VSR: Miller Named Student-Athlete of the Week

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  • By Daniel Whitehead
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  • September 19, 2011 11:58 AM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Senior forward Blake Miller has been named West Virginia University’s Student-Athlete of the Week for her performance in a perfect 2-0 weekend to open BIG EAST Conference action.

The St. Louis, Mo., native totaled five points against a pair of 2010 NCAA tournament teams. She scored the game winner in double overtime at USF, including a season-high 93 minutes in the road win.

Yesterday, Miller recorded the first multi-point game of the season with one goal and one assist in an upset win over No. 8 Marquette. She scored her team-leading fourth goal of the season and 27th of her career against Marquette, which featured the reigning BIG EAST Goalkeeper and Defensive Players of the Year.

WVU Athletes of the Week
Fall 2011
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
Week 5: Blake Miller, Women’s Soccer

This Week in Cross Country
The No. 24 Mountaineers travel to Toledo, Ohio to compete at the Inter-Regional Bubble Buster on Friday, Sept. 23 ... the 4k race is slated to begin at 5:30 p.m.

Last Week in Cross Country
The Mountaineers were idle.

Notes & Quotes
This is the first time the Mountaineers will compete at the Inter-Regional Bubble Buster ... West Virginia kicked off the 2011 season by traveling to the Maryland Eastern Shore Lid-Lifter Invitational on Sept. 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 Mountaineers retained their No. 5 spot in the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional rankings released by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches of America poll today ... the next USTFCCCA national rankings will be released Tuesday.

This Week in Men’s Soccer
The Mountaineers will begin BIG EAST play at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium with a match against USF on Sunday, Sept. 25, at 3:30 p.m. … the game will be televised nationally by CBS Sports Network and has been designated as a “Dollar Day.”

Last Week in Men’s Soccer
West Virginia went 2-0-0 with a 4-1 win over Richmond on Friday and a 3-1 win over Duquesne on Sunday ... WVU out-shot its opponents 20-8 and had a 21-4 corner kick edge.

Notes and Quotes
Junior Shadow Sebele led the Mountaineers offensively, finishing the weekend with two goals and three assists for seven points … both of his goals were game winners and he is now second all-time in career assists at WVU … junior Peabo Doue and freshman Andy Bevin each had five points apiece, each scoring two goals with one assist … junior Travis Pittman had two assists, while senior Raymon Gaddis and juniors Eric Schoenle and Uwem Etuk each had one assist … junior Justin Holmes went 2-0-0 in net, making five saves.

This Week in Women’s Soccer
Next up for WVU is a pair of home BIG EAST matches on Sept. 23 against Seton Hall and a Sept. 25 meeting with Rutgers, a match that will be televised on CBS Sports Network … WVU’s match with the Scarlet Knights is a dollar day with $1 admission and select concessions.

Last Week in Women’s Soccer
A late goal in regulation from Drea Barklage and penalty kick from Blake Miller in double overtime rallied visiting West Virginia past USF, 2-1, to open BIG EAST Conference play on Sept. 15 in Tampa … in the second overtime, West Virginia earned a free kick in front of its bench, leading to a scoring chance and take down in the box … Frances Silva was pulled down on a scoring try to earn a penalty kick for Miller, who calmly converted the kick at 104:03 for the game winner … WVU recorded a season-high 11 corner kicks while USF was held without one … the Bulls were credited with an 18-10 shot advantage, although only five were on-goal … the Mountaineers played their most complete match of the season in scoring a 3-1 win over No. 8 Marquette on Sept. 18 at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium … the win marked WVU’s seventh-straight season defeating a Top 10 opponent … the Mountaineers have won four-straight matches.

Notes & Quotes
WVU wore pink Nike jerseys against Marquette and presented a check for $12,650 to the Betty Puskar Breast Cancer Fund at the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center … the WVU women’s soccer team has raised more than $72,000 over the past eight years to help fight breast cancer … the Mountaineers improve to 6-1-1 all-time against USF … coach Nikki Izzo-Brown received her 225th career victory (16 years at WVU, 1 year at WV Wesleyan) in win over USF … Marquette had its 16-match conference win streak snapped … Blake Miller has scored a goal in three-straight matches as WVU moves to 22-2-1 all-time when she scores a goal … the Mountaineers improve to 6-2 all-time against the Golden Eagles, including a 4-0 mark at Dick Dlesk.

This Week in Tennis
WVU will have the week off in preparation for the Wake Forest Invitational, which is a three-day event, that begins on Sept. 30.

Last Week in Tennis
The Mountaineers competed in the UNC-Wilmington Collegiate Invitational.

Notes and Quotes
Melis Tanik was the most successful Mountaineer during the course of the UNCW Collegiate Invitational ... the sophomore recorded three singles victories as well as being a part of two doubles victories ... freshman Ikttesh Chahal also gained valuable experience in the first action of her collegiate career.

“Melis (Tanik) was tremendous all weekend. It is obvious that she put in a lot of hard work over the summer. She has completely changed the makeup of her game.” - coach Tina Samara

This Week in Volleyball
The Mountaineers are set to begin conference play this weekend where the team will take on BIG EAST foes Rutgers and Seton Hall. WVU will face the Scarlet Knights, Friday, at 7 p.m. and the Pirates, Sunday, at 2 p.m. at the WVU Coliseum.

Last Week in Volleyball
WVU did not compete.

Notes and Quotes
Senior libero Serinna Russo finished out pre-conference action by being named to the WVU Volleyball Mountaineer Invitational and the UK Invitational all-tournament teams … the Riverside, Calif., native currently leads the team with 210 digs and is tied with senior outside hitter Michelle Kopecky with eight service aces … senior setter Kari Post was named to the WVU Volleyball Mountaineer Invitational team … Post currently leads the team with 278 assists and is second on the team with 105 digs.


Blake Miller, WVU