Varsity Sports Report

Junior gymnast Mehgan Morris has been named West Virginia University's athlete of the week after her solid individual performance at the 2008 NCAA Southeast Regional in Gainesville, Fla., on April 12.

The Belle, W.Va., native posted 39.200 points in the all-around as the Mountaineers placed fourth with 194.825 points, WVU's highest point total at a regional since 2004. Morris finished 10th in the all-around and her score just missed qualifying for nationals individually by .025 (Nebraska's Desire' Sniatynski had 39.225 points). Impressively, it was Morris' eighth time in the last 10 meets that she scored more than 39 points in the all-around. She led the team with high scores on bars (9.875), beam (9.775) and floor (9.8). Morris' bars score tied for sixth, individually.


This Week in Gymnastics

The Mountaineers have concluded the 2008 season with a 23- 7 record, including 16-0 against EAGL competition, and their first conference championship since 2004.

Last Week in Gymnastics

No. 25 West Virginia finished in fourth place with 194.825 points at the 2008 NCAA Southeast Regional before a crowd of 6,032 at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center in Gainesville, Fla., on April 12 … host No. 3 Florida claimed first place with 197.525 points, while No. 9 UCLA was second with 196.625 points … the Gators and Bruins advanced to the NCAA Championships in Athens, Ga., on April 24-26 … No. 15 Nebraska finished third with 196.100 points … EAGL members NC State (193.825) and North Carolina (191.825) finished fifth and sixth, respectively … junior Mehgan Morris just missed qualifying for nationals individually in the all-around by .025 points … the Belle, W.Va., native totaled 39.200 points in the allaround to finish 10th … Nebraska's Desire' Sniatynski finished in ninth with 39.225 points in all-around to lock up the final individual qualifying spot for nationals … the Mountaineers opened the night with a bye before heading to the floor exercise in rotation two … Morris notched a team-high 9.8 on floor to lead West Virginia, a score that would tie for 11th … freshman Amy Bieski had the second highest score on the team with a 9.75, while Shelly Purkat and Erica Watson added 9.7s … WVU compiled a team score of 48.600 points in its first event … West Virginia scored over 49 team points on the vault for the sixth time in the last eight meets with a composite score of 49.050 … Chelsi Tabor vaulted a 9.9 for the second consecutive meet after senior Jaime Gold stuck her vault for a 9.85 to finish with over 1,000 career points … Tabor finished fifth in the vault individual results and the Mountaineers had a 97.650 two-event total … after another bye, WVU returned to competition on the uneven bars where it would total 48.750 points … Morris posted the team high with a 9.875 and Watson hit for a 9.825 to tie for sixth and 11th, respectively … on the beam, WVU rounded out the night with 48.325 points … Morris and Watson again led the team with a 9.775 and 9.7, respectively … Watson finished the night with 38.975 points in the all-around.

Notes & Quotes

The score of 194.825 was WVU's highest at an NCAA Regional since 2004 … it was WVU's 25th NCAA Regional appearance since 1983 and the Mountaineers locked up their sixth 20-win season in the last eight years … the top two teams (Florida and UCLA) and the top two all-around competitors not on an advancing team (Nebraska's Emily Parsons and Desire' Sniatynski) qualified for the national championships in Athens, Ga., April 24-26. "Obviously, I would have loved to advance, but we performed well tonight in front of 6,000 fans. We had a few little mistakes here and there, but I was very pleased. We kept getting better each meet this season and we hit 24-for-24 on routines tonight, which we haven't done at a regional in a while." - Head Coach Linda Burdette.


This Week in Track and Field

West Virginia will play host to the WVU Invitational at the WVU Track on Saturday, April 19, in Morgantown.

Last Week in Track & Field

WVU's track team was at two meets this weekend – the Sea Ray Relays hosted by Tennessee in Knoxville, Tenn., and the Bennie Benson Invitational hosted by Robert Morris in Pittsburgh, Pa. … at Tennessee, Karly Hamric won her section of the 800 meters and finished 11th overall with a time of 2:13.94 … Halimah Bashir placed 16th in the 400-meter hurdles at a time of 1:04.15 … Kaylyn Christopher placed 21st in the 1,500 meters with a time of 4:39.38 … April Rotilio won the 200-meter dash at Robert Morris as she crossed the finish line in 24.95 … Kelly Fortune won the 100 meters in 12.5 seconds, while Katie Burda claimed the title in the 5,000m … Alexandra Acker led WVU in the field events as she took the top spot in the pole vault clearing 12 feet.

Notes & Quotes

"We had some tough weather down at Tennessee, but the results were pretty good. We're looking forward to coming back home this weekend." - Head Coach Sean Cleary


This Week in Baseball

WVU will host Duquesne on Tuesday, April 14, before hosting a BIG EAST series against Notre Dame this weekend at Hawley Field.

Last Week in Baseball

The Mountaineers went 2-2 on the week … after rallying from nine runs down for a 15-14 victory over USF back on Saturday, the Mountaineers turned the trick again, this time overcoming a 10-1 deficit in the fourth inning to outlast Ohio 13-12 in 10 innings Wednesday, April 9, at Hawley Field … WVU then dropped two straight against Seton Hall but rallied in game three as Vince Belnome had a game-high five RBIs ... Austin Markel and Tyler Kuhn each had six hits on the weekend in South Orange, N.J.

Notes & Quotes

The Mountaineers currently have six sluggers hitting .400 or above ... Kuhn leads the team with 24 extra base hits, including six home runs ... Belnome leads the squad with 51 RBIs.


This Week in Rowing

The Mountaineers will travel to Shamokin Dam, Pa., to compete against Bucknell on the Susquehanna River.

Last Week in Rowing

The West Virginia University rowing team continued its spring success as two Mountaineer teams posted strong finishes in the Grand Finals on Sunday, April 13, at the Knecht Cup, in Camden, N.J.

Notes & Quotes

The four boat finished in second place in the Grand Finals at the Knecht Cup in Campden, N.J. ,,, the Mountaineer's crossed the line with a time of 7:32.4 behind Lafayette (7:30.7) ... the Mountaineers second varsity four boat also placed in the Grand Finals with a fifth place time of (8:20.7) ... on Saturday, the varsity four had a high-quality performance as they place second in their heat with a time of 8:02.0 to advance to the afternoon semi-finals ... the Mountaineers once again placed second on their heat as they improved their time to 7:52.6, to secure a spot in the Grand Finals on Sunday … the varsity four boat consists of Brittany Brooks, Alita Meyers, Kim Benda, Caroline Rettig with coxswain Stephanie Brown. The novice four and eight boats also completed this weekend ... on Saturday, the novice eight boat posted a fifth-place finish (7:41.1) in the afternoon semi-finals to advance to the petite finals ... there the Mountaineers finished fourth with a time of 7:36.9.


This Week in Tennis

The West Virginia University tennis team will compete in the BIG EAST Championships on Thursday, April 17, in Tampa, Fla.

Last Week in Tennis

The Mountaineers (14-8, 4-2 BIG EAST) closed their regular season by going 2-1 over the weekend … on Friday, WVU defeated Villanova, 7-0, and won eight of nine matches to highlight a dominating performance … four Mountaineers earned two wins apiece in the contest as Stacey Percival, Monica Lyskawa, Natalia Prinz and Stephanie LaFortune all won in singles and doubles competition … WVU followed with a resounding 6-1 victory over Connecticut on Saturday to garner its fourth conference win … staying dominant in singles once again, WVU won five of six matches as well as two of three doubles matches to put itself in solid position for a BIG EAST tournament bid … on Sunday, WVU ended its season with a 6-1 loss to Rutgers, ending a demanding three-match road trip.

Notes & Quotes

WVU will get its official seeding on Monday, April 14, when the BIG EAST tournament field is announced at 3 p.m. on www.bigeast.org … WVU is guaranteed a No. 10 seed or higher after finishing 2-1 over the weekend … the Mountaineers end the regular season with five 20-match winners for the first time since the 2003-04 season … the winners include Percival (24-20), Lyskawa (26-14), Prinz (25-17), LaFortune (24-14) and Ashley Pilsbury (21-17) …… WVU's 14-8 overall record is its best regular season finish since the 2004-05 team's 16-7 mark … Percival now stands alone at the 19th spot on the all-time career wins list with 103 … Lyskawa is tied for 26th on the career wins list with 90 … Prinz also sits at 31st with 77 career victories, including a career-best 25 wins so far this season. "Stacey had a good day. I really liked the way she played today. She hung in there against a girl that hit some good shots and played very tough."- WVU Head Coach Marc Walters on the play of Stacey Percival.


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