Varsity Sports Report: 9/30

Junior tennis player Gabriela Blaskovicova has been named WVU athlete of the week for her efforts at the Bronco Invitational on Sept. 26- 28.

Blaskovicova led the Mountaineers over the weekend as she went 3-1 in singles play, taking first in the consolation round of the Flight ‘C' draw. She defeated Kay Kay Magi from Purdue in a 7-6, 7-5 match to take the top spot.

The West Virginia University tennis team will continue fall play as it heads to Cincinnati, Ohio, for the Queen City Invitational on Oct. 3-5.

Special Notes of the Week

  • The men's soccer team travels to Storrs, Conn., to take on rival UConn in a nationally broadcast game on the Fox Soccer Channel on Friday, Oct. 3. Last year, the Mountaineers topped the Huskies, 1-0, at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium. UConn was No. 1 in the nation at the time.

  • The women's soccer team has allowed only two goals this season. They scored eight goals against Syracuse on Sunday to tie the school record and now have 24 total on the season.

  • The WVU rifle team opens the 2008-09 season this weekend. The Mountaineers finished in sixth place at the NCAA Championship last year, their first appearance since 2002, and have been picked to finish second in the GARC Preseason Coaches' Poll.

  • Women's soccer player Kelsey Fowler was named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week. Fowler is the fourth straight Mountaineer to earn the conference's weekly defensive honor following their 1-0-1 week. The Wheeling, W.Va., native anchored a backline that did not allow a goal in two league contests. Fowler and the Mountaineer defense held St. John's to just two shots on-goal in 110 minutes of play in a 0-0 tie on Sept. 25. WVU held Syracuse without a shot on-goal and kept the Orange scoreless in an 8-0 win on Sept. 28. The Mountaineers earned their seventh and eighth shutouts of the season last 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 Rifle

    The Mountaineers open their 2008-09 season against Ohio State on Oct. 4 at 8 a.m. at the WVU Rifl e Range ... the squad then hosts Morehead State on Oct. 5, also at 8 a.m.

    Last Season in Rifle

    The Mountaineers (8-3, 4-2 GARC) experienced their most successful season in six years with a sixth-place finish at the 2008 NCAA Rifle Championships and a third-place standing at the Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) Championships … the NCAA appearance was WVU's first since the 2002 season … five Mountaineers earned smallbore All-American honors, the team's first honorees since Nicole Allaire earned the honor in 2004 and the most since 1997 when six Mountaineers were honored … the 2008 All-Americans were: graduate Lafe Kunkel (First Team), sophomores Brandi Eskew (First Team), Tommy Santelli (Second Team), Kyle Smith (Second Team) and Andy Lamson (Honorable Mention) … Head Coach Jon Hammond was named the 2008 GARC Coach of the Year and the 2008 NRA Distinguished College Coach.

    Notes and Quotes

    The Mountaineers were picked to finish second in the 2008-09 GARC Preseason Coaches Poll … Eskew, Santelli and redshirt junior Bryant Wallizer were named to the All-GARC Watch Lists … Wallizer, an All-America Murray State transfer, will be competing in his first match as a Mountaineer … Hammond represented Great Britain at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games … fans are encouraged to stop in to the WVU Rifle Range and catch the squad in action on both or either day, as matches last well in to the afternoon.

    This Week In Rowing

    The West Virginia University rowing team is idle this week.

    Last week in Rowing

    The Mountaineers competed in their first race of the fall season with a trip to the Head of the Ohio, on the Allegheny River in Pittsburgh, Pa., on Saturday, Sept. 27.

    Notes and Quotes

    The Mountaineers competed well over the weekend as the varsity four team ‘A' boat took second place in the open +4 race with a time of 17:06.7 ... the boat of Jenelle Spencer, Kensie Phillips, Kim Benda, Alita Meyers, coxswain Stephanie Brown finished just behind the Baltimore Rowing Club ... the team ‘B' boat of Keyara Stevenson, Katie Walsh, Rachel Viglianco, Brett Krumholz and coxswain Gillian Hanbury, also had a good showing with an eight place finish (18:09.0).

    "We compete at this early season regatta without any preparation for or emphasis on the regatta itself," says Head Coach Jimmy King. "Given the proximity of the regatta to Morgantown and the number of students we have on the team from the Pittsburgh area, it's one we don't want to pass up. As such, we treat the regatta as an opportunity to train in a more competitive environment and as a break from our routine on the Mon River."

    This Week in Men's Soccer

    The West Virginia University men's soccer team will resume conference play on Friday, Oct. 3, when it travels to Storrs, Conn., to play the fifth-ranked Connecticut Huskies in the Fox Soccer Channel Men's College Match of the Week. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium.

    Last Week in Men's Soccer

    The Mountaineers played their first two BIG EAST road contests of the season on Sept. 26, and Sept. 28 … in their first game at DePaul, the Mountaineers blanked the Blue Demons, 2-0, for their first conference victory of the season … sophomore Paul Paradise scored the first goal of the game at the 43:18 mark … freshman Alex Silva, credited with an assist on the goal, got the ball back off a WVU corner kick and sent it to fellow freshman Declan Coll, also credited with an assist … Coll then served the ball to Paradise in the box, who headed the ball to the far post past DePaul's goalkeeper … on Sept. 18, WVU traveled to No. 19 USF and held the Bulls in check for 88 minutes … the Bulls' Kevon Neaves scored the game-winning goal at the 88:52 mark.

    Notes & Quotes

    Sophomore goalkeeper Zach Johnson made a season-high six saves in the loss to the Bulls … seven different Mountaineers took at least one shot in the game, with junior Mo Travis leading the way with two shots in the loss … in the win against DePaul, Paradise scored his second goal of the season … freshman Adam Mills tallied the first goal of his career in the win … Silva and Coll, both recorded the first assist of their career on Paradise's goal … in the victory, Johnson earned his fifth shutout of the season, the 18th of his career, which ties him for third place alltime in the WVU annals with Mark Bachteler for career shutouts.

    "I think our defending in front of him [Johnson] has been very good all season," Head Coach Marlon LeBlanc said following the game at USF. "Our guys [defense] are doing a good job of limiting scoring chances and shots. Overall, I think our team defending has been very good."

    This Week in Women's Soccer

    The Mountaineers resume conference play with a two-game road trip, beginning with Seton Hall on Friday, Oct. 3 … kickoff with the Pirates is slated for 7 p.m ... on Sunday, Oct. 5, WVU plays Rutgers at 1 p.m.

    Last Week in Women's Soccer

    Despite taking 14 more shots than its opponent, 11th-ranked West Virginia played to a 0-0 double overtime draw with St. John's at Belson Stadium … the Mountaineers appeared to take an early 1-0 lead in the 18th minute on a goal from junior Carolyn Blank … Blanks shot hit the inside of the corner netting before being cleared by a St. John's defender … play continued without a goal, forcing a scoreless first half … WVU out-shot the Red Storm 19-5 on the day … the Mountaineers tied a school record for goals scored in defeating visiting Syracuse, 8-0 … WVU raced out to a 3-0 first-half lead before depositing five more goals in the final 25 minutes to pick up its second BIG EAST Conference win of the season … West Virginia received goals from Blake Miller, Megan Mischler (2), Carolyn Blank (2), Deana Everrett, Stephanie Burgess and Sydney Metheny … Burgess and Metheny's goals were the first of their careers … a strong back line guided WVU's defensive efforts, holding the Orange to five shots, none on-goal … sophomore Kerri Butler and junior Mallory Beck earned minutes in goal as WVU improved to 7-1-3 on the year, 2-0-1 in BIG EAST play.

    Notes & Quotes

    The eight goals against Syracuse tie the school record set in 2006, an 8-0 win over St. Bonaventure … 11 of West Virginia's 17 shots against the Orange were on-goal … the multi-goal game was the second of Mischler's career and first for Blank … the Mountaineers, owners of eight shutouts, have allowed only two goals in the last 870 minutes of soccer … the St. John's contest marked the fourth overtime game of the season for the Mountaineers … WVU has out-shot its opponent every game this season … WVU has scored at least one goal in every game but one this season … West Virginia improves to 5-0-1 at home this season and 19-2-3 in its last 24 home contests.

    This Week in Swimming & Diving

    The West Virginia University swimming & diving team will open their season with the annual Blue Gold Meet on Saturday, Oct. 4 at 9 a.m.

    Last Week in Swimming & Diving

    The team has been in preseason training preparing for the start of its season.

    Notes & Quotes

    The Mountaineers will return numerous top performers on both the men's and women's squads … the men's side will return Pablo Marmolejo and Michael Walker and they have an abundance of youth … the women most notably return Morgan Callaway and Kayla Andrews … Callaway had a breakout year last season and will lead this year's women's team.

    This Week In Volleyball

    The West Virginia University volleyball team (5-8, 0-2) will host BIG EAST play at the WVU Coliseum this weekend with a 7 p.m. match against Georgetown on Friday, Oct.3 and a 2 p.m. match against USF on Sunday, Oct. 5. Last week in Volleyball The Mountaineers went 0-2 in their first weekend of BIG EAST play after falling to Seton Hall 3-0 (17-25, 22- 25, 14-25) on Saturday, Sept. 27 and Villanova 3-0 (20-25, 18-25, 18-25) on Sunday, Sept. 28.

    Notes and Quotes

    Freshman outside hitter Kylie Armbruster posted 16 kills and 16 digs over the weekend, to give her 135 total kills on the season ... senior Tammy Wolf followed Armbruster in kills this weekend with 14 ... she also led the team in blocks with three ... freshman setter Kari Post also continued her success with 48 assists, 12 digs and three service aces ... sophomore Bonnie West led the Mountaineers in digs with 23.

    This Week In Tennis

    The West Virginia University tennis team will continue fall play as they head to Cincinnati, Ohio, for the Queen City Invitational on Oct. 3-5. Last week in Tennis The Mountaineers traveled to Kalamazoo, Mich., this past weekend for the Bronco Invitational at Western Michigan ... the team posted several key wins over the weekend including junior Gabriela Blaskovicova's title win in the consolation round of the Flight ‘C' draw. Notes and Quotes Blaskovicova led the way for the Mountaineers as she took first place in the consolation round of the Flight ‘C' draw, after defeating Kay Kay Magi from Purdue in a 7-6, 7-5 match ... Blaskovicova won her final three matches of the event to finish the weekend with a 3-1 record ... also having singles success on Sunday were juniors Olga Elkin and Stephanie LaFortune ... Elkin posted a win over Gilly Hush of Marquette (2-6, 6-4, 12-10 ), while LaFortune defeated Jan Woo of Eastern Michigan, 7-5, 6-2 ... in doubles competition, Elkin along with freshman Veronica Cardenas, posted key wins over Eastern Michigan (8-1) and Western Michigan (8-4), in the consolation round.

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