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    Following a two-goal performance in the No. 7-ranked Mountaineers’ opening-round win in the 2017 NCAA Tournament, senior forward Michaela Abam has been named the West Virginia University Student-Athlete of the Week.

    A Houston native, Abam tallied the game-winner in the 16th minute to push the second-seeded Mountaineers to a 3-0 win over Bucknell on Saturday, Nov. 11, at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium. The All-American added a second score in the 47th minute for the team’s first two-goal performance of the year and her first since September 2016.

    Abam paces the team with 23 points on a team-best 10 goals and three assists. She continues to rank No. 3 in program history with 42 career goals and now ranks No. 4 with 100 (42 G, 16 A) career points.


    This Week in Women’s Soccer: The No. 7-ranked and second-seeded Mountaineers play host to second- and third-round matches in the 2017 NCAA Tournament this weekend at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium … WVU will face No. 22 Rutgers in the second round on Friday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. … No. 10 Penn State and No. 24 Wake Forest will kick off in the first second-round match Friday at 4 p.m. … the winners will meet in the round of 16 on Sunday, Nov. 19, at 5 p.m. … tickets are available now at WVUGAME.com.

    Last Week in Women’s Soccer: WVU (16-3-2, 7-1-1) made quick work of Bucknell in the opening round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament, defeating the Bison, 3-0, at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium on Nov. 11 … senior forward Michaela Abam tallied a brace, including the game-winner in the 16th minute … she added a second goal in the 47th minute, and junior forward Sh’Nia Gordon scored in the 58th minute … WVU finished with a 25-0 edge in shots and placed 12 on-frame … sophomore Rylee Foster played all 90 minutes in the team’s 12th shutout of the season … WVU also earned an 18-3 edge in corner kicks.

    Notes: The Mountaineers’ corner-kick total matched its program record … Abam’s two-goal effort was the team’s first of the season and her first since September 2016 … WVU advances to the tournament’s second round for the third straight season … Bucknell was the second team this season and seventh opponent in 22 years to not earn a shot against WVU … the win was WVU’s 20th in the NCAA Tournament … Abam continues to pace the team with 23 points (10 G, 3 A) … her career goal total moves to 42 … WVU and Rutgers will meet for the first time since 2013.


    This Week in Men’s Soccer: West Virginia’s season has concluded.

    Last Week in Men’s Soccer: West Virginia lost at top-seeded and No. 4-ranked Western Michigan, 1-0, in the Mid-American Conference Championship semifinals on Nov. 10 … the fourth-seeded Mountaineers held the host Broncos scoreless until the 75th minute, when WMU scored its lone goal … freshman goalkeeper Steven Tekesky made a career-high five saves in the loss … West Virginia had three shots, all coming on goal and WMU recorded 20 shots, six on goal … WMU keeper Drew Shepherd made three saves … sophomores Pascal Derwaritsch and Sebastian Garcia-Herreros and freshman Kevin Morris all recorded shots on goal in the contest for the Mountaineers.

    Notes: West Virginia concludes the season with a 9-6-4 record and a 1-2-2 mark in MAC play, advancing to the MAC Championship for the fifth time in the last six years … WVU posted nine shutouts in 2017, tied for fifth-most in a single season in program history … sophomore Albert Andres-Llop led the team with five goals and 12 points, while junior Jorge Quintanilla had a team-best five assists and tied for second with nine points … as a team, West Virginia finished 20th nationally and third in the MAC with a .474 shutout percentage … senior Jad Arslan finished fourth in the league with three game-winning goals.

    Coach Marlon LeBlanc following Friday’s loss at Western Michigan:“Congratulations to Western Michigan. I thought it was an ugly soccer game on both sides, neither team really had very many good opportunities in the game. They had a scramble that led to their goal, where their kid did well to fight us off, and somehow it got in. It’s one of those things where we weren’t good enough on the day to win the game. I don’t think we deserved to lose it in the fashion that we lost it, but that’s soccer sometimes. We have to hold our head high and congratulate Western Michigan and wish them luck in the final.”


    This Week in Volleyball: The Mountaineers (16-11, 4-9) close their 2017 home regular-season slate on Sunday, Nov. 19, as West Virginia faces No. 19 Baylor (21-5, 11-2) at 1 p.m. ET … this week’s contest marks the second meeting of the season between the Mountaineers and the Lady Bears … BU holds an 11-3 all-time series advantage, with the Lady Bears sweeping the Mountaineers in their most recent meeting held on Oct. 7, 2017, in Waco, Texas … Sunday is Senior Day, and prior to first serve, the Mountaineers will honor their 2017 senior class: defensive specialists Gianna Gotterba and Taylor Cross, setter Emma Anderson, middle blocker Mia Swanegan and outside hitter Morgan Montgomery.

    Last Week in Volleyball: The Mountaineers claimed their fourth Big 12 Conference win of the season, going 1-1 in Big 12 action last week … West Virginia fell to No. 24 Iowa State, 3-0, Wednesday evening at the WVU Coliseum in Morgantown … the Cyclones took the match from the Mountaineers in set scores of 25-18, 25-16 and 25-19 … WVU then bounced back on Saturday, besting Texas Tech in a five-set thriller in Morgantown … trailing two sets to none, the Mountaineers rallied to earn the win in set scores of 18-25, 23-25, 25-21, 25-17 and 15-11 … West Virginia finished the week hitting .157 with 86 kills and 21.0 team blocks … sophomore outside hitter Payton Caffrey hit .273 on the week and had a team-high 33 kills … Montgomery added 18, hitting .381, while sophomore outside hitter Katelyn Evans rounded out the Mountaineers in double-digit kills with 12 … Anderson also had 44 assists, splitting time at setter with sophomore Erin Slinde, who dished out 32 … Gotterba led the Mountaineers defensively and had a team-high 30 digs on the week, followed by Caffrey with 14 … senior middle blocker Mia Swanegan also chipped in on the defensive side of the court, recording 14 block attacks last week.

    Notes: WVU currently sits in sixth in the Big 12 standings … with the win against Texas Tech, the Mountaineers have won 16 matches in a season for the first time since going 16-14 in 2014 … with 16 wins this season, third-year coach Reed Sunahara has earned his highest win total as head coach of the Mountaineers … through 27 matches, Caffrey leads the Mountaineers in kills with 327, Slinde leads in assists with 889, freshman defensive specialist Alexa Hasting leads in digs with 278, and Swanegan leads in blocking at 120.0 … Caffrey also leads the squad with 41 service aces on the year … as a team, West Virginia is hitting .217 and holding its opponents to a .183 clip while out blocking its opponents, 227.0-217.0 … Caffrey continues to lead the Big 12 with 0.41 service aces per set and ranks inside the top 10 in points (seventh) and kills (eighth) … Slinde sits inside the top six in assists (fifth) and service aces (sixth), averaging 0.24 service aces and 9.56 assists per set … Swanegan also ranks third in the league with 1.22 blocks per set.

    Coach Reed Sunahara after Saturday’s match vs. Texas Tech:“They dug deep. After the second set, I was like ‘oh man.’ We were up two points, 23-21, and then we lost that lead. They were resilient. They came back, and they didn’t let anything bother them. I thought they played well down the stretch.”


    This Week in Cross Country: The Mountaineers have concluded the 2017 season.

    Last Week in Cross Country: WVU earned a seventh-place team finish at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional, on Nov. 10, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania … redshirt seniors Amy Cashin and Maggie Drazba earned All-Mid-Atlantic Region honors for their individual performances.

    Notes: Cashin paced WVU at Lehigh University’s Goodman Campus Cross Country Course (6k), crossing the finish line in 18th place with a time of 20:32.2 … Drazba earned a 19th-place finish in 20:35.1 … the top-25 finishers at the regional meet are named all-region selections … the all-region honor was the third of Drazba’s career and the second for Cashin … freshman Bree Warren was the third Mountaineer finisher, placing 55th in the 193-runner field with a time of 21:24.5 … freshman Hayley Jackson placed 58th with a time of 21:26.6, while redshirt sophomore Olivia Hill earned a 64th-place finish in 21:33.6 … redshirt freshman Sarah Wills (21:34.7) and Candace Jones (21:41.7) also competed for West Virginia … the Mountaineers finished with a score of 214, finishing behind No. 19 Penn State (31), No. 9 Villanova (60), No. 27 Georgetown (109), Princeton (123), Pittsburgh (162) and Penn (188) … away from the course, a total of 10 Mountaineers were named to the Academic All-Big 12 Cross Country Team.


    This Week in Rifle: The top-ranked Mountaineers do not compete this week.

    Last Week in Rifle: WVU (8-0, 5-0 GARC) concluded its fall slate with a pair of road wins, defeating No. 10 Memphis, 4730-4634, on Nov. 11, in Memphis, Tennessee, and No. 3 Murray State, 4742-4703, on Nov. 12, in Murray, Kentucky … the team’s score on Sunday is an NCAA record … on Saturday, junior Ginny Thrasher matched her season-high smallbore score of 593 and earned the win, while redshirt-freshman David Koenders tallied a career-high 598 air rifle for the victory … on Sunday, Thrasher finished first in air rifle with a 599 mark, while sophomore Milica Babic shot a career-best 591 for the smallbore victory.

    Notes: The Mountaineers’ team score Sunday bested its previous national record of 4740, shot on Jan. 17, 2016 … WVU also shot an NCAA smallbore record Sunday with a 2356 mark … Thrasher’s smallbore win Saturday was aided by a program-record matching 199 kneeling as well as 200 prone marks … sophomore Morgan Phillips shot a career-high 590 smallbore both days.


    This Week in Swimming & Diving: WVU swimmers travel to the Ohio State Invitational in Columbus, Ohio, on Nov. 17-19, while the divers compete at the Frank Elm Invitational in Piscataway, New Jersey, on Nov. 17-19.

    Last Week in Swimming & Diving: The Mountaineers were off last week.

    Notes: WVU last competed at the Big 12 vs. Big East Weekend, on Oct. 27-28, at the WVU Natatorium … the Mountaineer men’s and women’s team swept Seton Hall and Xavier in the two-day event … WVU won 28 of 32 total events against the Pirates and Musketeers … WVU last competed at Ohio State during the 2015-16 season … other participating teams in Columbus include Denison, Florida Gulf Coast, Kentucky, Kenyon, Marshall, N.C. State, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Washington State and Yale … Mountaineer divers will get a first-look at the location for the 2017 NCAA Zone A Diving Championships, which is set for Mar. 5-7 … through two meets, WVU has broken four pool records and a school record … redshirt senior Nate Carr has claimed two individual pool record (200 individual medley, 400 individual medley) and helped the 800 freestyle relay to a new WVU Natatorium mark, while sophomore Morgan Bullock also earned a pool record this season in the 200 individual medley … senior diver Logan McHenry broke the school record in the 3-meter dive at Big 12 vs. Big East Weekend, earning a score of 380.80.


    This Week in Rowing: The Mountaineers have concluded the fall season.

    Last Week in Rowing: WVU’s scrimmage vs. Duquesne on Nov. 11 was cancelled due to impending weather forecasts in the Pittsburgh area.

    Coach Jimmy King following the cancellation of the Duquesne scrimmage: “We’re certainly disappointed to miss out on racing, but canceling this weekend’s competition was the right call given the circumstances. Thanks to Duquesne University for their time and effort spent coordinating this weekend’s planned regatta and their guidance in making this decision.”


    This Week in Tennis: West Virginia has concluded its fall season.

    Last Week in Tennis: The Mountaineers closed the fall season at the FSU-All Conference Showdown from No. 10-12 … eleven teams from seven different conferences took part in the tournament … the event featured six different singles flights and three doubles brackets … WVU was led by Christina Jordan, who finished second in the Spear Draw after falling to Florida State’s Ariana Rahmanparast, 6-1 and 6-2, in the championship round … Lyn Yuen Choo picked up a third-place finish in the Speicher Draw with a win over Emilia Granstrom of Central Florida, 6-1 and 6-2 … the win gave Choo her 50th career singles victory … in the fifth-place match of the Speicher Draw, Giovanna Caputo bested Troy’s Nancy Karaky in three sets, 6-1, 5-7 and 6-0 … in all, the Mountaineers won eight singles matches and five matches in doubles play over the course of the three-day event.

    Notes: Choo led the Mountaineers with a 11-4 singles record this fall … Goetz ranked second on the team, going 10-5 in singles play … Choo also tallied a team-high nine victories in doubles, while Giovanna Caputo placed second on the team with seven wins … Choo maintained a record of 20-11 in the fall.

    Coach Miha Lisac following Sunday’s FSU All-Conference Showdown finale: “Overall, we progressed from the beginning of the fall semester and taken steps in the right direction. We are looking forward to the start of the spring season in February.”


    This Week in Wrestling: The Mountaineers travel to St. Charles, Missouri, for the Lindenwood Open on Saturday, Nov. 18 … the tournament is set to begin at 8 a.m. ET.

    Last Week in Wrestling: West Virginia was off last week.

    Notes: WVU opened its 2017-18 season with a 24-9 loss to Big 12 foe Utah Valley on Nov. 3 … West Virginia then placed fourth at the 2017 Clarion Open two days later (Nov. 5), as redshirt freshman Kyler Rea went 5-0 in his pool to earn a first-place finish at 149 pounds … redshirt senior Jacob A. Smith and redshirt junior Zeke Moisey remain ranked inside the top 20 of their respective weight classes … Smith is ranked nationally in the top 7 by a trio of media outlets at 197 pounds … the Charleston, West Virginia, native appears at No. 6 according to Open Mat and is ranked No. 7 via Intermat and FloWrestling … Moisey comes in at No. 12 in FloWrestling’s latest top-20 poll … the Northampton, Pennsylvania, native also ranks No. 13 in the Intermat poll and checks in at No. 17 via Open Mat at his weight of 125 pounds.


    This Week in Women’s Basketball: The Mountaineers host a pair of nonconference games at the WVU Coliseum … WVU will welcome Sacramento State to Morgantown on Tuesday … tipoff is set for 7 p.m. … the team then hosts North Florida on Sunday in a 5 p.m. tip.

    Last Week in Women’s Basketball: No. 13/15 West Virginia opened the season with a 102-52 win over Central Connecticut State on Friday … Teana Muldrow had a career night, leading the team with 30 points and 12 rebounds … transfer Naomi Davenport shot 61.5 percent from the field for 17 points and 11 rebounds in her debut … Davenport also had a team-high five steals … freshman Ashley Jones had seven points and a team-best nine assists in her WVU debut … WVU shot 53.2 percent from the field and pulled in 60 rebounds.

    Notes: Teana Muldrow became the eighth WVU senior to record a 30-point performance … she notched her 11th career double-double with 30 points and 12 rebounds … Muldrow is the first senior to achieve the feat since Bria Holmes in February of 2016 … Ashley Jones became the first WVU freshman since Olivia Seggie in December of 2015 to dish out nine assists, tying for ninth on WVU’s freshman single-game performance list … six Mountaineers made their career debuts … junior transfer Naomi Davenport got the start in her first game in Gold & Blue … she scored 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in addition to shooting 61.5 percent from the field … Davenport had a team-best five steals … redshirt freshman Nia Staples and Krystaline McCune each made a field goal in their career debut … true freshmen Jones and Destiney Harden each scored seven points in their first game as a Mountaineer … freshman Makayla Stanley also made her career debut … WVU hit the century mark for the 22nd time in program history and the first since December 2016 … it was the first time the Mountaineers have crossed the 100-point plateau inside the WVU Coliseum since Dec. 29, 2014.




    CC team was down a little this year.  Hopefully can improve next season.

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