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Pawprints: This Week Ahead In Ohio Athletics

Pawprints: This Week Ahead In Ohio Athletics

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ATHENS, Ohio -- Ohio Athletics is gearing up for a big weekend in Athens, with five home events, including the volleyball team's 2019 Bobcat Invitational presented by Texas Roadhouse. 

The fun gets started on Friday (Sept. 13) when volleyball (3-4) hosts the College of Charleston at 12:30 p.m. ET inside the Convocation Center. Fans who can't make it out will be able to steam the match live on ESPN+. The field hockey team (2-1) is back in action later Friday afternoon, when they host Lock Haven at 3 p.m. ET. The undefeated soccer team (5-0-0) returns to Chessa Field at 4 p.m. ET on Friday against Robert Morris, before volleyball concludes the action-packed day at 7:30 p.m. ET when the Bobcats host UConn on ESPN+. 

The men's and women's cross country teams are back in action on Saturday (Sept. 14) at the Friendship Invitational in Cedarville, Ohio, as is the men's golf team, which heads to Richmond, Ky. for the EKU Intercollegiate Sponsored By Raising Canes. The volleyball team closes out the Bobcat Invitational presented by Texas Roadhouse at 2 p.m. ET when the Bobcats host Virginia. The match can once again be seen on ESPN+. 

Meanwhile, the football team (1-1) faces another road test in week three of the 2019 season, paying a visit to Huntington, W. Va., to renew its "Battle for the Bell" rivalry with Marshall (1-1). The Bobcats and the Thundering Herd will square off on Saturday in a 6:30 p.m. ET matchup at Joan C. Edwards Stadium. Saturday's contest will be broadcast live on Stadium Facebook, with Noah Coslov, Ike Ndukwe and Amina Smith on the call. The 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.

The weekend concludes on Sunday (Sept. 15) with the men's golf team finishing the final round of the EKU Raising Canes Invitational, and the soccer team heading to Columbus, Ohio to take on Ohio State at 6 p.m. ET.

Fans interested in attending the 2019 Bobcat Invitational presented by Texas Roadhouse, you can purchase tickets here. Admission is FREE for students. Admission to soccer and field hockey is FREE to all fans. 

Friday, Sept. 13 | vs. College of Charleston | 12:30 p.m. ET | Bobcat Invitational | Athens, Ohio | Convocation Center | Live StatsESPN+
Friday, Sept. 13 | vs. UConn | 7:30 p.m. ET | Bobcat Invitational | Athens, Ohio | Convocation Center | Live StatsESPN+
Saturday, Sept. 14 | vs. Virginia | 2 p.m. ET | Bobcat Invitational | Athens, Ohio | Convocation Center | Live StatsESPN+ 

Ohio Volleyball hosts their home opener in the Bobcat Invitational presented by Texas Roadhouse this weekend. The Bobcats will take on College of Charleston at 12:30 p.m. and UConn at 7:30 p.m. It's alumni weekend in Athens, and Ohio volleyball will honor the returning alumni in the final match of the weekend on Saturday against Virginia. UConn is coached by former Ohio Volleyball great Ellen Herman-Kimball and is assisted by another former Ohio great, Abby Gilleland. The Bobcats went 2-1 last weekend, taking down American and Winthrop, both in five sets during the American Volleyball Classic.

In the win over Winthrop, senior outside hitter Lizzie Stephens (Dallas, Texas) had 17 kills while four Bobcats ended up in double figures with kills as junior outside hitter Maggie Nedoma (Brook Park, Ohio) had 16, redshirt sophomore middle blocker/opposite Dahlias Bouyer (Brownstown, Mich.) had a career high 15 terminations, and graduate transfer middle blocker Shayla Phillip (Columbia, S.C.) had 11. The Bobcats had 70 total kills and had 15 more than the Eagles.

Junior setter Vera Giacomazzi is 14th in the nation in total assists with 254, while Stephens is 32nd in the country in aces with 12. 

Friday, Sept. 13 | vs Lock Haven | 3 p.m. ET | Pruitt Field | Athens, Ohio | Live Stats
FRIDAY PROMOTION: Free water bottles to the first 50 fans.

Ohio field hockey (2-1) looks to win at least three of their first four games for the first since 2011, as they take on Lock Haven at 3 p.m. ET at Pruitt Field on Friday (Sept. 13). The Bobcats are coming off a 3-0 victory on the road against Davidson last week, receiving goals from senior Brittany Keen (Perth, Western Australia), redshirt senior Kendall Ballard (Charlottesville, Va.), and junior Emma Spinetto (Louisville, Ky.). Ohio allowed only one shot on goal that came in the second half and was stopped by sophomore goalie Nele Graner (Bonn, Germany). The Bobcats last faced Lock Haven in 2015, losing 2-1 on the road. Ballard recorded one shot on goal in that game.

Friday, Sept. 13 | vs. Robert Morris | 4 p.m. ET | Chessa Field | Athens, Ohio | Live Stats| Live Audio
FRIDAY PROMOTION: Free thunder sticks.
Sunday, Sept. 15 | at Ohio State | 6 p.m. ET | Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium | Columbus, Ohio | Live Stats | Live Video 

Ohio soccer continues its historic start to the 2019 season this weekend when the Bobcats host Robert Morris on Friday, Sept. 13 at 4 p.m., before heading to Columbus, Ohio on Sunday, Sept. 15 to take on Ohio State at 6 p.m.

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The Bobcats are coming off of a commanding 7-0 victory over Southern Illinois on Sept. 8, with six different Bobcats scoring, including six of seven goals being scored by newcomers. Freshman Heather McGuire (Hamilton, Ohio) registered two goals and two assists for Ohio for six points, helping her earn Mid-American Conference Co-Offensive Player of the Week recognition. With their seven goals in the victory, the Bobcats tied the record for most goals scored in Athens, with the Bobcats scoring seven against Northern Illinois on Oct. 12, 2000. 

This week, the Bobcats host Robert Morris, who comes to town with an overall record of 1-3-1, with a win over Canisius, a tie to Purdue Fort Wayne and losses to Bucknell, Niagara and Howard. In total, RMU has scored six goals on 60 shot attempts, while opponents have scored eight goals against the Colonials. Leading RMU is Sheridan Reid, who has three goals and six points. In net, Sydney Bruckner leads the way, allowing seven goals and making 34 saves in five games. 

Following Friday's match, Ohio will head to Columbus, Ohio to take on Ohio State. It is the first time since 2011 that the Bobcats and the Buckeyes will face off in the regular season. Currently, Ohio State is 0-4-1, with losses to Louisville, Missouri, Texas A&M and TCU, while tying UCF.  Overall, Ohio State has scored five goals on 74 attempts, while allowing 10. Leading the Buckeyes is Kayla Fischer who has one goal and three assists for five points. Marissa Birzon leads OSU with two goals and four points. 

Saturday, Sept. 14 | at Friendship Invitational | Cedarville, Ohio

Ohio men's and women's cross country travel to Cedarville, Ohio for the Friendship Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 14. Both teams put up great showings last week at the Tommy Evans Invitational, where the women finished in second while the men finished third. MAC Champion junior Josh Park (Amherst, Ohio) finished in second-place in the men's 3.88 mile race, recording a time of 19:20.7, while senior Melissa Koziol (Burton, Ohio) also finished in second-place in the women's 5K race. 

Sept. 14-15 | EKU Intercollegiate Sponsored By Raising Canes | University Club-Arlington | Richmond, Ky. | Golf

The men's golf team opened up the 2019-20 season with a 14th-place finish at the 2019 Joe Feaganes Marshall Invitational earlier this week (Sept. 9-10) at Guyan Golf and Country Club in Huntington, W. Va. The Bobcats combined for a three-round team total of 889 (+37) after posting rounds of  303 (+19), 293 (+9) and 293 (+9). Junior Zach Crawford (Vandalia, Ohio) was the high finisher for the Bobcats, using a final-round 72 (+1) to move up into a tie for 59th place with a three-round total of 220 (+7). He was tied for 70th on Monday after rounds of 73 (+2) and 75 (+4). Making their collegiate debuts for Ohio at the tournament were freshmen Felipe Darquea (Quito, Ecuador) and Jack Towarnicky (New Bern, N.C.).

The EKU Intercollegiate Sponsored By Raising Canes will open with a shotgun start on Saturday (Sept. 14) at 8:30 a.m. ET, with 36 holes being played. The final 18 holes will be contested on Sunday (Sept. 15) beginning with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. The tournament is being held at the University Club at Arlington, which is a par-70, 6,623-yard course. The Bobcats are set to compete against host Eastern Kentucky, Bowling Green, Cleveland State, Evansville, Morehead State, Murray State, Northern Kentucky, SIUE, Tennessee at Martin, Tennessee State and Tennessee Tech.

Saturday, Sept. 14 | at Marshall | 6:30 p.m. ET | Joan C. Edwards Stadium | Huntington, W. Va. | FacebookTuneInGame Notes

Ohio suffered a 20-10 setback to host Pitt (1-1) last Saturday (Sept. 7) at Heinz Field. Junior running back De'Montre Tuggle scored his third rushing touchdown in two games while redshirt senior kicker Louie Zervos converted a 23-yard field goal. Redshirt senior punter Michael Farkas set a career high with 10 punts for 435 yards, averaging 43.5 yards per punt with a long of 56. Four of his punts landed inside the 20 yard line. Defensively, three Bobcats registered double-digit tackles. Redshirt junior linebacker Dylan Conner led all tacklers with a career-high 11 total stops (six solo, five assisted). Redshirt junior safety Jarren Hampton set a career-high with 10 total tackles (nine solo, one assisted). Redshirt senior safety Javon Hagan logged 10 total tackles (five solo, five assisted). Senior linebacker Eric Popp tallied a career-high nine total tackles (six solo, three assisted) and accounted for Ohio's lone sack of the game. Redshirt sophomore defensive end Amos Ogun-Semore set a career high with seven total tackles (four solo, three assisted).

The Bobcats and the Thundering Herd are set to square off on the gridiron for the 60th time on Saturday, with Ohio holding a 33-20-6 lead in the all-time series. The Bobcats won the last meeting, 21-10, on Sept. 12, 2015 at Peden Stadium.

The rivalry did not officially become known as the "Battle for the Bell" until 1997. Marshall owns a 10-5 advantage in the series since then. Under Frank Solich, Ohio has gone 4-3 against the Thundering Herd, with a 1-2 mark in games played at Joan C. Edwards Stadium. The Bobcats' lone win in Huntington under Solich came on Sept. 15, 2012 -- a 27-24 triumph.

Marshall is off to a 1-1 start to the 2019 season. The Thundering Herd opened the year with a 56-17 win over VMI but suffered a tough 14-7 setback at Boise State last Friday (Sept. 6).


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