Schwindel Named Athlete of the Week

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  • By Brian Kuppelweiser
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  • September 17, 2012 02:29 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Women’s soccer player Kate Schwindel has been named West Virginia University’s Athlete of the Week for her efforts in pair of home wins last weekend. The sophomore totaled three goals and four assists in two matches, while tying two schools records in the process.

Against High Point, the Livingston, N.J., native finished with two goals – the first multi-goal game of her career, and three assists, including the game-winning helper. Her three assists in a match tie the school record, becoming only the fourth player to do so. Schwindel’s seven points also tied a single match record. Her seven-point outing is the first since Ashley Banks posted three goals and one assist against Georgetown in 2007.

Schwindel recorded her fourth career one-goal and one-assist match against Towson on Sept. 14. She scored her second game-winner of the season and fourth of her career.

She has scored in four-straight games and leads the team in goals (7) and assists (4).

WVU Student-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
Week 4: Andy Bevin, Men’s Soccer
Week 5: Kate Schwindel, Women’s Soccer

Women's Soccer
- This Week in Women’s Soccer
West Virginia begins Big 12 Conference play this weekend with a pair of home matches against Texas Tech and Oklahoma State … on Friday, Sept. 21, WVU will face Texas Tech at 7 p.m. during the celebration of U.S. Youth Soccer Month … on Sunday, Sept. 23, the Mountaineers will face defending Big 12 champion Oklahoma State at 12 p.m. on Breast Cancer Awareness Day … fans are encouraged to wear pink, as the WVU coaching staff makes a check presentation to the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center at halftime.

- Last Week in Women’s Soccer
WVU used four second half goals, including two from junior Frances Silva, to post a 5-0 blanking of visiting Towson on Sept. 14 … the five goals were the most against a non-conference opponent since WVU’s 5-1 win over Xavier on Sept. 16, 2007 … the Mountaineers took a 1-0 lead in the ninth minute off the foot of sophomore Kate Schwindel … redshirt freshman Annalika Steyn scored her first goal in a Mountaineer uniform … WVU finished with a 20-4 edge in shots, paced by Kara Blosser’s five attempts … Schwindel tied two school records and Silva netted a pair of goals in leading West Virginia past High Point, 6-0, on Sept. 16 … Schwindel finished the afternoon with two goals – the first multi-goal game of her career, and three assists, including the game-winning helper … WVU held a 1-0 lead after 45 minutes before putting together five goals in the second half – also tying a WVU record for most goals in a half … in the 22nd minute, Blosser scored her first goal as a Mountaineer on a header … freshman defender Leah Emaus completed the scoring with her first collegiate goal at the 79:14 mark … the Mountaineer defense recorded its second-consecutive shutout while holding High Point to only two shots in the second half … WVU goalkeeper Sara Keane has not allowed a goal in the last 228 minutes of action.

- Notes & Quotes
WVU scored 11 goals over the weekend after scoring only eight during the first four weeks of the season … Schwindel’s three assists in a match tie the school record, becoming only the fourth player to do so … her seven points also tied a single match record and is the first seven-point outing since Ashley Banks posted three goals and one assist against Georgetown in 2007 … WVU outshot its opponents 43-11 on the weekend … WVU is unbeaten in its last five matches (2-0-3).

Men's Soccer
- This Week in Men’s Soccer
The WVU men’s soccer team will complete a four-game homestand with a match against Florida Atlantic on Sunday, Sept. 23, at 2:30 p.m. … the game will be the team’s first as a member of the Mid-American Conference.

- Last Week in Men’s Soccer
The Mountaineers extended their unbeaten streak to three games with a 2-0 win over American last Saturday at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.

- Notes and Quotes
Seniors Eric Schoenle and Uwem Etuk scored the goals for WVU, as the Mountaineers controlled possession throughout the match … WVU recorded a season high in shots with 19, and the backline held American to just three shots … WVU also held the corner kick advantage at 10-1 … goalkeeper Pat Eavenson made one save in his third shutout of the season.

- This Week in Volleyball
The West Virginia University volleyball team will resume Big 12 Conference play on Saturday, Sept. 22, when fellow Big 12 newcomer, TCU, travels to Morgantown … the match is slated to begin at 5 p.m. at the WVU Coliseum … admission to the game is free courtesy of United Bank.

- Last Week in Volleyball
WVU took to the road on Tuesday at Robert Morris and hosted its last home tournament, the Gold and Blue Classic, and went 2-1 for the week … the Mountaineers fell to the Colonials (2-3) and defeated both Cleveland State (3-2) and Murray State (3-2).

- Notes and Quotes
Freshman outside hitter Nikki Attea was named MVP of the Gold and Blue Classic, while sophomore middle blocker Evyn McCoy and freshman libero Anna Panagiotakopoulos were named to the all-tournament team … Attea recorded 49 kills, 3.27 kills per set, a .278 hitting percentage, 28 digs and 10 total blocks over the three games … McCoy was second on the team with 32 kills, 2.13 kills per set and first in total blocks with 17 … Panagiotakopoulos had a season- and career-high 24 digs against Robert Morris on Tuesday and recorded 57 digs and two service aces over the three games … the Phoenix, Ariz., native is ranked No. 7 in the Big 12 in digs per set with 3.29 … this was the first time since 2003 that the Mountaineers have played three five-set matches in a row … it is also the first time that WVU has won two five-set matches in a row since 2002 with the victories over Cleveland State and Murray State.

Cross Country
- This Week in Cross Country
The No. 25-ranked West Virginia University cross country team will travel to Toledo, Ohio, for the Toledo Inter-Regional Bubble Buster on Friday, Sept. 21 … the 4k race is slated to begin at 5:50 p.m. at the Ottawa Park Golf Course.

- Last Week in Cross Country
The Mountaineers were idle.

- Notes and Quotes
This will be the first time back to the Ottawa Park Golf Course in Toledo, Ohio, for the Mountaineers since placing second at the 2011 Toledo Inter-Regional Bubble Buster … Kate Harrison won the 4k race while Kaitlyn Gillespie and Sarah-Anne Brault crossed the line in second and fifth place, respectively … last time the Mountaineers competed, WVU had four runners place in the top 25 at the Penn State Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational on Sept. 8 … sophomore Savanna Plombon finished first for the Mountaineers in 14th place … redshirt junior Jordan Hamric came in 17th (22:18) and redshirt senior Aubrey Moskal and redshirt junior Sarah Martinelli both crossed the line with a time of 22:28 and finished in 23rd and 24th place, respectively … Sophomore Kelly Williams was the fifth Mountaineer to cross the line in 26th place with a 6k time of 22:29 … the last two runners to score for WVU were redshirt freshman Sarah McCauley and redshirt senior Hallie Portner who finished in 34th and 35th place, respectively.

Women's Tennis
- This Week in Women’s Tennis
WVU will travel to Austin, Texas, for the Texas Fall Invitational, which will be played on campus at the Penick-Allison Tennis Center … the tournament will have multiple singles and doubles draw and will feature players Texas, LSU, TCU, North Texas and UTSA among others.

- Last Week in Women’s Tennis
The Mountaineers were idle.

- Notes & Quotes
Senior Emily Mathis and freshman Vivian Tsui lead WVU in singles victories, after they each went 2-1 at the UNC-Wilmington Invitational … Tsui, along with fellow freshman Irinka Toidze are, lead the way in doubles win for the Mountaineers, as they have combined for a two as a team … Tsui is the team’s combined wins leader at four … each WVU player scored at least two combined victories last weekend, as the team finished with an 12-12 record in all matches, including a 4-3 mark in doubles play.