WVU Varsity Sports Update

After shooting four school records in the No. 1 West Virginia rifle team's 50-shot win over No. 2 Alaska-Fairbanks, senior Nicco Campriani has been named the WVU Student-Athlete of the Week.

The Florence, Italy, native shot a perfect 600 air rifle and 590 smallbore for a school-record 1190 aggregate total, the nation-best mark. He also shot a school-best 198 standing.

Campriani's air rifle mark, which aided the Mountaineers in scoring a school-record 2374 team score, ties the world record, though he does not earn credit for the tie as he did not shoot it at an international competition. Additionally, the reigning air rifle world champion is only the second NCAA shooter to ever shoot a perfect discipline score.


WVU Student-Athletes of the Week

Week 1: Brandon Rader, r-Sr., Wrestling
Week 2: Madina Ali, Sr., Women's Basketball
Week 3: Nicco Campriani, Sr., Rifle


This Week in Women's Basketball

The Mountaineers head deeper into Big East competition as they travel to No. 17 Georgetown for a 7 p.m. game on Tuesday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m. ... WVU will close out the week with a 4 p.m. (ET) game at No. 18 DePaul on Sunday, Jan. 30 ... Tuesday's game will air live on CBS College Sports and Saturday's game will be broadcast on ESPNU.

Last Week in Women's Basketball

WVU set a new school record for fewest points allowed in a game (21) as it defeated Marshall 78-21 on Jan. 19 ... the previous record was 26 points and was set on three occasions, with the last time against Presbyterian on Dec. 15, 2007 ... WVU limited the Thundering Herd to only five field goals, another WVU school record as the previous low was seven field goals made by Akron on November 29, 2002 ... the Mountaineers had a 57-point margin of victory over Marshall, the largest margin since the Presbyterian game on Dec. 15, 2007, which was a 67-point margin (93-26) ... three nights later, the Mountaineers defeated USF 78-52 ... the win extended WVU's home court win streak to 30 games and moved WVU to 19-1 overall and 5-1 in Big East competition.

Notes and Quotes

The Mountaineers earned the 30th straight home court win in front of the seventh largest WVU Coliseum crowd in the history of the program as 4,555 people were in attendance.

"I thought we had a great crowd," WVU head coach Mike Carey said. "It really helps our team, especially when we go through some bad spurts, and we get a couple steals and a couple breaks and the crowd gets into it; our team really feeds off that, so it was a great crowd tonight."


This Week in Rifle

The No. 1-ranked WVU rifle team (9-1, 5-0 GARC) does not compete this week.

Last Week in Rifle

The Mountaineers earned their third straight victory over No. 2 Alaska-Fairbanks with a 4696-4646 win at the WVU Rifle Range on Jan. 22 … senior Nicco Campriani had a career day and shot three school records, as well as contributed to a program team record … the Florence, Italy, native shot a perfect 600 air rifle score and 590 smallbore for a school-record 1190 aggregate total … his air rifle mark tied a world record, though he did not earn credit for the tie as he did not shoot it at an international competition … Campriani also shot a school-record 198 standing … his air rifle total helped the Mountaineers shoot a 2374 team score, a program-best mark first achieved on Jan. 15 … sophomore Petra Zublasing (592), seniors Tommy Santelli (592) and Andy Lamson (590) and junior Michael Kulbacki (590) also contributed to the score … WVU defeated UAF in air rifle (2374-2333) and smallbore (2322-2313).

Notes and Quotes

Campriani is only the second collegiate shooter to shoot 600 air rifle … his aggregate score also is a nation-best mark … the Mountaineers' team total was one shot short of the school record … Zublasing finished second (1174) overall, whole junior Justin Pentz finished third (1169) … Pentz finished seventh in air rifle with a personal-best 589 score … senior Kyle Smith shot 584 smallbore and finished second behind Campriani, while Zublasing shot 582 and tied for third … the win narrows UAF's series advantage to 6-5.


This Week in Gymnastics

The Mountaineers return to the WVU Coliseum after two road meets and play host to East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) foes Pitt and Rutgers on Saturday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m.

Last Week in Gymnastics

The Mountaineers (2-2, 0-1 EAGL) opened their EAGL season with a near-win at No. 10 NC State … despite the score being tied after the final routine, the Wolfpack earned points on an inquirey and scooted by with a 194.55-194.475 victory … though WVU fell behind by almost 0.5 points early, it outscored the Wolfpack in the final three rotations … the Mountaineers earned wins on beam (48.5 – 48.375) and floor (48.775-48.6), and lost vault (48.875-48.8) and bars (48.7-48.4) … senior Amy Bieski finished first overall with 39.1 points … she also earned event wins on vault (9.825) and floor (9.825), and finished third on beam (9.75) … sophomore Kaylyn Millick finished second overall with a season-best 38.825 score … freshman Hope Sloanhoffer tied Bieski for first place on floor (9.825) and also won beam (9.85) outright … additionally, she finished third on vault (9.8) … senior Emily Kerwin paced the Mountaineers on bars for the second straight meet and finished second overall with a career-best 9.8 score.

Notes and Quotes

Friday's meet was both teams' EAGL openers … Bieski's score pushed her career point total to 1,629.775 and she now ranks 12th on the all-time WVU career points list … she passed Karla Hairston (1993-96) and Mehgan Morris (2006- 09) and needs 7.175 points to pass NCAA individual qualifier TeShawne Jackson (2000-03) … Bieski's vault score was a season best … Sloanhoffer has now scored 9.8 or better in 10 of 12 career events … the freshman senstation repeated as EAGL Specialist and Rookie of the Week.


This Week in Swimming & Diving

The women will be hosting Ohio on Saturday, Jan. 29, at noon … this will serve as the final dual meet of the season.

Last Week in Swimming & Diving

Both teams were in action against Maryland on Saturday afternoon in the WVU Natatorium … the men won by a score of 213-87, while the women's team fell 202-96 … the meet also served as Senior Day to Caroline Larsson, Maggie Moreland, Jeff Byrd and George Farquhar.

Notes and Quotes

The men's team won every event in the meet with Taylor Camp, George Farquhar, Jared Goldthorpe, Matt O'Neill, Hugh Simmonds and Tim Squires all winning two wins apiece … Rachael Burnett had two wins, while Kata Fodor earned one as well to pace the Mountaineers.

"I was very pleased with how both teams finished all of their races today. We were able to come-from-behind on a number of swims and showed our resiliency. I'm really proud of the ladies as they raced well and missing three of our individuals certainly added to the challenge. With this being the last meet for the men, on paper, we were prepared for a close competition. I'm proud of how the men swam their races today winning all of the events." – Coach Vic Riggs


This Week in Tennis

The West Virginia University tennis team will travel to Morehead, Ky., today, to compete against Morehead State, followed by matches against James Madison and Liberty on Jan. 29-30, at the Greenbrier Hotel and Resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

Last Week in Tennis

The Mountaineers were defeated by Bowling Green, 1-6, followed by falling, 0-7, to the Cardinals Jan. 22-23, in Louisville, Ky.

Notes and Quotes

"We're extremely disappointed at how we competed. Like I told the team, we can come up with a million excuses for why we lost, but that doesn't change how the girls should compete when they're out there. If we would've competed well, we would've walked away with a different result. The team came out with better body language and competed harder than they did yesterday. They saw that Louisville is a tougher team and they aren't even a top ten team, so it was an eye-opener for our girls." - Coach Tina Samara on this weekend's performance


This Week in Wrestling

The Mountaineers travel to Lock Haven, Pa., to compete against the Lock Haven Bald Eagles on Sat., Jan. 29, at 7 p.m.

Last Week in Wrestling

West Virginia got off to a good start in the Eastern Wrestling League as it went 2-0 over the weekend with victories over Bloomsburg and Clarion ... against the Huskies, the Mountaineers earned crucial victories in the 141- and 197-pound classes as freshman Michael Morales and senior Kyle Rooney earned decision victories at key points of the match to boost the Mountaineer lead out of reach ... WVU jumped to a quick 13-0 lead following a Brandon Rader major decision victory over Josh Roosa ... at 165 pounds, redshirt senior Donnie Jones earned a 13-7 decision win over Husky Josh Veltre, who owned a 15-6 record going into the match ... against Clarion, the Mountaineers earned four victories by fall en route to a 39-4 win over the Golden Eagles ... sophomore Shane Young (125), freshman Michael Morales (141), redshirt senior Brandon Rader (149) and redshirt junior Matt Ryan (184) earned the pins ... WVU led 21-0 before Clarion's No. 8-ranked James Fleming picked up a 13-2 major decision win over redshirt junior Ryan Goodman to provide his team with the four points ... Donnie Jones defeated No. 29-ranked Bekzod Abdurakhmonov by a 6-5 decision, earning a takedown with just ten second remaining in the bout.

Notes and Quotes

Bloomsburg was accounted for in the latest NWCA/USA Today rankings as it appeared in the ‘others receiving votes' section of the poll ... against Clarion, senior Kyle Rooney picked up his first win over a ranked opponent this year by defeating No. 30 Alex Thomas by a 9-7 decision ... recent Oklahoma State transfer Alex Meade picked up his first win as a Mountaineer as he beat Clarion's Scott Joseph by a 2-1 decision as a sudden victory in two overtimes.


This Week in Track & Field

The West Virginia University track and field team will return to action this weekend with a trip to the Penn State National Invitational on Jan. 28-29.

Last Week in Track & Field

The Mountaineers completed action last weekend at the WVU State Farm Games with eight first-place finishes … senior Chelsea Carrier led with first-place finishes in the 60-meter hurdles (8.46) and in the long jump (6.07 meters), while also placing second in the 200-meter dash (24.88).

Notes and Quotes

Freshman Chene Townsend had an excellent weekend finishing first in the 60-meter dash (7.81) and second in the 60-meter hurdles (8.85), while Kaylyn Christopher posted a solid performance in the 3,000-meter race, as she finished with a time of 9:43.41, over a minute in front of second place … West Virginia then posted a dominating performance in the 5,000-meter run as Sarah-Anne Brault took second (17:19.34), Kate Harrison finished third (17:19.35), Jessica O'Connell fourth (17:19.35) and Kaitlyn Gillespie finished fifth (17:19.37), all qualifying for the Big East Championships … Jordan Hamric placed first in the mile (5:07.01), while Sarah Martinelli finished second (5:07.84), Hallie Portner finished third (5:08.33) and Stephanie Caruso placed fourth (5:18.93) … in the relays WVU's 4x400-meter relay team capped off the running events with a first-place showing … the team of Carrier, Shakiyla Cosby, Jordann Mitchell and Brittany Wolford finished with a time of 3:58.38 … Terina Miller took the top spot in the weight throw (15.31 meters), while Heather Adams followed in second (15.02 meters) … Katyln Shelar won her second-straight meet in the pole vault (3.40 meters), while Lindsay Kopenhaver finished second (3.25 meters) and Gabrielle Harrington and Kimberly Mulvin tied for third (3.10 meters).


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