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    Following her record-breaking performance on springboard last weekend, senior diver Averly Hobbs of the West Virginia University women’s swimming and diving team has been named the WVU Student-Athlete of the Week, presented by University Apartments.

    Hobbs broke the school record on women’s 1-meter in the Mountaineers’ meet against Seton Hall and Xavier on Oct. 20. The Littleton, Colorado, native earned a winning score of 312.89, besting the previous WVU record of 297.45, set by Haily VanderPoel in 2014. Hobbs also earned a third-place finish on women’s 3-meter with a score of 243.97.

    The reigning Big 12 Women’s Diver of the Week, Hobbs has now won three events to start the 2018-19 season.

    The Mountaineers hit the road on Saturday, Oct. 27, to take on Villanova in a nonconference dual meet.

    This Week in Women’s Soccer: The No. 16-ranked Mountaineers (11-3-3, 7-1) close their regular-season slate against Kansas on Thursday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m., at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium … admission is free, courtesy of WVU Medicine … WVU will then travel to Kansas City, Missouri, for the Big 12 Conference Championship quarterfinals on Sunday, Oct. 28, at Swope Soccer Village … match time will be announced late Thursday evening.

    Last Week in Women’s Soccer: WVU concluded its road Big 12 Conference slate at a perfect 5-0 with wins at Oklahoma State (2-1, Oct. 19) and Oklahoma (4-1, Oct. 21) … on Friday, senior defender Bianca St. Georges put WVU on the board first with a penalty kick in the 20th minute … OSU evened the line at 1-1 in the 42nd minute, but senior forward Hannah Abraham found the game-winner in the 87th minute for WVU’s latest GWG of the season … on Sunday, St. Georges again put WVU ahead early with a goal 2:50 into the match … Abraham tallied back-to-back scores in the 19th and 28th minutes … OU cut into the lead with a goal in the 58th minute, and St. Georges put WVU’s lead back at three with a penalty kick in the 61st minute … the Mountaineers held their opponents to three combined shots on-goal and two corner kicks … WVU finished with 33 shots Friday night and 15 Sunday afternoon.

    Notes: St. Georges’ brace Sunday was her second of the season and her career, while Abraham’s was the first of her career … Abraham’s GWGs put her season total at three and career total at a team-best nine … St. Georges’ first goal Sunday was WVU’s second-fastest of the season and the 18th fastest in program history … St. Georges is now 4-for-4 on PKs this season … senior midfielder Nadya Gill assisted on Abraham’s GWG Friday night … senior forward Sh’Nia Gordon, freshman defender Jordan Brewster and sophomore forward Lauren Segalla assisted on the goals Sunday … 23-year coach is one win short of career victory No. 350 … WVU continues to sit at the top of the Big 12 standings, and with a win over Kansas Thursday, the Mountaineers will claim at least a share of their sixth conference regular-season championship … WVU will be either the No. 1 or No. 2 seed at the Big 12 Championship.

    This Week in Men’s Soccer: West Virginia concludes its home regular-season slate with a pair of matches this week … the week begins with the Backyard Brawl against Pitt on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. ET, and concludes with a Senior Night matchup against Bowling Green on Friday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. … tickets for both matches at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium are available at WVUGAME.com or by calling 1-800 WVU GAME … on Tuesday, there will be a Backyard Brawl t-shirt giveaway for the first 150 fans, and it also is the final Taco Tuesday of the season, with $2 walking tacos … Friday’s Senior Night is Friday Night Happy Hour, from 6-7 p.m., with half-off beverages, and the first 100 fans will receive a WVU men’s soccer seat cushion … prior to the contest, the Mountaineers will honor their seniors.

    Last Week in Men’s Soccer: The Mountaineers went 1-0 last week, with a 5-1 victory over No. 20 SIU Edwardsville on Saturday night to remain perfect in MAC play … in a matchup between the top two teams in the conference standings, WVU scored four second-half goals and erased a 1-0 deficit … SIUE scored in the 12th minute, but sophomore goalkeeper Steven Tekesky made seven saves to keep WVU in the match and junior defender Pascal Derwaritsch found the equalizing goal at 35:17 … after getting out-shot 12-6 in the first half, West Virginia dominated the final 45 minutes, taking a 2-1 lead in the 64th minute on an own goal , and extended its advantage to 3-1 at 68:25, as junior midfielder Andres Muriel Albino bent one into the upper corner of the far post from just inside the corner of the box … the Mountaineers wasted no adding to their lead, as sophomore defender Kevin Morris made it a 4-1 match at 72:27 … nine minutes later, at 81:17, West Virginia scored its final goal to make it 5-1, when junior defender Albert Andres-Llop picked up his first goal of the year … Muriel Albino led the Mountaineers with five shots and three shots on goal … Tekesky had eight saves in the win, and the WVU defense cleared another ball off the line to keep SIUE to just one goal in the first half.

    Notes: West Virginia is 10-5-0 on the season … WVU is 3-0-0 in MAC play and in first place with nine points, while no other MAC team has more than five points with two matches remaining … the Mountaineers improved to 10-0-0 this season when scoring two or more goals and 18-0-0 in the last three years … WVU came back to win by erasing a 1-0 deficit for the third time in the last four contests … senior midfielder Joey Piatczyc’s assist on Saturday night was the 30th of his career, as he already owns the school record for career assists … Derwaritsch’s goal was his team-leading fifth of the season, while Piatczyc leads the team with 13 points … junior midfielder Sebastian Garcia-Herreros picked up his team-best seventh assist on the year … as a team, WVU leads the conference in goals (28), assists (33), points (89) fewest goals allowed (15), goals-against average (1.00) and saves (66) … individually, Piatczyc leads the league with three game-winning goals, Garcia-Herreros is third with seven assists and Piatczyc is tied for fifth with five and Derwaritsch is tied for fifth with five goals … in goal, Tekesky paces the MAC in save percentage (.810), saves (64) and saves per game (4.27), while he is second in goals-against average (1.00) and shutouts (5) … Tekesky’s eight career shutouts rank No. 9 all-time in WVU program history.

    This Week in Volleyball: West Virginia (9-12, 1-7) enters the second half of the Big 12 season this week, as the squad welcomes Texas Tech (15-7, 4-4) to the WVU Coliseum on Wednesday, Oct. 24 … first serve is set for 6 p.m. ET in Morgantown … the first 500 fans in attendance also will receive a free “Beat Baylor” t-shirt … Wednesday’s contest marks the second meeting of the season between the Mountaineers and the Red Raiders, as TTU took the 8-7 lead in the all-time series earlier this season, defeating WVU in four sets on Sept. 22, in Lubbock, Texas.

    Last Week in Volleyball: West Virginia dropped a pair of Big 12 matches on the road last week, suffering a 3-2 loss at TCU on Thursday and falling to Oklahoma in three sets on Saturday … West Virginia finished the week hitting .119 with 89 kills and 21.5 total blocks … four Mountaineers tallied double-digit kills on the week, as junior outside hitter Katelyn Evans led the team, with 22, averaging 2.75 kills per set … freshman setter Lacey Zerwas also dished out 70 assists to average 8.75 per set last week, while sophomore defensive specialist Alexa Hasting had a team-high 35 digs to average 4.38 per set … additionally, sophomore middle blocker Katie DeMeo led WVU’s blocking efforts, with 11, averaging 1.38 per set last week.

    Notes: The Mountaineers are three wins away from collecting their 700th win in program history … West Virginia currently holds a 697-735 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 12 losses coming from teams which made the NCAA Tournament last season … the Mountaineers are currently 6-4 at the WVU Coliseum this season and is 315-233 at home all-time … DeMeo currently sits atop the Big 12 Conference in blocks per set, totaling 100 blocks on the season to average 1.49 per set … as of Oct. 19, the Troy, Ohio, native also ranks sixth among all NCAA Division I players in blocks per set … the Mountaineers also rank fourth in the Big 12, averaging 2.51 blocks per set, and are 32nd in the nation … WVU is outblocking its opponents, 198.5-155.5 … Evans leads the team with 3.14 kills per set to rank 10th in the Big 12, while Zerwas paces WVU in assists, with 8.83 per set, to rank eighth in the league.

    This Week in Cross Country: The Mountaineers travel to Ames, Iowa, to compete in the 2018 Big 12 Championship on Friday, Oct. 26.

    Last Week in Cross Country: West Virginia did not compete.

    Notes: Iowa State is set to host the conference meet for the first time since 2008 … the Mountaineers finished fourth at the Big 12 Championship last season at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock, Texas … WVU’s highest finish at the Big 12 meet came in 2013 and 2014, when it finished second as a team … the Mountaineers are looking for their first conference title since winning the 2007 Big East Championship … since joining the league in 2012, WVU has featured eight All-Big 12 runners, including Amy Cashin and Maggie Drazba, who received the honor last season … the top-15 finishers in the race earn all-conference accolades … WVU last competed at the Penn State National Open on Oct. 12, in University Park, Pennsylvania, and earned a sixth-place team finish … WVU moved up two spots to No. 4 in last week’s United States Track & Field and Cross Country (USTFCCCA) Mid-Atlantic Regional rankings.

    This Week in Golf: West Virginia will join UCF in co-hosting The Tavistock Collegiate Invitational at Isleworth Golf & Country Club in Windermere, Florida … the 54-hole event runs Sunday through Tuesday, with golfers playing 18 holes, starting at 8 a.m. each day … this year’s field also includes Big 12 foes No. 12 Texas and No. 55 Texas Tech, as well as No. 8 Illinois, No. 13 Vanderbilt, No. 18 Arizona State, No. 21 South Carolina, No. 22 Auburn, No. 25 LSU, No. 26 Cal, No. 48 North Texas, No. 52 Florida, No. 60 Washington and No. 115 Augusta … sophomore Matthew Sharpstene, senior Max Sear, junior Etienne Papineau, junior Philipp Matlari and sophomore Logan Perkins will represent WVU at the event … additionally, Mark Goetz, Kurtis Grant and Tristan Nicholls will compete at the Musketeer Classic, hosted by Xavier, on Monday and Tuesday at Maketewah Country Club in Cincinnati, Ohio … Ball State, Bowling Green, Butler, DePaul, Indiana, IUPUI, La Salle, Miami (OH), Morehead State, Northern Kentucky, Oakland, Ohio State, St. John’s and Wright State will be in attendance at the event … the tournament tees off at 8:30 a.m. on Monday with 36 continuous holes, and concludes at with 18 holes on Tuesday, starting at 9:30 a.m.

    Last Week in Golf: The Mountaineers did not compete.

    Notes: Sear shot a bogey-free 66 in the first round of The Tavistock to sit second overall … he tied his career-low round and finished ahead of 18 of the 19 nationally-ranked golfers in the field … WVU is tied with No. 12 Texas for ninth place … the Mountaineers shot a team score of 288 to finish even par … No. 13 Vanderbilt is atop the team leaderboard at 12 under with a 276, while No. 22 Auburn and No. 26 Cal are tied for second at four-under-par with a 284 … Papineau also sits in the top 20 as he finished the first round tied for 15th … Papineau balanced two bogeys with a pair of birdies on the front nine before registering three birdies and two bogeys on the back nine to shoot a 71 for one under … Sharpstene carded six birdies as he finished even-par with a 72 … he is one stroke behind Papineau and is tied for 27th place.

    This Week in Rifle: The No. 3-ranked Mountaineers (6-0, 3-0 GARC) travel to West Point, New York, for a pair of matches … WVU shoots against host Army West Point on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 8 a.m., and Coast Guard on Sunday, Oct. 28, at 8 a.m.

    Last Week in Rifle: WVU earned four wins at the Bill McKenzie Rifle Range inside the WVU Coliseum … the Mountaineers shot 4683 on Saturday in wins over No. 6 Murray State (4679) and No. 10 Ohio State (4650) … on Sunday, WVU shot a winning, season-best 4712 and defeated No. 2 Air Force (4686) and No. 9 Nebraska (4660) … on Saturday, WVU won air rifle (2368) and finished second in smallbore (2315) … junior Milica Babic matched her air rifle season-high of 597 for the win, while classmate Morgan Phillips shot a winning 589 smallbore in her season debut … on Sunday, the Mountaineers won smallbore with a season-high 2345 and also won air rifle with 2367 … Babic shot a season-best 589 smallbore for the victory, while senior Ginny Thrasher won air rifle with a 595.

    Notes: This weekend’s matches inside the WVU Coliseum were the first-ever collegiate rifle matches inside the facility … freshman Jared Eddy tallied career-highs of 583 smallbore and 592 air rifle Sunday.

    This Week in Tennis: The Mountaineers are off this week … the team will next compete from Nov. 2-4, when they travel to Louisville, Kentucky, to compete at the Louisville Tennis Classic.

    Last Week in Tennis: West Virginia hosted its annual Martha Thorn Invitational from Oct. 19-21 in Morgantown, West Virginia … freshman Anastasiia Bovolskaia and sophomore Giovanna Caputo led the team with three singles wins this weekend … junior Christina Jordan and sophomore Anne-Sophie Courteau finished with two doubles wins this weekend to lead the team.

    Notes: WVU returns seven letterwinners for the 2018-19 campaign, including three senior in Paula Goetz, Rosiello and White …Bovolskaia leads the team in wins this fall with eight … Goetz has won a team-high 28 singles matches and 33 doubles matches … Goetz also leads the team in total wins (61) … 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 travels to Villanova for a dual meet on Saturday, Oct. 27, in Villanova, Pennsylvania … diving events are set to begin at 9:45 a.m., while swimming events commence at 11 a.m.

    Last Week in Swimming and Diving: The Mountaineers swept Big East Conference foes Seton Hall and Xavier in their home-opening meet at the WVU Natatorium from Oct. 19-20 … the WVU men topped the Pirates, 235-64, and the Musketeers, 241-52, while the women’s team took down Seton Hall, 217-82, and Xavier, 199.5-93.5 … the teams combined to win 29 of 32 events during the two-day meet … on Friday, WVU broke a pair of school records as the men’s 200 medley relay team, comprised of sophomore Angelo Russo, redshirt senior Tristen Di Sibio, senior Merwane El Merini and sophomore David Dixon, recorded a WVU Natatorium-best time of 1:28.77, while Dixon broke his own pool record in the men’s 200 butterfly (1:43.81) … Dixon’s performance in the 200 fly was the nation’s best time in the event this season … on Saturday, senior diver Averly Hobbs broke the school record on women’s 1-meter dive, earning a first-place score of 312.89 and besting Haily VanderPoel’s previous record of 297.45 from 2014.

    Notes: With the wins, the Mountaineers have now defeated Seton Hall and Xavier in four consecutive seasons … last weekend’s meet marked the start of the program’s final season at the WVU Natatorium, which opened in 1975 … Dixon, junior Morgan Bullock and freshman Lauryn Kallay won a team-best three individual events during the two-day meet … Saturday marks the fifth consecutive season the Mountaineers will compete against Villanova … last year, the Mountaineer men’s team topped the Wildcats, 229-69, while the women fell, 163-137.

    This Week in Rowing: The Mountaineers’ varsity squad will travel to Philadelphia to compete at the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta on Oct. 27 … Saturday’s regatta is scheduled to start at 8 a.m.

    Last Week in Rowing: WVU was off from competition … the Mountaineers last competed in a team scrimmage against Duquesne and Robert Morris on Saturday, Oct. 13, in Pittsburgh.

    Notes: Saturday’s race marks the 10th time the Mountaineers have competed in the Head of the Schuylkill … WVU began racing in the regatta in 2002 … 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.

    This Week in Wrestling: The Mountaineers unofficially open their home slate on Saturday, Oct. 27, when the team hosts wrestle-offs, inside the Shell Building, at 2 p.m. … the event is free to the public.

    Last Season in Wrestling: West Virginia earned a 6-7 overall record in 2017-18, earning a ninth-place finish at the 2018 Big 12 Wrestling Championship and placing 30th at the 2018 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, with one All-American.

    Notes: The 2018-19 campaign marks the program’s 93rd season … coach Tim Flynn’s inaugural season will be highlighted by 18 dual matches, including six in front of the Mountaineer faithful at the WVU Coliseum … the Mountaineers will wrestle nine Big 12 duals, including four at home … of note, West Virginia will face seven opponents that finished in the top 25 at the 2018 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships … West Virginia officially kicks off its 2018-19 season against Big 12 foe Northern Colorado on Thursday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. ET, and it is the first of two Dollar Nights planned for the year … all tickets and select concessions will be available for $1 each … additionally, Mountaineer Maniac students in attendance will receive free food and a giveaway item.

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