WVU Varsity Sports Report

Junior middle blocker Lauren Evans has been named WVU Athlete of the Week for her efforts in aiding the Mountaineers to a second-place finish at the Denver Invitational this past weekend.

Evans led the Mountaineers to a 3-1 record with wins over Eastern Illinois (3-0), Air Force (3-0) and Southern Utah (3-0), and paced the team in a close loss to tournament host Denver (2-3). The Canyon Lake, Calif., native was named to the all-tournament team after posting a total of 36 kills, 13 digs and a team high 17 blocks over the course of the tournament. In the match against Denver, Evans led the team with a season high 10 kills and six blocks.

Special Notes of the Week

  • Freshman Moeryhan "Peabo" Doue had an impressive debut at DDSS with the men's soccer team, scoring the game-winning goal over Buffalo with 55 seconds left on the clock in the contest's second overtime. The victory was the team's first of the season.

  • At 5-2, the volleyball team is off to its second-best start this decade. The squad opened 2007 at 6-1, and 2005 at 4-3.

    This Week in Men's Soccer

    The Mountaineers head south to Wilmington, N.C., to compete in the North Carolina Wilmington Tournament on Friday, Sept. 11 and Sunday, Sept. 13 … on the first day of the tournament, WVU will play the host Seahawks at 7:30 p.m. … on Sunday, WVU will play Appalachian State at 1 p.m.

    Last Week in Men's Soccer

    The Mountaineers went 1-1-0 this past weekend in the annual WVU/NIKE Classic, presented by Jerseys Subs … the squad's first game of the classic was on Sept. 4, and WVU played host to No. 16-ranked UC-Santa Barbara … although WVU limited the Gauchos to just six shots, three on-goal, WVU fell 2-0 in an extremely close match … senior Ryan Gillespie led the charge with two shots … freshman Raymon Gaddis played stellar defense, stopping all offensive attacks on the right side … WVU rebounded in the second game of the tournament, defeating Buffalo 1-0 in double overtime … freshman Moeryhan "Peabo" Doue scored the game-winning goal with 55 seconds remaining in the final overtime session for his first career score … nearly 1,000 people passed through the gates for WVU's second game of the classic.

    Notes and Quotes

    The WVU fans packed the stands, as 2,938 people - the largest crowd in men's program history – crowded the bleachers to watch WVU on opening night against the Gauchos … the match against Buffalo was an extremely physical one, as 37 fouls and nine cards were handed out over the course of the contest … after allowing three shots in the first half against the Bulls, the WVU defense held its opponenet shotless for the remainder of the match … freshmen Travis Pittman and Nathan Adams earned assists on Doue's game-winning goal … Pittman recorded a game high three shots against Buffalo … senior Gift Maworere earned his 61st career starting nod, tying for ninth place all-time in the WVU annals for career starts … redshirt junior goalkeeper Zach Johnson made one save against Buffalo en route to his 22nd career start … he is third all-time in the WVU record books for career shutouts.

    This Week in Cross Country

    The West Virginia University cross country team is idle this weekend … the Mountaineers are set to return to action on Oct. 2 with a trip to Bethlehem, Pa., for the Paul Shore Invitational.

    Last Week in Cross Country

    The Mountaineers finished second with 50 points at Maryland-Eastern Shore's Lid-Lifter Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 5 ... Maryland (21 points) finished first ... WVU finished in front of St. Joseph (59 points), Wilmington (127 points), UMES (142 points) and Delaware State (158 points).

    Notes and Quotes

    Senior Karly Hamric led the Mountaineers with a second-place finish … the Bruceton Mills, W.Va., native crossed the line at 18:33.30 … sophomore Stephanie Caruso and freshman Hallie Portner also placed well, finishing sixth (19:05.87) and seventh (19:06.85), respectively … the race was the first of Portner's collegiate career … also scoring for the Mountaineers were freshman Aubrey Moskal, who finished 21st (19:52.39), and senior Jamie Cokeley, who placed 26th (20:21.06).

    This Week in Women's Soccer

    The Mountaineers return to action with a trip to Charlottesville, Va., to participate in the Virginia Nike Soccer Classic … WVU will battle No. 8 Virginia on Friday, Sept. 11, at 6 p.m. … the team then plays Dartmouth on Sunday, Sept. 13, at noon.

    Last Week in Women's Soccer

    No. 7/9 WVU netted two goals in each half to post a 4-0 shutout against visiting Duquesne on Sept. 3 … WVU took a 1-0 lead and never looked back, the first strike coming in the 24th minute on a goal from all-BIG EAST forward Megan Mischler … forwards Chelsey Corroto and Bry McCarthy, and defender Erica Henderson completed the scoring for WVU … Kerri Butler and Mallory Beck split time at goalkeeper to preserve the team shutout – its second of the season ... the Mountaineers out-shot the Dukes 15-5 on the night, including a 10-1 shots on-goal margin … despite holding a 23-5 shot advantage, WVU could not find the back of the net, playing to a 0-0 draw in double overtime with visiting Boston U on Sept. 6 … 10 different Mountaineers attempted at least one shot, led by forward Blake Miller who registered a career high six shots … the WVU defense was outstanding, allowing only one shot on-goal the entire match … Henderson was brilliant, making runs up field and getting into the offensive attack, finishing with three shots on the day.

    Notes and Quotes

    WVU out-shot its opponent 38-10 over the weekend … against BU, West Virginia finished with 23 shots, 11 shots on-goal and 11 corner kicks – all season highs … the weekend shutout pushed Butler's career total to 20 … the match with Boston U was televised on WVPBS, the first of three TV matches this season … McCarthy's goal was the first of her career.

    This Week in Tennis

    WVU is idle this week ... the Mountaineers continue their season Sept. 18-20 at the Stony Brook Classic in Stony Brook, N.Y.

    Last Week in Tennis

    The Mountaineers competed against Duquesne, Youngstown State and Morehead State Sept. 6-7, in the seventh annual Martha Thorn Invitational, capturing three titles and two second-place finishes.

    Notes and Quotes

    Flight ‘A' doubles team, senior Stephanie LaFortune and redshirt junior Monique Burton, won 8-2 over Duquesne in the finals and earned the tournament title … Burton also won the flight ‘A' singles championship following her 6-1, 6-2 win over freshman teammate Emily Mathis … Mathis won her first match against Morehead State's Madeleinne Antero 6-2, 6-0, and her semifinal match, 6-2, 5-7 (8), against Youngstown State's Lauren Hankle … sophomore Kathryn Haught and LaFortune competed well in flight ‘B' singles … sophomore Veronica Cardenas and teammate junior Ashley Pilsbury will compete Wednesday, Sept. 9, for the flight ‘C' title ... the match will mark the conclusion of the invitational.

    This Week in Volleyball

    The West Virginia University volleyball team returns to action at the Akron Invitational, Sept. 11-12 ... the Mountaineers' first match is set for 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 11, with Bucknell … the squad will also face tournament host Akron and TCU on Saturday at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., respectively.

    Last Week in Volleyball

    The Mountaineers (5-2) posted a second-place finish at the Denver Invitational, finishing with a 3-1 record … WVU defeated Eastern Illinois 3-0 (32-30, 25-21, 26-24), Air Force 3-0 (25-21, 25-29, 25-22) and Southern Utah 3-0 (25-15, 25-18, 25-18) … the Mountaineers also posted a tough match with tournament host Denver, but fell 2-3 (25-20, 23-25, 14-25, 25-19, 6-15) … juniors Abby Norman and Lauren Evans were named to the all-tournament team for their efforts.

    Notes and Quotes

    Evans was named to the all-tournament team after posting 36 kills with a .265 hitting percentage … she also dominated at the net, recording a team high 17 blocks … Norman led the team with 28 kills and a .321 hitting percentage … sophomore setter Kari Post also had a good weekend with 144 assists, 37 digs and six service aces … also this past weekend, WVU posted a season high 10 blocks in the match with Denver and a season high 10 service aces against Southern Utah ... in each of their wins this season, the Mountaineers have ended the ma

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