Varsity Sports Report: 9/23/08

Women's soccer player Erica Henderson has been named West Virginia University's athlete of the week for her play over the weekend in leading WVU to a pair of victories.

Women's soccer player Erica Henderson has been named West Virginia University's athlete of the week for her play over the weekend in leading WVU to a pair of victories.

Henderson, a redshirt freshman, stole the show in her first collegiate start (Sept. 18) as 14th-ranked West Virginia posted a 4-0 shutout against Pitt last week.

Henderson, who entered the game with three shots on the season, put WVU on top 1-0 seven minutes into the Big East opener for both teams. The Rochester, N.Y., native finished a corner kick started by junior Nicole Mailloux and a flick from junior Carolyn Blank. It was the first shot of the night for either team.

At 21:41, Henderson scored her second goal of the match on a header from 13 yards out on a cross by senior Lisa DuCote.

Special Notes of the Week:

  • The volleyball team won the annual WVU Volleyball Classic this weekend, defeating UNC-Greensboro, Maryland-BC and George Washington.

  • The women's soccer match against Big East foe, Syracuse, will be aired on WVPBS Sunday, Sept. 28, at 1 p.m.

  • Three West Virginia University women's soccer players were honored for their play last week. Senior Greer Barnes was named the Big East Defensive Player of the Week and redshirt freshman Erica Henderson was named Big East Rookie of the Week. Junior Carolyn Blank earned a spot on the 11-player TopDrawerSoccer Team of the Week.

    This Week in Cross Country

    The Mountaineers have a two-week hiatus before the team competes in the Paul Short Invitational held in Bethlehem, Pa., on Oct. 3. … the race is set to begin at 2 p.m.

    Last Week in Cross Country

    The Mountaineers were idle.

    Notes & Quotes

    Ahna Lewis was the first collegiate runner, and second overall across the finish line at the Old Nassau Run, on Saturday, Sept. 13 ... Lewis finished with a time of 21:53.10, in the 6K race, a career-best, to lead the Mountaineers to a fourth-place finish ... for her efforts, she earned both Big East Cross Country and West Virginia Athlete of the Week honors, the first honors for the program this season.

    This Week in Men's Soccer

    The West Virginia University men's soccer team will travel to Chicago to face DePaul on Friday, Sept. 26 … two days later, the Mountaineers will travel south to Tampa, Fla., to square off with USF, who is ranked 11th in Soccer America … WVU is 3-0-0 all-time against DePaul.

    Last Week in Men's Soccer

    The Mountaineers opened Big East conference play at home with a match against Villanova … the match went into double overtime with the game ending in a 0-0 draw … WVU outshot the Villanova, 10-8 … junior Mo Travis had three shots in the game, two on-goal, a game high … in the team's second league match at home against Rutgers, ranked 20th at the time in Soccer America , WVU again took its opponent to double overtime, tying Rutgers, 0-0 … WVU is now 1-3-3 overall with a 0-0-2 mark in league play.

    Notes & Quotes

    Six Mountaineers played all 110 minutes of Friday's contest, while five players played all 110 minutes of Sunday's match … Sunday's crowd of 1,413 was the most to pass through the gates of Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium in 2008 for a men's game, and is the fifth largest attendance in program history … the Mountaineers now have played in three double-overtime contests … junior Gift Maworere started his 47th match in his three-year career, good enough to rank 15th all-time in the WVU record books for matches started … sophomore Zach Johnson posted his fourth shutout of the season on Sunday … the Lumberton, N.J., native, who now has 17 career shutouts, continues to climb in the record books as he is just one shutout short of tying Mark Bachteler, who has 18 career shutouts … Johnson also jumped past George DeAlmeida into eighth place in career goalkeeper minutes as he has spent a total of 2762:14 between the posts … WVU has held opponents scoreless for a time span of 314:05, which includes two double overtime contests, and the one overtime match against Saint Francis (Pa.).

    This Week in Women's Soccer

    The Mountaineers return to action on Thursday, Sept. 25, at St. John's in their first Big East road contest of the season … kickoff at Belson Stadium is schedule for 4:30 p.m. … West Virginia then plays at home against Syracuse on Sunday, Sept. 28 ... the 1 p.m. kickoff will be televised on WVPBS.

    Last Week in Women's Soccer

    Redshirt freshman Erica Henderson stole the show in her first collegiate start last week as 14th-ranked West Virginia posted a 4-0 shutout against Pitt on Sept. 18 … she put WVU on top, 1-0, seven minutes into the match … at 21:41, Henderson scored her second goal of the match on a header from 13 yards out on a cross by senior Lisa DuCote … the Mountaineers added to their first half lead in the 41st minute on a goal from rookie Morgan Betscher … senior Deana Everrett scored her team-leading third goal of the season to complete the scoring in the 56th minute … junior Mallory Beck made her first appearance of the season, working all 90 minutes in goal, making two saves in the shutout … sophomore Megan Mischler netted two goals and an overpowering Mountaineer defense guided WVU past sixth-ranked Virginia, 3-0, Sunday, Sept. 21, in front of 1,615 fans at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium … Mischler put West Virginia on the board early, less than two minutes into the match, with her third goal of the season … the goal came at 1:57, the fastest of the season for the Mountaineers … it marked the first time this season that the previously unbeaten Cavaliers had trailed in a game … freshman Blake Miller added her second goal of the season to put West Virginia on top, 2-0, in the 71st minute … Mischler completed the scoring in the 83rd minute on a breakaway up the middle to make it 3-0 … WVU's back line of Robin Rushton, Kelsey Fowler, Nicole Mailloux and Greer Barnes played a solid 90-minute match in giving West Virginia its sixth shutout of the season … the Mountaineers held a 7-4 shot advantage while the Cavaliers owned a 6-3 advantage in corner kicks.

    Notes & Quotes

    West Virginia's win over Virginia, ranked sixth nationally, is the second highest win over a ranked opponent in school history … a year ago, WVU posted a 1-0 win at fifth-ranked Penn State in the NCAA tournament … the Mountaineers have won their last three Big East openers and are 7-6-0 all-time in games to open conference play … WVU has out-shot its opponent every game this season.

    This Week In Volleyball

    The West Virginia University volleyball team (5-6) will begin Big East Conference play this weekend as they travel to Seton Hall on Saturday, Sept. 27 and Villanova on Sunday, Sept. 28.

    Last Week In Volleyball

    The Mountaineers were named tournament champions of the WVU Classic as they posted a 3-0 showing over the weekend ... on Friday, Sept. 19, the Mountaineers defeated UNC Greensboro in a 3-2 (25-20, 15-20, 25-20, 18-25, 15-3) match ... then on Saturday, Sept. 20, the Mountaineers downed Maryland-Baltimore County 3-0 (25-21, 25-23, 27-25) and George Washington 3-2 (25-20, 20-25, 25-20, 19-25, 15-11).

    Notes and Quotes

    Freshman setter Kari Post was named Tournament MVP as she led the Mountaineers with 115 sets and 48 digs ... in her first career starts, Post recorded three-straight double-doubles ... also leading the Mountaineers was senior middle blocker Tammy wolf who posted 30 kills with a .407 hitting percentage over the weekend ... Wolf posted a season-high 18 kills and four blocks in the win over George Washington ... sophomore outside hitter Abby Norman followed with 28 kills, while freshman outside hitter Kylie Armbruster added 27 kills and 43 digs ... also named to the all-tournament team was junior defensive specialist Tamara De Angelis and sophomore libero Bonnie West ... West led the team in digs with 65 and De Angelis added 36.

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