Varsity Sports Report: 9/8/08

Freshman outside hitter Kylie Armbruster has been named West Virginia University's Athlete of the Week for her efforts in the Hilton Garden Inn Classic, in Rock Hill, N.C., this past weekend.

Armbruster was named to the All-Tournament Team for the weekend after she posted 29 kills, 39 digs and five service aces.

Armbruster captured two double-doubles on the weekend. The first came in the win over tournament host Winthrop as she posted 10 kills and 16 digs. Her second was in the Mountaineers' victory over North Carolina Central as she tallied 12 kills and 13 digs. The Mountaineers finished the weekend 2-1, giving them a 2-4 overall record.

Special Notes of the Week:

  • The men's and women's soccer teams, as well as the volleyball team, are all playing on their home turf this weekend. The only olympic team that is on the road is cross country, who is traveling to Princeton, N.J.

  • Four women's soccer players were named to the All-Tournament Team following the Mountaineers' play in the Tennessee Lady Vols Classic in Knoxville, Tenn. Amanda Cicchini, Greer Barnes (Defensive MVP), Deana Everrett (Overall MVP) and Megan Mischler (Offensive MVP) were WVU's honorees.

    This Week in Cross Country

    The Mountaineers travel to Princeton, N.J., to take part in the Princeton Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 13 … the race will start at 10 a.m.

    Last Week in Cross Country

    Three Mountaineers broke the WVU home course record in the intrasquad Gold-Blue Race held at the WVU Agronomy Farm on Saturday … Marie-Louise Asselin, Ahna Lewis and Kaylyn Christopher all ran record times … Asselin's time of 14:24, broke the previous course record of 15:19, set by Christopher and Kate Harrison in 2007 … Lewis, a Morgantown, W.Va. native, finished in 15:07, while Christopher beat her personal and course-best time of 15:19, crossing the finish line at 15:17.

    Notes & Quotes

    The course that the Mountaineers will run on Saturday is the same course where the NCAA Regionals will take place on Nov. 15.

    "This was an excellent showing. The Gold-Blue Race was a glorified training day where we had atmosphere and a lot of team spirit in a low key environment. The team looks fit and in good shape." - Head Coach Sean Cleary

    This Week in Men's Soccer

    The West Virginia University men's soccer team plays host to St. Francis (Pa.) on Saturday, Sept. 13 ... kickoff at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium is scheduled for 7 p.m. … the Mountaineers hold a 13-3-1 all-time advantage against the Red Flash.

    Last Week in Men's Soccer

    The Mountaineers played two contests in the University of Akron Classic in Akron, Ohio, at Lee Jackson Field … in its first contest, WVU battled No. 5 Akron, falling 1-0 … junior Mo Travis had a chance to tie the game on a breakaway, but was unable to get it past the Zips' goalkeeper, Evan Bush … in the second game, the Mountaineers tried to make a rally, but were too late, falling to Wisconsin-Green Bay, 2-1 … sophomore Paul Paradise, unassisted, found the back of the net from 20-yards out … sophomore goalkeeper Zach Johnson tallied five saves in the contest.

    Notes & Quotes

    WVU entered the Classic without six players due to injury- senior Donald La Guerre, juniors Chase Dewese and Tony Lindroos, sophomore Dan Hagey and freshman Connor Gorman … net-minder Johnson made his fourthstraight start between the posts, logging 380 minutes so far this season … Paradise's goal on Sunday was his first of the 2008 season … the match against St. Francis (Pa.) on Sunday is the beginning of a three-match homestand for the Mountaineers.

    This Week in Women's Soccer

    The Mountaineers have a short week with a quick turnaround for a match with Kentucky on Thursday, Sept. 11 … kickoff at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium is scheduled for 8 p.m. and will be broadcasted live on the Fox Soccer Channel … on Sunday, Sept. 14, WVU welcomes James Madison at 1 p.m.

    Last Week in Women's Soccer

    WVU went 1-0-1 last week at the First Tennessee Lady Vols Classic in Knoxville, Tenn. … freshman Blake Miller's first collegiate goal was the difference in a 1-0 triumph over 20th-ranked Tennessee Friday night … Miller and teammate Erica Henderson combined for 42 minutes off the bench in the road victory, including a second half spark from Henderson at the striker position … sophomore goalkeeper Kerri Butler preserved the shutout in the final minute with a punch save on a Tennessee corner kick in her third shutout of the year … WVU held a 12-10 shot advantage while Tennessee took five more corner kicks (6-1) than WVU … after 110 minutes of soccer, WVU played to a 1-1 draw with Washington State Sunday morning … the Mountaineers led 1-0 after 54 minutes of action before Washington State tied the match with a goal from Elysse Van Leer … West Virginia more than doubled Washington State's shot total but struggled to find the back of the net … senior Deana Everrett notched her second goal of the season less than three minutes into the second half to put the Mountaineers on top 1-0 … WVU attempted four shots in the opening 45 minutes and finished the match with 23 attempts … Everrett took a game-best six shots on the afternoon and Butler made three saves on 10 Washington State shots.

    Notes & Quotes

    Four Mountaineers were named to the All-Tournament Team following the weekend's contests – Amanda Cicchini, Greer Barnes (Defensive MVP), Deana Everrett (Overall MVP) and Megan Mischler (Offensive MVP) … WVU out-shot both of its weekend foes, including a weekend-best six shots by Everrett against the Cougars … the West Virginia defense recorded its third shutout of the season and 10th of Butler's career … WVU has scored at least one goal in every game this season … Washington State was a first-time opponent for WVU … Everrett moves into a tie for third place all-time on WVU's career goals list, with Ashley Banks (34).

    This week in Volleyball

    The West Virginia University volleyball team (2-4) opens its home season with a match against Marshall on Friday, Sept.12, at 7 p.m. at the WVU Coliseum … the Mountaineers will close out the weekend at home on Sunday, Sept. 14, at 1 p.m. against Youngstown State.

    Last week in volleyball

    The Mountaineers finished the weekend with a 2-1 record at the Hilton Garden Inn Classic, in Rock Hill, N.C. ... in game one the Mountaineers defeated tournament host Winthrop 3-2 (21-25, 22-25, 25-19, 25-17, 17-15) ... then on Saturday, Sept. 6, the Mountaineers fell to Morehead State in a 3-1 (20-25, 25-16, 26-24, 25-15) match ... WVU concluded the tournament with a win over North Carolina Central 3-1 (25-17, 25-16, 20-25, 25-12).

    Notes and Quotes

    Freshman outside hitter Kylie Armbruster was named to the all-tournament team for her efforts over the weekend ... Armbruster posted 29 kills, 39 digs and five service aces in the tournament ... senior middle blocker Tammy Wolf also had a good weekend as she captured 27 kills with a .328 hitting percentage ... junior outside hitter Kristina Gallahan led the Mountaineers in kills with 37, while sophomore libero Bonnie West posted 54 digs.

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