorded her 11th career assist in the Vikings 1-0 win over Youngstown State.

This Week's Schedule

Oct. 4-5 (Mon.-Tues.)
Men's Golf hosts CSU Invitational
Beachwood, OH

Women's Golf at Butler Fall Invitational
Indianapolis, IN

Oct. 5 (Tuesday)
Volleyball hosts Butler
Woodling Gym, 5:00 p.m.

Oct. 6 (Wednesday)
Volleyball hosts WSU
Woodling Gym, 7:00 p.m.

Men's Soccer hosts Pittsburgh
Krenzler Field, 7:00 p.m.

Oct. 8 (Friday)
Cross Country at Shawnee State Invitational
West Portsmouth, Ohio, 4:15 p.m.

Women's Soccer at Loyola
Chicago, IL, 7:00 p.m.

Women's Tennis at Toledo Invitational
Toledo, OH

Oct. 9 (Saturday)
Volleyball at Valparaiso
Valparaiso, IN, 7:00 p.m.

Men's Soccer hosts Valparaiso
Krenzler Field, 7:00 p.m.

Women's Tennis at Toledo Invitational
Toledo, OH

Swimming hosts Green & White Instrasquad
Busbey Natatorium, 10:00 a.m.

Oct. 10 (Sunday)
Women's Soccer at Detroit
Detroit, MI, 12:00 noon

Volleyball at Loyola
Chicago, IL, 4:00 p.m.

Women's Tennis at Toledo Invitational
Toledo, OH

Notre Dame to add yet two more 


Oct 4, 2010

By Andy Barch

SOUTH EUCLID -- Notre Dame College will be adding Men’s and Women’s Rowing in 2011-12, the College announced today.


The women’s team will become the first varsity rowing program in northeast Ohio, and the men’s team will be a club team.  The college also announced the hiring of Russell Eckles as the head coach for both teams.  


“The addition of both Men’s and Women’s Rowing is exciting for NDC. We view this as a tremendous opportunity to become the first varsity program in the area, and Russell is the right coach to recruit talented student-athletes and build a quality program,” said Director of Athletics Susan Hlavacek. “We view this as a tremendous opportunity to become the first women’s varsity program in Northeast Ohio. Athletic programs are an important aspect of the total college experience and, like other extracurricular activities, serve as a means of recruiting and retaining high-quality students.”


Eckles has been in the Cleveland area as an instructor for over 25 years.  He graduated from Bowling Green State University in 1975 and coaches for both Saint Ignatius and theWestern Reserve Rowing Association


"The development of a high quality men's club and women's varsity rowing program at NDC is an exciting opportunity, for the school, its student athletes, and the growing rowing community of Cleveland,” said Eckles.  “I am deeply honored to be involved in this process."


The Falcons will begin recruiting immediately for the inaugural season, which is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2012. 


According to usrowing.org, there are 40 rowing/crew programs in the state of Ohio, ranging from clubs, to organizations, to collegiate teams, to high school teams.  There are ninerowing clubs and organizations in northeast Ohio, including four high school teams (Beaumont, St. Ignatius, Shaker Heights, and the Cleveland Scholastic Rowing Association).   The state of Ohio has 14 high school rowing teams. 


In Ohio, rowing is a club sport at approximately 12 universities including Case Western, Cleveland State, John Carroll and Baldwin Wallace.  The three varsity women's programs in Ohio include Ohio State, Dayton and Marietta. Collegiate rowing at many universities is a club sport for both men and women.  While men's rowing is strictly a club program, women's rowing has become a women's varsity sport at 144 universities.  (87 Division-I, 17 Division-II, 40 Division-III)

Spartan Linebacker Jacob Adams 

Named UAA Defensive Player of 

the Week


Oct. 4

By Nick Minerd

PITTSFORD, NY - The University Athletic Association has named Case Western Reserve University junior linebacker Jacob Adams (Cincinnati, OH/Princeton) as the conference’s football Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Spartans’ 24-23 overtime victory versus Allegheny College (PA).


Adams blocked the potential game-tying extra point in overtime to help preserve Case’s 35-game regular winning streak. He also totaled a team-high tying 12 tackles and a forced fumble.


This season, Adams leads the team with 43 tackles and has 2.5 tackles for loss and one sack. Both the Player of the Week honor and the blocked extra point are career-firsts.


Adams and the Spartans (4-0) return to action this Saturday, October 9, at Oberlin College at 1:00 p.m. at Savage Field.

Jackets take fifth in Meadville

BEREA, OHIO – The Baldwin-Wallace College women’s golf team finished fifth of 12 teams at the Allegheny (Pa.) College Invitational Tournament at the Meadville Country Club in Meadville, Pennsylvania.

The Yellow Jacket “A” team shot a first round total of 357 strokes and a second day 348 to total 705 strokes to place fifth.  Allegheny, who is third-ranked nationally, was the tournament champion with a two-day total of 655.   The B-W “B” team carded a first round 383 and a second day 376 for a total of 759 strokes.

Leading the Yellow Jacket “A” team was led freshman Emilee Woolf (Ravenna/ Senior) who carded rounds of 90 and 82 for a total of 172 to finish tied for 13th Freshman Miranda Cunningham (Dayton/ Dayton Christian) finished tied for 15th with rounds of an 90 and 84 for 174 while sophomore All-Ohio Athletic Conference player Brooke Hamilton (Cleveland/ St. Joseph Academy) and freshman Rebecca Jones (Hilliard/Darby) both turned who turned in a scores of 180 for a tie for 23rd place. Rounding out the “A” team was sophomore All-OAC player Rebecca Kapusta (Independence) carding rounds of 90 and 91 for 181 and a 25th place finish.

The Yellow Jacket “B” team was led by freshman Mirranda Rockich (Akron/ Green) who finished with rounds of 89 and 88 for 177 while freshman Mary Crisafio (Pittsburgh, Pa./ The Linsly School) carded 91 and 96 for 187. In addition, freshman Sarah Allred (Akron/ Green) had two consecutive rounds of 95, senior Diana Han (Curitiba, BRAZIL) shot 108, 97 respectively and senior Nicole Carlone (Canton/ St. Thomas Aquinas
) shot 109, 97 to round out the teams score