WVU Varsity Sports Update

Junior Blake Miller 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 wins in which the Mountaineers secured a top 2 division finish.

A St. Louis, Mo., native, Miller continues her season-success with three goals and one assist in a seven-point weekend that secured WVU a top 2 finish in the Big East American Division. Against Villanova, she scored one goal and tallied one assist to go with a career-high eight shots.

On Sunday, Miller scored two goals in a shutout win over Georgetown – the second multi-goal game of her career. The game-winner was the ninth of her career. Six of Miller's 10 shots on the weekend were on-goal attempts and WVU is 16-2-1 all-time when Miller scores a goal.

This marks the second time this season Miller has earned the honor.

Special Notes

  • In WVU baseball - the Gold team took game one of the WVU Gold-Blue World Series last night, defeating the Blue team, 14-5. The series resumes this afternoon at 5 p.m., at Hawley Field, and will conclude with game three tomorrow, also at 5 p.m.

  • The No. 1-ranked WVU rifle team plays host to No. 2-ranked, and reigning national champion, TCU on Sunday, Oct. 24, at 8 a.m., at the WVU Rifle Range. Fans are encouraged to come to the range throughout the day, as the shoulder-to-shoulder match is expected to go into the afternoon.

    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
    Oct. 10 .............. Megan Mischler, women's soccer

    This Week in Cross Country

    The Mountaineers are idle this week … they will prepare over the next two weeks for the Big East Championships, which will take place Oct. 30, in Syracuse, NY.

    Last Week in Cross Country

    The Mountaineers had an impressive sixth-place finish at the Penn State National amongst some of the nation's top cross country programs ... No. 1 Villanova and No. 8 Syracuse took home the top finishes, but otherwise WVU lost only to well-respected Penn State, Miami of Ohio and Grand Valley State ... Sarah-Anne Brault had her best finish of the year, finishing in 11th place out of 304 runners ... sophomore Kaitlyn Gillespie arrived in 17th place ... junior Ahna Lewis made her 2010 debut by coming in 36th place.

    Notes and Quotes

    WVU had its best 1-to-5 spread of the year at the Penn State National, as runners 1-5 finished within 1:18 of each other ... the Mountaineers are now 49-8 on the season.

    "This is a nice progression for the team. I feel confident that we will continue to improve over the next month. I firmly believe that as a group we have one more step to take before fulfilling our outright potential." – coach Sean Cleary

    This Week in Women's Soccer

    WVU closes out the regular season with a pair of home contests, beginning on Friday, Oct. 24, against Big East foe Connecticut in a match presented by EZToUse.com … the first 200 fans in attendance will receive a free t-shirt courtesy of EZToUse.com … WVU plays host to Providence on "Senior Day" at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 26.

    Last Week in Women's Soccer

    Trailing 3-1 in the second half, WVU stormed back to defeat Villanova, 4-3 in overtime, on Oct. 15 … sophomore Bri Rodriguez scored the game-winner in the 95th minute to end a shootout … WVU also received goals from Drea Barklage (34:01), Blake Miller (53:30) and Erica Henderson (65:35) … a two-goal effort from forward Miller and outstanding play in the midfield guided West Virginia to a 3-0 shutout over visiting Georgetown on Oct. 17 … with yesterday's win, the Mountaineers have secured a first round bye in the 2010 Big East Championship as West Virginia can finish no lower than second place in the American Division … the win over the Hoyas also marked the program's 200th win as WVU has run off seven consecutive wins – the most since beginning the 2006 season at 7-0.

    Notes and Quotes

    West Virginia and coach Nikki Izzo-Brown have secured at least 10 wins in each of the past 11 seasons … the win over Villanova marked the first time the Mountaineers have won a game when allowing two or more goals since Oct. 19, 2007, in a 5-3 victory at Georgetown.

    "There's nothing more important than 201 right now. It's wonderful but I just think about all the people who have helped get this program to where it is today. I understand the significance but that credit needs to be shared with a lot of players, coaches, support staff and many others." - coach Nikki Izzo-Brown on winning the program's 200th match on Sunday.

    This Week in Men's Soccer

    The Mountaineers will travel to Storrs, Conn., to take on No. 5 Connecticut on Tuesday, Oct. 19, at 7:30 p.m. … the game will be nationally televised on SNY … West Virginia will then return home to take on Seton Hall on Saturday, Oct. 23 … the match will begin at 7:30 p.m.

    Last Week in Men's Soccer

    The Mountaineers registered a 1-1-0 mark this past week with a win against Pitt, 2-0, and a loss at No. 22 South Florida, 1-0 … junior Franck Tayou and sophomore Shadow Sebele each scored goals in the win against Pitt … against USF, the Mountaineers out-shot and had more corner kicks than the Bulls.

    Notes and Quotes

    Redshirt senior Zach Johnson is only two shutouts away from tying Nick Noble (37) for the most shutouts in a career at WVU … the Mountaineers are now 24-0-2 when scoring two or more goals under coach Marlon LeBlanc's watch … Sebele's goal against Pitt was his first in the run of play this season, his previous two were on penalty kicks.

    "Shadow is an important player for us and it was nice to see him get a goal in the run of play like that. I thought he had a good game and was impactful and that is the way he needs to be. He scored a big goal when we wanted to put the game away." - coach Marlon LeBlanc on Shadow Sebele's play against Pitt

    This Week in Rifle

    The No. 1-ranked WVU rifle team plays host to No. 2-ranked, and reigning national champion, TCU on Sunday, Oct. 24, at 8 a.m., at the WVU Rifle Range … fans are encouraged to come to the range throughout the day, as the shoulder-to-shoulder match is expected to go into the afternoon.

    Last Week in Rifle

    The Mountaineers (1-0) opened their 2010-11 season with a 4676-4570 victory over Ohio State (0-1) on Oct. 16 at the WVU Rifle Range … the team swept the discipline matches, winning smallbore (2321-2264) and air rifle (2355-2306) … senior Nicco Campriani finished first overall with an aggregate total of 1188 … he also finished first in smallbore (591) and air rifle (597) … senior Kyle Smith shot the only school record on the day with a 200 prone score …he also finished second in smallbore with a score of 580, while classmate Andy Lamson shot 588 air rifle and also finished second.

    Notes and Quotes

    WVU improved its series record over the Buckeyes to 37-0 … the season-opening win extended the Mountaineers' regular-season win streak to 18 matches … Campriani's aggregate total was one shot short of the school record, which he set last season … TCU won its first national championship last season … WVU owns a 3-0 all-time record over the Horned Frogs … the Mountaineers opened the season ranked No. 1 in the College Rifle Coaches Association preseason poll … TCU is ranked No. 2, while Alaska-Fairbanks is No. 3 and Kentucky and Army are No. 4 and No. 5, respectively … coach Jon Hammond returns to the team this week after winning two Gold, one Silver and one Bronze medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

    This Week in Rowing

    The West Virginia University rowing team will continue action Oct. 31, as it travels to Philadelphia to compete in the Head of the Schuylkill regatta.

    Last Week in Rowing

    The Mountaineers were idle last week.

    Notes and Quotes

    WVU concluded its first competition of the fall season on Oct. 9, at the Head of the Ohio in Pittsburgh, Pa., earning three medals … the open eight race consisted of 17 teams, in which WVU's open eight ‘A' boat took the gold with a time of 15:05.88 … the Mountaineers' ‘B' boat finished seventh in the event as it crossed the line at 16:02.89 … in the open doubles competition, WVU's ‘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.

    This Week in Swimming & Diving

    The WVU women's squad will travel to Huntington, W.Va., for a meet against Marshall … the meet is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. … last season the squad defeated the Thundering Herd, 126-105 … Marshall does not have a men's team … WVU men's team will be idle this week.

    Last Week in Swimming & Diving

    The West Virginia swimming and diving team opened the 2010-11 season splitting results with Penn State on Saturday afternoon … the men were able to defeat the Nittany Lions by a score of 125-116, while the women fell, 174-67.

    Notes and Quotes

    Junior Matt O'Neill had an impressive day in the diving well with two first-place finishes on the 1-meter and 3-meter boards … his 1-meter score of 331.12 points set a new WVU Natatorium record … senior George Farquhar, junior Taylor Camp, sophomore Jared Goldthorpe and freshman Tim Squires all recorded first-place finishes for the men … senior Lyn Ann Nelson and sophomores Kata Fodor and Rachael Burnett scored first-place finishes on the women's side.

    "Today was a very solid team day with the women swimming very well in comparison to their times at this point last season. The men's victory was an all-around total effort. Winning both relays and having points from diving were the keys. There were a lot of great individual efforts, but overall it is a great day to be a Mountaineer swimmer and diver." - coach Vic Riggs said after the Penn State meet

    This Week in Tennis

    The West Virginia University tennis team will travel on Oct. 21-24, to compete in the 2010 ITA Regional Championships in Norfolk, Va.

    Last Week in Tennis

    The Mountaineers were idle last week.

    Notes and Quotes

    WVU last competed in the Queen City Classic in Cincinnati on Oct. 3, where it finished with a flight ‘A' title, a consolation title and a runner-up in the singles competition … freshman Melis Tanik took the first title of her career in the flight ‘A' singles competition … junior Ashley Pilsbury finished as the runner-up in flight ‘B' after falling in a tiebreaker to Xavier's Ally Westling … sophomore Emily Mathis won the flight ‘A' consolation draw in a 6-2, 6-0 match … junior Catie Wickline and freshman Anna Rodionova competed against each other in the consolation ‘D' finals, in which Rodionova took the title.

    This Week in Volleyball

    The West Virginia University volleyball team returns to action with a non-conference match against Duquesne on Tuesday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m., in Pittsburgh … WVU then will travel to Philadelphia on Sunday, Oct. 24, for a match against Villanova at 2 p.m.

    Last Week in Volleyball

    The Mountaineers defeated Big East rival Pitt in a 3-2 (25-21, 25-22, 22-25, 17-25, 15-13) match in their only meeting last weekend … WVU snapped a 20-year losing streak to the Panthers with the victory.

    Notes and Quotes

    The Mountaineers dominated the first two sets before the Panthers came back to win sets three and four … with their home court in danger, WVU then stepped up in set five to earn the victory … three Mountaineers finished with double-doubles, as junior outside hitter Kylie Armbruster finished with 13 kills and 14 digs, junior outside hitter Serinna Russo finished with 13 kills and 20 digs and junior setter Kari Post with 46 assists and 14 digs … senior middle blocker Lauren Evans led the team in kills with 14 on a .367 hitting clip, while senior middle blocker Abby Norman followed with 12 kills … senior libero Bonnie West posted a season-high 31 digs in the match.

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