Varsity Sports Report 11/4

Junior Marie-Louise Asselin has been named West Virginia University's athlete of the week for her performance on Friday, Oct. 31, at the Big East Cross Country Championship race.

Asselin finished first at Van Cortlandt Park in Bronx, N.Y., to lead the West Virginia University cross country team to a second place finish. A total of 137 runners from 16 conference schools participated.

Asselin finished with a time of 20:10 followed by teammate Clara Grandt, who placed third with a time of 20:29. Junior Keri Bland finished fourth with a time of 20:32 to place three Mountaineers in the top five.

Asselin is the first Big East Women's Cross Country individual champion in West Virginia history. Asselin, Grandt and Bland were all named to the All- Big East Women's Team, which includes the top 15 finishers.

Special Notes of the Week

  • The cross country team raced in the first Big East Championship of the season. WVU took second place overall, while Marie-Louise Asselin came in first overall.

  • Both the men's and women's soccer teams will be playing in the Big East tournament this week as the women have advanced to the semifinals, while the men will play Louisville in first round action on Wednesday. The women play UConn on Friday in South Bend, Ind.

  • The women's basketball team opens the 2008-09 season with an exhibition game on Sunday night vs. DT-3 at 7 p.m. at the Coliseum. WVU's home opener is Nov. 14 against North Carolina Central.

  • Women's soccer player Greer Barnes was named to the TopDrawerSoccer Team of the Week for her play in last weekend's Big East Tournament quarterfinal game.

    Barnes, a Rye, N.Y., native, recorded the fourth and final goal in the 4-0 victory over Louisville. Barnes finished the match with two shots in 90 minutes. The defender also helped the Mountaineers pitch their 13th shutout of the season.

    This Week in Cross Country

    The Mountaineers will compete in the NCAA Regionals on Saturday, Nov. 15 … WVU returns to West Windsor Fields, in Princeton, N.J., the same course where the team took fourth place on Sept. 13, at the Princeton Invitational.

    Last Week in Cross Country

    Junior Marie-Louise Asselin finished first in the Big East Cross Country Championships held at Van Cortlandt Park in Bronx, N.Y., on Oct. 31, to lead the cross country team to a second place finish … Asselin finished with a time of 20:10 followed by Clara Grandt, who placed third with a time of 20:29 … junior Keri Bland finished fourth with a time of 20:32 to place three Mountaineers in the top 10. Villanova took first place with 40 points by placing four runners in the top 10, including Frances Koons who took second place with a time of 20:13 … the Mountaineers finished second with 48 points followed by Georgetown (74) in third, Providence (123) in fourth place, and Syracuse (129) points.

    Notes & Quotes

    Asselin is the first Big East Women's Cross Country individual champion in West Virginia history … Asselin, Grandt and Bland were all named to the All-Big East Women's Team, which includes the top 15 finishers.

    This Week in Women's Basketball

    West Virginia opens the 2008-09 campaign with an exhibition contest against DT-3, Sunday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m., at the WVU Coliseum … the contest is the lone exhibition game of the season … WVU opens its 36th season of basketball with the start of a four-game home stand, Friday, Nov. 14, against North Carolina Central at 7 p.m., at the Coliseum.

    Last Week in Women's Basketball

    The Mountaineers closed last season with a 25-8 record, a third place finish in the Big East Conference and a trip to the NCAA second round ... WVU returns one starter from a year ago.

    Notes and Quotes

    West Virginia returns three players from last year's 25-8 and NCAA tournament second round team … the Mountaineers were picked to finish ninth in the Big East, as predicted in the league's preseason coaches' poll.

    This Week in Rifle

    The Mountaineers are off this week.

    Last Week in Rifle

    The Mountaineers (5-0 overall, 2-0 GARC) did not compete this past week … the squad hosted the WVU Open Nov. 1-2 at the WVU Rifle Range.

    Notes and Quotes

    The Mountaineers last defeated TCU 4666-4626 on Oct. 19 at the WVU Rifle Range … WVU was paced by six school records and eight personal bests … WVU has yet to lose in either discipline … WVU improved to 3-0 against TCU … this is the squad's best start since the 2003 season, when it won its first eight matches.

    This Week in Rowing

    The West Virginia University rowing team has completed its fall season.

    Last week in Rowing

    The Mountaineers completed their fall season with a trip to the Head of the Occoquan in Fairfax Station, Va., on Saturday, Nov. 1.

    Notes and Quotes

    The Mountaineers ended their fall season on a high note as the varsity four team ‘A' boat captured a bronze medal ... the team of Jenelle Spencer, Brett Krumholz, Kimberly Benda, Kensie Phillips and coxswain Amanda Mahasky finished with a time of 19:13.1 behind George Washington (18:52.8) and George Mason (19:12.1) for the third-place finish ... teams ‘B' and ‘C' also raced well in the collegiate 4+ competition as team ‘B' finished in 10th -place (19:57.3) and team ‘C' finished 17th (21:10.7) ... in their first and only race of the fall season the varsity eight boat crossed the line in eighth place with a time of 17:36.1. The novice squad also competed well over the weekend with the novice four team ‘A' boat earning a bronze medal with a time of 20:56.2, behind George Mason (19:40.1) and Delaware (20:17.7) ... the novice four team ‘B' placed 12th in the competition, while the novice eight boat finished 12th out of 29 entries.

    This Week in Women's Soccer

    The No. 1 seed (American Division) Mountaineers advance to the Big East Championship semifinals and face No. 3 seed (National Division) Connecticut on Friday, Nov. 7, at 2:30 p.m., in Notre Dame, Ind. … the match can be viewed on CBS College Sports … if WVU wins, the team will face either No. 1 seed (National Division) Notre Dame or No. 2 seed (American Division) Marquette in the championship match on Sunday, Nov. 9, at Noon … the title game, also in Notre Dame, can be viewed on CBS CS and

    Last Week in Women's Soccer

    The No. 15 Mountaineers (13-2-5, 7-1-3) dismantled No. 4 seed (National Division) Louisville 4-0 in the quarterfinal match of the Big East Championship on Sunday, Nov. 2, at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium … WVU outshot UofL (9-7-3, 6-3-2) 19-8, and also scored an advantage on corner kicks, 7-2 … senior Deanna Everrett netted a game-best six shots, including the Mountaineers' second-half third goal … Everrett's goal was nothing short of fantastic, as she dribbled through the box, split two Cardinal defenders and sent a shot through the net as she fell backwards … the Oakville, Ontario, native also had a hand in the Mountaineers' second goal, as she crossed a Robin Rushton pass to freshman Blake Miller, who sailed the ball past UofL goalkeeper Katie Zoeller for her ninth goal of the season … junior Carolyn Blank scored the game-winning goal, beating Zoeller to a Kelsey Fowler rebound and heading in the first Mountaineer point … senior defender Greer Barnes concluded the Mountaineers' scoring fl urry, sending a Chelsey Corroto pass past UofL goalkeeper Chloe Kiefer in the 74th minute … sophomore goalkeeper Kerri Butler made three saves in 90 minutes of action.

    Notes and Quotes

    The Mountaineers improved to 3-0-1 overall against Louisville, 2-0-1 in Big East Championship play … WVU has won its last four Big East tournament games, including the 2007 title match against Notre Dame … the four goals matches a WVU record in Big East Championship games … Miller's goal puts her on top of the WVU freshman scoring list, passing graduate and 2007 All-American Ashley Banks (eight) … the win improved WVU's 2008 unbeaten home record to 9-0-2 … the Mountaineers have scored 31 goals at home this season, while holding opponents to three goals … Butler's shutout was her 13th of the year, moving her into third place on the program's career shutout list with 20 … she also stands at No. 1 on the season shutout list, passing Lana Bannerman, who had 12 shutouts in 2006 … with her assist on Miller's goal, Everrett moves into a four-way tie for ninth place on the program's season-record assist list (eight) … she is also 24th on the Mountaineers' career assist list … WVU is 7-1-3 in its last 10 matches, 9-0-0 when leading after the 75th minute … the squad has won 10 games this season when scoring two or more goals.

    This Week in Men's Soccer

    The West Virginia University men's soccer team will play in the first round of the Big East Tournament on Wednesday, Nov. 5, as the No. 5 seed in the Blue Division … the Mountaineers will face the Red Division No. 4 seed Louisville at 7 p.m. at Cardinal Park Soccer and Track Stadium in Louisville, Ky. … WVU is 2-1-1 all-time against Louisville … the Mountaineers played the Cardinals last year on Nov. 10 in the Big East Tournament … Louisville won on penalty kicks, 3-1.

    Last Week in Men's Soccer

    The Mountaineers played their final two regular-season contests this past week, finishing with a 1-1-0 mark … WVU played Marquette on Oct. 29 at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium and defeated the Golden Eagles, 2-0 … sophomore Dan Hagey scored the first goal of the game at the 29:12 mark … senior Alex Yost scored the second goal of the game with less than 10 minutes in regulation … junior Ryan Gillespie tallied two assists and freshman Alex Silva recorded one assist in the win against Marquette … against Blue Division leader No. 19 Notre Dame, the Mountaineers dropped a well-played contest, 1-0, on Nov. 1 … the game was scoreless until the 60:54 mark when Notre Dame's Michael Thomas put a shot past sophomore goalkeeper Zach Johnson on a rebound for the lone goal of the game.

    Notes & Quotes

    WVU finished the regular season with a 5-8-5 overall mark and a 3-4-4 record in the Big East … Hagey's goal against Marquette was the first of his career … sophomore Paul Paradise had a team-high three shots in the win … WVU sophomore goalkeeper Zach Johnson made one save and posted his eighth shutout of the season in the win against the Golden Eagles … the Lumberton, N.J., native joined elite company with the shutout, making him just the third player in school history to record at least eight shutouts in more than one season … WVU held Notre Dame to without a shot through the first 60 minutes of the game … the Fighting Irish were held to a season-low four shots in the contest … the Mountaineers owned the advantage against the Fighting Irish in shots (14-4) and corner kicks (9-3) … the contest against Notre Dame served as the final regular-season game for five seniors: Sean Brooks, Ryan Chance, Donald La Guerre, Tony Lindroos and Yost.

    This Week in Volleyball

    The Mountaineers close out the home season with a 7 p.m. match against Cincinnati on Friday, Nov. 7, and a 2 p.m. match against Louisville on Sunday, Nov. 9, for senior day.

    Last week in Volleyball

    The Mountaineers are now 7-17, 0-10 Big East after going 1-1 this past weekend ... the Mountaineers swept St. Francis, Pa., 3-0 (25-14, 25-20, 25-16) on Friday, Oct. 31, then fell to Rutgers in a 3-1 (20-25, 25-23, 25-18, 25- 12) match on Sunday, Nov. 2.

    Notes and Quotes

    Junior outside hitter Abby Raines led the Mountaineers over the weekend with 19 kills and 23 digs, including a season-high 15 digs in the match against Rutgers ... senior middle blocker Tammy Wolf followed with 17 kills and a .278 hitting percentage ... freshman setter Kari Post recorded two double-doubles over the weekend with 16 assists and 10 digs in the win over the Red Flash and 34 assists and 15 digs in the match against the Scarlet Knights ... overall Post had 50 assists and 25 digs on the weekend.

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