News Update: Women's tennis and men's soccer

West Virginia's women's tennis team wins three titles in N.C. State's WolfPack Invitational; Men's soccer drops to No. 14 in Soccer America poll after 1-1 week.

The West Virginia University women's tennis team boasted three champions on Sunday, Sept. 23, in the final day of the Residence Inn North Wolfpack Invitational in Raleigh, N.C. The Mountaineers were led by the strong play of Alexandra Kaluza, Ashley Renee Pilsbury and Gabriela Blaskovicova, each of whom won a singles championship in their respective brackets.

Stacey Percival also played well throughout the tournament but was defeated in the Flight B2 championships by No. 1 seed Luisa Borges of East Carolina, 6-4, 6-4. No. 1 seeded Blaskovicova defeated Hannah Priest in the Flight C2finals, 6-3, 7-6 (5). After reaching the semifinals at last weekend's Army Invitational in West Point, N.Y., head coach Marc Walters was even more pleased with her performance this weekend.

"Gabriela has been working on her play pattern and has been playing to her strengths a lot more," said Walters. "When she's moving well she is able to control her match and she adjusted well throughout her matches."

Staying perfect in fall play was Pilsbury, who already has won the Martha Thorn Invitational and the Army Invitational. Pilsbury defeated Wofford's Lauren Prickett, 6-1, 6-1, in the Flight D2 finals. Concluding the Mountaineer victors was Kaluza, who defeated Lauren Isenhour of N.C. Wilmington, 6-2, 2-6, 7-5. Coming off a stellar freshman season, she appears ready to compete at a high level based on her recent performances.

WVU will play in the Blue-Gold scrimmage next weekend, an intrasquad competition that will help shape the lineup for the ITA Regional Championships on Oct. 19-22, at Old Dominion in Norfolk, Va.

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The West Virginia University men's soccer team (5-2) fell from No. 7 to No. 14 in the weekly Soccer America poll released today. The Mountaineers went 1-1 last weekend, its first in conference play. The squad lost to St. John's on Sept. 21, 1-0 after a penalty kick was awarded to the Red Storm with just three minutes remaining in the match. The Mountaineers then traveled north to face Syracuse where freshman Paul Paradise netted his second game-winning goal of the season to secure a 1-0 victory over the Orange on Sept. 23.

Paradise was been named to the BIG EAST weekly honor roll after scoring his second game-winning goal of the season in a double overtime win at Syracuse on Sunday, Sept. 23. Paradise ranks second on the squad with five points, 12 shots and one assist. Paradise netted his second goal of the season off of assists from senior Dan Stratford and sophomore Tony Lindroos at the 106:55 mark of the second overtime period to secure the 1-0 victory over the Orange. The true freshman is tied with Stratford at two goals a piece to lead the squad in goals and game-winning goals. Paradise was named BIG EAST rookie of the week last week after netting the winning goal against then-No. 5 Duke on Sept. 15.

Wake Forest (6-0) remained at the top of the Soccer America poll followed by BIG EAST foes Notre Dame (5-1-1) and Connecticut (7-1). No. 4 Virginia (5-1-1) and No. 5 Northwestern (6-0-1) round out the top five. WVU will return home to host DePaul on Friday, Sept. 28. Game time is set for 7 p.m. and is part of a doubleheader event with the women's soccer team who will host St. John's at 5 p.m.

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