Viking Sports Weekly (March 12)

Viking Sports Weekly (March 12)



  • Cleveland State's magical run at the Horizon League Championship was ended with a 74-57 setback to second-seeded Wright State in the championship game.
  • The eighth-seeded Vikings became the second lowest seed to play in the title game after wins over ninth-seeded Youngstown State (72-71), top-seeded and defending champion Northern Kentucky (89-80) and fourth-seeded Oakland (44-43).
  • Senior Kenny Carpenter and freshman Tyree Appleby were both named to the all-tournament team.
  • Carpenter averaged 17.8 points per game in the HL Tournament along with 4.8 rebounds per game and 3.3 assists per game, while Appleby averaged 15.3 points per game in his first postseason tournament along with 4.3 rebounds per game and 5.0 assists per game.


  • Cleveland State hosted the NCAA Midwest Regional this past weekend for the first time since 2012.
  • The event featured the top-ranked team in the country on both the men's and women's sides -- the No. 1 Notre Dame women and the No. 1 Ohio State men.
  • Freshman Declan Forth placed eighth in the men's saber for CSU while senior Sarah Mok (11th) and freshman Emma Hartlaub (14th) both contested the women's foil.


  • The Vikings return to action at the USF Invitational in Tampa on Monday and Tuesday (March 12-13).
  • CSU has not played since finishing 17th at the Wexford Plantation Intercollegiate in late February.
  • Junior Anton Krecic leads the Vikings with a 73.0 scoring average and has been the teams top finisher in all six events this year.


  • After playing the previous four games on the road, Cleveland State will host a pair of games this week.
  • The Vikings welcome Lafayette Tuesday, March 13, at 6:00 pm before hosting No. 3 Duke on Sunday, March 18, at 1:00 pm.
  • CSU did not play this past week after dropping a tough 12-11 decision at Canisius on the first weekend of March.


  • The Vikings (8-10) continue their trip out west with six games at the Bank of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Classic from Wednesday through Saturday (March 14-17).
  • CSU dropped five games at the Fresno State Bulldog Classic over the weekend against some of top competition they will play all season, including a game against 17th-ranked California.
  • Mackenzie Joecken went 5-for-10 at the tournament with three home runs.


  • Freshman Matt Akers competed at the NCAA Zone C Diving Championships this past week.
  • Akers finished 31st in the 3-meter event (278.55) and was 34th in the 1-meter competition (248.55).
  • There were 30 individuals competing that hailed from Power Five schools at the event, including 21 from the Big Ten alone.


  • Cleveland State (9-6) will continue its Florida roadswing with two matches this week, traveling to Barry on Tuesday, March 13 and Palm Beach Atlantic on Wednesday, March 14.
  • Last time out, the Vikings dropped a 7-0 contest at Miami to begin their annual Spring Break Trip, as Nico Mostardi returned to the lineup after missing the last six matches due to injury.
  • The trio of Nico Mostardi, Matthew Terry and Luke Phillips currently have 19 singles wins on the season, and with one more win each, it would mark the sixth time in program history that three Vikings have recorded 20 wins in the same season.


  • The Vikings (4-8) are set for a two-match roadswing in the state of Florida this week, taking on FIU on Tuesday, March 13 and Barry on Wednesday, March 14.
  • Cleveland State has won three out of its last four matches and four out of its last six.
  • Entering the week, Aleksandra Golawska ranks ninth on the CSU Singles Wins List with 63 career victories.


  • Cleveland State will open its seven-meet outdoor schedule this weekend, taking part in the William & Mary Tribe Invitational on Friday, March 16 and Saturday, March 17.
  • The Vikings will have six meets to prepare for the 2018 Horizon League Outdoor Championship, which will take place at Oakland University beginning on Friday, May 4.


  • Junior Evan Cheek will compete at the NCAA Championships at Quicken Loans Arena, beginning this Thursday, March 15. The opening session begins at 12:00 pm.
  • Cheek will face the two-time defending national champion at 141 pounds, Dean Heil of Oklahoma State, in his first bout.
  • Cheek earned a spot in his first national tournament by virtue of his Eastern Wrestling League championship on the first weekend of March.


Kenny Carpenter | Sr. | Men's Basketball

Carpenter led the eighth-seeded Vikings to the Horizon League Championship game and was named to the all-tournament team after averaging 17.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists in CSU's four games. He had 22 points, six rebounds and four assists in a win over #9 Youngstown State and added 15 points, six rebounds and six assists to lead CSU to a win over top-seeded Northern Kentucky. In a semifinal win over fourth-seeded Oakland, Carpenter had 16 points and he posted 18 points and six boards in the championship game vs. second-seeded Wright State.


Matt Akers | Fr. | Men's Diving
Competed at the NCAA Zone C Diving Championships, finishing 31st in the 3-meter and 34th in the 1-meter.

Tyree Appleby | Fr. | Men's Basketball
Was named to the Horizon League All-Tournament team after averaging 15.3 points and 5.0 assists in four tournament games.

Declan Forth | Fr. | Men's Fencing
Placed eighth in the saber at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championship.

Jordan Humitz | Fr. | Softball
Hit her first career home run in Sunday's game vs. UC-Santa Barbara.


Monday, March 12
Men's Golf at USF Invitational, All Day

Tuesday, March 13
Men's Golf at USF Invitational, All Day
Women's Tennis at FIU, 1:00 pm
Men's Tennis at Barry, 3:00 pm
Men's Lacrosse hosts Lafayette, 6:00 pm

Wednesday, March 14
Women's Tennis at Barry, 3:00 pm
Men's Tennis at Palm Beach Atlantic, 3:00 pm
Softball vs. Tennessee, 6:00 pm

Thursday, March 15
Wrestling (Evan Cheek) at NCAA Championship, 12:00 pm
Softball vs. North Dakota, 5:00 pm
Softball at Hawaii, 10:00 pm

Friday, March 16
Women's Outdoor Track & Field at Tribe Invitational, 10:00 am
Softball vs. Maryland, 8:30 pm
Softball vs. North Dakota, 11:00 pm

Saturday, March 17
Women's Outdoor Track & Field at Tribe Invitational, 10:00 am
Softball at Hawaii, 9:00 pm

Sunday, March 18
Men's Lacrosse hosts Duke, 1:00 pm