Varsity Sports Report

Mountaineer junior track athlete April Rotilio has been named the WVU Athlete of the Week following an exceptionally strong showing at the Penn State National Invitational where she broke the 400-meter school record.

The Bellaire, Ohio, native took first-place in the 400-meter race with a time of 54.64. The 400- meter record was originally set at 54.79 in 1998 by Tameca Williams. Rotilio also performed well with the 4x400- meter relay team of Jordann Mitchell, Brittany Hohn and Chelsea Carrier which placed third with a time of 3:46.53, while Rotilio also took second in the 200- meter event (24.66).

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Notes of the Week

  • With the victories over GW and RU, Coach Linda Burdette surpassed the career 600-win mark (601-240-4).

  • The WVU women's basketball team has two BIG EAST matchups this week. The Mountaineers play host to Seton Hall Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 8 p.m. in a game that will be broadcast on West Virginia PBS. WVU then takes to the road for a 2 p.m. contest at nationally ranked Louisville on Saturday, Feb. 7.


    This Week in Women's Basketball

    West Virginia (12-8, 1-6) has two BIG EAST matchups this week ... the Mountaineers play host to Seton Hall Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 8 p.m. in a game that will be broadcast on West Virginia PBS ... WVU then takes to the road for a 2 p.m. contest at nationally ranked Louisville on Saturday, Feb. 7.

    Last Week in Women's Basketball

    WVU lost a competitive battle against No. 25 DePaul, 74-56, on Saturday evening at McGrath Arena in Chicago, Ill. ... the Mountaineers came out firing at the start of the second half, but were unable to get timely stops on defense as the Blue Demons (17-5, 5-3 Big East) shot 54.5 percent in the final 20 minutes ... sophomore Liz Repella, who scored 13 points in just over eight minutes to start the second half, notched a game-high 19 points on 8-of-14 shooting, including 3-of-6 on 3-pointers ... senior Takisha Granberry tallied 15 points and six rebounds in 33 minutes of action ... Sarah Miles followed with 10 points, while Ashley Powell led the Mountaineers with eight rebounds and four assists ... WVU stayed within striking distance for the majority of the game, cutting its deficit to 47-45 on a 3-pointer by Repella with 11:50 left ... DePaul followed with a crucial 16-5 run over the next seven minutes to extend their lead to 63-50 with 4:19 left ... the Mountaineers were 19-of-50 (38 percent) from the field, while DePaul shot 47.4 percent (22-of-46) ... WVU was done in by its free throw shooting, making 12-of-23 attempts while DePaul nailed 24-of-30 attempts from the charity stripe ... playing with a depleted eight-player rotation, WVU was outscored, 17-1, in bench points and was also out-rebounded, 38-29, in their guard-dominated lineup, but took care of the ball relatively well with only 14 turnovers compared to DePaul's 18.

    Notes and Quotes

    Seton Hall leads the all-time series by a 11-9 count but the Mountaineers have won three of the last four.


    This Week in Rifle

    The No. 2 Mountaineers do not compete this week.

    Last Week in Rifle

    The Mountaineers (10-1 overall, 5-1 GARC) defeated Akron, 4666-4516, on Saturday, Jan. 31, at the WVU Rifle Range … the Mountaineers won both the smallbore (2309-2230) and the air rifle (2357-2286) … junior Bryant Wallizer paced WVU in air rifle with a career-best 595 points, while sophomore Tommy Santelli finished first in the smallbore with 581 points.

    News and Notes

    WVU's non-scoring team also defeated the Zips, 4626-4516 … all eight Mountaineer air rifle shooters scored better than the Akron shooters … Wallizer bested his previous air rifle high by two points (593).


    This Week in Gymnastics

    The No. 19 Mountaineers do not compete this week … WVU will next travel to George Washington on Monday, Feb. 9, for a 6 p.m. meet.

    Last Week in Gymnastics

    WVU (4-4 overall, 3-1 EAGL) finished second at its only home quad-meet of the season with 193.925 points … Maryland finished first (194.475 points), while George Washington took third (191.775 points) and Rutgers finished fourth (187.950 points) … despite the second-place finish, the Mountaineers had an individual win on each apparatus, and the team finished first on each event but beam … junior Chelsi Tabor won her third vault of the season with 9.875 points … freshman Nicole Roach earned her first individual victory as a Mountaineer with a first-place finish on the uneven bars with a career-best 9.850 points … junior Kiersten Spoerke earned a career high 9.90 points on the balance beam to win the event … senior Mehgan Morris anchored an exceptional Mountaineer floor lineup and finished first overall with a career-best 9.95 points … Morris also finished third in the all-around with 38.425 points.

    Notes and Quotes

    With the victories over GW and RU, Coach Linda Burdette surpassed the career 600-win mark (601-240-4) … the Mountaineers totaled a season-high 49.350 points on the floor behind five career-best scores … Morris led WVU, followed by second-place finisher, sophomore Amy Bieski (9.90 points) … junior Kiersten Spoerke and sophomore Naja Johnson each scored 9.850 points, while sophomore Jessica Young tallied 9.800 points … Morris last scored 9.95 points on the floor when she won the apparatus title at the 2008 EAGL Championships … Bieski's score was her third career 9.90 floor mark … Spoerke's beam total was her first career 9.90-plus score … all three freshmen scored season-high marks in their specialty event, including Roach's bars victory … additionally, Tina Maloney finished third overall on the vault with 9.825 points, while Jenn Sharon fished tied for fourth on the beam with 9.775 points … the Mountaineers also finished first on the vault (49.025) and the bars (48.775), and took second on the balance beam (46.775) … Saturday's meet was designated an Alumni Meet and celebrated Burdette's 35 years with the Mountaineers and the program's rich tradition.


    This Week in Tennis

    The West Virginia University tennis team returns to the Ridgeview Racquet Club in Morgantown, for its first BIG EAST match-up of the season with Syracuse at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7.

    Last Week in Tennis

    The Mountaineers are now 1-3 this season after going 1-1 at the Greenbrier Hotel and Resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. ... on Friday, Jan. 30, the Mountaineers captured their first win of the season with a 4-3 victory over James Madison ... then on Saturday, Jan. 31, WVU fell to Richmond 1-6.

    Notes and Quotes

    On Friday, the Mountaineers swept the doubles competition as Gabriela Blaskovicova and Ashley Pilsbury defeated JMU's Kristin Nimitz and Benson 8-5 at the No. 1 spot, while Stephanie LaFortune and Monique Burton defeated Anna Khoor and Kinsey Pate 8-2 in the No. 2 spot ... Olga Elkin and Veronica Cardenas also captured a win as they defeated Leah DeMasters and Barrett Donner 8-3 in No. 3 doubles ... in singles play, the Mountaineers took three of six matches to win the competition ... in the No. 2 doubles spot, Elkin defeated the Dukes' Rebecca Erickson 6-3, 6-0 ... Pilsbury also captured a win in the No. 4 spot over Khoor, with a score of 6-4, 7-5 ... Cardenas improved to 2-1 on the season with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Kelly Maxwell. On Saturday, despite failing to earn the doubles point against Richmond, Elkin and Cardenas posted their fourth-straight doubles win as they defeated the Spriders' Catherine Crystal and Isabel Arana 8-3 ... Cardenas also saw the only win in singles play as she improved her record to 3-1, with an exciting 7-6 (15-13), 6-4, over Xenia Schneider in No. 6 singles.


    This Week in Swimming & Diving

    The West Virginia University swimming and diving teams will have travel to Ohio State on Friday, Feb. 6. ... the meet is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. and will be the final dual meet of the season.

    Last Week in Swimming & Diving

    The Mountaineers held senior day on Jan. 31, in a split dual meet with Maryland ... the men defeated the Terrapins, 147-87, while the women were defeated 134-103.

    Notes & Quotes

    Three pools records were broken during the meet ... both the men's and women's 200 medley relay teams broke pool records while junior Kayla Andrews broke the pool record in the 100 free.

    "It was a great way to end our home meet schedule with it being senior day," Coach Vic Riggs says. "I think we competed very well today and we improved on some of our areas from last week."


    This Week in Wrestling

    WVU ends its five-match road trip with a contest at EWL rival Pitt on Feb. 7 … the match is slated to start at 7 p.m. at Fitzgerald Field House.

    Last Week in Wrestling

    Fifth-year senior Dustin Rogers delivered a 9-1 major decision to give WVU a 20-16 (6-4 overall, 3-0 EWL) victory over Lock Haven Saturday night at Thomas Fieldhouse … freshman Colin Johnston (141) earned the team's first points with his first collegiate major decision when he registered two takedowns in the first period and two more in the second to go ahead 8-3, against Zach Kell … redshirt-junior Donnie Jones, riding a four-match winning streak entering his bout against Lock Haven's Aaron Ernest, easily took a 21-6 victory – also giving WVU the 12-10 lead … fifth-year senior Kurt Brenner added to WVU's lead with a 19-8 major decision at 174 pounds … Brenner got four takedowns through the first three minutes of the bout against Travis Stem … he accrued six more points in the final period, plus a point for 2:14 in riding time for his second major decision of the season and is now tied for the teamlead with 12 overall victories.

    Notes & Quotes

    "Fortunately for us, Rogers was the better wrestler and he competed as the better wrestler. I don't want to minimize that he's under a lot of stress with the match coming down to him, but being able to keep your focus and get the job done when the match is on the line is something he's doing very well right now." - Coach Craig Turnbull.


    This Week in Track and Field

    The Mountaineers will return to State College, Pa., to compete in the Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup on Feb. 6-7.

    Last Week in Track and Field

    The distance medley relay team of Karly Hamric, Nicole De Stefano, Kaylyn Christopher and Alison Spiker took fifth-place with a time of 11:42.71, in day one of the Penn State University National Invitational at the Horace Ashenfelter III Indoor Track in State College, Pa. … sophomore Chelsea Carrier ran the 60-meter hurdles in a time of 8.56 in the preliminary race ... Carrier placed ninth and missed the finals by a slight margin in the semi-final race ... Leslie Aririguzo of Virginia Tech placed eighth with a time of 8.4630, while Carrier's full time was 8.4634. Carrier's semi-final time was a personal-best and the fifth-best time in WVU indoor history. In day two of competition, junior April Rotilio took first-place in the 400-meter race with a time of 54.64, to set a new school record in the event … the 400-meter record was originally set at 54.79 in 1998 by Tameca Williams … the 4x400-meter relay team of Jordann Mitchell, Brittany Hohn, Carrier and Rotilio placed third with a time of 3:46.53, while Rotilio also took second in the 200-meter event (24.66) … Acker hit a mark of 3.86-meters in the pole vault to earn sixth-place ... Acker's performance is the second-best in school history, behind Erin Nett (4.07-meters) who set the bar in 2001 ... the mark was a personal-best, improving on the previous record she set of 3.82-meters on Jan. 24, at the State Farm Games … Hamric placed second in the 800-meter run (2:12.93), a BIG EAST qualifying mark and a personal-best, while Christopher placed third in the 1000-meter (2:48.99).

    Notes & Quotes

    "We had a great weekend. April (Rotilio's) performance was fantastic and Alex (Acker) continues to impress us. Each meet we keep progressing and we keep getting better and better. I'm happy with where we are and where we are headed." - Coach Sean Cleary.


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