Varsity Sports Report & Athlete Of The Week

Sophomore distance runner Marie-Louise Asselin has been named West Virginia University's athlete of the week after winning the women's 6K cross country race at the Penn State National Open on Oct. 12.

The Sarnia, Ontario, native won the 25-team, 278-competitor race with a time of 20:46. That time was a huge improvement from the race in 2006, when she finished 12th with a time of 22:15. Asselin has raced twice this season and now shows a first and third place finish (Paul Short on Sept. 28). The 2006 all-Mid-Atlantic region selection looks to guide the 21st-ranked Mountaineers back to nationals for the first time since 2004.

  • This Week in Cross Country: No. 21 West Virginia will run at the Golden Flash Invitational hosted by Kent State on Friday Oct. 19, in Kent, Ohio.

  • Last Week in Cross Country: No. 21 WVU had three top 10 finishers and won the 6K race at the Penn State National Open in University Park, Pa. … WVU sophomore Marie-Louise Asselin won the race with a time of 20:46 … it was her second top-three finish of the season in as many races … fellow sophomores Keri Bland (20:56) and Clara Grandt (21:17) took fourth and seventh, respectively … freshmen Kate Harrison and Kaylyn Christopher were the final Mountaineer competitors to count towards the team score … Harrison crossed in 21:57 for 36th place, while Christopher finished at 21:58 for 38th place … West Virginia had 86 points in first, host Penn State was second with 110 points and Kentucky was third with 127 points … defending champion Syracuse was fourth (128), Wake Forest was fifth (173) and No. 17 Duke was sixth (185).

  • Notes & Quotes: Other Mountaineer runners in the lineup were sophomores Maria Dalzot and Mandy McBean … Dalzot finished in 22:54 for 86th place and McBean ended in 23:15 for 97th place. "Our top three runners continue to impress us thus far. We took a risk this week and trained harder than we had in the past for a big meet like this. Fortunately it worked out well for us." - head coach Sean Cleary.

  • This Week in Men's Soccer: WVU will host Navy on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m., as well as Connecticut on Friday, Oct. 19, at 8 p.m. ... the match against UConn will be broadcast on national television and covered by the Fox Soccer Channel.

  • Last Week in Men's Soccer: The Mountaineers went 2-0 last weekend as team defeated Pitt 3-1 on Oct. 10, and Georgetown 1-0 in overtime on Oct. 13 … the Mountaineers are now 8-4 on the season, 4-3 in Big East play … freshman goalkeeper Zach Johnson recorded his seventh shutout in eight wins … sophomore Alex Erwin scored his first collegiate goal in the 3-1 win over Pitt … senior Andy Wright scored three goals in two matches, including the overtime game-winner against Georgetown.

    Johnson was named Rookie of the Week by the Big East conference for his performance, while Wright earned mention on the league's weekly honor roll. This is Johnson's third weekly conference honor.

  • Notes & Quotes: "We put a lot of pressure on Georgetown. At the end of the day, I think the quality of our team showed tonight. The crowd was fantastic. With our fans, we can make Dick Dlesk a fortress, and we showed that tonight." – head coach Marlon LeBlanc on the squad's 1-0 overtime win against Georgetown.

  • This Week in Women's Soccer: West Virginia will continue its four-game road swing next weekend with a pair of Big East contests … WVU travels to Georgetown on Friday, Oct. 19, for a 3 p.m. match in Washington, D.C. … on Sunday, Oct. 21, WVU travels to Villanova for a 1 p.m. contest in Villanova, Pa.

  • Last Week in Women's Soccer: The 21st-ranked women's soccer team went 1-1 in Big East play over the weekend … on Friday, the Mountaineers scored three second half goals in a 3-0 win at Providence's Glay Field … the shutout was the sixth of the season for the Mountaineers and third straight in Big East action … after 60-plus minutes of scoreless soccer, senior defender Natalie Cocchi scored the game-winner off a header at the 64:12 mark … forwards Ashley Banks and Deana Everrett also added goals in the victory … on Sunday, 17th-ranked Connecticut took advantage of two West Virginia defensive breakdowns in a 2-0 UConn win in Storrs, Conn. … the Huskie win at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium snapped WVU's three-game win streak … UConn's first goal at the 22:57 mark was the first allowed by West Virginia in nearly 400 minutes, dating back to Syracuse's early first half goal on Sept. 30 … the Mountaineers created several scoring chances but could not finish and outshot UConn 15-14 on the afternoon.

  • Notes & Quotes: Banks has scored at least one point in nine of 14 games this season and her 22 points leads the team (8 goals and 6 assists) … 18 of WVU's 27 goals this season have come in the second half … Friday's win pushed WVU's season win total to nine … the WVU women's soccer program has now recorded at least nine wins in all 12 seasons of existence … West Virginia's defense allowed one shot on goal and the offense outshot the Friars 25-2 on Friday … on the season, the Mountaineers have out-shot Big East opponents 153-45.

  • This Week in Volleyball: The West Virginia University volleyball team will return to action on Friday, Oct. 19, as it plays host to rival Pitt at the WVU Coliseum ... game time is set for 7 p.m.

  • Last Week in Volleyball: The Mountaineers are now 12-9 overall and 3-5 in the league after going 1-1 this past weekend ... on Oct.12, the Mountaineers fell to USF 1-3 (23-30, 11-30, 30-27, 15-30) ... the Mountaineers then traveled to Washington, D.C., on Oct. 14, to defeat Georgetown 3-0 (30-21, 30-27, 30-28).

  • Notes & Quotes: Senior setter Kailee Goold posted 81 sets on the weekend giving her 817 assists on the season ... Goold ranks fifth on the all-time assist list at WVU with an impressive 2,930 in her career ... senior outside hitter Abby Tevis continued her success this weekend with 34 kills and 15 digs … Tevis leads the team in kills this season with 307 … freshman libero Bonnie West captured 28 kills over the weekend giving her 385 on the season for one of the finest freshman starts in school history.

  • This Week in Rifle: The WVU rifle team (2-0) will host its annual alumni match on Oct. 19 in the WVU rifle range.

  • Last Week in Rifle: The rifle team defeated Ohio State 4,623 to 4,452 at the Lt. Hugh W. Wylie Range in Columbus, Ohio, on Oct. 14 … senior Lafe Kunkel won the smallbore rifle competition shooting 585, breaking his personal best set at 582 … freshman Tommy Santelli totaled 583 to finish first in air rifle … the Mountaineers scored 2,306 in smallbore and 2,317 in air rifle to create the 4,623 winning total … Ohio State scored 2,195 in smallbore and 2,257 in air rifle … the squad, under second year Head Coach Jon Hammond, is off to a 2-0 start.

  • Notes & Quotes: "Lafe (Kunkel) had a personal best, and a school record as well, and Tommy (Santelli) shot a solid score. That's a great result and overall this is a great start for the team." -head coach Jon Hammond on the squad's victory over Ohio State.

  • This Week in Swimming and Diving: The West Virginia University men's and women's swimming and diving teams will travel to University Park, Pa., this weekend to take on rival Penn State in their first dual meet of the season, at the McCoy Natatorium … meet time is set for 4 p.m.

  • Last Week in Swimming & Diving: The Mountaineers swept the WVU Relay meet this past weekend … the Mountaineers dominated throughout the match posting 63 points on the men's side and 55 on the women's … West Virginia Wesleyan (WVWC) came in second with 57 points followed by Wheeling Jesuit with 38 points on the men's side … on the women's side WVWC came in second with 41 points while Wheeling Jesuit followed in third with 35.

  • Notes & Quotes: The Mountaineers took 20 out of 26 events at the WVU Relay Meet to defeat WVWC and Wheeling Jesuit this past weekend … sophomore Shaunna Purtell posted a stand-out weekend for the women as she took first place in the 100 and 1000 freestyle events with times of 53.47 and 10:36.15 … Michael Walker took first in the 1000 yard freestyle and the 200 yard IM for the men, stopping the clock at 9:45.07 and 1:55.02 … All-American Nick Delic also had a good showing, taking first in the 100 yard breaststroke with a time of 57.91.

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