WVU Varsity Sports Update

Senior Megan Mischler was named the West Virginia University Student-Athlete of the Week for her efforts in leading the women's soccer team to a pair of conference road wins.

A Moon Township, Pa., native, Mischler was outstanding in scoring both game-winners in WVU's shutout wins at Syracuse and St. John's. The forward has scored game-winning goals in three-straight matches and shows eight for her career.

Mischler's goal against the Red Storm was her team-leading sixth of the season. She has scored five goals and tallied one assist in the last four matches.

Special Notes of the Week

  • The WVU volleyball match against Big East foe Pitt on Saturday, Oct. 16, at the WVU Coliseum has been moved to 7 p.m.

  • The WVU baseball team will hold its 21st annual Gold- Blue World Series this weekend at Hawley Field. The series will open on Saturday, Oct. 16, with a noon game. Game No. 2 follows on Sunday at 5 p.m., and the series will close on Monday, with the first pitch scheduled for 5 p.m.

    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
    Oct. 4 .................... Blake Miller, women's soccer

    This Week in Cross Country

    The Mountaineers are set to compete at the Penn State Invitational on Friday, Oct. 15 ... having decided to redshirt three of the top seniors off 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 & 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 injury.

    This Week in Women's Soccer

    West Virginia closes out the regular season with four home matches at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium … next up for the Mountaineers are Big East foe Villanova on Friday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. … WVU's match with the Wildcats is also a "Dollar Night" with all tickets, hot dogs, popcorn and Coca-Colas available for purchase for just one dollar … WVU closes the weekend with Georgetown on Sunday, Oct. 17, at 1 p.m. on Breast Cancer Awareness Day.

    Last Week in Women's Soccer

    Forward Megan Mischler netted the game-winner in the 97th minute and senior goalkeeper Kerri Butler pitched a shutout to lead the West Virginia women's soccer team past Syracuse, 1-0, on Oct. 8 in Syracuse, N.Y. … Butler's clean sheet against the Orange gave her the school record with 37 career shutouts, surpassing Lana Bannerman (2003-06) as the school's all-time leader … Mischler continued her dominant play in Big East Conference action, netting the game-winner in the 92nd minute to lead West Virginia past St. John's, 1-0, on Oct. 10 in Queens, N.Y. … Mischler has scored goals in four-straight matches, including game-winning scores in each of WVU's last three contests … the Mountaineers won back-to-back overtime games for the first time since 2001.

    Notes & Quotes

    The Mountaineers have outscored their opponents 11-1 on their last six games … WVU extended its unbeaten streak to six matches (5-0-1) to push their record to 9-4-1 (5-1-1 Big East) after the weekend … midfielder Bri Rodriguez has picked up an assist in four of the last five matches … Mischler has improved her career game-winner total to eight, including four this year … WVU is 10-2-3 all-time against the Red Storm and St. John's has not scored a goal against the Mountaineers in its last six outings … WVU's defense has allowed only one goal in the last 618 minutes (goes back to the last 6.5 matches).

    This Week in Men's Soccer

    The Mountaineers will host Pitt on Wednesday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium … the match has been designated "Dollar Night" … West Virginia will then travel to Tampa, Fla., to take on South Florida on Saturday, Oct. 16, at 7:30 p.m.

    Last Week in Men's Soccer

    The Mountaineers registered a 1-0-1 mark this past week with a tie against Elon, 1-1, and a win against No. 22 Notre Dame, 2-1 … sophomore Eric Schoenle scored against Elon, while sophomore Shadow Sebele and junior Franck Tayou netted goals against Notre Dame.

    Notes & Quotes

    Redshirt senior Zach Johnson is only three shutouts away from tying Nick Noble (37) for the most shutouts in a career at WVU … the Mountaineers are now 23-0-2 when scoring two or more goals under coach Marlon LeBlanc's watch. "It was important to get three points and it puts us at the top of table where we want to be. That is a good soccer team we just played against and I think it is going to help us in more ways than one, not just with the points, but also our confidence. We told these guys before the game that they are a good team, they just have to believe it. That is the difference between us and a lot of other teams; sometimes we do not believe it." – coach Marlon LeBlanc on the win over Notre Dame

    This Week in Tennis

    The West Virginia University tennis team is idle this week … the Mountaineers continue action on Oct. 21-24, as they travel to Norfolk, Va., to compete in the ITA Regional Championships.

    Last Week in Tennis

    The Mountaineers were idle last week.

    Notes & Quotes

    "Right now, I do not think it's about results as much as it is about improving. So far I am pleased with the effort that the team is putting in, but we are continuing to work hard, cut down on unforced errors and make good choices." -coach Tina Samara on WVU's play last time out

    This Week in Rifle

    The 14-time national champion WVU rifle team opens its 2010-11 campaign on Saturday, Oct. 16, playing host to Ohio State at the WVU Rifle Range … the shoulder-to-shoulder match starts at 8 a.m. and will play into the afternoon.

    Last Week in Rifle

    The Mountaineers (11-0 7-0 GARC) return to the range after finishing in third place at the 2010 NCAA Championships and winning its fourth Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) title, and first since 2000 … additionally, the team earned the GARC regular-season title … the Mountaineers finished the 2009-10 regular season with a perfect discipline record and riding a 17-match win streak … the squad was the first WVU team to enter the postseason undefeated since 2001 … senior Nicco Campriani enjoyed a fantastic first season with the Mountaineers, as the reigning air rifle world champion swept the individual GARC smallbore, air rifle and combined score titles … the Italian shooter also rewrote the WVU record book, setting smallbore (593), air rifle (598) and aggregate (1189) school records … fifth-year coach Jon Hammond was named the 2010 GARC Coach of the year, his second title in three seasons.

    Notes and Quotes

    Seven seniors, including first team NRA All-Americans Campriani, Brandi Eskew, Andy Lamson and Kyle Smith, return to the team this season in search of WVU's nation-best 15th national title … junior Michael Kulbacki is the fifth first team air rifle NRA All-American also returning to the team … over the summer, Lamson was awarded his second-straight ESPN the Magazine/CoSIDA Scholastic All-America honor and was named to the second team … WVU's slate features six 2010 NCAA Championships participants, including first-time winner TCU.

    This Week in Rowing

    The West Virginia University rowing team continues action on Oct. 30, as it travels to Philadelphia, Pa., to compete at the Head of the Schuylkill.

    Last Week in Rowing

    The Mountaineers finished their first competition of the fall season at the Head of the Ohio in Pittsburgh, Pa., earning three medals.

    Notes and Quotes

    WVU's open eight ‘A' boat made up of Jenelle Spencer, Jeannine McCarty, Rachelle Purych, Kaitlyn Brownson, Rachel Viglianco, Shannon Gribbons, Karen Verwey, Courtney Schrand and coxswain Sarah Cartwright took the gold with a time of 15:05.88 … the Mountaineers' open eight ‘B' boat finished seventh in the event as it crossed the line at 16:02.89 … WVU's open doubles ‘A' and ‘B' boats finished with the silver and bronze medals, behind Three Rivers (17:03.11) and ahead of Carnegie Mellon (17:58.41), Steel City (18:27.41) and Duquesne … the ‘B' boat of Viglianco and Verwey was runner-up with a time of 17:26.60 … WVU's ‘A' boat of Gribbons and Jessica Kelly came in third place (17:54.85) for the bronze.

    This Week in Volleyball

    The WVU volleyball team continues Big East action at the WVU Coliseum with a 7 p.m. match against Pitt … the match has been designated "Dollar Night" with all hot dogs, popcorn and Coca-Colas available for purchase for just one dollar … admission is free.

    Last Week in Volleyball

    The Mountaineers (13-8, 3-3) finished the weekend 1-1 in conference action with a 3-1 (19-25, 25-19. 25-16, 25-16) win over USF and a 2-3 (25-21, 20-25, 25-19, 23-25, 16-14) loss to Georgetown.

    Notes and Quotes

    Senior middle blocker Abby Norman posted 30 kills with .339 hitting average and seven total blocks this weekend, including a season-high 19 kills against the Hoyas … also, after WVU fell in set one to the Bulls, Norman led her team to a victory in the second set as she posted five kills on a .833 hitting clip … senior Lauren Evans also had a good showing with 26 kills and nine total blocks … senior libero Bonnie West finished weekend with 44 digs, while junior setter Kari Post recorded 89 assists … against USF, the Mountaineers stepped up their defense and posted a season-high 11 team blocks.

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