Viking Sports Weekly (May 6)

Viking Sports Weekly (May 6)

A look at what's happening in Cleveland State Athletics... 

Men's Tennis
-Cleveland State (19-8) wrapped up the 2019 spring season last weekend, appearing in the NCAA Tournament for the seventh time in program history.
-The Vikings faced overall top seed Ohio State in the First Round, dropping a hard fought 4-0 contest to the Buckeyes.
-Cleveland State's top doubles team of Nico Mostardi and Benjamin Slade picked up a 7-6(6) victory over Ohio State's 23rd ranked No. 1 doubles team, marking their team-leading 19th doubles win of the year.
-The senior duo of Benjamin Slade and William Malm finished their careers as two-time Horizon League Champions, and helped the Vikings to 60 wins throughout their time.

Outdoor Track & Field
-The Vikings had a successful outing at the 2019 Horizon League Outdoor Championship last weekend, recording the team's highest point total in an #HLTF Outdoor Championship.
-Monica Johnson led the Vikings individually, picking up Second Team All-Horizon League honors after finishing second in the 100 Meter Hurdles with a program record time of 14.38.
-Along with Johnson, Hannah Gaskins and Tylar Mixon also recorded top-four finishes, Gaskins placing fourth in the Heptathlon and Mixon placing fourth in the 200 Meter Dash.
-Overall, the Vikings recorded 10 individual podium finishes at this year's Horizon League Outdoor Championship. 

Softball
-Cleveland State (15-34) concluded the 2019 season last weekend, wrapping up regular season play with a three-game series at Northern Kentucky.
-Offensively, Kelly Hysong finished the season ranked second in the Horizon League in doubles (16) and home runs (12), while she ranked fourth in hits (59). In the circle, Hysong finished the year ranked fourth with 15 complete games and sixth with 106 strikeouts.
-Riley Ries was named to the Horizon League Softball All-Academic Team, earning a spot on the 15-member team after posting a 3.70 grade-point average as an exercise science major and starting all 49 games at catcher for the Vikings. 

NCAA Academic Progress Rate Recognition
-The Cleveland State cross country, women's basketball and women's golf teams each earned Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA for posting multiyear APR scores in the top 10 percent of all teams in their respective sports.
-The cross country program has now earned the award in 14 consecutive years, while the women's basketball team picked up its third straight honor.
-The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester, including eligibility, retention and graduation.
-Since the NCAA began honoring athletics programs in 2004-05, Cleveland State has had 12 teams receive public recognition a total of 52 times.

Vikings Of The Week
Nico Mostardi & Benjamin Slade, Men's Tennis
The duo picked up a 7-6(6) win at No. 1 doubles against Ohio State in the NCAA First Round, marking their team-leading 19th doubles win of the season. Mostardi and Slade defeated an OSU team that was ranked 23rd nationally, and had just three losses on the year. Mostardi and Slade's 19 doubles wins is tied for seventh on the Single-Season Wins List, while the duo ranks third with 27 career doubles wins. 

Other Top Performers
Monica Johnson, Outdoor Track & Field