WVU Varsity Sports Update

West Virginia University senior Chelsea Carrier has been named as the WVU Student-Athlete of the Week after leading the Mountaineer track and field team with three-Big East qualifying performances.

Carrier, a Buckhannon, W.Va., native, native earned her first qualifying time with a first-place showing in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.52. The reigning Mid-Atlantic Field Athlete of the Year then returned later in the afternoon to post her second and third qualifying standards with a second-place finish in the 200-meter dash (25.45) and a first-place finish in the high jump (1.70-meters).

Carrier ended the day with another strong performance as she teamed up with Shakiyla Cosby, Brittany Wolford and Jordann Mitchell to take first place in the 4x400 relay with a time of 3.59.93.

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
Nov. 29 .............. Liz Repella, women's basketball


Special Notes of the Week

  • The West Virginia University women's basketball team returns to the WVU Coliseum this weekend with a 2 p.m. home game, Saturday, against Prairie View A&M.

  • Senior Madina Ali was named to the Big East Weekly Honor Roll this week. It is the second such award for Ali this year. She leads the Big East in shooting with a 66.7 field-goal percentage and holds the third-highest offensive rebounding average (3.9). She leads the Mountaineers in both scoring and rebounding and averaged 16.5 points per game last week on 12-of-19 (63.2%) shooting.


    This Week in Women's Basketball

    The 10-ranked West Virginia University women's basketball team will open Big East competition as it faces Villanova, Thursday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m., in Villanova, Pa. ... the Mountaineers will then close out the week with a 2 p.m., home game, Saturday, against Prairie View A&M … both games will be aired live on WAJR.

    Last Week in Women's Basketball

    WVU defeated a pair of non-conference teams, starting with a 90-51 victory over Elon on Thursday and closed out the week with an 89-57 win over High Point on Saturday … two players recorded double-doubles over Elon as Madina Ali led all players with a career-high 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Asya Bussie had 10 points and 11 rebounds … redshirt-freshman Ayana Dunning came off the bench to score 10 points and pull down eight boards against the Phoenix … two nights later, true freshman Taylor Palmer stood out as she gave the Mountaineers 22 points off the bench … she led all players in scoring and hit a career-high six 3-pointers. Freshman Brooke Hampton also contributed points in double figures for the first time, while also recording six assists and no turnovers.

    Notes and Quotes

    Palmer now leads the Big East in 3-point field goal percentage as she shoots 56 percent (14-for-25) on the season … Palmer also moved up to become the Mountaineer's third-leading scorer overall after averaging 15.5 points per game last week … Ali is an all-around threat as she leads the Big East in shooting with a 66.7 field goal percentage and holds the third-highest offensive rebounding average (3.9) …Ali leads the Mountaineers in both scoring and rebounding and averaged 16.5 points per game last week on 12-of-19 (63.2%) shooting … the Mountaineer defense, which is ranked No. 8 in the nation, has held all opponents to under 50 percent shooting from the field, and has held all opponents to under 60 points this season.


    This Week in Swimming & Diving

    The Mountaineers are idle.

    Last Week in Swimming & Diving

    West Virginia was idle.

    Notes and Quotes

    The swimming and diving teams will next 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.


    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

    Three Mountaineers shot unattached at the 2010 USA Shooting Winter Air Gun Championship, Dec. 10-12, in Colorado Springs, Col. … senior Nicco Campriani finished as the top collegiate shooter in the Men's 10m Air Rifle each day, shooting 596, 597 and 597 … sophomore Petra Zublasing also had a strong showing, as she too finished as the top collegiate shooter in the Women's 10m Air Rifle each day with scores of 393, 400 and 398 … freshman Thomas Kyanko finished shot 687.7 and won the Silver medal in the Junior Men's 10m Air Rifle on Saturday … his aggregate score was composed of a 586 open relay score and a 101.7 finals score … he also finished 14th on Friday and shot 578, and 18th on Sunday with a score of 577.

    Notes and Quotes

    "The USA Shooting Winter Air Gun Championship is probably the biggest air gun match in the country at the moment. It provides good exposure and experience for anyone that competes. The US Olympic Training Center is a good facility to shoot in, and you gain great match experience." -Coach Jon Hammond


    This Week in Track & Field

    The Mountaineers will break for the holidays and are set to return to action on Jan. 8, at the Penn State Relays in University Park, Pa.

    Last Week in Track & Field

    The Mountaineers started the 2010-11 season with the annual WVU Holiday Classic at the Shell Building on Saturday, Dec. 4. … senior Chelsea Carrier led West Virginia after posting three Big East Championship qualifying standard finishes … the Buckhannon, W.Va., native earned her first qualifying time with a first-place showing in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.52 … she then returned later in the afternoon to post her second and third qualifying standards with a second-place finish in the 200-meter dash (25.45) and a first-place finish in the high jump (1.70-meters).

    Notes and Quotes

    Junior sprinter Chené Townsend also competed well for the Mountaineers, as she posted a first-place showing in the 60-meter dash (7.90) and a second-place showing in the 60-meter hurdles (9.03) … freshman sprinter Shakiyla Cosby made her WVU debut with a first-place showing in the 400-meter dash with a time of 59.66, while senior Brittany Wolford finished second in the 500-meter, crossing the line at 1.20.23 …in field events, junior Lindsay Kopenhaver and freshman Kaitlyn Shelar shared the top spot in the pole vault after clearing 3.35 meters.


    This Week in Wrestling

    The Mountaineers have the week off from competition but will prepare for the Reno Tournament of Champions in Reno, Nev., on Sunday, Dec. 19.

    Last Week in Wrestling

    WVU participated at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational from Dec. 3-4 to compete against some of the best programs in the nation as 12 of the top 25 schools signed up to compete ... sophomore Nathan Pennesi advanced to the second round of the quarterfinals in the 133-pound class before being defeated by Illinois' No. 12-ranked B.J. Futrell on Saturday morning ... Shane Young (125, So.) and Matt Ryan (184, r-Jr.) also competed well, making it to the first round of quarterfinals on Fri. evening ... grapplers Brandon Rader (149), junior Ryan Goodman (157) and heavyweight Philip Mandzik earned one victory apiece in the tournament before being eliminated with two losses.

    Notes and Quotes

    Redshirt senior Donnie Jones did not make the trip due to injury ... Pennesi's overall record for the season now stands at 13-2 ... Young holds an 11-4 record while Ryan is 11-3 ... redshirt senior Brandon Rader and freshman Michael Morales hold 5-4 and 7-5 records, respectively.


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