West Virginia's cross country team won the Big East championship, while the women's soccer squad – which will host the conference semifinals and finals – captured the league's American Division title and set-up a first round bye in the postseason tournament.
This Week in Cross Country: WVU will next race at the Mid-Atlantic Regional in Bethlehem, Pa., on Nov. 10.
Last Week in Cross Country: The No. 19 West Virginia University women's cross country team won the 2007 Big East Championship at E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky., on Oct. 27 ... WVU finished with 77 points, while defending league champion No. 22 Providence finished second with 87 points ... No. 11 Georgetown was third (92), Syracuse was fourth (119) and Villanova came in fifth with 125 points ... WVU sophomore Marie-Louise Asselin placed second with a time of 20:19 ... sophomore Keri Bland was fourth at 20:30 and Clara Grandt finished in 20:59 in eighth place ... Maria Dalzot was 30th at 21:38 and freshman Kate Harrison was the final Mountaineer to count towards the team score, placing 33rd (21:40) ... Kaylyn Christopher was 43rd at 21:57 and Alison Spiker was 64th at 22:35 ... Georgetown's Melissa Grelli won the individual title, crossing in 20:05.
Notes & Quotes: The squad becomes the fourth program in school history to win a Big East Conference title joining men's swimming (2006), football (1993, 2003, 2004, and 2005) and baseball (1996) ... women's soccer and men's soccer both own regular season titles ... by finishing in the top 15, Asselin, Bland and Grandt earn first team all-league honors ... the three all-Big East performers in one season is the most in school history ... WVU's last all-Big East performer was Susan Davis in 2005.
"We are thrilled with this performance; it was a complete team effort. We're very proud of this achievement and hopefully this will be a stepping stone for the rest of the season." - head coach Sean Cleary.
This Week in Women's Soccer: West Virginia earned a first round bye in the 2007 Big East Women's Soccer Championship … as American Division champions, the Mountaineers picked up the No. 1 seed and will meet either USF or Villanova in the quarterfinals at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium … WVU will host the quarterfinal match on Sunday, Nov. 4, at 1 p.m.
Last Week in Women's Soccer: In the final weekend of the regular season, it was only appropriate a pair of seniors scored the game's only goals for No. 19 West Virginia ... forwards Kim Bonilla and Kiley Harris each scored in a 2-0 shutout of USF on Friday night ... the Mountaineers took a 1-0 lead at the 36:12 mark when Bonilla dribbled past two defenders for the unassisted goal ... WVU added an insurance goal in the 63rd minute when Harris fired a shot on the ground for a 2-0 lead, her third of the season ... junior defender Robin Rushton was able to make several runs forward as she registered a game-high five shots ... overall, WVU oustshot the Bulls 25-0 and took eight corner kicks while USF attempted none ... West Virginia rallied from a goal down in the second half to defeat the Marquette Golden Eagles, 3-1, on Sunday afternoon ... with the victory, West Virginia wrapped up its second consecutive American Division Championship ... WVU scored three goals in a span of just over four minutes to put the game away ... sophomore midfielder Carolyn Blank got the Mountaineers on the board when she came out of a scrum set up by a free kick from Bonilla in the middle of the box ... senior forward Ashley Banks then scored two goals in less than four minutes for a 3-1 lead ... Harris also recorded two assists on the afternoon.
Notes & Quotes: Banks has scored at least one point in 12 of 18 games this season … this season WVU has scored 27 of its 38 goals in the second half … the Mountaineers have won four straight matches … on the season, the Mountaineers out-shot league opponents 238-77… Banks owns nine game-winning goals and six multi-goal games in her career … WVU has won Big East division titles three times: 2002, 2006 and 2007. "I can't vote for my own but if I could I would. All her stats and everything indicate that Ashley Banks should be Player of the Year in the Big East. Her career has been absolutely awesome and it's been a pleasure to help develop her as an individual player. I think this year is just the icing on the cake of what she has accomplished as a Mountaineer." - head coach Nikki Izzo-Brown.
This Week in Men's Soccer: WVU will travel to take on Lafayette on Wednesday, Oct. 31 … the game will be taped by CSTV and will air on Nov. 2 … the match is the final road game of the regular season.
Last Week in Men's Soccer: The Mountaineers went 1-0-1 last week as the team played Marquette to a double-overtime draw before defeating Seton Hall 3-0 … both matches were on the road … the Mountaineer defense shutout both MU and SHU limiting the two Big East foes to a total of just six shots and six corner kicks … senior Mike Anoia scored one goal and had one assist against SHU … he led WVU with three points on the week.
Notes & Quotes: Freshman goalkeeper Zach Johnson has now tied the WVU single season record for shutouts with nine on the season, he is tied for third place … sophomore Ryan Chance saw his first action of the season in the net for the Mountaineers against SHU … Anoia and senior Sean Brooks both scored their first goal of the season and just the second goal of their collegiate careers in the 3-0 victory against Seton Hall … the win is just the second multi-goal match of the season for the Mountaineers and the second multi-goal win … WVU defeated Pitt 3-1 on Oct. 10 … the win marked head coach Marlon LeBlanc's 25th victory as the head coach of the Mountaineers in just his second season.
This Week in Volleyball: The West Virginia University volleyball team will travel to play conference rival Louisville on Friday, Nov. 2, in a 7 p.m. match … then on Sunday, Nov 4, the Mountaineers will travel to Cincinnati to take on the Bearcats in a 2 p.m. match.
Last Week in Volleyball: The Mountaineers went 1-2 overall and 1-1 in Big East play this past week, improving their record to 13-12, 4-7 … on Tuesday, Oct. 23, the Mountaineers fell to Youngstown State 2-3 (29-31, 30-24, 29-31, 30-20, 12-15) … on Saturday, Oct. 27, the Mountaineers fell to Syracuse at the WVU Coliseum, in a 3-0 (27-30, 25-30, 27-30) match … then on Sunday, Oct. 28, the Mountaineers defeated Marquette 3-2 (30-23, 30-27, 25-30, 23-30, 15-13).
Notes & Quotes: Senior setter Kailee Goold posted 161 assists over the past three games giving her 1,015 on the season … Goold's outstanding showing this past week moved her into fourth place on WVU's all-time assists list with 3,128 in her career … junior middle blocker Tammy Wolf had a fantastic week posting 52 kills including a career-high 21 in the win over Marquette … Wolf also managed to maintain an outstanding .427 hitting percentage throughout all three games … senior outside hitter Abby Tevis continued her success as she posted 51 kills and 43 digs this past week, including a career-high 23 digs in the Marquette game … Tevis also posted a career-high four service aces in the Youngstown State game. "I think we have grown as a team over the past week and turned what could have been a very negative week into a positive one with the win over Marquette at the end of the weekend." -head coach Veronica Hammersmith.
This Week in Swimming and Diving: The West Virginia University men's and women's swimming and diving teams will return to the WVU Natatorium this week for the first Big East home match of the season … on Friday, Nov. 2, the Mountaineers will take on Cincinnati in a 6 p.m. dual match … then on Saturday, Nov. 3, the Mountaineers will take on Marshall at 4 p.m.
Last Week in Swimming & Diving: The Mountaineers, 3-1 overall, were idle last week as they prepare to kick off their conference home season.
This Week in Rifle: The rifle team will play host to the Mountaineer Open on Saturday, Nov. 3.
Last Week in Rifle: The rifle team went 1-1 this past weekend defeating Ole Miss on Oct. 26, before falling to Army on Oct. 28 …WVU topped Ole Miss 4,614-4,551 on Oct. 26 ... freshman Andrew Lamson shot a personal best of 577 in smallbore as the Mountaineers tallied 2,309 points to win the event against Ole Miss who shot a total of 2,238 … sophomore Doug McAllister and senior Natasha Dinsmore both shot personal bests in air rifle shooting 582 and 584, respectively ... in air rifle, Ole Miss posted 2,313 points to defeat the Mountaineers who shot a total of 2,305 points, but it was not enough to take over WVU who earned the squad's third straight win … Army defeated WVU by a score of 4,675-4,600 … the loss was the first of the season and dropped the Mountaineers to 3-1.
Notes & Quotes: Freshman Andrew Lamson and Kyle Smith, sophomore Doug McAllister and senior Natasha Dinsmore all shot personal bests this week … Lamson and Smith shot their bests in smallbore while McAllister and Dinsmore shot their best in air rifle.