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A Look at the Upcoming Week of Sports At Cleveland State

A LOOK AT WHAT’S HAPPENING

MEN’S GOLF
•    The Vikings return to action at the Villanova Wildcat Invitational on Monday and Tuesday.
•    CSU has been out of action since placing second at the Davidson Invitational (Feb. 29-March 1).
•    The Vikings had three players finish in the top-12 at Davidson, including Joey Krecic who finished third overall. Blake Prince placed eighth and Paul Minko tied for 12th.
•    Krecic leads the team with a 72.9 scoring average with eight of his 19 rounds posted being par or better. Prince ranks second on the team with a 73.7 scoring average and has four top-20 finishes.

WOMEN’S GOLF
•    The Vikings return to action on Friday and Saturday (April 1-2) at the Eastern Ky. Colonel Classic.
•    CSU placed sixth at the Butler Spring Invitational last week as Allyson Hackman was the individual runner-up with rounds of 76-75 (151). He second round 75 was the second lowest round of the day.

SOFTBALL
•    CSU (7-16, 0-0 HL) is slated to host five games this week, beginning with a doubleheader against Akron on Wednesday with the first game scheduled for 3:00 pm at Viking Field.
•    The Vikings open Horizon League play with a three-game series versus UIC this weekend with a single game on Friday (April 1) at 3:00 pm and a doubleheader on Saturday (April 2) at 12:00 pm.
•    CSU swept a doubleheader from Niagara on Friday, winning 10-9 and 5-4. The Vikings hit five home runs over the two games with two from Erica McNew, including a grand slam. Mackenzie Joecken and Macy Kaisk earned wins in the circle, while Kristin Catalano picked up a save in the opener.

MEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING
•    Philipp Sikatzki wrapped up the 2015-16 swimming and diving season last weekend, earning All-America Honors after finishing fourth in the 100 Butterfly at the NCAA Swimming Championships.
•    Sikatzki, the first CSU swimmer to earn All-America accolades since 2009, posted a time of 45.37 in the event finals – marking a Cleveland State and Horizon League record.
•    Sikatzki also competed in the 100 Backstroke and 100 Freestyle events at the NCAA Championships, but was just shy of qualifying for the finals in both races.

MEN’S TENNIS
•    The Vikings (10-8, 0-1 HL ) will look to pick up their first Horizon League victory of the season this weekend, as they are set to travel to Detroit (Sunday, April 3) for their lone contest of the week.
•    Last time out, Cleveland State dropped a tough 4-3 contest to league-newcomer Northern Kentucky, falling in its Horizon League opener for the first time since the 2004-05 season.
•    Benjamin Slade and Mirko Radosevic picked up singles wins against the Norse..

WOMEN’S TENNIS
•    Cleveland State (6-7, 2-0 HL) will continue Horizon League play this weekend, traveling to Oakland (Saturday, April 2) and Detroit (Sunday, April 3) for a pair of road contests.
•    Last weekend, the Vikings opened their league slate with wins against Wright State (4-3) and Northern Kentucky (6-1) in the Medical Mutual Tennis Pavilion.
•    The trio of Isabella Spindler, Princess Gbadamosi, and Victoria Bensimon all went 2-0 in singles play over the weekend, while the doubles teams of Aleksandra Golawska/Spindler and Mathilde Orange/Gbadamosi also picked up a pair of wins.

VIKING OF THE WEEK

Philipp Sikatzki, Men’s Swimming, Junior, Leipzig, Germany

Sikatzki placed fourth in the 100 butterfly at the NCAA Championships in a school record time of 45.37 to earn All-America honors. He entered the event with the 11th fastest time and placed seventh in the prelims to earn a spot on the “A” finals where he claimed fourth. Sikatzki also competed in the 100 back (2th; 46.78) and 100 free (25th; 43.24) at nationals.

OTHER TOP PERFORMERS

Allyson Hackman: The women’s golf senior finished second at the Butler Spring Invitational, carding round of 76-75 last week.

Isabella Spindler: The women’s tennis freshman went 2-0 in singles (No. 2 vs. WSU & No. 1 vs. NKU) and 2-0 at No. 1 doubles to lead CSU to a pair of wins.

Mel Woodard: The softball sophomore went 4-for-7 with a run and four RBI to help the Vikings sweep a doubleheader from Niagara on Friday.

THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE

MONDAY, MARCH 28
Men’s Golf at Wildcat Invitational, 8:30 am

TUESDAY, MARCH 29
Men’s Golf at Wildcat Invitational, 8:30 am

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30
Softball hosts Akron, 3:00 pm (DH)

FRIDAY, APRIL 1
Softball hosts UIC, 3:00 pm
Women’s Golf at EKU Colonel Classic, All Day

SATURDAY, APRIL 2
Softball hosts UIC, 12:00 pm (DH)
Women’s Tennis at Oakland, 3:00 pm
Women’s Golf at EKU Colonel Classic, All Day

SUNDAY, APRIL 3
Men’s Tennis at Detroit, 10:00 am
Women’s Tennis at Detroit, 4:00 pm

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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