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Pawprints: This Week Ahead In Ohio Athletics

Pawprints: This Week Ahead In Ohio Athletics

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ATHENS, Ohio -- It's Parent's Weekend at Ohio University and the Ohio football team is back in Athens on Saturday (Sept. 21) when they take on Louisiana at 2 p.m. ET at Peden Stadium. The soccer, field hockey, volleyball and women's golf teams are also back in action on the road this weekend.

The volleyball team (6-4) gets the weekend started when it heads to Denton, Texas, for the North Texas Challenge. After going 3-0 last weekend at the Bobcat Invitational and not dropping a set, the Bobcats begin the weekend on Thursday (Sept. 19) against New Mexico at 5 p.m. ET/4 p.m. CT. Ohio is back in action on Friday (Sept. 20) against Kansas State at 4:30 p.m. ET/3:30 CT and will wrap up the North Texas Challenge on Saturday (Sept. 21) against host North Texas at 1:30 p.m. ET/12:30 ET. 

The soccer team (5-2) continues its four-game road trip on Friday, with the Bobcats headed to Washington DC to take on 12th-ranked Georgetown at 4 p.m. ET. The field hockey (3-1) concludes Friday on the road in Boone, N.C. for a 6 p.m. ET matchup with Mid-American Conference foe Appalachian State. 

The football team (1-2) closes out its 2019 non-conference schedule when it hosts Louisiana (2-1) on Saturday in a Parents Day weekend contest at Peden Stadium. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. ET. Click here for ticket information. Saturday's contest will be broadcast live on ESPN+, with Jim Barbar and John Gregory 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.

The women's golf team heads to State College, Pa. for the 2019 Nittany Lion Invitational that will take place Sept. 21-23 at the Penn State Blue Course. 

Field hockey concludes the weekend when they head to Raleigh, N.C. to take on No. 2 Duke at 12 p.m. ET.

VOLLEYBALL
Thursday, Sept. 19 | vs. New Mexico | 5 p.m. ET | North Texas Challenge |Denton, Texas | North Texas Volleyball Center | Tournament Central | Live Stats 
Friday, Sept. 20 | vs. Kansas State | 4:30 p.m. ET | North Texas Challenge |Denton, Texas | North Texas Volleyball Center | Tournament Central | Live Stats
Saturday, Sept. 21 | vs. North Texas | 1:30 p.m. ET | North Texas Challenge |Denton, Texas | North Texas Volleyball Center | Tournament Central | Live Stats |Watch

Ohio volleyball hits the road for three matches in the North Texas Challenge. The Bobcats will take on New Mexico at 5 p.m. ET on Thursday and Kansas State at 4:30 p.m. ET on Friday. Ohio will conclude their time at North Texas with a matchup against North Texas at 1:30 p.m. ET on Saturday.

OU is currently on a five-match winning streak, most recently taking down Charleston, UConn, and Virginia at the Bobcat Invitational presented by Texas Roadhouse last weekend. Ohio won all three matches in sweeps. Junior setter Vera Giacomazzi (San Vendemiano, Italy) was named the tournament's MVP, while junior middle blocker Tia Jimerson (Sugar Hill, Ga.) and junior libero Macy Reihing (Lexington, Ky.) were named all-tournament.

Two Bobcats are currently in the top-10 in the nation in the national statistics. Giacomazzi is No. 8 in the nation in total assists with 412 while senior outside hitter Lizzie Stephens (Dallas, Texas) is No. 10 with 22 service aces. 

FIELD HOCKEY
Friday, Sept. 20 | at Appalachian State | 6 p.m. ET | Brandon & Erica M. Adcock Field| Boone, N.C. | Live Stats 
Sunday, Sept. 22 | at No. 2 Duke | 12 p.m. ET | Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium | Durham, N.C. | Live Stats | Watch

Ohio field hockey (3-1) hits the road for the rest of September, starting this weekend with two matches against North Carolina foes. The Bobcats begin MAC play on Friday when they take on Appalachian State at 6 p.m. at Brandon & Erica M. Adcock Field. Ohio won their matchup against Appalachian State last year, taking a close 1-0 finish at Pruitt Field.

Then, on Sunday, the Bobcats travel to Durham, N.C. to take on the number two team in the country, Duke University. In 2018 Ohio fell to Duke, 4-0 at home. This is OU's second game against a ranked opponent in 2019, losing to #23 Boston University, 4-1. The Bobcats also face #12 Ohio State and #23 Michigan State later in the season.

Ohio continues to put up impressive offensive numbers through their first four games, outshooting their opponents 55-35, while outscoring opponents 12-6. Redshirt senior Kendall Ballard (Charlottesville, Va.) leads the attack for Ohio, scoring a team-leading three goals and adding a team-leading three assists. Freshman Katelyn Whittle (Glendwood, Md.) has also made an impact for the Bobcats, scoring two goals on four shots in her first four career games. 

SOCCER
Friday, Sept. 20 | at Georgetown | 4 p.m. ET | Shaw Field | Washington, DC | Live Stats| Watch

After picking up their first two loses of the 2019 season, Ohio soccer (5-2) continues their four-game road trip this weekend. The Bobcats head to Washington, DC to take on 12th-ranked Georgetown on Friday, Sept. 20 with first touch set for 4 p.m. at Shaw Field. 

Ohio is coming off of a 1-0 double overtime lost to Robert Morris on Sept/ 13, and a 3-1 loss at Ohio State on Sept. 15. In the Ohio State match, senior Alivia Milesky scored mid-way through the second half to get the Bobcats on the board. Milesky's goal was assisted by sophomore Olivia Sensky. 

Georgetown enters the matchup with the Bobcats with a 5-2-1 record and are currently on a three-game winning streak which includes victories against Lafayette, Princeton and West Virginia. This season, Georgetown has scored 16 goals, while allowing 10 goals against. The Hoyas have also recorded 113 shots, with 41 of them on goal for a .363 shots on goal percentage. Individually, Amanda Carolan leads Georgetown with four goals, one assist and nine points, while Paula Germino-Watnick is second on the team with eight points, recording two goals and four assists. In net, Anna Leat has seen the most action, playing in six games while allowing nine goals and making 16 saves in 560 minutes on the pitch. 

FOOTBALL
Saturday, Sept. 21 | vs. Louisiana | 2 p.m. ET | Peden Stadium | Athens, Ohio | Live Stats | ESPN+ | TuneIn | Game Notes 

Ohio dropped its second road contest in as many weeks last Saturday (Sept. 14), suffering a tough 33-31 loss to host Marshall (2-1) in a Battle for the Bell matchup tonight at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, W. Va.

Senior quarterback Nathan Rourke (Oakville, Ontario, Canada) threw for three touchdowns and 215 yards and ran for 118 yards, including a 72-yard run for a touchdown, in the loss at Marshall. He was named the Mid-American Conference East Division Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts, marking the first time he has been recognized with weekly conference honors and seventh time in his career.

Rourke's three touchdown passes and one rushing touchdown brought him to 84 career touchdowns responsible for, breaking the previous school record of 82 set by former quarterback Tyler Tettleton (2009-13). He has now been responsible for at least four touchdowns in a single game nine times. He threw for multiple touchdowns in a game for the 14th time in his career and tallied at least three passing touchdowns for the sixth time. His 45 career passing touchdowns rank second in program history while his 38 career rushing touchdowns rank third. The contest marked just the second time in his career that he threw for at least 200 yards and ran for at least 100 more. He passed Anthony Thornton (5,199; 1987-90) for the third-most career passing yards with 5,217.

Several of Ohio's pass catchers enjoyed milestone performances at Marshall.

Redshirt freshman wide Shane Hooks (Orlando, Fla.), making his first career start in place of injured redshirt junior wide receiver Cameron Odom, caught his first career touchdown on a 20-yard scoring strike in the second quarter.

Junior running back De'Montre Tuggle (Channelview, Texas) caught his first receiving touchdown as a Bobcat in the second quarter. It marked his fourth total touchdown in three games, as he had scored three rushing touchdowns over the previous two contests.

Redshirt junior tight end Ryan Luehrman (Athens, Ohio) set career highs with four receptions for 60 yards, including a career-long 36-yard reception in the second quarter. He then caught his second touchdown in the last three games and second of his career in the third quarter, hauling in a seven-yard scoring strike. Luehrman was named John Mackey Tight End of the Week Honorable Mention for his efforts.

WOMEN'S GOLF
Nittany Lion Invitational | Sept. 21-22 | State College, Pa. | Penn State Blue Course | Live Results 

The Ohio women's golf team will participate in their second tournament during the 2019-20 season Saturday, Sept. 21 - Sunday, Sept. 22 at the 2019 Nittany Lion Invitational. The 54-hole event is hosted by Penn State and will take place in State College, Pa. at the 6,322-yard Penn State Blue Course. Par is set at 72 and both days will being with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. 

Competing at this year's event is Akron, Bucknell, Georgetown, High Point, Ohio, Penn State, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Navy, Penn and Youngstown State.  

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