Varsity Sports Report

Juniors Morgan Callaway of the Mountaineer swimming and diving team, and Keri Bland of the track and field team have been named co-West Virginia University's Athletes of the Week after both excelled at their respective Big East Championships this past week.

Callaway, a Coatesville, Pa., native was named the women's Big East Most Outstanding Swimmer and also led all participating women in points gathered with 60. The next closest competitor was at 49. Throughout the meet she swam to first-place finishes in all of her individual events and set four separate records, breaking one twice. She also had NCAA "B" qualifying times in all seven of her races.

Starting the meet Wednesday with the 800 free relay, Callaway swam the opening leg and finished the open 200 in a school-record time of 1:47.37, breaking her previous mark of 1:47.76 set at the 2008 Big East Championships. The relay ended up finishing in third place with a time of 7:18.77. Later in the night, the 200 medley relay team with Callaway one it swam to a fourth-place finish in 1:41.04.

On Thursday night, Callaway continued her dominance in the opening event of the night, the 500 free, where she won in a time of 4:46.69, defeating the competition by about three seconds. Friday night Callaway broke the 200 free record she had set on Wednesday with a first-place finish time of 1:46.21. Callaway was not satisfied with just one record for the night and swam on the 400 medley relay opening 100 back in a school-record time of 54.02. The relay team finished the race in third place with a time of 3:40.59. Saturday, the final night of competition, Callaway swam in the 200 back, breaking her own school-record with a first-place finish and time of 1:55.65 for her final individual swim.

Bland, a Fairview, W.Va., native was named the meet's Most Outstanding Track Performer, voted on by all 16 women's head coaches, for her efforts at the track and field championship held in New York City. She shared the award with Providence's Danette Doetzel.

Bland set a school and Big East Championship meet record in the mile event when she took the title with a time of 4:34.78. Bland's performance was also a NCAA automatic qualifier. The previous WVU record was set at 4:35.89 by Megan Metcalfe in 2004, and the Big East Indoor Championship meet record was originally set by Kate Vermeulen of West Virginia in 1999.

Bland also competed in the 4x800-meter and distance medley relay (DMR) events. The 4x800-meter team of Hamric, Christopher, Alison Spiker and Bland placed third in the event (5:51.55). The mark is the second-best in school history, topping an 8:52.44 mark set in 2002.

Bland took second place in the DMR with the team of April Rotilio, Alison Spiker and Kate Harrison with a time of 11:26.14.


This Week in Women's Basketball

The Mountaineers remain at the Coliseum for a Tuesday night game against nationally ranked Pitt at 8 p.m. … WVU will then play host to Syracuse on Saturday, Feb. 28, at 2 p.m.

Last Week in Women's Basketball

WVU (15-11, 4-9 Big East) went 1-1 this past week, falling to Georgetown, 79-73, in overtime Wednesday evening at McDonough arena, before defeating USF, 90-75, on Saturday at home … the loss to the Hoyas snapped a four-game win streak against the Hoyas … Georgetown (16-10, 6-7) outscored the Mountaineers 14-8 (14-11, 3-9) in the extra session, led by Jaleesa Butler's five points to begin the overtime … Ashley Powell, Liz Repella and Sarah Miles all fouled out in the overtime … Repella missed a 3-pointer with five seconds left in regulation and a Takisha Granberry putback did not fall as time expired …Granberry scored a career-best 31 points in the losing effort on 10 of 20 from the field, including 6 of 13 from the 3-point line … it marked her second 30-point game of the season. Repella added 19 points and nine rebounds. Against USF, Liz Repella scored a career-best 34 points and grabbed 13 rebounds on Saturday night before 6,232 fans taking part in "Pink Zone" to raise awareness for breast cancer … it was the third largest crowd to witness a women's basketball game at the WVU Coliseum … Repella made 10 of 17 field goals and hit 9 of 10 from the line in 40 minutes … Ashley Powell also established a career-best with 19 points to go with seven assists and nine rebounds … WVU scored a season-high 90 points despite shooting just 39.2 percent and getting a Big East Conference record-tying 17 shots blocked by the Bulls … WVU had a 54-42 advantage on the glass and forced 14 USF turnovers.

Notes and Quotes

Because of injuries West Virginia only dresses eight players.

"I think it was a total team effort. We play again Tuesday and we are tired and banged up so we will see. It seems like this group doesn't get down. They get beat, and then they come back and play hard the next game." - Coach Mike Carey


This Week in Baseball

The West Virginia University baseball team finishes its trip to Florida with a non-conference game vs. Northwestern on Monday, Feb. 23, at noon in Clearwater, Fla. … WVU heads to Myrtle Beach, S.C., this weekend for the Baseball at the Beach Tournament … the Mountaineers two contests on Friday, Feb. 27, against Tennessee at noon followed by Coastal Carolina at 4 p.m. … the Mountaineers play Brown on Saturday at 3 p.m. in Conway, S.C., and end with Coastal Carolina on Sunday at noon in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Last Week in Baseball

The Mountaineers finished 1-2 in the inaugural Big East/Big Ten Challenge in the St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Fla. … WVU opened its season with a resounding 14-4 win over preseason Big Ten favorite Indiana … sophomore right-hander Jarryd Summers threw five solid innings, giving up one earned run while striking out nine batters … the Mountaineers then suffered a close 5-4 loss to Minnesota … sophomore Jedd Gyorko spared WVU with a 2-for-3 afternoon, which included a game-tying solo home run in the seventh inning … they capped the round robin event with a hard-fought 17-10 loss in a slugfest against Illinois … WVU totaled 15 hits, with Joe Agreste and Justin Parks leading the way with three hits apiece.

Notes & Quotes

WVU finished the challenge with a .368 team average, putting them atop the list of all 18 teams in the event … the Mountaineers' victory over Indiana was also their first-ever matchup against the Hoosiers … after starting 0- for-6 in his first game against Indiana, Agreste went 6-for-9 in his final two games against Minnesota and Illinois … one of the weekend's best pitching performances came from Justin Ellis, who provided instant relief against Minnesota with no runs allowed in 5.1 innings pitched.


This Week in Gymnastics

The No. 20 Mountaineers play host to Kentucky on Sunday, March 1, at 2 p.m. … Sunday's meet is Dollar Day – all tickets and select concessions will be $1 each.

Last Week in Gymnastics

WVU (7-6 overall, 4-1 EAGL) finished third with 195.250 points at No. 11 Oklahoma on Friday, Feb. 20 … the host Sooners took first with 196.375 points, while No. 13 Missouri finished second with 196.225 points … Brown finished fourth with 185.950 points … senior Mehgan Morris finished fourth in the all-around with 39.175 points … sophomore Amy Bieski tied for fifth in the all-around with 39.025 points … Morris finished first on the team and second overall on the bars with 9.850 points … the Belle, W.Va., native also led the Mountaineers on fl oor with an overall eight place finish with 9.800 points … junior Chelsi Tabor finished first on the tam and fourth overall with 9.850 points … classmate Shelly Purkat finished first on the team and sixth overall on the beam with 9.800 points.

Notes and Quotes

WVU's point total matches the 45th-best score in program history … the Mountaineers finished third (49.025 points) on vault, second (48.825) on bars, third (48.625) on beam and third (48.775) on fl oor … the bars and beam scores matched second-best season scores … needing only 28.175 points to break into WVU's career point list, Morris achieved the mark with her 39.175 point total … the score is the second consecutive 39.000-plus point total for Morris … through 46 career meets, she owns 1,388.350 points for 18th place … Morris also finished third on the team and 11th overall on the vault with a career high 9.800 score … Morris has now set consecutive vault careerbests … Morris' bars score matches a season-high … sophomore Naja Johnson matched a week-old season best bars score on Friday, finishing second on the team and fifth overall with 9.800 points … WVU opens this week down two in the rankings to No. 20 with an 194.630 RQS.


This Week in Swimming & Diving

The West Virginia University swimming and diving teams ended their season last weekend and will find out who will go to the NCAA Championships in the coming weeks.

Last Week in Swimming & Diving

The Mountaineers traveled to Indianapolis for the Big East Championships where the men placed in fourth, with the women finishing fifth.

Notes & Quotes

The Mountaineers ended up with four Big East Champions in six separate races ... senior Michael Walker won the 400 IM in record time, while senior Lindsey Largo won the mile race ... sophomore Kayla Andrews defended her Big East title in the 100 free and sophomore Morgan Callaway stole the show with wins in the 500 free, 200 free and 200 back.


This Week in Rifle

The No. 1 Mountaineers travel to Oxford, Miss., on Feb. 28-March 1, for the GARC Championships … competition is set to go all day, each day, at the tournament.

Last Week in Rifle

WVU (11-1 overall, 5-1 GARC) did not compete last week.

News and Notes

The Mountaineers finished third at last year's championships with 4626 points … WVU's last highest finish at the GARC Championships was in 2003, when the team took second with 6174 points … WVU is looking for its first ever GARC title … the team's only conference loss this season came on Nov. 15 in Lexington, with the Mountaineers falling, 4649-4639 … heading in to the championships, Kentucky is ranked No. 2, while Army is ranked No. 7 and Nebraska is No. 8.


This Week in Track and Field

The Mountaineers will return to New York City to compete at the NYU Fastrack meet on Feb. 27.

Last Week in Track and Field

WVU tied for fifth in the 2009 Big East Indoor Track and Field Championship, which was held at The Armory in New York City this past weekend … WVU earned 74 points to tie with Notre Dame for the fifth-place finish, while UConn took home their second-consecutive championship title with 107 points … Georgetown took second with 98 points followed by Louisville (88) and Villanova (74.50) ... pole vaulter Alex Acker took second place after clearing 3.85-meters and now holds the second (3.86-meters), third (3.85-meters) and fourth (3.82-meters) best performances in WVU pole vault indoor history. Erin Nett set the record of 4.07-meters in 2001 ... Chelsea Carrier took fifth with 3,786 points in the pentathlon. Her performance is the fifth-best in WVU history, topping her previous fifth-best performance of 3,665 points she set in 2008 ... Keri Bland set a school and Big East Championship meet record in the mile event when she took the title with a time of 4:34.78. … Bland's performance was also a NCAA automatic qualifier.

April Rotilio set a new school record and took third in the 400-meter event with a time of 54.38 … Carrier finished second in the 60-meter hurdle event with an NCAA provisional time of 8.39 … freshman Kaylyn Christopher placed third in the 1,000-meter with a personal-best, and WVU fourth-fastest time of 2:47.51 … Mary-Louise Asselin finished third in the 3,000-meter event with a time of 9:22.05, while Karly Hamric took sixth place in the 800-meter run (2:13.13). Asselin's mark is the fourth-best in WVU history and is a NCAA qualifier.

Notes & Quotes

For her efforts throughout the meet, Bland was named the meet's Most Outstanding Track Performer, voted on by all 16 women's head coaches … she shared the award with Providence's Danette Doetzel. "I think it was almost a near-perfect meet. To finish as close to humanly possible to fourth in this meet was fantastic. Ninety percent of our program ran personal-bests this weekend, and to come in and do that in a pressure situation that is the Big East Championship, is beyond great." - Coach Sean Cleary.


This Week in Tennis

The West Virginia University tennis team will travel to Lincoln, Neb., this week for a 5 p.m. match with Nebraska on Saturday, Feb. 28, and a 10:30 a.m. match against Iowa State on Sunday, Feb. 29 ... both matches will take place at the Nebraska Tennis Center.

Last Week in Tennis

The Mountaineers (5-5, 1-2 Big East) went 2-0 this past weekend with victories over UMBC (5-2) and Charleston (8-1), in a double-header on Saturday, Feb. 21, at the Ridgeview Racquet Club.

Notes and Quotes

Sophomore Ashley Pilsbury posted a good weekend for the Mountaineers as she went 2-0 in singles play with wins over Lauren Hamilton from UMBC (6-1, 6-1) and Neha Rana from Charleston (6-2, 6-2) ... freshman Kathryn Haught also went 2-0 in her first matches of the season after sitting out due to injury, as she defeated UMBC's Joy Adewumi, 6-2, 6-7, 6-2, and Charleston's Alyssa Hackworth, 6-1, 6-1 … also playing well this weekend was junior Stephanie LaFortune, who posted a 6-4, 6-1 win over UMBC's Alice Chen in the No. 2 spot, while Veronica Cardenas defeated UMBC's Emily Mannix 6-3, 6-3, in the No. 5 spot. In the match against Charleston, the Mountaineers saw victories from freshman Milica Pantovic with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Monsheimer in the No. 4 spot, Blaskovicova over Katie Kim in the No. 5 spot (6-2, 6-1) and freshman Catie Wickline over Alexa Kay in the No. 6 spot (6-3, 7-5). The Mountaineers continue to dominate in doubles play as they took the point in both matches on Saturday, making it the sixth-straight time they have earned the doubles point ... against UMBC, the Mountaineers won two of three matches as LaFortune and Monique Burton captured a 9-7 win over Cornelia Carapcea and Adewumi in the No. 1 spot, while junior Olga Elkin and Cardenas swept Mannix and Barbara Couto 8-0 in the No. 3 spot ... against Charleston, the Mountaineers swept three-of-three matches with victories coming from LaFortune and Burton, who defeated Bre Moyle and Rana, 8-4, in the No. 1 spot, while Blaskovicova and Pilsbury swept Kim and Hackworth, 8-0, in the No. 2 position ... Elkin and Cardenas also posted a victory, with an 8-2 defeat over Alexa Kay and Sarah Monsheimer, in the No. 3 spot ... the victory for Elkin and Cardenas gives the duo a perfect 10-0 record on the season.


This Week in Wrestling

The West Virginia University wrestling team will have two weeks off before competing at the EWL Tournament in Lock Haven, Pa., on March 7 … the all-day affair is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. at Lock Haven's Thomas Fieldhouse.

Last Week in Wrestling

WVU went 1-0-1 in its two matches last week … the Mountaineers crushed EWL foe Cleveland State, 41-0, on Feb. 20 … two wins came by forfeit, while three came by bonus decision … on Feb. 22, the final regular-season contest for all teams in the league, WVU tied No. 13-ranked Edinboro, 19-19 … redshirt junior Donnie Jones upset 11th-ranked Jarrod King, 5-3, at 165 pounds.

Notes & Quotes

The Mountaineers finished the regular-season with a 8-4-2 overall mark and a 4-0-2 record in league action … WVU finished the season with an eight-match unbeaten streak (6-0-2 record) … competing in only his second dual meet, redshirt freshman Grant Lowther notched a 19-6 major decision over Cleveland State's Josh Palivoda … Lowther tallied seven takedowns through three periods … freshman Colin Johnston followed that with his third career major decision, a 10-1 victory at 141 pounds … fifth-year senior Kurt Brenner (174) recorded his first win by fall of the season, pinning CSU's Nate Kmetz at the 4:39 mark … 11th-ranked heavyweight Dustin Rogers defeated Cleveland State's Rashard Goff, ranked No. 20 nationally, 4-1 … Rogers, a fifth-year senior, is 3-1 all-time against Goff … Jones' (165) upset victory over Edinboro's King marked his ninth-straight win this season … Brenner, who recorded a 15-5 major decision over Foley, had six takedowns in two periods of action … redshirt freshman Matt Ryan registered an impressive 5-4 decision over Edinboro's Pat Bradshaw … the Edinboro 197-pounder entered the day with a 26-6 overall record, while it was only Ryan's third true match of the season (one win came by forfeit) … Ryan won the match with an escape in the third period.


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