Varsity Sports Report: 10/14

Junior women's soccer player Nicole Mailloux has been named West Virginia University's athlete of the week for her play in two shutouts.

Mailloux guided the Mountaineers to a pair of shutouts in conference play, posting a 3-0 win over Providence and a 0-0 tie with Connecticut. The WVU defense has not allowed a goal in the last 220 minutes of action.

The Mississaugua, Ontario, native helped limit the Friars and Huskies to three shots on-goal in the two victories. The clean sheets were the ninth and tenth of the year for the Mountaineer defense.

Special Notes of the Week

  • The men's and women's basketball teams kick off the 2008-09 season on Friday when both teams will hold their first official practice.

  • The men's soccer team plays host to Ohio State on Wednesday. The game will be televised on WVPBS and is the second televised game of the season for the Mountaineers.

  • The rifle team opens conference play on Saturday at Army. Last season, the Mountaineers finished in third place at the GARC Championships and went 4-2 in GARC play.

    This Week in Cross Country

    The Mountaineers will compete in the Penn State National Invitational held in University Park, Pa., on Oct. 17 … the race is set to begin at 10 a.m.

    Last Week in Cross Country

    WVU was ranked No. 7 in the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Associations (USTFCCCA) Division I Women's National Poll, released on Oct. 7 ... the Mountaineers were ranked No. 9 in last week's poll and currently rank No. 2 in the Division I Women's Cross Country Mid-Atlantic Region rankings by the USTFCCA ... junior Marie-Louise Asselin was named the BIG EAST Cross Country Athlete of the Week on Oct. 10.

    Notes & Quotes

    The Mountaineers have fi nished in the top fi ve in their fi rst three races, with two fi rst place fi nishes ... Asselin is the second runner from WVU to be named BIG EAST Athlete of the Week, as teammate Ahna Lewis earned the honor on Sept. 18 ... this season marks her first for the weekly award, as the conference will honor one male and one female based on individual efforts.

    This Week in Rifle

    The Mountaineers open their GARC season on the road, traveling to West Point, N.Y., for a match with Army on Oct. 18 and with Ole Miss on Oct. 19 … both matches begin at 8 a.m.

    Last Week in Rifle

    The Mountaineers broke from regular-season action and hosted their annual Alumni Match on Oct. 10 at the WVU Rifle Range … alumni and current team members participated in a 40-shot standing course with the gun of their preference.

    Notes and Quotes

    The Mountaineers were 4-2 in conference play last season … the team fi nished in third place at the 2008 GARC Championships … WVU lost 4675-4600 to Army last season, and defeated Ole Miss 4614-4551 … WVU is 28-10 all-time against Army, 3-4 in the last eight seasons … the Mountaineers began their series with Ole Miss in 2002 and are 3-3 against the Rebels … Army is the only squad, outside of West Virginia University and Alaska- Fairbanks, to win the NCAA Rifl e Championship since 1988 … Army took the title in 2005 … through two weeks, sophomore Smallbore All-American Andy Lamson has a combined-score average of 1168, the highest on the squad.

    "Next week we'll get back to training and be focused on the road trip," Head Coach Jon Hammond says.

    "We're taking every match as it comes. We have tough matches both in conference and out of conference, so we need to just focus on each opponent as it comes up on the schedule."

    This Week in Rowing

    The West Virginia University rowing team is idle this week ... they will continue action on Saturday, Nov. 1 with a trip to the Head of the Occoquan, in Fairfax Station, Va.

    Last Week in Rowing

    The Mountaineers competed in their fi rst 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 at the Head of the Ohio 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 and coxswain Stephanie Brown fi nished 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 eighth place fi nish (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 play two home games this week … on Wednesday, Oct. 15, the Mountaineers welcome Ohio State to Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium … kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m., and the game will be broadcast on WVPBS … on Saturday, Oct. 18, WVU will face BIG EAST opponent Seton Hall at 7 p.m. … WVU is 9-6-3 all-time against the Buckeyes, and owns a 4-9-0 record against the Pirates.

    Last Week in Men's Soccer

    The Mountaineers played Pitt at home on Oct. 8 and the teams fi nished in a 1-1 double-overtime draw … senior Alex Yost gave the Mountaineers the 1-0 lead … sophomore Dan Hagey's shot, which went past the Panthers' goalkeeper and across the front of the goal, rolled to the feet of sophomore Paul Paradise … Paradise laid the ball off to Yost who found the back right corner of the net … the Panthers answered back with a goal on a penalty kick at the 84:27 mark … WVU sophomore goalkeeper Zach Johnson made eight saves in the game … on Oct. 11, WVU fell at Providence, 1-0 … the Friars' Chris Stoker scored at the 40:50 mark on a header … juniors Tony Lindroos and Mo Travis had back-to-back opportunities to knot the game at one apiece, but could not fi nd the back of the net … WVU's Johnson played the entire game, making six saves in the loss.

    Notes & Quotes

    After posting an 0-1-1 mark this past week, WVU owns a 3-5-4 overall mark and is 2-2-3 in the BIG EAST … Paradise blasted a game and season-high fi ve shots against Pitt … Travis and freshman Alex Silva each had four shots apiece in the tie … the Mountaineers outshot the Panthers, 20-10 … WVU's Johnson made 14 saves and played all 200 minutes between the posts in two games … seven of the 11 starters on Saturday played a full 90 minutes … Yost took a team high three shots against the Friars.

    "It's disappointing," Head Coach Marlon LeBlanc said. "We missed two chances to score and when you don't put away opportunities, it's tough to win."

    This Week in Women's Soccer

    WVU returns to action this weekend for its fi nal two home contests of the regular season … the Mountaineers will battle nationally ranked Georgetown at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 17 … On Sunday, Oct. 19, WVU faces Villanova at 1 p.m. on Senior Day in a match televised by WVPBS.

    Last Week in Women's Soccer

    West Virginia went unbeaten (1-0-1) in a pair of home BIG EAST matches last week at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium ... WVU belted a season-high 13 shots on-goal en route to a 3-0 shutout over Providence on Oct. 10 ... a pair of freshmen in Blake Miller and Erica Henderson, along with an own-goal from a Friar defender, combined for the scoring efforts ... the Mountaineer defense posted its ninth shutout of the season, holding Providence to one shot on-goal … WVU totaled 25 shots but failed to fi nd the back of the net in a 0-0 double overtime draw with Connecticut on Oct. 12 ... a crowd of 1,407 took in the Mountaineers' fi fth scoreless match of the season, a WVU school record for ties ... missed opportunities haunted the WVU offense while the West Virginia defense was strong again, holding a dangerous Huskies team to four shots ... the Mountaineers recorded 20 or more shots for the seventh time this season, led by senior Deana Everrett's six attempts ... the Mountaineer defense held Connecticut to zero shots in the fi rst half ... West Virginia held UConn to a season-low four shot attempts for the game, all coming in the second half ... WVU generated 12 corner kicks on the afternoon, a season-high.

    Notes & Quotes

    Mountaineer freshmen have accounted for 10 of the team's 28 goals this year … at halftime of WVU's match on Oct. 12, the Mountaineer women's soccer team presented a check for more than $10,000.00 to the Betty Puskar Breast Care Center … West Virginia wore pink during pregame warmups on Breast Cancer Awareness Day … four times this season, a crowd of more than 1,000 attended a home match at Dick Dlesk … WVU has scored at least one goal in 12 of 15 games this season … the Connecticut contest marked the sixth overtime game of the season for the Mountaineers … West Virginia has yet to score a goal in six overtime matches (113 minutes, 13 seconds) this season … WVU has out-shot its opponent every game this season … WVU is unbeaten at home in 2008, sporting a 6-0-2 record.

    This Week in Swimming & Diving

    The West Virginia University swimming & diving team will not be in competition this week ... they will continue their season on Wednesday, Oct. 22, against Penn State at the WVU Natatorium ... the meet will begin at 5 p.m.

    Last Week in Swimming & Diving

    The men's and women's team traveled to Marshall to participate in multiple dual meets with Marshall, East Carolina and Xavier ... the men's team defeated Xavier, 235-43 and also ECU 151-137 ... seniors Pablo Marmolejo and Michael Walker each had great showings along with juniors Tim Field and George Farquhar ... Divers Matt O'Neill and Brandon Robinson contributed with key dives in the victories ... the women defeated Marshall, 171-124, Xavier 192-46 and lost to ECU, 171-119 ... Kayla Andrews, Morgan Callaway, Isabel Perez and Shaunna Purtell all had great swims.

    Notes & Quotes

    Kayla Andrews had some of the top swims of the meet last Saturday in the 50 free, 100 free and 100 back.

    "Kayla's 50.10 in the 100 free was the swim of the meet on both the men's and women's side," Head Coach Vic Riggs said. "She also had a really nice 50 free and 100 back and did what we asked her to do."

    This Week in Volleyball

    The West Virginia University volleyball team will continue action on Friday, Oct. 17, with a 7 p.m. match against conference rival Pitt, at the Fitzgerald Field House in Pittsburgh, Pa. ... then on Sunday, Oct. 19, the Mountaineers meet up with Duquesne at the A.J. Palumbo Center in Pittsburgh, Pa.

    Last Week in Volleyball

    The Mountaineers went 1-2, 0-2 in BIG EAST action as they defeated Robert Morris 3-2 (25-7, 11-25, 25-16, 23-25, 15-11) in fi ve sets on Wednesday, Oct. 8 ... the mountaineers were then defeated by Notre Dame 0-3 (13-25, 13-25, 27-25) on Oct. 11, and DePaul 0-3 on Oct. 12 (17-25, 16-25, 24-26).

    Notes and Quotes

    Freshman outside hitter Kylie Armbruster led the Mountaineers over the week with 25 kills and 23 digs ... freshman outside hitter Michelle Kopecky also had a good week, with 24 totals kills, including 13 in the match against Robert Morris ... freshman setter Kari Post led the team in assists with 90, including a career high 49 in the win over the Colonials ... Post leads the team in assists with 339 on the season ... sophomore libero Bonnie West led the team in digs with 39.

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