WVU Varsity Sports Update

Following a season-best 39.2 all-around showing on Feb. 12 at Ohio State, senior gymnast Amy Bieski has been named the West Virginia Student-Athlete of the Week.

The Nanticoke, Pa., native not only finished third overall, she also won bars with a season-high 9.8 score. Additionally, Bieski paced the Mountaineers and finished tied for second place on vault with a season-high 9.875 showing.

Bieski rounded out her best all-around meet of the season with a sixth-place, 9.775 beam showing and a 9.75 floor score.

Special Note of the Week

  • The wrestling team has designated Friday night's dual meet with Edinboro as the team's Senior Night, when seniors Donnie Jones, Brandon Rader and Kyle Rooney will don their Mountaineer uniforms at home for a final time. The match is set for 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

    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
    Week 6: Amy Bieski, Sr., Gymnastics

    This Week in Baseball

    The Mountaineers open their 2011 season at the Big East/Big Ten Challenge, Feb. 18-20, hosted by the St. Petersburg/ Clearwater Sports Commission … WVU meets Iowa on Friday, at Jack Russell Memorial Stadium, in Clearwater, Fla., at 10 a.m. … the team plays Penn State on Saturday, also at Jack Russell Memorial Stadium, at 1 p.m., and Illinois on Sunday, at Al Lang/Progressive Energy Park, in St. Petersburg, Fla., at 1 p.m.

    Last Season in Baseball

    The Mountaineers ended the 2010 campaign eighth in the Big East Conference with a 27-30 record … the squad made its fourth straight appearance at the conference's post-season tournament … WVU finished 9-2 over the final 11 regular season games, including 7-2 in conference play … shortstop Jedd Gyorko tied a single-season school record with 19 home runs, and led WVU in batting average (.381), RBIs (57), total bases (177), slugging percentage (.750) base hits (90) and doubles (28) … he also finished with a team leading on-base percentage of .472, and struck out just 24 times compared to 43 walks.

    Notes and Quotes

    Coach Greg Van Zant returns for his 17th season with the Mountaineers … Van Zant is 23 wins away from becoming the second coach in WVU baseball history to reach 500 victories … WVU is 1-0 all-time against Iowa, 41-62 against Penn State and 1-6 against Illinois … senior Grant Buckner moves from third base to shortstop this season and is the backbone of the Mountaineer team … he concluded his junior season with a .363 batting average, the team's second-best mark, with 73 base hits and eight home runs ... Gyorko was named a Pro-Line Athletic/National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) first team player … he also was given the Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year Award, named the NCBWA District II Player of the Year … he was selected 59th overall in the second round of the Major League Baseball first-year player draft by the San Diego Padres.

    This Week in Gymnastics

    The Mountaineers return to the WVU Coliseum after a two-week road trip and play host to No. 1 Florida and East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) on Sunday, Feb. 20, at 1 p.m. … the meet is a "Dollar Day," and all tickets, hot dogs, Coca-Colas and popcorns are $1 each.

    Last Week in Gymnastics

    Despite earning a season-high score, the Mountaineers (6-, 3-1 EAGL) lost, 195.6-195.1, at No. 15 Ohio State on Feb. 12 … WVU lost to OSU on vault (49.15-49.125), bars (48.775-48.575) and floor (49.175-48.9) … the teams tied on beam with 48.5 showings … senior Amy Bieski scored a season-best 39.2 and finished third in the all-around ... Bieski tied for first on bars and matched a season-best score of 9.8 … junior Nicole Roach placed third with a 9.775 score … Bieski scored her second season high of the meet on vault, finishing second overall with a 9.875 mark … sophomore Alaska Richardson stuck another tough vault and tied Bieski … sophomore Kaylyn Millick paced WVU on floor with a 9.85 and finished second overall … freshman Hope Sloanhoffer matched a career best on beam and tied for first place … sophomore Chelsea Goldschrafe opened the beam rotation with a career-best 9.825 mark, good enough for third place.

    Notes and Quotes

    The loss to OSU dropped WVU to 15-11 in the all-time series … Bieski's season-best score pushed her career-point total to 1,745.6, and she ranks eighth on the all-time WVU career points list … Richardson scored a career-best 9.775 on floor … sophomore Arlene Hathaway tallied a career-high 9.725 on beam … Sunday's meeting is WVU's first against the Gators since 2006 … the Mountaineers are 2-10 all-time against the Gators … WVU is 24-7 against UNH and 39-1 against GW.

    This Week in Women's Basketball

    WVU takes to the hard wood next for round two of the Backyard Brawl at Pitt, Saturday, Feb. 19 at 2 p.m ... the game is the third time this season West Virginia will support breast cancer awareness as it is a Pink Zone event.

    Last Week in Women's Basketball

    The No. 17/19 West Virginia women's basketball team held a halftime lead over No. 2 Connecticut, but couldn't quite fight off the Huskies in a 57-51 loss at the WVU Coliseum Tuesday ... later in the week, the Mountaineers' shooting went cold in a 57-47 loss at Louisville, Sunday.

    Notes and Quotes

    The Mountaineers held No.2 Connecticut to only 57 points, the lowest point total it has been held to all season ... the Huskies' 27 first-half points was the lowest point total in a half all season and the last time UConn trailed at halftime was to Stanford on Dec. 30, 2010 ... WVU holds a 20-6 overall record and a 6-6 mark in the Big East ... the Mountaineers look to bounce back from a three-game skid.

    This Week in Rifle

    The No. 1-ranked WVU rifle team (11-2, 5-1 GARC) does not compete this week.

    Last Week in Rifle

    WVU matched is NCAA-best score it first set Feb. 6 in its 4704-4596 … the team also swept the Huskers in both guns, winning air rifle, 2376-2330, and smallbore, 2328-2266 … the Mountaineers' smallbore score also was a school record … senior Nicco Campriani finished first overall with a combined score of 1183 … he also won air rifle (598) and smallbore (585) … junior Justin Pentz and senior Tommy Santelli tied for second with 1174 scores, while sophomore Petra Zublasing finished fourth (1173) … Pentz shot a personal-best 595 air gun and finished second … Santelli shot 592 and finished in third … Santelli and Zublasing each shot 582 smallbore and finished second overall.

    Notes and Quotes

    The Mountaineers are 6-3 all-time against the Huskers … WVU is the only collegiate team to shoot at least 4700 … Campriani, Santelli, Pentz, Zublasing and senior Andy Lamson were credited with both team records … Pentz' aggregate score was a season high … the teams' qualifying scores will be added to their season averages, and the top eight teams will advance to the NCAA Championships, held March 11-12, in Columbus, Ga. … WVU next shoots for its second straight conference title at the 2011 Great American Rifle Conference Championship, Feb. 26-27, in Oxford, Miss.

    This Week in Swimming & Diving

    The Mountaineers will travel to Louisville, Ky., to take part in the swimming portion of the Big East Swimming & Diving Championships … events will last from Feb. 16-19, with preliminary and final rounds.

    Last Week in Swimming & Diving

    The diving portion of the Big East Swimming & Diving Championships was held over the weekend with Matt O'Neill and Richard Pokorny competing … O'Neill placed seventh in both events, while Pokorny scored points with a 14th-place finish on the 3-meter.

    Notes and Quotes

    O'Neill finished with a score of 289.65 on the 1-meter and 315.70 points on 3-meter. "With the divers that were at the meet and the level of competition, Matt did a great job getting to the finals. He stayed consistent and kept it together throughout the whole meet. I'm looking forward to another good day tomorrow and to have both divers perform at their top level." – Diving coach Michael Grapner

    This Week in Track & Field

    The West Virginia University track and field team is set to travel to Akron, Ohio, on Feb. 19-20, for the Big East Indoor Championships at the Stile Athletics Field House.

    Last Week in Track & Field

    Senior Chelsea Carrier led the Mountaineers with two first-place showings and a personal-best performance at the Gold/Blue Meet, which was held at the WVU Shell Building … the Buckhannon, W.Va., native took first place in the 60-meter hurdles (7.61) and the high jump (1.64 meters), while finishing second in the shot put after throwing a personal-best 11.48 meters.

    Notes and Quotes

    Sophomore Aubrey Moskal also had a great afternoon, taking first place in the mile with a Big East qualifying and personal-best time of 4:59.24, while Kate Harrison followed in second (5:00.57), Jordan Hamric finished third (5:19.10) and Chelsea Jarvis placed fifth (5:29.86) … junior Jessica O'Connell had a great showing in the 3,000-meter race, finishing with a time of 9:51.84, while Allison Pettit and Lauren Moskal finished in first (2:24.27) and third (2:25.64), respectively, in the 800-meter run … Chene Townsend finished with one of her fastest times in the 200-meter dash, taking first place with a time of 25.77, while freshman Shakiyla Cosby followed in second (26.59) … junior Brittany Wolford and freshman Allison Tyree led the 400-meter dash, as Wolford placed first (1:00.29) and Tyree finished in second (1:02.29) … in the pole vault, freshman Kimberly Mulvin placed first (3.20 meters), while freshman Gabrielle Harrington finished second (3.05 meters) … junior Terina Miller took the top spot in the weight throw (14.79 meters).

    This Week in Tennis

    The West Virginia University tennis team will continue action with two 11 a.m. home matches against Big East rival Pitt on Wednesday, Feb. 16, and California (Pa.) on Sunday, Feb. 20, at the Ridgeview Racquet Club.

    Last Week in Tennis

    The Mountaineers were idle last week. WVU last competed on Feb. 4, in a home match against nationally-ranked Marshall, where the squad fell 0-7 to the Herd

    Notes and Quotes

    Coach Tina Samara: "If you're not a tennis person, you'd think we got slaughtered by looking at the score, but today was very different than any other match. Not only were we playing a team ranked No. 53 in the country, but we were really in every single match ... All of the doubles matches were close losses and we lost three of our six singles matches in three sets. We're not on them about winning or losing, but about competing. This is the first match we've seen them really compete and they didn't give up ... Our focus is 100 percent conference, so we're going to have to take some hits right now. The girls are tired from working really hard in the middle of their season, but it will pay off in the long-run."

    This Week in Wrestling

    The Mountaineers conclude the Eastern Wrestling League regular season at home with a match Friday night against Edinboro at 7:30 p.m and a match on Saturday night at 7 p.m. against Cleveland State. The meeting with Edinboro has been designated by the team as Senior Night.

    Last Week in Wrestling

    WVU picked up a non-league win over the Ohio Bobcats on Saturday night by a 23-14 score to improve to 8-5 on the year ... sophomore Shane Young led the way with a 4-3 decision over Ohio's Gabe Ramos to give an early 3-0 team lead ... Nathan Pennesi upped the lead to 7-0 with an 11-0 major decision over Bobcat Jake Wojcik ... after freshman Michael Morales was defeated by Ohio's No. 13 Germane Lindsey, redshirt senior Brandon Rader pinned Bobcat Darrin Boing in 5:55 to increase the lead to 13-3 ... junior Ryan Goodman won his fourth dual meet match of the year with a 7-3 decision over Ohio's Chris Kline, his second win over Kline this season ... redshirt senior Donnie Jones beat Ohio's Steve Wilson by major decision, 14-5, also his second win over Wilson this year ... starting his first dual meet this season, 174-pounder Robert DeSano fell by major decision, 11-0, to Ohio's No. 16 Nick Purdue ... junior Matt Ryan guaranteed a Mountaineer victory with a 7-2 decision over Ryan Garringer ... senior Kyle Rooney lost by major decision, 11-3, to Ohio's No. 11 Erik Schuth, while WVU heavyweight Philip Mandzik lost 4-0 to No. 17 Jeremy Johnson

    Notes and Quotes

    Redshirt seniors Rader and Jones and senior Rooney will don their Mountaineer singlets for a final time at home this weekend ... Young has won six of last seven and leads team with 62 takedowns on the year ... Pennesi has won last six bouts in a row while Rader and Jones have won five and seven, respectively, in a row ... sophomore Alex Meade, the usual starter at 174 pounds, sat out Saturday's match due to illness ... Pennesi, Rader and Jones have perfect records in the EWL. ... Pennesi leads the team with 88 near-fall points on the season.

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