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Pawprints: This Week Ahead In Ohio Athletics

Pawprints: This Week Ahead In Ohio Athletics

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ATHENS, Ohio -- A number of Ohio Athletics teams are back in action this weekend as several open Mid-American Conference play. While soccer, field hockey, cross country and men's and women's golf are all on the road, volleyball returns to the Convocation Center.

The volleyball team (8-5) opens MAC play in Athens this weekend on Friday (Sept. 27) as it plays host to Bowling Green (6-6). The match is scheduled to get underway at 7 p.m. ET. Volleyball is back on the court on Saturday (Sept. 28) against Miami (5-6) with action getting underway at 5 p.m. ET. Those interested in tickets can find them here

The soccer team (5-3-0) also begins MAC play this Friday as it travels to DeKalb, Ill., for a battle with Northern Illinois (2-4-1). First touch is set for 7 p.m. ET at the NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex. The Bobcats will then head to Kalamazoo, Mich., for a matchup with Western Michigan (2-5-0) on Sunday (Sept. 29) at 1 p.m. ET at the WMU Soccer Complex. 

The field hockey team (4-2, 1-0 MAC) continues MAC play and looks to build off its strong start, heading to Kent, Ohio, to take on Kent State (4-5) on Saturday. First touch is set for 12 p.m. ET at Murphy-Mellis Field

The men's and women's cross country return to action on Saturday at the All Ohio Championships in Cedarville, Ohio. 

Both the men's and women's golf teams return to action Sept. 30-Oct. 1. The women's team will head to Ypsilanti, Mich. for the 2019 Shirley Spork EMU Invitational at the Eagle Crest Golf Club while the men's team is off to Akron, Ohio, for the 2019 Firestone Invitational at the Firestone North Course. 

VOLLEYBALL
Friday, Sept. 27 | vs. Bowling Green | 7 p.m. ET | Athens, Ohio | Convocation Center | Tickets | Live Stats | ESPN3
Saturday, Sept. 28 | vs. Miami | 5 p.m. ET | Athens, Ohio | Convocation Center | Tickets | Live Stats | ESPN+

After finishing the non-conference portion of the schedule with two tournament wins in the Bobcat Invitational and the North Texas Challenge, Ohio will now begin MAC play. The Bobcats will take on Bowling Green on Friday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. and Miami on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 5 p.m. with both matches inside the Convo. 

The first 100 students to attend Friday's match will recieve free sunglasses. Any student who checks in on the Ohio Bobcats Gameday App will be entered to win free AirPods. 

In Ohio's five-set win over Kansas State in the North Texas Challenge, junior setter Vera Giacomazzi (San Vendemiano, Italy)  dished out an Ohio 25-point rally scoring era record 74 assists. Her 74 assists is the highest total in the NCAA this season and is the third-highest in program history, including side-out scoring and 30-point rally scoring. Giacomazzi didn't just hand out assists against Kansas State as she had seven digs, seven blocks and three aces in the victory. Giacomazzi was named MAC Setter of the Week for her performance. 
 
Junior middle blocker Tia Jimerson (Sugar Hill, Ga.) won MAC Defensive Player of the Week and North Texas Challenge MVP after her performance last weekend. Jimerson hit .452 during the tournament and racked up a team-high 46 kills. In OU's win over K-State, Jimerson posted a career-high 10 blocks (one solo, nine assisted) and added a double-double after a season-high 19 kills. In the first match of the weekend, Jimerson posted 13 kills in just three sets and hit .400. She wrapped up the weekend with 14 hammers and two blocks while hitting .522. Jimerson averaged 4.18 kills per set and 1.36 blocks per set in the three matches.

SOCCER
Friday, Sept. 27 | at Northern Illinois | 7 p.m. ET | NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex | DeKalb, Ill. | Live Stats | Watch
Sunday, Sept. 29 | at Western Michigan | 1 p.m. ET | WMU Soccer Complex| Kalamazoo, Mich. | Live Stats 

Ohio soccer looks to snap a three-game losing streak this weekend when it opens MAC play against Northern Illinois and Western Michigan.

In total, 11 Bobcats have scored for Ohio this season. Ohio is led by senior Alivia Milesky (Plain City, Ohio) who has three goals and two assists for eight points, while freshmen Olivia Darrow (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio), Heather McGuire (Hamilton, Ohio) and Maddie Young (Cincinnati, Ohio) all have two goals. Sophomore Abby Townsend (Powell, Ohio) leads Ohio with five assists and seven points. 

NIU holds a 2-4-1 record, with its most recent game against South Dakota State resulting in a 3-0 loss for the Huskies. The Huskies leading goal scorer is Trudy Quidzinski, who has four goals on just nine attempts on goal. Isabella Sabo as well as Quidzinski are co-leaders for assists on the team with one a piece. 

WMU comes into the matchup with a 2-5-0 record. The Broncos have allowed 14 goals on 115 attempts from their opponents. The team is led offensively by Morgan Otteson and Bailey Korhorn who both have two goals each this season. Goalkeeper Maggie Rogers comes into the game with a .786 save percentage in over 450 minutes of play.

MEN'S AND WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY
Saturday, Sept. 28 | All-Ohio Championship | Cedarville, Ohio

Ohio cross country heads back to Cedarville, Ohio for the All-Ohio Championship on Saturday, Sept. 28. In 2018 at the All-Ohio Championships the men's team finished first, while the women's team came in fourth. 

Before taking a weekend off from competition, the Bobcats made their first Cedarville trip of the season to compete in the Friendship Invitational. Redshirt senior Madison Sury (Waterford, Ohio) ran a person record in the 5K race, with a time of 17:58.7. That performance was good enough to win Sury MAC Co-Athlete of the Week.  

FIELD HOCKEY
Saturday, Sept. 28 | at Kent State | 12 p.m. ET | Murphy-Mellis Field | Kent, Ohio | Live Stats | Live Video

Ohio field hockey battles MAC rival Kent State on Saturday.

The Bobcats come off a trip to North Carolina where they shocked Appalachian State as they scored four goals in the final period to overcome a 5-2 deficit, coming away with a 6-5 victory. Scoring the winning goal with just 40 seconds left in the contest was this week's MAC Offensive Player of the Week, junior Leah Warren (Hamilton, New Zealand). Warren tallied two goals in the game, including the game-winner, on a penalty corner from senior Brittany Keen (Pert, Western Australia) and junior Emma Spinetto (Louisville, Ky.). 

Ohio fell to the Golden Flashes in the last matchup between the two squads, losing 2-1 at Pruitt Field on October 19, 2018. Jillian Shive (Lebanon, Ohio) scored the Bobcats' lone goal.

WOMEN'S GOLF
Sept. 30- Oct. 1 | Shirley Spork EMU Invitational | Ypsilanti, Mich. | Eagle Crest Golf Club | Live Results 

Ohio women's golf is back in action at the 2019 Shirley Spork EMU Invitational. This year's event will take place at the Eagle Crest Golf Club in Ypsilanti, Mich. Both days are set for a 9 a.m. ET shotgun start. 

Playing in this year's event are Central Michigan, Oakland, Fort Wayne, Western Michigan, Detroit, Chicago State, Dayton, Cleveland State, Green Bay, Northern Kentucky and Ohio. 

Ohio finished last year's Shirley Spork Invitational in eighth place. Sophomore Catherine Loftus (Roswell, Ga.) finished 27th in last year's event, finishing with a 158 (+14). 

MEN'S GOLF
Sept 30 – Oct. 1 | Firestone Invitational | Akron, Ohio | Firestone North Course

Men's golf will compete in its third tournament of the season when it visits Akron, Ohio, for the Firestone Invitational.

The Bobcats tied for third at the Firestone Invitational last season with a combined team score of 859 (-5) after rounds of  281 (-7), 283 (-5) and 295 (+7). Then-sophomore Zach Crawford (Vandalia, Ohio) earned his first collegiate victory, winning the Firestone Invitational by three strokes. Crawford was tied for second place heading into the third and final round after shooting matching rounds of 69 (-3) in the first two rounds. He saved his best for last, though, tallying a 68 (-4) in the third round to win the event. Crawford finished the tournament shooting -2 on the par 3s, -3 on the par 4s and -5 on the par 5s. He led the tournament with 16 birdies. After posting six birdies in the second round, he totaled five in the third. His total score marked the best of his young career and tied him with Peyton White (2015 Joe Feaganes Marshall Invitational) for the second-best three-round total in program history. He became the first Bobcat to win a tournament since White won the Rutherford Intercollegiate in 2017.

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