VSR: Kopecky Named Student-Athlete of the Week

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  • By Daniel Whitehead
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  • September 26, 2011 12:14 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Senior outside hitter Michelle Kopecky has been named the West Virginia University Student-Athlete of the Week for helping lead the volleyball team to a 1-1 BIG EAST Conference start.

The Schaumburg, Ill., native, led the team with 26 kills and 3.71 kills per set. She also recorded eight service aces in the two matches, which put her tied for first in BIG EAST competition this weekend. In the Mountaineers’ win over Rutgers, Kopecky posted a season- and career-high hitting percentage of .400, with 10 kills and only two errors. Kopecky chipped in a season-high 16 kills against Seton Hall, which also tied her career-high.

As a team, the Mountaineers posted a season-high 17 service aces, 89 kills and 113 digs in a 3-0 win over Rutgers and 3-1 loss to Seton Hall.

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
Week 6: Michelle Kopecky, Volleyball

This Week in Cross Country
The No. 19 Mountaineers travel to Louisville, Ky., to compete at the Greater Louisville Cross Country Classic ... the 5k race is slated to begin at 10:15 a.m.

Last Week in Cross Country
West Virginia traveled to Toledo, Ohio, to compete at the Inter-Regional Bubble Buster and came away with a second-place finish at the 4k race ... the Mountaineers scored 57 points at the event with three runners placing in the top 10 ... first-place Arkansas won with 36 points as four Cardinal runners placed in the top 10 ... in her first race of the year, redshirt senior Kate Harrison came in first place overall in 13:16, followed by junior Katie Gillespie, who crossed the finish line in 13:18 ... redshirt junior Sarah-Anne Brault was close behind in fifth place in 13:28, while Kaylyn Christopher and Stephanie Aldea were WVU’s fourth and fifth runners to finish ... Aubrey Moskal, Hallie Portner, Jordan Hamric, Allison Pettit, Sarah Martinelli and Chelsea Jarvis also competed for the Mountaineers.

Notes & Quotes
The Mountaineers will compete in Louisville for the first time since the 2007 season, when the team won its first ever BIG EAST title ... the course at Tom Sawyer Park will serve as the same site as this year’s BIG EAST Championship races ... 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 USTFCCCA national rankings will be released Tuesday ... the team will seek its fourth Top 10 national finish in five years this season.

This Week in Rowing
The Mountaineers open the fall racing season on Saturday, Oct. 1, when they race at the Head of the Ohio Regatta in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Last Week in Rowing
West Virginia did not compete.

Notes and Quotes
The Mountaineers return key experienced rowers in Shannon Gribbons, Hilary Meale, Rachelle Purych, Courtney Schrand, Jenelle Spencer and Karen Verwey, all of whom were members of last year’s successful Varsity 8+ … also return key coxswains in Sarah Cartwright, Mallory Fisher and Morgan Leach … last year at the Head of the Ohio the Mountaineers took gold in the Varsity 8+ event, placing first out of 17 crews … the team also took silver and bronze in open doubles competition.

This Week in Men’s Soccer
The Mountaineers will finish their non-conference schedule with a match at James Madison on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m. … WVU will then travel to Cincinnati on Saturday, Oct. 1, for a 7 p.m. match against the Bearcats.

Last Week in Men’s Soccer
West Virginia went 0-1-0 opening BIG EAST play at home against USF with a 2-1 loss on Sunday afternoon.

Notes and Quotes
Junior Shadow Sebele scored his third goal in as many games to get the Mountaineers on board in the eighth minute … freshman Andy Bevin continued to rack up points with an assist on the goal … the loss snaps a nation-most 13 game winning streak at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium … the game was televised on CBS Sports Network, with Eric Frede on the play-by-play and Richard Broad providing color commentary.

This Week in Women’s Soccer
The Mountaineers return to action with a pair of BIG EAST road matches at Georgetown and Villanova … WVU battles the Hoyas on Sept 30 before facing the Wildcats on Oct. 2.

Last Week in Women’s Soccer
Junior Bry McCarthy recorded the first multi-goal game of her career in leading No. 23-ranked West Virginia past Seton Hall, 4-0, on Sept. 23 … the first half was played with a lot of back-and-forth action until McCarthy put the Mountaineers on the board in the 43rd minute … WVU doubled its lead shortly after intermission on a second goal from McCarthy as she bent in a corner kick … WVU added goals in the 57th and 75th minutes from sophomore forwards Frances Silva and Emily Dillon … Silva and senior forward Blake Miller each took a game-best four shots, while goalkeepers Sara Keane and Kristene Mumby combined for WVU’s fifth shutout of the season … an overtime goal from Bri Rodriguez and standout play from goalkeeper Sara Keane pushed West Virginia past visiting Rutgers, 1-0, yesterday in front of a crowd of 1,375 at Dick Dlesk … after generating 19 shots in 90 minutes of scoreless soccer, Rodriguez made good on WVU’s 20th attempt, chipping Scarlet Knight goalkeeper Emmy Simpkins from 25 yards out for the game-winning goal.

Notes & Quotes
WVU extended its conference win streak to 13 matches with a 2-0-0 weekend … West Virginia has won sixth straight matches, outscoring its opponents 14-2 during the win streak … all-BIG EAST defender Bry McCarthy recorded her first career multi-goal game in a 4-0 blanking of Seton Hall … all-BIG EAST midfielder Bri Rodriguez has scored a point in three consecutive matches … the Mountaineers have outscored BIG EAST opponents 10-2 in their four league matches this season … WVU recorded season highs in goals (4), shots (29), shots on-goal (15) and corner kicks (13) … the shots and shots on-goal are the most since 2007 – WVU’s NCAA Elite Eight year.

This Week in Tennis
Next up for the Mountaineers will be a trip to Wake Forest, N.C., where they will compete in the Wake Forest Invitational on Friday, Sept. 30 ... this will be the second event of WVU’s fall schedule.

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

Notes and Quotes
Sophomore Melis Tanik has been spectacular for WVU this season, and she is looking to build on her performance at the UNC-Wilmington Collegiate Invitational ... Tanik spent all of last season at the No. 1 spot for the Mountaineers - something that can be uncommon for a freshman ... the Raleigh, N.C. native is expected to excel on the court after a summer of hard work.

“I worked on my fitness a lot during the summer,” Tanik says. “I wanted my match conditioning to be better. My consistency was also an area that I wanted to work on, and that worked hand-in-hand with my fitness because now I can rally.”

This Week in Volleyball
The West Virginia University volleyball team will travel to Villanova and Georgetown this weekend as it continues BIG EAST action … the team will take on the Wildcats on Sept. 30 at 7 p.m … the Mountaineers will then go to Georgetown to face the Hoyas on Oct. 2 at 2 p.m.

Last Week in Volleyball
The Mountaineers started BIG EAST play as the team hosted Rutgers and Seton Hall … WVU defeated the Scarlet Knights 3-0 on Friday before falling to Seton Hall 3-1 on Sunday … the team improved the overall series record over the competition to 35-31 in the series.

Notes and Quotes
Senior outside hitter Michelle Kopecky led the team this weekend with 26 kills, 3.71 kills per set, 2.79 hitting percentage and eight service aces … the Schaumburg, Ill., native, had a season-high five service aces and a season- and career-high hitting percentage of .400 in the WVU win against Rutgers … Kopecky also tied her career-high and had a season-high 16 kills against Seton Hall … Kopecky’s eight service aces were tied for first in BIG EAST competition this past weekend … senior libero Serinna Russo led the defense with 39 digs and 5.57 digs per set … freshman outside hitter Halle Kearney also had a strong start to her first BIG EAST competition … the Brecksville, Ohio native finished second on the team in kills with 22 and 3.14 kills per set.


Michelle Kopecky