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Pawprints: The Week Ahead In Ohio Athletics

Pawprints: The Week Ahead In Ohio Athletics

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ATHENS, Ohio -- As we turn the calendar to November, that means it's Dad's Weekend at Ohio University.

The men's and women's basketball team tip off off their annual Dad's Weekend Doubleheader on Saturday (Nov. 2) beginning at 1 p.m. ET inside the Convocation Center. The men's and women's cross country teams will head to the Mid-American Conference Championships, while the soccer team concludes the regular season and begins play in the 2019 MAC Tournament and the wrestling teams begins the 2019-20 season. 

Under first-year head coach Jeff Boals, a new-look men's basketball team will take the court for the first time on Saturday in the first game of Ohio's annual Dad's Weekend Doubleheader. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. ET inside the Convocation Center. If you have yet to purchase ticks, you can do so here

Putting a historic 30-win season behind them, the women's basketball team returns to the court with some unfinished business. Ohio will take the court in the second game of the Dad's Weekend Doubleheader, with tip-off slated for 3:30 p.m. ET inside the Convocation Center. If you have yet to purchase tickets, you can do so here

The soccer team (10-7-1, 5-4-1 MAC) concludes the 2019 regular season on Thursday (Oct. 31) at Kent State. First touch is set for 3 p.m. ET at Dix Stadium. After the conclusion of Thursday's match, the MAC will release seeding, matchups, locations and times of this year's MAC Quarterfinals. 

The volleyball team (13-10, 5-5 MAC) returns to the court this weekend when they head to Oxford, Ohio, on Friday (Nov. 1) to face off with Miami. The match is set to get underway at 7 p.m. ET inside Millett Hall. The Bobcats will then head across the state to take on Bowling Green on Saturday. Action begins at 5 p.m. ET inside the Stroh Center.  

The men's and women's cross country head to DeKalb, Ill. for the 2019 MAC Championships on Saturday. The men's 8K race is set for Noon ET, with the women's 6K race scheduled for 1 p.m. ET

Ohio wrestling opens its 2019-20 season on Saturday in Lansing, Mich., at the 2019 Michigan State Open.

MEN'S BASKETBALL
Saturday, Nov. 2 | vs. Capital | 1 p.m. ET | Convocation Center | Athens, Ohio | Live Stats | Tickets

The Ohio men's basketball team unofficially begins its 2019-20 season under first-year head coach Jeff Boals on Saturday, Nov. 2. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. inside the Convocation Center and will serve as the first game of the Bobcats' annual Dad's Weekend Doubleheader.

The Bobcats return seven from last season, including redshirt senior guard, Jordan Dartis and MAC Freshman of the Year, Ben Vander Plas. Ohio also returns Jason Preston, Nate Springs, Connor Murrell, John Tenerowicz, and Mason McMurray. 

Bobcat fans will also see seven new faces on the court this season, with grad transfer from Georgia Tech Sylvester Ogbonda (Part Harcourt, Nigeria), six freshman including Michael Brown, Jr. (Rochester, N.Y.), Ben Roderick (Powell, Ohio), Lunden McDay (Akron, Ohio), Nolan Foster, (Mattawan, Mich.), Miles Brown (Rochester, N.Y.), and Marvin Price (Baltimore, Md.).

Jeff Boals returns to Athens for his first season as the leader of the Bobcats. Boals, a 1995 graduate, spent the last three seasons (2016-19) as the head coach at Stony Brook. He has guided the Seawolves to an overall record of 55-41 – including a 31-17 mark in America East Conference play. Stony Brook has gone 24-8 (12-4 AEC) in 2018-19 and will be making its second postseason appearance in the last three. The Seawolves received an invitation to the College Basketball Invitational Tournament in 2017. Stony Brook placed five student-athletes on the America East's All-Conference Teams in 2018-19, with sophomore center Jeff Otchere being named the league's Defensive Player of the Year and redshirt sophomore guard/forward Andrew Garcia being tabbed as Sixth Man of the Year.  

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
Saturday, Nov. 2 | vs. Walsh | 3:30 p.m. ET | Convocation Center | Athens, Ohio | Live Stats | Audio | Tickets

The Ohio women's basketball team will host an exhibition against Walsh on Nov. 2. Tip-off is set for 3:30 p.m. inside the Convocation Center and will serve as the second game of the Bobcats' annual Dad's Weekend Doubleheader. 

Ohio is coming off an historic 30-win season. Ohio returns the MAC Freshman and Sixth Player of the Year (Erica Johnson), the MAC Defensive Player of the Year (Cece Hooks) and three All-MAC winners (Johnson, Hooks and Amani Burke). Ohio advanced to the round of eight of the Women's National Invitation Tournament last season.

The Bobcats were picked to win the Mid-American Conference regular season championship, East Division and the MAC Tournament in the 2019-20 preseason coaches' poll. In addition, junior guard Cece Hooks (Dayton, Ohio) and redshirt sophomore guard Erica Johnson (Mansfield, Ohio) were named Preseason All-MAC East.

SOCCER
Thursday, Oct. 31 | at Kent State | 3 p.m. ET | Dix Stadium | Kent, Ohio | Live Stats | Watch
Sunday, Nov. 2: Mid-American Conference Quarterfinals | TBA

With just one game to go in the regular season, the Bobcats hope to continue playing their best soccer as they enter postseason play.

Ohio coming off of a 1-1 weekend, with a win against Miami, 5-2, on Thursday before falling to Ball State, 2-1, in overtime on Sunday. 

During last year's regular season finale, Ohio fell to Kent State, 1-0, but were still able to secure the fourth seed in the MAC Tournament. The Bobcats were matched up with the Flashes for the quarterfinal round just three days later, with Ohio defeating Kent State, 2-1. The win against Kent State was the first since 2009 and their first win in the MAC Quarterfinals since 2004.  

Kent State enters the matchup against the Bobcats with a 5-9-3 overall record and a 3-5-2 record in MAC play. The Golden Flashes are currently on a two-game losing streak after falling Ball State and Miami last weekend. This season, Kent State has scored 24 goals, while allowing 26 goals against. Kent State has recorded 289 shots, with 135 of them on goal for a .467 shots on goal percentage. 

Individually, Vital Kats leads Kent State with eight goals and five assists, totaling 21 points. Cameron Shedenhelm follows with 18 points, six goals and assist. In net, Faith O'Niell has seen the most action, playing in 17 games while allowing 26 goals and making 68 saves in 1,593 minutes on the pitch.

The first round of the MAC Tournament will begin Sunday, Nov. 3. Stay tuned for information regarding seeding, location and time.  

VOLLEYBALL
Friday, Nov. 1 | at Miami | 7 p.m. ET | Oxford, Ohio | Millett Hall | Live Stats | Watch
Saturday, Nov. 2 | at Bowling Green | 5 p.m. ET |Bowling Green, Ohio | Stroh Center | Live Stats | ESPN3  

Ohio went 0-2 last weekend , fallign to Western Michigan and Northern Illinois. Ohio faced both Miami and Bowling Green in the MAC opening weekend earlier this year. OU took down Miami, 3-1 and lost to Bowling Green, 3-2. 

Junior setter Vera Giacomazzi (San Vendemiano, Italy) is No. 2 in the nation in total assists with 1,019 and No. 10 in the country in assists per set at 11.32. As a team, Ohio is No. 21 in the country in total kills with 1,118 and No. 16 in team assists at 1,112. 

MEN'S AND WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY
Saturday, Nov. 2 | Mid-American Conference Championship | 12 p.m. ET (Men's)/ 1 p.m. ET (Women's) | Northern Illinois | DeKalb, Ill. | Men's Live Results | Women's Live Results 

Ohio cross country heads to DeKalb, Ill. for the 2019 MAC Championship meet on Saturday, Nov. 2. Last season, the men came in fifth and the women came in ninth, with junior Josh Park (Amherst, Ohio) winning the men's individual title.

The Bobcats are poised to improve on their 2018 finish, with the men winning three MAC Male Athlete of the Week Awards (Park x2, Butler) and the women taking home one of their own (Sury). Ohio also impressed during their last meet at Pre-Nationals, with the men coming in second place and the women coming in 12th. Park finished second overall in the 8K race with a time of 24:46.3, while redshirt senior Madison Sury (Waterford, Ohio) finished with a time of 21:58.7, good enough to come in 35th out of 169 competitors.  

WRESTLING
Saturday, Nov. 2 | Michigan State Open | All Day | East Lansing, Mich. | Jenison Field House

The Bobcats are set to open up a new season at the Michigian State Open for the second year in a row. Joel Greenlee is back for his 23rd season as head coach of the wrestling program at Ohio.

Ohio enters the season ranked 10th as a team with 8.5 points, per the MAC wrestling coaches 2019-20 preseason team rankings. The Bobcats also have five individuals ranked in the league's weight class individual rankings, with redshirt junior Mario Guillen (Perrysburg, Ohio) ranked fourth at 133 pounds, redshirt sophomore Alec Hagan (Eureka, Mo.) ranked fifth at 149 pounds, redshirt senior Zac Carson (Akron, Ohio) ranked tied for fifth at 157 pounds, redshirt junior Joe Terry (Pickerington, Ohio) ranked sixth at 165 pounds and senior Hunter Yeargan (Willard, Mo.) ranked sixth at 184 pounds.

Last season at the Michigan State Open, Guillen came away with a first-place finish at 133 in the open bracket.

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