Barklage Named WVU Athlete of the Week

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  • By Kelly Tuckwiller
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  • November 01, 2010 10:20 AM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Junior women’s soccer player Drea Barklage was named West Virginia University Student-Athlete of the Week today after guiding her team to a shutout victory in WVU’s BIG EAST quarterfinal match.

A St. Louis, Mo., native, Barklage helped the Mountaineers post their 11th shutout of the season to keep WVU’s win streak intact – a new school record. She was outstanding in front of the net, limiting Rutgers starting forwards to only three shots on-goal.

Barklage also contributed a shot in the victory as WVU advances to the BIG EAST Championship finals for the sixth straight season. She and her teammates have allowed only 15goals in 19 matches this season.

This Week in Cross Country
The team will not compete this weekend, but will prepare over the next two weeks for the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regionals in University Park, Pa.

Last Week in Cross Country
The Mountaineers finished in fifth place with 149 points at the BIG EAST Championships in Syracuse behind only No. 1 Villanova, No. 5 Georgetown, No. 8 Syracuse and No. 13 Providence ... sophomore Katie Gillespie finished in 10th place overall (21:17) to lead the team, earning all-BIG EAST honors in the process ... junior Sarah-Anne Brault also had a nice performance, arriving in 22nd place (21:46) ... junior Ahna Lewis, senior Maria Dalzot and redshirt freshman Sarah Martinelli also provided points for the team.

Notes & Quotes
The regional will take place at the same course the team ran on two weeks ago at the Penn State National ... the Mountaineers are now 60-12 on the season.

“Pride is what I feel for this group.” – coach Sean Cleary on his team’s performace at the BIG EAST Championships

This Week in Men’s Soccer
The Mountaineers will host USF on Wednesday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m., in the first round of the BIG EAST Championship … the winner will then travel to Louisville on Saturday, Nov. 6, for a quarterfinal matchup.

Last Week in Men’s Soccer
The Mountaineers registered a 1-1-0 mark this past week with a win against Marquette, 3-0, and a loss against Providence, 1-0 … junior Franck Tayou had two goals and an assist against the Golden Eagles, while sophomore Shadow Sebele also had a goal and an assist … senior Dan Hagey and sophomore Travis Pittman each had assists.

Notes & Quotes
Redshirt senior Zach Johnson is only one shutouts away from tying Nick Noble (37) for the most shutouts in a career at WVU … Johnson broke the all-time minutes played record in the loss to Providence … the Mountaineers are now 26-0-2 when scoring two or more goals under coach Marlon LeBlanc’s watch.

This Week in Women’s Soccer
The Mountaineers travel to Yurcak Field in Piscataway, N.J., for the 2010 BIG EAST Championship to face Connecticut on Friday, Nov. 5, at 5 p.m. … the other semifinal match features USF versus Marquette – making the final four all teams from the conference’s American Division … the championship finals are scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 5, at noon … all three games of the 2010 Women’s Soccer BIG EAST Championship will be televised on CBS College Sports.

Last Week in Women’s Soccer
A header from Blake Miller was the difference in leading the 18th-ranked West Virginia women’s soccer team past visiting Rutgers, 1-0, in BIG EAST quarterfinal action on Oct. 31 … the victory advances the Mountaineers into the BIG EAST semifinals for the sixth-straight season … freshman forward Frances Silva created WVU’s scoring chance in the 54th minute by taking the ball to the end line, beating a Rutgers defender, before finding Miller on a pass into the middle of the box … Miller’s goal was her team-leading 10th of the season and 23rd of her career … the Mountaineer defense was stout in picking up their 11th shutout of the season, led by center backs Drea Barklage and Erica Henderson … WVU held Rutgers to only three shots on-goal, and only one shot attempt from its starting forwards.

Notes & Quotes
WVU’s win over Rutgers marked the program’s 10th straight victory – a school record … West Virginia is now 11-8-4 all-time in BIG EAST Championship matches, including a 5-1-2 mark in its last eight tournament games … goalkeeper Kerri Butler owns 41 career shutouts … the Mountaineers are 18-2-1 when Blake Miller scores a goal … Frances Silva has scored at least one point in four of the last five matches … eight different Mountaineers have recorded a game-winning goal in 2010 … Miller’s goal on Sunday was the second of her career in league tournament play … WVU went 1-1-1 against the remaining teams in the BIG EAST Championship field.

This Week in Rifle
The No. 1-ranked WVU rifle team (1-1) opens its Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) season and welcomes No. 16 Memphis on Saturday, Nov. 6, for an 8 a.m. shoulder-to-shoulder match at the WVU Rifle Range … the Mountaineers will play host to No. 7 Murray State the next day, also at 8 a.m., at the range.

Last Week in Rifle
The Mountaineers did not compete last week.

Notes and Quotes
After opening the 2010-11 season with a victory over Ohio State on Oct. 16, the Mountaineers lost, 4675-4663, to No. 2-ranked TCU on Oct. 24, at the WVU Rifle Range … the defeat snapped an 18-match regular season win streak … WVU and Memphis did not meet last year, as their regular-season match was cancelled due to inclement weather … the Mountaineers did earn a victory over the Tigers, as the teams’ NCAA qualifying match scores were used instead of a rescheduled match … WVU went undefeated in the GARC last year and won the regular-season and postseason titles.

This Week in Rowing
The West Virginia University rowing team will continue racing on Nov. 6, as it travels to Fairfax Station, Va., to compete at the Head of the Occoquan.

Last Week in Rowing
The Mountaineers traveled to Philadelphia, Pa., to compete at the Head of the Schuylkill regatta, where they finished with three boats in the top ten of their respective races.

Notes and Quotes
In the women’s open four event, WVU had both entries finish in the top seven out of 34 boats … WVU’s ‘A’ boat made up of Jenelle Spencer, Hilary Meale, Rachelle Purych, Courtney Schrand and coxswain Sarah Cartwright took fifth with a time of 17:00.54 … the Mountaineers’ ‘B’ boat, consisting of Danielle Widecrantz, Jessica Kelly, Alita Meyers, Karen Verwey and coxswain Morgan Leach, closely followed with a seventh-place finish (17:08.19) … in the women’s open championship event, WVU’s ‘A’ boat made up of Rachelle Purych, Alita Meyers, Jessica Kelly, Shannon Gribbons, Rachel Viglianco, Jeannine McCarty, Karen Verwey, Courtney Schrand and coxswain Anastasia DuPont took seventh out of 21 entries, as it crossed the line at 15:51.53 … the Mountaineers’ ‘B’ boat finished last with a time of 17:40.53 … Gribbons and Viglianco represented the Mountaineers in the women’s heavy singles competition and finished with impressive times of 18:56.54 and 19:50.50, respectively.

This Week in Swimming & Diving
Both teams will be on the road this weekend taking on Louisville on Friday, Nov. 6, at 5 p.m. … the Mountaineers will then travel to Cincinnati on Saturday, Nov. 7, for an 11 a.m. meet.

Last Week in Swimming & Diving
Both teams were idle.

Notes and Quotes
Last season both teams fell to Louisville at home after both teams had defeated Cincinnati at home the previous day.

This Week in Volleyball
The West Virginia University volleyball team returns to the WVU Coliseum this weekend with a 2 p.m. match against No. 21 Cincinnati on Saturday, Nov. 6, and a 2 p.m. match against Louisville on Sunday, Nov. 7.

Last Week in Volleyball
The Mountaineers (14-12, 4-6 BIG EAST) dropped two-straight conference matches last weekend … on Friday, Oct. 29, WVU fell in a 3-0 (16-25, 20-25, 13-25) match to Marquette … then, on Sunday, Oct. 31, the Mountaineers fell in a hard fought 3-2 (25-18, 17-25, 21-25, 25-21,10-15) match to Syracuse.

Notes and Quotes
Senior middle blocker Lauren Evans led the Mountaineers over the weekend with 21 kills and five total blocks … on the season, Evans leads WVU with 240 kills on a .302 hitting percentage … junior outside hitter Serinna Russo also had a good weekend with 18 kills and 29 digs, including a double-double against Syracuse with 11 kills and 23 digs … junior setter Kari Post recorded 74 assists on the weekend, while senior libero Bonnie West posted 32 digs.

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