A Page -- Sept. 25, 2011

Spartans Excel During Day One of USTA/ITA Central Regional Tournament

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The Case Western Reserve University men's tennis continued its 2011 fall season competing on day one of the United States Tennis Association/Intercollegiate Tennis Association Central Regional Tournament on Friday, September 23. The event is being hosted by fellow University Athletic Association member Washington University-St. Louis.

The Spartans continue action during the four-day invitational tomorrow with doubles action beginning at 8:00 a.m and singles play at 10:30 a.m. C.D.T.

Play commenced on Friday morning with doubles action and the Spartans came out firing on all cylinders. The duos of freshman Will Drougas (Roanoke, Va./Salem) and sophomore Eric Klawitter (Arlington Heights, Ill./John Hershey), juniors Nicolas Howe (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights) and Kyle Gerber (Columbus, Ohio/St. Charles Prep), and junior Richard Brunsting (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell Academy) and senior Sean Carr (Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington) each posted 2-0 marks.

Drougas and Klawitter provided the biggest upset of the morning. They knocked off the team of Tyler Cempre and Matt McErlean of Denison University, the top seeded pair in the doubles competition, by an 8-6 score. They advanced to the final 16 via an 8-4 victory versus the team of David Devaney and Alex Harbert of Elmhurst College (Ill.) and will compete on Saturday morning against the Kenyon College duo of Colin Haas and Michael Razumovsky.

Seeded No. 9 in the draw, Howe and Gerber garnered an 8-2 victory versus Kenyon’s Wade Heerboth and Luke Frisher. They then earned their spot in the final 16 with an 8-4 victory versus Patrick Cole and Mike Provenzano of Allegheny College (Pa.) and will square off Saturday on morning with the University of Chicago’s Alexander Golovin and Jan Stefanski.

Picking up two wins, Brunsting and Carr bested the duo from Wheaton College (Ill.) of Miles Greenwald and David Buursma, 8-0, and quickly turned around to defeat Brian Piotrowski and Brian Sorich of Illinois Wesleyan University (Ill.) by an 8-2 tally. They will play the duo from Calvin College (Mich.) of Jarrod Brower and Phillip Reinken.

Also competing in doubles play was the Spartan tandem of senior Rohan Patel (Cincinnati, Ohio/Sycamore) and sophomore John Healey (Columbia, Md./Atholton). Seeded No. 4 in the draw, the pair earned a hard fought 9-8 (5) victory versus Denison’s Tom Cawood and Jay Fovel before falling to the duo from Ohio Northern University of Joey Frank and Michael Kathary, 8-6.

Later in the day, the singles competition began and the eight individuals listed above each were victorious in their opening matches. In terms of seeding for the draw, Carr is the No. 5 seed, Healey is No. 14 seed, Drougas is No. 26 and Patel is the No. 29 seed.

Urbana Scores Late Twice to Shock Storm in Overtime

PAINESVILLE – Tyler Wason scored almost 10 minutes into overtime to send visiting Urbana University to a 2-1 win over the Lake Erie College men's soccer team Friday night (Sept. 23) at Jack Britt Memorial Stadium.

Wason's game-winner came at 99:54 of the match and completed a Blue Knights' comeback that shocked the Storm (3-4). 

After a scoreless first 59 minutes, sophomore Nathan Bias (Dayton, Ohio/Kettering Fairmont) converted a feed from classmate Stewart Bath (Billingham, England/Averett University) to give Lake Erie a 1-0 lead at 59:29.


The goal was the team-leading fourth of the season for Bias.

The score remained that way until the 86th minute when Seppi Welzmueller scored to tie the contest in the closing minutes of regulation and ultimately sending the game into overtime.  Wason assisted on Welzmueller's goal.

Sophomore James Grogan (Leeds, England/Averett University) had a chance early in the overtime period, but was turned away by Urbana keeper Darragh McGinley.  It was one of three saves for McGinley.

The Blue Knights held a 19-14 edge in shots and made seven corner kicks compared to just three for Lake Erie.

Ricky Carreira (Toronto, Ont./Dante Alighieri Academy) made eight saves for the Storm, which has now dropped two straight and three-of-four following a 2-1 start to the season.

The Storm will look to snap its two-game losing streak as continues its weekend of nonconference play on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 25, at 2 p.m. against Alderson-Broaddus College at Britt Stadium.

Mount Union Tennis Opens 2011-12 Season With Road Win

WOOSTER, Ohio -- Mount Union's women's tennis team opened the 2011-12 season with a 5-4 win againstThe College of Wooster in a match played at the Central Tennis & Fitness Club in Wooster.

The Purple Raiders fell behind 2-1 in doubles play with the lone victory coming at No. 2 doubles from juniorCourtney Adamsky (New Philadelphia/New Philadelphia) and sophomore Megan Czuchra(Mantua/Crestwood).

Mount Union then won four of the six singles matches including a straight set victory at No. 4 singles byHannah Arvidson (North Canton/GlenOak).
Miami Takes MAC Opener Over Kent State

NDCL alumna Katy Dolesh breaks scoreless deadlock in 2-1 win

KENT, Ohio – Despite rainy and muddy conditions and history against them, the Miami University women’s soccer team used a hard-fought team effort to down Kent State, 2-1, Friday afternoon at Zoeller Field in the Mid-American Conference opener for both teams. With the win, the RedHawks (6-2-0, 1-0-0 MAC) extend their win streak to four games while snapping KSU’s (6-4-0, 0-1-0 MAC) three-game win streak.


Katy Dolesh



Miami improves to 7-6-2 all-time in MAC openers while winning its first MAC opener on the road since 2005. The ‘Hawks also won at Kent State for the first time since 2001 while beating KSU for the second straight year, also winning last year’s MAC-opening match-up in Oxford.


“The kids played very well. It’s always difficult playing up here and even more difficult today because it rained all day and the field was swampy creating difficult conditions,” head coach Bobby Kramig said. “They did a great job of staying on task, keeping their composure and playing composed. They worked hard and earned this one. I’m very proud of them.”


After a scoreless first period, Miami wasted no time breaking the deadlock out of halftime as sophomore Katy Dolesh (South Euclid, Ohio) found the back of the net just 52 ticks into the second stanza. She jumped on a loose ball in front of the net and put it away for her fourth goal of the year. Classmate Sydney Busch (Salinas, Calif.) and senior Giselle Mangal (Mississauga, Ont.) picked up assists on the play – the first of the year for each.


The RedHawks doubled their advantage to 2-0 in the 76th minute when sophomore Kayla Zakrzewski (London, Ont.) notched her team-leading sixth goal of the year. After receiving a pass from freshman Hailey Pleshakov (Brighton, Mich.), who now has three helpers in 2011, Zakrzewski broke down the left side and was able to beat KSU keeper Kelly Sherwood with a strong blast from 15 yards out.


The Golden Flashes would not go quietly however, turning up the pressure over the last 15 minutes and forcing Miami to play strong defense. Several of KSU’s 14 second-half shots came in the closing minutes but the ‘Hawks held tough. Vanessa Salerna would cut Miami’s lead in half in the 87th minute with a header off a free kick from Jenni Stapleton to make it 2-1 but the RedHawks were able to close out the victory.


Miami had chances to strike in the first half, firing seven shots, but all three that were put on target were saved by Sherwood, who finished the game with four stops. RedHawk redshirt freshman goalkeeper Allison Norenberg (Palatine, Ill.) also made four saves, including three in the second stanza, while making a stellar stop in each half.


“Norenberg made two big saves -- one in the first half and one in the second. Her save in the first half was huge as it was near the end of first half. The shot was going lower left corner and she came out of nowhere to tip it around the post,” Kramig said. “She had another big stop in the second half on a shot from distance at the top of box that she went to her left and held on to. She had a very nice game.”


For the match, KSU outshot Miami, 20-12, despite a 6-5 edge in shots on goal for the ‘Hawks. The Golden Flashes also finished with a 7-3 advantage in corner kicks, including 4-1 over the final 45 minutes, despite the defeat.


Fight is set in Hall of Fame City

Canton, Ohio(September 23, 2011) —Bellator 51 weigh-in’s have been completed from the Pro Football Hall of Fame in preparation for Bellator’s Saturday night event at the Canton Civic Center.


Bellator 51 will be broadcast LIVE on Saturday, September 24 at 9:00 pm ET/8:00 pm CT on MTV2 and in HD on EPIX. The undercard will begin at 7:00 pm ET/ 6:00 pm CT on Spike.com




Dayton, Ohio – The player who was the sparkplug of some of the best men’s basketball teams in University of Dayton history, Carmen Riazzi, has come through in the clutch once more for his alma mater.  Thanks to the generosity of the Riazzi family, the men’s basketball offices in the Cronin Athletics Center will be known as the “Carmen J. Riazzi Basketball Suite.”


“I came to the University of Dayton in 1953 from Erie, Pa. on a basketball scholarship,” said Riazzi. “Dayton basketball is very special to me and my family and the Dayton community has been very good to me. These facilities were a need for the University. It means so much to me to be part of this program and I’m so thankful to everyone for being here.”


“Carmen Riazzi was a gritty, ‘whatever-it-takes’ kind of player at the University of Dayton, and a winner,” UD Vice-President and Director of Athletics Tim Wabler said.  “We’re very grateful that his name is linked to our basketball program in this way, and we appreciate the support of the Riazzi family.  The student-athletes and coaches who pass in and out of the Riazzi Suite will be reminded every day that Carmen and his teammates set the standard for University of Dayton basketball, and did it with a style and class that every team should emulate.”


Riazzi, a 1957 graduate of the University, played on some of the best teams in UD history.  During his three seasons in a Flyer uniform, UD won 69 games and went to Madison Square Garden for the NIT each year.  The 1954-55 and 1955-56 teams both reached the NIT finals.  Those teams were nationally ranked all but four weeks of their two seasons. 


The 1955-56 team was ranked #2 in the nation for seven weeks, the highest a Dayton team has ever been ranked.  Riazzi was selected team captain as a senior, and led what some called “a rebuilding team” back to the NIT quarterfinals.  He was named team MVP.


Riazzi played on teams that included UD Hall of Famers Bucky Buckhorn, John Horan, Don Lane, Jim Palmer, Jim Paxson, Jack Sallee and Bill Uhl.


The Carmen J. Riazzi Basketball Suite will contain offices for the basketball staff, video room, meeting rooms and an academic area.  It will overlook the Lackner on-campus practice gym and is part of the Cronin Athletic Center, which is currently being renovated.  The Cronin Athletic Center is part of a comprehensive facility upgrade for University of Dayton athletics. In the last ten years, UD has invested $35 million in its athletics facilities (primarily coming from private donations and corporate support). The on-campus home for every Flyer sports program has been either newly constructed or renovated in that time.

Coach Strauss

Rogers’ Rocket Grounds Eagles

Stacy Strauss' Bobcats earn second consecutive shutout

 victory in MAC opener


ATHENS, Ohio- Cathryn Rogers uncorked a 30-yard rocket in the 83rd minute to give Ohio its first Mid-American Conference win of the 2011 season on Friday, a 1-0 decision over the visiting Eastern Michigan Eagles. The win was the second consecutive shutout victory for the Bobcats, who have improved to 4-5 on the season and 1-0 in MAC play.


“We didn’t lose our composure, even in the late going,” said head coach Stacy Strauss. “We were just patient and tried to find the opportunity. Cat (Rogers) then hit a great shot.”

Bay Village native Stacy Strauss


Ohio came out attacking right from the start on Friday, really pressuring the Eastern Michigan defense. Kelsey Pichel hit a shot on goal in the first minute of play and teammate Katie Kemen fired one on target just a few moments later. Goalkeeper Maggie Manville was well positioned both times, making two early saves to keep the game scoreless.


The match intensified in the middle of the first half, as the two sides combined for exciting end-to-end action. Erin Schwenke fired a shot on goal from 22 yards out in the 22nd minute, but Manville made yet another save. Just a minute later, EMU’s Chelsea Detrick found herself in a one-on-one situation with Ohio goalkeeper Mattie Liston. Detrick unleashed a shot from the top of the box which Liston was able to collect. Not even a minute later, Ohio’s Rachael Philpot fired a shot just inches over the crossbar on the ensuing counterattack.

Lakewood native Mattie Liston posts shutout 


Just when it appeared that the match was destined to remain a goalkeepers’ duel, Rogers fired an absolute rocket from 30 yards out that found its way into the back of the net. The midfielder collected a nice pass from Philpot and took a few touches before looking down and driving the ball towards goal. Manville was unable to make this save, as the ball just slid over her outstretched hands and underneath crossbar for the deciding tally.


“Coming into the match we knew their defense was going to drop, so our game plan was to shoot as much as possible,” said Rogers. “We weren’t happy with the amount of shots we were getting in the first half so when I got it there (in the midfield) I just thought ‘shoot it,’ and it went in.”


Eastern Michigan mounted one final attack in the last minute of play, earning a corner kick as time was about to expire. The ensuing cross was cleared to safety by the Bobcat defense, securing the victory. 

“I think that the team is starting to play and conduct themselves like the veteran group that they are,” said Strauss. “That was the difference today, in a lot of ways.”


Ohio’s next match is a Sept. 25 contest against Central Michigan. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. from Chessa Field. Sunday is Youth Day at Chessa Field, which will include pre-game announcements and youth teams playing on the field at halftime. 



Ohio – Cathryn Rogers 1 (Rachel Philpot 1) 83’





Ohio starting XI: Mattie Liston (GK), Kelsey Pichel, Paige Howard, Lauren Burke, Kim Nordtveit, Erin Schwenke, Ainsley Bodi, Rachael Philpot, Katie Kemen, Remi Famodu, Toye Famodu

RedHawk Men Head South for LSU Invite

Miami running in Baton Rouge, La.



OXFORD, Ohio – For the first time in program history, the Miami University men’s cross country team will make the long trek to bayou territory to run in the LSU Invitational, hosted Louisiana State University, Saturday morning. The 8K race begins at 10:15 a.m. ET (9:15 a.m. local) at Highland Road Park in Baton Rouge, La.


The RedHawks will run against unfamiliar competition at the meet, racing against schools from the south such as Louisiana at Lafayette, Houston Baptist, Southeastern Louisiana, Jackson State, Tulane, New Orleans, Xavier University (La.), Southern University at New Orleans and Mississippi College, as well as the host Tigers. Houston Baptist and LSU are both ranked in the USTFCCCA South Central Region Poll.


"One of the big things is we try to occasionally race outside the region because for national rankings and possible potential moving onto NCAA Championships. They really look at how a team does cross regionally and they can really compare apples and apples,” head coach Warren Mandrell said of running at LSU. “LSU has been on my radar for a little while simply because it’s an SEC school and has a very good track program, NCAA championships and I thought it would be a thrill for the guys to go down there.”


Miami last ran Sept. 10 when the RedHawks captured the Miami Open team title at their only home meet of the season. The ‘Hawks totaled just 25 points, finishing ahead of three other schools. Junior Jarrod Eick (Hartville, Ohio) won the meet for the second straight season, clocking 25:39 in the team’s first 8K of the year, earning him MAC Men’s Runner of the Week. Both Eick and the RedHawks won titles at their first meet of the season as well, winning the Dayton Flyer 5K Challenge Sept. 3.


Sophomore Dave Wing (Naperville, Ill.) and redshirt freshman Daniel Garleb (Pickerington, Ohio) took second and third, respectively, as Miami captured the top three spots at the Miami Open. Rounding out Miami’s scoring five at the Miami Open was redshirt junior David Eichenberger (Plainfield, Ind.), who finished eighth, and freshman Ryan Moncrieff (Hawthorn Woods, Ill.), who placed 12th.

Mount Basketball Hits the Road Early; Mount Union Releases 2011-12 Schedule
Mount Union's women's basketball team will play eight of its first 11 games on the road as the 2011-12 schedule was released today.

The Purple Raiders will spend the first week of the season in Pennsylvania as they open the season Tuesday, Nov. 15 at Westminster then spend the weekend of Nov. 18-19 in Pittsburgh at the Carnegie Mellon Classic against Case Western Reserve and the host Spartans.

Mount Union opens the home portion of the schedule on the weekend of Nov. 25-26 as the Raiders host the M Club Shootout in Alliance. The Raiders play Allegheny (Pa.) at 5 pm on the 25th while at 7 pm Waynesburg(Pa.) plays Manchester (Ind.) in the other half of the tourney. The consolation and championship games are at 3 pm and 5 pm on Saturday, Nov. 26.

Three of the four Ohio Athletic Conference games before Christmas will be away.

The Raiders play at Otterbein (Dec. 3) before rematches of last two year's OAC Championship games as Mount Union is at John Carroll on Dec. 7 then hosts Capital on Dec. 10. The final OAC game before the holidays is Dec. 17 at Wilmington.

A trip to the Daytona Beach (Fla.) Shootout closes out the first half of the schedule as the Raiders play Bates (Me.) (Dec. 19) and Drew (N.J.) (Dec. 20).

The early season travel is paid back after the first of the year as the first three games and eight of the final 13 regular season games are at home starting Jan. 4 against Marietta.

Mount Union finished last season ranked No. 21 in the nation and the Raiders have won the last two OAC Tournament titles along with the OAC regular season title this past season.

Suzy Venet enters her seventh season as head coach with a 104-61 record and will welcome back her top three scorers from a year ago.


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