Varsity Sports Update

The West Virginia women's soccer team was named the WVU team of the week after winning the 2007 Big East Championship on Nov. 11. The title was the first in program history.

This Week in Women's Soccer

West Virginia owns a record of 15-4-2 and is seeded fourth in the NCAA tournament field. WVU hosts Navy at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 17 at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium. If West Virginia wins, it will face the winner of James Madison and Penn on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 1 p.m.

Last Week in Women's Soccer

American Division top seed West Virginia won a penalty kick shootout against National Division top seed Notre Dame to claim its first-ever Big East soccer title Sunday afternoon in front of a record-setting crowd at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium … the Mountaineers out-shot the nine-time Big East champion Irish 5-3 in penalty kicks after playing to a 1-1 stalemate through two overtimes … freshman Kerri Butler was brilliant in goal for the Mountaineers, making the biggest save of her young career on the first penalty kick of the shootout … Butler made a diving stop against Herman Trophy winner Kerri Hanks bringing the crowd of 1,213 to its feet .. her performance earend her a spot on SoccerAmerica's team of the week … West Virginia then connected on five straight penalty kicks, including a successful try from freshman Sydney Metheny … with WVU's penalty kick score at 4-3, junior Lisa DuCote connected on the game-winning kick to seal the Big East title … all five Mountaineers made their penalty kicks in the shootout … Notre Dame took an early 1-0 lead in the 14th minute on a goal from Hanks … WVU's tying goal was set up when junior midfielder Michelle Molinari was fouled behind … the Mountaineers capitalized on the free kick in the 39th minute on a goal from senior Kiley Harris, her fourth of the season … senior forward Kim Bonilla sent a free kick to the far side where sophomore midfielder Carolyn Blank headed the ball back into the middle for Harris' diving header from four-yards out … WVU's defense was stout against UND's offense all afternoon ... WVU is ranked No. 15 in the nation by Soccer America and tenth in the Soccer Buzz rankings, giving the Mountaineers their 75th consecutive week ranked in the poll, the sixth-longest current streak among ranked teams.

Notes & Quotes

Women's soccer is the fifth program in school history to win a Big East Conference postseason title joining cross country (2007), men's swimming (2006), football (1993, 2003, 2004, and 2005) and baseball (1996) … WVU is 11-1-1 at home this season and 27-2-2 in its last 31 games at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium … Butler has allowed only one goal in the last 377 minutes and 24 seconds … West Virginia placed six players on the all-tournament team, led by Butler who is now 6-0-1 in her career between the posts … also named to the all-tournament squad were defenders Greer Barnes and Robin Rushton, midfielders Blank and Amanda Cicchini and forward Bonilla.

This Week in Cross Country

West Virginia will run at the 2007 NCAA Championship in Terre Haute, Ind., on Monday, Nov. 19 ... WVU will be making its fourth appearance at nationals (1997, 2000 and 2004). Last Week in Cross Country No. 14 WVU took second at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional on Saturday, Nov. 10, in Bethlehem, Pa. ... the Mountaineers had 77 points behind Princeton, who had 56 points ... Georgetown was third with 79 points, Penn State was fourth with 93 points and Villanova was fifth with 115 points ... the Mountaineers had three runners in the top 10 ... WVU sophomore Marie-Louise Asselin was the highest Mountaineer finisher in third at 20:00, while Clara Grandt was sixth at 20:20 and Keri Bland was just behind her in seventh at 20:21 ... freshman Kaylyn Christopher was fourth Mountaineer to finish in 21:17 for 30th, while Maria Dalzot was 31st at 21:19 to round out the top five scoring runners ... WVU had finished 18th in 2005 and fourth last year at the Mid-Atlantic Regional before earning the automatic bid in second place this year.

Notes & Quotes

WVU qualified for nationals for the first time since 2004 ... WVU's other two national qualifying teams were in 1997 and 2000 ... the 2004 team went on to place 15th at nationals, the highest finish in school history, after winning the region ... at 2004 nationals, senior Megan Metcalfe placed 16th to earn All-America honors ... it was the second time she earned All-America honors (2002) ... Charity Wachera is the school's only other cross country All-American (1997) ... WVU's 15th place in 2004 finish was its best finish in school history ... Asselin's time of 20:00 was just two seconds off the previous course record of 19:58 ... Georgetown's Melissa Grelli set the new course record with a time 19:50 to win the meet individually.

This Week in Swimming & Diving

The West Virginia University swimming and diving teams will take the next two weeks off as they prepare for the Georgia Invitational … the three day meet is set to begin on Friday, Nov. 30. Last Week in Swimming & Diving The Mountaineers fell to Big East rivals Louisville on Saturday, Nov. 10, at the WVU Natatorium … the Cardinal men defeated the Mountaineers 176-126, while the women won 168-132.

Notes & Quotes

Senior Nick Delic and sophomore Zoltan Povazsay led the men's side with three wins a piece … Delic took first in the 50 and 100 free events with times of 21.06 and 45.62, while also taking first in the 100 yard butterfly with a time of 41.48 ... Povazsay was victorious in the 200 free (1:40.28), the 200 back (1:51.82) and the 500 free (4:37.93) … junior Michael Walker also had a win in the 200 breast (2:03.85) … on the women's side sophomore Kayla Andrews led the way taking first place in the 100 back (58.20) and the 100 free (50.59) … in other wins for the women, sophomore Kitti Veisz took first in the 100 breast with a time of 1:04.69, while junior Taylor Stallings finished first in the 200 butterfly (2:05.96) and sophomore Morgan Callaway in the 200 back (2:06.76).

This Week in Men's Soccer

The Mountaineers will find out their NCAA fate on Monday, Nov. 19, when seedings are announced on ESPNews at 5:30 p.m.

Last Week in Men's Soccer

The Mountaineers went 1-0-1 in the first round and quarterfinals of the BIG EAST tournament this past week … WVU defeated Villanova 2-0 at home on Wednesday, Nov. 7, before tying Louisville on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2-2 … senior Dan Stratford scored a goal in each of the matches while senior Pat Carroll netted his first goal of his career against Louisville … after double overtime against Louisville in the BIG EAST quarterfinals, the match went into penalty kicks for the first time this season … Louisville advanced by a count of 3-1.

Notes & Quotes

"I thought we did well to fight our way back into the game. We were unlucky not to win the match in regulation, but at 13-5-2 on the season, I think we did enough to warrant an NCAA selection." –Head Coach Marlon LeBlanc on the tie against Louisville, and the upcoming NCAA selection.

This Week in Wrestling

The West Virginia University wrestling team begins their season on Sunday, Nov. 18, with the "Sprawl + Brawl" dual meet against No. 3 ranked Iowa State and Sacred Heart at Binghamton in Vestal, N.Y. … WVU will face Sacred Heart at 9:30 a.m., and battle Iowa State at 1:15 p.m.

Last Week in Wrestling

WVU was idle last week due to the cancellation of the WVU Open.

Notes & Quotes

Six wrestlers have received a top 20 preseason ranking in the InterMat/NWMA/NWCA poll for their respective weight classes, with Brandon Rader topping out at No. 5 in the 141-pound class … Head Coach Craig Turnbull has never faced Sacred Heart and is 1-1 all-time against Iowa State.

This Week in Volleyball

The 2007 West Virginia University volleyball season is now complete.

Last Week in Volleyball

The Mountaineers closed out the season 16-14, 4-9 after going 3-0 in the last week of play … on Wednesday, Nov. 7, the Mountaineers defeated St. Francis 3-1 (28-30, 30-25, 30-18, 30-18) at the WVU Coliseum … then on Saturday, Nov. 10, the Mountaineers swept Rutgers 3-0 (30-18, 30-20, 30-22) … in their final match of the season, the Mountaineers defeated Duquesne in an exciting 3-2 (24-30, 28-30, 30-25, 22-30,18-16) match.

Notes & Quotes

Senior setter Kailee Goold capped off an amazing career at WVU this past week with 150 assists and 31 digs … Goold finished the season with 1,225 total assists, putting her in third place for most assists in single season … in her career, Goold racked up 3,338 total assists leaving her in fourth place on WVU's all-time list … senior outside hitter Abby Tevis led the Mountaineers with 53 kills and 33 digs in her last week of play … Tevis finished with 442 total kills this season, putting her in fourth place all-time on WVU's list for most kills in a single season.

This Week in Women's Basketball

No. 18/22 WVU (1-0) will play host to St. Francis, Pa., on Nov. 16, at 5:30 p.m., and Cornell on Nov. 18, at 12:30 p.m., at the WVU Coliseum.

Last Week in Women's Basketball

LaQuita Owens scored 21 points and Olayinka Sanni added 16 points and 10 rebounds as No. 18 West Virginia cruised by Canisius, 76-49, in the team's season-opener ... senior guard Meg Bulger came off the bench to tally 15 points in 18 minutes of playing time ... West Virginia held a 38-25 halftime lead before using a 16-10 run at the start of the second half to go up 54-35 with just over 13 minutes remaining ... WVU's lead would be as large as 31 in the second half ... for Canisius, Micayla Dyrsdale came off the bench to score 13 points and Brittane Russell added 11.

Notes & Quotes

Bulger became just the 14th player in school history to score 1,300 career points ... Bulger needs 80 points to pass Judy Eaton (1986-89) for 13th place in career scoring at WVU ... LaQuita Owens' 21-points marked her ninth career 20-point game … Olayinka Sanni's nine offensive rebounds were a career-best, breaking her previous mark of seven set numerous times … Chakhia Cole now stands just 19 points shy of tallying her 1,000th career point … WVU is now 14-1 in its last 15 games at the WVU Coliseum … under Mike Carey, WVU now improves to 33-1 in all-time non-conference home games ... WVU is now ranked 19th in the AP Poll and 20th in the Coaches Poll.

This Week in Rifle

The rifle team is idle this week and will open the second portion of its season when they play host to Nebraska on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 8 a.m.

Last Week in Rifle

The West Virginia University rifle team fell to Kentucky, 4616-4647, in its final match of the fall season on Saturday, Nov. 10 … freshman Brandi Eskew had a breakout match, totaling 1167 points … Kentucky and WVU tied in smallbore with a score of 2300, before the Wildcats took the air rifle event 2347-2316 … Eskew shot a 584 in smallbore before shooting a 583 in air rifle … the Petersburg, W. Va. native led the Mountaineers in both events and topped the entire field in smallbore.

Notes & Quotes

Three Mountaineers shot their personal bests of the season against Kentucky ... junior Paul Miller shot a 570 in smallbore while teammate freshman Andrew Lamson shot a 583 in air rifle, along with Eskew's record.

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