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McCabe Named Student-Athlete of the Week

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (November 22, 2021) – After finishing in third place at the 2021 NCAA Cross Country Championships, in Tallahassee, Florida, on Nov. 20 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 finished the 6k at Apalachee Regional Park with a career-best time of 19:29.5. 

McCabe finished inside the top 15 and received All-America honors for the first time in her cross country career.  

McCabe is now the highest finishing Mountaineer at the NCAA Championships meet. Most recently, Megan Metcalfe placed 9th in 2002.

This Week in Volleyball: West Virginia (17-9, 6-8 Big 12) closes out its 2021 fall slate in Fort Worth, Texas, as the Mountaineers take on the Horned Frogs, at Schollmaier Arena, in a two-match series, on Nov. 26-27 … both contests are set to begin at 7:30 p.m. ET. 

Last Week in Volleyball: West Virginia could not overcome Texas Tech in a pair of matches, in Morgantown, West Virginia, at the WVU Coliseum, from Nov. 18-19 … on Thursday evening, the Mountaineers came up short to the Red Raiders in four sets (25-22,18-25, 25-20 and 26-24) …WVU finished the match, hitting .158 with a match-high 53 kills … WVU led the match with seven team blocks and 47 assists … Thursday’s match was led by five double-digit scores, including senior setter Lacey Zerwas, who recorded 43 assists, while fifth-year senior libero Alexa Hasting tallied 22 digs … West Virginia fell to Texas Tech in five sets on Saturday evening, in set scores of 22-25, 25-23,25- 20,23-25 and 15-11 … the squad finished the match hitting .134, with a match-high 63 kills … WVU recorded 10 team blocks and 59 assists … three Mountaineers recorded double-doubles, including Zerwas, who recorded 41 assists and 17 digs, while Hasting tallied 26 digs and 11 assists … fifth-year senior outside hitter Adrian Ell also recorded a double-double, with 17 kills and 10 digs. 

Notes: Hasting recorded her first career double-double … following Friday’s match, the Mountaineers honored their eight seniors … West Virginia and TCU meet for the 20th time since 2009 … the Horned Frogs lead the all-time series, 6-13 … in the last meeting, West Virginia beat TCU in four sets on Oct. 16, 2020 … in the Big 12 Conference, the Mountaineers rank in the top five in eight categories as a team … the team sits in first in digs (16.09), first in opponent service aces (.90), second in service aces (1.56), second in opponent hitting percentage (.165), and second in opponent assists (10.25) … the squad also sits in second in opponent kills (11.3), third in assists (12.11) and third in kills (13.56) … individually in the Big 12, six Mountaineers rank in the top 10 in five categories … Zerwas ranks second in assists, averaging 10.31 per set and ninth in digs (2.77 per set) … sophomore outside hitter Skye Stokes sits in second in the conference and seventh in the NCAA with .58 service aces per set … fifth-year senior middle blocker Briana Lynch ranks fifth with a .342 hitting percentage and Ell sits in ninth in kills with 3.34 per set … senior outside hitter Natali Petrova ranks eighth (.30 per set ) in service aces, while Ell (.30 per set) ranks ninth … Hasting ranks fifth in digs with an average of 3.87 per set. 

This Week in Men’s Soccer: The No. 11-seeded Mountaineers travel to No. 6 Tulsa for the NCAA Tournament Third Round on Saturday, Nov. 27 … kickoff at the Hurricane Soccer Stadium in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is set for 8 p.m. ET. 

Last Week in Men’s Soccer: WVU (11-3-5) earned a 1-1 draw and advanced on penalty kicks (4-3) against Virginia Tech in the NCAA Second Round on Nov. 21, at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium … senior forward Ike Swiger scored in the seventh minute for the Mountaineers, before the club used PKs to stay alive in the NCAA Tournament … sophomore midfielder Ryan Crooks, redshirt sophomore midfielder/defender Dyon Dromers, freshman midfielder Otto Ollikainen and fifth-year senior midfielder Pau Jimenez Albelda all converted in the shootout, while fifth-year senior goalkeeper Steven Tekesky made two saves during PKs … WVU outshot the Hokies, 15-10, including 4-3 in shots on goal … the Mountaineers also held a 9-4 advantage in corner kicks on the day … with the result, West Virginia advances to the third round for the third time in program history and first since 2007. 

Notes: Following the Virginia Tech match, WVU moved to 7-14-1 all-time in NCAA Tournament play … WVU also remained unbeaten at home this season (8-0-3) … the Mountaineers’ shootout against the Hokies was its first since Nov. 10, 2007, against Louisville in the Big East Tournament … Swiger’s goal against VT was his second of the year … with the tally, the Fairmont, West Virginia, native became the 10th Mountaineer to record multiple goals in 2021 … WVU is set to meet Tulsa for the first time in program history on Saturday … overall, the Mountaineers are 2-1-1 against seeded teams in the NCAA Tournament this season … the winner of the match advances to the NCAA Quarterfinals against the winner of No. 3 Georgetown-Providence … Tekesky has played in 81 career matches at WVU, most in program history by a goalkeeper … the Raymore, Missouri, native is one win shy of matching the No. 1 spot in the squad’s record book for career victories, as well as one start away from claiming the top placement in that category … Sunday’s match was Stratford’s NCAA Tournament debut at WVU as a head coach … the second-year coach is now 11-1-1 all-time in the Big Dance, with the first 12 matches coming at Charleston (W.Va.). 

This Week in Women’s Basketball: West Virginia embarks on its first road trip of the season, as the team travels to St. Petersburg, Florida, from Nov. 25-27, to compete in the 2021 St. Pete Showcase … West Virginia begins tournament action on Thursday, Nov. 25, from Eckerd College, against Purdue before playing the winner of Florida State-BYU on Saturday, Nov. 27 … Thursday’s contest against the Boilermakers begins at 5 p.m. ET, while Saturday’s game is scheduled for 11 a.m., or 1 p.m. … both contests will be broadcast on FloHoops. 

Last Week in Women’s Basketball: WVU picked up three wins in its season-opening homestand from Nov. 16-21 … the Mountaineers began the season with an 86-33 win over Saint Francis (Pa.) on Nov. 16, before defeating Kennesaw State, 78-58, on Nov. 19 … West Virginia concluded its homestand on Nov. 21, defeating Radford, 83-31 … junior guard KK Deans led the Mountaineers in scoring last week, with 46 points and an average of 15.3 per game … additionally, junior forward Esmery Martinez (44) also tallied 40 or more points through the first three games and is averaging 14.7 points per game … the Hato Mayor Del Ray, Dominican Republic, native also paced the squad in rebounding last week, with 26 boards and an average of 8.7 per game. 

Notes: WVU is now 3-0 to begin the season after picking up three nonconference wins … West Virginia is now 30-9 against its nonconference opponents this season and has won its last 14 regular-season games against the nonconference … additionally, after winning three home games in November, the Mountaineers are now 51-3 when playing at the WVU Coliseum in the month during the Mike Carey era … West Virginia ranks No. 1 in the Big 12 Conference and No. 1 nationally in scoring defense (40.7) … WVU also is No. 1 in the league and No. 2 in the nation in turnovers forced per game (30.00) … the Mountaineers also rank No. 1 in the conference and No. 4 nationally in scoring margin (41.7) and 3-point field goal defense (15.7) …Deans and senior forward Kari Niblack are two of four players in the Big 12 and 28 player in the country who have a perfect free-throw percentage this season … of note, Deans is the only player in the Big 12 and one of four players nationally who has at least 13 made free throws and a perfect percentage at the stripe. 

This Week in Cross Country: West Virginia has completed the 2021 season. 

Last Week in Cross Country: The Mountaineers closed the season at the 2021 NCAA Cross Country Championships in Tallahassee, Florida, at Apalachee Regional Park, on Saturday, Nov. 20 … junior Ceili McCabe recorded a program-best, third-place finish at the meet with a time of 19:29.6 … redshirt junior Mikaela Lucki placed 105th in a time of 20:31.6 … she was followed by fifth-year senior Sylvia Russell, who ranked 157th in a time of 20:38.1 … in 157th place, redshirt junior Katherine Dowie finished the race in 20:49.6, while fifth-year senior Hayley Jackson recorded a 212th place finish in 21:20.4 … taking 241st was sophomore Maria Kaylor a time of 22:25.0 and senior Charlotte Wood finished the race in a time of 22:33.0, good for 243rd place.  

Notes: Overall, the Mountaineers finished the race in 21st place as a team … McCabe earned All-America honors after recording a career-best time and a third-place finish … previously, Megan Metcalfe held the Mountaineer-best finish at the NCAA Championships when she placed ninth at the 2002 National meet … Russell also recorded a career-best time at the Championships … Saturday’s race featured 31 teams and 250 runners … West Virginia returned to the NCAA Championships as a team for the second consecutive year … WVU has previously seen action at Nationals 11 times since 1997 … most recently, WVU participated in the 2020 NCAA Championships in Stillwater, Oklahoma, finishing in 29th place. 

This Week in Wrestling: The team is off this week.  

Last Week in Wrestling: The Mountaineers earned their first dual victory of the season on Nov. 19, against Davidson … nine of 10 wrestlers delivered points as well as combined for 23 takedowns in 34-3 win … senior Caleb Rea grabbed the first win of the night for West Virginia over Davidson’s Gavin Damasco … the 141-pounder started out aggressively, nearly taking hold of Damasco’s leg 40 seconds into the match … Damasco avoided the takedown attempt by rolling forward and latching on to Rea’s ankle … after the two went back to a neutral stance, the Weirton, West Virginia, native eventually flipped his opponent over, ducked under the swinging leg and secured the takedown … Rea took down Damasco for a second time in the second period and added a point for riding time on his way to 6-2 decision in his dual debut … redshirt sophomore Jeffrey Boyd followed up with a 11-2 major decision over Garrett Stewart at 149 … like Rea, Boyd scored a takedown in the first period and continued the attack with four more takedowns toward his first dual win of the season … senior Jakcson Moomau (197), redshirt junior Alex Hornfeck (157), and sophomore Dennis Robin (174) each earned their first dual victories … redshirt sophomores Anthony Carman (184) and redshirt sophomore Michael Wolfgram (HWT) continued their winning ways with decisions … WVU closed out the weekend with a 34-6 loss to No. 5 NC State on Nov. 21 … Hall and Wolfgram captured two wins over nationally ranked opponents … Wolfgram scored a 6-5 decision over No. 20 Owen Trephan … he fell behind early after Trephan recorded a takedown in the first period and an escape in the second to create a 3-1 advantage midway through the second … the York, Pennsylvania, native responded with two takedowns in the final minute of the second period to take a 5-4 lead into the final stretch … Wolfgram tacked on a point for an escape and held Trephan scoreless to preserve the one-point victory.  

Notes: Hall extended his undefeated streak to eight matches (8-0) at 165 pounds … he entered the weekend ranked No. 14/16 by FloWrestling and InterMat … Wolfgram earned a second victory over a top-25 opponent – No. 17 Josh Heindselman (Oklahoma) last week and No. 20 Owen Trephan (NC State) on Sunday … Wolfgram entered the weekend in the top 33 of both FloWrestling and InterMat at heavyweight … both wrestlers remain undefeated in duals … WVU placed second at the Clarion Open on Sunday, Nov. 7 … West Virginia returns eight starters from its young squad a season ago and will begin the 2021-22 season with a foursome of wrestlers ranked nationally at their respective weight classes, including All-American Killian Cardinale at 125 pounds … the redshirt senior ranks as high as No. 9 in the FloWrestling rankings, while securing 10th by InterMat and WIN Magazine … he placed seventh at the NCAA Championships to earn WVU’s first All-America honors since Zeke Moisey (2018) became an All-American in the same weight class … Cardinale was also one of three Mountaineers to land on the NWCA Scholar All-America Team alongside Hall … as a freshman, Hall qualified for the NCAA Championship at 165 pounds after finishing the regular season second on team with 16 wins … Wolfgram went 10-6 a season ago, which included three major decisions and a win over a ranked opponent … after receiving seven votes in the NWCA Coaches Poll to conclude the 2021 season, West Virginia appears in the top 40 of two publications … FloWrestling ranked the Mountaineers 37th, while WIN Magazine put them at 40th. 

This Week in Swimming & Diving: WVU closed out its fall slate … the team resumes competition on Jan. 8, 2022, as they host Pitt at the Aquatic Center at Mylan Park … the dual meet will begin at 11 a.m. ET. 

Last Week in Swimming & Diving: The Mountaineers hosted the second annual WVU Invitational this past weekend, at the Aquatic Center at Mylan Park … competition began Thursday, Nov. 18 and concluded on Saturday, Nov. 20 … West Virginia notched 22 victories over the weekend … the men’s squad tallied 2,551 team points to take home the victory, while the women’s team claimed the top spot with 1,871 team points … Friday’s final session was highlighted by fifth-year Ana Zortea setting a new program record in the women’s 100-yard backstroke … she bested the previous record of 53.50, finishing in first with a time of 53.41 … the women’s dive squad swept the 1-meter finals, led by freshman Sarah Krusinski (281.95) … junior Marian Tiemeier took second (271.00) and senior Camille Burt finished third (269.45) … all three women divers earned NCAA Zones-qualifying scores … on the men’s side, senior Nick Cover took the 3-meter with a Zones-qualifying score of 349.00, just shy of a personal best … sophomore Abby Reardon swam a personal best to claim the women’s 200 free (1:48.87) … the men recorded WVU’s second sweep of Friday night, led by sophomore Roanoke Shirk in the 200 free (1:38.66) … sophomore Logan McFadden (2nd – 1:40.01) and fifth-year Max Gustafson (3rd – 1:40.31) rounded out the sweep … Saturday night’s competition began with the men’s and women’s platform finals … senior PJ Lenz (2nd – 332.95), Cover (3rd – 306.75) and freshman Glenn Eloriaga (4th – 305.40) all posted Zones-qualifying scores … the 200 butterfly finals highlighted the final night of competition, as freshman Mia Walters (2:02.59) and fifth-year David Dixon (1:44.72) handed WVU victories in the men’s and women’s event. 

Notes: Zortea broke the program record in the woman’s 100-yard backstroke at the WVU Invitational, touching the wall in 53.41 … the record was previously set in 2018 by Amelie Currat (53.50) … the Mountaineers had seven divers earn an NCAA Zones-qualifying score at the WVU Invite … Krusinski (281.95), Tiemeier (271.00) and Burt (269.45) swept the women’s 1-meter and earned their Zones-qualifying scores … Krusinski’s score of 281.95 topped her previous Zones-qualifying score on 1-meter of 269.85 (PSU Dual-meet) …  Cover topped his previous qualifying score (300.83), by recording a 349.90 at the WVU Invite, just shy of a personal best … on men’s plat-form, Lenz (332.95), Cover (306.75) and Eloriaga (305.40) all recorded Zones-qualifying scores at the winter invite. 

Press Release: WVU Athletic Department

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