VSR: Schwindel Named Student-Athlete of the Week

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  • By Daniel Whitehead
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  • October 03, 2011 12:51 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – True freshman Kate Schwindel has been named West Virginia University’s Student-Athlete of the Week for her performance in a pair of BIG EAST Conference road matches last weekend.

The Livingston, N.J., native logged 128 minutes at forward in two games, scoring the fastest goal in school history in a big win over cross-division rival Georgetown. Schwindel scored on a shot into the upper right corner for a 1-0 lead only 55 seconds into the match. Her second career goal marked the fastest goal scored in the program’s 16 seasons, topping Kambria Riggins’ score in 77 seconds against New Hampshire in 2003.

She also had an assist against the Hoyas for her second career one-goal, one-assist game. Three of her five shots on the weekend were on goal. Schwindel has scored two goals and three assists in six league games this season.

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
Week 7: Kate Schwindel, Women’s Soccer

This Week in Cross Country
The No. 24 Mountaineers have the week off from competition, but will train for the Penn State National set for Friday, Oct. 14, at 9 a.m. in University Park, Pa.

Last Week in Cross Country
West Virginia traveled to Louisville, Ky., to compete at the Greater Louisville Cross Country Classic and came away with an eighth-place finish at the 5k race ... the Mountaineers scored 247 points at the event with two runners placing in the top 20 ... first-place No. 13 Michigan won with 81 points as three Wolverines placed in the top 10 ... in her second race of the year, redshirt junior Stephanie Aldea came in 15th place out of 262 runners in 17:26, followed by redshirt senior Ahna Lewis, who finished in 19th place and crossed the finish line in 17:34 ... redshirt sophomore Sarah Martinelli arrived in 67th in 18:13, while Aubrey Moskal and Jordan Hamric were WVU’s fourth and fifth runners to finish ... Allison Pettit, Hallie Portner, Stephanie Caruso and Chelsea Jarvis also competed for the Mountaineers.

Notes & Quotes
The Mountaineers will return to EP Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville on Oct. 29 to compete for a BIG EAST championship ... the Mountaineers improved to No. 4 in the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional rankings released by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches of America poll today, moving up from the No. 5 spot ... 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 are idle this week ... they return to action on Saturday, October 15 to race at the Head of the Kanawha Regatta on the Kanawha River in Charleston, W. Va.

Last Week in Rowing
The Mountaineers earned four medals at the Head of the Ohio on the Allegheny River in Pittsburgh, Pa … the Varsity 8+ comprised of Hilary Meale, Karen Verwey, Christina Mehrtens, Kelly Kramer, Jessica Hurlbert, Shannon Gribbons, Courtney Schrand, Rachelle Purych, and coxswain Morgan Leach won gold by placing first out of 11 crews, crossing the finish line in 15:59.20 … in women’s Open 2+ competition, West Virginia’s ‘A’ crew placed second (18:06.89), while the ‘B’ crew placed third (19:49.01) … in the women’s Varsity 4+ event, the ‘C’ crew of Meale, Verwey, Schrand, Purych and coxswain Sarah Cartwright placed first out of 22 crews to earn gold, crossing the finish line in 17:32.13 … the ‘B’ crew finished seventh (18:39.69) and the ‘A’ crew finished 15th (19:35.90).

Notes and Quotes
This marks the second year in a row that the Mountaineers won gold in the Varsity 8+ at the Head of the Ohio, and silver and bronze in the Open 2+ event … of the fourteen rowers competing, eight raced twice and one, Gribbons, raced three times … the Mountaineers were able to perform well despite the weather conditions.

“The team did not have access to indoors or even the team bus for about eight hours,” coach Jimmy King says. “Their only respite during the day was to crowd into the truck (our tow vehicle) with the heat cranked to warm up following races and change into dry clothes until time to head out for their next race. Despite the miserable conditions, the team handled the day very well, never allowing the weather to become the focus over racing.”

This Week in Men’s Soccer
The Mountaineers return home for a BIG EAST match against Georgetown at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 8, at 7:30 p.m.

Last Week in Men’s Soccer
West Virginia went 1-1 on a road trip to James Madison and Cincinnati … WVU fell 2-0 to JMU on Wednesday, while picking up its first BIG EAST win with a 1-0 shutout over Cincinnati on Saturday evening.

Notes and Quotes
Junior goalkeeper Justin Holmes recorded his second shutout of the season against Cincinnati, while freshman forward Andy Bevin scored his team-leading sixth goal of the season in the 26th minute … junior midfielder Uwem Etuk led all WVU players with three shots against the Bearcats … junior forward Peabo Doue led the team with four shots against James Madison … the WVU defense allowed just two shots in the loss to the Dukes.

This Week in Women’s Soccer
The Mountaineers return home for a pair of conference matches against St. John’s and Syracuse … WVU will meet the Red Storm on Friday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m., before battling the Orange on Sunday, Oct. 9 at 1 p.m. on Senior Day.

Last Week in Women’s Soccer
Rookie Kate Schwindel scored the fastest goal in school history in 55 seconds and junior Bry McCarthy recorded two assists in leading No. 21 West Virginia to a 3-1 victory over Georgetown on Sept. 30 … Schwindel’s second career goal marked the fastest goal scored in program’s 16 seasons, topping Kambria Riggins’ score in 77 seconds against New Hampshire in 2003 … WVU doubled its lead on Emily Dillon’s third goal of the season in the 36th minute … Mountaineer goalkeeper Sara Keane continued her solid play in net, this time keeping the Hoyas off the board with a big stop in the 22nd minute on a shot from All-American Ingrid Wells … down two scores, Ingrid Wells put the Hoyas on the board following an errant clear by a Mountaineer defender … WVU countered only 24 seconds later on Blake Miller’s team-best fifth goal of the season … Keane finished with seven saves on 21 Georgetown shots, while Hanna made five stops on 13 West Virginia attempts … two goals and two assists from Katie Ryan propelled Villanova to a 4-1 win over No. 21 West Virginia on a rainy and muddy field yesterday afternoon … trailing 2-1, West Virginia defender Meghan Lewis was issued a red card after pulling Ryan down on a scoring opportunity outside the box in the 34th minute … WVU was forced to play a man down for the first time in program history.

Notes & Quotes
Kate Schwindel scored the fastest goal in school history in WVU’s win over Georgetown, notching a goal only 55 seconds into the match … Schwindel has totaled seven points in her last five matches and has two career one-goal, one-assist matches … junior Bry McCarthy recorded her second multi-assist match of her career with two helpers against the Hoyas … Blake Miller scored her 28th career goal against Georgetown, making WVU 23-2-1 all-time when Miller scores a goal … the loss against Villanova snapped WVU’s seven-match win streak and gave WVU its first loss in league play.

This Week in Tennis
The Mountaineers will compete in their lone home date on their schedule, the Martha Thorn Invitational, from Oct. 7-9 … the Martha Thorn Invitational is a three-day event that features seven teams and will showcase both singles and doubles action.

Last Week in Tennis
WVU traveled to Wake Forest, N.C., and competed in the Wake Forest Invitational.

Notes and Quotes
Sophomores Melis Tanik and Mary Chupa played well while in Wake Forest , N.C., and coach Tina Samara believes their doubles play is something the team can build on.

“Melis and Mary had one of their best performances on Saturday,” Samara says. “They cut down on their mistakes and got a taste ofwhat high-level doubles is like.”

Samara also complimented Tanik on her singles play, which saw her score a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Richmond’s Helen Cunningham in the Flight A Singles draw.

“Melis had a great win over Richmond’s No. 1 player,” Samara said. “She has really improved her ability to compete throughout a whole match.”

This Week in Volleyball

The West Virginia University volleyball team will play host this weekend to DePaul and Notre Dame at the WVU Coliseum … the team will take on the Blue Demons on Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. … the Mountaineers will then play the Irish on Oct. 9 at 1 p.m … the match against DePaul is the “Dig Pink” match and all fans are encouraged to wear pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness.

Last Week in Volleyball
The Mountaineers continued BIG EAST play as the team traveled to Villanova and Georgetown…WVU was swept by both the Wildcats and Hoyas 3-0… the overall series record over the competition is now 18-32 in the series.

Notes and Quotes
Senior outside hitter Michelle Kopecky led the team this weekend with 21 kills, 3.50 kills per set and a .228 hitting percentage…the Schaumburg, Ill., native, currently leads the team with 128 kills and 18 service aces…senior libero Serinna Russo took a break from libero duties this past weekend and played outside hitter…the Riverside, Calif., native had eight kills and 18 digs…senior setter Kari Post led the team defensively this weekend by recording 19 digs, while also posting 55 assists.