WVU Varsity Sports Update

Senior Chelsea Carrier was named West Virginia University student-athlete of the week after breaking a school record at the GaREAT Collegiate Invitational in Geneva, Ohio.

The Buckhannon, W.Va., native took first place in the 60-meter hurdles in a school record and personal-best time of 8.21, which also qualifies as an NCAA provisional qualifying time. The performance also broke the previous school record of 8.22, which was set by Stacian Brown in 1999. Carrier also aided the 4x400-meter relay team to a third-place showing (3:52.44), while also placing fifth in the high jump after clearing 1.65 meters.


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
Week 4: Emily Kerwin, Sr., Gymnastics
Week 5: Chelsea Carrier, Sr., Track & Field


This Week in Women's Basketball

The West Virginia women's basketball team continues Big East competition as it plays host to Connecticut, Tue., Feb. 8, at 7 p.m. at the WVU Coliseum ... the game will air live on CBS College Sports ... the Mountaineers will close out the week with a 5 p.m. tip at Louisville, Sunday, Feb. 13 ... Sunday's game will air nationally on ESPN2.

Last Week in Women's Basketball

WVU had three players record scoring figures in double digits, led by Liz Repella with a game-high 16 points, as the No. 14/15 West Virginia women's basketball team defeated Providence, 59-45, at the WVU Coliseum, Tuesday evening ... the win allowed the Mountaineers to put a stop to a two-game skid ... Saturday, however, the team suffered a 60-53 upset at the hands of Pitt on its home court.

Notes and Quotes

Saturday's loss was the Mountaineers' first home-court loss since Feb. 24, 2009, when Pitt defeated WVU 72-60 ... WVU's home-court win streak came to an end at 31 games, and was the fourth-longest streak in the nation ... the WVU Coliseum was packed with 8,025, the third-largest crowd in WVU women's basketball history. "We had a great crowd and a great atmosphere. It's just a shame that as bad as we played we had a four-point lead with two minutes to go. It's just a shame; I'm sick over it," WVU head coach Mike Carey said. "Our girls were fired up. They came in talking more than they have and it was probably one of the best warm-ups we have had, then they come out standing around. It wasn't really so much that we were standing around, but we just couldn't score. And when you can't score, it drains you a lot. Mentally, it drains you."


This Week in Rifle

The No. 1-ranked WVU rifle team (10-2, 5-1 GARC) play host to No. 9 Nebraska in an NCAA qualifying match on Saturday, Feb. 12, at 8 a.m., at the WVU Rifle.

Last Week in Rifle

WVU went 1-1 in Lexington, Ky., losing, 4696-4680, to No. 4 Kentucky, on Feb., 5, and defeating No. 11 Columbus State, 4704-4607, on Feb. 6 … the Mountaineers' winning score over the Cougars was an NCAA and school record … WVU dropped both discipline matches to the Wildcats, losing smallbore, 2322-2320, and air rifle, 2374-2360 … the team rebounded and swept CSU, winning smallbore, 2336-2282, and air rifle, 2368-2325 … senior Nicco Campriani finished first in both matches, shooting 1185 against UK and a school-record 1192 against CSU … the Florence, Italy, native also won both individual matches, shooting 596 air rifle and 584 smallbore on Feb. 5, and a school-record 600 air rifle and a season-high 592 smallbore on Feb. 6.

Notes and Quotes

The Mountaineers are 14-7 all-time against the Wildcats … Saturday's victory gave UK the 2010-11 GARC regular-season crown, the team's fourth title and first since 2009 … WVU and UK will meet again at the 2011 GARC Championship, held Feb. 26-27, in Oxford, Miss. … combined, the two teams have won three of the last four titles, with WVU capturing the 2010 crown and UK victorious in 2007 and 2009 … WVU is the first NCAA team to shoot 4700 or better this season … the aggregate score bested the previous school record of 4697 by seven shots … Campriani's 600 air rifle score was his second in three matches … sophomore Petra Zublasing finished second overall against CSU with a season-high score of 1184 … WVU last met the Cornhuskers on Nov. 21, with the Mountaineers earning a 4656-4592 victory.


This Week in Gymnastics

The Mountaineers stay on the road and travel to No. 15 Ohio State on Saturday, Feb. 12, for a 4 p.m. meet at St. John Arena, in Columbus, Ohio.

Last Week in Gymnastics

The Mountaineers (6-3, 3-1 EAGL) attempted a comeback at No. 21 Penn State, but ultimately fell, 195.55-194.05, to the host Nittany Lions on Sunday, Feb. 6, in University Park, Pa. … WVU did pick up two wins, as it defeated East Atlantic Gymnastics League foe Pitt (193.475) and Bridgeport (192.25) … the Mountaineers won vault with a season-best 49.375 score … they also finished first on floor (48.55), second on bars (48.65) and fourth on beam (47.475) … senior Amy Bieski finished sixth overall with a 38.2 all-around score … the Mountaineers did well on vault, with three gymnasts scoring 9.9 or better and four hitting career-best marks … freshman Hope Sloanhoffer won the event with a career-best 9.95 score … junior Tina Maloney and sophomore Alaska Richardson finished tied for second with career-best 9.9 vaults … Bieski placed seventh with a season-best 9.825 score … sophomore Chelsea Goldschrafe vaulted to a career-best 9.8 score.

Notes and Quotes

The loss to PSU dropped WVU's series record to 34-6 … the win over the Panthers boosted its all-time record over Pitt to 51-12-2 … Sunday's meeting was the first of two this season between the Mountaineers and the Nittany Lions, as PSU will travel to the WVU Coliseum on March 12 for a 7 p.m. meet … Bieski's all-around score pushed her career point total to 1,706.4 and moved her into 10th place on the WVU all-time career points list … WVU's vault point total was just 0.15 points short of the school record … all-time, WVU is 11-14 against the Buckeyes … the Mountaineers scored a season-best 195.65 in their home victory over OSU (192.8) last year.


This Week in Swimming & Diving

The Mountaineers are idle.

Last Week in Swimming & Diving

West Virginia was not in competition.

Notes and Quotes

The diving squad is preparing for the diving portion of the Big East Championships, which will be held from Feb. 11-13 in Louisville, Ky. … the swimming portion will be Feb. 16-19, also in Louisville, Ky.


This Week in Tennis

The West Virginia University tennis team is idle this week ... the Mountaineers will continue action at home on Feb. 16 as it goes up against Big East rival Pitt in an 11 a.m. match at the Ridgeview Racquet Club.

Last Week in Tennis

WVU fell, 0-7, to nationally ranked Marshall in its first home match at the Ridgeview Racquet Club.

Notes and Quotes

The Mountaineers put up a fight in the doubles competition, but the Herd took the doubles point after two 6-8 losses by the No. 1 pair of junior Veronica Cardenas and freshman Mary Chupa and the No. 3 pair of freshman Melis Tanik and senior Ashley Pilsbury ... sophomores Emily Mathis and Liv Pettersson were defeated, 8-3, in the No. 2 spot by Marshall's Catherine Kellner and Maria Voscekoova ... Chupa (No. 3), Cardenas (No. 4) and Pilsbury (No. 5) competed in the singles competition, but fell in the third set of each of their respective matches.


This Week in Wrestling

The Mountaineers will host the Ohio Bobcats on Sat., Feb. 12, at 7 p.m. at the WVU Coliseum for the second home meet of the year.

Last Week in Wrestling

West Virginia fell to 7-5 overall and 3-1 in the Eastern Wrestling League following a 21-14 loss to the No. 20-ranked Pitt Panthers on Friday night at Pitt's Fitzgerald Field House ... at 125 pounds, sophomore Shane Young lost a close bout to former club wrestling partner Anthony Zanetta by a 5-3 decision score ... redshirt freshman Nathan Pennesi evened the team score at three apiece after defeating Pitt's Shelton Mack by a 5-2 decision ... freshman Michael Morales was pinned by the Panthers' No. 6-ranked Tyler Nauman before redshirt senior Brandon Rader trimmed the Panther lead to 9-5 by beating Pitt's Dane Johnson by a close 5-4 decision ... redshirt senior Donnie Jones beat Pitt's No. 21-ranked Ethan Headlee by a 3-2 score ... recent transfer Alex Meade won his third bout as a Mountaineer with a 7-4 victory over Panther Andy Vaughan ... at 184 pounds, WVU's Matt Ryan was defeated by Pitt's No. 19 Max Thommuseit before redshirt freshman Cameron Gallaher cut the Pitt lead to 15-14 with a 2-0 decision over Phil Sorrentino ... Pitt's No. 4-ranked heavyweight Ryan Tomei defeated senior Kyle Rooney by a pin in 4:31 to secure the 21-14 victory for the Panthers.

Notes and Quotes

The Mountaineers drop to 1-3 against ranked wrestling squads ... Gallaher started his fourth dual meet of the season, improving to 3-1 in those bouts and is 1-0 in EWL action ... Rooney started his first ever match as a heavyweight, replacing usual starter Philip Mandzik to face the difficult Tomei ... Pennesi, Rader, Jones and now Gallaher have perfect records against EWL opponents ... Young leads the team with 60 takedowns and 23 victories on the year.


This Week in Track & Field

The West Virginia University track and field team will return to the WVU Shell Building on Saturday, Feb. 12, with the Gold/Blue Meet.

Last Week in Track & Field

Seniors Chelsea Carrier and Kaylyn Christopher and junior Jessica O'Connell led the way for the Mountaineers at the GaREAT Collegiate Invitational this past weekend in Geneva, Ohio … Carrier finished first in the 60-meter hurdles with a personal-best and school-record time of 8.21, which also serves as an NCAA provisional time … Christopher and O'Connell moved into the national rankings with their performances in the mile finishing in second (4:41.61) and third (4:42.00), respectively.

Notes and Quotes

Freshman Chené Townsend also performed well in the 60-meter hurdles, finishing in third place with a personal-best time of 8.53, while also placing sixth in the 200-meter dash (25.42) … in the 3,000-meter run, junior Sarah-Anne Brault led with a fourth-place showing (9:42.74), while senior Keri Bland finished eighth (9:56.43) and freshman Sarah Martinelli finished ninth (10:01.63) … in the 400-meter dash, freshman Shakiyla Cosby placing sixth (58.50), freshmen Jenna Barretto and Allison Tyree finished in eighth (59.11) and ninth (59.62), respectively, and junior Brittany Wolford finishing 10th (1:00.85) … sophomore Heather Adams threw a personal-best in the weight throw, after a Big East qualifying performance of 15.27 meters, good for third place … junior Meghan Mock continued to compete well in the long jump with a second-place finish (5.76-meters), while sophomore Sydney Cummings finished third in the high jump (1.70-meters).


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