MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (October 5, 2020) – After propelling WVU to a pair of top-10 road wins for the first time in program history, West Virginia University volleyball senior middle blocker Briana Lynch has been named the WVU Student-Athlete of the Week, presented by University Apartments.
Lynch, the Mountaineers’ lone selection on the 2020 Preseason All-Big 12 Team, turned in a hitting efficiency of .440 in the two-match series against the No. 10-ranked Jayhawks last week.
The Johns Creek, Georgia, native recorded seven kills on 20 total attacks, hitting .200, in the squad’s five-set win on Friday. Lynch followed up that performance with 18 more kills on Saturday, registering no errors on 30 total attacks for a game-high hitting percentage of .600 – the fifth-highest hitting efficiency in the Big 12 this season – in another five-set thriller in Lawrence.
Lynch’s 18 kills matched her career high last set on Nov. 16, 2019. The middle blocker also collected six total blocks in the two-match series. Overall, she recorded 28.5 points on the weekend, averaging 2.90 points per set.
With the wins, WVU earned a season sweep over KU for the first time in program history.
This Week in Women’s Soccer: The No. 9-ranked Mountaineers return home to take on Baylor on Friday, Oct. 15 … kickoff at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium in Morgantown is set for 7 p.m. ET.
Last Week in Women’s Soccer: WVU (4-1, 4-1 Big 12) earned a 2-1 win at Texas Tech on Oct. 9, at John Walker Soccer Complex in Lubbock, Texas … the Mountaineers received goals from sophomore forward Julianne Vallerand in the 47th minute and the game-winner from senior midfielder Stefany Ferrer-vanGinkel in the 82nd … junior midfielder Isabella Sibley, junior defender Jordan Brewster and junior forward Alina Stahl all earned assists in the win … sophomore goalkeeper Kayza Massey, who made her 2020 season debut in the victory, made one save … WVU outshot TTU, 15-2, including 8-2 in shots on goal … the Mountaineers also matched a season high by tallying 10 corner kicks … Stahl led the way offensively with four shots, while Ferrer-vanGinkel and Vallerand issued three, all of them on goal.
Notes: With the win over the Red Raiders, WVU improved to 8-3-1 all-time against Texas Tech, including 3-1 in Lubbock … Ferrer-vanGinkel’s team- and Big 12-leading third goal of the season marked her second game-winner in 2020 … the victory pushed West Virginia to 4-1 on the season, good for first place in the Big 12 standings … WVU has scored multiple goals in four of its five games this season … the Mountaineers are 6-2-1 against Baylor, including 2-1-1 in Morgantown … last season, the Bears took down WVU, 4-2, on Oct. 3, in Waco … West Virginia enters the week ranked No. 6 nationally in points per game (6.2), shots on goal per game (8.0) and corner kicks per game (7.2), No. 7 in shot accuracy (.563) and No. 8 in scoring offense (2.2) … individually, Ferrer-vanGinkel sits No. 2 in the country in game-winning goals (2) and No. 11 in total goals (3), while Brewster and Sibley are tied for No. 16 nationally in total assists (2) … WVU was slotted No. 9 in the most recent United Soccer Coaches National Poll, which was released on Oct. 6.
This Week in Volleyball: West Virginia (3-3) returns to the WVU Coliseum for a pair of Big 12 matches against TCU (1-3) on Oct. 15-16 … Thursday’s match will air live on ESPNU at 7 p.m. ET … Friday’s contest will be carried live on Big 12 Now on ESPN+, the conference’s digital platform, starting at 6 p.m. ET … following Friday’s match, West Virginia will celebrate the careers of its 2020 senior class: Audrey Adams, Alexa Hasting, Briana Lynch and Lindsay Proctor.
Last Week in Volleyball: West Virginia captured a pair of top-10 road wins for the first time in program history, upsetting No. 10 Kansas in five sets on Friday and Saturday, at the Horejsi Family Volleyball Arena, in Lawrence, Kansas … WVU finished the week hitting .208 with 124 kills and 21 total blocks … senior middle blocker Briana Lynch turned in a team-best .440 hitting efficiency in the two-match series … junior outside hitters Natali Petrova and Kristin Lux tied for the team lead with 27 kills apiece, followed by redshirt senior middle blocker Audrey Adams and Lynch with 25 swings each … junior setter Lacey Zerwas dished out 100 assists to average 10.00 per set for the second consecutive week … defensively, Adams recorded a team-high nine total blocks, averaging 0.90 per set, while senior libero Alexa Hasting dug 28 balls over the weekend to average 2.80 per set.
Notes: With the wins, the Mountaineers earned a season sweep over the Jayhawks for the first time in program history … West Virginia has now won three straight contests over Kansas and has taken the Jayhawks to five sets in seven of its last nine matches … as a team, WVU is hitting .201 and averaging 13.26 kills per set … Lynch paces WVU’s offense with a .417 hitting efficiency to rank fourth in the Big 12 … Zerwas quarterbacks the Mountaineer offense, ranking second in the league with 10.63 assists per set … Adams leads the team’s blocking efforts with 1.00 blocks per set, while Hasting anchors the floor defense with 3.78 digs per set … the Horned Frogs hold a 13-4 advantage in the all-time series, with the Mountaineers’ last win taking place on Sept. 20, 2017, in Morgantown.
This week in Golf: WVU does not compete this week … the Health Plan Mountaineer Invitational, scheduled for Oct. 19-20, at Pete Dye Golf Club in Bridgeport, West Virginia, has been postponed until April 12-13, 2021.
Last week in Golf: The Mountaineers were off last week after completing competition at the Colonial Collegiate Invitational and the Big 12 Match Play Tournament.
Notes: The Mountaineers now begin preparations for their spring season, which is slated to begin in mid-February … the complete spring schedule will be announced at a later date.
This Week in Cross Country: The Mountaineers do not compete this week … WVU opens the 2020 season on Friday, Oct. 30, in Lawrence, Kansas, at the Big 12 Championship at Rim Rock Farm.
Last Season in Cross Country: WVU finished third at the 2019 Big 12 Championship before notching a fifth-place finish at the 2019 NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional … 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… thirteen members of the squad were named to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team, five of whom made the team with 4.0 grade-point averages (GPA), the most in the conference…Charlotte Wood and McCabe competed at the Canadian National Cross Country Championships in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada … WVU earned its lone win of the season at the Lock Haven Invitational, after all five scoring runners finished inside the top 10.
Notes: WVU returns 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. 30 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.
This Week in Tennis: West Virginia begins its fall season at the 2020 Fall Circuit, presented by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) and Universal Tennis … WVU is scheduled to compete from Oct. 16-18, at The Greenbrier, in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.
Last Season in Tennis: West Virginia finished the 2020 spring season with a record of 7-3 (0-3 Big 12), marking the program’s 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 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 in 2020 … Courteau also tied Bovolskaia for the team lead in singles wins, with 14 … Courteau also led the team in doubles victories, with 14 … overall, Courteau holds the most career victories for WVU, with 86.