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ThursdayOctober 23, 2014

Rewarding those who made a pledge to graduate

Jamarr Prigmore, DiAnna Peterson, David Maldonado-Romero, and Randy Peth were among the students who attended this week’s “Be Great & Graduate” party sponsored by Student Activities. The event provided free food and prizes for students who had signed a card pledging to focus on graduating.

Here is their commitment:

“I pledge to do all I can to graduate from Cincinnati State, one semester at a time. I am determined to put aside personal feelings and outside challenges and concentrate on the goal at hand. I realize that getting a degree will develop self confidence in my ability to accomplish any goal. It will also increase my employability and open doors to greater opportunities. My education is one thing that can never be taken from me and it will enhance my future in immeasurable ways.”

Women’s soccer closes season with a win

Danielle Galbraith and her sophomore teammates concluded the Surge's women’s soccer season on a winning note Wednesday, leading Cincinnati State to a 4-0 victory over Cedarville's JV team.

Galbraith, who has been on a roll of late, scored a goal and assisted on another.  She closed her career with five goals and an assist over her last four matches, three of them victories.

Fellow sophomores DeAndre Criddell and Hayden Bentley also scored in their final match with Cincinnati State. Freshman Kelsey Black was responsible for the fourth goal.

Galbraith, Criddell, Bentley, Jackie Cain, Amber Boehm, Jessica Wolski, Tressie Lewis, Jodi Offutt, Melissa Ward and Hannah Williams were honored for their careers prior to the start of the match.  Offutt, Ward and Williams, sidelined with season-ending injuries, were permitted to start the contest for the opening kick. 

“It’s been a fun two years,” said Wolski.

Head coach Wil Cagle allowed his sophomores one last chance to take the field together. Lewis was relieved of her goalie duties towards the 70 minute mark, and played her natural position in the back field. 

“They’ve been a great group,” said Cagle. “I hope they see that even in the face of adversity they can find success.”

Volleyball falls to No. 1 team, prepares for Friday’s game against Owens

Columbus State showed why it is the No. 8-ranked volleyball team in the nation, but Cincinnati State demonstrated that it is moving toward competing at that level when the two teams met on Wednesday night.

Columbus State captured all three games to win the match, and extend its record to 25-1, but the Surge pushed the Cougars to the limit in games 1 and 3.

“This was a very tough game,” said head coach Kristy Parrill. “We’re going to regroup and be ready Friday.”

The Surge came out strong in the first set against the Cougars. After trailing behind by three, momentum swung the way of the Surge and a huge block by Sam Diebold and Faith Gerhardstein tied the game 14-14. Columbus State pulled away, but defense once again prevailed for the Surge. Courtney Criswell used her long arms to track down a ball and put it back over the net for a Surge point. Breanna Fickle then followed with a serve that Columbus State could not return, and the lead was cut 23-24. A spike by the Cougars caught the Surge unaware and they fell 23-25.

The Surge lacked energy in the second set and handed the Cougars an easy 25-11 win.

In the third set, the Surge put up a better fight with the No. 1 team. A technical error by Columbus State brought the first tie of the set 11-11.  A strong offensive attack led by Criswell gave the Surge a 14-12 lead. Two mechanical errors gave the lead back to Columbus State, 15-18. A spike by Diebold brought the ball back to the Surge, which pulled them within one, 21-22. The team fought hard on a Rebecca Robben serve and tied the game 24-24. Columbus grabbed the lead after a miscue by the Surge, but Criswell again tied the game off a spike that went off the hands of a Cougar player. The team fought valiantly but could not put the game away and fell 25-27.

The team will prepare to play No. 16 Owens at home on Friday, Oct. 24. The game begins at 6 p.m. in the Cincinnati State gymnasium.

Thiaw earns national 'Player of the Week' honors

The parade of honors continues for Cincinnati State freshman Mohamed Thiaw. The National Junior College Athletic Association has selected the Surge forward as its National Player of the Week for men’s soccer.

Thiaw scored three goals and assisted on a fourth in the Surge’s 4-2 win over No. 6 Schoolcraft on Saturday, and had a goal and two assists in the 7-0 over Jackson on Sunday. Earlier this week he was named Ohio Community College Athletic Conference Player of the Week.

The Surge (13-3-1) play at Lake Michigan College today. A victory will assure them a first round bye in next week’s Region XII tournament.