Varsity Sports Report: 12/9

Fifth-year senior Kurt Brenner has been named West Virginia University's Athlete of the Week after taking fourth place at the Las Vegas Collegiate Wrestling Invitational in Las Vegas, Nev., Dec. 5-6.

The Freedom, Pa., native reached the quarterfinals of the championship bracket after he posted three victories at 174 pounds. A No. 3 seed, Brenner earned a first-round bye. In the second round, he defeated Pitt's Karl DeCiantis, 4-2, and then went on to earn a 10-3 decision against Arizona State's Eric Starks. In the quarterfinals, he wrestled No. 11 seed Travis Rutt of Wisconsin and walked away with a 5-2 decision. Brenner fell in the semifinals to No. 2 seed Brandon Browne of Nebraska, but defeated New Mexico Highland's Jesse Feinsad, 3-2, in the consolation semifinals.

Brenner owns a 5-2 overall record this season and is 2-0 in dual meets.

Special Notes of the Week

  • Women's basketball standout Liz Repella has strung together seven consecutive double-figure scoring games with three 20-point efforts.

  • Sophomore track star Chelsea Carrier qualified for the BIG EAST Indoor Championships in two events to kick off the indoor track season.

    This Week in Women's Basketball

    West Virginia takes a week off for finals and resumes competition Saturday, Dec. 13, at 2 p.m., with a home contest against Indiana at the WVU Coliseum.

    Last Week in Women's Basketball

    West Virginia went 2-0 last week with victories over Mercyhurst, 88-38, and Duquesne, 59-41, both at the WVU Coliseum … fueled by a career-best 27 points and 10 rebounds from sophomore guard Sarah Miles, WVU cruised past Mercyhurst, 88-38, In the first-ever meeting between the two squads it was WVU's third-consecutive victory over a first-time opponent … Miles' line highlighted an impressive offensive night for the Mountaineers, as she finished 12 for 17 from the field and 3 for 6 from the free throw line in her first career double-double game … Three Mountaineers finished with double-digit scoring, as Liz Repella added 16 points, including a 7-for-10 showing from the charity stripe, and Dominique Dixon tossed in 11 points off the bench with a 4-for-5 effort from the field. Additionally, Ashley Powell matched a career best assist total, passing out 11 in 37 minutes of play … WVU finished the game shooting 51.5 percent from the field, no doubt aided by its 48 in-paint points and 25 bench points. The Mountaineers also controlled the glass, out-rebounding Mercyhurst 49-26, including 17 defensive rebounds, which limited Mercyhurst to only four points off the second-chance effort … against Duquesne, netted 21 points and 12 rebounds to push the West Virginia University women's basketball team (7-1) to a 59-41 victory over Duquesne (6-3) this afternoon at the WVU Coliseum. The victory is the team's sixth-straight … the Mountaineer defense troubled the Dukes throughout the game, holding Duquesne to 25.9% from the field and 1-20 (5.0%) from the 3-point line. The visitors' 41 points is the lowest point-total in the series' 40 games, in which WVU no leads 33-7 … Repella finished 7-13 from the field and 3-5 from the 3-point line. She also grabbed eight defensive boards and four offensive rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season … the Steubenville, Ohio, native has scored 20 or more points three times this season. Repella completed her line with two blocks and one steal in 36 minutes of play … senior Takisha Granberry also netted her fourth double-double of the season with 10 points and 13 rebounds … Granberry was particularly strong on the defensive glass, grabbing 10 boards off of the Dukes' miscues. … the Charlotte, N.C., native also recorded three assists, two steals and one block in 34 minutes.

    Notes and Quotes

    Liz Repella has strung together seven consecutive double-figure scoring games with three 20-point efforts … Takisha Granberry has posted four double-figure rebounding efforts in the five games … WVU and Indiana will be meeting for the second time in as many years and for the third time in a series that began in 1992 … the series is tied at one apiece.

    This Week in Rifle

    The Mountaineers do not compete again until Jan. 17, as they play host to Nebraska … the team then hosts NC State on Jan. 18 … both matches are set to being at 8 a.m.

    Last Week in Rifle

    The Mountaineers did not compete last week.

    Notes and Quotes

    The Mountaineers currently hold a 6-1 overall record, 3-1 in GARC play.

    This Week in Swimming & Diving

    The West Virginia University swimming & diving team will not be in competition until they travel to Tucson, Ariz., from Dec. 30-Jan. 10 for a training camp with defending national champion Arizona ... the Mountaineers will then faceoff with Arizona on Jan. 8 in a dual meet at 4 p.m.

    Last Week in Swimming & Diving

    The men's and women's team traveled to Athens, Ga., to participate in the Georgia Invitational ... the men finished with 383 points, while the women gathered 229 points despite not be able to attend day three finals because of WVU class finals ... four different individual received a total eight bids with NCAA "B" cut times ... seniors Pablo Marmolejo (100 fl y, 200 fl y) and Michael Walker (200 IM, 400 IM, 200 breast) are now each in the running to be picked for NCAA Championships ... for the women, juniors Kayla Andrews (100 free) and Morgan Callaway (500 free, 100 back) have also put in bids.

    Notes & Quotes

    "I am very pleased with how we swam from top to bottom this past weekend. We had some very special swims over the weekend and accomplished our goal of having some people make the NCAA ‘B' cuts and several were close to ‘A' cuts." - Coach Vic Riggs

    This Week in Wrestling

    The West Virginia University wrestling team will travel to Penn State on Sunday, Dec. 14, for its third dual meet of the season … the Mountaineers will wrestle the Nittany Lions at Rec Hall at 1 p.m.

    Last Week in Wrestling

    The Mountaineers competed in the 27th annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational on Dec. 5-6 … the Mountaineers placed 23rd out of 44 teams at the Invitational … fifth-year seniors Kurt Brenner (174) and Dustin Rogers (HWT) each placed in their respective weight classes … Brenner, a No. 3 seed at 174 pounds, took fourth place in the consolation bracket, while Rogers, a No. 5 seed at heavyweight, took seventh place in the consolation bracket.

    Notes & Quotes

    True freshman Lance Bryson also had a successful experience in Las Vegas, notching four victories at 184 pounds … Bryson was one victory away from being eligible to place in his respective weight class … redshirt freshman Grant Lowther won three matches at 133 pounds, two of which came via 8-0 major decisions … a total of five Mountaineers won their first match of the day.

    "We understood coming into this tournament that this is a valuable one from all different levels. We needed to feel it, we needed to see it and we need to compete with it. We brought three experienced wrestlers into this tournament who we thought could take a run at the finals and we were a little bit unlucky with (David) Jauregui losing in the first round. The other two competed to get into the finals, Kurt and Dustin." - Coach Craig Turnbull

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