Varsity Sports Report & Athlete Of Week

Amy Bieski has been named West Virginia University's athlete of the week after helping the WVU gymnastics team beat Maryland last weekend.

Bieski,a freshman, recorded her third straight 9.8 vault to tie for the individual title and also notched a 9.825 on floor to win the individual title. The Nanticoke, Pa., native competed as an all-arounder and placed third at the meet with 38.475 points. For her efforts, Bieski was also awarded EAGL Rookie of the Week honors for the second time in her career.

This Week in Gymnastics

West Virginia will compete versus Oklahoma, George Washington and William & Mary in its home opener on Sunday, Jan. 27, at 1 p.m.

Last Week in Gymnastics

West Virginia posted a season-high score to down Maryland 193.050-192.550 on Jan. 18, at the Comcast Pavilion in College Park, Md … the Mountaineers' 193.050 points topped the previous season-best mark of 192.125 at the Cancun Classic on Jan. 4 … with the score tied at 144.375 heading into the final rotation, West Virginia scored a season-high 48.675 points on beam, while the Terps only scored 48.175 points on floor to pull out the win … Kiersten Spoerke led the Mountaineers on beam with a 9.8 on beam to take the individual title … Shelly Purkat and Chelsi Tabor also turned in solid routines in the event to score a 9.75 and 9.775, respectively … freshman Amy Bieski won two events … Bieski scored a 9.8 on vault and a 9.825 on floor.

Notes & Quotes

West Virginia is now 2-4 and 1-0 in EAGL competition ... Maryland fell to 0-2 ... Purkat's scores of 9.75 on beam and 9.8 on floor were season bests for the sophomore ... Spoerke's 9.8 on floor was also her season high ... WVU is 1-3 all-time against Oklahoma, 31-1 against George Washington and 11-0 against William & Mary.

This Week in Swimming and Diving

The West Virginia University men's and women's swimming and diving teams will close out the regular season as they travel to South Bend, Ind., to compete in the Shamrock Invitational on Friday, Jan. 25 and Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Rolfs Aquatic Center ... meet time is set to begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25. The Mountaineers were idle last week.

Notes & Quotes

The WVU men's swimming and diving teams are 6-7, 2-2 on the season, while the women's side is 8-4, 2-2, with one regular season meet left ... senior Nick Delic and sophomore Michael Walker led the men's side, capturing two first place finishes a piece ... Delic took first in the 50 free (21.03) and the 100 (45.57), while Walker captured wins in 200 IM (1:51.33) and in the 200 back (1:52.46) ... on the women's side, sophomores Morgan Callaway and Kayla Andrews also captured two wins a piece ... Callaway posted wins in the 200 free (1:15.69) and the 200 back (2:02.63), while Andrews took first in the 50 free (23.82) and in the 100 free (50.67) ... Lindsay Largo and sophomore Justin Galbreath, both took first in the 1000 free ... Largo finished with a time of 10.11.79, while Galbreath finished in 9:34.82 ... in the 200 breast event, senior Kevin Donohue captured a first place finish in his last home meet, with a time of 2:01.15 ... sophomore Kitti Veisz also won the 200 breast in record setting fashion as she broke the WVU Natatorium record, with a time of 2:18.67... the previous record of 2:20.33 was set in 1997 ... the Mountaineers also did well in the relay events posting wins in the men's 400 free relay (3:07.69) and in the women's 400 medley relay (3:53.19) ... in diving, sophomore Ashley Malik took first in the women's 1 mtr dive with a score of 228 ... Malik also place second in the 3 mtr dive with a score of 219.14, while senior Erica Pfeifer followed in third with 213.44 points.

This Week in Rifle

The rifle team will travel to Murray State in Murray, Kentucky on Saturday, Jan. 26, to take on Memphis before facing Tennessee Tech in Cookeville, Tennessee, on Sunday, Jan. 27.

Last Week in Rifle

The Mountaineers set a new school record with a team score of 4626, but it was not enough as the Mountaineers fell to the NCAA defending national champions, Alaska-Fairbanks on Saturday, Jan. 18, 4626-4653, at the WVU rifle range … the previous team record of 4603 was set at Akron on Jan. 21, 2006 … freshman Brandi Eskew shot a combined score of 1170 which broke the previous score of 1162 shot by Brian Launer on Feb. 4, 2006 … the Petersburg, W.Va., native also broke the WVU record for smallbore, shooting a 585, to break Lafe Kunkel's record of 584 set against Army on Oct. 23, 2004 … senior Natasha Dinsmore shot a personal best of 567 in smallbore. The Mountaineers went on to defeat Akron 4591-4517 on Sunday, Jan. 20, at the Zips' home range in Akron, Ohio … Kunkel led the Mountaineers in smallbore with a score of 580 while Kunkel and Eskew topped the field after hitting a score of 578 in air rifle ... WVU took both events totaling 2295 point in smallbore and 2296 in air rifle … WVU now holds a 5-3 record on the season.

Notes & Quotes

"It was a good performance and we know we can shoot better still. It's disappointing not to get a win, but we only lost by 27 points to the defending national champions. We know what we have to work on and we will continue to make strides." - head coach Jon Hammond on the match against Alaska-Fairbanks.

This Week in Women's Track

WVU returns to action on Jan. 25-26, at the Penn State Invitational in University Park, Pa. It was idle last week.

Notes & Quotes

The Mountaineers last competed at the Penn State Relays Jan. 12 ... freshman Chelsea Carrier recorded a Big East qualifying mark of 8.66 in the 60m high hurdles, which ranks her third amongst all Big East competition ... sophomore Natasha Redman posted a height of 5' 6 ¾" in the high jump to qualify for the Big East Championship.

This Week in Wrestling

The West Virginia University wrestling team will host Clarion on Thursday, Jan. 24, at 7:30 p.m., followed by another home contest against Bloomsburg on Friday, Jan. 25, at 8 p.m at the WVU Coliseum.

Last Week in Wrestling

The Mountaineers were off last week after competing in the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals in Cedar Falls, Iowa, on Saturday, Jan. 12 ... WVU went 0-2 in the tournament and was eliminated early after falling to nationally ranked Minnesota and Ohio State on the first day.

Notes & Quotes

WVU has wrestled well throughout the course of the season in the 174, 184, 197 and heavyweight divisions … Chance Litton (174), Kurt Brenner (184), Jared Villers (197) and Dustin Rogers (HWT) have a combined 30-10 record going into their EWL opener against Clarion … WVU features three nationally ranked grapplers in 157-pounder Zac Fryling (18th), Rogers (17th) and Villers (12th), according to the latest InterMat/NWCA Division I rankings.

This Week in Women's Basketball

West Virginia returns to action Wednesday, Jan. 23, when it takes on Marshall in the Chesapeake Capital Classic at 5:30 p.m., in Charleston, W.Va., at the Charleston Civic Center … WVU then faces Big East rival Georgetown at the WVU Coliseum on Jan. 26, at 2 p.m.

Last Week in Women's Basketball

West Virginia went 2-0 this week … the Mountaineers downed league foe Marquette, 68-63, at the WVU Coliseum on Jan. 16 … Yinka Sanni finished with a team-high 21 points to go with a career-high 16 rebounds … Meg Bulger added 12 points and Chakhia Cole scored 11 … WVU defeated league foe St. John's, 68-44, on Jan. 19, at Carnesseca Arena in Jamaica, N.Y. … Sanni tallied her second consecutive double-double with 22 points and 14 rebounds … it marked Sanni's fifth double-double of the season and 14th of her career … after leading 35-32, WVU held St. John's to just 12 second half points on 24.0% (6-25) shooting … LaQuita Owens also had 15 points for the Mountaineers.

Notes & Quotes

Sanni's 21-16 double-double was the best performance by a WVU post player since Yelena Leuchanka's 20-point, 17-rebound game against Central Florida on Nov. 19, 2005 … West Virginia is now 14-3 and 4-1 in conference play … it was West Virginia's ninth win over the Red Storm in the last 10 meetings between the two schools and WVU improved to 15-4 all-time against the Red Storm.

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