McCoy Named Athlete of the Week

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  • By Brian Kuppelweiser
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  • September 04, 2012 01:53 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va - Sophomore middle blocker Evyn McCoy was named to the Varsity Sports Report Athlete of the Week.

McCoy was named to The Mason Inn Patriot Invitational all-tournament team last weekend.

The Clare, Ill., native posted 21 kills, a .308 hitting percentage, three service aces and 11 total blocks. McCoy is currently second on the team in kills (46), service aces (7) and total blocks (20).

WVU Athletes of the Week
Fall 2012

Week 1: Kailey Utley, Women’s Soccer
Week 2: Frances Silva, Women’s Soccer
Week 3: Evyn McCoy, Volleyball

Women's Soccer
- This Week in Women’s Soccer
The Mountaineers return to action Thursday, Sept. 6, against Duquesne … kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium … WVU then hits the road for a match on Sunday, Sept. 9, at Purdue … kickoff against the Boilermakers is set for 1 p.m.

- Last Week in Women’s Soccer
West Virginia went 0-1-1 at the WVU 90 Minute Classic last weekend … its second straight Top-10 upset fell short, dropping a 2-1 double-overtime decision to No. 6 Penn State, on Aug. 31 … an obstruction call at the top of the box with 82 seconds remaining, gave the Nittany Lions a free kick that was buried by All-American Christine Narin … a crowd of 2,057 took in the match – the most-ever for a regular-season contest, and second largest crowd ever for a women’s soccer match … WVU forward Kate Schwindel tied the game at 1-1 in the 85th minute, chipping a ball past goalkeeper Erin McNulty … WVU played Miami to a 0-0 draw on Sunday, Sept. 2, in game two of the WVU 90 Minute Classic … the Mountaineers, who were coming off of a physical 2-1 double-overtime loss to Penn State on Friday, found themselves in yet another aggressive tilt that saw the two teams combine for 38 fouls and five yellow cards … the Hurricanes dictated the contest in the first half, as heavy rains slowed the pace of play … WVU nearly put a marker on the scoreboard, as forward Kelsie Maloney lofted a ball that deflected off the far post ... Miami held a 6-4 edge on shots on-goal and 7-3 corner kick advantage.

- Notes & Quotes
Penn State evened the all-time series at 5-5-0 with its win … six of the last seven meetings have been one-goal margins … the tie pushed the all-time series with Miami to 3-2-1 … the weekend’s matches were the first consecutive double overtime games since September of 2009 … Sara Keane tied her career high with eight saves against the Nittany Lions.

“The double-overtime game against No. 6-ranked Penn State on Friday night drained us emotionally and physically. We were unable to find the net today, although we had our chances.” - Nikki Izzo-Brown following Sunday’s tie.

Men's Soccer
- This Week in Men’s Soccer
The WVU men’s soccer team will continue on the road as it travels to Penn State for a match on Thursday, Sept. 6, at 7 p.m. … the Mountaineers then return home for a four-game home stand starting with a match against Oakland on Sunday, Sept. 9, at 1 p.m.

- Last Week in Men’s Soccer
The Mountaineers hosted Stetson last Monday, winning the match 1-0, before taking to the road against ACC opponents No. 1 North Carolina and Wake Forest … WVU fell 1-0 to UNC last Friday evening and 1-0 to No. 15 Wake Forest last Sunday evening.

- Notes and Quotes
Freshman Jamie Merriam scored his first career goal in the shutout of Stetson last Monday, while goalkeeper Pat Eavenson earned his fourth-career shutout … WVU held the majority of the possession against No. 1 North Carolina and No. 15 Wake Forest, but could not seem to get the ball in the net … against Wake Forest, WVU played a man down for 69 minutes after defender Francio Henry got his second yellow card in the 21st minute of the match.

- This Week in Volleyball
The West Virginia University volleyball team will host its second preseason tournament, the West Virginia Golden Horseshoe Challenge, Sept. 7-8 … the Mountaineers will welcome Maryland-Eastern Shore and Saint Peter’s on Friday with the matches starting at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., respectively … the team will wrap up the tournament with matches against Radford at Noon and Wright State at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday.

- Last Week in Volleyball
WVU went on the road for its lone preseason tournament at The Mason Inn Patriot Invitational at George Mason … the team went 1-2 with a win against Navy (3-0) and losses to South Carolina (0-3) and tournament host George Mason

- Notes and Quotes
Sophomore middle blocker Evyn McCoy was named to The Mason Inn Patriot Invitational all-tournament team last weekend … the Clare, Ill., native posted 21 kills, a .308 hitting percentage, three service aces and 11 total blocks … McCoy is currently second on the team in kills (46), service aces (7) and total blocks (20) … freshman Anna Panagiotakopoulos got her first start at the libero position this past weekend … The Phoenix, Ariz., native led the team with 33 digs, including a season and career-high 20 digs against George Mason … Freshman outside hitter Hannah Sackett continues to be ranked in the top 10 in several Big 12 statistical categories … the Somers, Mont., native is ranked first in kills (87), No. 4 in kills per set (3.78), No. 7 in service aces (8) and No. 6 in points per set (4.28) … freshman middle blocker Caleah Wells, junior outside hitter Arielle Allen and freshman setter Brittany Sample also make the Big 12 leaders lists … Wells ranks No. 8 in hitting percentage (.348), Sample ranks No. 7 in assists per set (9.52) and Allen is tied with Sackett for No. 7 on the service aces list.

Cross Country
- This Week in Cross Country
The West Virginia University cross country team will travel to State College, Pa., to compete in the Penn State Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational on Sept. 8 … the 6k race is slated to begin at 10 a.m.

- Last Week in Cross Country
The Mountaineers opened the 2012 season with the WVU Alumni Open on Aug. 31 … of the 10 runners that competed in pairs, freshman Sydney Scott and redshirt junior Jordan Hamric won the race with a combined time of 30:32 … Scott was the fastest of all runners with a time of 15:09.

- Notes and Quotes
Freshman Megan Yuan, Paige Szabat, Sydney Scott, redshirt freshman Sarah McCauley and sophomore Kelly Williams all competed in their first collegiate race this past weekend … Scott won the race while Williams came in fourth followed by McCauley, Yuan and Szabat in 5th, 6th, and 7th place, respectively … WVU returns two All-Americans for the 2012 season ... two-time cross country All-American Kaitlyn Gillespie and Track and Field All-American Sarah-Anne Brault … along with Gillespie and Brault, the Mountaineers return Hamric and redshirt senior Stephanie Aldea from a 2011 squad that finished 8th at the NCAA Cross Country Championships … this was the fourth top 10 finish for the program in the last five years.

Women's Tennis
- This Week in Women’s Tennis
WVU will travel to Wilmington, N.C., for the UNC-Wilmington Collegiate Invitational … the tournament will be the Mountaineer’s first action of the fall season.

- Last Week in Women’s Tennis
WVU was idle.

- Notes & Quotes
The Mountaineers have two starters, senior Emily Mathis and sophomore Ikttesh Chahal, returning to the team … in addition to the starters, the Mountaineers will welcome four new additions to the team as well as Jade Allen, who redshirted last season … senior Audrey Wooland, who transferred from Louisiana-Lafayette, was rated one of the top 20 players in the Southern Region during her time with the Ragin’ Cajuns … also new to the WVU roster are freshmen Vivian Tsui, Irinka Toidze and Hailey Barrett … Barrett was ranked the 66th-best player in the country, the seventh-best in the Great Lakes and the third-best player in the state of Michigan by TennisRecruting.net, while also holding an IMG Academy RPI of No. 98 in the country.