Varsity Sports Report

WVU men's soccer player Uwem Etuk has been named athlete of the week for his efforts in the Mountaineers' opening weekend of Big East play.

A Herndon, Va., native, Etuk started WVU's first two leagues matches in 2009 and scored the game-winning goal at Cincinnati on Sept. 20. Etuk dribbled around two defenders and slid the ball just inside the left post to give WVU a 1-0 lead - one it would not relinquish. He nearly recorded his second goal of the contest after receiving a pass from freshman Moeryhan "Peabo" Doue.

Atop the 18-yard box, Etuk sent a blast that sailed just over the net. Against No. 16/13-ranked Louisville on Sept. 18, Etuk recorded one shot. Etuk is one of three Mountaineers to at least have one goal this season.

Special Notes of the Week

  • WVU rifle senior Bryant Wallizer and newcomer, junior Nicco Campriani, will compete at the 2009 Champion of Champions Match, Sept. 22-27, in Fort Benning, Ga.

  • The schedule for the second annual Big Ten/Big East Challenge, hosted by the St. Petersburg/Clearwater Sports Commission, has been finalized and announced by API Marketing. The WVU baseball team begins the inter-conference challenge with a matchup against Indiana on Feb. 26, 2010, at 1 p.m. at Jack Russell Stadium. The Mountaineers started their 2009 season by defeating the Hoosiers, 14-4, at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Fla.

    This Week in Men's Soccer

    WVU will face its biggest test to-date, in league action, as the Mountaineers play host to No. 5/9 USF on Friday, Sept. 25 … WVU has won two of the last three meetings … kickoff at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium is at 8 p.m. … two days later, on Sept. 27, WVU welcomes DePaul … start time is set for 4 p.m.

    Last Week in Men's Soccer

    WVU went 1-1 in its opening weekend of Big East play … the Mountaineers lost their league-opener at No. 16/13 Louisville, 2-0, on Sept. 18 … WVU regained its composure and posted a 2-0 victory at Cincinnati on Sept. 20 … freshman Uwem Etuk beat two defenders and slid a shot past the goalkeeper for the first score of his career and first goal of the game … sophomore Alex Silva tacked on an insurance score in the 79th minute … after freshman Abel "Shadow" Sebele sent a header into the left corner of the 18-yard box, Silva was able to outrun a defender, slide the ball around the goalkeeper and rip a shot into an open net for the score … Sebele earned an assist – the first of his career – on the play.

    Notes and Quotes

    Senior Jason Bristol and Sebele each recorded two shots in the loss at UofL … four other Mountaineers registered a shot in the contest against the Cardinals … goalkeeper Zach Johnson made five saves against Cincinnati en route to his third shutout this season … freshman Matt Strauss made his first career appearance in the Old Gold and Blue against UC … sophomore Ruben Garrido earned his first start of the season against Cincinnati … senior Gift Maworere earned his 64th and 65th career starts this weekend and moved into sole possession of eighth place in the WVU record books for career starts … he needs one more start to tie Andrew Halsell (66 starts) for seventh place. "I don't think it was our best performance of the year, but it was our most productive. We fought and scraped and we didn't let a bigger Cincinnati team dictate the tempo of play. I thought the guys did a good job of capitalizing on opportunities, and at the end of the day, we got a good result." - coach Marlon LeBlanc

    This Week in Cross Country

    The No. 4 West Virginia University cross country team is idle this week … 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 tied for first place with Big East foe Louisville on Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Midwest Open on the campus of Wisconsin-Parkside, in Kenosha, Wis. ... individually, senior Clara Grandt finished first overall.

    Notes and Quotes

    Grandt, a West Union, W.Va., native, crossed the line in 17:00.1, 19 seconds before Louisville's Tarah McKay (17:19.4) … senior Karly Hamric and redshirt freshman Sarah-Anne Brault also raced well, finishing in sixth (18:04.7) and seventh (18:05.3) place, respectively ... Morgantown native Ahna Lewis followed in ninth place (18:27.9) … redshirt sophomore Stephanie Caruso had a strong race, finishing 20th with a time of 18:45.4.

    This Week in Women's Soccer

    Next up for the Mountaineers is a home match against Big East foe Marquette on Thursday, Sept. 24 … kickoff at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium is scheduled for 7 p.m. … WVU finishes the weekend with a trip to USF on Sept. 27 at 1 p.m.

    Last Week in Women's Soccer

    The No. 25 WVU women's soccer team dominated play in its BIG EAST opener against Pitt on Sept. 18, but left with little to show in a 1-1 draw … All-America midfielder Carolyn Blank put the team on the board first with a goal at the 15:58 mark … the Panthers responded with a goal in the 31st minute after a breakdown by the WVU defense following a corner kick … after a back-and-forth opening half, WVU dominated the final 65 minutes, finishing with a 24-8 shot advantage … WVU's starting forwards – Bry McCarthy, Blake Miller and Megan Mischler – combined for 14 shots … WVU posted a 9-1 shot edge in the two overtimes … junior midfielder Ashtin Larkin could not have picked a better time to score her first career goal in a Mountaineer uniform, pushing WVU out of an offensive funk to post a 1-0 win over visiting Tennessee on Sept. 20 … Larkin's goal came at the 61:29 mark on a blast from 16 yards out following a corner kick that was punched back into play … WVU was hot offensively, firing seven shots on-goal in the first 24 minutes of the contest … WVU finished with a season high 27 shots and tied a season-best with 11 shots on-goal … WVU hit two posts and the crossbar on the afternoon … WVU's defense was stout, limiting Tennessee to only one shot on-goal, which did not come until three minutes left in the match.

    Notes and Quotes

    WVU played its fifth overtime match this season … over the past two games, the Mountaineers have outshot their opponents 51-15, including a 21-2 mark on shots on-goal ... the Pitt and UT matches marked the third and fourth times this season a Mountaineer opponent had registered just one shot on-goal.

    This Week in Tennis

    The Mountaineers are set to travel to West Point, N.Y., Sept. 25-27, for the ECAC Army Invitational.

    Last Week in Tennis: WVU competed in the Stony Brook Classic and landed several wins in the singles competition.

    Notes and Quotes

    In the singles competition, the Mountaineers landed three titles and two runner-up spots … senior Gabriela Blaskovicova won the singles flight ‘B' draw … sophomore Veronica Cardenas captured the title for flight ‘C' … senior Kathryn Haught finished first in flight ‘D' … sophomore Catie Wickline finished second to Haught, earning WVU the top two spots in the flight ‘D' consolation … redshirt junior Monique Burton finished as the runner-up in the flight ‘A' competition. "We tried a lot of different doubles combinations without much continuity, so we look forward to the formation of solid doubles teams as we get further into the season." - coach Marc Walters

    This Week in Volleyball

    The West Virginia University volleyball team (10-4) is set to return to action on Wednesday, Sept. 23, with a 7 p.m. match at Marshall … the Mountaineers will then begin Big East play at the WVU Coliseum with a 2 p.m. match against Syracuse on Saturday, Sept. 26, and a 1 p.m. match against Marquette on Sunday.

    Last Week in Volleyball

    The Mountaineers went 3-1 to take first place last weekend at the WVU Classic with wins over Wright state (3-2), Princeton (3-1) and George Mason (3-2) ... the team also lost to Duquesne (1-3) … junior Lauren Evans led the squad, as she was named tournament MVP, while juniors Bonnie West and Andrea Miller were added to the all-tournament team.

    Notes and Quotes

    Evans led with 55 kills and a .339 hitting percentage, while also posting 16 blocks and a team high eight service aces … in Sunday's match against George Mason, Evans posted an outstanding 16 kills with a .536 hitting percentage … West also had a good weekend with 101 digs, including a career-high 38 in a four set match against Princeton … sophomore setter Kari Post led with 183 assists and 46 digs, including three double-doubles and a season high 53 assists against George Mason.

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