Brault Named Athlete of the Week


By Brian Kuppelweiser for WVUsports.com
November 12, 2012 02:51 PM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - After finishing seventh, garnering All-Region honors in only her second race of the 2012 season and qualifying for the NCAA Championships, senior Sarah-Anne Brault has been named this week’s Varsity Sports Athlete of the Week.

Brault led cross country to a fifth-place finish this past Friday at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional in State College, Pa., on the Blue and White Golf Course. This is the third year in a row that Brault has received All-Region honors and qualified for the NCAA Championships.

The Winnipeg, Manitoba, native’s seventh-place finish was her highest finish at the regionals after she finished in 16th in 2010 and eighth in 2011. Her 6K time of 20:35 was also the fastest in her career at regionals.

Brault will compete at the NCAA Championships in Louisville, Ky., at the E.P. ‘Tom’ Sawyer State Park on Saturday, Nov. 17, at noon.

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
Week 12: Ross Renzi, Wrestling
Week 13: Sarah-Anne Brault, Cross Country

Women's Soccer
- This Week in Women’s Soccer
The 2012 WVU women’s soccer season has come to a close following its NCAA tournament loss on Nov. 10.

- Last Week in Women’s Soccer
A late rally from No. 16 West Virginia fell short as Princeton prevailed, 2-1, on Nov. 10 at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium in the opening round of the NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Championship … despite a very strong first half, the Mountaineers trailed after 45 minutes on a goal in the fifth minute from Tiger forward Lynessa McGee … WVU put six shots on goal in the first half, including two more off the crossbar, with Princeton goalkeeper Claire Pinciaro coming up with several big saves … the Tigers doubled their lead at the 53:59 mark on forward Jen Hoy’s 18th goal of the season … trailing 2-0, the Mountaineers pressured late in the second half and narrowed their deficit in the 82nd minute on a header from forward Frances Silva.

- Notes & Quotes
WVU has played in 13 straight NCAA tournaments – the ninth-longest streak in the nation … the Mountaineers outshot Princeton in each half, finishing with a 20-12 advantage … WVU also held a 6-2 corner kick edge, and the Tigers were whistled for nine more fouls (14-5) than the Mountaineers … forward Kate Schwindel, who had two second half scoring chances from inside the box, led all players with seven shots … Princeton’s Claire Pinciaro finished with seven saves in net, while WVU’s Sara Keane stopped four Princeton shots … Princeton extended its unbeaten streak to 12 matches … West Virginia’s season ends at 11-5-4 overall, with a Big 12 regular-season championship behind its 7-0-1 conference record … Saturday marked the final match for five Mountaineers: Nicolette DeLaurentis, Caitlin Hulyo, Bry McCarthy, Bri Rodriguez and Mallory Smith.

“The best part has always been my journey with them. They have a lot to be proud of with another championship year in a difficult and totally new conference. Unfortunately, we didn’t get it done tonight.” – Coach Nikki Izzo-Brown on her senior class.

Men's Soccer
- This Week in Men’s Soccer
The WVU men’s soccer team will wait to see its NCAA Tournament fate this afternoon during the NCAA Selection Show.

- Last Week in Men’s Soccer
The WVU men’s soccer team fell to Northern Illinois, 1-0, last Friday in the semifinal match of the MAC Championship in Akron, Ohio.

- Notes & Quotes
West Virginia held the shot advantage at 13-6, with senior Peabo Doue taking a game-high three shots … four Mountaineers had two shots apiece … senior Eric Schoenle finished with a team-leading six goals, while freshman Majed Osman had three goals … thirteen different WVU players scored at least one goal during the season, the most in WVU history … last week, Schoenle earned All-MAC First Team honors, while Andy Bevin, Peabo Doue, Uwem Etuk and Travis Pittman were on the All-MAC Second Team … WVU finished MAC play with a 4-2-1, tying for second place … currently WVU holds a 9-6-2 overall record.

Volleyball
- This Week in Volleyball
The West Virginia University volleyball team hits the road, as it takes on No. 3 Texas in Austin on Saturday, Nov. 17 … the match against the Longhorns will begin at 2 p.m. and will be televised on the Longhorn Network.

- Last Week in Volleyball
The Mountaineers dropped its Nov. 10 match to the Baylor Bears, 3-0, at the WVU Coliseum … WVU is now 8-19 on the season and 0-13 in Big 12 play.

- Notes & Quotes
Freshman middle blocker Caleah Wells and junior outside hitter Elzbieta Klein led the team with seven kills apiece in the match against the Bears … Wells also had zero errors for the day for a .412 hitting percentage, while also chipping in two blocks … freshman libero Anna Panagiotakopoulos finished with 14 digs for her 13th double-digit dig match of the season … freshman outside hitter Hannah Sackett recorded 11 digs for her first double-digit dig match this season … Sackett continues to lead the WVU offense with 251 kills and 2.61 kills per season and also leads the team with 29 service aces and 0.30 service aces per set … freshman outside hitter Nikki Attea is the only other player with over 200 kills, while also averaging 2.33 kills per set.

Cross Country
- This Week in Cross Country
Senior Sarah-Anne Brault qualified individually for the NCAA Championships on Saturday, Nov. 17 … the championships will take place in Louisville, Ky., at the E.P. ‘Tom’ Sawyer State Park with the race slated to begin at noon.

- Last Week in Cross Country
The West Virginia University cross country team concluded its season with a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional in State College, Pa., on Nov. 9 … the Mountaineers posted 111 points, while meet host and No. 15 Penn State won the race with 61 points … No. 9 Georgetown came in second with 63 points, followed by No. 25 Villanova in third with 96 points and Princeton in fourth with 101 points.

- Notes & Quotes
Brault will compete at the NCAA Championships for the third year in a row after placing a career-best seventh with a 6K time of 20:35 … Brault also received All-Region honors for the third year in a row, along with freshmen Kelly Williams and Sydney Scott … Williams and Scott were the second and third Mountaineers to cross the line with a 22nd- and 24th-place finish with 6K times of 21:20 and 21:21, respectively … sophomore Savanna Plombon followed closely behind with a 27th-place finish and a 6K time of 21:34 … junior Sarah Martinelli finished just outside the top 30 at 31st with a personal-best 6K time of 21:38 … seniors Jordan Hamric (65th-22:18) and Aubrey Moskal (77th-22:39) also finished strong at the regional meet.

Wrestling
- This Week in Wrestling
WVU’s reserves will travel to Annapolis, Md., on Saturday, Nov. 17, for the Navy Classic … on Sunday, Nov. 18, the Mountaineers welcome No. 2 Penn State to the WVU Coliseum for their first home dual meet of the season.

- Last Week in Wrestling
The Mountaineers competed in the Wolfpack Open held in Raleigh, N.C, on Nov. 11.

- Notes & Quotes
In total, 19 WVU wrestlers competed in the Wolfpack Open … the list included Nathan Pennesi, Mark Colabucci, A.J. Vizcarrondo, Tre Miller-Scott, Colin Johnston, Brutus Scheffel, Dominic Prezzia, Ross Renzi, Bubba Scheffel, Lance Bryson, Phil Mandzik, Michael Bolash, Christian Chirico, Terrence Demery II, Roman Perryman, Daniel Suite, Gage Swartz, Greg Thurston, and Michael Bennett … each wrestler competed in at least two matches during the all-day tournament … Pennesi placed third, which was the highest among competing Mountaineers ... Miller-Scott and Vizcarrondo earned fourth-place honors, while Colabucci placed sixth.

Rowing
- This Week in Rowing
The West Virginia University rowing team has completed its fall season.

- Last Week in Rowing:
The Mountaineers won five medals at the Frostbite Regatta in Cherry Hill, N.J., on Nov. 10.

- Notes & Quotes
WVU had 13 crews entered in the regatta … in the doubles race, the ‘A’ crew of Mary Ignatiadis and Courtney Schrand finishing in 8:02.05, the ‘B’ crew finishing in 8:09.92 and the ‘C’ crew finishing in 8:22.89 … in the novice 8+ competition, the West Virginia ‘A’ crew of Alison Coates, Summer Socha, Angelica Fell, Sue Hartlove, Kim May, Mary Beth Bulriss, Kendra Welker, Tiffany Hatcher and coxswain Sarah Dodd finished first in their flight with a time of 8:17.76 … the novice 8+ ‘B’ crew placed fourth in their flight with a time of 8:41.85… the novice 4+ ‘A’ crew of Coates, Hartlove, Fell, Hatcher and coxswain Allison Arnold crossed the finish line in 9:01.27 for first place in their flight … additionally, the ‘B’ crew finished second in their flight while the ‘C’ crew finished third in their flight … in the varsity 4+ competitions, the ‘A’ crew of Schrand, Karen Verwey, Elizabeth Kantak, Jessica Hurlbert and coxswain Ellen Shular, finished first in their flight with a time of 8:04.05 … the ‘B’ crew of Ignatiadis, Hilary Meale, Kelly Kramer, Mollie Rosen and coxswain Caitlin Madamba crossed the finish line in 8:09.68 for a first-place finish in their flight ... additionally, the ‘C’ crew finished second in the third flight … in the varsity 8+ competition, the WVU ‘A’ crew of Schrand, Verwey, Hurlbert, Danielle Widecrantz, Brianna Dendler, Danika Rencken, Kramer, Kantak and coxswain Mallory Fisher finished second in the first flight with a time of 7:12.11 ... the ‘B’ crew finished third in the second flight with a time of 7:37.06.

Rifle
- This Week in Rifle
The West Virginia University rifle team will travel to Alaska-Fairbanks University to compete in back-to-back matches on Nov. 17 and 18.

- Last Week in Rifle
The Mountaineers hosted No. 9 Ole Miss on Nov. 9, and No. 13 NC State on Nov. 12 … the Mountaineers shot two team records as well as an NCAA record score of 4720-4624 for the win over Ole Miss … WVU won in both guns, shooting 2376-2335 in air rifle and 2344-2289 in smallbore … the air rifle mark matched a school record set previously against Nebraska on Nov. 12, 2011… WVU defeated NC State 4697-4596, in both guns, shooting 2358-2317 in air rifle and 2339-2279 in smallbore.

- Notes & Quotes
Senior Petra Zublasing, sophomores Taylor Ciotola, Meelis Kiisk, Thomas Kyanko and Maren Prediger, and freshman Garrett Spurgeon counted for the team score against Ole Miss … Zublasing won both disciplines shooting 599 (100-100-100-100-99-100) air rifle and 592 (200 prone, 198 standing, 194 kneeling) smallbore … both scores were season bests … Zublasing also shot school records with her prone and standing scores … Ciotola finished second in air rifle with a personal-best 595, while Prediger made her Mountaineer debut with a third place, 594 score … Kiisk finished behind Prediger with a 588 score, while junior Daniel Sojka shot 587 and finished fifth … Spurgeon shot 587 in smallbore and finished second overall… freshman Patrick Sunderman shot a career-best 584 and finished third, while Kiisk and Sojka shot matching 583s and finished in fourth … Zublasing, Sojka, Ciotola and Kiisk, and Spurgeon combined for the team score against NC State … Zublasing won both disciplines shooting 595 (100-98-99-100-98-100) in air rifle and 590 (199 prone, 193 standing, 198 kneeling) in smallbore … sophomore Maren Prediger tied Zublasing for the air rifle win, as she shot a personal-best 595 (100-100-100-98-100-97) … three Mountaineers tied for second place in smallbore, with Kiisk, Spurgeon and Sunderman all shooting 584 … Ciotola and Sojka tied for fifth place with scores of 581, with Ciotola also shooting a school-record 200 prone … Zublasing finished first overall with a combined score of 1185 ... Sunderman and Kiisk tied for second with aggregate scores of 1173, and Spurgeon placed fourth with a 1170.

Swimming & Diving
- This Week in Swimming & Diving
Both teams travel to the Pitt Invitation from Nov. 16-18, at Trees Pool in Pittsburgh, Pa. … action begins at 10 a.m. each morning.

- Last Week in Swimming & Diving
Both teams were idle.

- Notes & Quotes
Senior Rachael Burnett leads the women in the Big 12 rankings, as she is currently third in the 200 free (1:49.68), third in the 500 free (4:53.68), third in the 1650 free (17:08.08), sixth in the 200 IM (2:05.18), sixth in the 400 IM (4:28.54) ninth in the 100 free (51.67) and 10th in the 50 free (24.28) … senior Kata Fodor currently ranks fourth in the 1650 free (17:11.45) and 10th in the 500 free (4:59.60), junior Danielle Smith is second in the 200 back (2:01.27) and fourth in the 100 back (56.59) … senior Mandie Nugent ranks third in the 200 fly (2:02.63) and fifth in the 100 fly (56.29) … sophomore Julian Vialette and freshman Ross Glegg lead the men as Vialette is ranked seventh in the 50 free (20.91), followed by Glegg in 10th (21.10) … senior Hugh Simmonds ranks sixth in the 200 free (1:41.93), while sophomore Nathan Cobbe is eighth in the 500 free (4:35.47) … sophomore Christopher Brill represents the 100 breast (58.38) and 200 breast (2:08.79), with the No. 9 and No. 7 rankings, respectively.

Women's Basketball
- This Week in Women’s Basketball
The Mountaineers will face Boston University in their road opener at 7 p.m., on Monday, Nov. 12, in Boston, Mass. ... WVU closes out the week with a 1 p.m. home game against USC Upstate on Saturday, Nov. 17.

- Last Week in Women’s Basketball
Junior Christal Caldwell paved the way with a game-high 21 points, as the West Virginia defeated UNC Wilmington, 76-47, in the 2012-13 season opener, on Friday, Nov. 9, at the WVU Coliseum.

- Notes & Quotes
The West Virginia women’s basketball team opened its 40th season in program history last Friday … Caldwell shot 7-for-15 from the field, including a pair of threes, five free throws and three steals in her offensive effort … junior Taylor Palmer added 13 points with three treys, all in the second half … Ayana Dunning rounded out the game’s top three scorers as she recorded the sixth double-double of her career with 11 points and a game-leading 10 rebounds … junior Brooke Hampton came in off the bench to contribute seven points and five assists, while Crystal Leary, another spark from the bench, pulled down seven rebounds, including six on the offensive end … WVU’s 20 offensive boards proved to help as the Mountaineers scored 17 second-chance points and dominated the paint with 32 points to UNCW’s 14 … WVU out-rebounded UNC Wilmington 49-36 and won the turnover battle, forcing 23 turnovers, while limiting its own to 14.



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