MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (September 28, 2020) – After helping the West Virginia University volleyball team capture a win in Lubbock for the first time since 2016, senior middle blocker Briana Lynch has been named the WVU Student-Athlete of the Week, presented by University Apartments.
Lynch started the season with an average of 4.50 points per set to rank third in the Big 12.
The Johns Creek, Georgia, native posted a team-best 11 kills on 21 attacks for a .524 hitting efficiency in Thursday’s season-opening loss at Texas Tech. Lynch also helped the Mountaineers rally from one set down in game two, notching a match-high 15 kills on 26 attacks for a .462 hitting percentage in a four-set win on Friday to split the series with the Red Raiders. Overall, she recorded 3.71 kills per set and 1.14 blocks per set on the weekend, good for a team high.
This Week in Women’s Soccer: The Mountaineers return home to play host to Texas on Friday, Oct 2 … kickoff at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium is set for 7 p.m. ET … due to safety precautions from the COVID-19 pandemic, only essential game operations personnel and families of the players and women’s soccer staff will be admitted into the stadium … fans can watch all the action of Friday’s match at Big 12 Now on ESPN+.
Last Week in Women’s Soccer: No. 4-ranked West Virginia (2-1, 2-1 Big 12) fell to No. 6 Oklahoma State, 2-1, in double overtime on Sept. 25, at Neal Patterson Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma … the Cowgirls scored the game-winning, golden goal with just 26 seconds to play in the second overtime period … after trailing, 1-0, senior midfielder Stefany Ferrer-vanGinkel tallied the equalizer with a free-kick goal in the 76th minute … she paced the Mountaineers with four shots on the night … junior goalkeeper Maddie Murphy made a career-high five saves in the setback … despite the loss, WVU outshot OSU, 13-11, while the hosts held a 7-6 advantage in shots on goal.
Notes: Following last week’s loss, WVU is now 9-2 all-time against Oklahoma State … ten of the 11 meetings between the two schools have resulted in one-goal affairs … prior to the loss, WVU was slotted No. 4 in the season debut of the United Soccer Coaches National Poll, which was released on Sept. 22 … it marked the first time West Virginia was featured in the top five of a national poll since Oct. 31, 2017 … WVU is 8-2-1 against Texas, including 3-0 in Morgantown … additionally, WVU has won three in a row against the Longhorns … the Mountaineers earned a 2-1, overtime win on Oct. 6, 2019, in Austin … junior midfielder Addison Clark scored the game-winner for West Virginia in the 104th minute … WVU is 29-4-2 against Big 12 foes at home.
This Week in Volleyball: West Virginia (1-1) returns to the WVU Coliseum for its home opener against Kansas State (1-1) on Thursday, Oct. 1 … the match will air on ESPNU at 7 p.m. ET … Friday’s match against the Wildcats will be carried live on Big 12 Now on ESPN+, starting at 6 p.m. ET … K-State holds a 9-7 lead in the all-time series … however, the Mountaineers swept the Wildcats in the home-and-away series last season and have won five of the last six matches … of note, the WVU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, in conjunction with University, local and state officials, has determined that the volleyball team’s first four home matches will take place without spectators at the WVU Coliseum.
Last Week in Volleyball: West Virginia opened its 2020 season at Texas Tech on Thursday and Friday at the United Supermarkets Arena in Lubbock, Texas … the Mountaineers suffered a 3-0 setback to the Red Raiders on Thursday … WVU concluded the two-game series with a 3-1 win on Friday evening, defeating TTU in Lubbock for the first time since 2016.
Notes: Junior outside hitter Natali Petrova, a transfer from Tyler Junior College, earned her first career start for the Mountaineers on Thursday, while sophomore middle blocker Emmy Ogogor, a transfer from Illinois State, saw significant action in both matches … additionally, freshman outside hitter/defensive specialist Skye Stokes made her collegiate debut on Thursday … senior middle blocker Briana Lynch started the season with an average of 4.50 points per set to rank third in the Big 12 last week … the Johns Creek, Georgia, native leads the team with 26 kills, averaging 3.71 per set, followed by Ogogor with 22 to average 3.14 per set … senior libero Alexa Hasting leads WVU’s floor defense with 4.86 digs per set … Hasting’s 23 digs last Friday was a conference high … it also marked her 12th 20-plus dig performance of her career … additionally, redshirt senior middle blocker Audrey Adams and Lynch each posted a team-high eight total blocks on the weekend … as a team, West Virginia is averaging 15.1 kills per set and hitting .214.
This Week in Golf: The Mountaineers open their fall campaign Monday and Tuesday, at the Colonial Collegiate Invitational, competing against all Big 12 teams in Fort Worth, Texas … a few days later, WVU competes in the Big 12 Match Play Championship from Oct. 2-4, outside of Houston, Texas … the Mountaineers wrap up their fall season with The Health Plan Mountaineer Invitational, Oct. 19-20, at Pete Dye Golf Club in Bridgeport, West Virginia.
Last Season in Golf: The Mountaineers competed in just three events last spring before the season was canceled due to COVID-19 … a trio of Mountaineers were recognized as Srizon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholars, while WVU was recognized as an All-Academic Team by the GCAA … the Mountaineers earned two victories in 2019-20, first in their home event, The Health Plan Mountaineer Invitational, and also in a head-to-head matchup against Connecticut to open the spring season … WVU set four program records throughout the season, including a program-best 54-hole total from Etienne Papineau (203) and an 18-hole record low score from Logan Perkins (62) … as a team, the Mountaineers recorded a new team 54-hole low round (826) and total versus par (-26) at the Ka’anapali Collegiate Classic.
Notes: Monday and Tuesday’s lineup will be Mark Goetz (No. 1), Jackson Davenport (No. 2), Logan Perkins (No. 3), Kurtis Grant (No. 4), Olivier Ménard (No. 5) and Will Stakel (No. 6).
This Week in Cross Country: WVU opens the 2020 season on Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Lou Cross Country Classic, hosted at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Kentucky.
Last Season in Cross Country: WVU finished third at the 2019 Big 12 Championship in Waco, Texas, and fifth at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania … the Mountaineers’ third-place finish at the Big 12 Championship and fifth-place finish at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional were the team’s highest finishes at the respective meets since 2016 … Ceili McCabe was named the 2019 Big 12 Women’s Newcomer of the Year … the Mountaineers were named an All-Academic Team by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, while Candace Archer and Ceili McCabe earned All-Academic Athlete distinction, the first Mountaineers to earn the individual honor since 2017.
Notes: WVU returns this weekend with a shortened season due to COVID-19 … four newcomers are set to join the squad in 2020 … coach Sean Cleary is entering his 14th season as head coach of the Mountaineers, while he’s been involved with the program in some capacity for 28 years … WVU’s Oct. 3 meet marks the beginning of the 43rd season of cross country at WVU … the Mountaineers have won their season-opening meets in four of the last six seasons – including victories at the Charlotte Opener in 2018 and the Texas Tech Invitational in 2016, as well as wins at the Lehigh Invitational in 2014 and 2017 … Oct. 3 marks WVU’s first visit to the Lou Cross Country Classic.
This Week in Tennis: The Mountaineers do not compete this week … West Virginia is scheduled to take part in the 2020 Fall Circuit, presented by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) and Universal Tennis … WVU begins fall competition at The Greenbrier site in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, from Oct. 16-18 … the team then returns to Morgantown to play at the Summit Tennis Academy site, from Oct. 23-25, to conclude its fall season.
Last Season in Tennis: West Virginia finished the 2020 spring season with a record of 7-3 (0-3 Big 12), marking the first winning season since 2010 when WVU finished the year with a record of 17-7 … the Mountaineers began last season with a pair of sweeps before rattling off five more wins to begin the season 7-0 … it marked the best start to a season since 1986, when WVU began the year 12-0 … following a rocky start to Big 12 Conference play, WVU saw its season cut short in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic … four Mountaineers were named to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team and ITA Scholar-Athletes at season’s end .. WVU also posted an NCAA Academic Progress Rate of 992 and was named an All-Academic Team by the ITA in 2020 … West Virginia capped last season by signing four newcomers as a part of the No. 29 recruiting class in the nation, the highest in program history.
Notes: WVU coach Miha Lisac enters his seventh season with the Mountaineers … during his tenure, West Virginia holds a record of 46-83 … seniors Giovanna Caputo and Anne-Sophie Courteau return to lead the Mountaineers this season … WVU also returns juniors Anastasiia Bovolskaia and Nicole Roc in 2020 … Courteau led the Mountaineers with 28 wins and 14 doubles victories in 2020 … Courteau also tied Bovolskaia for the team lead in singles wins with 14 … overall, Courteau holds the most career victories for WVU with 86.