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Viking Sports Weekly Volume 1 • Number 24 March 19, 2012

Men’s Golf Competing at UCF... page 2 Tennis Squads Open League Play This Weekend... page 2

Bashak & Vikings Open Horizon League Play at UIC T his W eekend

Men’s Basketball Season Ends in NIT... page 2 Janek Named Viking of the Week... page 3


What To Watch For THIS WE E K IN V IK ING ATHLE TICS | MA RCH 1 9 , 20 1 2

WOMEN’S TENNIS The Vikings will begin Horizon League play this Friday (March 23), when they travel to Detroit for a 7:00 p.m. contest at the Franklin Athletic Club. CSU enters the week with an 8-7 record after posting a 1-2 mark during its Spring Training Trip to Florida. Cleveland State’s lone victory last week came against Albany, as the Vikings defeated the Great Danes, 5-2. The Vikings also faced Florida Atlantic (L, 4-3) and Embry-Riddle (L, 6-3) during their trip to Florida. Nicole Janek and Mengdi Liu both went 3-0 in singles action last week, while Janek was also a perfect 3-for-3 in doubles matches teaming with Maria Lazaris. Entering league play Janek has a team-best 12-3 record during the spring season, while Janek and Alex Power both have 17 total wins this year.

SOFTBALL

MEN’S TENNIS Cleveland State will open up its Horizon League portion of the schedule this Friday (March 23), as the Vikings are set to face Detroit at 7:00 p.m. Friday’s match will take place at the Franklin Athletic Club in Southfield, Mich. Entering the week, CSU has a 5-8 record after dropping three hard-fought matches during the Spring Training Trip to Florida. Last week the Vikings faced Stetson (L, 7-0), Florida Atlantic (L, 4-3) and Embry-Riddle (L, 7-0), with Matt Kuelker, Nolan Marks and Matt Ford picking up the singles wins against Florida Atlantic. Kuelker also paired up with Jorg van der Vloet to notch a No. 3 doubles victory against Florida Atlantic, while the duo of Ford and Yannick Goossens picked up a win at No. 2 doubles against EmbryRiddle. Ford has a team-leading 8-5 singles record during the spring season, while Marks has posted a 7-5 record through the first 13 matches. Overall, Marks leads the Vikings with 12 wins on the season, with Ford and Kuelker each notching 11 and van der Vloet posting 10.

The Vikings went 5-3 at the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla. last week with two of the three losses coming in extra innings. Dara Toman sparked the offense with a .417 (10-24) batting average over the eight-game stretch, including four doubles, three home runs, eight runs and nine RBI. Sara Shields clubbed her first homer in a Viking uniform in Kissimmee and recorded four wins in the circle while posting 29 strikeouts and a 3.12 ERA in six appearences.

D’A u n d r ay B r o w n

MEN’S GOLF Cleveland State continues its spring schedule when the Vikings compete in the UCF Rio Pinar Invitational on Monday and Tuesday (March 19-20). The Vikings opened the spring season by competing in the Benbow Invitaitonal in Jacksonville, Fla., on March 13-14. Jon Riemer paced the Vikings, tying for 14th place overall with rounds of 72-75 (147). CSU opened with a 304, but took 10 shots off in the second round, carding a 294 behind a oneunder-par 70 from Andrew Bailey and an even-par 71 from Michael Klaric.

Men’s Basketball Ends Season In NIT Cleveland State had its season come to an end in the opening round of the 2012 National Invitational Tournament with a 76-65 setback at Stanford. It was the fourth time in the last five seasons that CSU played in the postseason with one NCAA and three NIT berths. It was also just the seventh postseason appearance all-time in school history with Gary Waters owning four of them. Jeremy Montgomery led the Vikings with 15 points, while Tim Kamczyc scored 13 points with seven rebounds. CSU was done in by a season-high 21 turnovers that Stanford converted into 29 points. The Vikings concluded the season with a 22-11 mark, the ninth 20win season in school history. The game was the final in the career of CSU’s four seniors D’Aundray Brown, Trey Harmon, Montgomery and Aaron Pogue. Together, the quartet helped CSU to three postseason appearances (1 NCAA and 2 NIT), while Montgomery leaves the program with 91 career victories, tied for the most in school history.

WOMEN’S GOLF The Vikings are out of action until CSU competes in the Butler Spring Invitational (Mar. 26-27). CSU opened the spring season at the Benbow Invitational in Jacksonville, Fla., on March 12-13, carding rounds of 330 and 334. Ariel Sparrow tied for 19th place overall, firing rounds of 76-84 (160), while Micaela Cronin and Madeline Kaminski tied for 35th place. Cronin shot 87-80, while Kaminski carded rounds of 80-87. Playing as an individual, Shelly Ford tied for 28th place at 165 (84-81).


Viking Of The Week Nicole Janek // Women’s Tennis Class: Junior Position: No. 5 singles // No. 2 doubles Hometown: Clarkston, Mich.

Last Week

Janek led the Vikings with a perfect 6-0 record during singles and doubles action over their three-match Spring Training Trip. Janek, who has a team-best 12-3 record this spring, posted her first victory at No. 5 singles against Embry-Riddle and followed that up with a win at No. 4 singles against Florida Atlantic. Her final singles win came against Albany, also at the No. 4 position. In doubles play, Janek teamed up with Maria Lazaris to claim a pair of wins at No. 2 doubles and a victory at the No. 3 spot. The duo has a 5-1 record this spring, which is tops among all Cleveland State doubles teams.


Volume 1, No. 24 • March 19, 2012

V iking S ports W eekly

Upcoming Schedule Mon. Mar. 19 Tues. Mar. 20

Men’s Golf

at UCF Rio Pinar at UCF Rio Pinar

All Day All Day

Softball Sat. Sat. Sun.

Mar. 24 Mar. 24 Mar. 25

Fri. Mar. 23

Fri.

Mar. 23

at UIC at UIC at UIC

2:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m.

Men’s Tennis

at Detroit at Detroit

7:00 p.m.

Women’s Tennis 7:00 p.m.

* - Game can be seen live on the HORIZON LEAGUE NETWORK All times are EASTERN

Last Week’s Results

Mar. Mar. Mar. Mar. Mar. Mar. Mar. Mar. Mar. Mar. Mar. Mar. Mar. Mar. Mar. Mar. Mar.

12 12 12-13 12-13 13 13 13 14 14 14 14 15 15 15 15 16 16

Softball vs. Bryant Softball vs. Nebraska-Omaha Men’s Golf at Benbow Invitational Women’s Golf Benbow Invitational Men’s Basketball at Stanford at Stetson at Embry-Riddle at Florida Atlantic at Florida Atlantic Softball vs. Manhattan Softball vs. Farleigh Dickinson Softball vs. Wagner Softball vs. Howard at Embry-Riddle vs. Albany Softball vs. Lafayette Softball vs. Rider

W, 4-3 W, 4-2 7th of 13 9th of 14 L, 76-65 L, 7-0 L, 6-3 L, 4-3 L, 4-3 W, 10-6 L, 6-3 (9) L, 9-1 W, 6-4 L, 7-0 W, 5-2 L, 5-4 (8) W, 8-2

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