Ceili McCabe Sets School Record; WVU Varsity Sports Roundup

After recording a career-high 5k time at the Louisville Classic on Saturday, Oct. 2, junior Ceili McCabe of the West Virginia University cross country team has been named the WVU Student-Athlete of the Week, presented by University Apartments.

The Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, native made her 2021 cross country season debut with a career-best 5k time of 16:27.8, on Saturday, in Louisville, Kentucky.

McCabe was the first athlete of 399 runners to cross the finish line and the first of the ten Mountaineers.

This Week in Volleyball: The Mountaineers (12-3, 2-2 Big 12) are off this week … the squad travels to Manhattan, Kansas for a two-match series against Kansas State, at Ahearn Field House, from Oct. 14-15 … Thursday’s match will begin at 7:30 p.m. ET, followed by Friday’s match at 8 p.m.

Last Week in Volleyball: WVU continued Big 12 Conference play at No. 1 Texas for a two-match series at Gregory Stadium, in Austin, Texas, from Sept. 30-Oct. 1 … West Virginia suffered a pair of losses to Texas … on Thursday evening, the Longhorns took the match from the Mountaineers in set scores of 25-21, 25-11 and 25-19 … on Friday, WVU suffered a 3-0 loss in set scores of 25-16, 25-17 and 25-21… in Thursday’s match, fifth-year senior outside hitter Athena Ardila and fifth-year senior middle blocker Briana Lynch led the Mountaineers with eight kills each … they were followed by senior outside hitter Natali Petrova and junior middle blocker Emmy Ogogor who both tallied six kills … senior setter Lacey Zerwas finished the match with a team-high 28 assists, and fifth-year senior outside hitter Adrian Ell led the team with nine digs on the night … WVU finished the match hitting .135 with 34 kills and three team blocks … Friday’s match was led by Zerwas who finished by adding another double-double to the season after recording a team-high 30 assists and 12 digs … Ell led the team with nine kills on the night, while Ardila and Petrova each tallied eight kills … Petrova also tallied seven digs … WVU finished Friday’s match hitting .178 with 36 kills and 42 digs.

Notes: Zerwas tallied her sixth double-double this season and her 26th career double-double at Texas on Friday, Oct. 1 … WVU ranks first in the Big 12 in kills (13.70 per set) and digs (15.22 per set) … the squad ranks second in service aces with an average of 1.60 per set … six Mountaineers rank in the top five in the conference in four categories … Lynch ranks second with a hitting percentage of .396 … Zerwas sits in second with an average of 10.52 assists per set … sophomore outside hitter Skye Stokes, Petrova and Ell rank third (.43), fourth (.41) and fifth (.38) in service aces per set, respectively … fifth-year senior Alexa Hasting sits in fifth place in the Conference with an average of 4.04 digs per set … the Mountaineers and the Wildcats meet for the 21st time since 1999 … Kansas State leads the all-time series, 11-7 … in its last meeting on Oct. 2, 2020, Kansas State beat West Virginia in five sets.

This Week in Men’s Soccer: The Mountaineers hit the road for a pair of matches this week … first, WVU travels to Lehigh on Tuesday, Oct. 5, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania … from there, West Virginia battles Northern Illinois in a Mid-American Conference (MAC) matchup on Saturday, Oct. 9, in DeKalb, Illinois … kickoff times are set for 7 p.m. ET, and 4 p.m., respectively.

Last Week in Men’s Soccer: No. 3-ranked West Virginia (6-0-3, 0-0-1 MAC) fought for a 0-0, double-overtime draw to open MAC play against Akron on Sept. 30, at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium … WVU outshot the Zips, 11-7, including 5-1 in shots on goal … the Mountaineers also tallied eight corner kicks, to Akron’s two … junior midfielder Luke McCormick led the way with a pair of shots on goal, while fifth-year senior goalkeeper Steven Tekesky made one save on his way to his sixth clean sheet of the year, including his third in as many games … following the match, WVU moved to 4-18-2 all-time against Akron.

Notes: WVU and Lehigh are set to meet for the first time on Tuesday … the Mountaineers are 5-4-2 against Northern Illinois … WVU took down the Huskies twice last season, featuring a 1-0 win on March 6, 2021, in Morgantown and a 2-0, road victory on April 11 … West Virginia’s season-opening, nine-match unbeaten streak is tied for the longest in program history … WVU also began the 1968 season without a loss in nine straight matches (8-0-1) to open the year … a total of 11 different Mountaineers have scored the club’s 17 goals this season … second-year coach Dan Stratford is 8-0-2 against non-conference competition at WVU … since joining the league in 2012, the Mountaineers are 22-21-9 in MAC play … the Mountaineers are looking to collect their fourth consecutive shutout on Tuesday, which would be the most since Sept. 13-26, 2008 … Tekesky enters the week ranked No. 3 in the nation in shutouts (6) and No. 7 nationally in goals against average (.414) … last week, Tekesky was named a candidate for the 2021 Senior CLASS Award, marking WVU’s first since Jamie Merriam in 2015 … WVU was placed at No. 3 in last week’s United Soccer Coaches poll, good for the highest ranking by the organization in program history.

This Week in Women’s Soccer: West Virginia (8-2-1) prepares for its first road trip of the Big 12 Conference season, as the squad travels to Kansas State on Thursday, Oct. 7, before making the trek to Kansas on Sunday, Oct. 10 … the Mountaineers kick off their swing through the Sunflower State at KSU’s Buser Family Park in Manhattan, at 8 p.m. ET … then, they square off with the Jayhawks at 2 p.m. ET, on Sunday, at Rock Chalk Park in Lawrence.

Last Week in Women’s Soccer: WVU dominated possession and scored a pair of goals in the second half to tally a 2-0 win over Oklahoma, on Oct. 2 … despite both teams going scoreless in the first half, freshman forward Dilary Heredia-Beltran earned the game winner just 20 minutes into the second period, off an assist from junior defender Gabrielle Robinson … sophomore midfielder Lilly McCarthy added a second goal for the Mountaineers, while freshman forward Lisa Schöppl recorded her first points of the season, earning credit for the helper on McCarthy’s score … West Virginia dominated every statistical category, leading the Sooners 16-2 in shots, as well as 7-1 in shots on goal … the Mountaineers earned four corner-kick opportunities on the afternoon, while they didn’t allow the OU offense to earn any.

Notes: Oklahoma’s zero corner kicks marked the third time this season the WVU defense has held its opponent to no corner opportunities … West Virginia also tallied its sixth clean sheet of the year against the Sooners … with the victory, the Mountaineers improved to 12-0-1 in the series with OU, as well as 34-4-2 all-time in home, Big 12 matches … WVU currently leads the Big 12 Conference and ranks No. 4 nationally in corner kicks per game, creating an average of 7.80 opportunities per game … with six shutouts this season, West Virginia ranks No. 2 in the league in shutout percentage (.500) … WVU also leads the Big 12 Conference and ranks No. 22 nationally with a 0.560 goals-against average … coming in at No. 12 in last week’s United Soccer Coaches Division I Women’s Top 25 National Poll, the Mountaineers have now been ranked in the national poll for 27 consecutive weeks, dating back to the 2020-21 campaign … West Virginia is 4-0 all-time against Kansas State, while the squad also holds an 8-2-1 lead in the series with Kansas.

This Week in Cross Country: The Mountaineers are off this week … WVU returns to action at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational, in Madison, Wisconsin, on Friday, Oct. 15, at Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course.

Last Week in Cross Country: West Virginia finished in third place with 122 points, on Saturday, Oct. 2, at the Louisville Classic, in Louisville, Kentucky … junior Ceili McCabe led the team with a first-place finish and a personal best time of 16:27.8 … redshirt junior Katherine Dowie followed behind in 17th place and finished the 5k in a personal-best time of 17:01.9 … additionally, fifth-year senior Hayley Jackson finished the 5k in 32nd place in a time of 17:21.2 … she was followed by redshirt junior Mikaela Lucki, who placed 34th and finished in a personal WVU career-best time of 17:23.9 … fifth-year senior Sylvia Russell finished in 38th place, with a personal WVU career-high time of 17:31.9 … following along, sophomore Maria Kaylor placed 75th in a time of 17:53.8, while senior Charlotte Wood finished in 147th (18:27.6) … to close out the Mountaineers in the 5k, redshirt senior Malina Mitchell (314th), redshirt junior Samantha Hatcher (319th) and sophomore Megan Weaver (325th) competed at the Louisville Classic.

Notes: Ten Mountaineers competed in Louisville last week … McCabe’s time broke the WVU school record, previously set by Jillian Forsey (16:58.7) at the Louisville Classic in 2014 … Forsey finished the race in fifth. … WVU was one of 44 schools racing in the Women’s 5K CC Gold, with a total of 399 runners … a total of 88 collegiate teams attended the race … Lucki and Russell both made their West Virginia debuts at the event.

This Week in Golf: The golf team will return to action on Monday, hosting the Mountaineer Invitational at Pete Dye Golf Club in Bridgeport, West Virginia … this will be the seventh consecutive Mountaineer Invitational … West Virginia won the team titles last April, in 2019 and 2018 … Bowling Green won the event in 2017, Arkansas captured the team title in 2016 and Penn State won the inaugural event in 2015 … West Virginia will be joined by 11 other teams at Pete Dye. No. 8-ranked NC State, Penn State, Maryland, George Mason, Eastern Kentucky, Drexel, Ohio, Marshall, Bowling Green, Xavier and Eastern Michigan will join the host Mountaineers at Pete Dye … this event will consist of five golfers per team with the top four counting in team scoring for each round … fifth-year senior Mark Goetz will be in the No. 1 spot for WVU, paired with the No. 1-ranked golfer in the country, Maximilian Steinlechner of NC State … sophomore Jackson Davenport, junior Trent Tipton, fifth-year senior Logan Perkins and senior Kurtis Grant round out WVU’s lineup … sophomores Will Stakel and Olivier Ménard, along with freshmen Max Green and Todd Duncan will compete as individuals for WVU.

Last Week in Golf: WVU was idle.

Notes: Last year, the Mountaineers entered the final round three strokes off the team lead and shot 7-under-par in the final round to win the team title at 9-over-par (293-299-281=873) … Mark Goetz shot a career-low 65 in the final round to finish at 12-under-par and win the individual title … he was the only golfer in the field under par.

This Week in Tennis: The Mountaineers are off this week.

Last Week in Tennis: WVU traveled to Lynchburg, Virginia for the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Women’s Atlantic Regional … the Mountaineers advance two doubles pairs and two singles to the ITA Atlantic Super Regionals … in doubles play, No. 1-seed freshman Camilla Bossi and sophomore Ting-Pei Chang advance to the semifinal round, while Sophomore Momoko Nagato and junior Penny Hsieh upset the No.2-seed pair from UVA … in the main singles draw, No.9-seed freshman Kendall Kovick battled to defeat the No.7-seed from JMU … sophomore Nagato secured the win over Virginia Tech’s Katie Andreini … the freshman and sophomore advance to the quarterfinal round in singles play.

Notes: Doubles pair Bossi and Chang remain undefeated, 6-0, through the start of the fall circuit … WVU will be back in Morgantown to host the Martha Thorn Invitational from October 15-17 … the Mountaineers welcome James Madison, Louisville and Penn State to its annual tournament … following competition in Morgantown, West Virginia will travel to Charlottesville, Va. for the ITA Super Regional … this is the first time ITA is hosting a Super Regional tournament … the University of Virginia will host the tournament from Oct. 22-25.

This Week in Swimming & Diving: The Mountaineers officially kick off their 2021-22 campaign as they host the West Virginia State games, from Oct. 8-9, at the Aquatic Center at Mylan Park … on Friday, the meet will begin at 5 p.m. ET, while Saturday’s competition starts at 11 a.m.

Last Week in Swimming & Diving: WVU hosted its annual intrasquad Gold-Blue meet on Saturday, Oct. 2 … overall, the Gold Team ultimately pulled through and won … prior to Saturday’s events, the squad attended the annual Swimming & Diving Celebration dinner on Friday night.

Notes: Following the West Virginia State Games, the Mountaineers host Penn State from Oct. 15-16 … the women compete against the Nittany Lions on Friday at 6 p.m., while the men’s team continues competition on Saturday, at 11 a.m. ET … the dual meet with PSU will take place at the Aquatic Center at Mylan Park … WVU broke five school records during the 2021 campaign, including a pair of program records at Big 12 Championships … the Mountaineers had eight divers qualify for the 2021 NCAA Zone A Championships … West Virginia qualified for the 2021 Men’s NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships with five athletes, including four divers … WVU’s four divers at NCAA’s marked the first time in program history that multiple divers competed at a single championship, while the five Mountaineer competitors were the most for West Virginia since 2007… senior David Dixon earned a 12th-place finish in the 200 butterfly at NCAA’s to earn Honorable Mention All-American honors, becoming the 36th All-American.

This Week in Rifle: West Virginia returns to Morgantown on Sunday, Oct. 10, to shoot against No. 7 Memphis, at the Bill McKenzie Mobile Rifle Range inside the WVU Shell Building … Sunday’s match against the Tigers is set for 10 a.m. ET.

Last Week in Rifle: WVU picked up a pair of top-10 wins over the weekend … on Oct. 2, West Virginia knocked off No. 2 Ole Miss, 4733-4683, in Oxford, Mississippi … six Mountaineers took the top-six spots on the overall leaderboard, while each of the top six tallied an aggregate score of 1175 or better … WVU also placed seven shooters in the top-10 smallbore standings and six in the top-10 air rifle standings … sophomore Tal Engler topped all three leaderboards with career bests in aggregate score (1188) and air rifle (598) … of note, Engler also tied her career-high in smallbore against the Rebels after shooting a 591 in the relay … on Oct. 3, the Mountaineers defeated No. 8 Murray State, 4725-4674, in Murray, Kentucky … WVU swept MSU in both disciplines, winning smallbore, 2351-2318, and air rifle, 2374-2356 … seven shooters placed inside the top-10 individual match leaderboard against the Racers, including Engler, who once again led WVU with a team-high aggregate score of 1181 and placed second … senior Verena Zaisberger also shot an 1181 overall and placed third.

Notes: WVU checked in at No. 1 in the weekly Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association (CRCA) poll on Oct. 4 … the Mountaineers were last ranked No. 1 in the weekly poll on Jan. 13, 2021 … on Sunday, Oct. 10, against No. 7 Memphis, WVU welcomes back former Mountaineer great and two-time, individual NCAA champion Morgan Phillips, who currently serves as the interim head coach of the Tigers … Zaisberger currently leads the team in average smallbore, with 589.5 … Engler is second on the team, with a 587.5 smallbore average, while junior Malori Brown and senior Jared Eddy are tied for third in the category, each with an average of 586 … Engler leads the team with an air rifle average of 597.5, and junior Akihito Shimizu is second with an average of 595 … Zaisberger is third on the team in air rifle, with 591.5.

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