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    Following a two-goal performance in a come-from-behind victory and becoming WVU’s first golf medalist in over 30 years, senior Joey Piatczyc of the men’s soccer team and senior Max Sear of the golf team have been named the West Virginia University Student-Athletes of the Week, presented by University Apartments.

    Piatczyc tied Saturday’s match at Akron with 13 seconds left in regulation and scored the game-winner three minutes into overtime to propel West Virginia to a 2-1 victory. The Mountaineers trailed, 1-0, 12 minutes into the second half, but Piatczyc led an offensive attack that resulted in the game-tying goal at 89:47, and the game-winner at 92:27.

    The Lee’s Summit, Missouri, native recorded his first career two-goal match, while his two points on the game-winning goal gives him 17 game-winning points in his career, eighth-most in a single season in program history.

    Sear became the first WVU golfer in more than three decades to win a tournament as he claimed medalist honors at The Health Plan Mountaineer Invitational on Oct. 9, at Pete Dye Golf Club in Bridgeport, West Virginia.

    The Unionville, Ontario, native shot 69-72-69 to finish with a three-round total of 210 for six under par, becoming the first Mountaineer medalist since the program’s reinstatement in 2015. Sear led WVU to the team title, marking the program’s first-ever win at its home tournament.

    Additionally, Sear picked up a win over Harry Hiller of Kansas to help WVU tie No. 4 seed Kansas at the Big 12 Match Play Tournament.

    This Week in Women’s Soccer: The No. 18-ranked Mountaineers (9-3-3, 5-1) close their road slate with a swing through Oklahoma this weekend … WVU kicks at Oklahoma State in Stillwater on Friday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. EST, before traveling to Norman for a match at Oklahoma on Sunday, Oct. 21, at 2 p.m. EST.

    Last Week in Women’s Soccer: WVU earned its eighth shutout of the season and fourth in conference play with a 2-0 win at Iowa State on Friday, Oct. 12, in Ames, Iowa … freshman forward Lizzie Mayfield tallied the game-winner in the 41st minute, and senior forward Sh’Nia Gordon added an insurance goal in the 79th minute … Mayfield finished with three points (1 G, 1 A), as she also assisted on Gordon’s goal … sophomore midfielder Stefany Ferrer-vanGinkel earned the assist on Mayfield’s goal … WVU held ISU to three shots, all in the second half, and junior Rylee Foster made one save in the 89th minute … the Mountaineers finished with a 15-3 edge in shots and an 8-1 edge in corner kicks.

    Notes: Mayfield is the 13th different Mountaineer to score a goal this season … she paces the team with four assists … Gordon moves into a tie with Ferrer-vanGinkel with five goals this season … Ferrer-vanGinkel continues to pace the team with 12 points (5 G, 2 A) … Foster is now tied with Sara Keane (2011-13) at No. 3 in program history with 27 career shutouts … WVU continues to sit atop the Big 12 rankings and is tied with Baylor at No. 1.

    This Week in Men’s Soccer: In a matchup of the top two teams in the Mid-American Conference standings, WVU begins its final homestand of the season against No. 23 SIU Edwardsville on Saturday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m. ET, at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium … tickets are available at WVUGAME.com or by calling 1-800 WVU GAME … it is Military and First Responders Night, where military or first responders can show their ID and receive free admission … a Touch-A-Truck event will take place outside of DDSS, with various first responders vehicles on site … additionally, it is Kids Club Day.

    Last Week in Men’s Soccer: West Virginia improved to 2-0 in the MAC with a 2-1, overtime win at Akron on Saturday night … senior midfielder Joey Piatczyc tied the match at 1-1, with 13 seconds left in regulation, and scored the game-winner three minutes into overtime … the Mountaineers trailed 1-0 12 minutes into the second half, but responded with an offensive attack that resulted in the game-tying goal at 89:47, and the game-winner at 92:27 … following their goal, the Zips were held to just one shot the rest of the match, while West Virginia had 10 … senior midfielder Jorge Quintanilla assisted on both goals, while junior midfielder Logan Lucas earned an assist on the first goal and sophomore goalkeeper Steven Tekesky assisted on the overtime winner … in goal, Tekesky added three saves, all in the first half … West Virginia opened the week with a 3-0 loss at No. 17 Wright State on Tuesday … playing their first ranked foe of the season, the Mountaineers allowed more than one goal for just the second time this season … Tekesky made five saves in the loss.

    Notes: West Virginia (9-5-0, 2-0-0 MAC) is in first place in the conference, with six points … Saturday’s opponent, SIU Edwardsville, is tied for second with four points … WVU is 1-0 all-time against SIU Edwardsville, with a 2-1 victory in overtime last year, SIUE’s first season in the MAC … WVU leads the league with 23 goals, 29 assists, 75 points, 174 shots, 57 saves, five shutouts, while the Mountaineers have allowed 14 goals, second-fewest in the league … junior midfielder Sebastian Garcia-Herreros is third in the conference with six assists, and Piatczyc is tied for fifth with four … Piatczyc also leads the MAC with three game-winning goals, is fifth with 12 points and tied for sixth with four goals, along with junior defenders Pascal Derwaritsch and Ryan Kellogg … in goal, Tekesky leads the league in save percentage (.800), saves (56), saves per game (4.00) and shutouts (5) and is third in goals-against average (1.00).

    This Week in Volleyball: The Mountaineers (9-10, 1-5) will embark on their first five-day, two-match Big 12 road trip of the season, as they take on TCU (11-7, 3-4) on Thursday, Oct. 18 and Oklahoma (11-8, 3-4) on Saturday, Oct. 20 … first serve of Thursday’s match vs. the Horned Frogs is set for 8 p.m. ET, while Saturday’s match against the Sooners starts at 2:30 p.m. ET.

    Last Week in Volleyball: West Virginia stepped out of Big 12 play on Tuesday, earning a sweep at George Washington, before dropping a five-set match to No. 24 Baylor on Saturday, at the WVU Coliseum in Morgantown … the Mountaineers posted a season-high 64 kills against Baylor, but it wasn’t enough as WVU fell to BU in set scores of 22-25, 13-25, 25-22, 25-20 and 17-15 … West Virginia finished the week hitting .266 with 100 kills and 17 total blocks … four Mountaineers tallied double-digit kills on the week, as junior outside hitter Katelyn Evans led the team with 28, averaging 3.50 kills per set … freshman setter Lacey Zerwas also dished out 75 assists to average 9.38 per set last week, while sophomore defensive specialist Alexa Hasting had a team-high 27 digs to average 3.38 per set … additionally, sophomore middle blocker Katie DeMeo led WVU’s blocking efforts, averaging 1.50 per set last week.

    Notes: The Mountaineers are three wins away from collecting their 700th win in program history … West Virginia currently holds a 697-733 all-time record since its inaugural season in 1974 … WVU has played four teams ranked inside the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Poll in 2018, with seven of its 10 losses coming against teams that made the NCAA Tournament last season … DeMeo ranks second in the Big 12, with 1.51 blocks per set, totaling 89 on the season … as of Oct. 11, DeMeo ranks eighth among all NCAA Division I players in blocks per set … the Mountaineers also rank fourth in the Big 12, averaging 2.49 blocks per set, and are 32nd in the nation … WVU is outblocking its opponents, 177.0-138.5 … Evans leads the team with 3.19 kills per set to rank 10th in the Big 12, while Zerwas paces WVU in assists, with 8.84 per set, to rank eighth in the league.

    This Week in Cross Country: The Mountaineers are off this week … the team returns to action on Friday, Oct. 26, at the 2018 Big 12 Championship in Ames, Iowa.

    Last Week in Cross Country: WVU earned a sixth-place finish at the Penn State National Open on Oct. 12, in University Park, Pennsylvania … sophomore Hayley Jackson led the Mountaineers with a 13th-place finish in her season debut, crossing the 6k finish line in 20:59 … redshirt junior Olivia Hill placed 28th in 21:12, while sophomore Bree Warren took 47th in 21:26 … freshman Charlotte Wood (21:33) and redshirt sophomore Sarah Wills (21:42) also scored for WVU, finishing 57th and 76th, respectively … the meet featured 28 teams and 289 finishers … seven schools at the meet were either ranked or received votes in last week’s United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) national rankings.

    Notes: WVU has now competed at Penn State 11 times since 2014 … the team also has raced the PSU National Open in nine of the last 11 years, including each of the past four seasons … the Mountaineers will return to University Park for a third time this season for the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional on Friday, Nov. 9 … WVU finished fourth at the Big 12 Championship last season … Maggie Drazba and Amy Cashin earned All-Big 12 honors at the meet a year ago.

    This Week in Golf: West Virginia heads to Florida for its third straight event … the Mountaineers will join UCF to co-host the Tavistock Collegiate Invitational … the three-day event will run from Sunday through Tuesday, at Isleworth Golf & Country Club, in Windermere, Florida.

    Last Week in Golf: West Virginia hosted its fourth annual home tournament, The Health Plan Mountaineer Invitational, on Monday and Tuesday at Pete Dye Golf Club in Bridgeport, West Virginia … for the first time in program history, WVU claimed the team title at the event, shooting 866 to finish two over par, nine strokes ahead of runner-up Davidson … senior Max Sear became the first WVU golfer in more than three decades to win a tournament as he claimed medalist honors … the Unionville, Ontario, native shot 69-72-69 to finish with a three-round total of 210 for six under par, becoming the first Mountaineer medalist since the program’s reinstatement in 2015 … later in the week, WVU headed to the first-ever Big 12 Match Play Championship at the Club at Houston Oaks in Hockley, Texas, from Friday through Sunday … the Mountaineers went 1-3-1 at the event, claiming a win over No. 7 seed Iowa State (4-2-0) and tying No. 4 seed Kansas (3-3-0) … WVU fell to defending national champion and No. 1 ranked Oklahoma State (4-1-1), as well as No. 8 seed Texas Tech (4-1-1) and No. 5 seed TCU (4-2-0).

    Notes: West Virginia won its home tournament for the first time ever … the title is the Mountaineers’ fourth since their reinstatement as a varsity sport in 2015-16 … the team also posted wins at East Carolina (2017), VCU (2017) and Martin Downs (2018) … Sear became the first Mountaineer medalist in more than 30 years with his win at The Health Plan Mountaineer Invitational … Sear previously finished tied for first at East Carolina but lost in a playoff … junior Philipp Matlari posted a team-best mark of 2-1-1 at the Big 12 Match Play Tournament … sophomore Logan Perkins also came away with a pair of wins, including one to clinch the victory over Iowa State with a 2-2-1 mark … sophomore Matthew Sharpstene finished 2-2-1 as well, while classmate Mark Goetz went 2-2-0… six Big 12 teams, including West Virginia, rank inside Golfweek’s top-50 ranking … defending national champion Oklahoma State leads the way at No. 1, followed by Texas at No. 9, Kansas at No. 30, TCU at No. 39, Baylor at No. 43, West Virginia at No. 44 and Iowa State at No. 47.

    This Week in Rifle: The No. 3-ranked Mountaineers (2-0, 2-0 GARC) play host to four teams, at the Bill McKenzie Rifle Range inside the WVU Coliseum … WVU competes against No. 6 Murray State and No. 10 Ohio State on Saturday, Oct. 20, at 2 p.m., and No. 2 Air Force and No. 9 Nebraska on Sunday, Oct. 21, at 9 a.m. … admission both days is free.

    Last Week in Rifle: WVU opened its 2018-19 home season at the Bill McKenzie Rifle Range with a 4711-4639 victory over Memphis on Oct. 14 … the Mountaineers swept the Tigers, winning smallbore, 2331-2304, and air rifle, 2380-2335 … senior Ginny Thrasher won the individual competitions, shooting a season-best 599 air rifle and 589 smallbore.

    Notes: This weekend’s matches mark the first time rifle will hold a competition inside the WVU Coliseum … all three of WVU’s scores against Memphis were season highs … five Mountaineers counted toward the team’s scores: Thrasher, senior Will Anti, junior Milica Babic and sophomores David Koenders and Sarah Osborn … Babic finished second in air rifle with a season-high matching 597 … Osborn shot a season-best 593 air rifle and placed third, while freshman Jared Eddy shot a career-best 591 and tied for fifth place … Koenders shot a season-high 583 smallbore and placed second … Eddy also shot a career-best 579 smallbore and finished in fourth … Anti shot a season-best 577 smallbore.

    This Week in Tennis: The Mountaineers will play host the annual Martha Thorn Invitational, at the Mountaineer Tennis Courts in Morgantown, from Oct. 19-21 … WVU welcomes Akron, Cleveland State, Delaware and Duquesne for this year’s tournament.

    Last Week in Tennis: West Virginia traveled to Lynchburg, Virginia, to compete in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Atlantic Regionals last weekend … WVU’s weekend in Lynchburg was highlighted by freshman Anastasiia Bovolskaia’s berth in the second round of the singles main draw … Bovolskaia finished with three wins on the weekend.

    Notes: WVU returns seven letterwinners for the 2018-19 campaign, including three seniors, Paula Goetz, Abigail Rosiello and Kirsten White … Bovolskaia leads the team in wins this fall with five … Goetz has won a team-high 29 singles matches and 34 doubles matches … Goetz also leads the team in total wins (63) … 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: The Mountaineers host Seton Hall and Xavier for a two-day meet, beginning on Friday, Oct. 19, at the WVU Natatorium … Friday’s action begins with diving at 4 p.m. and swimming at 6 p.m. … the tri-meet concludes on Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m.

    Last Week in Swimming and Diving: West Virginia earned a pair of first-place team finishes at the West Virginia State Games on Oct. 12-13, at the Frederick A. Fitch Natatorium in Huntington, West Virginia … the Mountaineers combined to win 39 of 40 events at the two-day meet … junior Morgan Bullock and sophomore David Dixon led WVU with 10 combined wins each, including five individual races … the diving team was led by senior Averly Hobbs, who swept the 1- and 3-meter competitions on springboard … the Mountaineer men’s team finished with 1,829 points, while the women tallied 1,462.5 points … additionally, the women’s 400 medley relay team broke the pool record with a winning time of 3:47.85.

    Notes: The Mountaineer men’s team has never lost at the West Virginia State Games, winning eight consecutive years … the women’s team has won the in-state competition seven times in the last eight years … the meet marked the collegiate debut of 17 Mountaineer newcomers, including freshman diver Nick Cover, who earned an NCAA Zones-qualifying score of 317.55 in a first-place finish on men’s 1-meter, and freshman swimmer Lauryn Kallay, who won two individual races and was a member of two relay wins … WVU has defeated Seton Hall and Xavier each of the past three years … last year, the men’s team took down Seton Hall, 227-53, and Xavier, 224-53, while the women topped the Pirates, 217-63, and Musketeers, 198-79.

    This Week in Rowing: The Mountaineers are off this week from competition … the team will next compete at the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on Oct. 27.

    Last Week in Rowing: West Virginia opened the 2018 fall season with a scrimmage against Duquesne and Robert Morris on Saturday, Oct. 13, in Pittsburgh … Saturday’s races were hosted by Duquesne on the Allegheny River.

    Notes: Saturday’s meet against Duquesne marked the sixth consecutive season that the Mountaineers and Dukes have met … WVU announced the addition of 22 members to the novice squad on Sept. 13 … the novice team will begin competition at the Head of Occoquan on Nov. 3 in Fairfax Station, Virginia.

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