Keane Named Athlete of the Week
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia University women’s soccer senior goalkeeper Sara Keane has been named the Varsity Sports Report Athlete of the Week.
Keane posted three shutouts and 11 saves during the Mountaineers’ Big 12 Tournament title run. In the championship match against Oklahoma State on Sunday, Keane tallied a career-high 9 saves. One of her nine stops came on a penalty kick in the first half to keep the game knotted at zero.
Keane has recorded 26 career shutouts and 223 saves. Her nine shutouts in 2013 tied a career high.
WVU Athletes of the Week
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 & Diving
Week 9: Kelly Williams, Women’s Cross Country
Week10: Bryce Bohman, Men’s Swimming & Diving
Week 11: Sarah Martinelli, Women’s Cross Country
Week 12: Sara Keane, Women’s Soccer
This Week in Women’s Soccer
The NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament Selection Show will be on Monday, Nov. 11, at 4:30 p.m. ... first-round action begins on Friday, Nov. 15, at campus sites.
Last Week in Women’s Soccer
West Virginia claimed its first Big 12 Tournament title with a 1-0 victory over Oklahoma State on Sunday ... the Mountaineers defeated Baylor in the semifinals, 1-0, and Kansas, 3-0, in the quarterfinals.
Notes & Quotes
Senior forward Frances Silva was named to the Big 12 All-Tournament team and the Offensive MVP ... Silva tallied three goals in the tournament, including two goals against Kansas on Friday ... freshman midfielder Ashley Lawrence was named to the Big 12 All-Tournament team after netting the game-winner against Oklahoma State in the championship game ... freshman defender Kadeisha Buchanan was named to the Big 12 All-Tournament team and Defensive MVP ... senior goalkeeper Sara Keane posted three shutouts and made 11 saves on her way to being named to the Big 12 All-Tournament team ... freshman forward Tessa Broadwater scored one goal against Kansas on Friday ... freshman defender Carly Black assisted Lawrence’s game-winner on Sunday.
Coach Nikki Izzo-Brown: “This team has just grinded all year long. They’ve faced such adversity, and for them to pull together and get this one, our first one, makes it more special. It’s just special. Everything about this experience this week was awesome.”
This Week in Men’s Soccer
West Virginia will travel for the MAC Tournament in Akron, Ohio … the Mountaineers will play tournament host Akron in the semifinal match on Friday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. … the winner of that game will play the winner of Hartwick/Western Michigan for the MAC Tournament championship on Sunday, Nov. 17 at 1 p.m.
Last Week in Men’s Soccer
West Virginia hosted Bowling Green and played to a 3-3 tie on Friday evening, qualifying for its second MAC Tournament in its second season in the conference.
Notes and Quotes
WVU finished the regular season with a 7-6-5 record, including 2-2-2 in MAC action … freshman Christian Diaz, junior Andy Bevin and sophomore Ryan Cain each scored goals for WVU, while senior Craig Stephens and sophomores Jamie Merriam and Majed Osman each added assists … Bevin finished with the regular season with the team and conference lead in points (24) and goals (9) … Merriam and Osman are tied for the team and conference lead with seven assists apiece.
Coach Marlon LeBlanc: “We made it hard early on. We really had a lot of chances tonight. The not so great side is that we conceded three, but the brilliant side is that we scored three. Their goalkeeper made four or five outstanding saves tonight. We couldn’t put the game away, but at the end of the day we got the result that we needed.”
This Week in Volleyball
West Virginia opens a two-match homestand against No. 25 Iowa State on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 6:30 p.m., and TCU on Saturday, Nov. 16, at 1 p.m., with both matches played inside the WVU Coliseum.
Last Week in Volleyball
The Mountaineers dropped road matches to No. 24 Kansas on Wednesday and to Kansas State on Saturday of this past week.
Notes & Quotes
Freshman outside hitter Jordan Anderson’s streak of consecutive matches with double-digit kills ended at six against Kansas State … sophomore setter Brittany Sample is just nine assists short of 1,000 for this season and just 49 shy of 2,000 for her young career … coach Jill Kramer will sport a buckskin skirt against No. 25 Iowa State on Wednesday, holding up her end of a ‘Student Challenge’ from earlier in the season.
Coach Jill Kramer: “Kansas State played us very well tonight. Their block and defense did a good job and made it tough for us to find any type of rhythm offensively. I’ve always been impressed with the crowd that they draw here and tonight was no different - what a great volleyball environment to play in. We are looking forward to coming back next year.”
This Week in Cross Country
The No. 24 Mountaineers return to action at the Mid-Atlantic Regionals in Bethlehem, Pa., on the Goodman Cross Country Cross this Friday, Nov. 15.
Last Week in Cross Country
West Virginia moved up to No. 2 in the Mid-Atlantic Region and No. 24 in National Poll, following a second-place finish at the Big 12 Championships in Waco, Texas, on Nov. 2.
Notes & Quotes
Martinelli earned All-Big 12 honors for finishing in the top 15 at the Big 12 Championships … the Mountaineers have already participated at the Goodman Cross Country course twice this season … WVU is looking to improve on a fifth-place finish at the Regionals a year ago.
This Week in Women’s Basketball
The West Virginia University women’s basketball team hits the road for a three-day tournament at the Bank of Hawaii Wahine Classic held in Honolulu, Hawaii … WVU will face Ole Miss on Nov. 15 at 9:30 p.m., Washington State on Nov. 16 at 5 p.m. and will close out the tournament with 10 p.m. game against host team Hawaii … the Mountaineers will return home for a 4 p.m. game on Sunday, Nov. 24 against Virginia at the WVU Coliseum.
Last Week in Women’s Basketball
The Mountaineers opened the 2013-14 season at home against Ohio State … WVU fell 70-61 to the Buckeyes, shooting only 30.9 percent (21-68) from the field and 10 percent (2-20) from 3-point range … Christal Caldwell led WVU with 17 points, Asya Bussie added 14 points and nine rebounds and Bria Holmes chipped in 12 points and five rebounds … Averee Fields pulled down a career-best and game-leading 11 rebounds.
Notes & Quotes
The West Virginia women’s basketball team opened its 41st season in program history … the Mountaineers return four starters and nine letterwinners from last season and have the addition of Asya Bussie, Lanay Montgomery, Teana Muldrow and Lubirdia Gordon to the active roster … coach Mike Carey enters his 13th season at the helm of the program and has taken WVU to a school-record seven consecutive postseason appearances and nine total in 10 years.
This Week in Swimming & Diving
The teams are off this week ... the WVU Swimming and Diving squads return to competition next week for the Mizzou Invitational in Columbia, Mo., on Nov. 21-23.
Last Week in Swimming & Diving
The squads traveled to Charlottesville, Va., for a quad meet with Texas, Penn State and host Virginia.
Notes & Quotes
For the men’s 200 free relay, the “A” team of junior Tim Squires, sophomore Ross Glegg, senior Bryce Bohman and junior Julien Vialette placed third with a time of 1:21.18 …in the 100 free, Squires placed fifth with a time of 45.70 and Glegg placed sixth with a time of 45.81 … for the men’s 200 medley relay, the “A” team of Bohman, junior Christopher Brill, Vialette and Squires took second with a time of 1:29.99 … in the men’s 50 free, Squires placed second in the crowded field with a time of 20.41 … in the 400 free relay, the men’s “A” team of Squires, Bohman, Vialette and Glegg placed fourth with a season best time of 3:02.06.
Coach Vic Riggs: “It was a strong Friday for us. All of our men’s relay teams swam in-season best times. Overall we had 80.5 percent in-season best times swimming against some very talented programs.”
This Week in Rifle
The No. 3-ranked WVU Rifle team (5-0, 3-0 GARC) will complete fall semester competition as they travel to GARC foe No. 13 Navy (3-4, 0-2 GARC) on Saturday, Nov. 16.
Last Week in Rifle
WVU Rifle was idle last week.
Notes & Quotes
The Mountaineers hold a 22-8 all-time record over Navy… the Mountaineers will look to stay undefeated in regular season and GARC play.
This Week in Rowing
West Virginia’s varsity squad concludes its fall season at the Rivanna Romp in Earlysville, Va.
Last Week in Rowing
The Mountaineers hosted a scrimmage for the novice squad against Duquesne.
Notes & Quotes
The novice eight won each piece, followed by two Duquesne boats and then WVU’s second novice eight.
Coach Mandy Merritt (Novice Coach): “During the scrimmage, coaches were just looking at the crews and analyzing the power output of each athlete, so it was a pretty informal event.”
This Week in Wrestling
WVU wrestling travels to Iowa State for a Big 12 Conference dual meet on Friday, Nov. 15, and then the Harold Nichols Open on Saturday, Nov. 16 ... WVU and Iowa State will be joined by Minnesota and South Dakota State at the event.
Last Week in Wrestling
The Mountaineers won six weight classes at the Mercyhurst Laker Open.
Notes & Quotes
Senior Colin Johnston (141), junior Brutus Scheffel (157), sophomore Ross Renzi (165), sophomore Bubba Scheffel (174), senior Mac Mancuso (184) and freshman Dink Purnell (HWT) finished first in their respective weight classes ... freshman Cory Stainbrook (125) finished second, losing in the finals by a 2-1 decision ... sophomore Mark Colabucci (184) fell in the finals to teammate Mancuso by a 7-3 decision to clinch second ... freshman Leo Trindade (197) lost in the finals by a 3-2 decision ... junior Gage Swartz (133) took third place, winning his final match of the day by a 7-2 decision.
Coach Craig Turnbull: “This was a very good tournament for us as a team. The guys wrestled very well and got stronger as the tournament went on. We developed a lot of confidence for many of our wrestlers, which should be helpful building through the week into a challenging weekend coming up.”
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