Varsity Sports Report: 11/18

Junior cross country runner Keri Bland has been named West Virginia University's athlete of the week for her performance at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional race on Nov. 15.

Bland was the first Mountaineer to cross the finish line in fourth place to lead WVU to the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Team Regional Championship at West Windsor Fields in Princeton, N.J. WVU earned 51 total points to tie Princeton for first place.

Bland finished in fourth place out of 191 runners from 26 teams at 21:24, and was named to the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Region Team. With the win, WVU automatically qualifies for the NCAA National Championships, which will take place on Nov. 24, in Terre Haute, Ind.

Special Notes of the Week

  • The WVU cross country team automatically qualified for the NCAA National Championships with their win at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional. This will be the first backto- back appearances for the Mountaineers at nationals. WVU has made a total of four previous appearances at nationals: 1997, 2000, 2004 and 2007.

  • The women's soccer team finished the season with a 14-3-6 record after winning a third-straight Big East American Division title.

  • The WVU women's basketball team had 26 offensive rebounds in its win against North Carolina Central, 70-31, on Friday, Nov. 14. The rebound mark is a program-best mark under Coach Mike Carey.

    This Week in Cross Country

    WVU's ‘A' team will compete in the NCAA National Championships, which will take place on Nov. 24, in Terre Haute, Ind. ... the ‘B' team will travel to the Bronx, N.Y. to compete in the ECAC Championships on Nov. 22.

    Last Week in Cross Country

    The West Virginia University cross country team won the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Team Regional Championship on Nov. 15, at West Windsor Fields in Princeton, N.J. … WVU earned 51 total points to tie Princeton ... six Mountaineers were named to the All-Mid-Atlantic Region team … the Mountaineers had a trio of juniors finish in the top 10 and six runners in the top 25 ... Keri Bland finished in fourth place at 21:24 followed by Clara Grandt (21:35) in sixth place and Marie-Louise Asselin in ninth place with a time of 21:46 … freshman Ahna Lewis crossed the line at 22:09 in 15th place followed by sophomore Kaylyn Christopher in 17th (22:14) and Kate Harrison in 23rd (22:26) … sophomore Jessica O'Connell placed 33rd with a time of 22:53 … the top 25 overall finishers are automatically named to the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Region Team … WVU had six runners earn the honor, the most ever in school history ... the previous record was four runners in 2004.

    Notes & Quotes

    This is the second NCAA Mid-Atlantic Team Championship for the Mountaineers in school history. The previous championship came in 2004 … this will be the first back-to-back appearances for the Mountaineers at nationals ... WVU has made a total of four previous appearances at nationals: 1997, 2000, 2004 and 2007.

    This Week in Women's Basketball

    West Virginia (1-1) continues its four-game season-opening home stand when it plays host to Northeastern on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. at the WVU Coliseum ... the Mountaineers then welcome Florida International Saturday, Nov. 22, at 7 p.m.

    Last Week in Women's Basketball

    Aided by a second-half 56.3 field-goal percentage,WVU nabbed its first win of the season, defeating North Carolina Central (0-1), 70-31, at the WVU Coliseum, last Friday ... senior guard Ashley Powell led all scorers with 13 points, including one 3-pointer ... Powell ended the day 6-10 from the field, and added five assists, two steals and two rebounds ... senior Takisha Granberry added 11 points with a 5-12 effort from the field, while freshman Dominique Dixon equaled Granberry's point-total off the bench, going 5-7 from the field and 1-2 from the 3-point line ... the Mountaineers were also dominant on the glass, grabbing 52 total rebounds, with four student-athletes capturing seven each ... WVU's 26 offensive rebounds is a program-best mark under Carey ... the Mountaineers outscored the Eagles in points off turnovers (31-6), second-chance points (19-6) and fast-break points (18-2) ... WVU then fell to Iona 52-44 Sunday at the Coliseum ... WVU raced out to a first-half 15-4 lead on Iona (2-0), but could not maintain its pace ... the defeat is only the second non-conference home loss under Coach Mike Carey .. Granberry led the team with 12 points, 5-13 from the field, while sophomore Liz Repella netted 11 points, including a 5-8 effort from the freethrow line ... sophomore guard Sarah Miles contributed 10 points on a 4-9 showing from the field ... the Mountaineers dominated the boards, out-rebounding Iona 47-33.

    Notes and Quotes

    WVU is 0-1 and 1-0 against Northeastern and Florida International, respectively ... The Huskies defeated the Mountaineers 67-63 in 1993 while WVU topped the Golden Panthers 58-49 in 2005 ... with the win over NCCU, WVU won its 10th-straight home opener.

    This Week in Rifle

    The Mountaineers' fall schedule has concluded … WVU will next be in action Jan. 17, as it plays host to Nebraska …the team then hosts NC State on Jan. 18 … both matches are set to being at 8 a.m.

    Last Week in Rifle

    The Mountaineers (6-1 overall, 3-1 GARC) split their weekend in Lexington, Ky., losing to the host Wildcats, 4649-4639, on Nov. 15, and defeating Memphis, 4656-4592, on Nov. 16 … WVU defeated UK in smallbore, 2314- 2303, but fell in air rifle, 2346-2325 … three of WVU's All-American sophomores secured the top scores in the discipline … Brandi Eskew and Kyle Smith finished first with 581 points … Eskew's total included a 198 prone score in which she shot strings of 98 and 100 … Tommy Santelli finished third with 580 points … Santelli also shot one point better than Eskew in prone (100, 99) … Smith highlighted the WVU air rifle scores, as he shot a personal best 586 … the score was the highest of any Mountaineer … WVU defeated the Tigers in both air ifle (2348-2320) and smallbore (2308-2272) … sophomore Andy Lamson matched a personal-best air rifle score with 592 points … the Colchester, Vt., native first reached that point total in WVU's win over TCU on Oct. 25 … combined with his 578 smallbore score, Lamson finished with a match-best 1170 points, two short of WVU's all-time aggregate score … Lamson finished on top of the air rifle standings … junior Bryant Wallizer finished second (588), while freshman Michael Kulbacki took third (587) … Santelli shot 200 in prone, WVU's only school record of the night … Santelli and Lamson finished first overall in smallbore with 578 points, while Smith took third (577) … sophomore Ashley Zultanky also had a career day with a personal best 564 points in smallbore.

    Notes and Quotes

    The defeat to UK was WVU's first of the season … the squad had strung together five straight victories before falling to the Wildcats ... WVU's air ifle loss was the squad's first defeat in either discipline this season … Saturday's loss was WVU's fifth straight to UK … the Mountaineers hold a 13-6 series edge over the Wildcats … after regrouping from its first loss of the season, WVU shot 23 points better in air rifle against Memphis … after losing to Memphis in both 2005 and 2006, the Mountaineers have now won three straight over the Tigers and hold a 3-2 series advantage.

    This Week in Women's Soccer

    West Virginia finished the season with a 14-3-6 record after winning a third-straight Big East American Division title … the three losses tie the all-time West Virginia mark for fewest losses in a season with the 2002 team (18-3-1).

    Last Week in Women's Soccer

    The Mountaineers went 1-1 over the weekend in NCAA Championship action in Charlottesville, Va. … a pair of goals in the first 26 minutes were enough for 12th-ranked WVU to down Princeton, 2-1, Friday, Nov. 14 … Erica Henderson one-timed a corner kick into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead … WVU added to its lead in the 26th minute on Blake Miller's team-leading 10th goal of the season … WVU out-shot the Tigers 10-4 on the night, including a game-high three shots from both Henderson and Miller … Morgan Betscher, along with seniors Stephanie Burgess and Michelle Molinari, each contributed 30-plus minutes off the bench … West Virginia's comeback effort fell short in NCAA second round action as the Mountaineers fell, 3-2, at ninth-ranked Virginia … the Cavaliers took a 3-0 first half lead and held on to advance to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the fourth straight year … Virginia's three scores were the most West Virginia has allowed in the first half since a 4-0 deficit in 2002 against Richmond, the program's first NCAA tournament game … trailing 3-0, senior Deana Everrett put the Mountaineers on the board 67 seconds into the second half … Everrett added a second goal in the 64th minute on a header into the side netting on a corner kick from Nicole Mailloux … Everrett's seventh goal of the season pulled the Mountaineers to within one, down 3-2, with 26 minutes to play … Virginia's defense held tight down the stretch despite the Mountaineers out-shooting the Cavaliers 7-4 in the second half … both teams finished with nine shots apiece, and WVU held an 8-3 advantage in corner kicks.

    Notes & Quotes

    WVU has scored at least one goal in 20 of 23 games this season … the Mountaineer defense finished with 13 shutouts on the season, tying the all-time record set in 2006 and 2007 … seven different Mountaineers recorded game-winning goals this season … Blake Miller's goal against Princeton was her team-leading sixth game-winner this season … Miller's 10 scores are more than any WVU freshman in school history … Deana Everrett's multi-goal effort against Virginia was the seventh of her career … Everrett closed her career with 39 goals – good for thirdmost in school history … WVU's season-ending loss snapped West Virginia's nine-match unbeaten streak … West Virginia advanced to its ninth straight NCAA tournament this season, and sixth trip to the NCAA Round of 32 … WVU is 9-9 all-time in NCAA Championship matches … WVU finished the season without a loss at home, going 9-0-2 at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium … no opponent out-shot the WVU offense this season … 11 times this season, the WVU offense registered 20 or more shots in a match … WVU loses eight seniors to graduation: Greer Barnes, Amanda Cicchini, Lisa DuCote, Deana Everrett, Kelsey Fowler, Robin Rushton, Stephanie Burgess and Michelle Molinari.

    This Week in Swimming & Diving

    The Mountaineers will have a break in the season to prepare for the Georgia Invitational which will take place Dec. 5-7 … joining the Mountaineers in Athens, Ga., will be Georgia, California, Clemson, Denver and Harvard.

    Last Week in Swimming & Diving

    The Mountaineers were idle last week.

    Notes & Quotes

    The men's team is currently 3-5, 1-1 in Big East while the women are 3-6 on the season and 1-1 in the conference.

    This Week in Volleyball

    The West Virginia University volleyball team has completed the 2008 season ... the Mountaineers ended with a 7-21, 0-14 Big East record.

    Last week in Volleyball

    The Mountaineers closed out the season going 0-2 this past weekend against Marquette and Syracuse ... the Golden Eagles defeated the Mountaineers in a 3-0 (25-22, 25-17, 25-19) match on Friday, Nov. 14 ... the Orange then swept the Mountaineers in a 3-0 (25-15, 25-14, 25-13) match on Sunday, Nov. 16.

    Notes and Quotes

    Junior outside hitter Abby Raines led the Mountaineers over the weekend with 18 kills and eight digs ... sophomore middle blocker Abby Raines followed with 14 kills and a .300 hitting percentage, while senior middle blocker Tammy Wolf posted 12 kills ... sophomore libero Bonnie West led in digs with 26, with freshmen Kari Post and Michelle Kopecky both recorded 17 a piece ... Post also led in assists with 30.

    This Week in Wrestling

    The West Virginia University wrestling team will compete in two tournaments this weekend … half of the team will travel to the Navy Classic in Annapolis, Md., on Nov. 22 … the other half of the squad will compete in the "Sprawl & Brawl" in Vestal, N.Y., at 9:45 a.m., that same day … in the tournament, the Mountaineers will face Columbia and North Carolina.

    Last Week in Wrestling

    The Mountaineers played host to the 26th annual WVU Open on Nov. 15 … four Mountaineers split two titles, while sophomore Kyle Rooney won the 197-pound title … fifth-year senior David Jauregui and redshirt-freshman Mark Tsikerdanos split the 149-pound crown and freshman Lance Bryson and redshirt-freshman Robert DeSano split the 184-pound title … freshman Daniel Cox (174) and redshirt-freshman Kyle Eason (157) earned third-place finishes in their respective weight classes … in the heavyweight division, freshman Justin Haines and fifth-year senior Dustin Rogers notched three victories apiece.

    Notes & Quotes

    Rooney took the title after a pin fall at 2:07 against Navy's Adam Newton ... Rooney took a first-round 10-6 decision before earning a pin fall just 1:08 into the match against Navy's Charles Carafano to reach the championship bout … one of Haines' victories came by a pin fall at 1:57 against Washington & Jefferson's Kyle Prudence … Tsikerdanos won his first match by a 10-0 major decision against Pitt's Kyle Potton.

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