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Press Release: Ferrer-vanGinkel Named Student-Athlete of the Week

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (September 14, 2020) – Following her game-winning goal in the 2020 season opener, senior midfielder Stefany Ferrer-vanGinkel of the West Virginia University women’s soccer team has been named the WVU Student-Athlete of the Week, presented by University Apartments.

Ferrer-vanGinkel led the Mountaineers to a 2-0 win over Iowa State on Sept. 11, in Ames, Iowa, tallying the first goal on the squad’s first shot attempt of the season in the 13th minute. The score was the Barcelona, Spain, native’s second career game-winner.

Following an ISU foul, Ferrer-vanGinkel found the back of the net off a free-kick attempt by junior midfielder Isabella Sibley, who earned the assist on the goal. Ferrer-vanGinkel finished with two shot attempts in the win, which improved the Mountaineers’ record to 9-0 all-time against the Cyclones.

This Week in Women’s Soccer: The Mountaineers (1-0, 1-0 Big 12) return to Morgantown to take on Kansas State in the 2020 home opener on Friday, Sept. 18 … kickoff at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium is set for 7 p.m. ET.

Last Week in Women’s Soccer: West Virginia opened its 25th season with a 2-0 win at Iowa State on Sept. 11, in Ames, Iowa … senior midfielder Stefany Ferrer-vanGinkel scored the game-winning goal in the 13th minute, while junior forward Alina Stahl added a late, insurance goal in the 84th … junior midfielder Isabella Sibley and sophomore midfielder Aaliyah Scott earned assists on the goals … junior goalkeeper Maddie Murphy earned the shutout victory in her WVU debut, tallying two saves on eight total shots faced … WVU and ISU each registered eight shots on the night, while the Mountaineers held a 7-2 advantage in shots on goal … WVU also earned six corner kicks, to Iowa State’s four.

Notes: With the season-opening win, WVU improved to 9-0 all-time against the Cyclones, as well as 8-0-1 in Big 12 openers … the Mountaineers shut out the Cyclones for the eighth consecutive meeting, extending its minutes streak to 725 without conceding an ISU goal … four players made their Mountaineer debuts against Iowa State: freshmen midfielders Chloe Adler, Lilly McCarthy and Abby Rodriguez and Murphy … WVU is 3-0 against Kansas State all-time, including last season’s 3-0 over the Wildcats in the last matchup on Oct. 27, 2019 … KSU has never scored against WVU …  the Mountaineers are 28-4-2 against Big 12 foes at home, as well as 12-3-1 in home openers since Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium opened in 2004.

This Week in Volleyball: The 2020 season commences in Lubbock, Texas, with West Virginia taking on Texas Tech in back-to-back matches from Sept. 24-25.

Last Season in Volleyball: In 2019, West Virginia earned 12 wins, including a trio of victories in conference play … the squad’s schedule difficultly was no different, as it competed against the No. 1 team in the nation three times (at Baylor on Oct. 26, at Texas on Nov. 3 and vs. Baylor on Nov. 26) … the Mountaineers completed their season with a thrilling, 3-2 comeback win over Kansas in the regular-season finale on Nov. 30, at the WVU Coliseum … at season end, Katelyn Evans and Briana Lynch earned Big 12 postseason awards, landing on the All-Big 12 Second Team for the first time in their careers … Evans also was awarded a spot on the All-Midwest Region Honorable Mention Team by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) … the honor marked the first of her career.

Notes: WVU, as well as the other eight members of the conference, is scheduled to play 16 league matches beginning on Sept. 24 and concluding on Nov. 21 … each program will play eight doubleheaders with competition against the same opponent in consecutive days at the same site … teams are not permitted to play any non-conference opponents this fall … the team that finishes with the highest winning percentage will be crowned the Big 12 Champion … a total of eight letterwinners, including five starters, return to the Mountaineers this season … WVU also is set to welcome five freshmen and three transfers to the program … West Virginia returns a pair of offensive weapons from last fall, led by Lynch, who was most recently named to the 2020 All-Big 12 Preseason Team, as well as junior setter Lacey Zerwas … Lynch had a team-best .301 hitting efficiency last season, while Zerwas averaged a team-high 10.33 assists per set to rank fourth in the league … defensively, senior libero Alexa Hasting anchored WVU’s floor defense in 2019 and ranked second in the Big 12 with 4.18 digs per set.

This Week in Golf: WVU does not compete this week … the Mountaineers will open their fall campaign on Sept. 28-29, at the Colonial Collegiate Invitational, competing against all Big 12 teams in Fort Worth, Texas … a few days later, WVU will compete in the Big 12 Match Play Championship from Oct. 2-4, outside of Houston, Texas … the Mountaineers will 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 … during the fall season, WVU earned the program’s first-ever top-25 ranking, coming in at No. 25 in the first Bushnell/Golfweek Coaches Poll of the season … 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: WVU is currently competing in its fall qualifier to determine its travel roster to Texas … last week, freshman Jackson Davenport (Austin, Texas) shot a 9-under-par (68, 67, 72) at the three-day qualifier at Pete Dye to earn a spot at the first two events of the season.

This Week in Cross Country: The Mountaineers do not compete this week … WVU opens the 2020 season on Saturday, Oct. 3, in Louisville, Kentucky, at the Lou Cross Country Classic, at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park.

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… Ceili McCabe was named the 2019 Big 12 Women’s Newcomer of the Year … Candace Archer, Olivia Hill, Hayley Jackson and McCabe finished inside the top-15 at the conference meet to earn All-Big 12 accolades, while Archer, Jackson and McCabe also earned All-Mid-Atlantic Region honors at the regional meet …WVU’s four All-Big 12 honorees were its most in a single Big 12 Championship in program history … 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. 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.

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