WVU Varsity Sports Update

Senior co-captain Liz Repella was named WVU Student-Athlete of the Week, as she led the Mountaineers to an undefeated 6-0 record and the 2010 Paradise Jam Island Division Championship title last week.

Repella was named the Paradise Jam Island Division MVP in addition to being named to the all-star team. The Mountaineers were successful in beating a pair of ranked opponents in TCU and Iowa State.

Repella averaged 14.0 points per game and 7.0 rebounds per game in addition to grabbing 10 steals, dishing out six assists and blocking three shots.

The guard now leads the Mountaineers in scoring and rebounding as she averages 14.7 points per game and 7.0 rebounds per game this season.

Special Notes

  • The WVU gymnastics team will hold its annual Gold-Blue meet on Dec. 10, at 7:30 p.m. at the WVU Coliseum.

  • Sophomore cross county runner Kaitlyn Gillespie competed at the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind., as an individual and earned All-America honors with her 34th-place finish (20:46)

    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
    Nov. 15 ............................... Justin Pentz, rifle

    This Week in Women's Basketball

    The No. 10/11 West Virginia University women's basketball team will face a pair of non-conference opponents starting with Elon on Thursday at 7 p.m. and High Point on Saturday at 6 p.m. in the WVU Coliseum. Both games will be streamed live on www.MSNsportsNet.com.

    Last Week in Women's Basketball

    WVU won the Paradise Jam Island Division Championship title after going 3-0 last week. The Mountaineers defeated a pair of nationally-ranked teams in No. 21/25 TCU, 62-49, and No. 19/17 Iowa State, 64-53. In between the ranked opponents, WVU defeated Virginia 57-43. The Mountaineers were the only team in both divisions of the Paradise Jam to go undefeated.

    Notes and Quotes

    Senior co-captains Madina Ali and Liz Repella were each named to the Paradise Jam Island Division All-Star team and Repella was named the MVP of the Island Division. Both Ali and Repella recorded a double-double in the tournament and Repella moved into the Big East top 10 scoring as she now averages 14.7 points per game. The Mountaineers' defense has held opponents to only 19.7 percent from beyond the arc, including holding No. 19/17 Iowa State, their highest ranked opponent this season, to only 18.2 percent (2-of-11) from 3-point range. Holding opponents to 47.2 points per game is the third-lowest scoring defense in the Big East this week.

    This Week in Swimming & Diving

    The Mountaineers are idle.

    Last Week in Swimming & Diving

    The Mountaineers did not compete last week.

    Notes and Quotes

    The swimming and diving teams will travel on their annual travel trip to Fullerton, Calif., from Dec. 27-Jan. 5 … during the trip the Mountaineers will swim at UC Santa Barbara on Dec. 31, and against Claremont in Fullerton on Jan. 4.WVU

    This Week in Rifle

    The No. 1-ranked WVU rifle team (7-1, 5-0 GARC) has concluded its fall season … the Mountaineers return to the range on Jan. 15 and play host to Akron.

    Last Week in Rifle

    The Mountaineers did not compete last week.

    Notes and Quotes

    WVU closed out its fall season with two home wins over Great American Rifle Conference opponents … the Mountaineers defeated NC State, 4657-4498, on Nov. 19, and No. 9 Nebraska, 4656-4592, on Nov. 21 … the team swept the visitors in both guns … through eight matches, WVU is shooting an average team score of 4671.75 … the squad owns a 2339.75 air rifle average and a 2320.63 smallbore average … the Mountaineers' opponents are averaging 4610.88.

    This Week in Track & Field

    The West Virginia University track and field team is set to begin its 2010-11 season this weekend with the WVU Holiday Classic at the Shell Building.

    Last Week in Track & Field

    Last season, the Mountaineers saw eight All-Americans, as well as a 10th-place finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships, 16th-place finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships and fourth-place showings at the

    Big East Indoor and Outdoor Championships.

    Notes and Quotes

    The Mountaineers finished the 2009-10 season at No. 5 on the Terry Crawford Program of the Year Award list, given to the top programs in terms of finishes in track and field, cross country and academics ... this season, WVU returns six of eight All-Americans from last year.

    This Week in Wrestling

    The Mountaineers will compete at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational. WVU will be represented by 10 wrestlers (1 per weight division) with the starting lineup being Shane Young (So., 125), Nathan Pennesi (So. 133), Michael Morales (Fr., 141), Brandon Rader (r-Sr., 149), Ryan Goodman (r-Jr., 157), Donnie Jones (r-Sr., 165), Matt Weston (r-Jr., 174), Matt Ryan (r-Jr., 184), Kyle Rooney (Sr., 197) and Philip Mandzik (Jr., HWT)

    Last Week in Wrestling

    WVU did not compete over Thanksgiving break, but had competed Sunday, Nov. 21 at the Sprawl & Brawl Duals in Binghamton, N.Y. The Mountaineers defeated Sacred Heart, 41-0, but were beat by No. 24 Rutgers (14-25) and No. 6 Penn State (3-40).

    Notes and Quotes

    Last year's starters at 133 lbs. and HWT (Colin Johnston and Brandon Williamson, respectively) will sit out the 2010-11 season due to off-season surgeries.

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