Varsity Sports Report & Athlete Of The Week

Sophomore cross country runner Clara Grandt has been named West Virginia University's athlete of the week after her performance at the Lock Haven Invitational on Sept. 15.

The West Union, W.Va., native was the first runner to cross the line at the 20:34 mark. Grandt was the first of four WVU runners who would finish in the race's top 10. Her first place finish would help lead WVU to first place at the meet. Head Coach Sean Cleary says that Grandt is one of his top three runners this season despite being just a sophomore.

  • This Week in Cross Country: WVU is idle this week … the Mountaineers return to action on Sept. 28, at the Paul Short Invitational hosted by Lehigh in Bethlehem, Pa.

  • Last Week in Cross Country: WVU had four top 10 finishers on its way to winning the Lock Haven Invitational on Sept. 15, at the West Branch cross country course in Lock Haven, Pa. … the Mountaineers totaled 37 points for first place with its top five runners counting towards the team score placing first, third, fifth, eighth and 20th … WVU sophomore Clara Grandt won the race with a time of 20:34 while freshman Kaylyn Christopher was third at 21:28 and freshman Kate Harrison was fifth at 21:35 … junior Alison Spiker took eighth with a time of 21:43 and Karly Hamric (22:57) was the final participant that counted toward the team score, placing twentieth … other runners for WVU included Kerry Davis, who placed 22nd and Nicole Lemal at 24th.

  • Notes & Quotes: Marie-Louise Asselin and Keri Bland were held out of competition due to recovery from illness this week. "This is one of the fastest opening meets that we have had. Every runner in the program has improved their time from this point last year. The progression is going very well for our team thus far." - head coach Sean Cleary.

  • This Week in Men's Soccer: WVU will face defending BIG EAST champion St. John's on Sept. 21, to open the 2007 BIG EAST conference season in Queens, N.Y. … the two squads last met in the tournament final with the Red Storm claiming at 1-0 overtime win … WVU will then face Syracuse on Sept. 23, in Syracuse, N.Y., to close out the weekend.

  • Last Week in Men's Soccer: WVU went 2-0 last week defeating Duquense in the squad's home opener 1-0 and then earning a 1-0 win at No. 5 Duke on Sept. 15 … goalkeeper Zach Johnson earned his fourth shutout against the Blue Devils … he is now tied for the WVU single season shutout record … true freshman Paul Paradise scored the game-winning goal against Duke, his first of the season … senior Dan Stratford scored his second consecutive game-winning goal against Duquesne on Sept. 10 … the WVU defense allowed just three shots on goal in two games … Duquesne was held shotless while No. 5 Duke just had three chances.

  • Notes & Quotes: WVU is now 5-1 on the season and has defeated two top 10 teams (then No. 6 Maryland on Sept. 7 and then-No. 5 Duke on Sept. 15) on the road … WVU has jumped from No. 15 to No. 7 in the Soccer America poll released on Sept. 17. "We didn't play our best game by any means, but we were able to go on the road and get a result. Certainly our seniors and team captains carried us through tonight's win over Duke." – head coach Marlon LeBlanc

  • This Week in Women‘s Soccer: West Virginia returns to action on Friday, Sept. 21, against Pitt to open up BIG EAST play for both teams in Pittsburgh … WVU then plays host to ACC foe Wake Forest on Sunday, Sept. 23 in Morgantown … Wake Forest is a first-time opponent for West Virginia.

  • Last Week in Women's Soccer: WVU's comeback fell short in the final minutes of a 2-1 loss to third-ranked Texas A&M on Friday evening at Jeffrey Field in University Park, Pa. … trailing 2-0 at the half, the Mountaineers played a strong 45 minutes and tallied a goal in the 87th minute to narrow the deficit … senior defender Natalie Cocchi sent a long ball to a streaking Ashley Banks who headed in a goal from 15 yards out, her third goal of the season … the Aggies held off a tough West Virginia team in the final minutes of the neutral site contest … WVU and North Carolina are the only teams to score on A&M this season … on Sunday, WVU built a 3-0 halftime lead before routing Xavier, 5-1, at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium … WVU received goals from Banks, Cocchi, Kim Bonilla, Kiley Harris and Deana Everrett … sophomore Mallory Beck worked nearly 60 minutes in goal for her fourth win of the season.

  • Notes & Quotes: With West Virginia's 5-1 win over Xavier, WVU improved to 9-0-2 all-time against Atlantic 10 teams … WVU is 3-0 when scoring two or more goals this season … senior Ashley Banks (4G, 2A) and junior Deana Everrett (3G, 4A) each have 10 points on the year … WVU is out-shooting its opponents 116-60 this season … WVU has won 19 of its last 21 games (19-1-1) at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.

  • This Week in Volleyball: The West Virginia University volleyball team will kick off BIG EAST play this weekend at the WVU Coliseum with a match against DePaul on Friday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. ... on Sunday, Sept. 23, the Mountaineers will face Notre Dame at 2 p.m., also at the WVU Coliseum.

  • Last Week in Volleyball: The Mountaineers, now 8-4 on the season, traveled to Charleston, W.Va., to compete in the Friends of Coal Blue/Green Classic this past weekend ... on Friday, Sept. 7, the Mountaineers stood strong, but fell to tournament host Marshall in a 1-3 (28-30, 31-29, 24-30, 17-30) match ... on Saturday, the Mountaineers defeated Akron 3-2 (21-30, 30-22, 21-30, 30-21, 15-12) ... in their last game of the tournament the Mountaineers fell to Pepperdine 1-3 (17-30, 30-28, 30-15, 30-17).

  • Notes & Quotes: Freshman libero Bonnie West was named to the all-tournament team for her standout performance this past weekend at the Friends of Coal Blue/Green Classic ... in the Mountaineers victory over Akron, West posted a career high 32 digs giving her 215 total digs on the season ... also stepping up for the Mountaineers was freshman outside hitter Abby Norman ... Norman led the team in kills with 40 total on the weekend, including a career high 18 against Akron ... senior Abby Tevis also recorded two double-doubles on the weekend ... the first came against Marshall when Tevis recorded 11 kills and 13 digs ... Tevis posted her second double-double of the weekend against Akron with 15 kills and 10 digs.

    "All the teams we played this weekend were good, we would like to have done better in the Marshall match, but we came back and played well against Akron. Pepperdine was a good team and we feel pretty good about how we played with them. All in all, it was a good weekend, I can't complain." - head coach Veronica Hammersmith


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