WVU Varsity Sports Update

Following stellar performances over the weekend, WVU seniors Amy Bieski and Liz Repella have been named co-WVU Student-Athletes of the Week.

At the EAGL Championships, Bieski won the league's bars title and was named the EAGL Gymnast and Outstanding Senior of the Year. The Nanticoke, Pa., native scored her first EAGL title at the final championship of her career, earning 9825 on bars in the meet's last rotation and finishing first outright. She also finished second on floor (9.875), and fifth on vault (9.85) and the all-around (38.95). Prior to the championship, Bieski earned the league's two highest postseason awards, the fourth Mountaineer gymnast to score both honors in one season.

Saturday's overall score pushed Bieski's career-point total to 1,940.6, and she now ranks second on the all-time WVU career points list.

Senior Liz Repella passed Olayinka Sanni to move to the No. 7 spot on WVU's all-time scoring list after hitting a 3-pointer at the 14:55 mark in the second half against Houston. Repella finished the game with a season-high 26 points, giving her 1,612 for her career.

Repella's 26-point performance marked the only the eighth time in school history a WVU women's basketball player has posted a 20-point game in NCAA play and the second-highest point total ever. The most points scored in an NCAA Tournament game was Rosemary Kosiorek with 27 in 1992.


This Week in Baseball

West Virginia will host a two-game series with Eastern Michigan on Tuesday, March 22 and Wednesday, March 23 … the games will begin at 4 p.m. and 2 p.m., respectively … WVU will then travel to Tampa, Fla., from March 25-27 to take on USF for the opening series of the Big East season … Friday's and Saturday's games will begin at 7 p.m., while Sunday will start at 1 p.m.

Last Week in Baseball

WVU finished at 5-1 last week, defeating Eastern Kentucky 8-5 and 11-2, Canisius, 7-6, 4-3, 8-5 and then falling to Canisius, 16-12.

Notes and Quotes

In the first game against Eastern Kentucky, pitcher Marshall Thompson threw a complete game, allowing seven hits and five runs, while also striking out seven … the Mountaineers were led offensively by Grant Buckner and Jeremy Gum, each driving in two runs … Buckner finished 2-for-4, while Gum went 1-for-2 and was also hit by a pitch … in the second game, Corey Walter pitched eight innings, allowing two runs on eight hits … Gum went 3-for-4, including three doubles, three RBIs and a run scored … Justin McDavid went 4-for-5 with two doubles, four RBIs and one run scored … Dan DiBartolomeo finished the Canisius series going 5-for-14 with five runs scored and one home run, while Brady Wilson finished 9-for-14 with four runs and nine RBIs … Justin McDavid won the final game of the series with a grand slam home run with two outs in the bottom of the eighth.


This Week in Gymnastics

The Mountaineers do not compete this week.

Last Week in Gymnastics

The Mountaineers (13-10, 10-4 EAGL) scored 193.725 and finished in fourth place at the 2011 East Atlantic Gymnastics League Championship on March 19, at George Washington's Charles E. Smith Center, in Washington, D.C. … senior Amy Bieski won the league's bars title outright with a 9.825 score … North Carolina repeated as champions and scored 195.3 … New Hampshire finished second (195.175) and Maryland placed third (195.025) … WVU finished first on vault (49.275) and floor (49.25), and seventh on bars (47.575) and beam (47.625) … Bieski also finished fifth overall (38.95), second on floor (9.875) and fifth on vault (9.85) … freshman Hope Sloanhoffer placed second on beam (9.9) and vault (9.875) … junior Tina Maloney tied Sloanhoffer on vault.

Notes and Quotes

Bieski's all-around score pushed her career-point total now stands at 1,940.6, and she ranks second on the all-time WVU career points list … she is 130.05 points short of all-time leader Janáe Asbury … five Mountaineers scored 9.825 or better on vault and floor … sophomore Chelsea Goldschrafe scored career bests on both events, earning 9.825 on vault and 9.85 on floor … Maloney also scored a career-best 9.85 on floor … Sloanhoffer's beam score was a career-best … prior to the championship, Bieski was named the EAGL Gymnast and Outstanding Senior of the Year … she is the sixth league gymnast, and fourth Mountaineer, to win both awards in one season … Bieski also was named to the vault, bars and all-around first teams, and floor second team … Sloanhoffer was named to the vault, beam and floor first teams, while junior Nicole Roach and senior Emily Kerwin were named to the bars first team … Maloney was named the vault second team … WVU has qualified for the regional championship in 32 of the last 33 years.


This Week in Women's Basketball

The West Virginia women's basketball team will face Baylor, who is ranked third in the country and earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament after winning the Big 12 regular-season and championship titles ... the NCAA Second Round game is set for Tuesday evening at 9:45 p.m., at the Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas, on the campus of Baylor University.

Last Week in Women's Basketball

The West Virginia women's basketball team earned an at-large bid to enter the NCAA Tournament as the No. 9 seed and upset the eight-seeded Houston, 79-73, in a Sunday matchup in Waco, Texas.

Notes and Quotes

Sunday's First Round game marked the Mountaineers' seventh NCAA Tournament appearance, and the fourth appearance in the in the last five years ... WVU is 5-5 in tournament games and 3-3 under the direction of coach Mike Carey ... Liz Repella's season-best 26-point performance marked the only the eighth time in school history a WVU women's basketball player has posted a 20-point game in NCAA play and the second-highest point total ever ... with 13 points and 15 rebounds in Sunday's win over Houston, senior Madina Ali became the fourth WVU women's basketball player to post a double-double in tournament play ... other Mountaineers include Donna Abbott, Chakhia Cole and Liz Repella ... Ali posted a career-high 15 rebounds breaking the school record for most rebounds recorded at an NCAA Tournament game ... the previous record was 12, set by Chakhia Cole in 2007 and Liz Repella in 2010.


This Week in Rowing

The West Virginia University rowing team will continue action on Sunday, April 3, as they travel to Fairfax Station, Va., to compete at the Occoquan Sprints.

Last Week in Rowing

The Mountaineers competed against UNC and George Mason on Saturday, in Raleigh, N.C., with a second-place finish by the Varsity eight boat.

Notes and Quotes

WVU's Varsity eight boat led the Mountaineers with a second-place finish (7:13.00), behind UNC (7:12.60) and ahead of George Mason (7:31.30) ... the Mountaineers trailed behind the Tarheels and the Patriots in the remaining races, including the Second Varsity eights, the Novice fours and the Novice eights ... UNC took the top three finishes in the Novice four race, while George Mason and WVU followed shortly behind in 8:52.41 and 9:28.15 ... the Tar Heels continued the lead in the Novice eight and Second Varsity eight events, as the Patriots finished second and the Mountaineers finished third in both races.


This Week in Swimming & Diving

Sophomore Jared Goldthorpe will represent the Mountaineers in the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Swimming and Diving Championships from March 24-26 at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis, Minn.

Last Week in Swimming & Diving

Sophomore Mandie Nugent represented the women's team at the 2011 NCAA Division I Women's Swimming and Diving Championships in Austin, Texas.

Notes and Quotes

Nugent began Nugent began competition on Thursday afternoon with a swim in the 500 free, where she placed 57th with a time of 4:49.16 … in the 100 fly on Friday at the preliminary session, Nugent took 31st in 53.51 … on Saturday, the final day of competition, Nugent took 17th in the 200 fly, finishing in 1:57.08 … Nugent set the school record at the Big East Championships with a time of 1:56.64, while also being named the co-2011 Big East Women's Swimmer of the Meet … this was Nugent's second trip to the NCAA Championships.

"Mandie had a great week and finished today just short of her goal of getting a second swim in the 200 fly by .05. She competed each day like a Mountaineer with a lot of pride. It's been extremely difficult spending a week by herself and being the sole WVU representative at this meet and I couldn't be happier for her and her accomplishments." – coach Vic Riggs


This Week in Track & Field

Part of the West Virginia University track and field team will travel to Palo Alto, Calif., for the Stanford Invitational.

Last Week in Track & Field

The Mountaineers were idle last week

Notes and Quotes

This weekend's meet marks the first of the outdoor season … WVU completed its indoor season with an overall 18th-place finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships with two student-athletes earning All-America honors … senior Chelsea Carrier led the pack with two All-American honors including a fifth-place showing in the pentathlon and a fourth-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles … senior Keri Bland won her second-straight All-America honor in the mile with a sixth-place showing … the Fairview, W.Va., native finished with a time of 4:35.24.


This Week in Tennis

The West Virginia University tennis team (6-8, 3-3 Big East ) are set to compete on March 22-23, as they travel to South Carolina to compete against South Carolina State on Tuesday at 1 p.m., followed by a 2 p.m. match against South Carolina Upstate on Wednesday.

Last Week in Tennis

The Mountaineers defeated Big East foe Seton Hall on Saturday, in a 6-1 match at the Ridgeview Racquet Club.

Notes and Quotes

The Mountaineers started the match by sweeping the doubles competition ... the No. 1 pair of sophomore Emily Mathis and freshman Mary Chupa won 8-7(5) over the Pirates Pui Wing Sher and Rocio Portela ... the No. 2 pair of juniors Veronica Cardenas and Catie Wickline and the No. 3 pair of freshman Melis Tanik and senior Ashley Pilsbury won their respective matches, 8-4 ... the Pirates tied it up at the start of the singles competition, as Sher captured the first point over Tanik in the No. 1 spot ... Chupa came back in the No. 3 spot with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over Portela, while Cardenas (No. 4) defeated Seton Hall's Elizabeth Verow, 6-2, 6-1 ... Pilsbury clinched the match with a 6-1, 6-1 win over the Pirates Courtney Kilarski in the No. 5 spot ... Mathis (No. 2) and freshman Anna Rodionova (No. 6) concluded the match by winning in the third set of their respective matches.


This Week in Wrestling

The Mountaineers do not compete this week.

Last Week in Wrestling

The 2010-11 season has been completed as four Mountaineers qualified for the 2011 NCAA Wrestling Championships in Philadelphia ... redshirt junior Matt Ryan advanced the furthest in the tournament, reaching the third round of wrestlebacks ... Ryan lost to Nebraska's No. 9 Josh Ihnen in the first round of the championship bracket, then defeated Illinois' No. 19 Tony Dallago for the second time this season ... in the second round of wrestlebacks, Ryan avenged an earlier defeat to Pitt's No. 15 Max Thommuseit with a 6-5 decision ... senior Donnie Jones advanced second-furthest, reaching the second round of wrestlebacks, but had his career ended with a 7-1 decision loss to Clarion's Bekzod Abdurakhmonov ... he beat Kent State's Ross Tice in the first round, then lost to Oklahoma's No. 3-ranked Tyler Caldwell in the first round of wrestlebacks ... wrestlers Brandon Rader, Shane Young and Nathan Pennesi also participated, going 0-2 at the tournament ... Young was defeated by Harvard's Steven Keith and Virginia's Matthew Snyder ... Pennesi lost to Central Michigan's No. 9 Scotti Sentes and Oklahoma's No. 16 Jordan Keller ... Rader was defeated by Michigan's No. 11 Eric Grajales and UNC-Greensboro's No. 8 Ivan Lopouchanski to have his career ended.

Notes and Quotes

Young and Jones tied for first place on the team in takedowns, each earning 75 for the year ... Pennesi led the team with the most near-fall points on the season, tallying 101 for the year.

"We came prepared and expected a stronger tournament than we had." - WVU coach Craig Turnbull


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