Williams Named Athlete of the Week

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  • By WVU Sports Communications
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  • October 21, 2013 11:20 AM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia University women’s cross country sophomore Kelly Williams has been named the Varsity Sport Report Athlete of the Week.

Williams posted a second-place finish at PSU Nationals on Friday, Oct. 18, in University Park, Pa. The sophomore from Chesterland, Ohio, was the first Mountaineer to cross the line (21:22). Williams’ time was a season-best and just two seconds shy of her personal-best time. Williams led WVU to a first-place finish, tallying a team total of 28 points on Saturday.

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
Week 8: Haily VandePoel, Women’s Swimming and Diving
Week 9: Kelly Williams, Women’s Cross Country

This Week in Women’s Soccer
The No.6-ranked WVU women’s soccer team closes out the regular season on the road at Oklahoma on Friday, Oct. 25, at 8 p.m., and at Texas Tech on Sunday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m.

Last Week in Women’s Soccer
The Mountaineers remain unbeaten in Big 12 Conference play, defeating Kansas, 2-0, on Friday night.

Notes & Quotes
Senior forward Frances Silva led WVU with three points against the Jayhawks ... she tied the single season record for assists (12) in the first half, playing a through ball to sophomore forward Kelsie Maloney for her sixth goal of the season ... four minutes later, Silva tallied her team-high 11th goal of the season, beating the Kansas goalkeeper from 15-yards out ... senior goalkeeper Sara Keane turned aside two shots for her sixth shutout this season, the 23rd of her career.

Coach Nikki Izzo-Brown: “Tonight was so awesome for me because Frances got a goal and an assist, and Sara earned the shutout – you couldn’t write the story any better.”

This Week in Men’s Soccer
The Mountaineers will travel to American to play their final non-conference game on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 3 p.m. … West Virginia returns to Mid-American Conference by hosting Western Michigan on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m.

Last Week in Men’s Soccer
West Virginia went 1-0-1 last week with a 1-1 tie against High Point on Tuesday and a 1-0 victory over Georgia State on Saturday … WVU’s record is now 6-6-2, including 1-2-0 in MAC play.

Notes and Quotes
WVU dominated possession throughout the match against High Point and finished the game with a 29-7 shot advantage, as well as a 10-5 edge in corner kicks … the 29 shots ranks second all-time … senior Craig Stephens netted the WVU goal in the 79th minute off a cross by freshman Alex Ochoa … junior Andy Bevin notched his team-leading seventh goal of the season in the 69th minute against Georgia State … Bevin was assisted by sophomores Jamie Merriam and Majed Osman … junior goalkeeper Lee Johnston made six saves in his third shutout of the season.

Coach Marlon LeBlanc: “I said to the boys that for one the slipper is on the other foot because we didn’t play very well tonight, but we got the win. We’ve played really well at times this season and not gotten a result out of it. We will leave it at that, we got the result, we got the goal we needed.”

This Week in Volleyball
The Mountaineers welcome the defending national champions, No. 3 Texas, to the WVU Coliseum on Wednesday night at 8 p.m. ... the match will be televised on ESPNU, marking the first time a WVU home volleyball match has ever been nationally televised.

Last Week in Volleyball
West Virginia split its matches against Robert Morris (3-0) on Wednesday, Oct 16, and No. 23 Kansas (1-3) on Saturday, Oct. 19 ... freshman outside hitter Jordan Anderson had a career-high 19 kills against the Jayhawks, while sophomore outside hitter Nikki Attea fell just two blocks shy from the first triple-double in team history ... sophomore setter Brittany Sample posted her fifth double-double of the season.

Notes & Quotes
The Mountaineers jumped out to a 1-0 match lead on No. 23 Kansas and a 24-21 lead in the second set before the Jayhawks stormed back … West Virginia has tied its most wins in a single season since 2009 … WVU will be looking for its first-ever win over a ranked opponent against No. 3 Texas on Wednesday night.

Coach Jill Kramer: “This was a tough one. I think the first two sets were some of the best volleyball that we’ve played since I’ve been here. It was really competitive. I saw a lot of great things tonight – a lot of great play.”

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

Last Week in Cross Country
The Mountaineers took first place at Penn State Nationals, compiling a team score of 28 ... WVU’s top four runners finished the race in second through fifth place overall.

Notes & Quotes
Sophomore Kelly Williams led the Mountaineers with a second place finish, running a season-best 21:22 ... freshman Jillian Forsey crossed the line in third place in 21:23, a season best ... senior Sarah Martinelli ran a 21:30 on her way to a fourth place finish ... junior Savanna Plombon rounded out the top five with a season-best 21:47 ... freshman Paige Szabat took 14th (22:19) ... freshman Peyton Hampson crossed in 31st (22:52) ... senior Allison Pettit finished in 40th with a 23:30.

Coach Sean Cleary: “I am pleased with our decision to run at this meet this weekend. This group has handled the stresses presented to them over the last few weeks remarkably well.”

This Week in Tennis
WVU women’s tennis continues play at the USTA/ITA Atlantic Regional Championships today, Oct. 21, and tomorrow, Oct. 22.

Last Week in Tennis
The Mountaineers traveled to Charlottesville, Va., for the USTA/ITA Atlantic Regional Championships.

Notes & Quotes
Sophomore Vivian Tsui tallied two wins on Friday to qualify for the main bracket, where she won her first round match on Saturday before falling in straight sets on Sunday ... doubles pair of sophomore Hailey Barrett and junior Ikttesh Chahal tallied a win in the second round after having a first-round bye as the No. 7 seed ... freshman Kaja Mrgole recorded her team-high sixth singles match win on Sunday ... the freshmen tandem of Mrgole and Oana Manole won three consecutive doubles matches to advance to the quartfinal to be played today, Oct. 21, at 3 p.m.

Coach Miha Lisac: “We continued to see some good things today in doubles and singles. It’s important for us to stay dedicated toward the process of getting better and continue to improve.”

This Week in Rifle
The Mountaineers host Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) foe Army on Saturday, Oct. 26, for their second conference match of the fall.

Last Week in Rifle
WVU rifle was idle last week.

Notes & Quotes
The No. 5-ranked Mountaineers (2-0, 1-0 GARC) shot their first GARC match of the season at No. 9 Nebraska (0-1, 0-1 GARC), on Oct. 13, earning a 4656-4650 victory over the Cornhuskers… the Mountaineers won air rifle 2349-2335, while Nebraska won smallbore 2315-2307.

This Week in Swimming & Diving
The Mountaineers host the WVU Invite on Oct. 25-26 ... Friday’s session starts at 4 p.m., while Saturday’s sessions start at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Last Week in Swimming & Diving
The Mountaineers fell on the road to Penn State in a dual-meet, 152-102 in the women’s meet and 161-127 on the men’s side.

Notes & Quotes
In the women’s 200 medley relay, the “A” team of sophomore Jaimee Gillmore, junior Jenelle Zee, junior Julie Ogden and junior Courtney Parenti finished with a time of 1:46.68 … for the men in the 200 medley relay, the “A” team of senior Bryce Bohman, junior Chrristopher Brill, junior Julien Vialette and junior Tim Squires finished with a time of 1:30.98 … in the 1000 free, freshman Emma Skelley placed second for the women with a time of 10:17.09 … for the men, junior Daeton Davenport placed fourth (9:46.03) … in the men’s 100 back, Bohman took third with a time of 48.73 … for the divers, it was a clean sweep on the boards, junior Haily VandePoel placed first on both the 1-meter (285.22) and 3-meter (300.83) for the women, while senior Liam McLaughlin placed first on both the 1-meter (284.47) and 3-meter (324.75) for the men … other finishes for the women’s divers include sophomore Lindsay Schmidt, who placed second on both the 1-meter (254.70) and 3-meter (248.03) … for the men’s divers, sophomore Keith Carmichael placed second on the 3-meter (318.75) and fourth on the 1-meter (228.38).

Coach Vic Riggs: “Though it was hard to see we had good races today. There were a lot of in-season best times and road-best times…We raced hard and obviously we wish we would have been more competitive, but overall there were more bright spots than not.”

This Week in Rowing
The Mountaineers return to the water on Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Head of the Schuylkill in Philadelphia, Pa.

Last Week in Rowing
WVU rowing was idle last week.

Notes & Quotes
The Mountaineers claimed four victories at the Head of the Ohio on Oct. 5 ... senior Courtney Schrand has three gold medals this fall.