West Virginia University volleyball freshman outside hitter/defensive specialist Skye Stokes has been named the WVU Student-Athlete of the Week, presented by University Apartments.
Stokes posted a team-best six service aces, averaging 0.86 per set, in the two-match series against No. 1 Texas last week.
The Chester, West Virginia, native served up a career-high four service aces in the Mountaineers’ first-set victory over the Longhorns on Thursday, including three straight to open the match. The mark is tied for the third-highest ace total in the Big 12 Conference this season. She also registered 11 digs, marking her eighth double-digit performance of the year, to go along with a trio of kills on night one. Stokes followed up that performance with two more service aces on Friday.
Overall, she recorded nine points on the weekend, averaging 1.30 per set.
This Week in Volleyball: No. 13 West Virginia will cap its 2020 fall slate in Norman, Oklahoma, this week, as the Mountaineers (7-7) take on the Sooners (2-8) in a two-match series set for Nov. 19-20 … both contests are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. ET, inside McCasland Field House … the matches will be streamed live on FOX Sports Oklahoma … live stats and video links can be found on WVUsports.com.
Last Week in Volleyball: The Mountaineers dropped a pair of matches to No. 1-ranked Texas last week, falling in four sets on Thursday and three sets on Friday … WVU finished the week with an average of 10.14 kills per set, hitting .057 in the two-match series … junior outside hitter Kristin Lux paced WVU’s offense with 21 kills, averaging 3.00 per set, while senior libero Alexa Hasting led the team’s floor defense with 25 digs to average 3.57 per set.
Notes: West Virginia is 3-3 on the road this season … WVU has forced a fifth set in six of its 14 matches, including two on the road … the Mountaineers are hitting .152 and averaging 11.9 kills per set on the year … WVU currently ranks fourth in the Big 12 standings, a program best … West Virginia jumped back into the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Rankings last week for just the second time in program history, earning its highest ranking at No. 13 … the Mountaineers also garnered their first-ever national ranking on Oct. 28, checking in at No. 15 … without full participation from the conferences, the AVCA is releasing only the top-15 teams each week instead of 25.
This Week in Women’s Basketball: WVU enters its last week of preseason practice before traveling to Las Vegas, Nevada, from Nov. 27-28, to begin the season at the South Point Thanksgiving Shootout at the South Point Hotel & Casino … West Virginia is scheduled to open the tournament against Fresno State on Friday, Nov. 27, before concluding its weekend with a matchup against LSU on Saturday, Nov. 28.
Last Season in Women’s Basketball: West Virginia finished the 2019-20 campaign with a 17-12 record, including a 7-11 mark in Big 12 Conference play … the Mountaineers finished sixth in the final Big 12 rankings … West Virginia posted two wins over AP Top-25 teams last season … the Mountaineers knocked off No. 10 Mississippi State in Starkville, Mississippi, on Dec. 8, 2019, in the Big 12/SEC Challenge … the win over the Bulldogs marked the highest-ranked, nonconference opponent WVU has defeated in program history … the team’s second win over a ranked team came in the opening round of the 2019 Florida Sunshine Classic, as West Virginia downed No. 19 Michigan State … WVU’s season abruptly ended in March 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, which canceled the 2020 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship in Kansas City, Missouri, and the NCAA Tournament … graduate Tynice Martin, the team’s second-leading scorer a year ago, finished her Mountaineer career with 1,980 career points, which ranks No. 4 in program history … Martin, redshirt senior guard Kysre Gondrezick and junior forward Kari Niblack were named to the All-Big 12 Women’s Basketball team to cap the season, with Martin earning a spot on the second team, while Gondrezick and Niblack were named honorable mention.
Notes: WVU coach Mike Carey enters his 20th season at the helm for the Mountaineers … the winningest coach in program history, Carey has accumulated a record of 410-217 (.654) while in Morgantown … during his 32-year coaching career, Carey also has totaled 698 career wins and is two away from 700 … Carey returns seven veterans from last year’s team, while adding six newcomers into the mix … Gondrezick, the Mountaineers’ leading scorer from a season ago, returns to lead the Mountaineer offense alongside fellow senior Blessing Ejiofor … for the second consecutive year, Niblack and junior guard Madisen Smith will serve as West Virginia’s team captains.