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A Look at the Week Ahead in Cleveland State Athletics

A LOOK AT WHAT’S HAPPENING

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
•    Cleveland State finished the season at the Horizon League Tournament last weekend, falling in a first round contest against Northern Kentucky. The Vikings finished the year with a 9-20 overall record.
•    Ashanti Abshaw and Brooke Smith picked up postseason honors from the Horizon League, as Abshaw was named the Freshman of the Year and earned a spot on the All-League Second Team, while Smith was named to the All-Defensive Team.

MEN’S & WOMEN’S FENCING
•    The Vikings closed the season at the NCAA Midwest Regionals on Saturday at Ohio State. Griffin Winterman had CSU’s top finish with a sixth place finish in the epee, while senior Paul Duchow was 10th.
•    Matthew Gebbett had a strong showing with an eighth place finish in the saber, while freshman Adam Mack recorded a ninth place showing in the foil and freshman Alex Hoirup finished 12th in the foil.
•    The women were led by Sarah Mok who placed 14th in the foil, while Caitlin Thompson was 17th.

SOFTBALL
•    CSU (4-12) concludes its spring trip with doubleheaders at Baylor on Tuesday and UT-Arlington on Thursday and a single game at Memphis on Saturday.
•    The Vikings dropped three games at the Oklahoma State Mizuno Classic over the weekend. Erica McNew paced the CSU offense, hitting .857 (6-7) with two runs, two doubles a home run and two RBI.
•    Katelind Phillips had five hits in the three games, while Alyson Broschk drove in two runs.

MEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING
•    After posting a variety of NCAA “B” Cut times at the Horizon League Championship last month, Philipp Sikatzki has been invited to the NCAA Division I Swimming & Diving Championship. Sikatzki will be swimming in the 100 Butterfly and the 100 Backstroke.
•    Sikatzki’s seed time of 45.90 in the 100 fly ranks 11th among Division I swimmers, while his time of 46.41 in the 100 back ranks 27th overall.

MEN’S TENNIS
•    The Vikings (9-7) will continue their annual Spring Break Trip with one final match this week, traveling to Florida Tech for a 1:00 p.m. contest on Tuesday, March 15.
•    Cleveland State opened its Spring Break Trip last weekend, dropping a pair of matching 6-1 contests against Army and UCF.
•    Joe VanMeter notched his 70th career singles win against Army, becoming the seventh Viking all-time to record 70 career singles victories, ranking seventh on the all-time singles wins list in CSU history.

WOMEN’S TENNIS
•    Cleveland State will play two matches this week, entering its annual Spring Break Trip with a 4-5 record. The Vikings will face Florida Tech (Tuesday, March 15) and UCF (Wednesday, March 16) this week.
•    Last time out the Vikings picked up a thrilling 4-3 victory over Akron in the first-ever match to be played in the Medical Mutual Tennis Pavilion – Cleveland State’s new on-campus indoor facility.
•    Junior Princess Gbadamosi led the Vikings against the Zips, picking up her first singles win of the spring at No. 3 singles and teamed up with Mathilde Orange for a victory at No. 3 doubles.

WRESTLING
•    Riley Shaw and Sam Wheeler will represent CSU at the NCAA Championships, which take place from Thursday through Saturday (March 17-19) at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
•    Shaw, who is 28-5 this season and was ranked as high as seventh in the nation, will compete against No. 4 seeded Austin Marsden of Oklahoma State in the first round. Wheeler, who is 28-8 this year, will open nationals against sixth-seeded Jared Haught of Virginia Tech.

VIKING OF THE WEEK

Erica McNew, Softball, Senior, Canton, Ohio

McNew hit .857 (6-7) with two runs, two doubles, a homer, two RBI and four walks in three games at the Mizuno Classic. She had two hits in every game and had a 1.571 slugging percentage and a .909 on-base percentage. McNew reached base safely in her first seven plate appearances of the Classic.

OTHER TOP PERFORMERS – NCAA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP VERSION

Riley Shaw: The senior heavyweight wrestler qualified for the NCAA Championships for the third time in his career after winning his second straight EWL title.

Philipp Sikatzki: The junior men’s swimmer was invited to the NCAA Championship after posting NCAA “B” cut times in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke.

Sam Wheeler: The senior 197-pounder earned a spot at the NCAA Championships for the second time in his career after earning a runner-up finish at the EWL Championship.

THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE

TUESDAY, MARCH 15
Women’s Tennis at Florida Tech, 1:00 pm
Men’s Tennis at Florida Tech, 1:00 pm
Softball at Baylor, 5:00 pm (DH)

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16
Women’s Tennis at UCF, 10:00 am

THURSDAY, MARCH 17
Wrestling at NCAA Championship, All Day
Softball at UT-Arlington, 1:00 pm (DH)

FRIDAY, MARCH 18
Wrestling at NCAA Championship, All Day

SATURDAY, MARCH 19
Wrestling at NCAA Championship, All Day
Softball at Memphis, 1:00 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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