Varsity Sports Report

West Virginia University has named the WVU gymnastics team its team of the week after the program won its sixth East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) Championship on March 29, and first since 2004.

The Mountaineers added to a perfect 9-0 conference record by defeating all seven league squads with a score of 196.050 points. It was WVU's second score above 196 this season. WVU also crossed the 20-win mark for the sixth time in the last eight seasons.

Mehgan Morris led the Mountaineers and became the first WVU EAGL individual event champion since 2005 when she captured the uneven bars and the floor exercise titles. Morris scored a career-high 9.95 on the floor and 9.85 on the bars. She is the 11th EAGL individual champion in school history. Morris' second-place score in the all-around of 39.400 was a career-best and the junior was also second on the beam.

This Week in Gymnastics

West Virginia awaits its NCAA Regional seeding and site location … the Mountaineers have qualified for regional competition in 29 of the last 30 years. Last Week in Gymnastics Mehgan Morris had first-place finishes on the uneven bars and the floor exercise to lead West Virginia to its sixth overall EAGL (East Atlantic Gymnastics League) title and its first since 2004 at the WVU Coliseum on March 29 … the Belle, W.Va., native earned a career-high score of 9.95 on the floor and 9.85 on the bars … Morris, a junior, also picked up second-place finishes in the allaround and on the beam to help West Virginia to a 196.050 team score, its second score above 196 this season … Morris' score in the all-around of 39.400 was a career-best … No. 21-rated North Carolina State finished second with a score of 195.475, while New Hampshire placed third with a score of 194.550 … North Carolina finished fourth with a score of 193.950, followed by Maryland (193.375), Pitt (193.175), George Washington (192.975) and Rutgers (189.025) … EAGL gymnast of the year Christine Nguyen of North Carolina claimed the all-around title with a score of 39.475 … Nguyen also was the EAGL vault champion with a score of 9.95 … Pitt's Anya Chayka won the EAGL beam title with a score of 9.85 … West Virginia also got outstanding performances from sophomore Chelsi Tabor, who placed second on the vault with a score of 9.9 and freshman Amy Bieski, who took fourth on the floor with a score of 9.9 … WVU started with season-high 49.300 points on floor in its first event and never trailed the rest of the meet. Burdette's squad hit on vault for 49.150 points, 48.675 point on bars and 48.925 points on beam.

Notes & Quotes

WVU (23-8) picked up its sixth title in the league's 13-year history, the most by any school ... Morris becomes the 11th WVU EAGL champion in 13 years and the first Mountaineer to win an EAGL title since Janae Cox won the beam and all-around in 2005. "I am so proud of our girls. No one on this team had won the league championship before and to do it at home, in front of 1,500 fans, is tremendous. I'm so happy for our team, our seniors and everyone involved with our program. Our team has worked so hard and improved so much since the season started." - Head Coach Linda Burdette

This Week in Track & Field

WVU returns to action in its second meet of the outdoor season at the Stanford Invitational on April 4-5, in Palo Alto, Calif. ... some of the team will also compete at the Duke Invitational on April 4-5.

Last Week in Track & Field

Freshman Chelsea Carrier finished third in the 100-meter hurdles and 10th in the 100-meter dash to highlight West Virginia's individual performances at the Raleigh Relays on March 28-29 … the Buckhannon, W.Va., native ran a 13.78 in the preliminaries of the hurdles before running a 14.08 in the finals … Carrier's 100 time in the finals was 12.41, after her 12.01 preliminary mark … Mountaineer freshman distance runner Kaylyn Christopher turned in a top performance in the 1,500-meter run … Christopher placed third with a time of 4:34.88, just three seconds behind the race champion … WVU's 4x1,500-meter relay team ran to a second-place finish behind Virginia Tech with a time of 18:29.05 … the West Virginia 4x100 relay squad placed ninth with a time of 48.48 … in the field events, freshman Katelyn Williams earned a fourth-place finish in the high jump at a height of 1.70 meters, Alexandra Acker cleared 3.20 meters in the pole vault for fifth place and senior Alexis Noel was ninth in the long jump at 5.59 meters … Erica Reib finished 14th in the triple jump (10.36m) and Rachael Goodman threw the javelin 29.03 meters for 19th place.

Notes & Quotes

WVU had a few more notable marks … Jamie Cokeley finished ninth in the third division of the 5,000-meter run, finishing in 19:21.22 … WVU freshman Kelly Fortune finished 34th in the 100-meter dash at 12.48 … Jordann Mitchell was the top Mountaineer runner in the 400 meters as she crossed in 59.76 for 48th place.

This Week in Baseball

The West Virginia University baseball team will play host to a doubleheader against Maryland Eastern- Shore on Tuesday, April 1, before hosting conference foe USF for a three-game conference series April 4-6.

Last Week in Baseball

WVU went 4-2 on the week, defeating Coppin State 26-3 on Monday, March 24, and Morehead State 10- 5,16-6 in doubleheader play on Tuesday, March 25 … the Mountaineers dropped its first two at Rutgers 4-8, 2- 8 but defeated the Scarlet Knights 8-7 in ten innings in game-three this past weekend.

Notes & Quotes

WVU recorded a season-high 26 runs, 27 hits, 23 RBIs, and four home runs against Coppin State ... sophomore Vince Belnome led the Mountaineer attack with 12 RBIs on the week … he registered 10 hits and eight runs, including two doubles and two triples … junior Justin Parks recorded 10 RBIs, on 17 hits and 11 runs, while junior transfer Joe Agreste also had 10 RBIs on 12 hits and 8 runs, and two home runs … freshman Jedd Gyorko also hit two home runs on the week.

Parks was named to the BIG EAST weekly honor roll as announced by the league office. Parks had 17 hits with 10 RBIs and scored 11 runs.

Parks had four hits against both Coppin State and Rutgers in game one, and recorded seven RBIs against Morehead State in a doubleheader. He also hit a home run against MSU.

This Week in Tennis

The West Virginia University tennis team plays twice this week … WVU travels for an away match at Duquesne on Thursday, April 3, at 1 p.m. … WVU completes the week with its last home match of the season on Saturday, April 5, at 11 p.m., against Presbyterian on senior day.

Last Week in Tennis

The Mountaineers (11-5, 2-1 BIG EAST) went 2-1 as they defeated Division II opponents Barton and Mount Olive on Wednesday by identical 9-0 scores … WVU followed with a loss at Coastal Carolina on Saturday, falling 6-1 to the Lady Chanticleers … in their shutout wins on Wednesday, the Mountaineers got at least one victory from every performer in singles or doubles competition … sophomore Stephanie LaFortune led the way with three victories against both opponents, including two doubles wins at the No. 2 spot with senior Monica Lyskawa … Stacey Percival had two doubles victories and a win at No. 1 singles as well … LaFortune garnered WVU's only win against Coastal Carolina as she defeated Fernanda Shalders, 7-5, 6-3, at No. 6 singles.

Notes & Quotes

WVU's 11-4 start was its best record through the first 15 matches since 1989-90 … the Mountaineers had a six-match winning streak snapped against Coastal Carolina … Stephanie LaFortune is 9-2 in her last 11 matches in singles and doubles competition. "It was our first day outside of the year, and it gave us a chance to play everyone and allow them to get comfortable chasing down balls while getting used to being back in the sun. Tomorrow we'll get to work some more on our fitness and timing, and try to get ready for a couple tough matches coming up on the weekend."- WVU Head Coach Marc Walters

This Week in Swimming and Diving

West Virginia's season has concluded.

Last Week in Swimming and Diving

Senior Kevin Donohue represented the Mountaineers at the 2008 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships on March 27-29, at the King County Aquatic Center, in Federal Way, Wash.

Notes & Quotes

Senior Kevin Donohue earned All-American honors for his 5th place finish in the 100 breast, this year at the NCAA Championships ... Donohue covered the distance in a time of 53:15, making him the first-ever swimmer at WVU to be named an All-American in an individual event ... Donohue also finished 21st in the 200 breast with a time of 1:58.90. At the NCAA Championships for the women's team, Callaway broke two school records including records in the 500 free (4:46.02) and in the 100 back (54.13) … Callaway also finished 25th in the 200 back with a time of 1:57.49 … Andrews competed in the 50 free (22.87), while also finishing 35th in the 100 free with a time of 49.23 … Largo placed 49th in the 500 free (4:52.36), 40th in the 400 IM (4:26.04) and 26th in the 1650 free (16.29.89).

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