WVU Varsity Sports Report

Mountaineer sophomore track athlete Alexandra Acker has been named the WVU Athlete of the Week following an exceptionally strong showing in the pole vault event this past weekend at the State Farm Games held at the WVU Shell Building.

Acker hit a mark of 3.82-meters, the secondbest in school history, behind Erin Nett (4.07-meters) who set the bar in 2001. The mark was a personalbest as well as an ECAC qualifying mark. Along with rival Pitt, WVU competed against Allegheny College, Bethany College (W.Va.), Duquesne, Frostburg State, Hagerstown CC, Indiana (Pa.), Juniata College, Seton Hill and Slippery Rock.

Special Notes of the Week

  • The gymnastics team nabbed its first home and conference win of the season, as the team defeated Pitt, 194.775- 192.700, on Friday, Jan. 30, at the WVU Coliseum. Each of the Mountaineers' team scores, with the exception of the balance beam, was a season high.

  • The WVU tennis team opened the 2009 spring season this past week as the team fell to 0-2, after falling to Akron, 2-5, on Friday, Jan. 23, and Marshall, 0-7, on Saturday, Jan. 24.

    This Week in Women's Basketball

    West Virginia (12-7, 1-5) plays just one game this Week, a BIG EAST matchup at DePaul, Saturday, Jan. 31, at 8 p.m.

    Last Week in Women's Basketball

    WVU split last week, going 1-1 ... Epiphanny Prince scored 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead No. 21 Rutgers to a 60-44 victory over West Virginia Tuesday night at the Rutgers Athletic Center in Piscataway, N.J. ... Prince shot 9-of-14 from the fl oor, handed out two assists and made two steals ... West Virginia, which upset Rutgers last year in Morgantown, got 13 points from Takisha Granberry and 10 from Sarah Miles ... the Mountaineers suffered through a 3-of-20 first-half shooting performance before improving their marksmanship in the second half ... after racing out to an early 10-point lead within the first three minutes of the game, West Virginia held off a determined St. John's squad to defeat the visiting Red Storm 63-61 Saturday at the WVU Coliseum in front of 3,252 fans ... the Mountaineers earned the win despite a poor second-half shooting effort (20.8%) that allowed the Red Storm to gain ground after trailing 42-24 at the half ... the victory is the first conference win of the season for West Virginia, and the attendance mark is the sixth-largest in program history. WVU is now 16-4 all-time against St. John's, while Carey is 10-1 ... though the Mountaineers finished with only a slight rebound advantage (49-44) over the Red Storm, second-chance points and baskets in the paint proved to be the difference in the game, as WVU won both categories, 28-14 and 30-22, respectively ... four Mountaineers scored in double figures, led by sophomore guard Liz Repella, who netted her sixth double-double of the season with 13 points and 12 rebounds. The Steubenville, Ohio, native went 4-of-12 from the field, including two made 3-pointers ... senior guard Takisha Granberry and sophomore guard Sarah Miles also added 13 points each, including a Miles free-throw with 0.5 seconds remaining that iced the game for the Mountaineers.

    Notes and Quotes

    The DePaul series is tied at 2-2, but WVU leads the all-time BIG EAST series by a 2-1 mark ... WVU won its last visit at DePaul, a 74-63 victory over the then-No. 24 Blue Demons.

    This Week in Rifle

    The No. 2 Mountaineers face Akron on Saturday, Jan. 31, at 8 a.m., at the WVU rifle Range.

    Last Week in Rifle

    The Mountaineers (9-1 overall, 5-1 GARC) earned their first victory since 1991 over 10-time overall and three-time defending NCAA Champion Alaska-Fairbanks, 4653-4634, on Sunday, Jan. 25, at the WVU rifle Range … though the Mountaineers trailed (2308-2295) the Nanooks following an off-par smallbore day, the squad rallied behind its air rifle relay to push past UAF in that discipline, 2358-2326, and solidify the win for WVU … sophomores Tommy Santelli and Andy Lamson had strong air rifle days), as Santelli won the event with a personal-best 595, while Lamson shot 590 … freshman Justin Pentz finished third overall in air rifle with a personal-best 588 and paced the team in smallbore with a meet-best 580 … junior Bryant Wallizer again showed his improvement in smallbore with a personal-best 579 … UAF's Layne Lewis led the Naooks in smallbore (580), while Patrik Sartz paced the squad in air rifle (586).

    News and Notes

    Sunday's match showcased the talents of two of the most accomplished Division I teams, as WVU and UAF have combined for 23 NCAA titles since 1983 … UAF still maintains a 6-3 series advantage … WVU's non-scoring team also edged the Nanooks, shooting 2306 in smallbore and 2338 in air rifle for a total of 4644 points … Santelli's career high air rifle score included three strings of 100 (100, 97, 100, 99, 99, 100) and was one point short of the school record 596, set by freshman Michael Kulbacki in the TCU victory on Oct. 25 …

    Wallizer's smallbore finish marked the second-straight match in which he nabbed the personal-best mark … Lamson also maintained his record-shooting form in smallbore for the second-consecutive match, as he nabbed a school record 200 prone score. "Alaska-Fairbanks is a great team that we really respect. It's good to see that we're on par with them at this point of the season and sets up for a close finish come March." - Coach Jon Hammond

    This Week in Gymnastics

    The No. 19 Mountaineers have their only quad meet of the season, with George Washington, Rutgers and Maryland visiting on Saturday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m., at the WVU Coliseum … the evening has been designated as an Alumni Meet and will celebrate the rich tradition of WVU Gymnastics and Coach Linda Burdette's 35 years with the Mountaineers.

    Last Week in Gymnastics

    WVU (2-3 overall, 1-0 EAGL) nabbed its first home and conference win of the season, as the team defeated Pitt, 194.775-192.700, on Friday, Jan. 30, at the WVU Coliseum … the Mountaineers defeated the Panthers on the bars (48.925-47.775), the beam (47.625-47.000) and the fl oor exercise (49.175-49.000) … though WVU did not win the vault (49.125-49.050), the Mountaineers opened the meet with a strong showing on the apparatus, including sophomore Amy Bieski's first place 9.9 score, a career-best mark and her third overall 9.9+ mark … Bieski finished first in the all-around with 39.175 points, which included second place showings on both the beam (9.600) and the fl oor (9.875), and a third place finish on the bars (9.800) … senior Mehgan Morris closed the meet with a 9.925 first-place finish on the floor, a season-best mark … Morris also finished first on the bars (9.850) and second in the all-around (38.800), while junior Shelly Purkat took first on the beam (9.750).

    Notes and Quotes

    Each of the Mountaineers' team scores, with the exception of the balance beam, was a season high … Bieski's all-around mark is her third career 39.0+ score and moves her into a tie for 10th place on WVU's career 39.0+ all-around scores list with Nikki West (1996-98) … Morris' fl oor score moved her into 10th place on the program's Floor Career 9.9+ Scores list … the victory over the Panthers is WVU's first come-from-behind win on the year, as the Mountaineers trailed Pitt, 145.900-145.600, after three rotations … the Panthers finished the evening with 193.000 points, but received a .300 point reduction following an unsuccessful video review … Coach Burdette's career record now stands at 599-239-4 … the Mountaineers have not lost to an EAGL team since the 2007 conference championships, when they finished in second place and NC State took first (195.475-195.300).

    This Week in Tennis

    The West Virginia University tennis team travels to the Greenbrier Hotel and Resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., this weekend to face James Madison and Richmond ... the Mountaineers meet up with James Madison on Friday, Jan. 30, at 4 p.m. and Richmond on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 3:30 p.m.

    Last Week in Tennis

    The Mountaineers fell to 0-2 in their first weekend of play, after falling to Akron, 5-2, on Friday, Jan. 23, and Marshall, 7-0, on Saturday, Jan. 24.

    Notes and Quotes

    The Mountaineers took the doubles point against Akron as Stephanie LaFortune and Monique Burton defeated Akron's Tanyaradzwa Gombera and Carolina Castro at the No. 2 spot with a 9-7 score ... newcomers Olga Elkin and Veronica Cardenas also saw a win in the No. 3 doubles spot as they defeated Jeremie Benjamin and Kerry Langworthy, 8-5 ... in the singles competition, Cardenas defeated Benjamin in a hard fought 6-2, 6-7 (6) 10-5 match ... in the match against nationally ranked Marshall, the Mountaineers' lone win came in the No. 3 doubles competition as Elkin and Cardenas, defeated Marshall's Kristina Koprcina and Catherine Kellner 8-4 ... Elkin and Cardenas are now 2-0 in doubles competition.

    This Week in Swimming & Diving

    The West Virginia University swimming and diving teams will have a home meet against Maryland on Jan. 31, at 1 p.m. in the WVU Natatorium. The team will be honoring its seniors at the meet.

    Last Week in Swimming & Diving

    The Mountaineers competed in the Shamrock Invitational in Notre Dame, Ind. Both squads were defeated by Denver, Michigan State and Notre Dame.

    Notes & Quotes

    Seniors Michael Walker and Pablo Marmolejo had a successful weekend. The duo went first and second, respectively in the 200 IM and both were part of a 200 medley and 400 medley winning relay team. Marmolejo came in second place in the 100 butterfl y and first in the 200 butterfl y where he set a new pool record. Walker garnered first in the 200 IM and second in the 400 IM, where he broke a previous pool record held by Marmolejo. "As a team we made a commitment to swim without putting on the suits, even though other teams chose to, I think we competed very well." - Coach Vic Riggs.

    This Week in Wrestling

    The West Virginia University wrestling team continues league action when it travels to Lock Haven on Jan. 31 … the match between the Mountaineers and the Bald Eagles is set to begin at 7 p.m. at Thomas Fieldhouse … WVU has won its last three matches against Lock Haven.

    Last Week in Wrestling

    WVU went 2-0 last week, defeating EWL foes Bloomsburg, 19-16, on Jan. 23, and Clarion, 22-14, on Jan. 24 … the Mountaineers improve to 5-4 overall, 2-0 in league play … fifth-year seniors David Jauregui, ranked No. 19 nationally at 149 pounds, Kurt Brenner, ranked No. 13 nationally at 174 pounds, and Dustin Rogers (HWT) all won both of their matches … redshirt-junior Donnie Jones (165) and freshman Lance Bryson (184) also went 2-0 this weekend … WVU won the final five bouts at Bloomsburg to earn the victory and four of the last five matches at Clarion for the win.

    Notes & Quotes

    With the win at Bloomsburg, WVU improves to 17-12-1 all-time against the Huskies … the victory at Clarion keeps the Mountaineers ahead in the series, 17-13-1 … at 165 pounds, Jones registered his first major decision of the season, crushing No. 17-ranked Ricky Schmelyun, 9-1 … the Slickville, Pa., native accumulated more than four minutes of riding time … Jones recorded another major at Clarion, defeating Dominic Ross, 15-6 … even though Jauregui's match at Bloomsburg went into four extra sessions, the Santa Ana, Calif., native was able to pull out the 4-2 decision … Jauregui had six takedowns at Clarion against Greg Lewis … the heavyweight, Rogers, won two crucial matches … with the match tied at 16 apiece at Bloomsburg, Rogers took an 8-1 decision over Zac Walsh to give WVU the 19-16 victory … Rogers' team-leading fourth victory by fall could not have come at a better time, icing the 22-14 victory over Clarion … Rogers pinned Roman Husam at the 2:08 mark … the Corning, Calif., native pinned Husam on the same day last year.

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