After tallying a pair of career-best performances last week, junior goalkeeper Kayza Massey of the West Virginia University women’s soccer team has been named the WVU Student-Athlete of the Week, presented by University Apartments.
The Ottawa, Ontario, native tallied a career-high seven saves at No. 21 Texas on Oct. 21, before matching the career-best mark at Baylor on Oct. 24. The totals topped her previous career high of five, which she set at then-No. 12 Virginia on April 10, 2021. Massey’s seven stops at Texas and Baylor last week also marked the most for a WVU goalkeeper since Rylee Foster made eight stops at Baylor on Oct. 3, 2019.
Along with her back-to-back, seven-save performances, Massey also earned a pair of shutouts against the Longhorns and Bears last week, marking her sixth and seventh clean sheets of the season. The shutouts extended WVU’s clean sheet streak to three in a row, dating back to Oct. 17. Combined, the shutouts moved the Mountaineers’ total to nine for the season.
West Virginia returns home to Morgantown to host Oklahoma State in its final regular-season contest on Thursday, Oct. 28. The match is set to begin at 7 p.m. ET, at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium, and it also will be the Mountaineers’ Senior Night, as they honor four senior members of the squad following the match.
This Week in Volleyball: The Mountaineers (13-6, 3-5 Big 12) travel to Ames, Iowa for a two-match series against Iowa State, at the James H. Hamilton Coliseum, from Oct. 30-31 … first serve for both matches will be at 2 p.m. ET … Sunday’s match will air on ESPNU.
Last Week in Volleyball: West Virginia was unable to overcome Baylor in a pair of matches, as the Mountaineers suffered a 3-0 loss on Friday and a 3-1 loss on Saturday, in Morgantown, West Virginia, at the WVU Coliseum … the Bears took Friday’s match in set scores of 26-24, 25-20 and 25-22 … overall, WVU finished the match hitting .179 with 39 kills and seven team blocks … on Saturday evening, BU won the match in set scores of 25-16, 25-19, 23-25 and 29-27 … The Mountaineers finished the match with 50 kills, 13 team blocks and a match-high five service aces … on Friday fifth-year outside hitter Adrian Ell led WVU after recording her fourth double-double of the season, tallying a team-high 13 kills and 11 digs.
Notes: Prior to Friday’s match, head coach Reed Sunahara was honored for his 400th career win … he recorded the win on Sept. 3 when the West Virginia University Volleyball team made history after sweeping No. 23-ranked Michigan in its fourth match of the season, in Annapolis, Maryland … Sunahara has compiled 84 wins at WVU and opened the 2021 season 10-0 for the first time in his WVU career and second in WVU volleyball history … the Mountaineers and the Cyclones meet for the 22nd time since 1994 … Iowa State leads the all-time series, 18-3 … in its last meeting, West Virginia swept Iowa State on Nov. 6, 2020 … WVU ranks in the top-5 in the Big 12 in four categories, including first in digs (15.36 per set), second in service aces (1.52 per set), fourth in kills (13.44 per set) and fifth in assists (11.98 per set) … seven Mountaineers rank individually in the top-10 in the Big 12 … senior setter Lacey Zerwas sits in thirds with an average of 10.28 assists per set … sophomore outside hitter Skye Stokes ranks third in service aces with an average of .46 per set … senior outside hitter Natali Petrova (.37) and Ell (.33) follow ranking fourth and sixth, respectively in service aces per set … Ell also ranks ninth in kills with an average of 3.25 per set … fifth-year senior middle blocker Briana Lynch sits in fifth with a .356 hitting percentage and fifth-year senior Alexa Hasting ranks sixth with an average of 3.73 digs per set … to wrap up ranked Mountaineers, freshman middle blocker Madison Page ranks ninth in blocks averaging 1.16 per set.
This Week in Men’s Soccer: The Mountaineers play a pair of games against Mid-American Conference newcomers … WVU takes on Georgia State on Thursday, Oct. 28, in Morgantown, before it hits the road for a match at Georgia Southern on Sunday, Oct. 31, in Statesboro, Georgia … the matches are set to kick off at 3 p.m. ET, and 1 p.m., respectively.
Last Week in Men’s Soccer: West Virginia (8-2-4, 1-1-1 MAC) scored three, second-half goals to spark it to a 3-1 win over Elon on Oct. 23, at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium … after WVU conceded an own goal in the first half, redshirt sophomore defender Bjarne Thiesen found the equalizer in the 56th minute off a corner kick to make it 1-1 … from there, West Virginia cashed in a pair of penalty kicks from sophomore forward Ciro Bourlot Jaeggi in the 75th minute and fifth-year senior midfielder Pau Jimenez Albelda in the 85th … in all, the Mountaineers outshot Elon, 14-3, in the win … earlier in the week, WVU fell at No. 4 Kentucky, 1-0, in double overtime at Wendell & Vickie Bell Soccer Complex in Lexington, Kentucky … the Wildcats scored the golden goal in the 105th minute to earn the win … the Mountaineers fired nine shots in the contest, including two each by Thiesen and junior midfielder Luke McCormick … in goal, fifth-year senior goalkeeper Steven Tekesky made three saves against UK.
Notes: WVU is 1-0 all-time against Georgia State, with the only prior matchup occurring in 2013 … Sunday marks the Mountaineers’ first-ever meeting with Georgia Southern … following the Elon win, WVU concluded non-conference play this season, finishing with a 7-1-3 mark away from MAC competition … fifth-year senior defender Kevin Morris made his 85th career appearance for West Virginia against Elon, tying the program record for career matches played with coach Dan Stratford and Mike Anioa … senior forward Yoran Popovic leads the Mountaineers with four goals on the year, one of seven players with multiple tallies in 2021 … WVU was placed at No. 25 in the United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division I National Poll last week, good for the program’s seventh consecutive top-25 ranking … West Virginia is 6-0-2 at home this fall … following last week’s action, WVU moved to 1-2-2 all-time against Elon, as well as 0-1 against Kentucky … the Kentucky match capped a four-match road trip for the Mountaineers, while the Elon match was the club’s first at home since Sept. 30.
This Week in Women’s Soccer: West Virginia returns home to Morgantown to host Oklahoma State in its final regular-season contest on Thursday, Oct. 28 … the match is set to begin at 7 p.m. ET, at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium … it also will be the Mountaineers’ Senior Night, as they honor four senior members of the squad following the game.
Last Week in Women’s Soccer: The Mountaineers played a pair of back-to-back, double overtime, scoreless draws at No. 21 Texas and at Baylor last week … in the first of a two-game road swing, WVU squared off against the Longhorns on Oct. 21, behind a career-best seven saves from junior goalkeeper Kayza Massey … the Ottawa, Ontario, native tallied four saves in regulation, before going on to make three big stops in overtime to salvage the tie and set a new career high … the Mountaineer offense also tested Longhorn keeper Savannah Madden, as they recorded seven shots on goal of their own in the 110-minute match … junior midfielder Maya McCutcheon led West Virginia with four shots, while sophomore midfielder Lilly McCarthy placed three on frame, but the offense ultimately couldn’t find the back of the net … finishing out the road slate at Baylor on Oct. 24, WVU played its fifth overtime contest of the season, as well as its second straight … the Mountaineers showed another strong defensive effort, solidified by a career-high matching performance from Massey … however, despite placing six shots on goal, the offense once again struggled to find the back of the net in the 110-minute match.
Notes: Massey’s seven stops against the Longhorns beat her previous career-high of five, which she set last season at then-No. 12 Virginia on April 10, 2021 … she also tallied the most saves for a WVU goalkeeper since Rylee Foster stopped eight shots on goal at Baylor on Oct 3, 2019 … with a pair of overtime matches last week, the Mountaineers’ all-time mark in overtime contests now sits at 30-20-60 … Massey also earned her sixth and seventh shutouts of the campaign last week, while the performances moved the Mountaineer defense’s clean sheet total to nine on the year … as a team, WVU ranks No. 9 nationally and No. 1 in the Big 12 with a 0.568 goals-against average, while individually Massey ranks No. 16 in the nation and No. 2 in the conference (0.575) … Massey also leads the Big 12 and sits No. 25 nationally with seven shutouts on the year.
This Week in Cross Country: WVU begins its 2021 postseason in Stillwater, Oklahoma, at the Big 12 Championships, on Friday, Oct. 29, at the OSU Cross Country Course … the race is set to begin at 11 a.m. ET.
Last Week in Cross Country: West Virginia was off.
Notes: West Virginia closed out its regular season at the Nuttycombe Invitational, on Friday, Oct. 15, in Madison, Wisconsin … six Mountaineers competed at the event, including junior Ceili McCabe who led the team with a first-place finish in a 6K time of 19:57.4 … additionally, redshirt junior Katherine Dowie, redshirt junior Mikaela Lucki, fifth-year senior Sylvia Russell, fifth-year senior Hayley Jackson and sophomore Maria Kaylor also competed … last year, the Mountaineers collected three All-Big 12 Honors, while the team finished in third place at the 2020 Big 12 Championship, hosted by Kansas in Lawrence … then-sophomore McCabe led the charge for WVU, crossing the Rim Rock Farm finish line in a 6k time of 20:55.9, placing fourth … then-redshirt sophomore Dowie also placed inside the top 10, collecting 10th with a time of 21:25.4 … then-junior Charlotte Wood finished in 11th place with a time of 21:27.5.
This Week in Golf: The Mountaineers will return to action next semester on Feb. 7 at the Thomas Sharkey Individual Collegiate in Statesboro, Georgia.
Last Week in Golf: WVU wrapped up its fall season with the completion of the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational in Windermere, Florida, and the Xavier Invitational in Cincinnati, Ohio, from Oct. 17-19 … in Florida, the Mountaineers finished in 10th place at 24-over-par with rounds of 289-298-301=888 … senior Kurtis Grant finished tied for 33rd at 6-over-par with rounds of 71-73-78=222 … junior Trent Tipton tied for 41st at 8-over-par with rounds of 74-75-75=224 … fifth-year senior Mark Goetz finished 9-over-par and tied for 45th place with rounds of 70-75-80=225 … fifth-year senior Logan Perkins tied for 50th place with rounds of 78-75-73=226 (10-over-par) … freshman Max Green tied for 54th place with rounds of 74-78-75=227 (11-over-par) … sophomore Olivier Ménard tied for 58th place with rounds of 78-77-73=228 (12-over-par) … in Cincinnati, sophomore Jackson Davenport tied for 36th place with rounds of 76-74-74 (+11) … freshman Todd Duncan tied for 49th with rounds of 77-78-73=228 (+15) and sophomore Will Stakel tied for 52nd place with rounds of 78-78-73=229 (+15).
Quote: “This offseason will be big for some guys, working on their games and competing in some amateur tournaments over the winter.” – Coach Sean Covich
This Week in Tennis: The Mountaineers are off this week.
Last Week in Tennis: WVU traveled to Charlottesville, Virginia, for the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Atlantic Super Regionals, from October 22-24 … the weekend was highlighted after doubles pair, sophomore Momoko Nagato and junior Penny Hsieh, advanced to quarterfinals after defeating Old Dominion 8-7(3) … freshman Camilla Bossi and sophomore Ting-Pei Chang suffered their first loss of the fall circuit … senior Anastasiia Bovolskaya’s victory over Navy was the Mountaineers’ lone singles victory on Friday, Oct. 22, to advance to the singles round of 16 … Nagato and freshman Kendall Kovick fell in their singles matches on Friday … after advancing to the round of 16, Bovolskaya fell in two straight sets to Virginia … to wrap up competition at Super Regionals, Nagato and Hsieh were bested by UVA’s No. 3-seed pair.
Notes: Nagato and Hsieh’s appearance in the quarterfinal round marked WVU’s first since Kat Lyman and Anne-Sophie Courteau in 2019 … following the week off, West Virginia will travel to Stillwater, Oklahoma, for the Big 12 Individual Championship, from Nov. 5-7 … Oklahoma State is set to host the tournament and action will take place at the Greenwood Tennis Center.
This Week in Swimming & Diving: West Virginia is off this week … the Mountaineers will next compete Nov. 18-20 when they host the WVU Invitational for the second time since 2019 … WVU is set to welcome six teams to Morgantown.
Last Week in Swimming & Diving: The Mountaineers were off last week.
Notes: West Virginia had two divers earn an NCAA Zones-qualifying score during the dual meet against Penn State … freshman Sarah Krusinski secured the victory and a qualifying score notching 269.85 on 1-meter … senior Nick Cover had a qualifying score of 300.83 on platform, while also capturing the top spot on 3-meter with a 299.03 … senior David Dixon recorded a 2021-22 season best time in the 200 fly (1:46.96) and 200 IM (1:52.69) against PSU.
This Week in Rifle: West Virginia is off this week … WVU next competes on Saturday, Nov. 6, when the team travels to Fort Wayne, Indiana, to compete against TCU at the X Count … the contest against the Horned Frogs is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. ET, and is the Mountaineers’ only neutral-site contest of the regular season.
Last Week in Rifle: West Virginia was off last week.
Notes: With the team’s win over NC State on Oct. 17, WVU is now 4-0 on the season, including 3-0 in the Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) … West Virginia opened last season with a record of 7-0 (5-0 GARC) … sophomore Tal Engler continues to lead the Mountaineers in average aggregate score this season and ranks No. 4 nationally in the category (1183) … additionally, sophomore Molly McGhin ranks No. 5 nationally in average combined score (1183) … Engler also leads WVU in average air rifle score, with 596.25, and ranks No. 3 in the nation … sophomore Molly McGhin and senior Verena Zaisberger co-lead the squad with an average smallbore score of 588, good for No. 6 and 7 in the country, respectively … WVU continues to rank No. 1 nationally in air rifle average (2379.5) and No. 2 in aggregate average (4726.5) and smallbore average (2347).
This Week in Women’s Basketball: West Virginia unofficially opens its 2021-22 season on Thursday, Oct. 28, when the Mountaineers welcome WVU Tech to Morgantown for its annual Haunted Hoops exhibition … tipoff is set for 7 p.m. ET … admission to Thursday’s contest is free for all fans, with gates opening at 5:30 p.m. … prior to that, Trunk-or-Treat will start at the Mountaineer Track next to the WVU Shell Building at 5 p.m., and will continue on the Coliseum concourse when gates open … Thursday’s contest will be broadcast on Big 12 Now on ESPN+, with Eric Little and Meg Bulger on the call.
Last Season in Women’s Basketball: The Mountaineers finished the 2020-21 season with a record of 22-7, including a 13-5 mark in Big 12 Conference play … WVU finished the regular season tied for second place in the Big 12 standings and earned the No. 2 seed in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship … West Virginia won at least 22 games for the first time since 2018- 19 … the 2020-21 campaign also marked the 13th time during the Mike Carey era that the Mountaineers have won 22 or more games in a season … thirteen of those wins came in the Big 12 last year, WVU’s most conference victories since the 2013-14 season, when the Mountaineers won 16 games to claim a share of the Big 12 regular-season title … WVU made its 13th appearance in the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament in 2020-21, and advanced to the Round of 32 for the ninth time under Carey … the Mountaineers also advanced to the title game of the 2021 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship last season for the first time since 2017, and the third time since joining the league in 2012-13 … WVU placed four players on the 2021 All-Big 12 Team, including guard Kysre Gondrezick who was unanimously selected to the first team … at season’s end, Gondrezick was named All-America Honorable Mention by the Associated Press (AP) and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) … Gondrezick went on to be selected fourth overall by the Indiana Fever in the first round of the 2021 WNBA Draft, becoming the highest-drafted player in program history.
Notes: Carey enters his 21st season as the Mountaineers’ head coach and holds a record of 432-224 … Carey is the program’s all-time wins leader … in 34 seasons as a head coach, the Clarksburg, West Virginia, native owns a career record of 720-326 … WVU returns eight student-athletes from last year’s squad and welcomes seven newcomers in 2021-22 … junior guard KK Deans, senior forward Kari Niblack and senior guard Madisen Smith will serve as the team captains for West Virginia this season … Niblack and Smith have served as team captains since the 2019-20 campaign … in total, West Virginia’s roster is made up of three freshmen, two sophomores, one redshirt sophomore, three juniors, three seniors and three fifth-year seniors … the Mountaineers placed three players on the 2021-22 Preseason All-Big 12 Team … this year marks the third time in the last four seasons that West Virginia has seen at least three players named to the Preseason All-Big 12 Team … junior forward Esmery Martinez was unanimously tabbed to the preseason squad, while Deans and Niblack garnered honorable mention status … the Mountaineers also were selected to finish fourth in the 2021-22 Preseason Big 12 Coaches Poll … additionally, WVU checked in at No. 19 in the Preseason AP Poll, which was released on Oct. 19 … Niblack returns to lead WVU in career points (881), rebounds (580), blocks (148) and field-goal percentage (48.4%) … Smith returns as the Mountaineers’ career leader in assists (300) and steals (93).