West Virginia Varsity Sports Report

Sidelined with a shoulder injury at WVU's victory at George Washington on Feb. 9, senior Mehgan Morris made an impressive comeback on Feb. 15 and put together her best performance of the season in the team's home victory over Temple, earning a season-best 39.350 points to finish first in the allaround.

The Belle, W.Va., native finished first on the bars (9.850), the beam (9.775) and the floor (9.950). Morris' bars score matched a season-high, while her beam point total set a season-best mark and her floor finish matched a season- and career-high. Additionally, she finished second on the vault (9.775) with a career-high mark set at last season's EAGL Championships.

Morris' point total is her first 39.000-plus score of the season and ninth overall. She now ranks ninth on the WVU Career 39.000-plus All-Around Scores list.

With 1,349.175 career points, Morris now needs 28.175 points to break on to the WVU career points record list.

Special Notes of the Week

  • Both the swimming and diving teams, as well as the track and field team will compete in the BIG EAST Conference Championships slated to start on Feb. 19. The swimming and diving championships will take place in Indianapolis, Ind., from Feb. 19-21, while the track and field indoor championships will be held in New York, N.Y. on Feb. 21-22.

  • The West Virginia University tennis team continues action this week with back-to-back matches on Saturday, Feb. 21, at the Ridgeview Racquet Club. At 2 p.m. the Mountaineers are set to meet up with Maryland-Baltimore County, followed by Charleston (W.Va.) at 6 p.m.

    This Week in Women's Basketball

    WVU (14-10, 3-8) will finish its two-game road stretch at Georgetown on Wednesday, Feb. 18. … tip-off is set for 8 p.m. … the Mountaineers return home on Saturday, Feb. 21, to play host to USF … the "Pink Zone" game against USF will be televised statewide on WVPBS and will be streamed live on the Internet through MountaineerTV.

    Last Week in Women's Basketball

    The Mountaineers went 1-1 last week against two BIG EAST foes … WVU defeated Providence, 59-50 on Tuesday evening at the WVU Coliseum … Sarah Miles led WVU with 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting, and also added an impressive eight rebounds … Ashley Powell notched 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting and added a team-high eight assists and totaled five steals, while sophomore Liz Repella rounded out the double-figure scorers with 13 points to go with a game-high 12 rebounds and five steals … center Natalie Burton stepped up with eight rebounds, helping WVU edge the Friars on the glass, 38-37. WVU fell to Marquette, 79-59, on Sunday afternoon at the Al Maguire Center in Milwaukee, Wis. … the Mountaineers had trouble containing a Marquette offense that shot 53.3 percent in the second half, including 9-of-13 on 3-pointers … Repella had a thorough performance for WVU, scoring a team-high 20 points on 7-of-17 shooting and grabbed six rebounds to go along with three steals … Burton led the team with 10 rebounds, a season-high for the Perth, Australia native … Miles and Takisha Granberry added 14 points apiece … the Mountaineers shot 35 percent overall (21-of-60).

    Notes and Quotes

    WVU's 12-point first half advantage against Providence was its largest lead at halftime since leading Longwood, 39-23, on Dec. 30. The "Pink Zone" event is designed to help raise awareness for breast cancer and last year's ‘pink' game against DePaul established a Coliseum attendance record for women's basketball with 8,307 fans attending.

    This Week in Baseball

    The West Virginia University baseball team opens its season with the inaugural BIG EAST/Big Ten Challenge in St. Petersburg and Clearwater, Fla. … the inter-conference round robin event pits WVU against Indiana on Friday, Feb. 20, at 4 p.m. … WVU follows with a matchup against Minnesota on Saturday, Feb. 21, at 10 a.m. … the Mountaineers end the event against Illinois on Sunday, Feb. 22, at 1 p.m.

    Last Week in Baseball

    The team has been training for this week's season-opening game.

    Notes and Quotes

    The Mountaineers also play Big Ten foe Northwestern on Monday, Feb. 23, with a time and site still to be announced in Florida … the contest is not part of the BIG EAST/Big Ten Challenge … the Mountaineers and Hoosiers will face each other for the first time on Friday … WVU's home schedule features 28 home games, with three major stretches from March 6-15, March 31-April 13 and April 28-May 11 … WVU has been tabbed with the No. 7 spot in the Preseason BIG EAST Coaches' Poll … WVU (7) and Louisville (8) return the most position starters in the BIG EAST.

    This Week in Gymnastics

    The No. 18 Mountaineers travel to No. 11 Oklahoma for a quad-meet with No. 13 Missouri and Brown on Friday, Feb. 20 … competition is set to begin at 7 p.m. CT … WVU is 1-4 vs. the Sooners, 2-1 vs. the Tigers and 2-0 against the Bears.

    Last Week in Gymnastics

    WVU (6-4 overall, 4-1 EAGL) put together two 195.000-plus performances, winning at George Washington, 195.125-193.150, on Feb. 9, and 195.650-191.625, at home against Temple on Feb. 15 … the Mountaineers took every event but the floor from the Colonials, and defeated the Owls on every apparatus … WVU scored a season-high 49.225 on vault at GW, and also put up a season best 48.825 beam score … the team posted 48.500 on bars and 48.575 in floor at GW as well … sophomore Amy Bieski finished first in the all-around with 39.075 points on Monday … WVU took all four top individual awards at GW: vault (Emily Kerwin, Chelsi Tabor, 9.875), bars (Erica Watson, 9.800), beam (Kiersten Spoerke, 9.875) and floor (Bieski, Naja Johnson, 9.825) … following the victory over the Colonials, the Mountaineers thoroughly defeated the Owls with their season-best score … the Mountaineers scored 48.950 on vault, 48.775 on bars, 48.625 on beam and 49.300 on floor … sidelined with a shoulder injury on Monday, senior Mehgan Morris returned to the lineup Sunday and put together her best performance of the year, scoring 39.350 points for an all-around first-place finish … Morris took the top prize on the bars (9.850), beam (9.775) and the floor (9.950) … junior Tabor finished first on the vault (9.850).

    Notes and Quotes

    WVU's victory over the Colonials was its second in eight days, as the team defeated GW at home, 193.925- 191.775, on Jan. 31 … the team's point total against the Owls is the 27th-best in program history and the highest since the squad scored 196.050 in their 2008 EAGL Championships victory … WVU moved up five spots in the Feb. 16 GymInfo Poll to No. 18 with an 194.320 RQS … the ranking matches the team's previous season-high rank, earned on Jan. 12 … senior Watson injured her arm at the conclusion of her floor routine on Feb. 9, and did not compete against the Owls on Feb. 15 ... the Mountaineers did not count a fall on beam this week, their first perfect rotation since their season opener at Georgia on Jan. 9 … all five scoring Mountaineers tallied season best vault marks at GW … Kerwin's winning vault against the Colonials is a career-best … including her two wins from this week, Tabor is five-for-six in vault victories this season … Morris' all-around score on Sunday is her first 39.000-plus score of the season and ninth overall … she was only 0.050 points short of her career-high … Morris also finished tied for second on the vault with a career-high 9.775 … the Belle, W.Va., native now owns 1,349.175 career points and needs 28.175 points to break on to the WVU career points record list … junior Spoerke and senior Heather Izer tied for second on beam on Sunday with 9.750 points … Izer's score is a career-best … sophomore Johnson also had a strong showing against the Owls, finishing second on the bars with a season high 9.800 points, and third on the floor, matching a season- and career-high 9.850 … 1,058 fans cheered on the Mountaineers at Sunday's meet, a designated Pink meet, in which the fans wore pink to support breast cancer awareness.

    This Week in Swimming & Diving

    The West Virginia University swimming and diving teams will compete in the BIG EAST Championships from Feb. 19-21 in Indianapolis.

    Last Week in Swimming & Diving

    The Mountaineers were idle while training for the BIG EAST Championships.

    Notes & Quotes

    West Virginia would like to improve on last year's finishes in which the men finishing in fourth place, while the women came in at third place.

    This Week in Rifle

    The No. 1 Mountaineers do not compete this week … the team next competes at the GARC Championships, Feb. 27-March 1, in Oxford, Miss.

    Last Week in Rifle

    The Mountaineers (11-1 overall, 5-1 GARC) defeated No. 18 NC State, 4639-4524, on Feb. 14 at the WVU Rifle Range in an NCAA qualifying match … WVU defeated the Wolfpack in both smallbore (2301-2234) and air rifle (2338-2290) … WVU's non-scoring team also trumped NC State with a 2290 smallbore score and a 2324 air rifle mark for a 4614 final score … sophomore Andy Lamson led the Mountaineers, finishing first overall with a score of 1165 … Lamson finished first in smallbore (578) and air rifle (587).

    News and Notes

    The Mountaineers opened the week earning their first national No. 1 rank in over a decade on the College Rifle Coaches Association (CRCA) Poll with their then 4654.27 season average … the team is WVU's first No. 1 ranked squad since the WVU football team earned the ranking on Nov. 25, 2007 … WVU opened the season ranked No. 2 on the CRCA Poll, and maintained that rank on the midseason poll … WVU pushed ahead to No. 1 on the smallbore rankings (2308.18 average) and remained No. 2 on the air rifle list (2346.09 average) … WVU's score against the Wolfpack will comprise half of their total qualifying score for the NCAA Championships … the other 50 percent is composed of the team's top three scores from the season, achieved at three different locations … the top eight teams that qualify for the championships will be announced on Feb. 24.

    This Week in Track and Field

    The Mountaineers will next compete at the BIG EAST Indoor Championships at The Armory on Feb. 21-22, in New York, N.Y.

    Last Week in Track and Field

    The Mountaineers were idle while training for the BIG EAST Championships.

    Notes & Quotes

    At last year's championship, Marie-Louise Asselin and Keri Bland each won BIG EAST titles, in the 3,000- meter and 1,000-meter, respectively, while the team took seventh place with 52.5 points … Asselin tied Pittsburgh's Shantea Calhoun in being named the BIG EAST track performer of the year … the distance medley relay team set a new BIG EAST record en route to winning the event in 11:16.87.

    This Week in Tennis

    The West Virginia University tennis team continues action this week with back-to-back matches on Saturday, Feb. 21, at the Ridgeview Racquet Club ... at 2 p.m. the Mountaineers are set to meet up with Maryland-Baltimore County, followed by Charleston (W.Va.) at 6 p.m.

    Last week in Tennis

    The Mountaineers are 3-5, 1-2 BIG EAST, after posting a 2-1 record this past weekend … WVU saw wins over Morehead State (5-2) and Seton Hall (5-2), and a loss to Pitt (4-3).

    Notes and Quotes

    The Mountaineers bounced back this weekend, after narrowly falling to Pitt on Wednesday, Feb. 11 ... freshman Veronica Cardenas led the Mountaineers in the No. 5 singles spot, with a perfect 3-0 record as she defeated Pitt's Christie D'achille (6-2, 6-3), Morehead State's Lauren Delaney (6-2, 6-1) and Seton Hall's Courtney Kilarski (6-2, 6-0) ... junior Monique Burton also posted a 3-0 record in the No. 3 spot this past week, as she defeated Pitt's Minh Evans (6-2, 6-1), Morehead State's Heather Butt (6-1, 6-2) and Seton Hall's Danielle Viola (6-3, 6-3) ... junior-transfer Olga Elkin posted a 2-1 record in the No. 1 singles spot, with wins coming against Morehead State's Megan Rozboril (1-6, 6-3, 6-2 )and Seton Hall's Elizabeth Verow (6-5, 6-2) ... junior Stephanie LaFortune captured her first win of the season with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Morehead State's Madeleinne Antero ... sophomore Ashley Pilsbury also posted a victory in a 6 -7(6), 6-2, 11-9, win over Seton Hall's Michelle Weerasinghe in No. 6 singles, marking her first win in a tie-breaker. In doubles, the Mountaineers earned doubles point in all three matches ... Elkin and Cardenas led with a 3-0 record, which gives them a 8-0 record this season.

    This Week in Wrestling

    The West Virginia University wrestling team continues its three-contest homestand with an Eastern Wrestling League match against Cleveland State on Friday, Feb. 20 … the Mountaineers and the Vikings will meet at 8 p.m. in the WVU Coliseum.

    Last Week in Wrestling WVU blasted non-conference foe Ohio, 37-9, on Feb. 14 at the WVU Coliseum … the Mountaineers improved to 7-4-1 overall and remain at 3-0-1 in EWL action … the team won seven of the 10 bouts against Ohio and did not concede one bonus decision to the Bobcats … WVU won at 125 pounds for the first time since Jan. 18 when Tyler Smith earned an injury default over Duquesne's Taylor Wilde.

    Notes & Quotes

    The Mountaineers recorded four fall victories in the match, bettering its season-best of three, which came against Duquesne on Jan. 18 … fifth-year seniors Kyle Turnbull (125) and Dustin Rogers (HWT), redshirt-junior Donnie Jones (165) and redshirt-sophomore Matt Ryan (197) all recorded wins by fall … it was Rogers' team-leading fifth of the season; it is also a career high for the Corning, Calif., native … the heavyweight improves to a 13-4 overall mark, tying him with fifth-year senior Kurt Brenner (174) for the most wins on the team … Turnbull's victory by fall is his first of the season … freshman Colin Johnston recorded an 11-0 major decision at 141 pounds over Ohio's Darrin Boing … the major decision is the second of Johnston's career … Johnston recorded six back points in two periods … Jones recorded his seventh-straight victory with a pin at the 4:18 mark over Ohio's Steve Wilson … it is his fifth bonus decision, first pin, during that span … Brenner recorded two quick takedowns at 174 pounds, but the match was ended early when Jacob Ison was forced to leave the mat with a left hamstring injury at the 2:35 mark … redshirt-sophomore Matt Ryan earned his first win in the Old Gold and Blue by pinning Ohio's Christopher Iammarino in 1:34, the fastest fall by a Mountaineer this season.

    "The team is getting better. One thing to recognize is we started with some very good competition. As the year has gone on, they have gotten better. They are good young guys. They work hard in practice. They have become more confident in a match setting and I think it feels good. They have learned when they battle hard, they have a good opportunity to compete and compete for a win. I think that bodes well for our future. I feel good about the direction we are heading in." - Coach Craig Turnbull

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