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Pawprints: The Week Ahead In Ohio Athletics

Pawprints: The Week Ahead In Ohio Athletics

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ATHENS, Ohio – After a successful 6-1 weekend, Ohio athletics is back in action this week as the soccer and field hockey teams start to wrap up their regular seasons, while the volleyball team continues Mid-American Conference play and the football team gets ready for a tilt with Ball State in its last Saturday game of the season. 

It'll be a matchup of MAC division leaders on Saturday (Oct. 26) at Scheumann Stadium in Muncie, Ind., as the East Division-leading football team (3-4, 2-1 MAC) takes on West Division-leader Ball State (4-3, 3-0 MAC). Kickoff is slated for 2 p.m. ET.

The soccer team (9-6-1, 4-3-1 MAC) gets started on Thursday (Oct. 24) when it heads to Oxford, Ohio to take on Miami (3-11-1, 2-5-1 MAC) in a MAC rivalry matchup. First touch is set for 4 p.m. ET at the Miami Soccer Field. The Bobcats conclude the weekend on Sunday (Oct. 7) when they take on Ball State (12-4-0, 6-2-0 MAC), which is currently second in the MAC standings, in Muncie, Ind. First touch is set for 1 p.m. ET at the Soccer Field at Briner Sports Complex. 

The field hockey team (8-5, 4-1 MAC) looks to keep its hot streak going as it wraps up the regular season with two home contests this weekend. The Bobcats host rival Miami (8-7, 3-1 MAC) on Friday (Oct. 25). First touch is set for 1 p.m. ET at Pruitt Field. Ohio concludes the regular season on Saturday at noon ET as it hosts UC Davis (6-7). Saturday will also serve as the Bobcats' Senior Day. 

The swimming & diving team is back in the pool on Friday with a Mid-American Conference meet at Bowling Green. The action is set to start at 5 p.m. ET at the Cooper Pool in Bowling Green, Ohio.

The volleyball team (13-8, 5-3 MAC) returns to the court this weekend when they head to Kalamazoo, Mich. to take on Western Michigan (11-9, 2-6 MAC) on Friday at 7 p.m. ET at Read Fieldhouse/University Arena. The Bobcats wrap up their weekend on Saturday at Northern Illinois (6-16, 3-5 MAC) First serve is set for 8:30 p.m. ET inside Victor E. Court. 

The men's golf team concludes its fall slate early next week (Oct. 27-28) at the 2019 Grandover Collegiate. The event will take place in Greensboro, N.C. at the Grandover Resort. 

FOOTBALL
Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 | at Ball State | 2 p.m. ET | Scheumann Stadium | Muncie, Ind. | ESPN+ | Ohio Sports Network from Learfield IMG College | TuneIn | Live Stats

Ohio is coming off of a critical 45-38 MAC East Division victory over Kent State last Saturday (Oct. 19) at Peden Stadium. The Bobcats racked up a season-high 45 points, 571 yards of total offense and 31 first downs and held a season-best 9:38 advantage in team of possession (34:49-25:11). The win marked Ohio's sixth in a row over the Golden Flashes and put the Bobcats in first place in the MAC East Division.

Senior quarterback Nathan Rourke (Oakville, Ontario, Canada) threw for a career-high 342 yards and two touchdowns and ran for two more scores in Ohio's win over Kent State. He completed 19 of his 28 passing attempts (67.9 percent). He was named the MAC East Division Offensive Player of the week for the second time this season and for the eighth time in his career for his efforts in the win over Kent State. He was also recognized by the Manning Award, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, as one of eight Manning Award Stars of the Week for week eight of the 2019 season.

Ohio is set to meet Ball State for the 26th time on Saturday. The Bobcas trail the all-time series with the Cardinals, 15-10. The Bobcats are 4-2 against the Cardinals during the Frank Solich era, including a 1-1 mark in games played against Ball State in Muncie. Ohio is set to visit Ball State for the first time since Nov. 14, 2012 -- a 52-27 victory for the Cardinals. In Ohio's only other trip to Muncie in the Solich era, Ohio recorded a 20-17 victory on Oct. 31, 2009. Ohio and Ball State are squaring off for the second year in a row. The Bobcats blew out the Cardinals, 52-14, on Oct. 25, 2018, at Peden Stadium. Ohio racked up 411 rushing yards and scored six rushing touchdowns in the decisive win.

Saturday's contest will be broadcast live on ESPN+, with Jim Barbar and John Gregory 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.

SOCCER
Thursday, Oct. 24 | at Miami | 4 p.m. ET | Miami Soccer Field | Oxford, Ohio | Live Stats
Sunday, Oct. 27 | at Ball State | 1 p.m. ET | Soccer Field at Briner Sports Complex | Muncie, Ind. | Live Stats

Ohio came out of last weekend with two more conference wins under its belt. The Bobcats defeated Central Michigan, 2-1, on Friday and continued that momentum into Sunday's match, where they were able to celebrate their 1-0 victory over Eastern Michigan on Senior Day. 

Ohio defeated Miami last season, 1-0. However, the Bobcats went into double overtime with Ball State before finsing with a 1-1 tie. 

Miami enters the matchup against the Bobcats with a 3-11-1 overall record and a 2-5-1 record in MAC play. The RedHawks are currently on a two-game losing streak after falling to Bowling Green and Toledo last weekend. This season, Miami has scored eight goals, while allowing 24 goals against. The RedHawks have recorded 156 shots, with 72 of them on goal for a .462 shots on goal percentage. 

Individually, Olivia Winnett leads Miami with three goals, totaling six points. Lyda Bogdanovitch follows with five points, two goals and one assist. In net, Izzie Vaccari has seen the most action, playing in 14 games while allowing 18 goals and making 97 saves in 1,271 minutes on the pitch.

Ball State heads into the match against the Bobcats with a 12-4-0 overall record and a 6-2-0 record in MAC play. The Cardinals are currently on a one-game winning streak after defeating Bowling Green 1-0 in double overtime. This season, Ball State has scored 26 goals, while allowing 11 goals against. The Cardinals have recorded 192 shots, with 111 of them on goal for a .458 shots on goal percentage. 

Individually, Nicky Potts leads Ball State with six goals and two assists, totaling 14 points. Grace Alsop, Julia Elvbo, and Tatiana Mason all follow with nine points each. In net, Tristin Stutenville has seen the most action, playing in 15 games while allowing 10 goals and making 58 saves in 1,359 minutes on the pitch.

SWIMMING AND DIVING
Friday, Oct. 25 | at Bowling Green | 5 p.m.| Cooper Pool | Bowling Green, Ohio

Ohio swimming and diving heads to Bowling Green for their first conference meet of the year on Friday. The Bobcats come off a trip to Lexington, Ky. where they took on SEC opponents Kentucky and South Carolina. Junior Hannah Schlegel (Birdsboro, Pa.) led the pace for Ohio, as she finished 3rd in the 1,000-yard freestyle, with a time of 10:10.23. Schlegel also finished sixth in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:03.94

Ohio looks to begin 1-0 in MAC meets for the first time since the 2017-18 campaign, when they defeated Ball State in Muncie, Ind., 185-114.

FIELD HOCKEY
Friday, Oct. 25 | vs. Miami | 1 p.m. ET | Pruitt Field | Athens, Ohio | Live Stats | Watch
Sunday, Oct. 27 | vs. UC Davis | 12 a.m. ET | Pruitt Field | Athens, Ohio | Live Stats | Watch | Senior Day

Ohio field hockey is back home for the last weekend of the regular season, taking on Miami with a lot on the line, and UC Davis on Senior Day. With a win over Miami, Ohio secures a 2-seed in the upcoming MAC Tournament. With a loss, Ohio falls to the 3-seed. 

The Bobcats come off a tremendous weekend at Pruitt Field, taking down Ball State, 3-0, and Indiana, 2-1 in overtime. Junior Jillian Shive (Lebanon, Ohio) and redshirt senior Kendall Ballard (Charlottesville, Va.) each scored two goals for Ohio this weekend, with Shive's coming against Ball State and Ballard's coming as the go-ahead and game-winner against Indiana. Ballard's two goals put her at the top of the team leaderboard with seven.

VOLLEYBALL
Friday, Oct. 25 | at Western Michigan | 7 p.m. ET |Kalamazoo, Mich. | Read Fieldhouse/University Arena | Live Stats  
Saturday, Oct. 26 | at NIU | 8:30 p.m. ET |DeKalb, Ill | Victor E. Court | Live Stats | Watch 

The Bobcats hit the road at Western Michigan and NIU after going 1-1 at home last weekend. Ohio swept Toledo and fell to Ball State, 3-0 inside The Convocation Center last weekend. Junior opposite Maggie Nedoma (Brook Park, Ohio) led the way with a .359 attacking clip on 39 swings and 18 kills for Ohio against the Rockets. Her 18 kills was three-set high this year.

Junior setter Vera Giacomazzi (San Vendemiano, Italy) is No. 2 in the nation in total assists with 915. Giacomazzi is No. 11 in the nation in assists per set at 11.3. As a team, Ohio is No. 77 in the country in digs per set at 15.6 and No. 68 in kills per set at 13.26.

Junior middle blocker Tia Jimerson (Sugar Hill, Ga.) leads Ohio at 3.27 kills per set, while Nedoma follows closely behind at 3.22 per frame. Jimerson also leads Ohio in blocks at 1.38 per frame.

MEN'S GOLF

Sunday, Oct. 27-Monday, Oct. 28 | Grandover Collegiate | Greensboro, N.C. | Grandover Resort 

The Bobcats are set to compete for the final time in the 2019 fall season and for the first time since finishing in ninth place with a combined total team score of 854 (+2) at the Phoenix Intercollegiate (Oct. 14-15) at Alamance Country Club in Greensboro, N.C. 

Junior Austin Dyson (Dublin, Ohio) turned in the best finish of his collegiate career to date at the Phoenix Intercollegiate, tying for fifth place with a 206 (-7). After carding rounds of 65 (-6) and 71 (E) over the first two rounds, Dyson shot a final-round 70 (-1). His first-round 65 marked the best of his collegiate career to date. Dyson was named MAC Men's Golfer of the Week for his efforts.

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