Varsity Sports Report & Athlete Of The Week

Junior volleyball player Lisa Hough has been named West Virginia University's athlete of the week, while the women's basketball team receives another Top 25 preseason ranking.

WVU went 1-1 in Big East play, while also adding a non-conference win over Robert Morris last week. Over the last three games, the Venice, Fla., native recorded 29 kills and maintained a .411 hitting percentage. Hough also put up four service aces and five digs. In the win over Seton Hall, Hough posted a career high 11 assisted blocks giving her 26 total blocks. For the season, the 6-foot middle blocker has 122 kills with 18 service aces and 66 total blocks.

  • This Week in Volleyball: The West Virginia University volleyball team will continue Big East play this week as it travels to face USF on Friday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m. in Tampa, Fla. ... on Sunday, Oct. 14, the Mountaineers will then travel to Washington, D.C., to take on Georgetown in a 2 p.m. match.

  • Last Week in Volleyball: The Mountaineers are now 11-8 overall and 2-4 in Big East play after going 2-1 last week ... on Wednesday, Oct. 3, the Mountaineers defeated Robert Morris 3-0 (30-20, 33-31, 30-22) ... on Saturday, Oct. 6, the Mountaineers then fell to Villanova in a hard fought 2-3 (20-30, 27-30, 30-22, 31-29, 12-15) match at the WVU Coliseum ... on Sunday, Oct. 7, the Mountaineers showed their determination as they defeated Big East foe Seton Hall 3-2 (30-20, 30-27, 30-32, 16-30, 15-13).

  • Notes & Quotes: Senior outside hitter Abby Tevis led the Mountaineers this past week recording 52 kills and 18 digs in three games ... junior middle blocker Lisa Hough followed Tevis with 29 kills and four service aces ... Hough added 26 total blocks including a career high 11 assisted blocks in the win over Seton Hall ... also in the Seton Hall game, WVU recorded a season high 19 team blocks ... the previous season high was 11.5 total blocks against Albany at the Western New York Invitational on Sept. 1 ... senior setter Kailee Goold captured 114 sets and 34 digs while freshman libero Bonnie West led the team in digs with 47.

    "Overall this week I think we did pretty well. We dominated at Robert Morris and won that one in three. The Villanova match was a disappointment. We came back and played well in games three and four but we did not have quite enough to win the entire match. Against Seton Hall we had times when we did not play well but we pulled it out." - head coach Veronia Hammersmith.

  • This Week in Cross Country: The No. 20 Mountaineers travel to race in the Penn State National Open in State College, Pa.

  • Last Week in Cross Country: WVU was idle last week after being ranked in the Top 25 ... in WVU's last race, the Mountaineers placed second at the Paul Short Invitational in Bethlehem, Pa., on Sept. 28 ... WVU beat nationally ranked teams No. 5 Wisconsin, No. 25 Texas Tech and No. 26 Tennessee with only freshmen and sophomores in the lineup ... WVU's top three finishers were sophomore Marie-Louise Asselin (3rd-20:19), sophomore Keri Bland (7th-20:41) and sophomore Clara Grandt (15th-21:01).

  • Notes & Quotes: The Top 25 ranking is the first for WVU since the 2004 team was ranked 15th going into the NCAA Championships after winning the school's first ever Mid-Atlantic Regional title ... Big East member Providence is the top-ranked league school at No. 18 while Georgetown follows the Mountaineers at No. 21. "This shows how hard our girls have worked and the progress they have made thus far in this program," - head coach Sean Cleary.

  • This Week in Women's Soccer: West Virginia takes to the road for four straight Big East matches beginning Friday, Oct. 12, at Providence … kickoff is slated for 3 p.m. against the Friars … on Sunday, Oct. 14, West Virginia plays nationally ranked Connecticut … first kick is scheduled for 1 p.m. against the Huskies.

  • Last Week in Women's Soccer: Senior Natalie Cocchi's goal just 1:40 into the second half gave West Virginia a 1-0 victory over Louisville Friday night at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium … Cocchi's second goal of the year came off a corner kick from Kim Bonilla, who played a short ball to Ashley Banks … the goal was the 14th of Cocchi's career … forwards Deana Everrett and Banks scored goals to power WVU to a 2-0 victory over Cincinnati Sunday afternoon in Morgantown … the Mountaineers (8-3-1, 4-0-1) out-shot the Bearcats (4-7-1, 1-4-0) 25-2 and held a 9-2 corner kick advantage … West Virginia keeper Mallory Beck registered one save to record her fifth shutout of the season.

  • Notes & Quotes: WVU recorded 10 shots on goal against Cincinnati – the fifth time this season WVU has registered at least 10 shots on goal … the Mountaineers took 17 corner kicks in the two weekend games and allowed only four to its opponents … West Virginia's 4-0-1 Big East record is their best start since the 2002 season when WVU started 4-0-1 in conference play … on the season, the Mountaineers have out-shot Big East opponents 113-29.

  • This Week in Men's Soccer: WVU will travel to rival Pitt on Wednesday, Sept. 10, for a 7 p.m. kick off before hosting Georgetown on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.

  • Last Week in Men's Soccer: The Mountaineers went 1-1 last weekend as it fell 1-0 to No. 3/3 Notre Dame on Oct. 6 in South Bend, Ind. … the Mountaineers are now 6-4 on the season, 2-3 in Big East play … freshman goalkeeper Zach Johnson recorded 18 saves in the match … the Irish outshot the Mountaineers 23-12 and held an 8-1 corner kick advantage … the loss marks the 10th time this season where the Mountaineers' fate has been decided by just one goal.

  • Notes & Quotes: "We gave up a disappointing goal on another set piece. We didn't take advantage of the chances we had." - head coach Marlon LeBlanc on the squad's 1-0 loss to Notre Dame.

  • This Week in Rifle: The rifle team will next be in action on Oct. 14 when WVU travels to Ohio State … the match is set to begin at 9 a.m. … last season, the squad defeated the Buckeyes 4547-4444 at the Mountaineer rifle range … the 103-point victory over OSU would be the first of three 100+ point wins for West Virginia last season.

  • Last Week in Rifle: Three Mountaineer shooters shot personal bests as the squad defeated NC State by a score of 4618-4506 on Oct. 6 at the WVU rifle range … under second year Head Coach Jon Hammond, the team is off to a 1-0 start for the second consecutive year … WVU shot a total of 2317 in smallbore and 2301 in air rifle … WVU broke the previous school record set at 2304 in smallbore, which was set at the GARC Championships, Feb. 27, 2005 … senior Lafe Kunkel and freshman Brandi Eskew shot personal bests in smallbore hitting 582 and 580 totals, respectively … sophomore Doug McAllister shot a 580 in air rifle, good for the sophomore's personal best.

  • Notes & Quotes: "We had a great showing in smallbore today and shot very well. This was a great way to begin the season. We have work to do in air rifle but overall I'm very pleased." - head coach Jon Hammond on the squad's victory over NC State.

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    West Virginia University's women's basketball team has been ranked No. 25 in's preseason magazine. WVU has now been ranked by three major preseason magazines heading into the 2007-08 campaign (No. 14 by Athlon and No. 24 by Lindy's). WVU was also ranked No. 23 in's early preseason poll last April. The three rankings mark the first time during the Mike Carey-era that the Mountaineers have received national preseason recognition.

    The Mountaineers return all five starters from last year's NCAA second round team that boasted a 21-11 overall mark and an 11-5 Big East record. WVU also boasts the largest senior class in school history (seven) and returns nine letterwinners from last year's team that held opponents to just 56.3 points-per-game. All-America guard Meg Bulger also returns after missing the last season and a half with a knee injury. Preseason practice for the 2007-08 season begins, Friday, Oct. 12, with Mountaineer Madness sponsored by Full Throttle at the WVU Coliseum. Gates open at 8 p.m.

    "These rankings show how far we've come as a program," Carey said. "We're proud of the recognition but they don't mean a lot at this time. But it should give our players something to work towards and certainly give them something to prove."

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