Varsity Sports Update

A career record for Bonnie West and a huge win for the women's soccer team highlighted the week's action in varsity sports at West Virginia.

Senior captain and libero Bonnie West has been named as the West Virginia University student-athlete of the week for breaking the school record for most career digs.

West, a Wildomar, Calif., native went into the Fullerton Classic hosted by Cal State Fullerton needing 28 digs to break the record. After posting 20 in the Mountaineers' win over Liberty, West broke the record in front of her friends and family, in the second set against Cal State Fullerton.

The previous record was held by Michelle Domas (1,630) who graduated in 1991. West enter this season at No. 3 behind Domas and 3. Aurora Ebert- Santos (1,561)

West finished the weekend with 87 digs, including a season-high 25 against Yale. For her career, West now owns 1,690 digs.

Previous Athletes of the Week

Aug. 30 Lauren Evans, volleyball
Sept. 6 Bry McCarthy, women's soccer
Sept. 13 Eric Schoenle, men's soccer

Special Notes of the Week

  • Women's soccer defender Erica Henderson has been named the Big East Defensive Player of the Week. A Rochester, N.Y., native, Henderson was outstanding in helping the Mountaineer defense post a shutout against the nation's No. 2 scoring offense in Virginia. She also registered two team saves, standing her ground on the goal line to keep the Cavaliers off the scoreboard.

    Henderson logged all 90 minutes in helping limit Virginia to six shots on-goal for the contest. The Mountaineer victory gave UVa its first loss of the season and marked the first time it had been held scoreless all season long.

  • The WVU men's soccer team begins Big East play this weekend with a match against DePaul on Friday, Sept. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.

  • The WVU volleyball team also begins Big East play with matches at Notre Dame and DePaul this weekend ... the Mountaineers travel to Notre Dame for a 4 p.m. match against the Irish on Friday, Sept. 24 ... they then travel to Chicago for a match against DePaul at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 26.

    This Week in Cross Country

    The West Virginia University cross country team is idle this week ... the Mountaineers will return to action for the Notre Dame Invitational on Oct. 1, in South Bend, Ind.

    Last Week in Cross Country

    The Mountaineers were idle last week ... the No. 15-ranked Mountaineers took third place at the Big East Preview race in Syracuse, N.Y., on Sept. 11 ... the Mountaineers finished with 85 points, with No. 9 Syracuse landing in first place with 31 points and Connecticut in second with 47 points ... sophomore-transfer Kaitlyn Gillespie came in first place overall in the field of 76 runners to lead the team, beating Syracuse's Sarah Pagano by 20 seconds to the finish line.

    Notes and Quotes

    As WVU coach Sean Cleary is trying to solidify the roster, several Mountaineers made their first appearances of the 2010 season, including senior Maria Dalzot, and juniors Sarah-Anne Brault and Stephanie Caruso ... Dalzot came in 16th place overall at the BIG EAST Preview, second-best finish for the team, while sophomores Hallie Portner and Aubrey Moskal had solid finishes after placing 23rd and 25th place, respectively.

    This Week in Women's Soccer

    The Mountaineers resume play on Thursday, Sept. 23, with an 8 p.m. Big East Conference match at Marquette … WVU then returns home for a match against USF on Sunday, Sept. 26, at 1 p.m.

    Last Week in Women's Soccer

    West Virginia's women's soccer match with Pitt on Sept. 16, played for 47 minutes, was postponed due to heavy lightning … WVU stunned No. 5 Virginia, 1-0, on Sept. 19 behind Mallory Smith's game-winning goal in the 83rd minute … a crowd of 1,376 saw WVU defeat its highest ranked opponent in school history for the second-straight season … the goal allowed by the Cavaliers was just the second this season … WVU's back line of Drea Barklage, Erica Henderson, Meghan Lewis and Bry McCarthy, along with goalkeeper Kerri Butler were stout in limiting Virginia to three shots in the first 52 minutes and six shots on goal overall … Butler, who picked up her 33rd career shutout, made a brilliant diving save in the 22nd minute to deny Meghan Lenczyk of a score … five different Mountaineers recorded a shot on the afternoon while Virginia registered 14 shots … the loss was the first of the season for Virginia.

    Notes and Quotes

    WVU is now 2-1-1- against Virginia in its last four meetings … former women's soccer players were honored at halftime of the Virginia game as part of Alumni Weekend … Butler needs four more clean sheets to become the school's all-time shutouts leader … the Mountaineers are 50-10-7 at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium since opening in 2004 … the victory over No. 5 Virginia is WVU's 11th win over a Top-25 program since 2006.

    "We definitely wanted to get this game in tonight. The field started to drain a little bit, but obviously the lightning and rain wouldn't let up. Unfortunately, you can't control the weather." – Nikki Izzo-Brown on the Pitt match.

    This Week in Men's Soccer

    The Mountaineers open Big East play, as they host DePaul on Friday, Sept. 24 at 7:30 p.m. … the game will be held at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.

    Last Week in Men's Soccer

    The Mountaineers registered a 2-0-0 mark this past week in the Big East Partner Weekend … WVU defeated Cal State Fullerton by a score of 3-1 on Sept. 17 … Peabo Doue led the charge netting two goals, while also having a cross go off a Titan defender's back to put the game out of reach … on Sept. 19, the Mountaineers shutout the high scoring James Madison offense, 1-0 … Doue again scored for the Mountaineers in the 18th minute to defeat the previously undefeated Dukes.

    Notes and Quotes

    West Virginia now is 4-2-0 and has won three-straight games ... WVU continued to have impressive attendance numbers with both games bringing out over 1,000 people.

    "We wanted to keep them (JMU) in front of us and didn't want to let No. 18 (Sapong, the nation's leading scorer) beat us and we shut him down pretty well. Everybody did what they were supposed to and Eric (Schoenle) and Uzi (Tayou) were big in the back. We came out, played well and did what we were supposed to do." - goalkeeper Zach Johnson

    This Week in Tennis

    The West Virginia University tennis team continues action Sept. 24-26, as it travels to West Point, N.Y. for the Army ECAC Invitational ... first-year WVU head coach Tina Samara joins the team for the frsit time this week.

    Last Week in Tennis

    The Mountaineers concluded their eighth annual Martha Thorn Invitational Sept. 12, with two titles and two runner-ups.

    Notes and Quotes

    WVU freshmen Melis Tanik and Allison Arnold captured the only two titles for the Mountaineers …Tanik conquered the flight ‘C' singles competition after defeating Duquesne's Alrissa Tobe, 6-1, 6-2 … Arnold took the title in flight ‘D' after a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Xavier's Natalie Handler … junior Veronica Cardenas made it to the flight ‘A' semi-finals after defeating Youngstown's Annie Jesko, 6-1, 6-1, but fell short in the finals in a tough 6-1, 6-3 match … freshman Mary Chupa lost the flight ‘B' title Duquesne's Samantha Noble … freshman Anna Rodionova and juniors Kathryn Haught and Catie Wickline placed third in their respective flights … in doubles action, WVU's No. 1, 2 and 3 doubles pairs made it to the flight ‘A' semi-finals … the Mountaineers' No. 4 and 5 doubles pairs made it to the flight ‘B' semi-final round, but were narrowly defeated by Duquesne (8-6) and MSU (8-5)

    This Week in Volleyball

    The West Virginia University volleyball team begins BIG EAST action with a road trip to Notre Dame on Friday, Sept. 24 at 4 p.m. … the Mountaineers will then complete the weekend with a 2 p.m. match against DePaul on Sunday, Sept. 26.

    Last Week in Volleyball

    The Mountaineers finished last week with a 3-2 record, including a 3-0 win over in-state rival Marshall, marking the first time WVU has beat the Herd since 2001 … WVU then traveled to Fullerton, Calif., for the Fullerton Classic where it defeated Liberty (3-1) and Yale (3-0) and fell to Cal State Fullerton (3-0) and Penn (3-0).

    Notes and Quotes

    Senior Bonnie West made WVU history, as she broke the record for most career digs in the Cal State Fullerton match … the Wildomar, Calif., native posted 102 digs over the past week, giving her 1,690 for her career … senior Lauren Evans also had a good weekend and was named to the all-tournament team at the Fullerton Classic … the Canyon Lake, Calif., native led the team as she posted 52 kills with a .311 hitting percentage and 18 total blocks … in the match against Penn, Evans led the team with 14 kills on a .591 hitting clip.

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