WVU Varsity Sports Update

Senior Kerri Butler has been named the WVU Student-Athlete of the Week for her efforts in leading the women's soccer team to its second Big East Championship.

A Fredericksburg, Va., native, Butler picked up three honors last week, the first being named to the all-Big East second team on Thursday night at the championships banquet. Yesterday, she was named to the all-tournament team and earned Most Outstanding Defensive Player honors.

Against Connecticut in the Big East semifinals, Butler made three stops in a 2-0 shutout, her 12th of the season. Two days later in the title game, she recorded three more saves and was excellent off her line in a 1-0 victory over USF.

Butler and the WVU defense did not allow a goal the entire Big East tournament and has allowed only one goal in its last 583 minutes of play.

Special Notes

  • The 2010 NCAA Division I NCAA selection show for women's soccer is set for Monday, Nov. 8, at 4:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU. The first four rounds of the tournament are played at campus sites, beginning with first and second round matches on Nov. 12 & 14.

  • The WVU-Army shoulder-to-shoulder rifle match has been moved from Friday, Nov. 12, to Sunday, Nov. 14. The teams will still meet in West Point, N.Y., and the match is set for an 8 a.m. Start.

    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 ................. Shadow Sebele, men's soccer
    Oct. 4 .................... Blake Miller, women's soccer
    Oct. 10 .............. Megan Mischler, women's soccer
    Oct. 18 .................. Blake Miller, women's soccer
    Oct. 25 ................... Eric Schoenle, men's soccer
    Nov. 1 ................. Drea Barklage, women's soccer

    This Week in Women's Basketball

    The No. 11/11 West Virginia University women's basketball team will open its 2010-11 regular-season schedule with a game against Loyola Maryland, Friday at 7 p.m., at the WVU Coliseum…the game is the first of a doubleheader with the WVU men's basketball team set to host Oakland at 9 p.m. … both games will be broadcast on ESPN3.com.

    Last Week in Women's Basketball The Mountaineers defeated Fairmont State in a 99-42 exhibition victory, Saturday evening at the Coliseum … senior guard and co-captain Liz Repella led all scorers with 21 points, while fellow captain Madina Ali chipped in 18 points … the duo led five Mountaineers in double figures … true freshman Brooke Hampton started at the point guard position, recording 11 assists in 30 minutes.

    Notes and Quotes West Virginia is entering its 38th season of women's basketball … WVU opens this week preseason ranked No. 11 in both major polls … the ranking is the highest preseason Associated Press ranking in the history of the program … the only other time WVU was preseason ranked was in 2008 as they were chosen No. 18 … West Virginia was voted No. 2 in the 2010-11 Preseason Big East Coaches' Poll … seniors Liz Repella and Sarah Miles were each selected to be a part of the Preseason All-Big East Team as voted on by the league's coaches … the Mountaineers are 7-2 in season openers under Mike Carey.

    This Week in Cross Country

    The West Virginia University cross country team is set to compete at the 2010 NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regionals in University Park, Pa., on Saturday, Nov. 13.

    Last Week in Cross Country The Mountaineers finished in fifth place with 149 points at the Big East Championships in Syracuse, on Oct. 30, behind only No. 1 Villanova, No. 5 Georgetown, No. 8 Syracuse and No. 13 Providence ... sophomore Katie Gillespie finished in 10th place overall (21:17) to lead the team, earning all-Big East honors in the process ... junior Sarah-Anne Brault also had a nice performance, arriving in 22nd place (21:46) ... junior Ahna Lewis, senior Maria Dalzot and redshirt freshman Sarah Martinelli also provided points for the team.

    Notes and Quotes The regional will take place at the same course the team ran on two weeks ago at the Penn State National ... the Mountaineers are now 60-12 on the season.

    "Pride is what I feel for this group." – coach Sean Cleary on his team's performance at the Big East Championships

    This Week in Women's Soccer

    With its automatic berth, West Virginia now awaits its destination for the 64-team 2010 NCAA Championships, to be announced during the NCAA selection show Monday, Nov. 8, at 4:30 p.m. on ESPNU … the first four rounds of the tournament are played at campus sites, beginning with first and second round matches on Nov. 12/14.

    Last Week in Women's Soccer Second half goals from forwards Megan Mischler and Frances Silva propelled the 16th-ranked Mountaineers past Connecticut, 2-0, on Nov. 5, in Big East semifinal action at Yurcak Field in Piscataway, N.J. … the win advanced WVU into the Big East finals for the fourth time in school history … forward Blake Miller assisted on both goals … WVU won its second Big East Championship, its first since 2007, in a 1-0 victory over USF on Nov. 7 in Piscataway … defender Meghan Lewis' game-winner in the 82nd minute was the difference, with Miller picking up her team-leading seventh assist of the season … goalkeeper Kerri Butler was excellent in net, making three saves in the game… Lewis was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Offensive Player, while Butler took home Most Outstanding Defensive Player accolades.

    Notes and Quotes WVU becomes the inaugural winner of the Champions Cup, a new trophy for the women's soccer championship team … the Mountaineers improve to 16-4-1 on the season … six West Virginia women's soccer players earned all-Big East recognition at the annual Big East awards banquet … sophomore Bri Rodriguez was named to the all-Big East first team, while senior forward Megan Mischler, senior goalkeeper Kerri Butler and junior forward Blake Miller earned second team honors … sophomore defender Bry McCarthy was chosen to the all-Big East third team, and freshman forward Frances Silva was named to the all-Rookie team.

    This Week in Men's Soccer

    The Mountaineers are idle.

    Last Week in Men's Soccer The Mountaineers registered a 1-1-0 mark this past week with a win against USF, 2-1, and a loss at Louisville, 2-0 … both games were part of the Big East Tournament and the loss to Louisville knocked the Mountaineers out of the Big East Tournament … sophomores Uwem Etuk and Eric Schoenle scored the goals in the USF win.

    Notes and Quotes The Mountaineers will now wait to see if the squad has earned an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament … the Division I NCAA Championship Selection Show will be Monday, Nov. 15 at 4:30 p.m. … it will be televised on ESPNU.

    "This is a team that deserves to be in the NCAA tournament and a team that hasn't lost a game outside the top 35 of the RPI. I think without a doubt this team has done enough to get a shot at the NCAA tournament. Hopefully the committee sees the quality of schedule we've played and the quality of results we've had." – Coach Marlon LeBlanc

    This Week in Rifle

    The No. 1-ranked WVU rifle team (3-1, 1-0 GARC) takes to the road for the first time this season and travels to West Point, N.Y., for two shoulder-to-shoulder matches against Top 10 opponents … WVU shoots against No. 6 Mississippi on Saturday, Nov. 13, and against host No. 5 Army on Sunday … both matches are slated for 8 a.m. starts.

    Last Week in Rifle The Mountaineers earned two home wins, defeating No. 16 Memphis, 4681-4586, on Nov. 6, in their Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) season-opener, and No. 7 Murray State, 4675-4661, on Nov. 7 … WVU trumped the Tigers in smallbore, 2323-2277, and air rifle, 2358-2309, and split the discipline matches with the Racers, winning smallbore, 2328-2306, and losing air rifle, 2355-2347 … senior Nicco Campriani finished first in both matches, finishing with combined scores of 1179 and 1185, in consecutive days … Campriani swept the individual discipline competitions against Memphis, shooting 595 air rifle and 584 smallbore … he also won smallbore against MSU with a 592 score … the Racers' Kaitlin Cleven won air rifle with a score of 596.

    Notes and Quotes Saturday's victory over Memphis officially opened the Mountaineers' defense of their 2010 GARC regular season and postseason titles … senior Kyle Smith shot a 200 prone score on Saturday, and Campriani and junior Michael Kulbacki followed with their own 200 prone scores on Sunday … Campriani also set a standing school record with a 197 score … this weekend's wins improved WVU's series advantages over Memphis and Murray State to 5-2 and 19-3, respectively … all-time, WVU is 5-3 and 30-10 over Mississippi and Army, respectively … the Black Knights are the second former national champions WVU will face this season … Army won the NCAA title in 2005 … the Mountaineers lost to TCU on Oct. 24, and will meet Alaska-Fairbanks on Jan. 22 … the WVU-Army match was previously scheduled for Nov. 12.

    This Week in Rowing

    The West Virginia University rowing team will close out its fall season on Nov. 13, as it travels to Philadelphia, Pa., to compete in the Philadelphia Frostbite.

    Last Week in Rowing The Mountaineers left Fairfax Station, Va., today, after winning a silver and bronze medal at the Head of the Occoquan regatta.

    Notes and Quotes WVU's Varsity four ‘A' boat, made up of Courtney Schrand, Karen Verwey, Alita Meyers, Rachelle Purych and coxswain Anastasia DuPont, led the Mountaineers with a second-place finish (19:02.42) behind George Mason (18:55.56) ... the Varsity four ‘B' and ‘C' boats followed, finishing seventh (19:48.11) and fifteenth (20:23.31) out of 31 entries ... in its first race of the year, WVU's Novice four ‘A' boat took home the bronze after crossing the line in 21:40.57 ... the Mountaineers' ‘B' and ‘C' boats followed in seventh (22:43.72) and sixteenth (25:44.43) out of 26 boats ... WVU also had a good showing in the open eight competitions, in which the Varsity and Novice ‘A' boats finished in the top ten out of 25 boats in their respective races.

    This Week in Swimming & Diving

    The women's team will be in action at home against Rutgers on Saturday, Nov. 13 … the meet will start at 11 a.m. in the WVU Natatorium ... the men's team is idle this week.

    Last Week in Swimming & Diving Both teams fell to Louisville, while the men defeated Cincinnati, with the women losing to the Bearcats … the men lost to Cardinals, 183-112, while the women fell 186-105 … West Virginia's men defeated Cincinnati, 195-101, while the women fell 162-130.

    Notes and Quotes Junior Taylor Camp had a phenomenal weekend for the men with three first-place individual finishes, while sophomore Mandie Nugent also had three … junior Matt O'Neill took first place on both the 1-meter and 3-meter boards at Cincinnati. "It was a good day for West Virginia swimming and diving. I was really pleased with the team's effort and having the men perform well on the boards set the tone for the remainder of the meet." – Coach Vic Riggs

    This Week in Volleyball

    The West Virginia University volleyball team is set to complete its 2010 regular season this weekend with home matches against St. John's on Friday, Nov. 12, and Connecticut on Sunday, Nov. 14 at the WVU Coliseum… Sunday's match is designated "senior day" … four seniors, Abby Norman, Andrea Miller, Bonnie West and Lauren Evans will be recognized.

    Last Week in Volleyball The Mountaineers are 14-14 (4-8 Big East) after dropping matches to No. 21 Cincinnati (3-2) and Louisville (3-0) on Saturday and Sunday, respectively

    Notes and Quotes WVU posted an excellent showing against the nationally-ranked Bearcats on Saturday, taking two sets … juniors Kylie Armbruster and Kari Post led the Mountaineers in the match as they both recorded double-doubles … Armbruster posted a team-high 15 kills, while Post led the offense with 42 assists and 10 digs … over the weekend, Armbruster led with 20 kills, while junior Michelle Kopecky posted 17 kills …. Post wrapped up the weekend with her second-straight double-double, finishing with 25 assists and 13 digs against the Cardinals.

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