Varsity Sports Update

Junior Chelsi Tabor has been been named the WVU Athlete of the Week following her exceptionally strong performance in the No. 23 Mountaineers' opening season loss at No. 1 Georgia, 165.425 - 194.075, on Jan. 9.

A 2008 First Team All-EAGL vault honoree tied for first on the apparatus with 9.875 points. The Beckley, W.Va., native also made her first appearance in the Mountaineers' fl oor lineup and scored 9.625 points, the meet's seventh-best score. Tabor completed her opening week with a 9.525 score on beam.

Special Notes of the Week

  • The women's and men's basketball teams face in-state rival Marshall on Wed. Jan. 14, at the Charleston Civic Center. The doubleheader will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the women's game followed by a 7 p.m. tip for the men.

  • The last time the wrestling team faced Michigan State was 1940.

  • The gymnastics team competed against Georgia this past weekend when Mountaineers opened their season in front of a crowd of 8,257 at UGA.

    This Week in Women's Basketball

    West Virginia (10-5, 0-3) will take on Marshall at the Charleston Civic Center at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 14 in game one of a double-header … the Mountaineers will then hit the road to face Villanova on Jan. 17.

    Last Week in Women's Basketball

    West Virginia went 0-2 last week … WVU fell to the Cincinnati Bearcats, 61-55, on Wednesday, Jan. 7 … the Mountaineers were just 6-of-30 from outside the arc and shot 31 percent from the field throughout the contest … sophomore Liz Repella led the Mountaineers with 19 points, going 8-of-23 from the fl oor … senior Takisha Granberry and sophomore Sarah Miles each followed with 14 points, with the bulk of their scoring coming in the first half … with 10:12 left in the game, Cincinnati's Kahla Roudebush sank a free throw to make it 40-40 … the Mountaineers then fell victim to a 16-5 run by Cincinnati that extended the Bearcat lead to 56-45 with 1:51 left on a Roudebush layup before Granberry knocked down a 3-pointer and a jumper within a 30 second span to leave the Mountaineers trailing 56-50 with 54 seconds left … Powell led the Mountaineers with four assists, giving her 470 for her career and leaving her only 14 dishes shy of fourth-place on the all-time list. Renee Montgomery and Maya Moore combined for 44 points to push Connecticut past WVU 85-55, on Saturday, Jan. 10 … senior Takisha Granberry drilled five 3-pointers and added a field goal to lead the Mountaineers' offensive charge with 17 points … the Charlotte, N.C., native also grabbed three rebounds and added one assist and one steal … sophomores Liz Repella and Sarah Miles combined for 29 points, as Repella scored 15 for her 14th-straight game in double figures, and Miles added 14 points off a 6-16 showing from the field … freshmen Natalie Burton and Cynthia Fullard held their own against UConn's vaunted frontcourt, as the duo grabbed six and four rebounds, respectively. Repella also attacked the glass and grabbed five boards … overall, the Huskies' excessive speed and quick hands did in the Mountaineers, as UConn scored 21 points off of 17 WVU turnovers, and netted 12 fastbreak points to the Mountaineers'

    Notes and Quotes

    The loss against No. 1-ranked UConn was the third straight for the Mountaineers and pushes UConn's series advantage to 20-1 … the squads played before a crowd of 3,167 excited fans, the seventh-largest women's crowd in Mountaineer history.

    This Week in Rifle

    The Mountaineers resume their season and play host to Nebraska on Jan 17 and NC State on Jan. 18 … both matches are set to begin at 8 a.m.

    Last Week in Rifle

    The Mountaineers did not compete last week.

    Notes and Quotes

    WVU (6-1 overall, 3-1 GARC) earned the No. 2 ranking in the CRCA mid-season ranking, as announced Dec. 15.

    This Week in Gymnastics

    The No. 23 Mountaineers continue their opening season road trip with a trip to East Lansing, Mich., Jan. 17 for a quad meet at No. 17 Michigan State with Iowa and Illinois State ... the meet is set to begin at 7:30 p.m.

    Last Week in Gymnastics

    WVU scored its second-best opening meet mark in a narrow 195.425-194.075 loss at No. 1 Georgia in Stegeman Coliseum on Jan. 9 ... despite having two deductions on floor, the Mountaineers (0-1) beat the Bulldogs (1-0) on the floor exercise, 48.650-48.625 ... senior Mehgan Morris paced WVU on the rotation, scoring 9.850 for third place ... Morris also finished third on the uneven bars with a team-best mark of 9.850 ... the Belle, W.Va., native finished second in the all-around with 38.925 points ... junior Chelsi Tabor tied for first on the vault with 9.875 points ... sophomore Amy Bieski netted the meet's second best vault score with 9.850 points ... the finished matched a career-high for Bieski ... freshman Jenn Sharon was outstanding in her first meet as a Mountaineer, nailing her beam routine and scoring the team's top mark, and the meet's fourth-best score of 9.725 points.

    Notes and Quotes

    The Mountaineers opened their season in front of a crowd of 8,257 at Stegeman Coliseum ... UGA has won nine NCAA championships, including the last four ... Coach Linda Burdette stands three wins short of 600 for her career (597-237-4) ... after two rotations Friday evening (vault and bars), the Mountaineers trailed the Bulldogs by less than one point, 98.025-97.300 ... WVU's top opening weekend score came in 2007, as the Mountaineers earned 194.800 points in a loss to Michigan (194.850) and a win over James Madison (182.474).

    This Week in Track and Field

    The West Virginia University track and field team travels to State College, Pa., on Saturday, Jan. 17, to take part in the Penn State Open

    Last Week in Track and Field

    Sophomore Chelsea Carrier ran a ECAC and BIG EAST qualifying time in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.62 …April Rotilio ran a 38.09 in the 300-meter to win the event, while Nicole DeStefano won the 60-meter dash in 8.26 … Alex Acker vaulted 3.50-meters in the pole vault, a BIG EAST qualifying mark, while Meghan Mock and Natasha Redman both hit 1.60-meters in the high jump to tie in the event.

    Notes and Quotes

    "The meet fulfilled its purpose. It felt like a little intrasquad meet, and it served its purpose for keeping the kids accountable for the last two weeks while they were away on holiday break. This meet is a launching point for the rest of the season and certainly for next week's Penn State Open." - Coach Sean Cleary.

    This Week in Swimming & Diving

    The West Virginia University swimming and diving teams will be idle until they travel to South Bend, Ind., to swim in the Shamrock Invitational.

    Last Week in Swimming & Diving

    The Mountaineers completed a training trip with Arizona … on the last day the Mountaineers and Wildcats battled in a modified dual meet that saw the defending national champions defeat the Mountaineers … only two days later West Virginia traveled to Pitt to take part in the bitter rivalry … although West Virginia was defeated by the Panthers, there were a total of 19 first-place finishes for the Mountaineers.

    Notes and Quotes

    Against Arizona, seniors Pablo Marmolejo and Michael Walker were the only two West Virginia athletes to come in first place … Marmolejo finished first in the 150 fly and Walker finished first in the 400 IM … West Virginia's men 's squad at Pitt was led by Walker who had four first-place finishes, along with Marmolejo and junior George Farquhar earning first place three times … the women also had multiple first-place finishes with junior Kayla Andrews garnering four and junior Morgan Callaway swimming to victory three times.

    "This is by far our best team performance of the year and if we can swim this well within 24 hours of coming off a plane, I'm very excited what we can do in the future," Riggs added. "I know it was a very special day for our seniors and all of them rose to the occasion and swam with Mountaineer pride."

    This Week in Wrestling

    The West Virginia University wrestling team will play host to Big Ten opponent Michigan State on Saturday, Jan. 17 … first match is slated to begin at 7 p.m. at the WVU Coliseum … the last time the two programs met was in 1940.

    Last Week in Wrestling

    The Mountaineers battled No. 7-ranked Illinois on Jan. 9 to a close 26-19 loss … despite falling behind 12- 0 in team score, WVU made strides to close the gap, winning at 141 and 149 to make it 12-10 … freshman Colin Johnston (141) pinned Illinois' Ryan Prater at the 4:54 mark … fifth-year senior David Jauregui (149), ranked No. 20 at his respective weight class, earned a 15-5 major decision … fellow fifth-year seniors Kurt Brenner (174) and Dustin Rogers (HWT) also notched wins for the Mountaineers … Brenner, ranked No. 13 at 174 pounds, tallied a 7-4 decision … Rogers won the last match of dual meet bout, defeating No. 10-ranked John Wise with a fall at 4:25.

    Notes and Quotes

    Johnston's fall victory over Illinois' Prater at 4:54 is the first pin of Johnston's collegiate career … the victory snapped his five-match losing streak … Jauregui, who earned his first major decision of the season, recorded six takedowns through three periods, three in the third session … Brenner's win is his team-leading eighth of the season … at 184 pounds, Bryson kept the match with No. 15-ranked Jordan Blanton close, but fell in the first overtime session, 5-3 … Rogers' victory over a ranked opponent is his third of the year … it is Rogers' second pin of the season.

    "It was definitely encouraging. You have to be careful and not be too happy with a loss, but you have to be realistic, too. I appreciated the effort. You don't always necessarily have control over the win, but you always have control over your effort, discipline and your approach toward the mat and in practice. I thought, for the most part, we had a very positive approach and we wrestled hard."- Coach Craig Turnbull

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