WVU Varsity Sports Update

Junior Blake Miller was named West Virginia University Student-Athlete of the Week for her efforts in an undefeated week for the Mountaineer women's soccer team.

A St. Louis, Mo., native, Miller was named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com team of the week, after she scored three goals behind 12 shots on the week. She now shows 18 goals in her career. WVU is 14-2-1 all-time when Miller scores a goal.

Miller scored her third goal of the season in WVU's shutout win over Pitt. She recorded her first multi-goal game of her career against Cincinnati with a two-goal night. Against Louisville, Miller recorded two shots, including an attempt that hit the crossbar off a free kick.

Special Notes

  • The WVU baseball team will play host to its annual Pro Scout Day on Tuesday, Oct. 5, at 4 p.m., at Hawley Field. All 30 Major League Baseball teams and the Major League Scouting Bureau are invited to watch the team workout and participate in an intra-squad game.

  • Freshman tennis Melis Tanik earned the first title of her career in the flight ‘A' singles competition after defeating Cincinnati's Ashleigh Witte, 6-1, 3-6, 6-2, in the final-round of the Queen City Classic, in Cincinnati, Ohio.

    Previous Athletes of the Week

    Aug. 30 ........................ Lauren Evans, volleyball
    Sept. 6 ................. Bry McCarthy, women's soccer
    Sept. 13 .................. Eric Schoenle, men's soccer
    Sept. 20 ........................ Bonnie West, volleyball
    Sept. 27 ................... Shado Sebele, men's soccer

    This Week in Cross Country

    The Mountaineers will have the week off, but will prepare for the Penn State Invitational which is set for Friday, Oct. 15 ... having decided to redshirt three of the top seniors of the 2010 roster this past week, WVU coach Sean Cleary will look for leaders to emerge from the pack to help WVU qualify for regionals.

    Last Week in Cross Country

    WVU competed in the Women's Gold Race at the Notre Dame Invitational on Friday, Oct. 1, and came away with a second-place finish behind Oakland ... sophomore Katie Gillespie once again took first place in just her second meet as a Mountaineer ... she already has two first-place finishes in her career.

    Notes and Quotes

    The three seniors that coach Cleary has decided to redshirt are: Kaylyn Christopher, Jessica O'Connell and Kate Harrison ... junior Ahna Lewis was slated to make her 2010 debut at the Notre Dame Invitational, but was forced to sit out due to a slight injury ... WVU is currently ranked No. 18 in the country and fourth in the NCAA Mid-Atlantic.

    This Week in Women's Soccer

    WVU resumes its Big East Conference road swing with matches at Syracuse on Oct. 8 and at St. John's on Oct. 10 … the weekend trip marks the final road contests of the regular season … the Mountaineers boast a record of 7-4-1 (3-1-1 Big East) on the season.

    Last Week in Women's Soccer

    A fast start and three-point effort from Bri Rodriguez propelled the women's soccer team to a 3-0 victory over Pitt on Sept. 28 in Morgantown … the win gave WVU its first Big East win of the season … WVU received goals from Bry McCarthy, Rodriguez and Blake Miller … WVU earned a season-high nine corner kicks while holding Pitt to zero attempts – an opponent season-low … WVU used a two-goal effort from Miller to defeat Cincinnati, 4-0, on Oct. 1, in Cincinnati … after Miller's opening goal, WVU scored off the head of Drea Barklage and foot of Megan Mischler … Miller rounded out the scoring with a goal in the 56th minute … Mischler led WVU to a 2-1 road win over Louisville on Oct. 3, scoring both goals … Mischler attempted half of the Mountaineers' 16 shots as her eight shots were a career high … WVU also had two goals waived off from offsides calls in the 50th and 59th minutes.

    Notes and Quotes

    The Mountaineers outscored their opponents 9-1 and the defense pitched two shutouts on the week … the two-goal efforts were the first for Miller and third for Mischler in their careers … Rodriguez has picked up an assist in each of the past three matches … Butler picked up wins No. 37-39 this week, good for second place all-time among Mountaineer goalkeepers … WVU's defense has allowed only three goals in the last seven matches – a span of 650 minutes … West Virginia's wins over UC and UofL were the first back-to-back wins in a weekend this season.

    This Week in Men's Soccer

    The West Virginia University men's soccer team will travel to Elon, N.C., for a non-conference match with Elon on Wednesday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. … West Virginia will then return home on Saturday, Oct. 9, to host Notre Dame at 7:30 p.m. presented by EZToUse.com … the match will be held at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.

    Last Week in Men's Soccer

    The Mountaineers registered a 0-1-1 mark this past week with a tie against Duquesne, 0-0, and a loss to Georgetown, 1-0 … WVU registered six shots against Duquesne and seven against Georgetown.

    Notes and Quotes

    Redshirt senior Zach Johnson notched his third-straight shutout at Duquesne and is now only three away from tying Nick Noble (37) for the most shutouts in a career at WVU.

    "This is a difficult place to play. The field measures 112 by 70 which makes it difficult to find space. The way Duquesne plays, every ball was put in the box from the goal kicks and anything out of the back. It was a long ball, very direct style that they played, they kept dumping the ball into the box and it makes it difficult to come and get a result here." - coach Marlon LeBlanc on the Duquesne game

    This Week in Tennis

    The West Virginia University women's tennis team will continue action on Oct. 8-10 as it travels to Newport News, Va., to compete in the Hampton Roads Collegiate Invitational.

    Last Week in Tennis

    The Mountaineers traveled to Cincinnati, Ohio, where they competed in the Queen City Classic ... WVU concluded the weekend with a flight ‘A' title, a consolation title and a runner-up in the singles competition.

    Notes and Quotes

    Freshman Melis Tanik earned the first title of her career in the flight ‘A' singles competition after defeating UC's Ashleigh Witte, 6-1, 3-6, 6-2, in the final-round ... junior Ashley Pilsbury finished as the runner-up in flight ‘B' after falling in the third set to Xavier's Ally Westling ... junior Veronica Cardenas also continued competing in the flight ‘B' singles competition, but was defeated in the quarter-finals in a tough third-set tiebreaker against XU's Ally Westling ... sophomore Emily Mathis also had a good showing in the singles competition, where she won the flight ‘A' consolation draw over UC's Ksenia Slyncko in a 6-2, 6-0 match ... sophomore Liv Pettersson and junior Catie Wickline also competed in the consolation draws of their respective flights, but fell short in the finals ... in doubles action, Pilsbury and Pettersson captured an 8-6 victory over Boise State's Sarah Hebble and Kristen Sanders, but fell short in the flight ‘B' semi-finals against XU's Kelsey Kinnard and Christie Ploimen ... the flight ‘A' pair of Tanik and Mathis fell in the quarter-finals to BSU's Kylie Johnson and Lauren Pickrel in a 9-7 match.

    This Week in Rowing

    The West Virginia University rowing team will begin its fall season as it travels to Pittsburgh, Pa., to compete at the Head of the Ohio.

    Last Week in Rowing

    The Mountaineers were idle last week.

    Notes and Quotes

    The Mountaineers also began their 2009 fall season at the Head of the Ohio ... WVU earned two top-six finishes against 14 boats in the open eight competition ... the team ‘A' boat of Stephanie Roof, Jenelle Spencer, Brett Krumholz, Rachel Viglianco, Shannon Gribbons, Kaitlyn Brownson, Caroline Rettig, Kimberly Benda and coxswain, Amanda Mahasky, finished in third place with a time of 00:15:35, winning the bronze medal ... the team ‘B' boat took sixth in the competition with a time of 00:16:02.

    This Week in Volleyball

    The West Virginia University volleyball team returns to the WVU Coliseum this weekend with matches against Georgetown on Friday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. and USF on Sunday, Oct. 10, at 1 p.m. … Friday's match against the Hoyas has been designated the "Dig Pink" match.

    Last Week in Volleyball

    The Mountaineers are now 12-7, 2-2 Big East after splitting competition last weekend with a 3-0 win over Rutgers and a 0-3 loss to Seton Hall.

    Notes and Quotes

    Junior outside hitter Serinna Russo led the Mountaineers this weekend with 21 kills and 16 digs, including a double-double against the Pirates with 16 kills and 10 digs … senior rightside hitter Abby Norman also played well with 15 kills, while junior outside hitter Michelle Kopecky posted 12 on the weekend … junior setter Kari Posted led with 57 assists and senior Bonnie West led in digs with 32 … in the win over Rutgers, the Mountaineers came together as a team to post a season-high 10 service aces.

    "We are excited to be back at home next weekend hosting Georgetown on Friday (Oct. 8) and USF on Sunday (Oct. 10). Friday will be the "Dig Pink" match for breast cancer awareness. We are looking forward to seeing everyone out at the Coliseum again!" - coach Jill Kramer

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