A Belle, W.Va., native, Morris finished first overall with 39.300 points. Additionally, she successfully defended both her bars and floor titles, as she earned 9.85 points on each event. Morris stood alone at the top on the floor, and tied for the bars title. Morris is the first Mountaineer to win the league's all-around crown since Janáe Cox did so in 2005. Additionally, Morris is only the second Mountaineer to earn three conference titles at one championship, as Umme Salim also won three events in 1998.
Prior to her strong showing at the championship, Morris was named the 2009 EAGL Outstanding Senior Gymnast. She is the sixth Mountaineer to earn the conference honor. All- American Janáe Cox was the last to do so in 2007. Morris also earned First Team All-EAGL honors on the uneven bars, the floor exercise and the all-around. She was named to the balance beam second team.
A four-time 2009 EAGL Gymnast of the Week, Morris bookends her career with major conference honors, as she was named the 2006 EAGL Rookie of the Year.
This Week in Women's Basketball
The Mountaineers' season has concluded.
Last Week in Women's Basketball
The Mountaineers defeated Coppin State, 70-40, on Thursday night at the WVU Coliseum in the first round of the Women's NIT … Liz Repella led WVU with 27 points and 10 rebounds … four Mountaineers recorded double figures … senior point guard Ashley Powell added 14 points on 6-11 shooting with six assists and Sarah Miles and Takisha Granberry had 10 points a piece for WVU … Granberry also had nine rebounds while Miles tallied five caroms and five assists … with the win, WVU advanced to the second round and faced St. Bonaventure, in Olean, N.Y., on Saturday but Mountaineers fell to the Bonnies 68-63 … West Virginia (18-15) shot 63% from the field in the first half (17-27) led by Granberry's 6-8 shooting including 5-6 from 3-point range ... as a team, West Virginia shot a blistering 77.8% (7-9) from 3-point range in the first half and WVU led 42-28 at halftime … the second half, WVU faltered as the Mountaineers shot just 2-21 (9.5%) from the field and committed 14 turnovers … WVU was 17-21 from the free throw line in the second half that kept the Mountaineers in the game … Repella added 15 points and seven rebounds while Miles added 13 points on 5-7 shooting … Powell closed her Mountaineer career with 11 assists and seven points.
Notes and Quotes
WVU made its third appearance in the postseason WNIT and now owns a 6-4 overall record in the tournament … West Virginia last participated in the WNIT in 2005, finishing as the national runner-up … the postseason appearance was the fifth under the direction of Coach Mike Carey and eighth overall for the women's program in school history.
This Week in Baseball
The West Virginia University baseball team participates in the Mountaineer Diamond Classic on Tuesday, March 24, against Kentucky at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, W.Va. … first pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. … WVU follows with its second Big East series of the season at Villanova on March 27-29.
Last Week in Baseball
The Mountaineers (15-5) enjoyed a perfect week by defeating Morehead State, 13-9, in a one-game series on Tuesday, followed by a three-game sweep over Connecticut to begin conference play … Dan DiBartolomeo led WVU by going 8-for-17 during the week with two home runs and seven RBIs … DiBartolomeo hit a tie-breaking grand slam in the eighth inning against Morehead State to lift the Mountaineers on Tuesday … Austin Markel's game-winning RBI single in the ninth inning gave WVU the 7-6 victory over UConn on Friday … starter Jonathan Jones gave up no earned runs in seven innings pitched on Saturday as the Mountaineers defeated the Huskies, 12-2 … WVU also received a complete game from starter Billy Gross on Sunday to get the win over UConn, 7-4.
Notes & Quotes
WVU swept UConn in a three-game series for the second straight season … the Mountaineers have opened Big East play by sweeping a three-game series for the fourth consecutive year … DiBartolomeo is riding an 18-game hitting streak heading into Tuesday's matchup with Southeastern Conference foe Kentucky … the Mountaineers are ranked fifth in the country with 10.5 runs per game … WVU's four-game road winning streak is also tied for fourth in the nation … starters Jarryd Summers (3-0) and Jones (3-0) as well as reliever Chris Enourato (5-0) all carry perfect records heading into the week … Vince Belnome's 35 RBIs through just 20 games puts him on pace to break the single-season record of 81 by Mark Landers in 1994.
This Week in Gymnastics
The No. 21 Mountaineers do not compete this week, as they must now await their NCAA Regional seeding and site location … WVU has qualified for regional competition in 30 of the last 31 years.
Last Week in Gymnastics
WVU (15-8 overall, 10-2 EAGL) finished second with 195.50 points at the 2009 EAGL Championship … host NC State finished first with 195.700 points, while North Carolina took third with 194.825 points … the Mountaineers won six individual championships, with senior Mehgan Morris leading the way with three victories … the Belle, W.Va., native finished first overall with 39.300 points … Morris successfully defended both her bars and floor titles, as she earned 9.85 points on each event … she stood alone at the top on the floor, and tied with NC State's Lauren Deuser and Brittany Vontz, and Pitt's Alix Croop, on the bars … junior Shelly Purkat tied with Maryland's Abbey Adams and New Hampshire's Chelsea Steinberg for first on the balance beam with 9.875 points … junior Chelsi Tabor and freshman Tina Maloney tied for first overall on the vault with matching 9.90s … WVU entered the final rotation in third place (146.225 points) behind UNC (146.900 points) and NC State (146.525 points), but with a season-best 49.275 vault showing, the Mountaineers were able to surpass the Tar Heels for the second-place finish.
Notes and Quotes
Morris is the first Mountaineer to win the league's all-around crown since Janáe Cox did so in 2005 … additionally, Morris is only the second Mountaineer to earn three conference titles at one championship, as Umme Salim also won three events in 1998 … Purkat's win is the first league title for the Edina, Minn., native, and she is the program's first beam champion since Cox won the title in 2005 … additionally, her score was both a career- and season-best … Tabor and Maloney are the second WVU pair to tie for the EAGL vault title, as Jessica Bartgis and Cox did so in 2004 … those wins were the last for WVU until Saturday … sophomore Amy Bieski finished tied for third overall on the vault with 9.875 points … WVU's three additional vaulters – Morris, senior Erica Watson and sophomore Emily Kerwin – each scored 9.80s … senior Heather Izer was perfect in the beam leadoff position, nabbing 9.80 points, a career- and season-high … Morris matched Izer's score, her second 9.80 of the season … Pitt finished fourth with 194.675 points … New Hampshire was fifth (194.650), while Maryland followed in sixth (194.525), George Washington was seventh (193.050) and Rutgers finished in eighth (189.125) … prior to Saturday's championship, the conference handed out its yearly awards … Morris was named the EAGL Outstanding Senior Gymnast … she is the sixth Mountaineer to earn the conference honor … Morris also earned First Team All-EAGL honors on the uneven bars, the floor exercise and the all-around … she was named to the balance beam second team … including Morris, nine Mountaineers earned a collective 17 All-EAGL honors, a program-best mark … eleven of the awards were First Team honors, matching a program-best mark previously achieved by the 1998 squad.
This Week in Swimming & Diving
The West Virginia University men's swimming and diving team will send senior Michael Walker to the 2009 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships from March 26-28 in College Station, Texas ... Walker will be swimming in the 200 IM, 400 IM and 200 breast.
Last Week in Swimming & Diving
Three members of the women's team traveled to College Station, Texas, to take part in the 2009 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships ... senior Lindsey Largo broke school records in the 1,000 and 1,650 free, finishing 31st ... juniors Kayla Andrews and Morgan Callaway also represented the Mountaineers ... Andrews swam in the 50 free, 100 free and 100 fly and finished in 43rd, 27th and 44th, respectively ... Callaway participated in the 500 free, finishing 48th ... she also swam the 200 free, finishing 39th and the 200 back touching the wall in 50th place.
Notes & Quotes
"It was a great week, all the women swam well this week," Coach Vic Riggs said. "Each year we are getting more comfortable and confident at this level. Though we didn't get any second swims, they came and competed well; better than last year."
This Week in Tennis
The West Virginia University tennis team is idle this week ... the Mountaineers are set to return to Big East action on Tuesday, March 31, with a 4 p.m. match at Georgetown.
Last Week in Tennis
The Mountaineers (7-14, 2-2 Big East) went 1-3 this past week with a 6-1 win over New Orleans and losses to Troy (5-2), Southern Miss (6-1) and Lamar (5-2).
Notes and Quotes
Sophomore Ashley Pilsbury led the Mountaineers last week with a 3-1 record in singles play ... Pilsbury started out with a 6-1, 6-2 win over New Orleans' Anita Racz at the No. 6 spot ... she then went on to defeat Shannon Rogers from Southern Miss, 6-4, 6-3, and Lamar's Manami Kuroda 6-4, 7-5 ... freshman Veronica Cardenas and junior Monique Burton also had a good week as each posted a 2-2 record ... Cardenas recorded wins over Troy's Leonie Guijt, 2-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-2) and Amber Gaza from New Orleans, 6-3, 6-2, while Burton defeated Pis Dozo-Moreno from New Orleans, 7-5, 6-1, and Salina Aranda from Lamar, 6-1, 6-4 ... junior Olga Elkin and freshman Kathryn Haught also captured wins against New Orleans, as Haught defeated Kozue Matsumoto 6-3, 4-6, 10-8 at the No. 2 spot and Elkin took down Ceara Howey 6-3, 7-6 (19-17) at the No. 3 spot. In doubles play, Burton and junior Stephanie LaFortune led the team with a perfect 4-0 record ... the duo captured wins over the Sofija Karalic and Howey from New Orleans 8-5, Stephanie Vieira and Caroline Joaunin from Troy, 8-3, Hollie Robinson and Rogers from Southern Miss, 8-2, and Manijee Ashrafiand Salina Aranda from Lamar, 9-7 ... Cardenas and Elkin also had a good week, as they saw victories over New Orleans' Dozo-Moreno and Garza, 8-1 and Troy's Mirte De Bakker and Gabriella Veiga, 9-7.
This Week in Track and Field
The outdoor season will begin when WVU competes at the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif., on March 27-28 … members of the team will also compete in the WJU Bill Van Horne Invitational in Wheeling, W.Va., on March 28.
Last Week in Track and Field
The Mountaineers were idle.
Notes & Quotes
WVU finished in 8th place at the 2008 Big East Outdoor Championships while Chelsea Carrier took the 100- meter hurdle title with a time of 13.48 … Kerri Bland earned All-American honors in the 1500-meter race and took seventh in the second heat of the semifinal race at the USA Olympic Trials in the same event … Bland was also an ECAC and Big East Champion.
This Week in Wrestling
The 2008-09 West Virginia University wrestling season is complete.
Last Week in Wrestling
Fifth-year seniors David Jauregui (149), Kurt Brenner (174) and Dustin Rogers (HWT), redshirt junior Donnie Jones (165) and redshirt freshman Ryan Goodman competed at the 2009 NCAA Wrestling Championships in St. Louis, Mo. … WVU finished in 47th place with seven team points.
Notes & Quotes
Rogers won his first round match against Cornell's Zach Hammond, 12-1 … Rogers lost a close match to topseeded David Zabriskie of Iowa State, 9-8 … Jones lost in sudden victory, 7-5, to No. 3 seed Ryan Morningstar of Iowa … Jones bounced back with a win over Millersville's Jeremy Brooks, but exited from the tournament after a lost to Penn State's Dan Vallimont … in the wrestlebacks, Jauregui blasted second-seeded Bubba Jenkins of Penn State, 10-1 … Brenner also chalked up a victory in the wrestlebacks, defeating George Mason's Bagna Tovuujav, 3-2.