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Sebele WVU Athlete of the Week


By Kelly Tuckwiller for WVUsports.com
September 27, 2010 02:04 PM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Sophomore Shadow Sebele has been named the West Virginia University Student-Athlete of the Week for his performance in a 5-0 rout of DePaul on Friday, Sept. 24, in front of a home crowd in the BIG EAST opener.

A Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, native, Sebele scored his first goal of the season on a penalty kick in the 48th minute to make the score 4-0. Earlier, Sebele had assisted on Franck Tayou’s goal in the 17th minute to give the Mountaineers the initial 1-0 lead.

Sebele finished with three shots and one on goal and is now tied for third in the conference in assists with four.

This Week in Cross Country
The Mountaineers did not compete over the weekend ... they last competed at the BIG EAST Preview in Syracuse, N.Y., on Sept. 11, and came away with a third-place finish ... sophomore Kaitlyn Gillespie came in first place overall out of 76 runners in the 5K race.

Last Week in Cross Country
WVU will run at the Notre Dame Invitational in South Bend, Ind., on Friday, Oct. 1.

Notes & Quotes
WVU coach Sean Cleary will utilize this weekend’s race to determine the travel roster for the championship meets later this season ... seniors Kaylyn Christopher, Jessica O’Connell and Kate Harrison may be competing in their first race of the 2010 season, along with several other runners who have yet to compete.

This Week in Men’s Soccer
The Mountaineers will travel to Pittsburgh, Pa., on Wednesday, Sept. 29, for a non-conference matchup with Duquesne … the match will begin at 7:30 p.m. ... WVU will then travel to Washington D.C., for a game against Georgetown on Saturday, Oct. 2 … that game will kickoff at 1 p.m.

Last Week in Men’s Soccer
The Mountaineers registered a 1-0-0 mark this past week in a 5-0 rout of DePaul … the game was also the BIG EAST opener … WVU used goals from Julio Arjona, Peabo Doue, Matt Drake, Shadow Sebele and Franck Tayou to secure the win … Jay Williams also had two assists, while Eric Schoenle, Raymon Gaddis and Sebele all were credited with one assist … Zach Johnson recorded his second-consecutive shutout in net.

Notes & Quotes
West Virginia is now 5-2-0 and has won four-straight games ... Johnson is only four shutouts away from tying Nick Noble for the most shutouts in a career at WVU … the game was the first time since September 2006 that the Mountaineers had scored five goals … Doue is tied for first in the BIG EAST with five goals, while he is in third place in points, with 12.

“Our philosophy is not to sit back. We told the guys to keep pressing, we wanted to continue to score and we put a lot of pressure on their backfield. They’re a good team at keeping the ball and they can move the ball around at times. I didn’t want us to take our foot off the gas and I thought the guys did a good job of continuing to push forward.”
- coach Marlon LeBlanc

This Week in Women’s Soccer
The Mountaineers play three BIG EAST Conference matches this week, beginning with Pitt on Sept. 28, at 7 p.m., at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium … Tuesday is a re-match of an earlier contest that was postponed due to lightning … West Virginia begins a four-match road swing, starting with a trip to Cincinnati on Friday, Oct. 1 … WVU then plays at Louisville on Sunday, Oct. 3.

Last Week in Women’s Soccer
An early goal from Bri Rodriguez was not enough as the women’s soccer team surrendered a 1-0 lead to Marquette, falling 2-1 on Sept. 23, at Valley Fields in Milwaukee … Rodriguez put the Mountaineers on top, 1-0, in the ninth minute as she volleyed a ball past MU goalkeeper Natalie Kulla from 14 yards out … trailing 2-1 at the half, the WVU offense was dangerous, sending several balls across the mouth of the goal but with no result … on Sept. 26, it was a game of missed opportunities for West Virginia and USF at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium … the Mountaineers and Bulls combined for 40 shots with no score in a 0-0 double overtime draw … eleven different Mountaineers combined for 21 shots, led by forward Megan Mischler’s season-high six attempts … six Bulls’ players accounted for 19 shots, including game-high eight shots from forward Chelsea Klotz … goalkeeper Kerri Butler worked all 110 minutes, making five saves in picking up the shutout.

Notes & Quotes
Bri Rodriguez’s goal was the third of the season – tying teammate Mallory Smith for the team lead … Kerri Butler now has 34 career shutouts, leaving her three short of breaking the school’s all-time record … the Bulls were whistled for 20 fouls during the contest, the most by an opposing team this season, and each team was issued two yellow cards … the Mountaineers are now 4-1-1 all-time against the Bulls, including a 2-0-1 mark at Dick Dlesk.

This Week in Tennis
The West Virginia University tennis team will continue action Oct. 1-3, as it travels to Cincinnati, Ohio to compete in the Queen City Classic.

Last Week in Tennis
The Mountaineers traveled to West Point, N.Y., Sept. 24-26, to compete in Army’s Eastern Championships under its new head coach Tina Samara.

Notes & Quotes
Sophomore Emily Mathis made it to the flight ‘B’ finals, where she fell short to UMASS’s Julia Comas in a 6-3, 6-4 match ... freshman Melis Tanik made it to the flight ‘D’ finals after winning 6-2, 6-0 against Pitt’s Adela Aprodu in the quarter-finals and defeating Amherst’s Lauren Slutsky, 7-6(3), 6-3 ... she was then defeated 7-5, 6-0 by UMASS’s Jessica Podlofsky in the finals ... junior Veronica Cardenas made it to the flight ’C’ semi-finals before losing 6-1, 6-2 to Amherst’s Gabby Delvin ... senior Ashley Pilsbury fought for a win in the flight ‘A’ singles competition, but fell short in a 6-1, 6-2 match against Rhode Island’s Pam Emery ... newly paired junior Catie Wickline and freshman Anna Rodionova captured back to back wins over Providence’s Courtney Fuller and Christina Troy (8-2) and Fordham’s Monika Chao and Bethany Boyle (8-3), but the pair was defeated in the consolation finals.

This Week in Volleyball
The WVU volleyball team continues BIG EAST action with road trips to Seton Hall and Rutgers this weekend … the Mountaineers first meet up with Seton Hall in a 2 p.m. match on Saturday, Oct. 2 … they will then complete the weekend with a 2 p.m. match against Rutgers on Sunday, Oct. 3.

Last Week in Volleyball
The Mountaineers (11-6, 1-1) opened their BIG EAST season with matches against Notre Dame and DePaul on Sept. 24 and 26, respectively … WVU fell to Notre Dame in a 3-0 (25-10, 25-19, 28-26) match … the Mountaineers then bounced back to defeat DePaul in a 3-0 (33-31, 25-21, 25-16) match, for their first conference win of the season.

Notes and Quotes
Senior Lauren Evans led the Mountaineers over the weekend with 20 kills and .389 hitting percentage, including 15 kills in the win over DePaul … senior Abby Norman and junior Michelle Kopecky also had a good weekend, as they posted 19 and 18 kills apiece, respectively … senior libero Bonnie West, WVU’s career digs leader, led with 37 digs, and junior Kari Post recorded 73 assists.

“We got back into an offensive rhythm today, which was really nice to see. Kari (Post) did a great job of following our game plan and distributing the ball as such. I also thought we did a great job on team defense. Lauren Evans and Abby Norman did a good job producing in the middle on offense and defense. We are now looking forward to prepping for Seton Hall and Rutgers next weekend.” – Coach Jill Kramer



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