MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – After helping the No. 1 West Virginia University women’s soccer team earn its 12th shutout of the season, sophomore defender Easther Mayi Kith
has been named the WVU Student-Athlete of the Week, presented by University Apartments.
A native of Quebec City, Quebec, Mayi Kith and the WVU defense held Oklahoma State to just four shots, one on-goal, en route to a 3-0 victory on Oct. 28 in the team’s regular-season finale. Mayi Kith denied the Big 12 Conference’s top point earner and goal scorer, Cowgirl Courtney Dike, a shot.
The clean sheet was the team’s eighth straight, and WVU is the first program in Big 12 history to post a season shutout in league play. OSU became the seventh Big 12 team to register two or fewer shots on-goal against the Mountaineer defense.
WVU needs one more shutout to match the program and conference shutout streak record. The Mountaineers need three more shutouts to match the program single-season record of 15, set in 2015.
This Week in Women’s Soccer: The No. 1-ranked and top-seeded Mountaineers (16-1-1, 8-0) travel to Kansas City, Missouri, for the 2016 Big 12 Soccer Championship, held Nov. 2-6, at Swope Soccer Village … WVU kicks against No. 8 Texas Tech on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 12:30 p.m. ET … the Mountaineers defeated the Red Raiders, 1-0, on Oct. 14, in Morgantown.
Last Week in Women’s Soccer:
WVU became the first team in Big 12 Conference history to post a season shutout in league play with a 3-0 win over Oklahoma State on Oct. 28, at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium … sophomore forward Sh’Nia Gordon broke scoreless play with a goal in the 49th minute, and Grace Cutler
and Ashley Woolpert
added insurance goals in the 76th and 81st minutes, respectively … freshman Rylee Foster
started between the posts and made one save; junior Michelle Newhouse
relieved her in the 79th minute … WVU finished with a 26-4 edge in shots and forced OSU into seven saves … the Mountaineers also earned an 8-2 advantage in corner kicks.
WVU played in front of 2,048 fans Friday night, the fourth-best attendance mark in program history … the clean sheet was the team’s 12th of the season … WVU is the second program and third team to finish Big 12 play unbeaten and untied … dating back to 2014, the squad also is unbeaten in its last 23 Big 12 matches, and the program’s unbeaten streak in conference home matches stands at 34, the third-longest active streak nationally … seven league teams registered two or fewer shots on-goal against WVU this season … junior Carla Portillo
and senior Ashley Lawrence
now show a team-best six assists … junior forward Michaela Abam
continues to pace with 20 points (8 G, 4 A) … Woolpert’s goal was the first of her career … prior to kickoff, WVU honored its four seniors – Lawrence, Woolpert, Kadeisha Buchanan
and Carly Black
… the five-time reigning conference regular-season champion, WVU is the top-seeded team for the fifth straight year.
This Week in Men’s Soccer: The Mountaineers (8-6-1) conclude the regular season at Mid-American Conference foe Northern Illinois on Saturday, Nov. 5, at 8 p.m. ET.
Last Week in Men’s Soccer:
WVU opened the week with a 1-0 victory at Penn on October 25 in Philadelphia … senior forward Felix Angerer
netted his third goal of the season at 51:20 while WVU’s defense and junior goalkeeper Jose Santos
produced its eighth clean sheet of the season … West Virginia closed the week with a 2-1 loss at Western Michigan on Saturday … senior defender Jack Elliott
scored on a penalty kick in the 80th minute and the Mountaineers had three more shots on goal in the final 10 minutes, but they could not even the score after WMU scored twice in the opening 16 minutes.
Senior forward Felix Angerer
scored his third goal of the year at Penn and senior defender Jack Elliott
scored his second of the year at Western Michigan … junior goalkeeper Jose Santos
has made eight shutouts on the season, tied for No. 7 in program history, while his eighth career shutouts is eighth-most in the WVU record books … WVU’s eight shutouts in 2016 is the most in a single season since the Mountaineers had 10 in 2009.
This Week in Volleyball: The Mountaineers travel to Ames, Iowa, on Wednesday for a Big 12 tilt at Iowa State … first serve is set for 7:30 p.m. ET at Hilton Coliseum.
Last Week in Volleyball:
West Virginia (12-12, 3-7) snapped a six-match Big 12 losing streak by winning a five-set thriller over Texas Tech, 3-2, on Saturday at the WVU Coliseum … Mia Swanegan
had nine blocks to lead the team to a season-high 18 block effort … Payton Caffrey
notched her 10th double-double of the season with 24 kills and 12 digs … Gianna Gotterba
had a team-best 16 digs in the win … Swanegan tied her career high with 13 kills and hit a team-best .320 in the match … Erin Slinde
also had a career night, dishing out 49 assists while Katelyn Evans
posted a trio of aces.
The Mountaineers picked up their third Big 12 win of the year against Texas Tech and are now 2-0 this season against the Red Raiders … WVU is 12-12 overall, posting seven more wins than their 2015 total of five … the team totaled a season-high 18 blocks against TTU … Saturday marked the seventh time this season WVU has gone to five sets… the Mountaineers are 4-3 in five-set matches … Payton Caffrey
ranks second in the league in double-doubles with 10 … Caffrey is also second in kills per set (4.77) and points per set (5.32) … the freshman outside hitter has moved into sixth place on WVU single season kills list with 439 on the season … Mia Swanegan
continues to lead the league in blocking with 1.45 blocks per set … the junior middle blocker ranks eighth in program history in single season block assists with 114 … junior libero Gianna Gotterba
is four digs shy of her 1,000th dig … after posting a team-best 16 on Saturday, she boasts 996 in her career.
Coach Reed Sunahara after winning over Texas Tech: “It’s a good start to the second half of our season. Anytime you can win in the Big 12, that’s important. That’s our goal every match. Tonight, our kids were resilient. I thought Texas Tech played well this afternoon. We didn’t break down when the match was on the line. Hat’s off to our kids. I’m proud of them.”
This Week in Cross Country: The No. 4 Mountaineers in the Mid-Atlantic Region have a week off before returning to State College, Pennsylvania, to compete at the NCAA Regionals on Friday, Nov. 11.
Last Week in Cross Country:
Redshirt junior Jillian Forsey
posted a runner-up finish in the women’s 6k race, helping the West Virginia University cross country team take third place at the Big 12 Championship in Lubbock, Texas, on Saturday ... out of 90 runners, Forsey crossed the finish line in second with a time of 20:32, earning her second All-Big 12 honors ... she was just 14 seconds behind Sharon Lokedi of Kansas who won the race ... for the Mountaineers, redshirt juniors Maggie Drazba
and Amy Cashin
posted top-20 finishes ... Drazba crossed the finish line in 17th with a time of 21:16 and Cashin took 20th with a time of 21:25 ... senior Brianna Kerekes
placed 34th with a time of 21:50, followed by redshirt senior Megan Yuan
in 38th (22:01), redshirt junior Brynn Harshbarger
in 45th (22:16) and redshirt freshman Olivia Hill
in 48th (22:24) ... other WVU finishers were redshirt junior Rebecca Wendt
in 63rd (22:52), redshirt freshman Candace Jones
in 70th (23:14) and redshirt junior Allie Diehl
in 80th (23:47).
Notes: Six of the 10 Big 12 teams were nationally ranked or receiving votes in the USTFCCCA Coaches’ Poll ... No. 15 Iowa State won the Big 12 title, finishing with a team score of 56 ... the top-five team finishers were No. 18 Oklahoma State in second with a team score of 82, followed by West Virginia in third (111), Oklahoma in fourth (124), and No. 12 Baylor in fifth (126).
Coach Sean Cleary after WVU took third at Big 12s: “We had a very good team finish today. As a conference we felt that six teams had a very realistic shot of making the NCAA finals in November. Oklahoma showed that the league now has seven teams running at a very high level. A few weeks ago we began believing that we had a shot to finish in the top three with an outside shot of taking home the top honors. Leaving Texas today, we feel that we maximized our teams potential on the day. Individually speaking, we still have more running in us. Jill was brilliant over the second half of the race. She came from very far behind to run one of the best races of her life. Maggie was fully committed early to stick herself in the front of the pack to give herself a chance at a big finish. Unfortunately she was a little off today, but she still rallied for a big finish. Amy came very close to running a perfect morning. Confident that we can tweak a few things in the next two weeks before the NCAA Regional Championships. We collectively can improve and are determined to do so.”
This Week in Golf: Golf is off until February.
Last Week in Golf:
WVU finished fall play with a 12th-place finish at the Quail Valley Collegiate Invitational … the event was hosted by McNeese State at the Quail Valley Golf and River Club in Vero Beach, Florida, on Oct 24-25 … freshman Etienne Papineau
shot three under par in the final round … he tied for 48th place with a three-round score of 74-77-69=220, finishing the tournament four over par … Max Sear
led the Mountaineers, shooting a 75-68-74=217 in the tournament to finish one over par and in 35th place … Alan Cooke
finished six over with a 71-73-78=222 for 55th place … the Mountaineers finished the tournament in 12th place with a score of 291-292-293=876 for 12 over par … Michigan State took home the team title, shooting an 835 to finish 29 under par … runner-up North Florida was 27 under par with an 837, while Arkansas took third at 19 under par (845).
The Mountaineers finished the fall ranked No. 99 in Golfstats’s NCAA rankings … Max Sear
led the squad with a 72.27 stroke average through 11 rounds of play … Alan Cooke
boasted a 72.40 scoring average through 10 rounds … freshman Etienne Papineau
finished the fall with an average of 72.45 … Sear posted a season-low 66 at the VCU Janney Shootout and boasts three rounds in the 60s … he also has a pair of top-20 finishes, including a seventh-place finish at the VCU Janney Shootout … Cooke and Sear each boasts five rounds of par or better … Papineau has a pair of top-20 finishes in his first collegiate season … he also leads the way with seven rounds of par of better.
Coach Sean Covich after the Quail Valley Collegiate Invitational: “I’m really proud of the way Etienne fought out there today. He showed a lot of heart, which is what you would hope all of your guys do. It’s always good to see a true freshman post rounds like that.”
This Week in Swimming and Diving: WVU has three weeks off before competing at the three-day NC State Invitational in Greensboro, North Carolina, on Nov. 17-19.
Last Week in Swimming and Diving: The Mountaineers did not compete last week.
This Week in Women’s Basketball: West Virginia opens the 2016-17 preseason with an exhibition game against Concord on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. at Robert C. Byrd High School in Clarksburg, West Virginia ... all tickets are $5 and can be purchased in advanced at Mountaineer World in Bridgeport, MCM Business Solutions in Nutter Fort or the Mountaineer Ticket office located on the second floor of the WVU Coliseum Country Roads (formerly Red) Gate … tickets will also be available at the RCB Gym on gameday ... only cash or check will be accepted forms of payment ... all proceeds from the game will benefit those affected by the June flooding in southern West Virginia.
Last Season in Women’s Basketball:
West Virginia finished the 2015-16 season with a 25-10 overall record and a 12-6 third place finish in the Big 12 ... the Mountaineers reached the NCAA Tournament for the 11th time and made the postseason for a school-record 10th consecutive year ... Bria Holmes led the Mountaineers with 16.8 points per game … Holmes earned unanimous All-Big 12 First Team honors for a third consecutive season … she was tabbed All-America Honorable Mention by the Associated Press and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association and earned a spot on the Senior CLASS Award All-America Second Team … in April 2016, Holmes would become the Mountaineers’ highest WNBA Draft pick as the Atlanta Dream selected her 11th overall in the first round ... Lanay Montgomery
also garnered All-Big 12 Second Team and was tabbed to the Big 12 All-Defensive Team after averaging 8.2 points and 8.1 rebounds per game ... Tynice Martin
was named the Big 12 Freshman of the Year after tallying 10.3 points per game in 35 contests ... Arielle Roberson garnered All-Big 12 Honorable Mention with 4.4 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.
West Virginia was picked to finish fourth in the Big 12 Conference preseason poll as chosen by the league’s head coaches. WVU ranks No. 25 in the USA TODAY Sports Coaches Preseason Poll released last week ... Lanay Montgomery
and Tynice Martin
were tabbed Preseason All-Big 12 Honorable Mention ... Kristina King
, the 2016 NJCAA and WBCA National Junior College Player of the Year, was named the Big 12 Conference Preseason Newcomer of the Year ... West Virginia opens the regular season against Charleston Southern on Saturday, Nov. 12, in a 4 p.m. tipoff at the WVU Coliseum ... season tickets are currently on sale through the Mountaineer Ticket Office at 1-800-WVU GAME or by visiting WVUGAME.com.
This Week in Wrestling: West Virginia opens the 2016-17 season at home on Sundayn Nov. 6 with the second annual Mountaineer Quad … the Mountaineers will host Campbell, Ohio and Pitt in a series of duals at the WVU Coliseum … WVU squares off with Camels at 10 a.m. before facing the Bobcats at 2 p.m. … the Mountaineers and the Panthers will not wrestle on Sunday.
The Mountaineers open the 2016-17 season on Sunday… it will mark the team’s third year under head coach Sammie Henson … 2015 NCAA runner-up and All-American Zeke Moisey
(125) will sit out the season … senior Dylan Cottrell
will move from 157 pounds to 165 to close out his collegiate career… Cottrell and redshirt junior Jacob A. Smith
enter the season nationally ranked at their respective weights … Cottrell is No. 15 at 165 while Smith is No. 8/9/10 at 197 pounds … Sunday’s match is the first of four home events for West Virginia … the team will also host rival Virginia Tech in Parkersburg in December.
This Week in Rifle: The No. 1-ranked Mountaineers play host to No. 9 Memphis on Saturday, Nov. 5, at the WVU Rifle Range … competition will begin at 8 a.m. and go into the afternoon.
Last Week in Rifle: WVU did not compete last week.
Notes: The Mountaineers (4-0, 2-0 GARC) sit atop the College Rifle Coaches Association (CRCA) Poll again after a week at No. 2 … Saturday is the team’s first home match since opening the 2016-17 season with a 4714-4674 win over Ohio State on Oct. 2 … the Tigers are the third Great America Rifle Conference (GARC) opponent of the year for WVU.
This Week Rowing: The novice team travels to Fairfax Station, Virginia, on Nov. 5 to compete at the Head of Occoquan … the Head of the Occoquan is one of the nation’s largest regattas and is hosted by the Occoquan Boat Club at Sandy Run Regional Park.
Last week in Rowing: The team did not compete last week.
Notes: The Head of the Occoquan will be the first of two regattas that the novice team will compete in this fall … they will also compete alongside their varsity counterparts on Nov. 11 against Duquesne in Morgantown.