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Successful weekend for ONU athletics

The ONU Volleyball Team takes home a victory against the John Carroll University. (photo/

The Ohio Northern men's swimming and diving team won its home opener 203-68 over Ohio Athletic Conference foe John Carroll Saturday afternoon at the ONU Sports Center.

Ohio Northern improves its record to 1-0 overall and 1-0 in the OAC, while the Blue Streaks fall to 0-1 overall and 0-1 in the OAC.

The Polar Bears won all 14 of the swimming events to record the victory.

Northern also extends its home pool winning streak to 27 consecutive meets and has now won 23 straight OAC dual meets. Sophomore Jacob Croasdell and freshman Eric Chen each won two individual events to lead ONU.

Chen was also part of ONU's two winning relay teams, giving him a team-best four victories on the afternoon. Chen was later named the men's OAC swimmer of the week.

Senior Lindsey Rayhill won three individual events and sophomore Allison Lohnes won two more, to lead the Ohio Northern women's swimming & diving team 187.5 to 88.5 over John Carroll on Saturday afternoon at the ONU Sports Center.

The Polar Bears move to 1-0 overall and 1-0 in the OAC, and the Blue Streaks fall 0-1, 0-1. In the 100 yard freestyle, ONU captured the top three positions.

Freshman Jillian Chapman came in first in 55.36, junior Ashley Zoeller came in second in 57.65 and Rachel Aufdenkampe came in the third in 57.79.

"It was exciting to open our OAC regular season with a home meet," said head coach Peggy Ewald. "The added support motivates the team. We have many areas to work on, but today's competition proved we're making progress and can continue our course."

The Ohio Northern volleyball team posted a straight set (25-14, 25-17, 25-19) victory over John Carroll on Saturday afternoon at the ONU Sports Center.

The Polar Bears improve to 16-8 on the season and 5-2 in OAC play, while the Blue Streaks fall to 18-9, 4-3.

Sophomore Kaitlann Hogrefe paced the Polar Bears with eight kills and a .467 hitting percentage.

Sophomore Ellie Gillespie and freshman Kristin Sessler finished with seven kills and freshman Claire Heitkamp had six kills and hit .462 for the match.

The Polar Bears used an early 3-0 run to open up a 7-3 lead in the first set.

With the win, Northern also clinched its 30th consecutive appearance in the OAC Tournament.

The Polar Bears also celebrated Senior day, honoring seniors Katie Karres and Jeni Kmic before the match.

"I thought we played some solid volleyball today," said head coach Kate Witte. "We will continue to look to get better as the OAC Tournament gets closer."

The No. 18 Ohio Northern men's soccer team topped No. 22-ranked John Carroll by a 2-1 score, in a matchup of the top two teams in the OAC on Saturday evening at Don Shula Stadium.

The Polar Bears are now 14-3-0 overall and move into a first place tie in the OAC with a 6-1-0 mark with the Blue Streaks, who fall to 13-3-0, 6-1-0.

ONU struck in the 25th minute when senior Jeremy Barnes stole the ball at midfield, passed it to freshman Matt Kinkopf, who buried a shot into the back of the net, giving ONU a 1-0 lead.

Kinkopf is tied for the OAC lead and is tops on the team with 13 goals this season.

Freshman Austin Horton would add an insurance goal at the 76:26 mark to expand the Northern lead to 2-0.

The win also clinches a spot in the OAC Tournament for Northern.

The football and women's soccer teams were also in action, but did not fare as well as their other four Polar Bear counterparts.

The Ohio Northern women's soccer team dropped a road contest by a 3-0 score to John Carroll on Friday night at Don Shula Stadium.

The Polar Bears see their five match win streak snapped and fall to 9-7-1 and 5-2-0 in the OAC, while the Blue Streaks improve to 8-6-3, 5-2-0.

John Carroll scored two first half goals, both off of corner kicks to take a 2-0 lead into the half.

The Polar Bears football team fell to 3-4 overall and are 2-4 in Ohio Athletic Conference play, while the Blue Streaks remain undefeated at 7-0 overall and 6-0 in the OAC with a 47-0 loss to No. 16-ranked John Carroll on Saturday afternoon at Dial- Roberson Stadium.

JCU would lead 10-0 after one period, 27-0 at halftime and 34-0 after three quarters.

Senior Ryan Reid had a career high 10 tackles and a pass break up for the ONU defense, as junior linebacker Dillon Kwiat had a career-high 16 tackles to lead Ohio Northern.

Patrick Angle completed 7 of 22 passes for 67 yards, and Justin Magazine ran for 36 yards to lead the ONU offense.

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