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Paw Prints: The Week Ahead in Ohio Athletics 

Paw Prints: The Week Ahead in Ohio Athletics 

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ATHENS, Ohio --  It's senior day for the Ohio football team on Tuesday (Nov. 12) when the Bobcats host Mid-American Conference West Division foe Western Michigan at 6:30 p.m. ET in the final home game at Peden Stadium in 2019. The men's basketball team is back in action for two road games, while the women's basketball team hosts Marshall on Wednesday (Nov. 13). The volleyball team concludes the regular season at home on Friday (Nov. 15) and Saturday when they host Buffalo and Akron, respectively. Both the men's and women's cross country teams will compete in the 2019 NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championship on Friday in Madison, Wis.

Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019 | vs. Western Michigan | 6:30 p.m. ET | Peden Stadium | Athens, Ohio | ESPN2 | WatchESPN | Ohio Sports Network from Learfield IMG College | TuneIn | Live Stats | Game Notes | Tickets

The football team (4-5, 3-2 MAC) is looking to bounce back from a tough 24-21 setback to MAC East Division archrival Miami last Wednesday (Nov. 6) in the 96th edition of the 'Battle of the Bricks' at Peden Stadium. With the loss, the Bobcats will need to win and get help to have a shot at winning the East Division title. 

Senior quarterback Nathan Rourke (Oakville, Ontario, Canada) ran for two touchdowns and threw for another in the loss to the RedHawks. He finished the contest with 89 rushing yards on 16 attempts while completing 15 of his 27 passing attempts for 133 yards. He has now scored 46 career rushing touchdowns, moving him into second place in program history as he passed Kalvin McRae (45; 2004-07). Rourke, who ranks third in program history with 48 career touchdowns scored, will be break the school record by scoring two more touchdowns. The record of 49 is currently shared by McRae and Kareem Wilson (1995-98).

With a win over Western Michigan, head coach Frank Solich will pass Herb Deromedi (110, Central Michigan, 1978-93) for the most victories by a MAC head coach.

Ohio is set to square off against Western Michigan for the second year in a row. Last season, the Bobcats dominated the Broncos in Kalamazoo, Mich., 59-14, on Nov. 1, 2018 at Waldo Stadium. The Bobcats are 1-1 at home against the Broncos under Solich.

Ohio's senior class will bid farewell to Peden Stadium on Tuesday. The class includes the following student-athletes who have played starting roles for the Bobcats: Rourke, defensive tackle Brian Arp (Kearney, Neb.), defensive tackle Cole Baker (Pinson, Ala.), punter/kickoff specialist Michael Farkas (Mishawaka, Ind.), offensive lineman Marques Grimes (Southfield, Mich.), safety Javon Hagan (Jacksonville, Fla.), offensive lineman Steven Hayes (Dacula, Ga.), longsnapper Devin King (Thornville, Ohio), special teams ace DL Knock (Springboro, Ohio), offensive lineman Austen Pleasants (Ironton, Ohio), linebacker Eric Popp (Loveland, Ohio) and placekicker Louie Zervos (Tarpon Springs, Fla.).

Wednesday, Nov. 13 | at Iona | 7 p.m. EST | Hynes Center | New Rochelle, N.Y. | Ohio Sports Network from Learfield IMG College | TuneIn | Live Stats | ESPN+
Saturday, Nov. 16 | at No. 10 Villanova | 12 p.m. EST | Wells Fargo Center | Philadelphia, Pa. | Myrtle Beach Invitational | Ohio Sports Network from Learfield IMG College | TuneIn | Live Stats | FS2

Men's basketball (2-0) looks to continue its hot start when they head to New Rochelle, N.Y. to take on Iona (0-1) on Wednesday, Nov. 13. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. on ESPN3. If you can't catch it can be hear on Ohio Sports Network from Learfield IMG College, where Marty Bannister will have the call. The Bobcats are back in action for the first game of the 2019 Myrtle Beach invitational on Saturday, Nov. 16 when Ohio heads to Philadelphia, Pa. to take on 10th-ranked Villanova (1-0). Tip-off is set for Noon inside the Wells Fargo Center and can be seen on FS2. That game will also be live on Ohio Sports Network from Learfield IMG College where Russ Eisenstein returns for his 12th season as the "Voice of the Bobcats" and will be joined by Ohio Alum Rob Cornelius. 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.

Ohio is coming off of an 88-50 victory over Heidelberg inside the Convocation Center on Saturday. 

Over two games, Ohio is led be redshirt sophomore forward Ben Vander Plas (Ripon, Wis.) who is averaging 15.0 points per game to go along with 5.0 board per game. Over two games, Redshirt senior guard Jordan Dartis (Newark, Ohio) is next, averaging 14.0 points per game, while hitting six threes to open the season. Sophomore guard Jason Preston (Orlando, Fla.) is currently averaging 13.5 points per game, 12.0 assists per game and 6.5 boards. 

Iona is currently 0-1 to open the season, falling to La Salle, 70-64, on Nov. 9. Tajuan Agee led the way in the game with 21 points, nine rebounds and five blocks, while E.J. Crawford scored 17 points and grabbed seven boards. 

Ohio then visits 10th-ranked Villanova who is 1-0 after the first week of play, defeating Army, 97-54 on Nov. 5. Tommy Funk led the way with 15 points and five rebounds, while Tucker Blackwell also scored 15 points. 

Wednesday, Nov. 13 | vs. Marshall | 7 p.m. EST | Convocation Center | Athens, Ohio | Live Stats | Audio | ESPN+
Sunday, Nov. 17 | at Ohio State | 2 p.m. EST | Value City Arena | Columbus, Ohio | Live Stats | Audio | Watch

Women's Basketball (0-1) continues action on Wednesday, No. 13 when they play host to Marshall. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. inside the Convocation Center and will be seen on ESPN+. The Bobcats will head to Columbus, Ohio on Sunday, Nov. 17 to face off with Big Ten foe Ohio State. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. inside Value City Arena. Both games can be heard on WOUB 1340 AM and OhioBobcats.com with the 'Voice of Ohio Women's Basketball' Jake Hromada on the call.

Ohio earned its first win of the season yesterday over American, 81-69. Redshirt sophomore Erica Johnson (Mansfield, Ohio) had 24 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists for the first triple-double in Ohio women's basketball history. Johnson's triple-double was the first in Ohio history and the 13th in Mid-American Conference history. A player has not recorded a triple-double in the MAC since 2016, when Crystal Bradford from Central Michigan recorded the feat. Johnson's 11 assists was a career-high, while she was two points shy of her career best. Johnson was 10-of-16 from the field and 4-of-6 from the three-point line in 35 minutes of play.

Johnson is averaging 18.5 points per game after two contests and seven rebounds per game. Cece Hooks went 6-of-8 in the win over American and had 15 points. Hooks had a game-high 17 points at No. 21 Syracuse earlier in the week.

Friday, Nov. 15  | vs. Buffalo | 7 p.m. EST | Athens, Ohio | Convocation Center | Live Stats | ESPN+ | Tickets 
Saturday, Nov. 16 | vs. Akron | 5 p.m. EST | Athens, Ohio | Convocation Center | Live Stats | ESPN3 | Tickets

Volleyball (15-12, 7-7 MAC) wraps up the regular season this weekend starting on Friday, Nov. 15 when the Bobcats host Buffalo (11-15, 7-7 MAC) at 7 p.m. on ESPN+. Fans can catch the Bobcats for the final time in Athens on Saturday, Nov. 16 when Akron (16-9, 9-5 MAC) comes to the Convo on Senior Night. First serve is set for 5 p.m. and will be seen on ESPN3. Fans can purchase tickets here. 

Ohio went 2-0 last weekend, sweeping both Kent State and Central Michigan. Over the long weekend, Jimerson had with 31 total kills, averaging 5.17 per set and a red-hit .667 attacking clip. Jimerson had one error in 45 attempts in the two sweeps and added 10 blocks. On Thursday in the sweep of Kent State, Jimerson had 18 kills on 21 attempts with no errors, good for the second-highest attacking percentage in program history (minimum 10 attacks) at .857.

Ohio is the MAC leader in blocks per set at 2.25. Jimerson is the MAC's leader in blocks per set at 1.33, and is No. 27 in the nation.

Junior setter Vera Giacomazzi (San Vendemiano, Italy) is No. 2 in the nation in total assists at 1,175. 

Jimerson and Giacomazzi swept the MAC East Weekly awards. Jimerson took home MAC East Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week while Giacomazzi was the MAC Setter of the Week.

Saturday, Nov. 16 | at Edinboro | 10 a.m. | Edinboro, Pa. | McComb Fieldhouse | FloWrestling
Saturday, Nov. 16 | vs LIU | 5 p.m. | Edinboro, Pa. | McComb Fieldhouse | FloWrestling

Wrestling is also back in action when they head to Edinboro, Pa. for two dual meets on Saturday, Nov. 16. Ohio will face off against Edinboro (3-0) at 10 a.m. in the first meet of the day at the 2019 Edinboro Duals. Ohio will battle Long Island University later in the day, taking on LIU (1-5) at 5 p.m. Both meets will take place inside McComb Fieldhouse and will be streamed on FloWrestling. 

Ohio opened the season against No. 21 Campbell at home last weekend and fell, 24-16. Sophomore Logan Stanley had a pin at 174, and redshirt sophomore Alex Hagan had a major decision victory at 149.

Friday, Nov. 15 | 2019 NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championship | Madison, Wis. | Zimmer Championship Course

The men's and women's cross country teams are headed to Madison, Wis. to take part in the 2019 NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championship on Friday.


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