Brault Named Athlete of the Week

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  • By Brian Kuppelweiser
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  • October 29, 2012 02:17 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - After finishing 10th and garnering All-Big 12 honors in her first race of the 2012 season, senior Sarah-Anne Brault has been named West Virginia University Student-Athlete of the Week.

Brault led the Mountaineers to a fourth-place finish this past Saturday at their first-ever Big 12 Championships in Austin, Texas at the Jimmy Clay Golf Course. This is the second year in a row that Brault has earned all-conference honors after finishing in eighth place at last year’s Big East Championships.

The Winnipeg, Manitoba, native crossed the line in 10th place out of 87 runners, with a 6k time of 20:52.8. This is the fifth top 10 finish for Brault in her career.

The Mountaineers next competition has the team traveling back to State College, Pa., for the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional on Friday, Nov. 9, at noon on the Blue and White Golf Course. This will be the team’s second time running the course this season after finishing in fourth at the Penn State Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational on Sept. 8.

WVU Student-Athletes of the Week
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
Week 6: Frances Silva, Women’s Soccer
Week 7: Jordan Hamric, Cross Country
Week 8: Kate Schwindel, Women’s Soccer
Week 9: Rachael Burnett, Women’s Swimming & Diving
Week 10: Amanda Hill, Women’s Soccer
Week 11: Sarah-Anne Brault, Cross Country

Women's Soccer
- This Week in Women’s Soccer
The Mountaineers head to San Antonio, Texas, for the 2012 Big 12 Soccer Championship on Oct. 31 and Nov. 2 and 4, at Blossom Soccer Stadium … WVU won the regular-season championship to earn the No. 1 seed and will face No. 8 seed TCU at 6:30 p.m., EDT on Oct. 31 … the top eight teams are based on conference results, which are determined by a point system, qualify for the Big 12 Championship.

- Last Week in Women’s Soccer
The No. 14 West Virginia women’s soccer team used a goal in the 98th minute to win its final regular-season match, topping host Texas, 1-0, on Oct. 26 … junior Kara Blosser scored her third goal of the season at the 97:06 mark by finishing a ball at the back post following WVU’s fourth corner kick of the night … forward Kate Schwindel picked up her team-best eighth goal of the season to give her a team-high 26 points … neither team could put together a consistent offensive rhythm, forcing a lot of action in the midfield throughout the contest … the Longhorns had perhaps their best scoring chance of the night erased by a sliding save from Mountaineer goalkeeper Sara Keane in the 39th minute … Keane finished with eight saves … UT held an 11-7 edge in shots … Keane closed with seven saves to help WVU post its seventh shutout of the season.

- Notes & Quotes
West Virginia is riding a 13-match unbeaten streak … WVU finished Big 12 Conference play with a 7-0-1 record, marking only the sixth time a team has won the regular-season title without a loss … women’s soccer won the school’s first Big 12 Conference title to earn the tournament’s No. 1 seed … WVU is 26-1-1 in its last 28 regular-season conference matches … WVU has outscored its opponents 28-9 over the last 12 games … West Virginia has lost only one match since knocking off top-ranked Stanford on Aug. 26.

Men's Soccer
- This Week in Men’s Soccer
The WVU men’s soccer team plays its final match of the season on Saturday, Nov. 3, at Bowling Green … the Mid-American Conference match is set for a 7 p.m. start time.

- Last Week in Men’s Soccer
The WVU men’s soccer team dropped its second-consecutive match, 1-0, last Saturday in MAC action at Northern Illinois.

- Notes & Quotes
With the loss the Mountaineers fell to 8-5-2 overall and 3-2-1 in the MAC … WVU finished with the edge in shots (10-9), shots on goal (7-4) and corner kicks (6-3) … senior Shadow Sebele led the Mountaineers with three shots, while senior Eric Schoenle and freshman Ryan Cain each registered two shots.

- This Week in Volleyball
The West Virginia University volleyball team continues its first road trip in the second half of Big 12 play, when it takes on No. 17 Kansas … the Mountaineers are in Lawrence, Kan., to battle the Jayhawks at 7:30 p.m., on Monday, Oct. 29 … WVU returns home from its road trip to host Oklahoma on Saturday, Nov. 3 … the match is slated to begin at noon at the WVU Coliseum.

- Last Week in Volleyball
The Mountaineers started the second half of Big 12 play with matches against Kansas State and Texas Tech … WVU was swept by the Wildcats 3-0 on Wednesday, before falling to the Red Raiders on Saturday, 3-1, in Lubbock, Texas.

- Notes & Quotes
Freshman outside hitter Nikki Attea has led the Mountaineers in the last two matches in kills … Attea posted eight kills against the Wildcats and 15 against the Red Raiders … the East Amherst, N.Y., native’s 15 kills against Texas Tech were an individual season-high in a four-set match … Attea, along with freshman setter Brittany Sample, posted double-doubles in the match against the Red Raiders … along with her 15 kills, Attea also recorded 11 digs, while Sample recorded 30 assists and 12 digs … junior defensive specialist Liz Gulick finished with 12 digs in the match against Texas Tech … this is the ninth time this season Gulick has posted double-digit digs and the second match in a row … Gulick finished with 10 digs against Kansas State … freshman outside hitter Hannah Sackett continues to lead the WVU offense with 227 kills and 2.61 kills per set … the Somers, Mont., native is tied for first with sophomore middle blocker Evyn McCoy with 27 service aces … Sackett is ranked No. 6 in the Big 12 with 0.31 service aces per set.

Cross Country
- This Week in Cross Country
The Mountaineers are idle.

- Last Week in Cross Country
The West Virginia University cross country team took fourth place at its first ever Big 12 Championships, on Saturday, Oct. 27, on the Jimmy Clay Golf Course in Austin, Texas …the Mountaineers posted 115 points, while defending champion and No. 2 Iowa State won the championships with 34 points … No. 27 Oklahoma came in second with 81 points, followed by No. 14 Texas in third with 87 points.

- Notes & Quotes
In her first race this season, senior Sarah-Anne Brault received All-Big 12 honors after crossing the finish line in 10th place … the Winnipeg, Manitoba, native finished with a 6k time of 20:52.8 … this was the fifth top-10 finish for Brault in her career … this is also Brault’s second all-conference honor after finishing eighth at last year’s Big East Championships … freshman Kelly Williams was the next runner to finish for WVU … Williams posted a personal best 6k time of 21:27.9, for a 19th-place finish … this was Williams second top-20 finish this season … in their first time running the course, the next five runners to finish for the Mountaineers also recorded personal best times for the season … freshman Sydney Scott was the third scoring runner for WVU with a 26th-place finish and a 6k time of 21:42.6 … junior Sarah Martinelli (21:48.5) and senior Jordan Hamric (21:55.5) rounded out the top-five runners with a 29th- and 31st-place finish, respectively … seniors Aubrey Moskal (37th-22:13.5) and Hallie Portner (42nd-22:21.2) also ran in the championships in Austin.

- This Week in Rowing
WVU’s novice rowing team will open its season in Fairfax Station, Va., at the Head of the Occoquan Regatta on Saturday, Nov 3 ... The varsity team will be idle this week.

- Last Week in Rowing
The Mountaineers competed at the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta in Philadelphia, Pa, on Saturday.

- Notes & Quotes
The Varsity 4+ ‘A’ crew of Karen Verwey, Rachelle Purych, Kelly Kramer, Hilary Meale and coxswain Ellen Shular crossed the finish line of the 2.5-mile course in 15:54.86 for a fourth-placefinish … The ‘C’ crew of Elizabeth Duarte, Enya Messersmith, Kaitlyn Eason, Bethany Anne Sapen and coxswain Morgan Leach placed 21st, crossing the finish line in 17:01.47 … the ‘B’ crew of Elizabeth Kantak, Brianna Dendler, Danielle Widecrantz, Jessica Hurlbert and coxswain Caitlin Madamba finished the race in 17:05.23, placing them 20th overall … the Mountaineers’ 8+‘A’ crew of Karen Verwey, Courtney Schrand, Jessica Hurlbert, Rachelle Purych, Mary Ignatiadis, Mollie Rosen, Kelly Kramer, Hilary Meale and coxswain Morgan Leach finished the race with a time of 14:38.99, placing them 12th overall… The 8+‘B’ crew of Lisa Deklau, Danika Rencken, Melinda Sharon, Tamyra Roberts, Elizabeth Kantak, Danielle Widecrantz, Brianna Dendler, Bethany Anne Sapen and coxswain Mallory Fisher crossed the finish line in 15:02.54, placing them 20th overall.

Swimming & Diving
- This Week in Swimming & Diving
The Mountaineers are in action for the fourth-consecutive weekend, when they travel to Cincinnati on Friday, Nov. 2 … the meet is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m.

- Last Week in Swimming & Diving
The WVU men’s team was victorious against Villanova, winning by a score of 174-113 … the women’s team also faced James Madison in a double-dual meet and won against both opponents, beating Villanova 171-128 and James Madison 163-137.

- Notes & Quotes
The squads combined for 24 first-place finishes last weekend against Villanova and James Madison … for the women, senior Rachael Burnett won the 200 free (1:51.31), 500 free (4:56.76) and 1000 free (10:03.84), senior Mandie Nugent scored two wins in the 100 fly (56.29) and 200 fly (2:02.66), while junior Danielle Smith took the 100 back (57.40) and 200 back (2:01.27) … the men’s squad was led by three wins from freshman Chase Williams in the 100 fly (51.44), 200 fly (1:54.64) and 200 IM (1:56.42) … sophomore Christopher Brill added wins in the 100 breast (58.38) and 200 breast (2:08.79), while freshman Christian Parker qualified for the NCAA Zone Championships with a first-place finish on the 3-meter (322.50 points) board.

- This Week in Wrestling
West Virginia opens its 2012-13 season with a trip to College Park, Md., for the University of Maryland Duals against Kutztown, Maryland and Johns Hopkins.

- Last Week in Wrestling
The Mountaineers were idle.

- Notes & Quotes
WVU returns five starters and four NCAA qualifiers from last season’s team that placed 43rd at the NCAA Championships … senior Shane Young (125), junior Nathan Pennesi (141), sophomore Brutus Scheffel (157), sophomore Dominic Prezzia (165) and junior Lance Bryson (184) are the returning starters … Young, Pennesi, Bryson and junior Michael Morales (141) are the returning NCAA qualifiers … Morales will miss the upcoming season after undergoing shoulder surgery last week … Colin Johnston (133) returns to the lineup, after missing the previous two seasons due to injury … the Eighty-Four, Pa., native was ranked in the top 10 last season prior to suffering an injury … the Mountaineers lineup will feature two redshirt freshman starters in Ross Renzi and Virginia Tech transfer Bubba Scheffel, along with true freshman A.J. Vizcarrondo … at heavyweight, senior Phil Mandzik will battle with true freshman Dink Purnell for the starting spot.

- This Week in Rifle
WVU’s rifle team will be idle this week.

- Last Week in Rifle
The No.1 ranked Mountaineers (5-0, 2-0 GARC) defeated No. 12 Navy, 4710-4613, for their fifth-consecutive win … WVU earned victories in both guns; 2365-2323 in air rifle and 2345-2290 in smallbore … the win improves WVU’s record against Navy to 22-8 all-time.

- Notes & Quotes
Senior Petra Zublasing saw limited action due to recent wisdom-teeth surgery, but still walked away a winner, as she matched a season high and shot 597 (100-99-99-99-100-100) air rifle to win the discipline … freshman Garrett Spurgeon also emerged victorious, as he shot a winning 589 (199 prone, 195 standing, 195 kneeling) smallbore score; it marked the third time this season he has shot a personal-best score … sophomores Taylor Ciotola and Meelis Kiisk finished behind Zublasing in air rifle with matching 591 scores; the mark is a season high for Kiisk … junior Chance Cover shot a personal-best 588 and finished fourth overall, while Spurgeon shot 586 and placed fifth … freshman Matthew Martin shot a personal-best 568 air rifle … Ciotola also finished second in smallbore with a 586 score and also shot a school-record 200 prone … Kiisk and junior Daniel Sojka each shot a personal-best 585 and tied for third place, while sophomore Thomas Kyanko shot 583 and finished fifth … Zublasing, Sojka, Ciotola, Kyanko, Kiisk and Spurgeon combined for the Mountaineers’ team scores … the Mountaineers will break for two weeks before hosting Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) foes No. 9 Mississippi and NC State on Nov. 9 and Nov. 11, respectively.

Women's Basketball
- This Week in Women’s Basketball
The West Virginia University women’s basketball team will tip off the 2012-13 season with Haunted Hoops presented by Coke Zero, an exhibition game against Concord at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at the WVU Coliseum … The event is free and open to the public … WVU Coliseum gates open at 6 p.m. and fans are encouraged to wear their Halloween costume … The Mountaineers first regular-season game is on Friday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. against UNC Wilmington at the WVU Coliseum.

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

- Notes & Quotes
The West Virginia women’s basketball team opens its 40th season in program history on Friday Nov. 9 … The Mountaineers return 10 letterwinners from last season and have the addition of five newcomers from a nationally-ranked recruiting class … coach Mike Carey enters his 12th season at the helm of the program and has taken WVU to a school-record six consecutive postseason appearances and eight total in nine years.