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    With the program’s fastest-ever goal in her back pocket, senior forward Sh’Nia Gordon of the women’s soccer team has been named the WVU Student-Athlete of the Week, presented by University Apartments.

    Gordon put WVU ahead for good just 0:25 into the match and pushed the Mountaineers to a 2-0 win at No. 21 TCU on Sept. 23. The goal bested the previous record of 0:47, set by Heather Kaleiohi in 2016.

    Her second game-winner in three matches and her third goal in four matches, Gordon ranks second on the team with six points (3 G).

    The Mountaineers opened Big 12 play with two key road victories, also defeating No. 22 Texas Tech, 2-0, on Sept. 21. The losses were the first home defeats for both teams.

    This Week in Women’s Soccer: The Mountaineers begin a three-match homestand at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium this Friday, Sept. 28, as they play host to Kansas State at 7 p.m.

    Last Week in Women’s Soccer: WVU (6-2-3, 2-0) handed two ranked foes their first home losses, as the Mountaineers opened Big 12 Conference play with 2-0 wins at No. 22 Texas Tech and No. 21 TCU on Sept. 21 and Sept. 23, respectively … on Friday, sophomore forward Lauren Segalla tallied the game-winning goal in the 47th minute, and sophomore midfielder Stefany Ferrer-vanGinkel connected on a penalty kick in the 64th minute … WVU finished with a 9-7 shot advantage and forced TTU into four saves … the Red Raiders failed to place a shot on-goal, becoming the third consecutive opponent and the fourth this season to not force WVU into a save … on Sunday, senior forward Sh’Nia Gordon tallied the game-winner just 0:25 into the match for the fastest goal in program history … Ferrer-vanGinkel again added the insurance goal, scoring in the 73rd minute for her team-best fifth goal of the season … WVU finished with a 16-5 edge in shots and held TCU to just one shot on-goal … the Mountaineers forced TCU into five saves, three in the first half.

    Notes: WVU rides a five-match win streak for the first time since 2016 … the Mountaineers defeated ranked opponents in back-to-back matches for the first time since 2016 … Gordon has tallied the game-winner twice in the last three matches … WVU has allowed one opponent shot on-goal since Sept. 7 … the Mountaineers have tallied four straight shutouts and show six on the season … Ferrer-vanGinkel’s five goals have come in the last five matches … Segalla’s score was her first of the season … seniors Nadya Gill and Vanessa Flores each registered their first assists of the year last weekend … Friday’s match vs. K-State is the Wildcats’ first-ever trip to Morgantown.

    This Week in Men’s Soccer: West Virginia returns home to begin a three-match homestand and hosts Radford on Tuesday, Sept. 25, and Delaware on Saturday, Sept. 29, this week … kickoff of both matches is set for 7 p.m. ET, at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium … tickets are available at WVUGAME.com or by calling 1-800 WVU GAME … Tuesday is Monongalia County School Night, where the Mountaineers will recognize elementary and middle school students from schools in the county during halftime, and it also is the second Taco Tuesday of the season, with $2 walking tacos … Saturday is Youth Soccer Day, with several events planned … kids who wear their youth team jersey will receive free admission, and the team will host a free pregame clinic for all children ages 13 and under … all fans can get autographs from the team following the match and the Maniacs will have a giveaway for WVU students.

    Last Week in Men’s Soccer: The Mountaineers went 2-0 last week, with a pair of 2-0 wins, vs. Cincinnati on Sept. 18, and at Dayton on Sept. 22 … two second-half goals lifted WVU vs. UC, as sophomore defender Kevin Morris scored his first career goal in the 52nd minute and junior defender Ryan Kellogg scored his first of the year in the 71st … West Virginia held Cincinnati to two shots in the contest, both in the second half in between its two goals … sophomore goalkeeper Steven Tekesky stopped both shots he faced … in Saturday’s win at Dayton, junior defender Pascal Derwaritsch gave WVU a 1-0 lead in the 25th minute and sophomore forward Spenser Myers scored his first career goal to make it 2-0 in the 73rd minute … Tekesky made three saves, with two in a three-minute span in the second half … WVU was out-shot, 18-7, but had a 4-3 advantage in shots on goal.

    Notes: WVU (5-3) has won three in a row, with two consecutive shutouts … West Virginia handed Dayton its first home loss of the year, and the Mountaineers’ two goals were the first the Flyers allowed at home this season … WVU improved to 5-0 when scoring two or more goals in 2018 and is a perfect 13-0-0 in the last three seasons when scoring two or more … along with Morris scoring his first career goal in Tuesday’s win vs. Cincinnati, sophomore forward Tsubasa Takada assisted on both goals, his first career multi-assist match … freshman midfielder Josh DiMatteo was credited with his first career assist on WVU’s second goal at Dayton.

    This Week in Volleyball: West Virginia (7-7, 0-2) will host a Luau Night on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 6 p.m., against Big 12 Conference foe Kansas State (10-3, 0-2) … Mountaineer fans are encouraged to wear Hawaiian-themed gear, as the first 250 fans in attendance will receive a free lei or a pair of WVU sunglasses … additionally, the Sept. 29 match against perennial national contender No. 5 Texas (6-3, 1-0) features a mini volleyball giveaway for the first 500 fans, courtesy of Coca-Cola … the match, slated to begin at 1 p.m., also will be a part of WVU volleyball’s Alumni Weekend … the Mountaineers will sign autographs following the match.

    Last Week in Volleyball: West Virginia dropped two Big 12 matches last week, opening conference play with a 3-1 loss to Iowa State, on Sept. 19, at the WVU Coliseum … WVU then traveled to Lubbock, Texas, as the Mountaineers suffered another four-set loss to Texas Tech on Sept. 22 … West Virginia finished the week hitting .187 with 110 kills and 17 blocks … five Mountaineers tallied double-digit kills on the week, as junior outside hitter Katelyn Evans led the team with 36 … freshman setter Lacey Zerwas also dished out 89 assists to average 11.12 per set last week, while sophomore defensive specialist Alexa Hasting had a team-high 34 digs to average 4.25 per set.

    Notes: West Virginia and Kansas State first met in 2012, when the Mountaineers joined the Big 12 … K-State owns an 8-4 lead in series … however, the Mountaineers swept the Wildcats in the home-and-away series last season for the first time in program history … West Virginia picked up the five-set win in Morgantown on Oct. 21, 2017, followed by a 3-0 sweep in Manhattan on Nov. 22, 2017 … the Mountaineers and the Longhorns first met in August of 2012, as Saturday marks the first match of the season between the two teams … Texas currently holds a 12-0 all-time advantage in the series … however, WVU took then-No. 6 Texas to five sets in its first of two matches last season …the Mountaineers are five wins away from collecting their 700th victory in program history … West Virginia currently holds a 695-630 all-time record since its inaugural season in 1974 … West Virginia has played a pair of teams ranked inside the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Poll in 2018, with four of its seven losses coming from teams which made the NCAA Tournament last season … sophomore middle blocker Katie DeMeo ranks second in the Big 12, with 1.51 blocks per set, totaling 68 on the season … as of Sept. 21, DeMeo ranks fifth among all NCAA Division I players in blocks per set … the Mountaineers also rank fourth in the Big 12, averaging 2.62 blocks per set, and are 17th in the nation … WVU is outblocking its opponents, 136.0-102.5 … Evans leads the team with 3.06 kills per set to rank ninth in the Big 12, while Zerwas paces WVU in assists, with 8.78 per set, to rank eighth in the league.

    This Week in Cross Country: The Mountaineers travel to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, for the Paul Short Run at Lehigh’s Goodman Campus Cross Country Course … the women’s 6k race is set to begin at 9:30 a.m. ET.

    Last Week in Cross Country: WVU earned a victory at the Lock Haven Invitational on Sept. 22, at the West Branch Cross Country Course at the Stern Athletic Complex (6k) in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania … the Mountaineers registered three top-five finishes, led by redshirt junior Olivia Hill’s second-place finish (20:59.5) … redshirt junior Candace Jones placed third in 21:15.9, while freshman Hannah Lipps took fifth in 21:43.6 … redshirt freshman Marianne Abdalah earned a sixth-place finish in 21:58.1, while freshman Linda Jebet placed 11th in 22:21.1 … the meet was contested between 17 schools and a field of 221 runners.

    Notes: WVU’s win at the Lock Haven Invitational was its second of the season … it’s the first time the Mountaineers have won multiple meets in a season since 2011 … West Virginia scored 27 team points, ahead of second-place West Chester (114) … Jebet made her WVU debut at meet, while Jones made her season debut … Hill’s performance was her second top-three finish of the season … Lipps secured her second top-10 finish of the campaign … WVU last competed at the Paul Short Run in 2016, earning a third-place finish at the meet … redshirt senior Jillian Forsey placed fourth at that race, finishing in 20:14.

    This Week in Golf: West Virginia will once again attempt to open the 2018-19 season … the team travels to The Old Town Club Collegiate Invitational on Monday and Tuesday … Wake Forest will host East Carolina, East Tennessee State, Louisville, Loyola (Md.), Maryland, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Rutgers, Virginia Tech, Yale and the Mountaineers at the Old Town Club … golfers will tee off in tee times starting at 7:30 a.m. on Monday and will play 36 holes on the par-70, 6,966-yard course … play resumes on Tuesday, again starting at 7:30 a.m. for the final round.

    Last Week in Golf: The Mountaineers attempted to start the 2018-19 season at the VCU Invitational, hosted by the Rams on the Tuckahoe Creek Course of the Country Club of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia … however, inclement weather forced the cancelation of the event after just five holes.

    Notes: Matthew Sharpstene, Max Sear, Kurtis Grant, Mark Goetz and Etienne Papineau will represent the Mountaineers … the same five were slated to compete at VCU last week … this season marks the second consecutive year that West Virginia’s season opener was canceled due to a hurricane … the 2017-18 opener, The Invitational at the Ocean Course on Kiawah Island in South Carolina, was canceled due to Hurricane Irma … coincidentally, the Mountaineers went on to win their 2018 season-opening tournament, taking top honors at the Janney VCU Shootout … the Mountaineers boast a connection to Wake Forest, as assistant coach Jay Woodward’s brother, Woody, was a member of the Demon Deacons’ golf team from 2013-17.

    This Week in Rifle: The Mountaineers open the 2018-19 season at Akron on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 10 a.m.

    Last Season in Rifle: WVU shot 4708 and finished second at the 2018 NCAA Championships … the Mountaineers swept the Great America Rifle Conference (GARC) titles, winning their fifth straight regular-season title and their 13th championship title … Morgan Phillips claimed the NCAA smallbore title for the second straight season … Ginny Thrasher swept the GARC individual titles … five Mountaineers combined for 15 All-America honors … WVU finished with a 13-0 (9-0 GARC) record.

    Notes: For the first time in program history, the nation-best 19-time National Champion Mountaineers will host the NCAA Championships, set for March 8-9, at the Bill McKenzie Rifle Range inside the WVU Coliseum.

    This Week in Tennis: The Mountaineers open the 2018 fall season at the Hokie Fall Invite in Blacksburg, Virginia … WVU will compete in the three-day tournament, hosted by Virginia Tech, at the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center from Friday, Sept. 28 to Sunday, Sept. 30.

    Last Season in Tennis: WVU finished the 2018 spring season with a 7-14 record, going 1-9 in Big 12 play … last season’s victory over Iowa State was the first Big 12 Conference win in program history … senior Paula Goetz was named a 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-American and also earned Academic All-District honors from CoSIDA.

    Notes: WVU returns seven letterwinners for the 2018-19 campaign, including three seniors – Paula Goetz, Abigail Rosiello and Kirsten White … Goetz has won a team-high 28 singles matches and 33 doubles matches … Goetz also leads the team in total wins (61) … Giovanna Caputo (8-5) and Goetz (10-5) led all returners in wins last fall with a combined singles record of 18-10 … Caputo led the team in singles wins last spring, going 8-5 … Goetz led the team in doubles wins last spring, going 10-4.

    This Week in Swimming and Diving: WVU unofficially opens the 2018-19 season with the annual Gold-Blue Meet on Saturday, Sept. 29, at the WVU Natatorium … the intrasquad meet is set to begin at 10 a.m. ET.

    Last Season in Swimming and Diving: Five NCAA qualifiers, two Big 12 champions and two honorable mention All-Americans highlighted the Mountaineers’ 2017-18 season … Jake Armstrong and Tristen Di Sibio won conference championships in the 100 and 200 breaststroke, respectively, and they represented West Virginia at the NCAA Men’s Championships along with David Dixon … on the women’s side, Morgan Bullock and Emma Harris qualified for the national meet … Armstrong (100 breast) and Bullock (200 butterfly) earned honorable mention All-America honors for their top-16 finishes in their respective events … the diving team also sent six divers to the NCAA Zone A Diving Championships, where Logan McHenry and Julia Calcut registered a pair of finals appearances … WVU earned a pair of second-place team finishes at the 2018 Big 12 Championship in Austin, Texas … the team featured 15 All-Big 12 First Team selections and 12 Second Team honorees … diving coach Michael Grapner was named the Men’s Diving Coach of the Meet at the Big 12 Championship … Amelie Currat was named to the Google Cloud CoSIDA Academic All-District team for the second consecutive season and was selected as the Big 12 Swimming and Diving Scholar-Athlete of the Year, along with James Koval on the men’s team … the men’s team finished a perfect 5-0 in dual meets, its first undefeated season since 2006-07, while women’s team finished 4-2 overall and 2-0 in the Big 12, topping Big 12 foe Iowa State for the first time in program history … a total of 15 school records were broken throughout the season.

    Notes: The Blue Team won last year’s Gold-Blue Meet for the first time since 2015 … the Mountaineers return 19 All-Big 12 selections from a year ago, including 11 First Teamers … WVU also welcomes 18 newcomers to the team this season … the 2018-19 campaign marks the last in the WVU Natatorium; the squad is set to host three meets this season.

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