WVU Varsity Sports Update

Sophomore women's soccer player Bry McCarthy has been named West Virginia University's athlete of the week for her play over the weekend.

McCarthy, an Ajax, Ontario, native, gave an outstanding all-around effort in WVU's home win over Central Michigan, the MAC preseason favorites. She scored the game-tying goal on free kick late in match – her first of season and fourth of career.

A defender, McCarthy was great in the back line, holding CMU forward Nicole Samuel to zero shots. McCarthy played all 90 minutes and finished with two shots.

Special Notes of the Week

  • The WVU baseball team begins fall practice today and will culminate the season with the 21st annual Gold-Blue World Series on Oct. 16-18 at Hawley Field. Practices are opened to the general public.

  • After a 1-1 showing last weekend at the Save Face WVU Classic, WVU men's soccer players Raymon Gaddis, Eric Schoenle and Allan Flott were all named to the all-tournament team for their efforts.

    This Week in Women's Soccer

    West Virginia returns to action with a two-match tournament in Miami, Fla., Sept. 10-12 … WVU takes on Miami and Florida Atlantic in the Hurricane Cup.

    Last Week in Women's Soccer

    Megan Mischler's finish in front of the goal in the 85th minute gave West Virginia a 2-1 comeback victory over Central Michigan on Sept. 4 … the Mountaineers trailed for roughly 72 minutes before defender Bry McCarthy evened the score with a beautiful free kick in the 78th minute … Central Michigan took an early 1-0 lead in the fifth minute on a shot from midfielder Valerie Prause … the two teams combined for 37 shots (WVU 20, CMU 17), each with several harmless attempts, and 23 fouls (CMU 13, WVU 10) … Mischler attempted a game-best six shots while Prause led CMU with five shot attempts … WVU goalkeeper Kerri Butler worked all 90 minutes between the posts, making seven saves, including six in the second half.

    Notes & Quotes

    The Mountaineers are now 2-0 all-time against the Chippewas … rookie Emily Dillon made her first career start against CMU … Butler picked up her 34th career win against Central Michigan … WVU has won 49 of its last 66 home matches since Dick Dlesk opened in 2004.

    "The ladies did a good job of making adjustments in the second half. Despite being down a goal, the character of this team came through in the end. We fought our way back and beat a very good Central Michigan team." - coach Nikki Izzo-Brown

    This Week in Cross Country

    The No.15 WVU cross country team returns to action this weekend as it travels to Syracuse, N.Y., for a BIG EAST preview meet, hosted by Syracuse.

    Last Week in Cross Country

    The Mountaineers started the season racing to a first-place finish at the WVU Invitational last weekend held at the WVU Agronomy Farm … redshirt sophomore Hallie Portner finished first with a time of 15:02.

    Notes & Quotes

    WVU grabbed the top six spots in the competition, as redshirt sophomore Aubrey Moskal came in second with a time of 15:20, while Jordan Hamric finished in third (15:25) and Chelsea Jarvis and Allison Pettit crossed the line in 15:33 and 15:37, respectively, in fourth and fifth place … senior Jamie Cokeley had a strong start to her final season by arriving in sixth place and was trailed by freshmen Alison Kimble and Lydia Martinelli.

    This Week in Men's Soccer

    The Mountaineers travel to Virginia Beach, Va., to take part in the Stihl Classic hosted by Old Dominion … WVU will face William & Mary on Sept. 10, at 4:30 p.m., and then take on Old Dominion on Sept. 12, at 2:30 p.m.

    Last Week in Men's Soccer

    The Mountaineers registered a 1-1-0 mark this past weekend in the Save Face WVU Classic presented by Jerseys Subs … on Sept. 3, WVU lost to No. 9 Monmouth by a score of 1-0 in double overtime … the Mountaineers out-shot the Hawks, 21-5 and junior Raymon Gaddis played an outstanding all-around game … on Sept. 5, WVU was able to beat No. 17 UNC Wilmington in double overtime, 3-2 … newcomers Allan Flott, Matt Drake and Franck Tayou all recorded goals in the victory.

    Notes & Quotes

    The Mountaineers had 3,250 fans go through the gates this past weekend for their first two games of the regular season … WVU dominated every facet of the Monmouth match and took control of the UNC Wilmington game at the beginning of the second half … Raymon Gaddis, Eric Schoenle and Allan Flott each were named to the all-tournament team … Shadow Sebele currently leads the team in shots with 11, while Franck Tayou has taken nine.

    "It was a deflating loss on Friday to play so well and not get the win. We came out flat today, but in the second half the guys really picked us up. It was a miscommunication that made us chase the game, but we executed the game plan in the second half and we'll take the win." – coach Marlon LeBlanc

    This Week in Tennis

    The West Virginia University women's tennis team opens its season Sept. 10-12, when it hosts the annual Martha Thorn Invitational on the WVU Tennis Courts located behind the WVU Coliseum.

    Last Week in Tennis

    WVU was honored by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) as a 2010 all-academic team for its outstanding academic performance in the 2009-10 season, while five team members were named ITA Scholar Athletes.

    Notes & Quotes

    The Mountaineers concluded their 2010 spring season on April 24, at the BIG EAST Championships in Sound Bend, Ind. … WVU finished with an overall record of 17-7 and 6-2 in BIG EAST competition … WVU's final win to its record during the first round of the championship when it defeated No. 9 seeded Cincinnati, 4-2.

    This Week in Volleyball

    The West Virginia University volleyball team returns to action on Sept. 3-4, for the Black and Gold Challenge hosted by Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, N.C.

    Last Week in Volleyball

    The Mountaineers are now 5-2 on the season, after defeating Army and falling to Charlotte and George Mason last weekend at the Patriot Invitational host by George Mason … WVU defeated the Black Knights in a 3-0 (25-21, 29-27, 25- 14) match and fell to the Patriots 3-0 (21-25, 22-25, 26-24) and the 49ers 3-0 (26-24, 25-20, 25-17).

    Notes & Quotes

    Junior outside hitter Michelle Kopecky was named to the all-tournament team, after posting a team-high 31 kills, 16 digs and six service aces … junior outside hitter Serinna Russo also had a good weekend with 21 kills and 36 digs, including a double-double against George Mason … senior libero Bonnie West posted 40 digs in the tournament, which gives her 1,556 digs in her career … West is currently No. 3 on WVU's all-time digs list and is only five digs away from passing No. 2 on the list, Aurora Ebert-Santos (1,561) … freshman setter Lisa Reidel saw her first career start against Army this weekend and posted 34 assists in the win.

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