VSR: Lewis Named Student-Athlete of the Week

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  • By Daniel Whitehead
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  • September 12, 2011 02:40 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Senior defender Meghan Lewis has been named West Virginia University’s Student-Athlete of the Week for her performance in an undefeated week with the women’s soccer team.

The Naperville, Ill., native logged all 180 minutes at outside back in a pair of nonconference wins. She helped the defense post back-to-back shutouts – its third and fourth of the season. The Mountaineer defense held both Marshall and High Point to only two shots on goal each.

Against Marshall, Lewis scored her first goal of the season and fifth of career in the victory. Her shot was mis-cleared earlier in the game in leading to an own-goal and 1-0 WVU lead.

WVU Athletes of the Week
Week 1: Erica Henderson, Women’s Soccer
Week 2: Eric Schoenle, Men’s Soccer
Week 3: Andy Bevin, Men’s Soccer
Week 4: Meghan Lewis, Women’s Soccer

This Week in Cross Country
The No. 24 Mountaineers have the week off from competition, but will prepare for the Inter-Regional Bubble Buster in Toledo, Ohio on Friday, Sept. 23.

Last Week in Cross Country
The Mountaineers were idle.

Notes & Quotes
West Virginia kicked off the 2011 season by traveling to the Maryland Eastern Shore Lid-Lifter Invitational on September 3 and came away with a second-place finish with 62 points ... redshirt junior Hallie Portner was the first WVU runner to cross the finish line, ending the 5k race in 18:24 ... the course at Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Anne, Md., is the same site the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regionals will take place on Nov. 12 ... the team will seek its fourth Top 10 national finish in five years this season ... the next United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches of America national rankings will be released Tuesday.

This Week in Men’s Soccer
The Mountaineers return home for a match on Friday, Sept. 16, at 7:30 p.m. with a match against Richmond … the match has been designated as a “Dollar Day” with all tickets, hot dogs, popcorn and Coca-Colas available for just one dollar each … the game will also be a Gold Rush, where fans are encouraged to wear the official 2011 WVU fan shirt to the game for a chance to win a WVU prize pack … area youth soccer teams are also invited to attend in celebration of US Youth Soccer Month … WVU then faces Duquesne at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 18, at 3:30 p.m.

Last Week in Men’s Soccer
West Virginia went 0-1-1 on a road trip to California last weekend … WVU fell Friday to No. 6 UC Santa Barbara by a score of 2-0 … the Mountaineers then traveled to San Luis Obispo to take on Cal Poly to a double-overtime scoreless draw.

Notes and Quotes
Junior goalkeeper Justin Holmes recorded a shutout in his first career start as a Mountaineer by recording nine saves in a double overtime tie with Cal Poly on Sunday afternoon … five Mountaineers recorded one shot apiece in the match … on Friday evening, senior midfielder Matt Drake led WVU with two shots in the 2-0 loss to the Gauchos.

This Week in Women’s Soccer
The Mountaineers return to action with their BIG EAST opener on Thursday, Sept. 15, at USF … Sunday, Sept. 18 is Breast Cancer Awareness Day when West Virginia takes on Marquette at 1 p.m. at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium … fans are encouraged to wear pink as the WVU coaching staff makes a check presentation to the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center … area youth soccer teams are also invited to attend in celebration of US Youth Soccer Month.

Last Week in Women’s Soccer
WVU needed goals from Emily Dillon and Meghan Lewis, and used a strong effort from its reserves, in posting a 3-0 shutout against visiting Marshall on Sept. 5 … West Virginia created some offensive pressure that led to its first goal in the 13th minute on an own-goal off a Lewis shot … the Mountaineers added to their lead in the 34th minute on Dillon’s first goal of the season … WVU completed its scoring on Lewis’ first goal of the season in the 59th minute … twenty different Mountaineers saw action on the afternoon, including first career minutes for Erin Brown, Ali Connelly and Ashley Ramsey … WVU outshot Marshall 16-11 and a held a 6-4 corner kick edge … forward Blake Miller’s first-half goal pushed West Virginia past visiting High Point, 1-0, yesterday … the teams outlasted the weather, finishing the contest despite two lightning delays totaling one hour and 55 minutes … Miller put the Mountaineers on the board in the 38th minute on a ball sent into the middle by Erica Henderson and flicked on by Katie Lenz.

Notes & Quotes
Blake Miller scored her 25th career goal in a 1-0 win over High Point … WVU is 20-2-1 all-time when Miller scores a goal … Sara Keane is just the fourth Mountaineer goalkeeper to record consecutive shutouts as a freshman in the program’s 16-year history (Haire, Bannerman, Butler, Keane) … all four game-winning goals have come in the first half of play … coach Nikki Izzo-Brown needs one more victory for her 225th career win (16 years at WVU, 1 year at WV Wesleyan) … nine different Mountaineers have recorded a goal this season … HPU is WVU’s 83rd different opponent.

This Week in Tennis
WVU will travel to UNC-Wilmington to square off in singles action against the Seahawks on Sept. 16.

Last Week in Tennis
The Mountaineers did not compete.

Notes and Quotes
In Samara’s first year at the helm, the Mountaineers finished with an 8-14 record overall. The top returners for the Mountaineers are sophomore Mary Chupa, junior Emily Mathis and senior Veronica Cardenas. Chupa led the team with 13 singles’ wins last season.

“The fall is all individual, but it gives a good idea of what we are going to be as a team. It also gives us a chance to see how the new kids are going to compete under pressure. You can beat a player that doesn’t have a ranking in the fall, but if they continue to do well and become ranked, you then have a top 50 win. You never know who you are matching up against and what kind of win that may turn out to be.” - coach Tina Samara

This Week in Volleyball
The Mountaineers are idle.

Last Week in Volleyball
The Mountaineers are now 2-9 on the season after dropping all three matches at the University of Kentucky Invitational ... WVU lost to Houston 3-1 (20-25, 25-20, 19-25, 18-25), Loyola Marymount 3-0 (15-25, 15-25, 19-25) and Kentucky 3-0 (18-25, 22-25, 24-26).

Notes and Quotes
Senior libero Serinna Russo was named to the University of Kentucky Invitational all-tournament team … the Riverside, Calif., native recorded one service ace, 61 digs and 6.10 digs per set … Russo is No. 2 in the BIG EAST with 210 digs and No. 3 in digs per set with 5.53 … freshman Halle Kearney led the Mountaineers this weekend with 21 kills and 2.10 kills per set … senior setter Kari Post recorded her fifth double-double of the season against Houston … the Yuba City, Calif. native posted 21 assists and 12 digs against the Cougars.