MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (April 5, 2021) – After scoring the game-winning goal in Saturday’s 1-0 win over No. 10 Virginia, junior midfielder Isabella Sibley of the women’s soccer team has been named the WVU Student-Athlete of the Week, presented by University Apartments.
Sibley found the back of the net in the 86th minute to help the No. 4-ranked Mountaineers take down their second consecutive top-10 opponent. The tally marked the Uxbridge, England, native’s first career game-winner and second goal in as many games. Sibley finished with two shots in the win, the lone Mountaineer to tally multiple attempts on the day.
With the victory, WVU completed a 6-0 home slate in 2020-21, its first undefeated mark at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium since 2005. Next up, WVU makes the return trip to Virginia for its regular-season finale on Saturday, April 10, in Charlottesville, Virginia.
This Week in Gymnastics: The Mountaineers (2-10, 0-9 Big 12) have concluded their 2021 season.
Last Week in Gymnastics: WVU advanced to the second round of the NCAA Morgantown Regional Championships with a 195.950-195.325 victory over Penn State on April 1, held at the WVU Coliseum … the Mountaineers captured event wins on balance beam (48.925) and floor exercise (49.350) … individually, four WVU gymnasts earned eight podium finishes … as the winner of the first round, the Mountaineers joined No. 4 Michigan, No. 13 UCLA and Kent State in the evening session on April 2 … West Virginia totaled 195.650 and finished third in the second of two second-round meets … No. 4 Michigan placed first (197.650), No. 13 UCLA placed second (197.050) and Kent State placed fourth (194.300) … WVU finished second on floor (49.450) and third on vault (48.725), uneven bars (49.100) and beam (48.375) … junior Rachel Hornung was the lone Mountaineer to earn a spot on the podium, as she posted a matching season-high score of 9.85 on beam to tie for third overall.
Notes: West Virginia finished the season ranked No. 28 in the final Road to Nationals Rankings … sophomore Kianna Yancey paced the team with 360.55 season points, followed by Hornung with 358.925 … juniors Esperanza Abarca and Kendra Combs, sophomore Abbie Pierson, Hornung and Yancey all reached the 500 career-point mark this season … fourteen Mountaineers have competed in at least one meet, with 11 gymnasts reaching the podium … WVU boasted 64 podium finishes on the year … Combs led the team with 11 podium finishes and seven events wins, followed by Pierson with 10 podium finishes.
This Week in Volleyball: The Mountaineers ended their 2020-21 season with a 10-11 overall mark and an 8-8 record in Big 12 play.
Last Week in Volleyball: West Virginia split a pair of nonconference matches last week … WVU suffered a 3-2 setback at Delaware on March 29, before bouncing back to claim a 3-1 win at Old Dominion on March 30, in the Mountaineers’ regular-season finale … WVU fell to Delaware in set scores of 18-25, 25-17, 24-26, 27-25 and 16-14 … despite the loss, senior Briana Lynch, a middle blocker from Johns Creek, Georgia, registered 17 kills on 31 attacks, with just two errors, for a team-high .484 hitting efficiency … she also posted nine block assists and one solo stop for a career-high 10 total blocks … with 17 swings and 10 stops, Lynch became the first Mountaineer to record 10 or more kills and blocks in a match since Katie DeMeo on Sept. 14, 2018 … WVU topped ODU in set scores of 25-18, 25-22, 20-25 and 25-15 … junior outside hitter Kristin Lux recorded her second straight double-double in the win, surpassing personal-best marks in two individual categories … the North Bend, Nebraska, native put up a career-high 21 kills for a .246 hitting efficiency, as well as a team-high 18 digs.
Notes: WVU played five spring matches and earned a 2-3 record … last fall, West Virginia posted a program-best 8-8 mark in its conference-only slate … the Mountaineers also were ranked in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Top 15 Poll three times last fall, climbing as high as No. 13 – also a program best … WVU ended the year with a .165 hitting percentage, averaging 12.2 kills per set … defensively, the Mountaineers averaged 14.6 digs per set and 1.9 blocks per set.
This Week in Women’s Soccer: The Mountaineers conclude the 2020-21 regular season with a trip to Virginia on Saturday, April 10, in Charlottesville, Virginia … kickoff is set for 3 p.m. ET.
Last Week in Women’s Soccer: No. 4-ranked WVU (10-2) took down its second consecutive top-10 opponent with a 1-0 win over No. 10 Virginia on April 3, at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium … junior midfielder Isabella Sibley scored the game-winning goal in the 86th minute to lead the Mountaineers in the victory … in all, West Virginia outshot the Cavaliers, 7-5, including 4-1 in shots on goal … Virginia held a 4-3 edge in corner kicks … redshirt junior forward Lauren Segalla and freshman midfielder Lilly McCarthy earned assists on Sibley’s goal … in goal, sophomore goalkeeper Kayza Massey made one save and earned her second clean sheet of the campaign … she also improved to 7-1 between the posts this season.
Notes: WVU and Virginia are set to meet for the second consecutive weekend … the Cavaliers lead the all-time series 11-4-2 … last week’s win over Virginia was the first for the Mountaineers since Sept. 19, 2010 … with the triumph, WVU secured its 21st consecutive 10-win season … it also marked the first time WVU topped back-to-back top-10 foes since Nov. 26-Dec. 2, 2016 … WVU finished 6-0 at home this season, good for the first unbeaten season at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium since 2008, and the first fully undefeated home campaign since 2005 … last week, junior forward Alina Stahl was named the United Soccer Coaches National Player of the Week, as well as the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week … Stahl co-leads the Mountaineers with six goals … senior midfielder Stefany Ferrer-van Ginkel also has found the back of the net six times in 2020-21 … in the polls, the Mountaineers sat at No. 4 in last week’s United Soccer Coaches National Poll, as well as No. 6 in the TopDrawerSoccer.com Top 25.
This Week in Track and Field: West Virginia continues its season in Fairfax, Virginia, at the Mason Spring Invitational on Sunday, April 11.
Last Week in Track and Field: WVU earned three first-place finishes at the Mountaineer Classic on April 1-2, at the Track and Field Complex at Mylan Park … junior Ellie Gardner and freshman Lydia Moell tied for first in pole vault with a mark of 3.75m … freshman Megan Weaver took first in the 1,500-meter run, finishing with a time of 4:46.26 … the meet began with sophomore Erica Hegele’s second-place showing in the 100-meter hurdle competition with a time of 15.23 … two Mountaineers saw action in the 400-meter dash when freshmen Lilly McMullen and Emily Oiler placed third (1:01.27) and fourth (1:01.55), respectively … junior Sada Wright took third place in discus with a career-high mark of 46.02 meters, and redshirt sophomore Amber Dombrowski took fourth place in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:21.29 … senior Marianne Abdalah was the lone Mountaineer competitor in the 5,000-meter run, placing third with a time of 17:23.94 … additionally, redshirt sophomore Malina Mitchell placed 18th in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 5:10.74.
Notes: Wright’s distance ranks fourth all-time in Outdoor program history … the Mountaineers hosted 11 universities at the Mountaineer Classic and competed in seven events … the Mountaineers are set to host three more meets this season.
This Week in WVU Baseball: The Mountaineers are on the road for four games this week … on Tuesday, April 6, WVU travels to Pitt for the renewal of the Backyard Brawl at 3 p.m. ET … from there, West Virginia heads to Waco, Texas, for a three-game, Big 12 series at Baylor from April 9-11 … first pitch of Friday’s opener is set for 8:30 p.m., while Saturday and Sunday’s games will begin at 4 p.m., and 1 p.m., respectively.
Last Week in WVU Baseball: WVU (11-11, 3-3 Big 12) dropped two-of-three games at No. 16 Oklahoma State from April 1-3, in Stillwater, Oklahoma … the Mountaineers took the series opener, 4-3, before falling in the final two games of the series, 7-2 and 21-11 … senior left-handed pitcher Jackson Wolf earned the win on the mound in the opener … the Gahanna, Ohio, native allowed three runs on five hits whiling matching his career high in strikeouts with eight in 6.1 innings of work … sophomore right-hander Jacob Watters nailed down the save after pitching 2.1 innings of shutout ball … offensively, fifth-year senior first baseman/outfielder Hudson Byorick finished 6-for-12 at the plate for the week, tallying a home run, three doubles and four RBI … freshman infielder Mikey Kluska homered twice in the OSU series and drove in five in the three-game set.
Notes: West Virginia and Pitt are set to meet for the 201st time on Tuesday afternoon at the Panthers’ Cost Field … Pitt is the most played opponent in program history … WVU leads the all-time series, 109-91 … the two schools last played on May 14, 2019, at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, a 9-4 Mountaineer win … in all, WVU is on a six-game win streak against the Panthers, dating back to 2016 … WVU is 10-12 all-time against Baylor, including 4-8 in Waco … the last time the two teams met, the Bears swept West Virginia in a three-game series in Waco from March 22-24, 2019 … Wolf, who was named the Big 12 Pitcher of the Week on March 29, has registered back-to-back eight-strikeout performances to begin conference play … WVU begins the week ranked No. 17 nationally in strikeouts per nine innings (10.9) … Byorick (.345) and Kluska (.337) lead the squad at the plate with 20 and 29 hits, respectively … fifth-year senior Kevin Brophy has hit a team-leading five home runs, while Kluska has driven in a team-high 17 runs … WVU has hit multiple home runs in a game seven times, holding a 6-1 record in those contests.
This Week in Men’s Soccer: The Mountaineers begin a three-game road trip this week with a match at No. 21 Akron on Wednesday, April 7 … kickoff from First Energy Stadium in Akron, Ohio, is set for 7 p.m. ET … the squad then travels to DeKalb, Illinois, for a rematch with Northern Illinois on Sunday, April 11 … the match against the Huskies is tabbed for 1 p.m., at NIU Soccer and Track and Field Complex.
Last Week in Men’s Soccer: WVU earned a 3-1 win over Western Michigan at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium in Morgantown, on March 31 … a pair of Mountaineers scored in the win, including redshirt sophomore defender Dyon Dromers and junior midfielder Ike Swiger, whose second-half brace lifted WVU over the Broncos … Dromers’ first career goal as a Mountaineer came in the 26th minute to put WVU on the board first … out of the half, Swiger didn’t waste any time giving WVU a two-goal advantage in the 50th minute … redshirt freshman Ryan Baer sent a cross to classmate Jesus De Vicente, whose pass into the 6-yard box found Swiger in open space … then, in the 76th minute, Baer’s corner kick found the back heel of Swiger and bounced into the back of the net … senior goalkeeper Steven Tekesky notched four saves in the win.
Notes: The win over WMU marked WVU’s first of the year when allowing an opponent to score … the Mountaineers’ win tied the all-time series with the Broncos, 5-5-2 … WVU and Akron meet for the 23rd time on the pitch Wednesday, as the Zips hold a 4-17-1 all-time advantage over the Mountaineers … the meeting with Northern Illinois marks the second of the season, after West Virginia earned a 1-0 victory over the Huskies to open its home slate on March 6 … the series between WVU and NIU is tied, 4-4-2, all time … West Virginia ranks No. 1 in the Mid-American Conference in goals allowed per game (0.43), goals against average (0.43) and shutouts (4) … Swiger is tied for fourth in the MAC in goals (3) and goals per game (0.43) … Tekesky leads the conference in shutouts (4) and shutouts per game (0.57).
This Week in Golf: West Virginia returns to action on Monday, April 12, with the annual Mountaineer Invitational at Pete Dye Golf Club in Bridgeport, West Virginia … the event has previously been played in October, but it was moved to April this year due to COVID-19.
Last Week in Golf: Senior Mark Goetz posted a final round 4-under-par 68 and sophomore Trent Tipton finished at 2-under-par for the tournament to lead the Mountaineer golf team to a seventh-place finish at The Hootie at Bulls Bay in Awendaw, South Carolina, on March 28-30 … Goetz, a native of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, finished the event tied for 10th place at 3-under-par with rounds of 72-73-68=213 … on the final day, after a bogey on the first hole, Goetz recorded five birdies in the final 17 holes to post WVU’s low round of the tournament … Tipton, a native of Orient, Ohio, posted his best tournament showing as a Mountaineer, shooting 1-under-par Tuesday to finish tied for 12th at 2-under-par with rounds of 71-72-71=214 … senior Logan Perkins (Locust Grove, Georgia) and junior Kurtis Grant (Herndon, Virginia) each shot 2-over-par in the final round … Perkins finished tied for 33rd with rounds of 71-73-74=218, while Grant finished tied for 53rd with rounds of 77-70-74=221 … freshman Jackson Davenport (Austin, Texas) had his best round of the tournament on Tuesday with a 3-over-par 75 … he posted rounds of 80-77-75=232 … freshman Will Stakel (Peachtree Corners, Georgia) competed as an individual in his first tournament of the spring and finished with rounds of 80-77-82=239.
Notes: The Mountaineers shot 1-under-par in the final round and finished the 16-team event tied with No. 82 College of Charleston for seventh place with rounds of 291-288-287=866 … WVU shot 1-under-par as a team over the final 36 holes and finished at 2-over-par for the event … WVU was one shot behind Wisconsin for sixth place and finished ahead of No. 34 South Carolina, No. 77 Iowa State, No. 54 Purdue, No. 53 Kentucky, No. 91 Marquette, No. 32 Kansas, Wichita State and No. 99 Louisiana Tech.
This Week in Tennis: West Virginia travels to Oklahoma, for its final Big 12 Conference road trip of the season on April 9-11 … the Mountaineers begin their two-match stretch on Friday, April 9, against Oklahoma State in Stillwater … opening serve from the Greenwood Tennis Center is set for 6 p.m. ET … WVU concludes its weekend trip on Sunday, April 11, as the team gets set to square off against Oklahoma in Norman … Sunday’s contest against the Sooners is scheduled for 1 p.m., from the Headington Family Tennis Center.
Last Week in Tennis: WVU did not compete last week.
Notes: WVU coach Miha Lisac is in his eighth season as the Mountaineers’ head coach … during his time in Morgantown, Lisac has amassed 49 victories and has 111 career wins … the 2020-21 squad is made of up of two seniors, two juniors and three freshmen … Hunter Bleser, a graduate transfer from Virginia, and Anne-Sophie Courteau make up the senior class for West Virginia … Courteau leads the team in career wins (88), singles wins (45) and doubles wins (42) … this season, junior Anastasiia Bovolskaia, freshman Nadya Maslova and freshman Momoko Nagato are tied for the team lead in singles victories, with three apiece … the duo of Bovolskaia and Maslova currently lead the team in doubles play, with a record of 4-3 … their 2-2 mark in Big 12 Conference play is the best by a Mountaineer duo since the 2018-19 season.
Press Release Courtesy of West Virginia University Athletics Communications