This past week was a big week for West Virginia sports, which saw men’s basketball beat up on their rivals, men’s soccer make the NCAA Tournament, and volleyball continue with their strong season.
Men’s basketball got their 2021-2022 regular season underway as they defeated Oakland on Tuesday, 60-53. West Virginia then played host to Pitt in the Backyard Brawl on Friday, winning 74-59. One thing to know about this year’s team is they are not as big inside, but their guards cause havoc. In two games West Virginia has forced 57 turnovers — not bad at all. What is concerning is the ability to rebound, as they have not rebounded well in either game, but if they can force turnovers and turn defense into offense, they should be just fine.
Men’s soccer is going to the NCAA Tournament. On Monday, the tournament’s field was announced and the Mountaineers capped off a historic regular season by earning the No. 11 seed in the tournament and will get a first round bye, before hosting the winner of Virginia Tech and Campbell, on Sunday, Nov. 21. All year head coach Dan Stratford has talked about how good this team is, well now is their chance to walk the walk, after Stratford has talked the talk all season long.
Volleyball kept their winning ways going, as they defeated Howard 3-0. West Virginia is 17-7 on the year, and has two weekend left of conference play. West Virginia hosts Texas Tech this Thursday and Friday, before traveling TCU next weekend on Nov. 26-27.
Football was unable to overcome a slow start in a 34-17 loss to Kansas State. West Virginia is now facing a must win game over the next two weeks as they have to beat Texas and Kansas in order to become bowl eligible. West Virginia’s home finale will be this Saturday against Texas as the Mountaineers will try to beat a depleted Longhorns squad.
Women’s basketball gets their 2021-2022 campaign underway this Tuesday as they host Saint Francis (Pa.) and then Kennesaw State on Friday. The Mountaineers are currently ranked No. 22 in the country and will look to have a strong season.
Rifle closed out their fall season, getting a victory in a match over Army, Ohio State, and Air Force. The Mountaineers are currently ranked No. 2 in the country and are 9-0 overall to start the year.
The women’s soccer team ended a 21-year streak of NCAA Tournament appearances as they were not selected for the tournament last Monday. The Mountaineers finished 10-5-5 and will look to retool ahead of next year’s season.
Schedule of Events:
Tuesday, Nov. 16: WBB vs Saint Francis (Pa.)
Thursday, Nov. 18: Volleyball vs Texas Tech, MBB vs Elon
Friday, Nov. 19: Volleyball vs Texas Tech, MBB vs TBD*, WBB vs Kennesaw State
Saturday, Nov. 20: Football vs Texas
Sunday, Nov. 21: Men’s Soccer vs TBD**, MBB vs TBD*, WBB vs Radford
*opponent TBD due to Charleston Classic
**opponent TBD due to NCAA Tournament
Photo by Dale Sparks, All Pro Photography