Varsity Sports Update

A look at the varsity sports at West Virginia University.

The West Virginia University volleyball team won its fifth straight match by defeating Canisius this evening to go 3-0 in the Western New York Invitational this weekend. The Mountaineers (5-1) won the match 3-2 (30-28, 27-30, 30-23, 25-30, 15-9).

Leading West Virginia in kills was senior outside hitter Abby Tevis with a season high 26, while senior setter Kailee Goold led the team in assists (50) and digs (18). The Mountaineers posted 13 more kills that Canisius (1-6) to win the match. This weekend moved the Mountaineers record up to 5-1, two games better than last year's total record, with other wins over Albany and Buffalo.

Tammy Wolf was named to the all tournament team. In game one the Mountaineers defeated Albany 3-1 (29-31, 30-19, 30-24, 30-28) in a hard fought battle. Leading the team in kills was Wolf with 14 while freshman libero Bonnie West continued her success with 23 digs. The Mountaineers out-blocked Albany (2-2) 11.5 to 6 blocks. The Mountaineers went on to defeated Buffalo (1-6) Saturday evening in a clean 3-0 (30-24, 30-21, 30-18) sweep. Once again leading the team in kills was Wolf with 15 followed by Tevis with 12. Next on the list for the Mountaineers is Indiana State (1-3). The Sycamores travel to Morgantown on Friday to compete in the WVU Classic. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. * The West Virginia University cross country team took first in the 2007 WVU Invitational on Saturday at the WVU Agronomy Farm. WVU had 19 points and was followed by West Virginia Wesleyan, which had 59 points.

WVU freshmen Kaylyn Christopher and Kate Harrison took first and second place, respectively, with a time of 15:29. Junior Alison Spiker crossed the finish line third in 15:57. Other top WVU finishers included Karly Hamric in fifth (16:12), Nicole Lemal in eighth (16:38), Nicole Dorinzi in ninth (16:40), Kerry Davis in 11th (16:54). Head coach Sean Cleary elected to not run his top three athletes, Marie-Louise Asselin, Keri Bland and Clara Grandt as they continue to train for Lock Haven Invitational on Sept. 15.

"I'm very pleased with how some of our younger girls ran today," Cleary said. "We need them to build on this performance as we head into the bulk of the season."

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