Varsity Sports Update

Sophomore women's soccer player Kerri Butler has been named West Virginia University's athlete of the week for her play over the weekend. Butler led the WVU defense to back-to-back shutouts in conference play – its third back-to-back effort against Big East teams this year – in wins at Marquette and USF.

The 11th and 12th shutouts of the season are one shy of tying the all-time record. The Fredericksburg, Va., native logged all 180 minutes in two games that won WVU its third straight division title. She recorded five saves, facing 13 shots over the weekend, while improving her goals-against average to 0.42 in 18 games between the posts.

Special Notes of the Week

  • The women's soccer team earned its third consecutive Big East American Division crown and will host the semi final match on Sunday. The Mountaineers will play the winner of Louisville and Pitt.

  • Cross Country will race in the Big East Championship this Friday. WVU won the crown in 2007 and has come in first place in three out of its four races this year.

    The cross country team is ranked No. 2 in the Division I Women's Cross Country Mid-Atlantic Region rankings, released today by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Associations.

    The Mountaineers rank second behind No. 1 Princeton and ahead of No. 3 Villanova, No. 4 Georgetown and No. 5 Penn State. The Mid-Atlantic Region is one of nine divisions nationwide, with 15 teams ranked in each region. This is the sixth consecutive week that WVU has been ranked in the second slot.

  • Rowing will race just its second regatta of the fall on Nov. 1, when the team travels to the Head of the Occoquan, in Fairfax Sation, Va.

    This Week in Cross Country

    The Mountaineers will compete in the Big East Championships on Oct. 31 ... the meet will be hosted by St. John's and will be held in Bronx, N.Y.

    Last Week in Cross Country

    WVU was ranked No. 5 in the latest U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Associations Division I Women's National Poll, released on Oct. 21 ... the No. 5 ranking is the highest in school history for the Mountaineer cross country program ... the Mountaineers received 311 votes in the poll ... Washington (360) took first place, followed by No. 2 Oregon (347), No. 3 Florida State (334) No. 4 Princeton (324) ... WVU was also the secondhighest ranked Mid-Atlantic region team, behind Princeton, and was the highest-ranked Big East squad in front of No. 6 Villanova.

    Notes & Quotes

    The Mountaineers have three first place finishes this season out of four total races ...WVU took first place on Aug. 30, at the Preston Relays and on Oct. 3, at the Paul Short Invitational ... WVU took fourth place in its only other intercollegiate meet on Sept. 13, at the Princeton Invitational ... WVU is looking to defend its title this weekend, as the Mountaineers won the 2007 Big East Championship crown.

    This Week in Rifle

    The Mountaineers play host to the WVU Open Nov. 1-2 at the WVU Rifle Range … both days are set to begin at 8 a.m.

    Last Week in Rifle

    The Mountaineers (5-0 overall, 2-0 GARC) extended their season-opening win streak to five matches with a 4666-4626 victory over TCU on Oct. 25 at the WVU Rifle Range … WVU out-shot the Horned Frogs in both air rifle and smallbore, 2352-2329 and 2314-2297, respectively … both the team aggregate and team air rifle scores are school records … freshman Michael Kulbacki trounced the previous air rifle record, adding five points for a 596 score … combined with his smallbore score of 574, the newcomer finished the day with a personal-best aggregate score 1170 … sophomore Andy Lamson battled Kulbacki for the air rifle record, bouncing back from an slightly-off smallbore relay (570) to shoot 592 in air rifle … sophomore Tommy Santelli proved his strength in both disciplines, shooting personal bests in air rifle (589) and smallbore (583) for a school-record aggregate score of 1172 … the Prosperity, Pa., native lost only three points in his final four air rifle strings (100, 98, 99, 100) after shooting 96 in each of the first two rounds.

    Notes and Quotes

    The Mountaineers were paced by six school records and eight personal bests … WVU has yet to lose in either discipline … sophomore Brandi Eskew became the fourth Mountaineer this season to shoot a school-record 200 in prone … WVU improved to 3-0 all-time against TCU … this is the squad's best start since the 2003 season, when it won its first eight matches.

    "Overall, this was a great result for us. Our air rifle scores were very strong, and that definitely helped. The scores show that everything we've been working on this season is going in the right direction." - Head Coach Jon Hammond.

    This Week in Rowing

    The West Virginia University rowing team continues 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 first race of the fall season with a trip to the Head of the Ohio, on the Allegheny River in Pittsburgh, Pa., on 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 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 eighth-place finish (18:09.0).

    "We compete at this early season regatta without any preparation for or emphasis on the regatta itself. 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." - Head Coach Jimmy King

    This Week in Men's Soccer

    The West Virginia University men's soccer team will play its final two regular-season contests this week … both games, which will take place at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium, feature Big East league opponents … on Wednesday, Oct. 29, the Mountaineers face Marquette at 7 p.m. … on Saturday, Nov. 1, WVU takes on Big East Blue Division leader, Notre Dame, at 7 p.m. … WVU is 2-0-1 all-time against Marquette and owns a 4-7-1 all-time record against Notre Dame.

    Last Week in Men's Soccer

    The Mountaineers fell in a hard-fought match against No. 6/6 Maryland, 1-0, at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium on Oct. 21 … WVU put together numerous scoring opportunities, but was unable to solve Maryland goalkeeper Zac MacMath … sophomore goalkeeper Zach Johnson made five saves against the Terps … at the Hoyas on Oct. 25, the Mountaineers' stingy defense kept the game scoreless until the 63rd minute when Georgetown's Scott Larrabee put one past Johnson … sophomore Paul Paradise led the team with three shots, all of which were on-goal.

    Notes & Quotes

    After posting a 0-2-0 mark this past week, WVU moves to a 4-7-5 overall mark and is 2-3-4 in the Big East … with his 90 minutes in goal against Maryland, Johnson breaks into the top 10 in program history for single-season goalkeeper minutes, the second time he has accomplished the feat … a crowd of 1,346 piled into Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium for the game against the Terps, the second-most attended home game this season … the season total, now at 9,649, breaks the all-time single-season school record for home crowds (previously 9,291 in 2007) … the Mountaineers tallied 10 shots and six corner kicks against Maryland … WVU outshot Georgetown, 9-7 … nine Mountaineers played the entire 90 minutes in the contest against the Hoyas.

    "From a playing standpoint, it was the best we played all year. From a finishing standpoint, it didn't work out today. But I credit Georgetown, they played well. Our critical mistake cost us the game, but from the first minute right on through I thought we played well." - Head Coach Marlon LeBlanc after the Georgetown game.

    This Week in Women's Soccer

    After earning a first round bye in this year's Big East tournament, the Mountaineers await the winner of Pitt (#5 seed-American) and Louisville (#4 seed-National) … the Panthers and Cardinals square off on Thursday, Oct. 30, in Louisville, Ky … West Virginia will host the Big East quarterfinal match on Sunday, Nov. 2, at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium … game time is scheduled for 1 p.m.

    Last Week in Women's Soccer

    Senior Deana Everrett assisted on two goals in leading 15th-ranked West Virginia past Marquette, 2-0, Friday, Oct. 24, at Valley Fields … WVU's 11th shutout of the season gives the Mountaineers their third-straight Big East American Division title … WVU came out strong and took an early 1-0 lead in the 12th minute on a goal from freshman Blake Miller, her team-leading eighth goal of the season and sixth in league play … West Virginia added a second goal in the final minutes off the foot of redshirt freshman Erica Henderson … Everrett finished with a game-best four shots to go with her team-leading sixth and seventh assists … WVU received goals from freshman Morgan Betscher and senior Amanda Cicchini, in knocking off USF, 2-0, Sunday, Oct. 26, at USF Soccer Stadium … Betscher put the Mountaineers on top 1-0 at the 32:12 mark, scoring her second goal of the season … WVU added to its lead in the 88th minute on a brilliant goal from All-America midfielder Cicchini … six Mountaineers attempted two or more shots, led by Miller with five … WVU has out-shot its opponent in every game this season, including a 20-5 advantage over the Bulls … the Mountaineer defense was excellent again, holding USF to only two shots ongoal and no corner kicks … sophomore goalkeeper Kerri Butler worked all 90 minutes, making two saves in picking up the team's 12th shutout of the year.

    Notes & Quotes

    The Mountaineers have won Big East division crowns four times: 2002, 2006, 2007 and 2008 … WVU finished the regular season unbeaten at home, sporting an 8-0-2 record … WVU ends the regular season on a sixgame (5-0-1) unbeaten steak, out-scoring opponents 11-2 in that span … nine times this season, the WVU offense registered 20 or more shots in a match … Mountaineer freshmen have accounted for 15 of the team's 36 goals this year … WVU has scored at least one goal in 16 of 19 games this season … the Mountaineer defense has 12 shutouts on the season, one shy of tying the all-time record … the back-to-back shutouts in conference play this weekend is the third back-to-back effort of the season for WVU's defense against Big East teams … WVU is 8-1-0 this season when leading at the half … Butler improved her goals-against average to 0.42 in 18 games between the posts.

    This Week in Volleyball

    The Mountaineers are on the road this weekend with a 7 p.m. match on Friday, Oct. 31, at St. Francis, Pa. ... the Mountaineers will then close out the weekend with a 2 p.m. Big East match against Rutgers on Sunday, Nov. 2.

    Last week in Volleyball

    The Mountaineers went 0-2 after falling to St. John's and Connecticut ... the Red Strom defeated the Mountaineers in a 3-0 (25-19, 25-15, 25-23) match on Friday, Oct. 24 ... then on Sunday, Oct. 26, the Huskies defeated the Mountaineers 3-1 (25-19, 23-25, 25-17, 25-10).

    Notes and Quotes

    Freshman outside hitter Kylie Armbruster once again led the Mountaineers with 15 kills and 18 digs over the weekend ... junior outside hitter Abby Raines also had a good showing with 14 kills and nine digs ... Raines matched her career-high kills with 10 in the match against Connecticut ... freshman setter Kari Post led the team in both assists (40) and digs (26), while sophomore libero Bonnie West followed with 22 digs.

    This Week in Swimming & Diving

    The Mountaineers will be idle this week ... WVU will next be in action next on Nov. 7, at Louisville ... the meet is set to start at 5 p.m.

    Last Week in Swimming & Diving

    The men's and women's swimming and diving teams were defeated by both Virginia Tech and North Carolina State on Saturday, Oct. 25, at Virginia Tech ... the men's team was defeated by N.C. State, 188.50-123.50 and Virginia Tech 200-109 ... the women's team fell to N.C. State, 187-118 and Virginia Tech, 199-93, both in double dual action.

    Notes & Quotes

    Seniors Pablo Marmolejo and Michael Walker both had successful meets, along with newcomer junior George Farquhar and freshman Martin Vanis ... on the women's side, junior Kayla Andrews led the women once again with two first place finishes in the 50 free (23.66) and 100 free (49.91). Andrews also finished second in the 100 back (57.44).

    "We obviously had some people step up and we had a very tough challenge this week. Traveling the day you compete is a disadvantage and we performed the best we could." - Head Coach Vic Riggs

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