Anderson Named Athlete of the Week

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  • By WVU Sports Communications
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  • September 16, 2013 11:23 AM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University volleyball freshman outside hitter Jordan Anderson has been named the Varsity Sport Report Athlete of the Week.

Anderson continued her stellar play this season, leading the Mountaineers to a 3-0 record this weekend and to the Eagle Challenge championship. The freshman outside hitter had 12 kills and 14 digs, her fifth double-double of the season, in a win against the defending Ohio Valley Conference champion Morehead State on Friday night. Anderson came right back Saturday morning with 15 kills on 41 attempts for a .244 hitting percentage and eight digs in a win over Campbell. On Saturday evening, the Flower Mound, Texas, native went head-to-head with Hampton’s Vendula Strakova, who ranked fourth nationally in kills entering the weekend. Anderson didn’t disappoint, recording career-highs in kills (17), digs (15) and blocks (5), while leading WVU to a thrilling five set victory over the Lady Pirates, and a program-best 10-0 start to the season.

Through 10 matches, Anderson ranks third in the Big 12 in kills, third in points and 10th in digs. She leads all freshmen in each category, and was named to the Eagle Challenge All-Tournament team.

WVU Athletes of the Week
Fall 2013
Week 1: Kelsie Maloney, Women’s Soccer
Week 2: Brittany Sample, Volleyball
Week 3: Andy Bevin, Men’s Soccer
Week 4: Jordan Anderson, Volleyball

This Week in Women’s Soccer
No. 10 West Virginia University welcomes Richmond to Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium on Friday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m. ... the Mountaineers will conclude nonconference play at home against Wright State on Sunday, Sept. 22, at 1 p.m.

Last Week in Women’s Soccer
WVU blanked Eastern Kentucky, 4-0, on Friday, Sept. 13 ... the Mountaineers dropped their first contest at home to Kentucky, 4-2, on Sunday, Sept. 15.

Notes & Quotes
Senior forward Frances Silva’s point streak continued, tallying an assist against Eastern Kentucky on Sept. 13 and a goal against Kentucky on Sept. 15 ... freshman forward Ashley Lawrence scored her first-career goal against EKU on Sept. 13, and also recorded one assist ... junior forward Kate Schwindel tallied four points over the weekend, scoring a goal in both matches ... sophomore defender Cari Price brought her season point total to seven after scoring her third goal this season ... freshman midfielder Tessa Broadwater scored her first-career goal against EKU on Sept. 13 ... sophomore forward Annalika Steyn notched two assists over the weekend, one in each match.

Coach Nikki Izzo-Brown: “I do think it’s definitely a momentum-type of feel that we needed to address. I thought the girls battled after that, but then we got punished again on the same mistake. Unfortunately, we can’t have mental errors. A team like Kentucky can finish those errors because they’re that good. That’s going to hurt us down the road. We need to make sure we clean up what we’re doing with the ball.”

This Week in Men’s Soccer
The Mountaineers will return to Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 21, for a match against non-conference foe Michigan … the Mountaineers and Wolverines will kick off at 7:30 p.m.

Last Week in Men’s Soccer
West Virginia now has an overall record of 3-2-1, including a 1-1-0 mark last week … on Friday in Morgantown, WVU won 2-1 over Wright State before falling 1-0 at No. 12 St. John’s on Sunday evening.

Notes and Quotes
Against Wright State, WVU went down 1-0 early, but a goal from junior Andy Bevin in the 24th minute tied the match and the game-winner came in the 70th minute from sophomore Majed Osman to lead the Mountaineers to victory … adding assists was Osman and freshmen Christian Diaz, Griffin Libhart and Alex Ochoa … against St. John’s, WVU held the shot advantage at 12-11, but let in a soft goal in the 24th minute and was never able to make a comeback … Bevin led all players with five shots, while Osman and senior Jay Williams took two apiece.

Coach Marlon LeBlanc: “We gave up a soft goal and its becoming too much of a trend right now. We were fantastic tonight. It’s unfortunate that someone has to lose a game like this. The second 45 was about as well as we’ve played all year and we put them under a lot of pressure.”

This Week in Volleyball
The WVU volleyball team will travel to Pittsburgh, Pa., to take on Duquesne on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m ... West Virginia will be back home this weekend to host the Gold & Blue Players Challenge at the WVU Coliseum from Friday, Sept. 20, through Sunday, Sept 22.

Last Week in Volleyball
The Mountaineers posted a 3-0 weekend and won the Eagle Challenge in Morehead, Ky. ... Anna Panagiotakopoulos was named the MVP of the weekend, while registering a career-high 28 digs in a win over Hampton on Saturday ... WVU is 10-0 and off to its best start in program history.

Notes & Quotes
West Virginia is the final unbeaten team in the Big 12 .... The Mountaineers are 30-4 in sets this season, including seven sweeps ... WVU leads the Big 12 in blocks ... freshman Jordan Anderson has earned the Rookie of the Week honor each of the past two weeks.

This Week in Cross Country
West Virginia University returns to Lehigh University on Oct. 5 for the Paul Short Run in Bethlehem, Pa.

Last Week in Cross Country
The Mountaineers finished eighth at the Penn State University Spiked Shoe Invitational ... sophomore Paige Szabat led the way for the Mountaineers, crossing the finish line in 30th place ... the 22:44 time is a new personal record for Szabat.

Notes & Quotes
All five WVU runners ran season bests at the Spiked Shoe Invite, with Szabat, junior Lydia Martinelli and freshmen Peyton Hampson and Brianna Kerekes running career bests ... Martinelli finished in 41st (23:31) ... senior Allison Pettit crossed the line in 42nd (23:32) ... Hampson in 46th (23:51) ... Kerekes finished in 51st (24:45).

Coach Sean Cleary: “This was a nice step for these five. Each of them improved their times by upwards of one minute or more. I am quite pleased with what we accomplished as a program today.”