Sample Earns Athlete of the Week Honor


By WVU Sports Communications for WVUsports.com
September 03, 2013 10:59 AM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (September 3, 2013) – West Virginia University volleyball’s Brittany Sample has been named the Varsity Sports Report Athlete of the Week for her performance at the Blue/Gold Invitational in Toledo, Ohio, this past weekend.

Sample led the Mountaineers to a 3-0 record and the Blue/Gold Invitational championship, while also being named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. Sample anchored a West Virginia offense that posted a .423 hitting percentage against Toledo on Sunday, and a .258 team hitting percentage for the weekend.

The sophomore setter recorded 119 assists on the weekend, for an 11.90 assist per set average. Sample helped middle blocker Caleah Wells and outside hitters Jordan Anderson and Elzbieta Klein all set career highs for kills.

The Lewisville, Texas, native also helped Wells tally a .444 hit percentage, good for third-best in the conference.

WVU Athletes of the Week
Week 1: Kelsie Maloney, Women’s Soccer
Week 2: Brittany Sample, Volleyball

Women's Soccer
-This Week in Women’s Soccer:
The No. 10-ranked Mountaineers (3-0-1) face two top-15 opponents in No. 12 Duke and top-ranked North Carolina at the Duke Nike Classic ... the last time WVU played two ranked opponents in the same weekend was in 2002, when the Mountaineers defeated No. 14 Rutgers on Nov. 8, 2002, and fell to No. 10 Connecticut, 1-0, on Nov. 10.

-Last Week in Women’s Soccer:
West Virginia opened its home schedule by defeating Central Michigan, 4-0, on Aug. 30 to give coach Nikki Izzo-Brown her 250th-career win ... the Mountaineers moved to 3-0-1 after downing Morehead State, 2-0, on Sept. 1.

-Notes & Quotes:
Senior forward Frances Silva has tallied a point in every match this season, adding a goal and two assists against Central Michigan and Morehead State ... Silva currently leads the Big 12 in assists (3) ... sophomore defender Cari Price recorded her first and second career goals against CMU on Aug. 30 ... junior forward Kate Schwindel scored her second goal of the season against the Chippewas on Aug. 30 ... sophomore forward Kelsie Maloney scored the game-winner on Sept. 1 against Morehead State ... sophomore midfielder Annalika Steyn made her first career assist on Silva’s 82nd minute goal on Sept. 1 against the Eagles.

Coach Nikki Izzo-Brown: “I’ll say it again – it’s never about one person. I sit back and really relish this moment – it’s about all the great people I’ve worked with and all the numbers that have put those jerseys on. It is never about one person, and I’m fortunate enough to work and be a part of it. Win 250 is a big number.”

Men's Soccer
-This Week in Men’s Soccer: The Mountaineers will have their toughest road trip of the season this week, taking on two top-5 schools … WVU travels to Georgetown on Friday, Sept. 6, for a 4 p.m. match … on Sunday, Sept. 8, WVU will take on the defending national champion, Indiana, at 8 p.m.

-Last Week in Men’s Soccer: West Virginia went 1-0-1 last week, defeating Central Connecticut State, 3-0, on Friday, and playing to a 2-2 draw against Radford on Monday afternoon.

-Notes and Quotes: Junior Andy Bevin paced WVU last weekend, finishing with one goal and three assists in the two matches … senior Craig Stephens, sophomores Jamie Merriam, Majed Osman and Francio Henry all added one goal apiece … in net, junior Lee Johnston made four saves and earned his first career shutout at WVU on Friday evening.

Coach Martin LeBlanc: “The easy thing to do is to point to Lee on the mistake on the second goal (on Sunday), but that was a microcosm of a number of different mistakes that were made. Obviously both teams looked tired, however for us to have as much of the ball and play as we did, to let that game go in the end is disappointing.”

Volleyball
-This Week in Volleyball
The WVU volleyball team hosts the Mountaineer Invitational this Friday, Sept. 6, and Saturday, Sept. 7 ... the Mountaineers will play matches at noon and 6:30 p.m. on both days, welcoming Norfolk State, Canisius, Fordham and Navy.

-Last Week in Volleyball
The West Virginia volleyball team posted a 3-0 record over the weekend, while winning the Blue/Gold Invitational in Toledo, Ohio ... the Mountaineers defeated Eastern Illinois, 3-1, and Loyola-Chicago, 3-0, on Saturday, and Toledo 3-0 on Sunday ... sophomore setter Brittany Sample was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, registering 119 assists in three matches ... freshman outside hitter Jordan Anderson led the team with 43 kills and recorded a double-double in each of her first three matches as a Mountaineer.

-Notes & Quotes
West Virginia currently leads the Big 12 Conference in blocks … The Mountaineers are off to their second 3-0 start in the last four seasons

Coach Jill Kramer: “I’m so much more focused on where we are as a group right now than the win/loss column. The way we’re playing the game, the tempo we create, the decisions we make and competing at crunch time have all been crucial for us.”

Cross Country
-This Week in Cross Country:
The Mountaineers continue to prepare for their next meet – the PSU Spiked Shoe Invitational in State College, Pa., on Sept 13.

-Last Week in Cross Country:
West Virginia placed fourth out of 13 teams at the Lehigh Invitational in Bethlehem, Pa., to open its 2013 season ... the invitational was held at Goodman Cross Country Course at Lehigh University ... the course also will be the site of the NCAA Regionals later in the season ... sophomore Paige Szabat was the first Mountaineer to cross the finish line, finishing in 10th place overall with a time of 23:41.75 ... junior Allison Pettit finished in 19th (23:50.51) ... junior Lydia Martinelli crossed the line in 29th (24:19.51) ... freshman Peyton Hampson in 32nd (24:31.55) ... senior Chelsea Jarvis finished in 49th (25:12.03).

-Notes & Quotes:
Coach Sean Cleary: “I was proud of this group. For a preseason effort off very specific training efforts, I am pleased. We will return to this course in early October and should be significantly faster.”



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