Varsity Sports Report: Oct. 20

Freshman Justin Pentz has been selected as the West Virginia University Student-Athlete of the Week after matching a school record and establishing three personal bests during the rifle team's 2-0 weekend in West Point, N.Y.

The Dubois, Pa., native opened the weekend with a personal best smallbore mark of 578 in WVU's 4659-4616 victory over defending GARC champion Army on Oct. 18. Pentz proved his prowess even more in the 4655-4565 win over Ole Miss the following day, matching a day-old aggregate school record (1171) with personal bests in smallbore (584) and air rifle (587).

Through four matches, Pentz averages 582.5 in air rifle and 576.0 in smallbore for a combined 1158.5 average.

Special Note of the Week

  • The Mike Wojcik Benefit, held on Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. was a hit. More than 60 kids from various age ranges attended the free wrestling clinic. Starters such as Jared Garvin, David Jauregui and Dustin Rogers showed the attendees different wrestling techniques. At the end of the clinic, the participants were provided a free lunch courtesy of Chick-fil-A and Head Coach Craig Turnbull presented the Wojcik family an envelope with all the money that was raised to offset medical and rehabilitation costs for former WVU wrestler, Mike Wojcik, who was severely injured in an ATV accident on Aug. 10.

    This Week in Cross Country

    The Mountaineers will compete in the BIG EAST Championships on Oct. 31 ... the meet will be hosted by St. John's and will be held in Bronx, N.Y. Last Week in Cross Country Four West Virginia University cross country runners placed in the Top 10 to lead the Mountaineers to a first-place finish on Oct. 17, at the Penn State National Invitational, held in University Park, Pa. … junior Keri Bland finished second with a time of 20:11 followed by teammate Clara Grandt (20:17) who came in third out of 300 runners, representing 28 different schools ... Bland's time was the third-fastest time at the course, while Grandt's time was the fifth-best ... freshman Ahna Lewis finished in eighth place (20:56) followed by sophomore Kaylyn Christopher who placed ninth (20:59), giving the Mountaineers its' third first-place finish in four meets ... No. 7 WVU finished with 40 points in front of No. 20 Penn State (83), No. 25 Wake Forest (136), No. 28 Duke (154) and Tennessee (162).

    Notes & Quotes

    The first-place finish is the third of the season for the Mountaineers ...WVU took first place on Aug. 30, at the Preston Relays and on Oct. 3, at the Paul Short Invitational ... WVU took fourth place in its only other intercollegiate meet on Sept. 13, at the Princeton Invitational.

    "It's a great day for us. For me to look at the results; I'm in awe of it. You never want to say that a team has surpassed expectations because I know we are good, but we're running well right now. I'm thrilled and excited." - Head Coach Sean Cleary

    This Week in Rifle

    The Mountaineers return to the WVU Rifle Range on Oct. 25, when it plays host to TCU at 8 a.m.

    Last Week in Rifle

    The Mountaineers (4-0 overall, 2-0 GARC) opened conference play with two convincing wins in West Point, N.Y., defeating the 2008 GARC champion Army 4659-4616 on Oct. 18, and Ole Miss 4655-4565 on Oct. 19 … the Mountaineers totaled eight school records and four personal bests … WVU scored a program-best 4659 aggregate score against the Black Knights … they also established a school record air rifl e total (2346) … sophomore smallbore All-American Andy Lamson shot a school-record 1171 combined score against Army, including a school record and personal best 591 air rifl e and 580 smallbore … WVU topped its smallbore school record against the Rebels, shooting 2319 … freshman Justin Pentz matched Lamson's aggregate record (1171) with a personal best in air rifl e (587) and smallbore (584) … WVU out-shot Army and Ole Miss in both disciplines.

    Notes and Quotes

    This is the first time since the 2003 season WVU has opened with a 4-0 record …. the squad was 3-1 through four matches last season … the 2003 season was also the last time WVU won its first two GARC matches … the win over Army, the 2008 GARC champion, snapped a three-match losing streak … WVU was selected to finish second in the 2008-09 GARC Coaches Preseason Poll … through four matches, the Mountaineers average 581.68 in air rifl e and 573.89 in smallbore.

    This Week in Rowing

    The West Virginia University rowing team is idle this week ... they will continue action on Saturday, Nov. 1, with a trip to the Head of the Occoquan, in Fairfax Station, Va.

    Last Week in Rowing

    The Mountaineers competed in their first race of the fall season with a trip to the Head of the Ohio, on the Allegheny River in Pittsburgh, Pa., on Sept. 27.

    Notes and Quotes

    The Mountaineers competed well at the Head of the Ohio as the varsity four team ‘A' boat took second place in the open +4 race with a time of 17:06.7 ... the boat of Jenelle Spencer, Kensie Phillips, Kim Benda, Alita Meyers and coxswain Stephanie Brown finished just behind the Baltimore Rowing Club ... the team ‘B' boat of Keyara Stevenson, Katie Walsh, Rachel Viglianco, Brett Krumholz and coxswain Gillian Hanbury also had a good showing with an eighth-place finish (18:09.0).

    "We compete at this early season regatta without any preparation for or emphasis on the regatta itself. Given the proximity of the regatta to Morgantown and the number of students we have on the team from the Pittsburgh area, it's one we don't want to pass up. As such, we treat the regatta as an opportunity to train in a more competitive environment and as a break from our routine on the Mon River." - Head Coach Jimmy King

    This Week in Men's Soccer

    The West Virginia University men's soccer team will play two games this week … the match against No. 6 Maryland at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium on Tuesday, Oct. 21, is the last non-conference game of the season for the Mountaineers … the game will be televised on WVPBS and is scheduled for 8 p.m. … on Saturday, Oct. 25, WVU will face BIG EAST opponent Georgetown on the road … the contest between the Mountaineers and the Hoyas will start at noon.

    Last Week in Men's Soccer

    The Mountaineers upset then-No. 22 Ohio State at home, 1-0, on Oct. 15 … freshman Alex Silva's second goal of the season, also his second against a ranked opponent, was all the offense WVU needed to earn the victory … sophomore goalkeeper Zach Johnson made six saves en route to his seventh shutout of the season … on Oct. 18, WVU played Seton Hall to a 1-1 double-overtime tie at Dick Dlesk … the Mountaineers were forced to play a man down after junior Ryan Gillespie was sent off with a red card late in the first half … freshman Adam Mills scored the go-ahead goal for the Mountaineers with sophomore Paul Paradise getting the assist … the Pirates answered back with less than five minutes in regulation, tying the game at one apiece … WVU's Johnson made 11 saves.

    Notes & Quotes

    After posting a 1-0-1 mark this past week, WVU owns a 4-5-5 overall mark and is 2-2-4 in the BIG EAST … Paradise blasted a game-high four shots against the Pirates … net minder Johnson made 17 saves this week in two matches, boosting his saves total to 70, good enough for the BIG EAST lead, and his save percentage to .897 … the Mountaineers used six substitutions in the win against Ohio State.

    "We got the goal early on, and at the end of the day, we got the result. We had two chances to put the second and third goals in and then the game's not even close down the stretch. But again, credit our kids for fighting, battling and getting the job done." Head Coach Marlon LeBlanc following the 1-0 win against Ohio State.

    This Week in Women's Soccer

    WVU closes out the regular season with a pair of BIG EAST road matches this weekend … the Mountaineers travel to Marquette on Friday, Oct. 24, and take on USF on Sunday, Oct. 26 … WVU is looking to win its third straight BIG EAST American Division title.

    Last Week in Women's Soccer

    West Virginia played to a 2-0 record in a pair of BIG EAST home matches last week at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium … freshman Blake Miller scored her third game-winning goal of the season less than three minutes into double overtime to lead 17th-ranked WVU past 16th-ranked Georgetown, 2-1 … the victory was the third over a ranked opponent this year … Greer Barnes kept the match alive in the 88th minute on her first goal of the season to knot the score at 1-1 … the WVU defense held a dynamic Georgetown offense to only two shots on-goal … for the second straight match, WVU rallied from a goal down to defeat a BIG EAST foe … Amanda Cicchini and Miller netted goals to defeat Villanova, 2-1, in overtime on Oct. 19 … Miller scored the golden goal, and team-leading seventh of the season, at the 91-minute mark … Miller's seven goals leave the St. Louis, Mo., native one shy of tying former Mountaineer Ashley Banks for most goals by a WVU freshman in school history … West Virginia took 23 shots with Deana Everrett and Carolyn Blank combining for 12 attempts … WVU's defense allowed only two shots on-goal … the Mountaineers set a school record with 18 corner kicks against the Wildcats … WVU snapped Villanova's 110-game unbeaten streak (105-0-5) when it scores the first goal of a game.

    Notes & Quotes

    WVU finished the regular season unbeaten at home, sporting an 8-0-2 record … WVU is now 10-2-5 overall on the season, its 12th 10-win season in the program's 13 years … Sunday's win was the 175th win for Nikki Izzo- Brown, now 175-69-24 in 13 seasons in Morgantown … eight times this season, the WVU offense registered 20 or more shots in a match … Miller's goal against Georgetown was the first in seven overtime matches this season for the Mountaineers … WVU had been held scoreless in the previous 124 minutes of overtime … five times this season, a crowd of more than 1,000 attended a home match at Dick Dlesk … Sunday's match with Villanova was televised on WVPBS – the fourth TV match of the season for WVU … Sunday's contest marked the final regular season home contest for eight seniors: Deana Everrett, Greer Barnes, Stephanie Burgess, Amanda Cicchini, Lisa DuCote, Kelsey Fowler, Michelle Molinari and Robin Rushton … the Mountaineers have played in three straight overtime matches.

    This Week in Swimming & Diving

    The West Virginia University swimming & diving team will have its first of two home meets this week ... they will host Penn State on Wednesday, Oct. 22, at the WVU Natatorium ... the meet will begin at 5 p.m.

    Last Week in Swimming & Diving

    The men's and women's were both idle.

    Notes & Quotes

    Head Coach Vic Riggs will be looking for some key swims from Kayla Andrews this weekend on the women's side and for Michael Walker and Pablo Marmolejo to perform well on the men's team.

    This Week in Volleyball

    The Mountaineers return home this weekend with BIG EAST matches against St. John's at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 24, and Connecticut at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 26.

    Last Week in Volleyball

    The Mountaineers went 0-2 (0-1 BIG EAST) this past weekend after falling to Pitt on Oct. 17, and Duquesne on Oct. 19 ... the Panthers defeated the Mountaineers 3-1 (23-25, 25-17, 25-20, 25-17), while the Dukes won 3-2 (25-19, 21-25, 25-21, 17-25, 15-7). Notes and Quotes Senior middle blocker Tammy Wolf led the Mountaineers over the weekend with 20 kills and a .131 hitting percentage ... freshman outside hitter Kylie Armbruster followed with 18 kills and 29 digs, while sophomore libero Bonnie West posted 37 digs ... West also led the team in service aces with five ... freshman setter Kari Post recorded 70 assists, giving her 409 on the season.

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