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Segalla Named Student-Athlete of the Week

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (October 5, 2020) – Following her game-winning goal in a 2-1 victory over Texas on Oct. 2, redshirt junior forward Lauren Segalla of the West Virginia University women’s soccer team has been named the WVU Student-Athlete of the Week, presented by University Apartments.

Segalla found the back of the net in the 17th minute against the Longhorns, helping the No. 7-ranked Mountaineers improve to 3-1 on the season. It marked her fifth career game-winner but first since Nov. 10, 2018, against Radford in the NCAA Tournament. The Salisbury, Connecticut, native took advantage of a ball that was deflected off the Texas goalkeeper at the edge of the box, resulting in an open look at the net. 

In all, Segalla has totaled three points (1G, 1A) with four shots on goal so far this season.  

This Week in Women’s Soccer: No. 7 West Virginia (3-1, 3-1 Big 12) hits the road for a Big 12 matchup at Texas Tech on Friday, Oct. 9, in Lubbock, Texas … kickoff at John Walker Soccer Complex is set for 8:15 p.m. ET.

Last Week in Women’s Soccer: The Mountaineers scored a pair of 17th-minute goals en route to a 2-1 win over Texas on Oct. 2, at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium in Morgantown … first, junior defender Jordan Brewster opened the scoring with a penalty-kick goal to give WVU a 1-0 lead … less than a minute later, it was redshirt junior forward Lauren Segalla’s turn to add to the lead … Segalla found herself with an open look at goal and easy finish following a misplay by the Texas goalkeeper … West Virginia went on to outshoot Texas, 18-4, including 7-1 in shots on goal … junior goalkeeper Maddie Murphy tallied one save in the victory … sophomore forward Enzi Broussard led the way with five shots for WVU, while five others also registered multiple shots on the night.

Notes: Following last week’s win, WVU improved to 9-2-1 all-time against the Longhorns and has won four in a row … Segalla’s game-winner was the fifth of her career but first since Nov. 10, 2018 … the Mountaineers are 7-3-1 in 11 meetings with Texas Tech, including 2-1 in Lubbock … last season, TTU earned a 1-0 win in Morgantown … WVU enters the week ranked No. 6 nationally and No. 1 in the Big 12 in scoring offense (2.25), as well as No. 7 in the country in points per game (6.0), shot accuracy (.571) and shots on goal per game (8.0).

This Week in Volleyball: The Mountaineers (1-3) trek to Lawrence, Kansas, to square off with Kansas (1-3) in back-to-back matches on Oct. 9-10 … Friday’s competition is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. ET, while Saturday’s match is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. ET … both contests will be carried live on Big 12 Now on ESPN+ … Kansas holds a 16-2 lead all-time in the series, though West Virginia completed its 2019 season with a thrilling, 3-2 comeback win over the Jayhawks in the regular-season finale on Nov. 30, at the WVU Coliseum.

Last Week in Volleyball: West Virginia dropped a pair of Big 12 matches at home last week, falling in five sets to Kansas State on Thursday and Friday at the WVU Coliseum … WVU finished the week hitting .185 with 128 kills and 21 total blocks … junior outside hitter Natali Petrova led the team with 34 kills to average 3.40 kills per set last week, while junior setter Lacey Zerwas dished out 100 assists to average 10.00 per set … defensively, senior middle blocker Briana Lynch finished the week with a team-high 11 total blocks, averaging 1.10 per set, while senior libero Alexa Hasting dug 40 balls in two matches for 4.00 digs per set.

Notes: As a team, WVU is hitting .198 and averaging 13.76 kills per set … Lynch paces WVU’s offense with a .406 hitting efficiency to rank fifth in the league … she also leads the team in blocks and ranks sixth in the conference with 1.12 blocks per set, followed by redshirt senior middle blocker Audrey Adams in seventh with 1.06 blocks per set … Zerwas quarterbacks the Mountaineer offense, ranking second in the Big 12 with 11.00 assists per set … Hasting anchors WVU’s floor defense, averaging 4.35 digs per set to rank second in the league.

This Week in Golf: WVU is off until it plays host to The Health Plan Mountaineer Invitational at Pete Dye Golf Club in Bridgeport, West Virginia, on Oct. 19-20.

Last Week in Golf: WVU competed in the Big 12 Match Play Tournament in Hockley, Texas, and in the Colonial Collegiate Invitational in Fort Worth, Texas … at the Colonial, WVU finished ninth against Big 12 teams … junior Mark Goetz was WVU’s top finisher in 22nd place with rounds of 72-75-70 (7-over par) … sophomore Kurtis Grant finished in 31st place … in the Big 12 Match Play Tournament in Hockley, Texas, WVU competed against Oklahoma, TCU, Iowa State and Baylor … Goetz won three matches over the weekend against Oklahoma, TCU and Iowa State … Goetz never trailed in his matches against Oklahoma and TCU … Grant picked up wins against Iowa State and Baylor … freshman Olivier Ménard recorded a victory against Baylor … junior Logan Perkins recorded a victory against TCU, while freshman Jackson Davenport garnered a tie against TCU … WVU fell to Oklahoma, 5-1, TCU, 3-2-1, Iowa State, 4-2, and Baylor, 4-2.

Notes: WVU wraps up the fall season on Oct. 19-20, at Pete Dye … last year, the Mountaineers shot even par as a team to win the 15-team event.

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: 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.

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