WVU Varsity Sports Report

WVU senior outside hitter Kristina Gallahan has been named WVU Student Athlete of the Week after posting her second-straight 30-kill weekend as the Mountaineers went 2-0 overall and 1-0 in Big East play with wins over Villanova (3-1) and Youngstown State (3-1).

In pursuit of a Big East tournament bid, Gallahan paced WVU with 14 kills, seven digs and four service aces in a crucial 3-1 home win over the Wildcats on Friday.

At Youngstown State, the Mooresville, Ohio, native posted 16 kills for a .325 hitting percentage, leading WVU to a 3-1 victory.

Last week, Gallahan became the first WVU volleyball player in over two years to be named to the Big East honor roll after posting a 4.25 kills-per-set average on 34 kills in the Mountaineers' win at UConn (3-1) and loss at St. John's (1-3).

Special Notes of the Week

  • WVU plays host to the Big East Men's Soccer Championship at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium this weekend, with semifinal matches scheduled for Friday, Nov. 13, at 3 and 5:30 p.m., and the championship match slated for Sunday, Nov. 15, at noon.

  • The West Virginia University women's soccer team will start its quest for the 2009 NCAA College Cup against Loyola University Maryland in the opening round of NCAA tournament Friday, Nov. 13, at W. Dennie Spry Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C.

    This Week in Cross Country

    The No. 4 West Virginia University cross country team returns to action on Nov. 14, as it competes in the NCAA Regionals in Princess Anne, Md. … the race is set to start at 1:15 p.m. ... the Mountaineers are looking to continue their success after taking first place last season at the regional.

    Last Week in Cross Country

    The Mountaineers took second place at the Big East Championship held at the Wayne E. Dannehl National XC Course in Milwaukee, Wis., on Oct. 31 … WVU earned the spot for the second-straight year … Villanova took first with 30 points, while WVU followed with 74, Syracuse with 84, Georgetown with 92 and Providence with 108.

    Notes and Quotes

    Senior Clara Grandt led the Mountaineers at the conference championship with a fifth place overall finish, as she crossed the line at 21:20 … seniors Marie-Louise Asselin and Keri Bland followed in seventh (21:26) and 13th (21:46), respectively … juniors Kate Harrison and Kaylyn Christopher also raced well, as Harrison finished 21st (22:00) and Christopher crossed the line in 28th (22:19) … juniors Jessica O'Connell and Maria Dalzot competed and finished in 30th (22:20) and 35th (22:27).

    This Week in Rifle

    The No. 1-ranked Mountaineers open their home season and play host to Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) foe and No. 5-ranked Army on Saturday, Nov. 14, at 8 a.m., at the WVU Rifle Range.

    Last Week in Rifle

    The Mountaineers were idle last week ... the reigning national champions earned top billing in the first College Rifle Coaches Association (CRCA) Poll of the 2009-10 season, marking the third time in nine months the Mountaineers have been ranked No. 1, as the team earned the top spot in the Feb. 9, 2009, poll, its first No. 1 ranking in over a decade, and at the conclusion of the 2008-09 season.

    Notes and Quotes

    The Mountaineers' (4-0, 1-0 GARC) match with the Black Knights will mark their first official competition since winning at Akron (4665-4560) on Oct. 18 ... WVU earned a 4659-4616 victory at then-defending GARC Champion Army last season ... the victory snapped a three-match losing streak to the Black Knights ... the Mountaineers hold a 29-10 series advantage over Army ... WVU enters this weekend's match having won each of its discipline matches this season.

    This Week in Men's Soccer

    The Mountaineers are not competing.

    Last Week in Men's Soccer

    WVU lost to Rutgers, 2-0, in the first round of the Big East Tournament on Nov. 4 … RU scored both of its goals in the first half … the Scarlet Knights' Ibrahim Kamara tallied the first score of the game at the five minute mark … RU's Dan Parr scored the second and final goal in the 32nd minute, with Robbie McLarney earning the assist.

    Notes and Quotes

    The Mountaineers outshot the Scarlet Knights, 18-12, and also held a 9-5 advantage in corner kicks … WVU's shot total was its second highest of the season … freshman Travis Pittman finished the match with a game-high five shots … senior Gift Maworere recorded four shots in the loss … redshirt junior goalkeeper Zach Johnson recorded five saves … eight Mountaineers played all 90 minutes in the loss.

    "It was very difficult. We made two major mistakes. It's not something you anticipate. I thought they were significantly stronger, more physical, knocked us off 50/50 challenges, and the chances that we did have, we didn't capitalize on. There were a couple of chances where the ball is bouncing around in the box and they were beating us to it. We put a couple wide and their goalkeeper made two big saves to keep the game scoreless. I thought giving up those two goals early on really changed the entire game." - coach Marlon LeBlanc

    This Week in Women's Soccer

    West Virginia has completed regular season and Big East tournament play, and moves on to the NCAA tournament.

    Last Week in Women's Soccer

    The 24th-ranked WVU women's soccer team dropped its Big East semifinal match, 1-0, to 10th-ranked Marquette on Nov. 6 in Storrs, Conn. … the Golden Eagles took advantage of a questionable call in the 27th minute, scoring a goal on a free kick by MU's Rachel Sloan … WVU turned up the heat offensively in the second half as forward Megan Mischler nearly scored the equalizer in the 49th minute … forward Blake Miller and midfielder Bri Rodriguez each has solid chances in the second half as well … MU came out strong and had the better play for the majority of the first half … both teams finished with 11 shots on the night and neither team attempted a corner kick … Mischler finished with a game-high five shots for WVU while goalkeeper Kerri Butler made six saves … Rodriguez was named to the Big East Championship all-tournament team for her efforts … the Golden Eagles earned their first win-ever over the Mountaineers and have now split matches this season … WVU posted a 1-0 win in Morgantown on Sept. 24 during the regular season … five players earned all-Big East recognition on Nov. 5 at the annual Big East awards banquet held at the Hilton Hartford Hotel … senior Carolyn Blank was named to the all-Big East first team for the second-straight season, while senior Nicole Mailloux and junior Mischler earned third team honors, and freshmen Rodriguez and Caroline Szwed were named to the all-Rookie team.

    Notes and Quotes

    All-American midfielder Carolyn Blank set the school record for most career matches played with 90, passing former All-American Amanda Cicchini … MU's win over WVU was its first-ever in six tries … All-American forward Katie Barnes earned WVU's first all-Big East first team selection in 2002 … since then, 10 different Mountaineers have earned 19 first team all-conference honors.

    This Week in Swimming & Diving

    The West Virginia University swimming and diving teams will continue their Big East seasons when they travel to Villanova on Friday, Nov. 13, for a 5 p.m. race … the women will then travel to Rutgers the following day for a 1 p.m. race with the Scarlet Knights.

    Last Week in Swimming & Diving

    Both teams took wins against Cincinnati on Friday, Nov. 6, at the WVU Natatorium … the Mountaineer men defeated the Bearcats, 120-98, while the women earned a 122-97 victory … the following day, each team fell to nationally ranked Louisville … the Cardinal men posted a 187-113 victory over the Mountaineers, while the Louisville women earned a 200-97 decision … Hugh Simmonds, Matt O'Neill, Jared Goldthorpe and Brandon Robinson led WVU with first-place finishes, while Mandie Nugent, Kayla Andrews and Rachael Burnett earned titles for the women.

    Notes and Quotes

    "We swam pretty relaxed and Cincinnati had quite a few people they had to leave home because of the flu. I think they were in a tough situation, but we had the opportunity to use these swims to help us swim well (in the future)." - coach Vic Riggs

    This Week in Volleyball

    The West Virginia University volleyball team (16-12, 5-7 Big East) returns to home play on Saturday, Nov. 14, with a 2 p.m. match against Rutgers and on Sunday, Nov. 15, with a noon match against Seton Hall at the WVU Coliseum.

    Last Week in Volleyball

    The Mountaineers went 2-0 last weekend after defeating Big East competitor Villanova in a 3-1 (28-26, 21-25, 25-17, 25-11) match and Youngstown State in a 3-1 (25-13, 12-25, 25-29, 25-13) match … also last week, senior outside hitter Kristina Gallahan became the first WVU volleyball player to earn conference honor roll honors in two years.

    Notes and Quotes

    Gallahan once again led the Mountaineers with her second-straight 30 kill weekend, as she posted 30 kills, a .267 hitting percentage and four service aces in the two wins … sophomore setter Kari Post also had a good showing with 77 assists, 20 digs and 10 kills … in the match against the Wildcats, Post recorded her 12th double-double of the season with 14 digs and 42 assists … junior libero Bonnie West led with 49 digs, giving her a 6.12 dig-per-set average … as a team, the Mountaineers improved their overall hitting percentage this weekend and hit above .200 … against Villanova, the Mountaineers hit .202 … they then posted a .244 hitting clip against Youngstown State.

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