Viking Sports Weekly (Nov. 23)

Viking Sports Weekly (Nov. 23)

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MEN’S BASKETBALL
• Cleveland State (1-2) plays three games this week, beginning with games in Cancun, Mexico on Tuesday and Wednesday (Nov. 24-25). The Vikings will play Rider at 12:30 pm on Tuesday and either South Dakota State or Houston Baptist on Wednesday.
• The Vikings also play at Maryland on Saturday (Nov. 28) at 7:30 pm.
• CSU split a pair of games last week, defeating Malone in the home opener on Tuesday and falling at Rhode Island on Saturday. Freshman Rob Edwards had 16 points in his first career start at URI.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
• The Vikings will continue their three-game roadswing after the Thanksgiving holiday, traveling to Niagara for a 1:00 p.m. contest on Friday, November 26.
• Cleveland State will be looking for its first victory over the 2015-16 season, as the Vikings fell to Evansville and Belmont last time out.
• Redshirt sophomore Khayla Livingston is averaging a team-best 14.3 points per game, while redshirt freshman Ashanti Abshaw is averaging a team-best 6.7 rebounds per game.

MEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING
• The Vikings (3-2) are out of action until CSU competes in Akron Zippy Invitational from Dec. 4-6
• CSU captured the Magnus Cup in Busbey Natatorium over the weekend, besting the other five teams in the event.
• The Vikings set records on each day of the event, including Philipp Sikatzki swimming a 46.93 in the 100 butterfly to break a 31-year old record. Szymon Golczyk grabbed a varsity record in the 200 Fly with a time of 1:46.30, beating the old record by .20 seconds.

WOMEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING
• The Vikings (2-6) are back in action from Dec. 4-6 at the Akron Zippy Invitational.
• CSU finished fifth of 10 teams at the Magnus Cup over the weekend in Busbey Natatorium.
• Molly McNamara re-wrote the 200 Fly varsity record book with a time of 2:01.12, beating the previous time of 2:02.42.

VOLLEYBALL
• Cleveland State captured its third Horizon League Tournament title last weekend, picking up a 3-2 victory over Northern Kentucky in the semifinals and a 3-0 sweep over Valparaiso in the championship.
• Alexis Middlebrooks was named the Horizon League Tournament MVP, while Dayna Roberts and Grace Kauth were named to the All-Tournament Team.
• CSU is now 26-6 this season – tying the record for wins in a season under head coach Chuck Voss.
• The Vikings will find out where they are headed for the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday, November 29 – with the NCAA Selection Show airing at 9:00 p.m. on ESPNU.

WRESTLING
• The Vikings (1-1) will host defending national champion Ohio State on Tuesday (Nov. 24) at 7:00 pm.
• CSU dropped its first home dual of the season to Eastern Michigan on Friday night. Riley Shaw earned a 4-0 win at heavyweight and improved to 11-0 this season.

VIKING OF THE WEEK
Alexis Middlebrooks, Volleyball, Sophomore, Elyria, Ohio

Middlebrooks was named the MVP of the Horizon League Championship after leading the Vikings to the tournament title and the League’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. Middlebrooks totaled 23 kills and 14 blocks in CSU’s two tournament matches, including 16 kills and eight blocks in a semifinal win over Northern Kentucky.

OTHER TOP PERFORMERS

Rob Edwards: The men’s basketball freshman tallied 16 points, five rebounds and three steals in his first career start on Saturday at Rhode Island.

Grace Kauth: The volleyball senior was named to the all-tournament team and clinched the title for the Vikings with a kill on match point.

Riley Shaw: The senior heavyweight wrestler earned a 4-0 win in the first home dual of the season on Friday night, improving to 11-0 this year.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24
Men’s Basketball vs. Rider, 12:30 pm
Wrestling hosts Ohio State, 7:00 pm

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25
Men’s Basketball vs. TBA, 12:30 pm / 3:00 pm

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27
Women’s Basketball at Niagara, 1:00 pm

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28
Men’s Basketball at Maryland, 7:30 pm