VSR: Harrison Named Student-Athlete of the Week

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  • By Daniel Whitehead
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  • October 17, 2011 12:05 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Redshirt senior Kate Harrison has been named West Virginia University’s Student-Athlete of the Week for her performance in last Friday’s Penn State National in University Park, Pa.

The Toronto, Ontario, native came in first place out of 268 runners competing in the 6k race, leading the No. 19 Mountaineers to first place over 28 other squads, including No. 20 Penn State, No. 26 Duke and Connecticut. She finished the race in 20:50.

Her placement helped the team to a season-low mark of 45 points and its first team victory in a major invitational since the 2009 season. It was her second first-place mark of the year as she accomplished the feat at the Toledo Bubble Buster on Sept. 23.

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
Week 8: Melis Tanik, Tennis
Week 9: Kate Harrison, Cross Country

This Week in Cross Country
The No. 19 Mountaineers have the week off from competition, but will train for the BIG EAST Championship on Saturday, Oct. 29, in Louisville, Ky.

Last Week in Cross Country
The Mountaineers won their first meet of the 2011 season with a first-place finish at the Penn State National ... WVU scored a season-low 45 points at the 6k race, defeating Connecticut (70), No. 20 Penn State (77), No. 26 Duke (91) and 25 other programs ... redshirt senior Kate Harrison led the team with her second first-place mark of the year, pacing the course in 20:50 ... junior Kaitlyn Gillespie came in second place, following shortly after Harrison in 20:53 ... redshirt junior Sarah-Anne Brault came in sixth place in 21:21, while redshirt seniors Ahna Lewis (11th) and Kaylyn Christopher (25th) also scored team points ... Stephanie Aldea (35th), Jordan Hamric (59th), Hallie Portner (83rd), Aubrey Moskal (90th), Sarah Martinelli (94th), Chelsea Jarvis (124th) and Stephanie Caruso (152nd) also raced for the Mountaineers.

Notes & Quotes
The Mountaineers return to Louisville in two weeks after placing eighth at the Greater Louisville Cross Country Classic on Oct. 1 ... WVU will look to improve on last year’s 5th-place finish at the BIG EAST Championship ... the Mountaineers moved up to No. 3 in the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional rankings released today by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches of America, moving up from the No. 4 spot two weeks ago ... 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 Rifle
The No. 3-ranked West Virginia rifle team opens its home season against No. 7 Army on Saturday, Oct. 22, at the WVU Rifle Range … the match will begin at 8 a.m. and is expected to last into the afternoon.

Last Week in Rifle
The Mountaineers (2-0, 1-0 GARC) opened their season with two wins in Lincoln, Neb. … WVU defeated No. 9 Air Force, 4664-4587, on Saturday, and No. 12 Nebraska, 4667-4610, on Sunday … the Mountaineers swept all four discipline matches, shooting a weekend-best 2354 air rifle on Sunday, and 2318 smallbore on Saturday … WVU took the top six overall finishes against the Falcons, with junior Petra Zublasing finishing first overall with a combined score of 1177 … Zublasing won air rifle on Saturday with a personal-best score of 597, while senior Justin Pentz earned the smallbore victory with a score of 586, two shots short of his personal best … Zublasing swept the individual competitions on Sunday, winning air rifle (596) and smallbore (587).

Notes & Quotes
Freshman Taylor Ciotola was strong in his Mountaineer debut, shooting 1165 on Saturday and finishing third overall … Ciotola also tied for second place in air rifle (586) and finishing in fourth in smallbore (579) … redshirt-freshman Thomas Kyanko followed Ciotola’s performance with his own outstanding day on Sunday, finishing second overall (1171), and in air rifle (590) and smallbore (581) … WVU improved to 17-0 over the Falcons and 7-3 against the Huskers … Sunday’s victory was the first conference win of the season for the two-time defending Great American Rifle Conference champions.

This Week in Rowing
The Mountaineers are idle this week.

Last Week in Rowing
West Virginia competed at the Head of the Kanawha on the Kanawha River in Charleston, W.Va.

Notes and Quotes
Last weekend saw the inaugural Head of the Kanawha, marking the second of five fall regattas for the team … the Mountaineers placed first and third in women’s singles competition as senior Shannon Gribbons won the event in 22:29, and sophomore Courtney Schrand placed third with a time of 23:15 … West Virginia also took first in women’s open eight competition as the crew of Kelly Kramer, Jenelle Spencer, Christina Mehrtens, Jessica Hurlbert, Jessica Kelly, Karen Verwey, Hilary Meale, Rachelle Purych and coxswain Sarah Cartwright crossed the finish line in 19:14 ... WVU placed ahead of Eastern Michigan ‘A’ (20:02) and ‘B’ (21:40), and the University of Charleston (21:46) … three crews were also slated to compete in women’s open four competition, but afternoon races were cancelled due to high winds.

“UC has a beautiful venue and I hope to see the Head of the Kanawha grow into a showcase rowing event in years to come.” – coach Jimmy King

This Week in Men’s Soccer
The Mountaineers face No. 1 Connecticut on Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. … WVU will then close out the home regular season with a “Senior Day” match against Providence on Friday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. … the match will also be nationally televised on Fox Soccer Channel.

Last Week in Men’s Soccer
West Virginia went 1-1-0 for the week with a 2-0 win at Pitt on Wednesday evening and a 2-1 loss to Marquette on Saturday night … midfielder Shadow Sebele had two goals against Pitt, both on penalty kicks, while midfielder Uwem Etuk scored his second goal of the season at Marquette in the 46th minute … Sebele received an assist on the goal.

Notes and Quotes
WVU is 4-12-3 all-time against Connecticut; however, the Mountaineers have recorded a 3-1-1 record since coach Marlon LeBlanc arrived at WVU … WVU is also 1-2 against No. 1 teams in LeBlanc’s tenure, defeating Connecticut 1-0 in 2007 at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.

“We didn’t play well enough to win the game, even when it was 1-1,” coach Marlon LeBlanc says. “If you’re not sharp enough in these games, it’s difficult to get a result. I was disappointed in the way we conceded two goals. We didn’t play well enough to win the game and we’ll have to move on quickly and get ready for Connecticut.” – coach Marlon LeBlanc

This Week in Women’s Soccer
The Mountaineers close out the regular season against BIG EAST rival Pitt on Friday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. … on the line is a division championship as WVU is tied with Marquette for first place with 27 points, but holds the head-to-head tiebreaker.

Last Week in Women’s Soccer
Sophomore forward Frances Silva scored her first game-winner of the season in leading No. 20 West Virginia past Providence, 1-0, on a tough-weather day at Glay Field Friday in Providence … the Overland Park, Kan., native also scored the game-winner in WVU’s 2-1 win in Morgantown last season … the Mountaineers started fast from the opening whistle and held possession in its offensive third for the majority of the opening half ... WVU built a 9-1 shot advantage after 45 minutes … West Virginia’s defense picked up its eighth shutout of the season while holding Providence to only four shots on the afternoon … Kate Schwindel attempted five of WVU’s 13 shots, and nearly scored on a shot off the post in the 68th minute … senior forward Blake Miller’s second-half goal and a stingy defensive effort guided No. 20 West Virginia to a 2-1 victory at Connecticut Sunday afternoon at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium … Miller broke a 1-1 match in the 55th minute with her team-leading seventh goal of the season … Schwindel picked up the assist, the first of two on the day … WVU’s defense went to work in the final 30 minutes to keep Connecticut from getting dangerous ... UConn was held to only two shots the entire second half.

Notes & Quotes
West Virginia improved to 9-1-0 in BIG EAST Conference play, while having won 11 of its last 12 matches …the weekend victories move West Virginia to 13-4-0 overall and give the Mountaineers a first-round bye and hosting spot in the BIG EAST Championship … WVU’s nine conference wins mark the third time in program history the team has recorded nine victories … Blake Miller scored her 30th career goal in the UConn win, becoming just the sixth player to record 30 goals in a Mountaineer uniform … the Mountaineers have reached double-figure wins for the 14th time in the program’s 16 seasons.

This Week in Swimming & Diving
The WVU men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams will open the dual meet season with a meet at Penn State on Saturday, Oct. 22, at noon in the McCoy Natatorium.

Last Week in Swimming & Diving
Both teams competed in the inaugural West Virginia State Games and won convincingly over Davis & Elkins, Fairmont State, Wheeling Jesuit, Marshall and West Virginia Wesleyan … Rachael Burnett finished with wins in the 200 free relay, 400 free relay, 800 free relay, 200 medley relay, 400 medley relay, 400 IM, 100 free, 500 free (pool record) and 1000 free … Taylor Camp had a successful meet for the men with wins in the 400 medley relay, 800 free relay, 100 fly and 200 fly … WVU finished the meet winning all but three events.

Notes and Quotes
Last season in Morgantown, WVU split results with Penn State … the men were able to defeat the Nittany Lions by a score of 125-116, while the women fell, 174-67 ... Matt O’Neill led the team with two first-place finishes in the diving well ... O’Neill first broke a school record on the 1-meter (331.12 points) and then won the 3-meter (331.20 points).

“I’m really proud of the team and how they raced. A three-day championship format slammed into two days was tiresome, but they did very well. They were very good hosts this weekend.” – coach Vic Riggs

This Week in Tennis
The Mountaineers are scheduled to play their final event of the fall season, the ITA Atlantic Regional, in Norfolk, Va. … it is scheduled to run from Oct. 21-25.

Last Week in Tennis
WVU competed in the Bulldog Tennis Invitational in Athens, Ga. … Michigan, Virginia and Georgia also played in the event … each team finished last season in the top 11 of the final ITA Rankings.

Notes and Quotes
Heading into the final event of the fall season, sophomore Melis Tanik leads the team with five singles victories, while fellow sophomore Mary Chupa is in second with four ... Tanik also leads the way with doubles victories, as she has been a part of seven this fall ... Chupa is a close second with six doubles victories ... junior Emily Mathis, who sat out the first half of the fall schedule due to injury, has rebounded nicely and impressed coach Tina Samara with her efforts.

“She has done it all with just sheer will,” Samara says regarding Mathis. “She is a great example of what can happen if you buy in and put in the necessary work.”

This Week in Volleyball
The West Virginia University volleyball team continues BIG EAST action as it travels to Louisville and Cincinnati … the Mountaineers will take on the Cardinals first on Oct. 22 at 2 p.m. at the KFC Yum! Center … WVU will then travel to the Fifth Third Arena to take on the Bearcats on Oct. 23 at 2 p.m.

Last Week in Volleyball
The Mountaineers defeated Pitt 3-2 (19-25, 25-23, 25-21, 21-25, 15-12) in the 41st meeting of the Backyard Brawl … this is the second year in a row that WVU defeated the Panthers in five sets and only the third time in program history.

Notes and Quotes
For the second straight year, the Mountaineers defeated Pitt 3-2 for only the third time in program history … WVU recorded a match- and season-high 100 digs against the Panthers … senior libero Serinna Russo led all players with 33 digs and averaged 6.60 digs per set … the Riverside, Calif., native raised her digs-per-set average to 5.56, which is good for No. 2 in the BIG EAST … senior Michelle Kopecky was the only Mountaineer with double-digit kills with 15 powerful kills … senior setter Kari Post recorded her seventh double-double of the season and the 44th of her career with 39 assists and 10 digs against Pitt … freshman setter Courtney Robison stepped up big defensively for the Mountaineers by recording a season-high 17 digs … the Sheperdsville, Ky., native also had two service aces and four assists.