Varsity Sports Update

West Virginia University junior wrestler Kent Brenerr has been named athlete of the week after Brenner won his second EWL title by plowing through the 184-pound weight class.

The Freedom, Pa., native, started off with a 20-7 major decision over Cleveland State's Derek Cummins, followed by a 19- 5 major decision over Scott Joseph of Clarion. In the championship bout, Brenner earned an 11-7 decision over No. 18 Chris Honeycutt, beating him for the second time this season. Brenner is 17-3 overall and has not lost a bout since falling to Ohio State's Mike Pucillo on Jan. 12 at National Duals.


This Week in Wrestling

The West Virginia University wrestling team is idle as it prepares for the NCAA Championhips in St. Louis, Mo., on March 20-22.

Last Week in Wrestling

WVU garnered seven NCAA qualifiers at the Eastern Wrestling League tournament on Saturday, March 8 … the Mountaineers will be represented by David Jauregui (149), Zac Fryling (157), Donnie Jones (165), Chance Litton (174), Kurt Brenner (184), Jared Villers (197) and Dustin Rogers (HWT) … WVU finished the tournament in third place with 103.5 team points … Villers and Brenner led the way with firstplace finishes in their respective weight classes … Litton, Jones and Jauregui each finished second … freshman Stephen Waite (141) put forth a good showing with a third place finish … seniors Fryling and Rogers earned wild card bids following the tournament after placing fourth and fifth respectively.

Notes & Quotes

The Mountaineers qualify seven wrestlers for the NCAA Championships for the second straight season … Villers and Fryling become the 10th and 11th four-time NCAA qualifiers at WVU … Villers also earned his third EWL title, while Brenner won his second after winning a championship at the 174-pound weight class in his freshman season … Litton and Jones earned their first trips to the NCAA Champonships. "Overall I thought we wrestled pretty well from top to bottom. I thought Brenner's match was pretty good. He went in with a sore knee and wrestled through it. He did what he needed to win." - Head Coach Craig Turnbull


This Week in Women's Basketball

West Virginia will await their NCAA tournament seed and destination when the field is picked this Monday.

Last Week in Women's Basketball

WVU fell to Syracuse on March 3, when the Orange upset No. 13 West Virginia 73-51 in the BIG EAST regular season finale for both teams at the Carrier Dome … LaQuita Owens had 12 points, while Meg Bulger had 11 … the Orange's Erica Morrow and Chandrea Jones scored 25 and 22 points, respectively … No. 3 seed WVU led 39-15 at halftime and never looked back en route to a 64-42 win over No. 11 seed USF in the 2008 BIG EAST Tournament at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn. … Olayinka Sanni led West Virginia with 20 points on 9-of-14 shooting while Owens pitched in 14 points … the Mountaineers shot 47 percent from the field … Shantia Grace scored 13 points to lead USF ... in the semifinals, No. 7 seed Louisville raced out to a 20-3 and then held off a furious Mountaineer rally to defeat No. 3 seed West Virginia 67-60 in the BIG EAST Women's Championship action Monday night at the XL Center.

Notes & Quotes

Sanni was named to the all-BIG EAST first team for the second consecutive season, becoming the first Mountaineer in school history to be named to the league's first team in multiple seasons … senior guards Bulger and Owens garnered all-BIG EAST second team honors … WVU is now 24-7.


This Week in Track and Field

WVU athletes will await to see if they have qualified for the NCAA Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., on March 14- 15.

Last Week in Track & Field

True freshman Chelsea Carrier won the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.46 seconds this weekend at the 2008 ECAC Championships at the Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center in Boston, Mass. … West Virginia, as a team, finished 13th with 22 points … Carrier's time was the fourth-best in school history and the Buckhannon, W.Va., native gave WVU a repeat title in the 60-meter hurdles as Jessica Czaikowski won the event with a time of 8.36 last year … West Virginia's distance medley relay (DMR) barely placed second behind Penn with a time of 11:13.14. Penn crossed in 11.11.90 to take the event title … Clara Grandt took fifth in the 3,000-meter run with a personal-best time of 9:36.71, while Morgantown native Ahna Lewis finished 19th with a time of 10:02.48 … WVU's Katelyn Williams took 10th in the high jump, clearing 1.70 meters, while Natasha Redman tied for 11th at 1.65m … Kristen Loughry placed 18th in the pole vault, clearing a height of 3.55 meters … senior Alexis Noel placed 16th in the long jump with a leap of 5.31m.

Notes & Quotes

UConn claimed the meet title with 60.50 points. "I'm optimistic that our DMR will qualify for NCAAs. I feel we ran a good enough time to get us there. Chelsea had a wonderful end to her first collegiate indoor season. For a freshman to win an ECAC title, that's a remarkable accomplishment." – head coach Sean Cleary.


This Week in Tennis

The West Virginia University tennis team hosts two BIG EAST matches this week as they face Seton Hall on Friday, March 14, at 5 p.m., followed by a match against Cincinnati on Sunday, March 16, at 10 a.m. … both will be played at the Ridgeview Racquet Club.

Last Week in Tennis

The Mountaineers (6-4, 0-1 BIG EAST) finished 1-1 over the weekend … on Sunday, WVU was shut out by Brown, 7-0 … the only win came from Monica Lyskawa and Stephanie LaFortune at No. 2 doubles … WVU rebounded with a 5-2 victory over Rhode Island … Stacey Percival, Natalia Prinz, Ashley Pilsbury and Monique Burton each won their singles matches in straight sets to down the Rams … the Mountaineers also swept all three doubles matches as Percival-Prinz, Lyskawa-LaFortune and Burton-Pilsbury won convincingly.

Notes & Quotes

Burton's singles and doubles victories are her first wins of the season … Lyskawa-LaFortune continue to lead WVU in doubles, sporting a 5-1 record. "We wanted to play two matches and toughen up our team. I think we accomplished that mission. We didn't play inspired this morning against Brown, but we came out a lot better for our second match against Rhode Island." – head coach Marc Walters.


This Week in Gymnastics

West Virginia will play host to a quad meet featuring Minnesota, New Hampshire and Rutgers on Saturday, March 15, at 7 p.m., at the WVU Coliseum.

Last Week in Gymnastics

West Virginia scored 194.550 points to top EAGL opponents George Washington and Maryland at the Charles E. Smith Center in Washington, D.C., on March 9 … GW (192.650) was second and Maryland (192.500) took third … junior Mehgan Morris had a near perfect routine on the uneven bars … the Belle, W.Va., native got a 10.0 from one judge and a 9.9 from the other to garner a score of 9.95 … Morris' score tied the top mark in the EAGL this season and tied for the second highest in WVU in history behind Umme Salim's 10.00 against GW and Rutgers in 1998 … Morris finished second with 39.025 points in the all-around, while freshman Amy Bieski was the all-around champion with career-best 39.100 points … WVU's Erica Watson also competed in the all-around and totaled 38.250 points … Chelsi Tabor won the vault with a 9.875, while Bieski also won the floor with a 9.825.

Notes & Quotes

No. 24 Kent State could not attend the meet to due to travel complications in Ohio … the Mountaineers are now 13- 7 and 7-0 in EAGL competition … West Virginia improved to 33-1 all-time against GW and 27-12-1 against Maryland … WVU has two home meets before welcoming the 2008 EAGL Championships to Morgantown on March 29.


This Week in Baseball

After being snowed out this past week, the Mountaineers swept Valparaiso in a doubleheader (7-2, 11-8) on Monday ... WVU will play host to a two-game mid-week series with St. Bonaventure, on Tuesday, March 11, at 5 p.m., and Wednesday, March 12, at 2 p.m. ... WVU will then play host to Iona in a four-game series beginning on Friday, March 14.

Last Week in Baseball

WVU defeated Duquesne 8-1 in the Mountaineer's lone game of the week on March 5 ... the Mountaineers had four other games scheduled against Valparaiso, but all were cancelled due to rain and snow ... Billy Gross pitched eight strong innings, retiring the last 10 batters he faced, to lead West Virginia to an 8-1 victory over Duquesne in the Mountaineers' home opener Wednesday afternoon at Hawley Field ... Gross (1-0) took the win in his second start of the season, allowing one run on two hits while striking out eight ... after allowing the games' first run in the second inning, Gross did not give up another hit ... the Mountaineer offense performed well also, pounding out 11 total hits including Justin Parks' two-run home run to left center field in the eighth inning ... Joe Agreste and Justin Parks led the Mountaineers with two RBI apiece ... Vince Belnome had three hits and an RBI in the game, while Jedd Gyorko and Dan DiBartolemeo each had two hits and an RBI.

Notes & Quotes

"I was very happy with his performance. Last year, they got five or six runs in the first inning off him, and he's really worked hard to improve this year. Last year, we gave up 14 runs against them, and this year, we were able to get a nice win, so I was really happy with his performance." - head coach Greg Van Zant, on Gross.


This Week in Swimming and Diving

The Mountaineers will be idle this week as they wait to see which swimmers will qualify for the NCAA Championships.

Last Week in Swimming and Diving

The Mountaineers had a fantastic showing at the BIG EAST Championships on February 20-23, breaking 14 schoolrecords and four meet-records … the women's team placed in third with 447 points, while the men's team came in fourth with 398.50.

Notes & Quotes

Three Mountaineers on the WVU women's swimming and diving team were selected to swim at the NCAA Championships to be held on March 14-16, at Ohio State ... sophomores Morgan Callaway, Kayla Andrews and junior Lindsey Largo all posted qualifying times in a total of eight events ... Callaway will represent the Mountaineers in the 500 free, 100 and 200 back ... Andrews will compete in the 50 and 100 free events, while Largo will race in the 500 free, 400 IM and in the 1650 free … the men's team will find out this week who will be heading to the NCAA Championships.


This Week in Rifle

WVU team has qualified to compete in the 2008 NCAA Men's and Women's Rifle Championships … the top eight teams in the country will participate in the tournament held March 15-16, at West Point Military Academy in West Point, N.Y.

Last Week in Rifle

The rifle team was idle this past week.

Notes & Quotes

WVU will compete against Alaska-Fairbanks, Kentucky, Nebraska, Nevada-Reno, Texas Christian, Army and Navy in its first NCAA Championship appearance since 2002 … individual and team competitions in smallbore three-position will be held on Friday, March 14, with individual and team competitions in air rifle to be held on Saturday, March 15 … the overall team champion will be determined by combining the smallbore and air rifle team totals into one aggregate score. "I'm really excited about going to NCAA's, especially for the first time as coach and with this team. They've worked hard this year and deserve to be there, and we'll just go and do our best." - head coach Jon Hammond.


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