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Pawprints: This Week Ahead In Ohio Athletics

Pawprints: This Week Ahead In Ohio Athletics

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ATHENS, Ohio– After an action-packed first week of the new academic year, Ohio Athletics gears up for another full slate this weekend. 

Volleyball (1-3) starts things off on Friday (Sept. 6) when it heads to the Nation's Capital to take on Temple in the first game of the American Volleyball Classic. First serve is set for 10 a.m. ET. The Bobcats return to action later in the day to take on host American at 7 p.m. ET Field hockey (1-1) takes its play on the road as well, heading to North Carolina to take on Davidson at 6 p.m. ET.

On Saturday, Sept. 7, football (1-0) is on the road for the first time in 2019, making a trip to the Steel City to take on Pitt (0-1) on Saturday (Sept. 7). Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. ET at Heinz Field. Saturday's contest will be broadcast live on the ACC Network, with Clay Matvick, John Congemi and Dr. Jerry Punch on the call. Saturday's game can also be heard on the Ohio Sports Network from Learfield IMG College. Russ Eisenstein returns for his 12th season as the "Voice of the Bobcats." Ohio Alum Rob Cornelius has been a part of the broadcasts for two decades. WXTQ (Power 105) in Athens returns as the 11-station network's flagship. The broadcasts are also available online through TuneIn.com/OhioBobcats and on the TuneIn app.

Volleyball wraps up play at the American Volleyball Classic on Saturday with an 11 a.m. ET matchup with Winthrop. Men's and women's cross country will also be in action on Saturday, this time in Akron, Ohio for the Tommy Evans Invitational. 

On Sunday (Sept. 8), the undefeated soccer team is back in Athens looking to continue their hot streak, this time hosting Southern Illinois at 1 p.m. at Chessa Field. The first 50 fans to the game will receive an Ohio water bottle. Admission is FREE.

Women's golf gets the 2019-20 season underway in Normal, Ill. at the 2019 Redbird Invitational, which will take place on Sunday and Monday (Sept. 9). Men's golf begins its first season under new head coach Neal Grusczynski at the Joe Feaganes Marshall Invitational, which runs Monday and Tuesday (Sept. 10) in Huntington, W. Va.

Friday, Sept. 6 | vs. Temple | 10 a.m. ET | Bender Arena | Washington, D.C.
Friday, Sept. 6 | at American | 7 p.m. ET | Bender Arena | Washington, D.C. | Live Stats  
Saturday, Sept. 7 | vs. Winthrop | 11 a.m. ET | Bender Arena | Washington, D.C.

The Ohio Volleyball team is back in action this weekend after going 1-3 on during their opening weekend of play. Ohio's win came over Northeastern in a sweep, where senior Lizzie Stephens tied a program record with nine aces. Former Ohio Bobcat Jamie Kosiorek also had nine aces against Buffalo in 2015. Stephens ended the match with a team-high 11 digs and put up three kills.

Friday, Sept. 6: at Davidson | 6 p.m. ET | Carol Grotnes Belk Turf field | Davidson, N.C. | Live Stats | ESPN+

The Ohio field hockey team sits at 1-1 after winning its season opener against Drexel last Friday (Aug. 30), 4-2, then dropping a 4-1 decision to No. 23-ranked Boston University the following day. The Bobcats were able to more than double their goal total through the first two games from a season ago (5), and look to continue their hot start offensively against Davidson on Friday. Junior Leah Warren (Hamilton, New Zealand) leads the team with two goals, tallying them both in the comeback win over Drexel. 

Davidson begins the year 0-2 after falling to Georgetown and Ball State. The Wildcats come into Friday's match scoring two goals on 12 shots while giving up six goals on 30 shots. The Davidson roster consists of seven freshmen, four sophomores, six juniors, and three seniors.

Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019 | at Pitt (1-1) | 11 a.m. EST | Heinz Field | Pittsburgh, Pa. | ACC Network | Ohio Sports Network from Learfield IMG College | TuneIn | Live Stats | Game Notes

Ohio opened up the 2019 seaon with a 41-20 victory over Rhode Island last Saturday (Aug. 31) at Peden Stadium as the Bobcats earned a school-record 10th-straight home victory. Senior quarterback Nathan Rourke (Oakville, Ontario, Canada) threw for 188 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score while redshirt junior running back De'Montre Tuggle (Channelview, Texas) put together a breakout performance in his first game as a Bobcat, rumbling for 65 yards and two touchdowns on just three carries -- including a 55-yard scamper in the third quarter. After suffering a knee injury that ended his 2018 season after three games, redshirt junior Tyler Tupa (Brecksville, Ohio) led the way against the Rams with a team-high 49 receiving yards. Both he and redshirt junior tight end Ryan Luehrman (Athens, Ohio) hauled in their first career touchdown receptions.

Redshirt junior linebacker Jared Dorsa (Kings Mills, Ohio) was named the Mid-American Conference East Division Defensive Player of the Week for week one of the 2019 season, as announced by the conference office on Monday (Sept. 2). Dorsa was recognized with weekly conference honors for the first time in his career after he accumulated seven total tackles (five solo, two assisted) to tie for the team lead in the win over Rhode Island, including a half a sack, and registered a quarterback hurry. 

In other Ohio football news, redshirt senior punter Michael Farkas was named to the 2019 Ray Guy Award Watch List, and the program announced a future home-and-home series with longtime rival Marshall.

Saturday, Sept. 7 | Tommy Evans Invitational | All Day |Akron, Ohio

The men's and women's cross country teams travel to Akron, Ohio to compete in the Tommy Evans Invitational on Saturday (Sept. 7). This past weekend the men and women both finished fourth with 98 points apiece at the Queen City Invite. Ohio junior Josh Park (Amherst, Ohio) finished second in the 5K race with a career-best time of 15:02.0, winning him MAC Men's Runner of the Week honors. On the women's side, senior Madison Sury (Waterford, Ohio) placed eighth with a time of 18:07.4, while junior Hailey Bowes (Arlington, Heights, Ill.) rounded out the top-10, finishing with a time of 18:12.5. 

Sunday, Sept. 8 | vs. Southern Illinois | 1 p.m. ET | Chessa Field | Athens, Ohio | Live Stats| Live Video

SUNDAY PROMOTION: Free Ohio water bottle for the first 50 fans in attendance.

The soccer team is currently 4-0 for the first time in program history and will return to the pitch for one match this weekend.

Ohio is coming off of a thrilling 2-1 double overtime victory against Cleveland State last Friday (Aug. 30), where senior Alivia Mikesky (Plain City, Ohio) scored with 38 seconds remaining to give the Bobcats the victory. The Bobcat offense dominated on Sept. 1 at Marshall, with Ohio coming back to Athens with the 4-1 victory. Freshman Oliva Darrow (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio) scored twice for the Bobcats, with junior Sarina Dirrig (Powell, Ohio) adding a goal as well.  

Southern Illinois comes to town with a 3-2-0 record and will play Fort Wayne on Friday before coming to Athens. The Salukies have wins against Illinois-Springfield, Rose-Hulman and Belmont and loses against North Alabama and IUPUI. The young SIU squad, which boasts 19 freshmen, have scored five goals on the season and are lead by Emma Spotak who has two goals and four points. Kathryn Creedon has one goal, one assist and three points, while two other Salukies also have one goal each. 

Sept. 8-9 | 2019 Redbird Invitational | All Day | Weibring Golf Club | Normal Ill. | Live Results 

The women's golf team tees off on the 2019-20 season at the 2019 Redbird Invitational in Normal, Ill. The 54-hole event is hosted by Illinois State at the Weibring Golf Club. 

Ohio returns six golfers from last season's roster, including senior Marissa Balish (Allison Park, Pa.) and sophomores Catherine Loftus (Roswell, Ga.) and Alicia Porvasnik (Hinckley, Ohio), who both saw significant playing time during the 2018-19 season. In her first season in the Green and White, Loftus finished third on the team with a 77.85 stroke average in 27 rounds, with her best finish coming at the Dolores Black Falcon Invitational, where she finshed tied for 12th place. She also shot a low-round of 71 at the Spring Break Shootout. 

The Bobcats welcome three new faces to the roster, with freshmen Domitille Chambon (Rochester Hills, Mich.), Maria Howard (Dublin, Ohio) and Avery Ovens (Wiloughby Hills, Ohio). 

Sept. 9-10 | Joe Feaganes Marshall Invitational | All Day | Guyan Country Club| Huntington, W. Va.

The men's golf program begins a new era, competing for the first time under new head coach Neal Grusczynski at the Joe Feaganes Marshall Invitational. Named the fourth head coach in program history in July, Grusczynski comes to Athens after serving as the director of golf and head men's and women's golf coach at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee the last three years. Prior to his stint at Cardinal Stritch, Grusczynski served as the assistant coach for both the men's and women's teams at Jacksonville State in 2014-15, then served as the assistant coach at Army in '15-16. He began his coaching career as a volunteer assistant at his alma mater, Xavier. 

Ohio returns seven student-athletes from the 2018-19 roster, including junior Zach Crawford (Vandalia, Ohio), who was an All-MAC Second Team selection a year ago.


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