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  • The Vikings (1-2) play two games this week, playing at ECU on Monday (Nov. 20) at 7:00 pm and hosting Central Connecticut on Friday (Nov. 24) at 5:00 pm.
  • CSU split a pair of games last week, falling at Rutgers on Tuesday and giving first-year head coach Dennis Felton his first win at CSU with an 80-56 victory over Coppin State in the home opener on Friday night.
  • Kenny Carpenter scored a career-high 26 points in the win over Coppin State as the Vikings tied the single game school record with 14 three-pointers.


  • Cleveland State will hit the road for the first time during the 2017-18 campaign this weekend, traveling to Las Vegas, Nevada for the South Point Shootout where the Vikings will take on Saint Louis (Friday, November 24) and Louisiana (Sunday, November 26).
  • The Vikings are coming off back-to-back wins against Eastern Michigan and Marshall, as they enter the first road trip of the season with a 2-1 record on the year.
  • After the first two weeks of the season, Ashanti Abshaw is leading the Viking offense with 24.7 points per game, and has tallied 20-point performances in all three contests this year.


  • Cleveland State is out of action until Dec. 9 when the Vikings travel to Ashland for a dual meet.
  • For the fourth consecutive year, CSU won the Magnus Cup. The Vikings were 328 points clear of the second place team, the largest margin of victory on the men’s side in meet history.
  • Junior Jason van der Touw won two individual events (100, 200 free), sophomore DJ Arslanian won the 200 butterfly and freshman Dominik Niedzialek won the 200 backstroke. CSU won four relays while freshman Matt Akers surpassed the NCAA Zones standard in 1-meter diving.


  • Cleveland State is out of action until Dec. 9 when the Vikings travel to Ashland for a dual meet.
  • The Vikings finished fourth of 15 teams and were a single point out of third place. CSU’s 908 points were its highest such figure at the meet since 2013.
  • Junior Molly McNamara broke the school record in winning the 200 butterfly in 1:58.65, nearly a full second under the NCAA ‘B’ standard. She had two more top-six individual finishes in the meet and also achieved an NCAA cut time in the 100 fly.


  • For the third straight season, and fifth time in program history, the Vikings were crowned Horizon League Champions, as they picked up the 2017 #HLVB title with a 3-0 sweep over Green Bay.
  • The Vikings advanced to the championship match with a 3-0 sweep of Northern Kentucky in the semifinals.
  • Cleveland State earned the league’s automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament, and will find out its opponent for the First Round during the NCAA Selection Show on Sunday, November 26 at 9:00 p.m. on ESPNU.
  • Sara Skeens was named the Horizon League Tournament MVP, while Gina Kilner and Trinniti Hall were both named to the All-Tournament Team.


  • Cleveland State contests its first duals of the season this Tuesday, Nov. 21, at the Thanksgiving Throwdown as the Vikings will face Kent State and No. 2 Ohio State in a tri-dual in Columbus, beginning at 7:00 pm.
  • The Vikings were off from competition this past week. CSU last competed Nov. 11 at the EMU Open where eight Vikings placed among the top six.


Cleveland State Volleyball Team | 2017 Horizon League Champions

The Cleveland State volleyball team captured its third straight Horizon League title and automatic bid to the NCAA tournament with straight set wins over Northern Kentucky and Green Bay this weekend. CSU is just the third team in League history to win three straight titles as Sara Skeens was named the tournament MVP.


Matt Akers | Fr. | Men’s Diving
Had a strong showing at the Magnus Cup, surpassing the NCAA Zones standard in 1-meter diving.

CSU Men’s Swimming & Diving Team
Tallied 1,432 points to win its fourth straight Magnus Cup, winning by 328 points, the largest victory margin in the history of the event.

Kenny Carpenter | Sr. | Men’s Basketball
Scored a career-high 26 points – including 24 in first half – in win over Coppin State

Trinniti Hall | So. | Volleyball
Hit .513 with 3.43 kills per set to earn spot on Horizon League All-Tournament team.

Gina Kilner | Sr. | Volleyball
Named to HL All-Tournament team after averaging 11.86 assists and leading CSU to a .270 hitting percentage in two wins.

Molly McNamara | Jr. | Women’s Swimming
Broke the school record in the 200 fly with an NCAA “B” cut time of 1:58.65.

Sara Skeens | So. | Volleyball
Named MVP of the Horizon League Championship after averaging 4.29 kills per set in CSU’s two sweeps.

Olivia Voskuhl | Sr. | Women’s Basketball
Averaged 15.0 ppg in CSU’s two wins last week, hitting 13-of-17 from the floor.


Monday, Nov. 20
Men’s Basketball at ECU, 7:00 pm

Tuesday, Nov. 21
Wrestling at #2 Ohio State, 7:00 pm
Wrestling vs. Kent State, 7:00 pm

Friday, Nov. 24
Men’s Basketball hosts Central Connecticut, 5:00 pm
Women’s Basketball vs. St. Louis, 11:00 pm (Las Vegas, Nev.)

Sunday, Nov. 26
Women’s Basketball vs. Louisiana, 4:15 pm (Las Vegas, Nev.)
Volleyball NCAA Selection Show, 9:00 pm (Live on ESPNU)


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