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The women's soccer team, which is off to its best start ever with a 4-0-1 mark, will play three times this week, including the first two road matches of the season.  CSU will play at Ohio State on Wednesday (Sept. 8) at 7:30 p.m. before returning home to host Ohio on Friday (Sept. 10) at 7:00 p.m.  The week ends when the Vikings play at Bowling Green at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday (Sept. 12).

The men's soccer team will be in DeKalb, Ill. for a pair of matches in the Northern Illinois Adidas/Magnuson Inn Invitational.  The Vikings will face Northwestern on Friday (Sept. 10) at 12:30 p.m. and then close tourney play against host NIU on Sunday (Sept. 12) at 2:30 p.m.

The women's golf team will be busy as well, playing in the Youngstown State Invitational on Monday-Tuesday, Sept. 6-7 before traveling to Lewisburg, Pa. for the Lady Bison Fall Classic at Bucknell.  The 54-hole tourney will be played with 18 holes on Saturday (Sept. 11) and 36 holes on Sunday (Sept. 12).

The cross country team will also be in Bowling Green this week to run in the annual Mel Brodt Invitational.  The 5,000 meter race will be run on Saturday (Sept. 11) at 10:45 a.m.

Volleyball Set To Host Own Invitational
CSU's 6-0 Start Is Second-Best In School History

Cleveland State, off to the second best start in school history, comes home for the first time this season when the Vikings host the CSU Invitational Presented by the Crowne Plaza Cleveland South in Woodling Gym on Friday and Saturday (Sept. 10-11).  The Vikings will play George Washington at 7:00 p.m. on Friday before matches with Morgan State at 1:00 p.m. and Kent State at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday.

"We're excited to be coming home to host our own tournament," head coach Chuck Voss said.  "We are really pleased with the way we have opened the season and hope to carry that intensity and momentum over to this weekend.  We have done a nice job offensively and defensively and playing within our system."

CSU captured its second straight tournament title and improved to 6-0 this season with three wins at the Thunder Invitational Tourney, hosted by Marshall, on Friday and Saturday (Sept. 3-4).  The Vikings defeated High Point, 3-1, on Friday before sweeping Hofstra and earning a 3-2 win over Marshall on Saturday.  The six wins to open the season mark the second best start in school history, trailing only the 1977 squad which won seven straight.
Kara Koch
Kara Koch

Sophomore Kara Koch was the offensive standout for the second straight week, averaging 4.42 kills per set, including a career-high 25 kills against Marshall, to earn MVP honors of a tournament for the second straight week.  Junior Amy Grabiec averaged 5.42 digs per set and earned a spot on the all-tournament team for the second straight week.  She set a career-high with 31 digs in the victory over Marshall.

Women's Soccer To Play Three Matches
4-0-1 Vikings Off To Their Best Start In School History

Having already equaled in just three weeks their entire win total from 2009, the Viking women's soccer team will attempt to improve on its 4-0-1 mark when CSU plays two of its three matches on the road.  The Vikings open the week at Ohio State on Wednesday (Sept. 8) at 7:30 p.m. before returning home to take on Ohio on Friday (Sept. 10) at 7:00 p.m.  The week closes with CSU playing at Bowling Green on Sunday (Sept. 12) at 1:00 p.m.

"I don't know that I could have asked for anything more from this team during the first five home matches," CSU had coach Derrek Falor said.  "They have come together as a group and formed some cohesive units on the field.  Our defense has been stellar so far and Kelly (Zinkiewich) in goal has played like we knew she was capable of doing.  Our midfielders have done a nice job of controlling and distributing the ball and our forwards continue to get better and better.
Kelly Zinkiewich

"Now we need to keep the momentum going and even though we are a little banged up, we need to go out and continue to play to our potential.  We have just two weeks to go before we start league play and it is our goal to be playing our best soccer when Horizon League matches begin."

Junior Natalie Daniels continued her goal-scoring tear, registering a goal and an assist in the 2-0 win over Missouri-Kansas City on Friday (Sept. 3) and coming back to score the clinching goal in Sunday's (Sept. 5) 3-1 win over Canisius.  The midfielder has now scored in all five matches this year, leading the Horizon League in both goals (6) and points (13).

Men's Soccer To Compete In The NIU Invitational
Vikings Face Northwestern and Northern Illinois

The Cleveland State men's soccer team will travel to DeKalb, Ill. this weekend for a pair of matches as part of the NIU Adidas/Magnuson Inn Invitational.  The Vikings will face Northwestern on Friday, Sept. 10 at 12:30 p.m.  CSU will then challenge Northern Illinois on Sunday, Sept. 12 in a 2:30 p.m. contest.

"The matches in Illinois will be good for us," CSU head coach Ali Kazemaini said.  "We're going to be facing two teams that will really test our fitness level.  They will be pressing us hard, pushing us for all 90 minutes.  They will give us a good indication of where we are entering the upcoming conference games."

CSU is 1-5-2 all-time against Northern Illinois, but won the previous match between the schools, a 1-0 decision in 1996. The Vikings also won their only contest against Northwestern, 1-0, in 1989.
Brian Donnelly
Strongsville High alum Brian Donnelly

Cleveland State will be entering the tournament with some momentum, having won their home opener, 2-1, over Niagara on Sunday (Sept. 5).  Caleb Eastham took a pass from Brian Donnelly and found an open Manual Conde, who beat the Niagara goalkeeper to open the scoring.  John Wargo made it a 2-0 game on a direct free kick from 20 yards out.  The Viking defense held off a late push by the Purple Eagles to claim their first win of the season.

Men's Golf Opens Year At Missouri's Turning Stone Invite

The men's golf team will be out of action until next Monday and Tuesday (Sept. 13-14) when CSU competes at the 54 hole Marshall Invitational at the par-71, 6,456-yard Guyan Golf and C.C. in Huntington, W. Va.

"It felt good to get the season started last weekend and see how we stacked up against other teams," head coach Steve Weir said. "We improved every round out and that is a goal we have as a team at these tournaments.  I thought we left some shots out there so we'll work on some things this week and be ready to go at Marshall."

The Vikings placed 10th of 18 teams at the season opening Turning Stone Tiger Intercollegiate on Sunday and Monday (Sept. 5-6) at the par-72, 7,100 yard Turning Stone Resort (Kaluhyat Course). CSU opened with rounds of 317 and 315 before a final round 302.

Sophomore Michael Klaric led the Vikings by tying for seventh place with a seven-over-par total of 223 (75-76-72). Freshman Andrew Bailey had a good start to his collegiate career, tying for 36th place with rounds of 79-79-76 (234).

Women's Golf Opens Season At Youngstown State Invitational

The Cleveland State women's golf team continues its busy fall schedule when the Vikings compete at the Lady Bison Classic on Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 11-12) at the par-70, 5,393-yard Bucknell Golf Club.

"We had a great first tournament at Youngstown State and are excited to get back out on the course this weekend," head coach Steve Weir said. "With such a young team, we will have plenty of ups and downs this season, but I am happy with the way we were able to hang in there and play smart golf."

The Vikings placed fifth of six teams at the season opening Youngstown State Invitational on Monday and Tuesday (Sept. 6-7) at the par-72, 5,932-yard Firestone Farms G.C. CSU carded a first round 333 and posted a 334 in the final round despite heavy winds.
Ariel Sparrow
Strongsville High alum Ariel Sparrow

Ariel Sparrow was the Vikings top finisher, firing rounds of 80-82 (162), while Lisa Barber shot a two-round total of 167 (85-82). Freshman Steff Camarata rebounded from an opening round 90 to card a final round 79.

Cross Country Heads To Mel Brodt Invitational

The cross country team is back in action on Saturday (Sept. 11) when the Vikings head to Bowling Green, Ohio to compete in the Mel Brodt Invitational with the race slated to begin at 10:45 a.m.

"This is another good event for us with a talented field so we will be able to see how much progress we have been making since preseason workouts began," head coach Joe Jaketic said. "This is the furthest ahead that the team has been this early in the season since I have been here and I am proud of the effort that the team has been giving."

CSU opened the season at the Flyer 5K Invitational on Saturday (Sept. 4) in Kettering, Ohio, placing fifth of six Division I teams in the race. The Vikings were just seven points behind fourth place Wright State.

Junior Allison Craine led the Vikings, finishing 17th overall with a time of 19:09, just seven seconds from tying her personal-best time. Junior Brittany Elmlinger was 23rd overall in 19:53, while junior Kelly Zaleski placed 25th with a personal-best time of 20:05. Junior Kari Haywood, running her first competitive race in two years, ran a personal-best time of 20:43 and finished 31st.

Viking High Fives

Kara Koch:  For the second straight weekend, the sophomore outside hitter picked up MVP honors at a tournament, this time at the Thunder Invitational Tourney after averaging 4.42 kills per set.

Kari Haywood:  The cross country junior recorded a personal best time of 20:43 at the Flyer 5K Invitational, her first competitive race since her senior year of high school in 2008.
Brad Stuver:  The men's soccer goalkeper started the season out on the right foot, stopping a penalty kick in CSU's 2-1 win over Niagara on Sunday.

Allie Riczo:  The women's soccer senior midfielder scored her first two goals of the season to help CSU to a 3-1 win over Canisius.

Natalie Daniels:  The first repeat honoree of the year, the Viking junior midfielder extended her goal-scoring streak to five straight matches with markers against both UMKC and Canisius.  In the process, she broke the school record for career goals with 13.

Last Week's Results

Sept. 6-7 (Mon.-Tues.)
Women's Golf at Youngstown State Invitational
Youngstown, OH

Sept. 8 (Wednesday)
Women's Soccer at Ohio State
Columbus, OH, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 10         (Friday)
Men's Soccer vs Northwestern
DeKalb, IL, 12:30 p.m.

Women's Soccer hosts Ohio
Krenzler Field, 7:00 p.m.

Volleyball hosts George Washington (CSU Inv.)
Woodxling Gym, 7:00 p.m.

Sept. 11 (Saturday)
Cross Country at Mel Brodt Invitational
Bowling Green, OH, 10:45 a.m.

Volleyball hosts Morgan State (CSU Inv.)
Woodling Gym, 1:00 p.m.

Volleyball hosts Kent State (CSU Inv.)
Woodling Gym, 7:00 p.m.

Women's Golf at Lady Bison Fall Classic
Lewisburg, PA

Sept. 12         (Sunday)
Women's Soccer at Bowling Green
Bowling Green, OH, 1:00 p.m.

Men's Soccer at Northern Illinois
DeKalb, IL, 2:30 p.m.

Women's Golf at Lady Bison Fall Classic
Lewisburg, PA
NCAC Players of the Week

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Niec was tabbed as the NCAC Offensive Player of the Week for his career performance in 29-26 come-from-behind win over Kenyon on Saturday. The Brecksville, Ohio, product caught 10 balls for 93 yards and three touchdowns. 

Niec caught the game-winning score on Oberlin’s first play of overtime to give the Yeomen their first week-one victory since 1997. He also snagged the game-tying TD with two-minutes to go in the fourth quarter.

Johnson and the rest of the Oberlin harriers will be in action this Saturday at the GLCA Championships at Ohio Wesleyan, while the Yeomen gridiron warriors are idle this week. They return to action on September 18 at Wooster. 


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“We gutted this one out” said John who is still actively involved with the Oberlin tennis programs, serving as the assistant coach for both the men’s and women’s teams. “Grass is a very frustrating surface and by the end of the event the courts are so chewed up, that you never know how and where the ball is going to bounce.” 

Fresh off their victory on the hard courts of Southern California earlier this summer, the Eriksons, being the No. 1 overall seed, received the draw’s only “bye” in the first round. They then proceeded to convincingly dispatch their next two opponents in straight sets to get to the final. That’s where things got interesting. After trailing 2-4 in the first set, the Eriksons broke twice to reel off four straight games and win the first set 6-4. Their opponents, Matt and Robert Quall, proved why they were the No. 2 seed, however, by not backing down and came back to win the second set by the same count. 

The third and final set was a back-and-forth affair and eventually got to even at 6-6. With the championship on the line and one tie-break left to play, the Eriksons rose to the occasion and left no doubt as to who the best Father-Son team in the land is as they came away with a 7-2 triumph. 

Next up for the Eriksons is the Clay Court Championship in November in Sarasota, Florida - an event that they won last year. Should they manage to defend their title there to get eighth career title, they will have won all four National Championships in the same calendar year, giving them a true “Grand Slam”!


2010-11 Viking Basketball 

Schedule Announced

Wolstein Center Record 17 Home Games 

Includes CSU-Hosted World Vision Classic 

From Nov. 12-15

September 8, 2010  

CLEVELAND -- A school regular season record tying 17 home games, including contests against Kent State and Iona as part of the World Vision Classic in early November, a contest at Final Four participant West Virginia and a Feb. 5 home meeting with national runner-up Butler, highlight the 2010-11 Cleveland State men's basketball schedule.  The schedule was released on Wednesday (Sept. 8).

"This is really going to be a challenging schedule for us with a good balance of tough and solid teams," CSU head coach Gary Waters said.

"The mixture of teams that are on our schedule will allow us to compete in the non-conference portion of our schedule and have us prepared for the grueling challenge of the Horizon League," Waters added.

Playing at home will be a key for the Vikings this year as CSU owns a 37-10 record in the Wolstein Center over the last three seasons, posting the top three single season win totals in the Wolstein Center in each of the last three campaigns.  CSU sandwiched a Wolstein Center record 13 home wins in 2008-09 around 12-win efforts in 2007-08 and 2009-10.

After an exhibition game against Baldwin-Wallace on Nov. 8, the first time that the Vikings will meet the crosstown school since the 1978-79 season, CSU will open the regular season schedule by playing host to teams from Kent State, Iona, Bryant and Urbana for the World Vision Classic from Nov. 12-15 in the Wolstein Center.

Cleveland State will open the tourney against Bryant on Friday (Nov. 12), square off with Iona on Saturday (Nov. 13), Kent State on Sunday (Nov. 14) and Urbana on Monday (Nov. 15).

Following a road game at Louisiana-Lafayette on Nov. 19, a game that will be returned and played at CSU next season, the Vikings will play at Akron on Nov. 24.

"This will be the first time since I came to Cleveland State that we will play both Kent State and Akron in the same season," Waters said.  "We are committed to playing both of these schools each year with one of the games being at home."

Home games against Atlantic 10 sleeper St. Bonaventure (Nov. 27) and 2010 NCAA Tournament participant Robert Morris (Nov. 29) close the eight-game schedule in November, tying it with the 2006-07 season for most games in the month.

The Vikings open December on the road with their first league series of the year, playing at Green Bay (Dec. 2) and Milwaukee (Dec. 4).  They are the first two of 18 league games on the slate.

The rest of the December schedule has the Vikings hosting West Virginia Tech on Dec. 7, Big East up start South Florida on Dec. 22 along with Horizon League matchups against Loyola (Dec. 30) and UIC (Jan. 1) while traveling to Sam Houston State on Dec. 11 and West Virginia on Dec. 18.

The league schedule picks up after the new year, featuring home games against Detroit (Jan. 20), Wright State (Jan. 22), Valparaiso (Feb. 3), Butler (Feb. 5), Youngstown State (Feb. 12), Milwaukee (Feb. 24) and Green Bay (Feb. 26).

The only break from league play will come on Feb. 19 when CSU takes part in the eighth annual ESPNU BracketBusters.  The Vikings will play a road game at an opponent that will be determined in early February.

Regular season play ends on Feb. 26 with the first round of the Horizon League Championship, which will be held at campus sites on Tuesday, March 1.  The league final will be held on Tuesday, March 8.

Full and partial season ticket packages for CSU men's basketball are now on sale: just $199 for lower-level seats between the baselines and $299 for center court seats.  Season ticket holder benefits include discounted prices for all home games, including the Feb. 5 matchup with the national runner-up Butler Bulldogs.  Full season ticket holders have access to an expanded ticket exchange program and preferred-rate covered indoor parking.  Season ticket holders also get Priority Points that determine presale access to postseason play, including Horizon League, NIT and NCAA tournaments.

In addition to full season plans, all-tournament passes for the season-opening World Vision Classic are also on sale.  Prices are $90 or $50 for nine games in five days, Nov. 12-15.  World Vision Classic tournament tickets are included in all full season packages.

For tickets, call (216) 687-4848 or visit CSUHoops.com.

Oberlin-B-W Volleyball

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Laura Jessee guided the Yeowomen with 10 kills, while Anna Frackmanadded eight kills to go along with three service aces. Liz Wong dished out 23 assists in the defeat.

Oberlin returns to action on Friday evening at the Case Western Reserve Invitational. The Yeowomen will take on the host Spartans at 4 p.m. before doing battle against the Purple Raiders of Mount Union at 5:30 p.m. 

Oberlin Completes Coaching Staffs for 2010-11
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Oberlin – The Oberlin College athletics department has added four new assistant coaches to complete the coaching staffs for track and field, softball, and the men’s and women’s lacrosse teams. 

First-year women’s lacrosse coach Liz Longley has announced that Megan Thomas will serve as her lead assistant. Thomas is no stranger to women’s lacrosse in the North Coast, having been a former player at The College of Wooster. Most recently she has worked as the head varsity coach at Robbinsdale Cooper High School in New Hope, Minnesota. She graduated from Wooster with a degree in history. 
Topher Grossman
Topher Grossman

Fellow first-year men’s lacrosse coach Topher Grossman welcomes former Hampden Sydney College standout Joey Severns to his staff. Serverns, who graduated this past May with a degree in history, played in all 18 games for Tigers as a senior and helped the team finish 13-5 overall while finishing 19th in the USILA National Poll. He has over 12 years of playing and coaching experience and has instructed at multiple camps and high schools throughout his collegiate career. 
Adrienne Davis

Head Softball Coach Adrienne Davis has added Elle Fracker as her top assistant. Fracker comes to Oberlin after having spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach Drexel University. A native of nearby Lakewood, Ohio, Fracker was a four-time letterwinner for the Sycamores of Indiana State University before graduating in 2008. She will serve as the team’s pitching coach and will assist Coach Davis in all other aspects of the program. 

Former Oberlin athlete John Hepp returns to his alma mater to serve as the throws coach for the track and field team. A 12-time letterwinner in both track and football, Hepp graduated from Oberlin in 2007 with a degree in history. In 2009 he earned a master’s degree in sports management from The Ohio State University. Over the past few years, Hepp has worked in a variety of roles involving athletics, including as the assistant throws coach at Lutheran West High School.

All of the assistant coaches have already begun working in their new roles. 

Merlo lifts Raiders

Sept. 8

By Josh Reilly

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Joey Merlo (Niles/Cardinal Mooney) scored the equalizer for the Mount Union men's soccer team, rocketing a shot from 35 yards out, and the Purple Raiders forged a 1-1 tie with Westminster (Pa.) at Mount Union Stadium today.

Merlo accepted a pass from Leo Hicks (Leetonia/Cardinal Mooney) and deposited the ball into the top left corner of the Titans' net.

Westminster (1-1-2) struck early in the contest on a goal by Coty Hainsey. Hainsey scored on a header, putting the ball inside the far post, after Jake Huey fired a throw-in into the 18-yard box.

The Purple Raiders (1-2-1) believed they took the lead in the 90th minute when Dylan Walls (Columbus/St.Francis DeSales) put the ball into Westminster's goal, but a foul call wiped off the tally.

Mount Union goalkeeper Jon Critell (Youngstown/Cardinal Mooney) made four saves while Titan keeper Lance Leathers stopped five shots.

The Raiders will be in action again on Saturday when they host Geneva (Pa.) at noon.




RR – 2, NR -1

Scorers RR LambHutton; NR- Grazetti

Saves – RR Taylor(8); NR- Sismour(10)

RR Record 3-2-1

NR Record 2-5