Varsity Sports Report

Senior wrestler Dustin Rogers has been named West Virginia University's athlete of the week for his performance at the Cliff Keen Invitational last weekend.

Rogers, who finished second in the heavyweight division, was dominant throughout the tournament until forfeiting with a shoulder injury. Rogers finished 4-1 in a highly competitive field to help accredit his No. 10 preseason national ranking as a heavyweight.

This Week in Wrestling

The West Virginia University wrestling team will be off until their back-to-back dual meets in California against Cal State Fullerton on Wednesday, Jan. 2, and Cal Poly on Thursday, Jan. 3.

Last Week in Wrestling

WVU finished in 12th place out of 50 squads with 55.5 points at the Cliff Keen Invitational in Las Vegas, Nev. … seniors Dustin Rogers (HWT) and Jared Villers (197) led the team by placing high in their respective weight divisions … Rogers finished in second place and went 4-1 in the tournament but lost in the finals by forfeit after experiencing shoulder soreness … of his four victories, Rogers recorded a pin at 4:53 as well as a 16-4 major decision to highlight his thorough performance … Villers finished fourth at the invitational after going 4-2 … he scored a 17-3 major decision in his first bout of the tournament to jumpstart a solid performance … senior Zac Fryling (157) also finished in eighth place in a competitive division … Fryling went 3-1 in the double-elimination tournament but was forced to forfeit his final match in the consolation rounds due to a concussion and shoulder soreness … he recorded a 14-6 major decision in his first match.

Notes & Quotes

The Mountaineers wrestled with eight out of 10 starters at the tournament … two-All-Americans, Brandon Rader (141) and starter Kyle Turnbull (125), traveled with the team but did not compete due to injuries … the invitational featured 11 Top 25 schools, with Michigan finishing first with 127.5 points … Eastern Wrestling League foes Edinboro and Pitt finished in the Top 10.

"I thought it was a positive experience and it was definitely a good experience for our team." – Head Coach Craig Turnbull

This Week in Women's Soccer

West Virginia's record setting season ended in the Elite Eight with a 1-0 loss to eighth-ranked USC on Nov. 30 … the Mountaineers finished the season with an overall record of 18-5-2.

Last Week in Women's Soccer

Defender Kasey Johnson's header in the 63rd minute gave second-seeded USC a 1-0 victory over fourth-seeded West Virginia in the quarterfinals of the 2007 NCAA Championships at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium … a bigger and more physical Trojan team gave the Mountaineers trouble in the second half, and USC outshot WVU 20-9 for the game … despite only six shots on goal, the 20 shots are the most WVU has allowed this season … both teams had multiple chances in the first half with West Virginia's best opportunity of the match coming when forward Deanna Everrett shot a low screamer just wide of the net in the 24th minute … Everrett led the Mountaineers with three shots on the evening, putting one on goal … WVU goalkeeper Kerri Butler battled valiantly, making a flurry of second half saves to keep the Mountaineers in the game and finished with five saves … USC advanced to the College Cup in College Station, Texas, on Dec. 7, with a record of 18-3-2.

Notes & Quotes

The meeting between USC and WVU was the first on the soccer field … WVU's NCAA Elite Eight appearance was the longest postseason run in the program's 12-year history and tied the school record for wins with 18 … an unofficial crowd of 3,000 witnessed the game, setting a new Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium record … it is the most for any soccer event hosted by West Virginia University … the loss was the last game for five WVU seniors: Ashley Banks, Kim Bonilla, Natalie Cocchi, Kiley Harris and Ashley Neal.

"As a coach your focus is on getting those special seniors there. There is no other group of seniors I would want to represent this University. They are role models and great students. These kids are Elite Eight players and 3.8 GPA students, so what else can you say?" – Head Coach Nikki Izzo-Brown

This Week in Men's Soccer

The Mountaineers 2007 season is complete.

Last Week in Men's Soccer

The Mountaineers defeated Virginia in the second round of the NCAA Tournament 1-0 on Wednesday, Nov. 28 to propel WVU into the Sweet 16 for just the second time in program history … the Mountaineers then traveled to No. 2-seeded Wake Forest and fell 3-1 on Sunday, Dec. 2, in Winston-Salem … Andy Wright scored WVU's lone goal in the second half ... the loss closed the 2007 season for the Mountaineers.

Notes & Quotes

"Wake Forest is a very good team. There were no surprises. We need to use this as a learning experience. I thought Andy's (Wright) penalty kick was good and the build up to that goal was excellent. Our guys showed a lot of character today." – Head Coach Marlon LeBlanc on the game against Wake Forest

This Week in Women's Track

West Virginia opens the indoor season with the WVU Holiday Classic on Saturday, Dec. 8, at the WVU Shell Building.

Women's Track Season Outlook

A new era begins in West Virginia University track & field in the 2007-08 season as former assistant coach Sean Cleary takes over the reigns of the program … Cleary has spent several years developing one of the BIG EAST's top distance programs and cross country teams … with Cleary now as head coach, the program plans put more emphasis into the distance aspect than in recent years … with the prominent success of the cross country team, WVU figures to be able to score major points this year with its distance runners … Marie-Louise Asselin, Keri Bland and Clara Grandt will lead a youthful group of distance runners that won a BIG EAST title and finished in the top 10 nationally in cross country season … other veteran athletes returning this year include Halimah Bashir for mid-sprints, April Rotilio and Jamillah Nock for short sprints, Alexis Noel for jumps and LaShawna Black in the throwing events.

This Week in Swimming & Diving

The West Virginia University swimming and diving teams are idle until Saturday, Jan. 12, as they host BIG EAST rivals Pitt at the WVU Natatorium …meet time is set for 11 a.m.

Last Week in Swimming & Diving

The Mountaineers finished in a combined fifth place, with 718 points in their first ever trip to the Georgia Invitational this past weekend … individually the women's team finished in fourth place with 413 points, while the men finished in fifth with 305.

Notes & Quotes

The WVU men's swimming and diving teams are 6-6, 2-1 on the season, while the women's side is 8-3, 2-1, after this weekend's Georgia Invitational … on Friday, Nov. 30, the Mountaineers kicked off the meet with a sixth place showing in the women's 200 free relay … sophomores Stephanie Shupe, Kitti Veisz, Kayla Andrews and junior Rachel Fedyk finished the race with a time of 1:34.72 … on the men's side juniors Nathan Farmer and Payton Brooks, along with sophomore Zoltan Povazsay and senior Nick Delic finished the 200 free relay in fourth place with a time of 1:22.18 …also on Friday, Sophomore Morgan Callaway had an excellent showing in the 500 free breaking the school record with a time of 4:51.04, while, juniors Taylor Stallings and Nathan Farmer both finished with career best times in the 200 IM … Stallings finished the race with a time of 2:06.57, while Farmer finished in 1:52.83 … in the last day of competition, both the men's and women's teams had six top 10 finishers, including a first place finish by Andrews in the 100 free with a time of 49.71 ... in diving action, sophomore Ashley Malik finished in 12th place in the one meter dive with a score of 234.05, while senior Erica Pfeiffer finished in 15th with 196.95 points and junior Caitlin Coco finished in 16th with 188.10 points … in the men's three meter dive, sophomore Cameron Whitelam came in seventh place with 267.80 points, while also placing in third in the men's platform diving competition with 233.95 points.

This Week in Rifle

The rifle team is idle this week and will open the second portion of its season when they play host to Nebraska on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 8 a.m., at the WVU rifle range.

Last Week in Rifle

The rifle team was idle.

Notes & Quotes

Three Mountaineers shot their personal bests of the season against Kentucky on Nov. 10, their last fall match ... junior Paul Miller shot a 570 in smallbore while teammate freshman Andrew Lamson shot a 583 in air rifle, along with Eskew's record.

This Week in Women's Basketball

WVU returns to action Friday, Dec. 7, at Duquesne at 7 p.m. at the A.J. Palumbo Center in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Last Week in Women's Basketball

No. 15/16 WVU went 2-0 last week to improve to 7-1 … the Mountaineers defeated St. Bonaventure, 64-37, on Dec. 1, and Columbia, 74-41, on Dec. 2, at the FAU Holiday Classic in Boca Raton, Fla. … senior guard LaQuita Owens scored a team-high 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting to push WVU past St. Bonaventure on Dec. 1 … teammate Chakhia Cole added 10 points and nine boards … West Virginia shot 50.9% (28-55 FG) from the field as a team … Dana Mitchell scored a game-high 22 points for the Bonnies … the Mountaineers then cruised past Columbia 74-41 a day later behind a stellar defensive effort … WVU held the Lions to just 17.9% (10-56) from the field for the game … five West Virginia players reached double-figures led by Meg Bulger's 15 points … Owens tallied 13 points, Cole had 13 points, senior center Olayinka Sanni scored 11 points, while guard Sparkle Davis chipped in 10 points off the bench.

Notes & Quotes

West Virginia is 2-0 on the season when Sanni, Owens, Bulger and Cole each reach double-figures in scoring in the same contest … WVU has shot 50% or better from the field in three of its last four contests … Meg Bulger tallied her 200th career 3-point field goal made in the St. Bonaventure win … Bulger has made at least three 3-pointers in 15 of her last 19 games … four Mountaineers are averaging double figures in scoring through eight games this season.

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