Varsity Sports Report: 1/5

Fifth-year senior David Jauregui of the West Virginia wrestling team has been named West Virginia University's Athlete of the Week for his efforts in the Mountaineers' home opener against No. 9 Lehigh on Jan. 2.

Jauregui returned to the lineup after missing the Penn State match with an injury and was forced to face Lehigh's top wrestler in No. 11 Trevor Chinn at 149 pounds. Jauregui, who now owns a 3-1 overall record and is 3-0 in dual meets, fell behind 3-1 in the match. However, after earning an escape point and a stalling point, Jauregui forced the match into overtime and was able to seal the deal in the third extra session with an escape and a takedown for the 6-4 win.

Special Notes of the Week

  • Gymnastics opens the 2008-09 season this weekend when the team travels to Georgia to take on the Bulldogs on Friday, Jan. 9. This weekend marks the 36th year of competition under 35-year coach Linda Burdette (597- 236-4).

  • The women's basketball team has had at least one Mountaineer score 20 or more points in seven straight games, and in 10 of 13 games so far this season.

    This Week in Women's Basketball

    West Virginia (10-3, 0-1) opens its BIG EAST season at home with two contests at the WVU Coliseum this week ... WVU plays host to Cincinnati on Wednesday, Jan. 7, at 8 p.m. and then takes on No. 1/1 Connecticut on Saturday, Jan. 10, at 7 p.m. ... both games will be aired on West Virginia PBS.

    Last Week in Women's Basketball

    West Virginia went 1-1 last week, defeating Longwood 76-51 and falling at No. 19/22 Pitt, 72-63 ... the Mountaineers dominated the Lancers in most areas, including rebounds (51-25), fi eld-goal percentage (45.9% - 29.8%), points in the paint (36-10) and fast-break points (18-4) ... sophomores Sarah Miles and Liz Repella combined for 41 of the Mountaineers' points ... Miles netted a game-high 22 points with a 10-for-14 effort from the fi eld for her second +20 point game of the season ... she also fi nished with seven rebounds and a game-best four steals ... key from behind the 3-point line (3-for-7), Repella fi nished with 19 points for her 11th straight double-fi gure scoring game ... the Steubenville, Ohio, native also grabbed a game-best nine rebounds in 29 minutes of play ... senior Takisha Granberry was the third Mountaineer in double-digits, adding 13 points and grabbing seven boards in 32 minutes of action, while classmate Ashley Powell dished out a game-high seven assists and nabbed three steals ... WVU then fell at Pitt in a game that saw eight tied scores and 11 lead changes ... Pitt's Shavonte Zellous scored a game-best 34 points, including 28 in the second half, to lead the No. 19/22 Panthers over a feisty West Virginia squad in the BIG EAST opener for both teams ... Zellous' performance, which included scoring Pitt's fi rst 16 points of the second half, overshadowed excellent efforts from Mountaineers Granberry, Repella and Miles ... the trio combined for 52 of WVU's points in a contest that saw 11 lead changes and the score tied eight times ... Granberry tallied 22 points on 9-19 shooting including 4-8 from 3-point range, marking her sixth 20-point game on the season and fourth in her last fi ve games ... she also tallied eight rebounds and three steals against the Panthers extending her streak of having at least two steals in a game to 12 straight ... Repella notched her 12th-straight double fi gure scoring effort with 18 points and Miles added 12.

    Notes and Quotes

    Granberry has recorded at least two steals in 12 straight games ... a Mountaineer has scored at least 20 points in seven straight games and in 10 of 13 games so far this season ... Cincinnati leads the all-time series with the Mountaineers by a 4-3 count but WVU leads in all-time BIG EAST play, 3-2, and has won two straight in the series.

    This Week in Rifle

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

    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 Gymnastics

    The Mountaineers open their 2009 season in Athens, Ga., at nine-time NCAA champion Georgia on Friday, Jan. 9, at 7:30 p.m. at Stegeman Coliseum.

    Last Week in Gymnastics

    WVU held its annual Gold-Blue intrasquad meet on Jan. 3 at the WVU Coliseum … the Gold team defeated the Blue team, 23-20.

    Notes and Quotes

    The Mountaineers open their 36th year of competition under 35-year coach Linda Burdette (597-236-4) … Burdette needs just three wins to reach the 600-win plateau ... Burdette would be the fi rst head coach to earn 600 wins with a WVU team … the Mountaineers return 14 from a 2008 squad that went 23-8 and won the program's sixth EAGL Championship … last year's team also fi nished fourth at the NCAA Gainesville Regional … senior Mehgan Morris and junior Ashley Wilson captain this year's squad … Morris, a two-time EAGL champion, returns as the squad's top all-arounder … classmate Erica Watson and sophomore Amy Bieski are expected to join Morris as all-arounders …junior Chelsi Tabor returns as the Mountaineers' top vaulter, while sophomore Naja Johnson looks to add stability to the bars rotation … juniors Shelly Purkat and Kiersten Spoerke will contribute signifi cantly on both beam and fl oor … freshmen Tina Maloney, Nicole Roach and Jenn Sharon join the team this season and look to contribute immediately.

    This Week in Track and Field

    The West Virginia University track and fi eld team returns from holiday break to host the WVU Invitational on Jan. 10, at the WVU Shell Building.

    Last Week in Track and Field

    The Mountaineers are idle this week.

    Notes & Quotes

    The indoor season is highlighted by the State Farm Games on Jan. 24 in Morgantown, the BIG EAST Indoor Championships on Feb. 21-22, in New York and the Notre Dame Last Chance meet on March 6-7 in South Bend, Ind. … the NCAA Nationals will take place in College Station, Texas, on March 13-14.

    This Week in Swimming & Diving

    The West Virginia University swimming & diving team is currently in 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 are idle this week.

    Notes & Quotes

    The Mountaineers will be on the road at Arizona on Jan. 8, at Pitt on Jan. 10, and at Notre Dame for the Shamrock Invitational from Jan. 23-24, before returning to their home waters in Morgantown on Jan. 31, to host Maryland.

    This Week in Wrestling

    The West Virginia University wrestling team continues its three-match homestand with a contest against No. 8 Illinois … the Mountaineers will face the Fighting Illini in the WVU Coliseum on Friday, Jan. 9, at 8 p.m. … this will be the third ranked opponent the Mountaineers have faced this season.

    Last Week in Wrestling

    WVU fell to No. 9 Lehigh in the Mountaineers' home opener, 35-3 … a crowd of 843 was on hand to watch the contest … WVU fell to 2-2 with the loss, while the Mountain Hawks improved to 11-0 … fi fth-year senior David Jauregui at 149 pounds was the only Mountaineer to earn a win.

    Notes & Quotes

    WVU faced Lehigh for the fi rst time since 1921, the Mountaineers' fi rst year of competitive wrestling … the match was the toughest of the year thus far for WVU, with Lehigh having fi ve wrestlers ranked in the Top 20 of the InterMat rankings … Jauregui's 6-4 decision came against No. 11-ranked Trevor Chinn in the third-overtime period.

    "They really outfought us in critical moments. Where they couldn't penetrate us and take us down, they outhand fought us, they took all the ties away, they frustrated us and they took charge of the matches. When I sit back and look at the fi lm, I'm hoping that what we see us is what they felt are things that they are going to take into the room and really challenge themselves to take the lessons learned out of this." - Coach Craig Turnbull

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