WVU Varsity Sports Update

Following a stellar two-match showing in two Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) wins, rifle junior Justin Pentz has been named the West Virginia University Student-Athlete of the Week.

The DuBois, Pa., native helped the Mountaineers to a defining 4680-4659 victory at No. 5 Army on Sunday, shooting a season-high 1173 aggregate score and finishing in third place overall.

Included in his day against the Black Nights was a personal-best 588 smallbore score, good enough for third place. Additionally, he shot a school-record 200 prone score. He ended the day with a 585 air rifle mark.

Pentz was also productive in the Mountaineers' 4686-4647 win over No. 6 Mississippi on Saturday, as he shot 586 air rifle and tied for fourth place.

Special Notes

  • The WVU gymnastics team will hold its annual Turkey-Indian intrasquad meet on Wednesday, Nov. 17, at 3:30 p.m., in Cary Gym.

  • The WVU men's soccer team will wait to see if the squad has earned an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament. The Division I NCAA Championship Selection Show will be Monday, Nov. 15 at 4:30 p.m. It will be televised on ESPNU.

  • The women's soccer team will face Boston College in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament on Friday, Nov. 19 at 7:00 p.m.

    Previous Athletes of the Week

    Aug. 30 ........................ Lauren Evans, volleyball
    Sept. 6 ................. Bry McCarthy, women's soccer
    Sept. 13 .................. Eric Schoenle, men's soccer
    Sept. 20 ........................ Bonnie West, volleyball
    Sept. 27 ................. Shadow Sebele, men's soccer
    Oct. 4 .................... Blake Miller, women's soccer
    Oct. 10 .............. Megan Mischler, women's soccer
    Oct. 18 .................. Blake Miller, women's soccer
    Oct. 25 ................... Eric Schoenle, men's soccer
    Nov. 1 ................. Drea Barklage, women's soccer
    Nov. 8 .................... Kerri Butler, women's soccer

    This Week in Women's Basketball

    The No. 11 West Virginia University women's basketball team will face a pair of non-conference opponents starting with Duquesne on Wednesday and Deleware State on Friday, each with a 7 p.m. tip in the WVU Coliseum. Both games will be streamed live on www.MSNsportsNet.com

    Last Week in Women's Basketball

    West Virginia senior co-captains Liz Repella and Madina Ali combined for nearly half of the Mountaineers points as No. 11 WVU defeated Loyola Maryland 80-49, Friday, in the season-opening game at the WVU Coliseum.

    Notes and Quotes

    Last week's game marked the 20th consecutive win for the Mountaineers in the WVU Coliseum … Liz Repella and Madina Ali led three WVU players in double figures in front of 6,299 fans, the fifth-largest crowd in program history … making her collegiate debut, freshman Brooke Hampton started at point guard and recorded eight points, including a pair of threes, and four assists … true freshman Taylor Palmer came off the bench to add three treys in the second half … while junior-college transfer Bianca Jarrett gave 10 points off the bench in her first game as a Mountaineer.

    This Week in Cross Country

    A few members of the team will participate at the ECAC Championships in Bronx, N.Y., on Sat., Nov. 20, while sophomore Katie Gillespie and junior Sarah-Anne Brault will run individually at the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind., on Monday, Nov. 22.

    Last Week in Cross Country

    The Mountaineers ran at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional in State College, Pa., coming away with a fifth-place finish with 152 points and qualifying two individuals (Gillespie, Brault) ... Gillespie came in 10th place and Brault in 16th as they finished the 6K race in 20:31 and 20:51, respectively, and garnered all-region marks with their placements ... WVU lost only to ranked schools No. 1 Villanova, No. 5 Georgetown, No. 28 Penn State and No. 19 Princeton ... junior Ahna Lewis also earned all-region as she came in 25th place in 21:31 ... redshirt senior Maria Dalzot, redshirt sophomore Aubrey Moskal and redshirt freshmen Sarah Martinelli and Hallie Portner also ran at the race.

    Notes and Quotes

    Thirty-eight individuals were selected to participate in each championship through an automatic qualifier and at-large selection process ... all individual qualifiers finished in the top 25 in their region.

    "Having two qualify for the championships is a terrific boost for the program. Finishing fifth (at regionals) and now taking two student-athletes to the finals shows how bright the future can be. Although we are disappointed that we do not have the entire team, we are very proud of how this season progressed." - coach Sean Cleary

    This Week in Women's Soccer

    West Virginia, the No. 3 seed in its regional, now awaits a match with No. 2 seed Boston College in the NCAA Round of 16 this weekend … The Eagles advanced to the "Sweet 16" for the third-consecutive season with a 3-1 home victory over Hofstra at Newton Soccer Field … the match is set to take place on Friday, Nov. 19, at Newton Soccer Field in Newton, Mass., at 7 p.m.

    Last Week in Women's Soccer

    The seventh-ranked women's soccer team used a multi-goal night from sophomore Bri Rodriguez and a school record 14th shutout from its defense to down visiting Morehead State, 2-0, on Nov. 12 in NCAA first round action … WVU's back line of Bry McCarthy, Erica Henderson, Lewis, Barklage and Chelsey Corroto came up big again, holding Morehead State to four shots on-goal and only two corner kicks … goalkeeper Kerri Butler worked all 90 minutes in making four saves and earning her 44th career shutout … a pair of Mountaineer defenders scored goals in leading WVU past visiting Penn State, 2-1, Sunday afternoon in the second round of the NCAA tournament … juniors Drea Barklage and Meghan Lewis netted first-half goals, advancing the Mountaineers into the "Sweet 16" for the first time since 2007.

    Notes and Quotes

    A crowd of 1,688 attended Friday's NCAA contest – the second largest crowd for a women's soccer game at Dick Dlesk … WVU's two first-half goals are the most since a 3-0 lead at halftime of the Cincinnati contest on Oct. 1 … yesterday's win moves West Virginia to 18-4-1 on the season, tying the school record for most wins in a season … the Mountaineers have won 14 consecutive matches, the second longest streak in the nation – trailing only Stanford … the Mountaineers are 13-0 when scoring two or more goals in a match this season … the Mountaineers are 7-3 in their last 10 NCAA matches and have now beaten Penn State in five of their last six meetings.

    This Week in Men's Soccer

    The Mountaineers will hope to qualify for the NCAA Tournament … if WVU qualifies; the first round game will be Thursday, Nov. 18, at a site and time to be determined.

    Last Week in Men's Soccer

    The Mountaineers were idle.

    Notes and Quotes

    The Mountaineers will now wait to see if the squad has earned an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament … the Division I NCAA Championship Selection Show will be Monday, Nov. 15 at 4:30 p.m. … it will be televised on ESPNU.

    This Week in Rifle

    The No. 1-ranked WVU rifle team (5-1, 3-0 GARC) closes out its fall schedule this weekend with a pair of Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) shoulder-to-shoulder matches at the WVU Rifle Range … the Mountaineers play host to NC State on Friday, Nov. 19, and No. 9 Nebraska on Sunday … both matches will begin at 8 a.m.

    Last Week in Rifle

    The Mountaineers took to the road for the first time this season and scored two conference wins in West Point, N.Y. … WVU defeated No. 6 Mississippi, 4686-4647, on Saturday, and No. 5 Army, 4680-4659, on Sunday … WVU outshot the Rebels in both disciplines, winning air rifle 2358-2343, and smallbore 2328-2304 … the Mountaineers tied Army in smallbore, as each team shot 2321, and won air rifle, 2359-2338 … senior Nicco Campriani finished first overall in each match, shooting 1188 on Saturday, and 1187 on Sunday … senior Tommy Santelli finished in second place against Ole Miss with an aggregate score of 1166, while classmate Andy Lamson finished in third place with a score of 1163 … junior Justin Pentz snagged third place against Army with a score of 1173 … Campriani also swept all four individual discipline matches, as he shot 598 air rifle and 590 smallbore on Saturday, and 596 air and 591 smallbore on Saturday.

    Notes and Quotes

    Campriani, the reigning air rifle world champion, matched his air rifle school record with his 598 score on Saturday … Santelli shot 584 smallbore on Saturday, one shot short of his personal best, and finished in second place … Pentz finished in third place in smallbore on Sunday with a personal-best 588 score … he also tallied a school record 200 score … WVU, the reigning GARC regular season and postseason champions, improved its series records to 6-3 over Ole Miss, and 31-10 over Army … this weekend's GARC matches will be the team's final competition until Akron visits the WVU Rifle Range on Jan. 15.

    This Week in Rowing

    The West Virginia University rowing team's fall season is complete.

    Last Week in Rowing

    The Mountaineers completed its fall season in Philadelphia, winning two medals at the Philadelphia Frostbite regatta.

    Notes and Quotes

    The Novice four boat of Micah Truex, Anya Leach, Amber McCloskey, Laura Pugh and coxswain Rebecca Knecht took first in flight three, with a time of 8:40.69 … WVU's ‘C' boat (9:18.24) took second place …the Mountaineers' Novice four ‘A' boat took second place in flight two, as it crossed the line in 8:11.74, behind La Salle (8:09.11) … WVU's flight two Varsity eight boat, made up of Sarah Cartwright, Courtney Schrand, Karen Verwey, Danielle Widecrantz, Rachelle Purych, Katherine Moore, Megan Neckelmann, Hilary Meale and coxswain Brittany Doss, also took first …the boat finished with a time of 7:13.92, ahead of Temple (7:25.94) and Rochester (7:33.75) … WVU's flight four boat finished in third place … the Varsity four ‘A' and ‘B' boats each took second place in their respective flights … WVU placed first, second and fourth in the women's master double final … both Novice eight boats finished fourth in their respective flights.

    This Week in Swimming & Diving

    Both teams This Weekwill take a break from the dual meet season and participate in the UNC Nike Cup in Chapel, Hill, N.C., from Nov. 18-20 … this will be the first time since the 1996-97 season that WVU has participated in the event and will be joined by Duke, East Carolina, James Madison, Navy, North Carolina, Old Dominion and Syracuse.

    Last Week in Swimming & Diving

    The West Virginia women's swimming and diving team defeated Rutgers in a thrilling meet, 148-146, on Saturday afternoon in the WVU Natatorium.

    Notes and Quotes

    Sophomore Rachael Burnett led the women with first-place finishes in the 100 free, 200 free and 400 IM … the Mountaineers won on the last race of the meet because of a Rutgers disqualification.

    "I asked a lot of the ladies and we put our best lineup in to win. Our goal was to win the meet in the swimming portion and the disqualification in the 400 medley relay set us back, but the ladies responded well and put themselves in position to win going into the final events." – coach Vic Riggs

    This Week in Volleyball

    The West Virginia University volleyball team's season is complete.

    Last Week in Volleyball The Mountaineers completed their 2010 season with a win over St. John's (3-0) and a tough 3-2 loss to Connecticut last weekend.

    Notes and Quotes The WVU volleyball team finished with an overall 15-15 (5-9 Big East) record for the 2010 season … the Mountaineers were led by senior middle blocker Lauren Evans throughout the season … Evans, a Canyon Lake, Calif., native posted 270 kills, 90 blocks and 67 digs to end her WVU career … senior libero Bonnie West led the team in digs with 495 this season, putting her fourth on the list for most digs in a single season … the Wildomar, Calif., native ends her WVU career with 1,945 digs, to take the No. 1 spot for most career digs at West Virginia.

    This Week in Wrestling

    Non-dual starters will compete at the Navy Classic in Annapolis, Md., on Sat., Nov. 20, while the dual starters will head to Vestal, N.Y., to compete against Sacred Heart, No. 21 Rutgers and No. 6 Penn State at the Sprawl & Brawl on Sun., Nov. 21.

    Last Week in Wrestling

    Three WVU grapplers came in first place in their respective weight divisions and several others came in second place after forfeiting their matches to prevent potential injuries ... sophomore Shane Young (125 lbs) and redshirt juniors Matt Weston (174) and Matt Ryan (184) won their weight classes ... sophomore Nathan Pennesi (133), freshman Michael Bennett (149), redshirt senior Donnie Jones (165), redshirt freshman Brandon Lintner (174) and redshirt freshman Cameron Gallaher (197) took second-place honors.

    Notes and Quotes

    Several other placed at the tourney, including freshman Michael Morales (141, sixth), redshirt freshman Brandon Loro (149, third), redshirt sophomore Zach Cerrone (149, fifth), redshirt freshman Nick Vallone (157, third),redshirt junior Robert DeSano (174, third) and redshirt freshman Mac Mancuso (184, third) also placed at the meet ... heavyweight Philip Mandzik picked up his first wins for the year, earning two in the consolation bracket.

    "We achieved our objectives today. We got a lot of people a good amount of matches and the front line had good success. For being early in the season, we got what we were hoping for." - coach Craig Turnbull

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