Interview with Sara Skeens

Michael Comodeca and John Kinsley teamed up to cover the volleyball team’s Horizon League title, with Comodeca sitting down for an interview with star Sara Skeens.


Cheerleading welcomes seven new members

Cleveland State University’s 2017-18 Cheerleading Squad has added seven new cheerleaders to the 16-member cheerleading squad; Alyssa Taglieri, Christie Parker, Janelle Simons, Maddie Buehler, Matt Harder, Shae Eichele, and Taylor Stockmaster, who are all freshmen.

The Cheerleading Squad, coached by Shelly Prest, is a part of events such as spirit rallies, parades, and trips to Cleveland sports games.

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The seven new cheerleaders of the Cheerleading Squad. From left to right: Shae Eichele, Janelle Simons, Christie Parker, Matt Harder, Taylor Stockmaster, Maddie Buehler, Alyssa Taglieri. (Photo by Shelly Prest)

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The cheerleaders begin to stretch before warming up. The Cheerleading Squad practices at Wolstein Center on Wednesdays and Sundays at 8:30 p.m. (Photo by John Kinsley)

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Head coach Shelly Prest looks on as her cheerleaders begin to execute fall ups. (Photo by John Kinsley)

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Cheerleaders gathering around coach Prest to discuss how to improve their practice. (Photo by John Kinsley)

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Freshman cheerleader Shae Eichelle about to be caught during a fall up. (Photo by John Kinsley)

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Freshmen cheerleader Shae Eichelle (front) and sophomore cheerleader Katie Lucroy (back) holding sophomore cheerleader Bree Kovalkevich. (Photo by Shelly Prest)

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Freshman cheerleader Maddie Buehler executing the top of a fall up. (Photo by John Kinsley)

Wrestling Team Kicks Season Off At Clarion

The Cleveland State University Wrestling Team will open its 2017-18 season Nov. 5 at the Clarion Open at Clarion University in the Student Recreation Center in Clarion, Pa.

Clarion Open planners said Cleveland State will have wrestlers in the 125, 133, 141, 149, 157, 165, 174, 184, 197, and 285 classes.

The Clarion Open attracts a combination of established college and redshirt wrestlers from across the country with a maximum of 300 entries, and between 40 to 50 colleges participating.

Eight simultaneous matches will take place from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., with championship and consolation brackets for all 10 weight classes. The wrestling site FloWrestling will be live streaming the event.

Other major meets for the Wrestling Team’s season include the EMU Open at Eastern Michigan University on Nov. 12, a meet at Columbus against both Kent State University and Ohio State University on Nov. 21, and the first home meet of the season on Dec. 8 against Eastern Michigan University.

The month of December kicks off a three-game home stretch, with the two meets against John Carroll University on Dec. 9 and the Cleveland State Open on Dec. 16.

CSU appoints Tulleners to fencing head coach

Andy Tulleners became the latest head coach for the Cleveland State University’s fencing program on Aug. 31. This is Tulleners’ second stint as head fencing coach with Cleveland State, having been the head coach from 2008-15, as well as an assistant coach from 2005-08. Before being re-hired, he was the associate head coach for the fencing program from 2015-17.

During his first stint as head coach, Tulleners received the Midwest Conference Coach of the Year in 2011 and 2014.

“I always knew I would come back,” Tulleners said. “It wasn’t a matter of if I would come back, but when, and it was nice to come back to the program I built”

After he stepped back for a short time to refresh himself, Tulleners said he was able to refocus on the flow of practices. He also said the chemistry between him and his fencers this season is one of the best he’s seen.

“Now that I’m back as head coach, I was able to think about how I would create better experiences for the athletes,” Tulleners said.”I never stopped thinking about my relationship with the fencers, and it was nice to see that the chemistry I had shared with them as associate coach carried over in my second stint as head coach.”

Tulleners said his favorite moment from his first stint as fencing head coach was during situations where he would reach out to a student outside of the sport to help them out with school or give them advice. He also remembers a time when he was unable to go to an event because of a work commitment, where the men’s team took third and fourth in the event. He was eventually contacted about how well his fencers did, and he said he was proud of their achievements.

The Cleveland State fencing roster currently consists of 17 students, four freshman, five sophomores, four juniors and three seniors Tulleners and the men’ and women’s fencing program has their first event on Sep. 23 during the Cleveland State Fall Open at 9 a.m.

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Player profile: Aleksandra Golawska

Cleveland State University junior Aleksandra Golawska she said she fell in love with tennis when she started playing as a 6-year-old in Poland.

With 16 years of playing experience, this member of the university tennis team recently received a Viking of the Week award for picking up her 50th career singles win.

“It’s always a big honor to become the Viking of the Week, and getting that 50th career singles win makes it even more exciting,” Golawska said. “I am proud of myself and happy that my hard work pays off.”

Golawska said she feels most comfortable being able to switch up the pace during rallies with her opponents. “Most of the ladies are used to hard flat balls,” Golawski said. “Being able to hit balls with a different pace and mixing up the game gives me a huge advantage over my opponents.”

When it comes to confidence during a match, Golawski said it depends on the day and her attitude. In general though, she feels composed on the court and can handle adversity well.

When it came to influences, Golawski singled out her dad. She said her dad has been an inspiration for her on and off the court.

“My dad taught me and helped me to become the person I am, showing me how important hard work and dedication are in life,” Golawski explained. “Throughout my entire career he’s always been there for me, making sure I use my full potential and become a successful player.”


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Aleksandra Golawska, a junior at Cleveland State, has been playing tennis since she was 6 years old.