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Roundup: WVU announces award winners for East Carolina game

By Staff reports

The West Virginia University football coaching staff named its award winners for outstanding performances in the Mountaineers’ 56-20 win against East Carolina Saturday.

David Sills was named the Offensive Champion while Kyzir White took defensive honors and Marvin Gross picked up the special-teams award. Lorenzo Dorr and Deamonte Lindsay were named Offensive Scout Team and Defensive Scout Team champions, respectively.

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WVU VOLLEYBALL: For the first time since 2010, the West Virginia University volleyball team recorded a 3-0 sweep over Marshall, defeating the Thundering Herd Tuesday evening at the Cam Henderson Center in Huntington.

The Mountaineers, who took the match in set scores of 25-19, 25-19 and 25-22, claimed the Golden Ball Trophy for the first time since 2015 and picked up a win in Huntington for the first time since 2000.

The Mountaineers move to 8-2 on the season and have now won six straight.

Sophomore outside hitter Katelyn Evans led the Mountaineers for the second straight match, hitting .458 with 11 kills and no errors. Fellow hitter Payton Caffrey had nine kills, as did senior middle blocker Mia Swanegan, who hit .316. Freshman middle Katie DeMeo hit .300 with six kills.

Sophomore setter Erin Slinde had 36 assists and paired with Swanegan to lead the blocking effort with five stops apiece. DeMeo added four blocks, while sophomore right side Natania Levak had a pair of blocks and four kills.

For Marshall, Jac’cara Walker had 13 kills and Madison Hill had 10, while Madelyn Cole dished out 28 assists.

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WVU RIFLE: The West Virginia University rifle team opens the season at No. 1 in the College Rifle Coaches Association preseason poll.The five-time reigning NCAA champion Mountaineers finished last season in the same spot, following their record-breaking 4723-point showing at last year’s national championships.

TCU and Murray State rank No. 2 and No. 3, respectively.

Four All-America shooters return for WVU, including senior team captain Elizabeth Gratz. Also returning are a trio of national champions in junior Ginny Thrasher (2016 smallbore and air rifle) and sophomores Milica Babic (2017 air rifle) and Morgan Phillips (2017 smallbore). Junior Will Anti, sophomore Jack Anderson and redshirt-freshman Noah Barker also return.

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WVU SOCCER: The West Virginia University women’s team is ranked No. 6 in this week’s United Soccer Coaches Poll.It’s the second time in three weeks the Mountaineers (5-2) have been ranked No. 6 in the coaches poll. The squad ranked No. 3 last week.

UCLA (7-0) and Stanford (6-1) continue to rank No. 1 and No. 2, respectively.

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WVU CROSS COUNTRY: Mountaineer redshirt senior Amy Cashin has been named the Big 12 Runner of the Week.The Australia native finished in 12th place at the Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational last Friday in University Park, Pennsylvania, pacing the Mountaineers to a sixth-place finish as a team. Cashin ran Penn State’s Blue-White Golf Course (6K) in 21:49.

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