A Ljubljana, Slovenia, native, Dvorsak has shone in her first three matches as a Mountaineer. She shot a career-high 597 air rifle score and 584 smallbore mark at Murray State's Winthrow Invitational in Murray, Ky., on Fri., Jan. 24.
Earning first in both guns against Memphis on Sat., Jan. 25, she led the Mountaineers in smallbore for the second time this season. Dvorsak shot 588 in smallbore and a 596 air rifle mark.
The next day, Dvorsak shot 588 smallbore and 596 air rifle at Memphis and scored the discipline wins. She counted toward the team scores in both matches over the weekend.
WVU Athletes of the Week
Week 1: Asya Bussie, women's basketball
Week 2: Bryce Bohman, swimming & diving
Week 3: Colin Johnston, wrestling
Week 4: Ziva Dvorsak, rifle
This Week in Women's Basketball
The Mountaineers play Iowa State on Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m. at the WVU Coliseum and will take to the road for an 8 p.m. tip with TCU in Fort Worth on Saturday … when the teams met earlier this season, WVU took a 73-59 win from then-No. 13/11 Iowa State in Ames … WVU and TCU meet for the first time this season.
Last Week in Women's Basketball
The Mountaineers went 1-1 last week in Big 12 road play, defeating Texas Tech 70-51 in Lubbock and falling at Texas, 66-63 … WVU's loss at Texas was its first road loss this season … at Texas Tech, senior center Asya Bussie used 19 points, nine rebounds and five blocked shots to lead WVU in all categories … at Texas, Bria Holmes led all players with 18 points and three steals … senior guard Christal Caldwell recorded the 1,000th-point of her career at Texas Tech, becoming the 29th player in WVU women's basketball history and the 11th player under coach Mike Carey to reach the honor.
Notes & Quotes
The Mountaineers are 17-3 overall and 6-2 in Big 12 play … WVU entered the rankings in both major polls last week at No. 18 in the Associated Press Poll and No. 21 in the USA Today Coaches Poll … Holmes continues to lead four Mountaineers scoring in double figures with 13.8 points per game … Bussie averages 13.2 points and 7.2 rebounds per game, while Caldwell and Taylor Palmer average 12.0 and 11.1 points per game.
This Week in Wrestling
The West Virginia University wrestling team returns to the mat against No. 8 Pitt on Saturday, Feb. 1, at 7 p.m. in the WVU Coliseum.
Last Week in Wrestling
The Mountaineers (9-3, 0-2 Big 12) were idle last weekend.
Notes & Quotes
Senior Colin Johnston (141) was named the Big 12 Wrestler of the Week after defeating then-No. 12 Anthony Collica on Jan. 18 … the honor was the first in program history ... Johnston has defeated ranked opponents in back-to-back outings and broke into the Amateur Wrestling Newsmagazine's Top 20 last week, coming in at No. 17.
This Week in Swimming & Diving
The men's team travels to Columbus, Ohio to face the ninth-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes on Friday, Jan. 31, at 6 p.m ... the women's team travels to Athens, Ohio to face Ohio University and Iowa State on Saturday, Feb. 1, at 1 p.m.
Last Week in Swimming & Diving
The teams were idle last week.
Notes & Quotes
In its most-recent outing, the men's swimming & diving team defeated TCU on Jan. 18, for its first-ever Big 12 Conference win.
This Week in Track
West Virginia travels to State College, Pa., for the PSU National on Friday, Jan. 31.
Last Week in Track
The Mountaineers competed at the YSU College Invite on Friday, Jan. 24, finishing in third place overall ... WVU had participants in 10 events ... Youngstown State won the meet, Duquesne finished in second and Pitt finished in fourth behind the Mountaineers.
Notes & Quotes
Freshman Sydney Scott placed first in the one mile with a time of 5:03.45 ... senior Stormy Nesbit won the triple jump (12.37 meters) for the second time in six days ... freshman Amy Cashin and senior Sara Martinelli finished in second and third, respectively, in the 800 meters ... Friday will be West Virginia's second trip to Penn State for a meet this season, after participating in the PSU Relays on Jan. 11.
Coach Sean Cleary: "I was pleased to see the competitiveness begin to emerge for some within the group tonight. It's important to take each weekend in stride and meet the challenges presented to us."
This Week in Rifle
The No. 3-ranked Mountaineers (8-0, 6-0 GARC) are idle this week.
Last Week in Rifle
WVU traveled to Murray State's Winthrow Invitational in Murray, Ky., on Friday, Jan. 24 … the Mountaineers shot a season-high 4710 aggregate score, a season-high 2378 in air rifle and a 2332 smallbore score … on Jan. 25, the Mountaineers competed at GARC foe No. 11 Memphis (5-7, 2-3 GARC), winning the match 4690-4655 … WVU defeated the Tigers in both guns, winning smallbore 2321-2317 and air rifle 2369-2338.
Notes & Quotes
At the Winthrow Invitational, in air rifle, junior Maren Prediger paced the Mountaineers with a 598 score, one short of her season and career high … junior Ziva Dvorsak (597), sophomore Garrett Spurgeon (594) and junior Taylor Ciotola (590) all shot season highs in the gun … Dvorsak and Spurgeon's scores also were career highs … Spurgeon paced the smallbore team, shooting 587 … the victory over Memphis boosted the Mountaineers' record on the road to 3-0 … Dvorsak won both guns at Memphis, pacing the team in smallbore (588) and air rifle (596) … she shared the top air rifle spot with Prediger (596) … Spurgeon shot 594 in air rifle for the second consecutive match, coming in third … sophomore Patrick Sunderman shot a season- and career-high 591 in air rifle … senior Daniel Sojka came in third in smallbore against the Tigers, shooting a season high 584 … Sunderman (581) and Spurgeon (580) placed fourth and fifth … the Mountaineers will return to the WVU Rifle Range on Feb. 6, competing against No. 2 Alaska-Fairbanks … that same weekend, the team will play host to No. 1 Kentucky on Feb. 8.
This Week in Gymnastics
The Mountaineers (2-3) stay at home and play host to George Washington and Towson at the WVU Coliseum on Sunday, Feb. 2, at 3 p.m., in the second-annual "Wendy M. Roach Invitational" … the invitational, named after former WVU gymnast and current graduate assistant Nicole Roach's mother, is a "Pink Meet" to promote breast cancer awareness … all fans are encouraged to wear pink, and the team will accept sundry item donations for Morgantown's Betty Puskar Breast Care Center.
Last Week in Gymnastics
The Mountaineers opened their 2014 home season with a 195.425-195.4 victory over NC State on Jan. 26 at the Coliseum … WVU tallied season highs on all but uneven bars and scored team wins on vault (48.925-48.875) and bars (48.725-48.55) … the Wolfpack (4-3, 2-1 EAGL) earned wins on beam (48.875-48.8) and floor (49.1-48.975) … senior Hope Sloanhoffer finished first overall with a season-best 39.35 score … she also won vault (9.85), bars (9.825) and floor (9.9) … her floor score matched her career high … freshman Alexa Goldberg, the reigning Big 12 Newcomer of the Week, tied for the bars win, while junior Beth Deal won beam with a season-best 9.85 showing.
Notes & Quotes
WVU trailed 146.525-146.45 going into the fourth rotation, but three career-best floor scores helped push the team to victory … in addition to Sloanhoffer's career high, Goldberg scored 9.825 and finished fourth, while junior Dayah Haley tallied 9.8 and placed seventh … freshman Nicolette Swoboda scored 38.8 and finished second overall … she also placed third on vault with a 9.8 … Lawrence placed fourth on bars with a season-high 9.725 … senior Erica Smith tallied a season-best 9.8 on beam and placed second … WVU improved to 25-14 over NCSU … the Mountaineers own a 45-1 series advantage over GW and a 18-10 advantage over Towson.
This Week in Tennis
The West Virginia University tennis team travels to Marshall on Saturday, Feb. 1, to take on the Thundering Herd at 1 p.m.
Last Week in Tennis
The Mountaineers (0-2) fell to Liberty, 6-1, at the Charleston Indoor Racquet Club on Jan. 25.
Notes & Quotes
The freshmen tandem of Kaja Mrgole and Oana Manole tallied its second doubles win of the season, defeating the Flames' Valerie Thong and Brittany Yang, 6-3 … sophomore Hailey Barrett recorded her first victory in singles play this spring, downing Rebekah Jenkins, 6-0, 6-1.
Coach Miha Lisac: "I thought we gave ourselves an opportunity in doubles but came up short at set point. That makes a big difference for the rest of the matches. Liberty fought well and is a tough team. We didn't play consistently enough to win."