Verwey Named Athlete of the Week

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  • By Jonathan Hevron
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  • October 07, 2013 12:31 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia University women’s rowing senior Karen Verwey has been named the Varsity Sport Report Athlete of the Week.

Verwey competed in three races at the Head of the Ohio on the Allegheny River in Pittsburgh, Pa., on Oct. 5. She took first place in the women’s open 1x, posting a time 19:45.20, beating out four rowers from Duquesne.

In her second race of the day, Verwey competed on the Mountaineers’ first-place boat in the women’s open 8+. The crew of Elizabeth Duarte, Kelly Kramer, Mollie Rosen, Jessica Hurlbert, Rachel Cokeley, Liz Kantak, Verwey, Courtney Schrand and coxswain Mallory Fisher crossed the finish line in 15:34.66.

Verwey’s third race of the day was the women’s open 4+, in which she crewed on the sixth place boat. WVU took first, sixth, seventh, and 19th in the event. Verwey and fellow crew members Hurlbert, Cokeley, Kantak and coxswain Morgan Leach recorded a time of 18:00.99.

WVU Athletes of the Week
Fall 2013
Week 1: Kelsie Maloney, Women’s Soccer
Week 2: Brittany Sample, Volleyball
Week 3: Andy Bevin, Men’s Soccer
Week 4: Jordan Anderson, Volleyball
Week 5: Frances Silva, Women’s Soccer
Week 6: Kate Schwindel, Women’s Soccer
Week 7: Karen Verwey, Women’s Rowing

This Week in Women’s Soccer
The No. 10-ranked women’s soccer team welcomes Iowa State to Morgantown on Friday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m., and TCU on Sunday, Oct. 13, at 1 p.m.

Last Week in Women’s Soccer
WVU hosted Texas, the only other team undefeated in Big 12 play coming into the game, at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium on Friday, Oct. 4 ... The Mountaineers defeated the Longhorns 2-1 to remain on top of the Big 12 standings.

Notes & Quotes
Senior Frances Silva tallied two goals against Texas ... Silva is tied, along with junior forward Kate Schwindel, for the lead in the Big 12 with eight goals ... Silva is No. 1 in the Big 12 with 26 points and 10 assists this season ... Schwindel’s fourth assist of the season in Friday’s contest brings her point total to 20, second best in the Big 12 ... freshman midfielder Ashley Lawrence recorded her third assist of the season, bringing her point total to seven ... 1,553 fans packed DDSS for the fifth-best crowd at a women’s soccer game in stadium history.

Coach Nikki Izzo-Brown: “This is a huge win because that Texas team is a great team – they’re better than they were last year. They’re great athletes and are very organized. For us to pull it together and come out with a victory is huge. You’re competing for a Big 12 championship every game, and every point matters. This team is very resilient. Also – what a crowd tonight! Wow! Thank you fans. You were great.”

This Week in Men’s Soccer
The Mountaineers will close out a five-game homestand with non-conference foe Stony Brook on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. … WVU will then hit the road for a match at Hartwick on Friday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m.

Last Week in Men’s Soccer
West Virginia went 1-0 last week with a 4-0 conference victory over Northern Illinois on Saturday evening ... the win improves WVU’s record to 4-5-1, including 1-1-0 in Mid-American Conference play.

Notes and Quotes
The win over Northern Illinois snapped a four-game losing streak, including three in a row at home … junior forward Andy Bevin scored one goal on a game-leading four shots, while adding two assists to complete a four-point evening … freshman Christian Diaz scored his first career goal, the eventual game winner … sophomores Ryan Cain and Jamie Merriam also added goals, their second of the season … junior goalkeeper Lee Johnston registered his second shutout of the season, making three saves.

Coach Marlon LeBlanc: “It was a very hands-on week for me. They were forced to buy in. It was nice to see the guys really execute tonight. We really executed tonight and all of the credit goes to them, they were excellent on the evening.”

This Week in Volleyball
West Virginia hosts Baylor on Wednesday, Oct 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the WVU Coliseum ... the match has been deemed Dig Pink Night ... the Mountaineers will be wearing pink for Breast Cancer Awareness ... all fans are also encouraged to wear pink to show support.

Last Week in Volleyball
The Mountaineers posted a 1-1 road trip, falling to TCU 3-1, and defeating Texas Tech 3-1 ... West Virginia is now 15-2 on the season and 2-1 in Big 12 Conference play ... sophomore setter Brittany Sample, sophomore outside hitter Nikki Attea and freshman outside hitter Jordan Anderson all recorded double-doubles in the win over the Red Raiders.

Notes & Quotes
West Virginia has matched its highest win total in a single season since 2010 (15) … the Mountaineers recorded their first-ever Big 12 Conference road win against Texas Tech Saturday … freshman Jordan Anderson leads the Big 12 Conference in kills per set and now has seven double-doubles on the season.

Coach Jill Kramer: “We are looking forward to getting back on the court and competing again. Our team is doing a great job of staying disciplined, communicating well and being aggressive at crunch time – things that great teams and competitors do.”

This Week in Cross Country
WVU cross country is idle this week.

Last Week in Cross Country
Senior Sarah Martinelli led WVU to an eighth-place finish out of 47 schools at the Lehigh Paul Short Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 5, in Bethlehem, Pa.

Notes & Quotes
Martinelli ran a personal-best 20:55 for 19th place ... Martinelli’s time is the best recorded by WVU this season ... senior Allison Lasnicki finished in 25th place with a 21:04 in her debut as a Mountaineer ... freshman Jillian Forsey crossed the line in 48th place with a 21:25 ... sophomore Kelly Williams ran a 21:37 to finish in 75th ... junior Savanna Plombon finished in 90th with a 21:44 ... sophomore Paige Szabat crossed in 22:23 for 166th place.

Coach Sean Cleary: “This was an interesting race to say the least. While we came here wanting a different result, I am pleased with the effort that we demonstrated. These conditions were brutal. I feel that we will come out of this with a much clearer vision as to what we need to accomplish in our preparation and race executions. I am proud of how hard we ran out there.”

This Week in Tennis
WVU women’s tennis is idle this week.

Last Week in Tennis
WVU competed at the Akron Invite against Akron, Cornell and Ohio State.

Notes & Quotes
Sophomore Hailey Barrett and junior Ikttesh Chahal went 0-3 in doubles play over the weekend ... the freshmen tandem of Kaja Mrgole and Oana Manole went 1-2 in doubles, with their victory coming over Akron’s Caroline Harpainter and Madison Cohen, 8-4 ... Barrett moved to 3-4 on the season in singles play after going 1-2 this weekend ... Chahal dropped three singles matches at Akron ... Mrgole went 3-0 over the weekend for a team-best five wins this season ... Manole tallied two victories to bring her singles record to 3-4 ... sophomore Vivian Tsui went 0-3 over the weekend, making her 2-5 this fall.

Coach Miha Lisac: “Things continued to go well, and I think that we have shown progress in both singles and doubles. I think this tournament was a good challenge and a good step forward for us.”

This Week in Rifle
The No. 1-ranked WVU rifle team (1-0) opens their Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) season next weekend, traveling to No. 6 Nebraska for a match on Sunday, Oct. 13 at the Nebraska Rifle Range.

Last Week in Rifle
WVU opened their 2013-14 season at home with a 4657-4648 win against No. 10 Ohio State (0-1) … the Mountaineers won air rifle 2356-2343, while OSU took smallbore 2305-2301.

Notes & Quotes
Junior Maren Prediger shot a career-best 599 (100-100-100-100-100-99) for an air rifle win, which was one shot away from the NCAA and WVU record … sophomore Garret Spurgeon tied for second with OSU’s Deanna Binnie in smallbore with a score of 581 and with senior Chance Cover for fifth in air rifle with a score of 587… cover shot a personal best 576 in smallbore and placed sixth in the gun … junior Daniel Sojka finished third in air rifle (588) and fourth in smallbore (580) … junior Meelis Kiisk finished seventh in both guns with a 586 in air rifle and tying Prediger with a 574 in smallbore … redshirt-freshman Jean Pierre Lucas and freshman Sydney Smith made their Mountaineer debut, both making their best showings in air rifle, with Lucas shooting 581 and Smith shooting 575.

Coach Jon Hammond: “It’s early in the season, and we’re still getting in the flow. I did not expect us to be at our peak today. There’s some rustiness on the team, but overall I think everyone knows we can shoot a little bit better. There’s a lot to improve on, but I’m sure that it will come in the next month.”

This Week in Swimming & Diving
The Mountaineers are back in action as they host the third annual West Virginia State Games from October 11-12 ... day 1 of the meet is scheduled to start at 4 p.m., Friday ... day 2 is scheduled to kick off Saturday at 9 a.m.

Last Week in Swimming & Diving
West Virginia swimming and diving teams completed its Gold-Blue intrasquad dual-meet Saturday, Oct. 5, at the WVU Natatorium … in the first dual-meet opportunity for the teams, the Gold team won the meet with a final score of 231.5-199.5.

Notes & Quotes
Senior Bryce Bohman set a new pool record in the 100 back (48.90) ... the meet started with the 200 mixed medley relay, as the Blue “A” team of Bohman, freshman Max Spencer, junior Julie Ogden and junior Courtney Parenti won the event with a time of 1:39.89 … the second relay of the day was the 1000 free relay ... the Blue “A” team of Skelley, Braden, Murto, and senior Hayley Kidd won the event with a time of 10:07.11 for the women ... the Gold “B” team of freshman Nathan Howells, sophomore Jay Hickey, Cobbe, and freshman Frank Csonka won the event for the men … for the divers, the Gold team swept both of the boards ... junior Haily VandePoel won both the 1-meter (311.30) and 3-meter (355.55) on the women’s side ... sophomore Keith Carmichael won both the 1-meter (336.55) and the 3-meter (326.30) on the men’s side ... in the final event of the day, the mixed 200 Free Relay, The Gold “A” team of Squires, Burlingham, Gillmore, and Glegg won the event with a time of 1:30.43.

Coach Vic Riggs: “It was a fun day. Obviously it’s supposed to be a light and fun environment and the teams raced well. The highlight was Bryce’s 100 back. It’s always nice to break a pool record, especially when it was held by Pitt.”

This Week in Rowing
WVU rowing is idle this week.

Last Week in Rowing
The Mountaineers opened their fall season with four victories at the Head of the Ohio on the Allegheny River in Pittsburgh, Pa., on Saturday, Oct. 5.

Notes & Quotes
Karen Verwey defeated four other rowers in the women’s open 1x with a time of 19:45.20 ... in the women’s open 8+, the Mountaineers’ boat of Elizabeth Duarte, Kelly Kramer, Mollie Rosen, Jessica Hurlbert, Rachel Cokeley, Liz Kantak, Verwey, Courtney Schrand and coxswain Mallory Fisher won with a time of 15:34.66 ... WVU’s second boat, crewed by Melinda Sharon, Bethany Anne Sapen, Hannah Onians, Susannah Hartlove, Lisa Deklau, Megan Brophy, Allison Coates, Tamyra Roberts and coxswain Emily Deming, fisnihed fourth with a time of 16:07.8 ... Addie Dulaney, Louisa Morgan, Whitney Chrisman, Kaitlyn Eason, Kimberlie May, Sarah Taylor, Madison James, Marika Huskins and coxswain Alexandra Basil finished in 14th in 17:41.83 ... in the women’s open 2x, the boat of Kantak and Schrand won with a time of 17:41.46 ... the duo of Kramer and Cokeley finished in third with an 18:25.21 ... in the women’s open 4+, Rosen, Kramer, Duarte, Schrand and coxswain Sarah Dodd led the way with 17:41.41 ... Hurlbert, Cokeley, Kantak, Verwey and coxswain Morgan Leach recorded a time of 18:00.99 ... about 10 seconds behind was the boat of James, Huskins, Onians, Brophy and Abigail Fondren ... Caroline Mullins, Allyson Pytlak, Summer Socha, Mary Cook and coxswain Allison Arnold finished in 19th with a 19:29.14.

Coach Jimmy King: “We had a good day coming out on the winning side of some very close races.”