Varsity Sports Report

Senior gymnast Mehgan Morris has been named the WVU Athlete of the Week following her fifth place all-around finish at the 2009 NCAA Southeast Regional.

The Belle, W.Va., native scored 39.125 points and qualified for the 2009 NCAA National Championship by virtue of her finish. The meet's top two all-around competitors not associated with a qualifying team advance to the championship.

As she has been all season, Morris was again clutch for the Mountaineers when needed, pacing the squad on each event but vault. The 2009 EAGL Outstanding Senior Gymnast tied for second overall on the floor (9.90 points) and 11th on the bars (9.80 points). Additionally, she tied for the team's top beam score (9.70 points) and finished second on the team on the vault with 9.725 points.

Morris is the Mountaineers' first individual qualifier since All-American Janáe Cox in 2007. WVU finished fourth overall at the regional with 194.225 points.

This Week in Baseball

The West Virginia University baseball team prepares for its No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown against St. John's on April 9-11 at Hawley Field … the Mountaineers face the Red Storm on Thursday at 7:05 p.m. … WVU follows with a Friday matchup at 5 p.m. … the final game of the three-game series takes place on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Last Week in Baseball

The Mountaineers (23-6, 8-1) enjoyed another tremendous week by going 5-0 … WVU opened on Tuesday by defeating Duquesne, 7-5 … a wild comeback in the ninth gave the Mountaineers a walk-off 10-9 victory over Ohio on Wednesday … the Mountaineers swept Big East rival Georgetown over the weekend … the Old Gold and Blue started with a two-game sweep on a Saturday doubleheader, downing the Hoyas, 10-6, and 10-5, respectively … the series capper on Sunday also resulted in a Mountaineer victory, as WVU took the final game, 8-3.

Notes & Quotes

Thursday night's matchup against the Red Storm has been deemed "Dollar Night," with all tickets, hot dogs, popcorn and Coca-Colas available for a $1 purchase … WVU maintained its first-place position in the Big East, leading USF and St. John's by one game in the conference standings … three Mountaineers had multi-home run efforts on the weekend … Joe Agreste led WVU with four home runs, including two against the Hoyas in game one on Saturday … Justin Parks had three round-trippers, including two against Georgetown in game two on Saturday … Grant Buckner followed with two homers against GU on Sunday … the Mountaineers lead the conference with 23 wins overall … WVU smashed nine home runs in five games this week, giving them 34 in 29 games … Billy Gross and Jarryd Summers tied a season-high with 12 strikeouts apiece … Summers (4-1) went eight innings and gave up two earned runs on six hits to defeat GU on Saturday … Gross (4-2) earned his fourth consecutive win on Sunday, scattering only three hits in 7.2 innings pitched without allowing a run … freshman Chase Pickering put in some quality relief against Ohio, getting his first collegiate victory after allowing just one run in four innings pitched on two hits … WVU continues to lead the Big East with a .369 batting average, 20 points higher than second-place St. John's … the Mountaineers also lead in slugging percentage (.571), on-base percentage (.455), runs scored (285), hits (372), RBIs (266) and doubles (88) … the last time WVU started 8-1 in Big East play was in 1997.

This Week in Gymnastics

The No. 21 Mountaineers WVU gymnastics team has completed its season …senior Mehgan Morris qualified for the 2009 NCAA National Championship as an all-around individual competitor, to be held April 16-18, in Lincoln, Neb.

Last Week in Gymnastics

WVU (15-8 overall, 10-2 EAGL) finished fourth with 194.225 points at the 2009 NCAA Southeast Regional on April 4, at Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh, N.C. … senior Mehgan Morris finished fifth overall with 39.125 points and qualified for the NCAA National Championship … Morris' point total is her seventh-straight 39.00-plus score … the 2009 EAGL Outstanding Senior Gymnast was consistent throughout the meet, pacing the Mountaineers on each event but vault … in addition to her fifth place all-around finish, Morris tied for second on the floor (9.90 points) and 11th on the bars (9.80 points) … the Mountaineers battled back from sixth place for their final finish … the team opened the meet with a 48.250 showing on the bars … Morris anchored the event with her 9.80 showing … WVU recovered from the bars fumbles and put together a solid effort on the balance beam, with all six Mountaineers staying on the apparatus, and earning a 48.350 team score … three Mountaineers paced the team on the beam, with Morris, sophomore Amy Bieski and junior Kiersten Spoerke each scoring 9.70 points … the Mountaineers continued to persevere, moving on to the floor and scoring 48.875, their best showing since March 8 ... Morris surpassed her season average (9.880) and scored 9.90 points, while junior Shelly Purkat nabbed the team's second-best score with 9.80 points, and sophomore Naja Johnson scored a 9.75 … WVU concluded the meet with a 48.750 showing on the vault, which solidified the team's fourth-place finish … a trio of Mountaineers nabbed 9.80s on the vault – Bieski, Izer and junior Chelsi Tabor … No.1-ranked Georgia finished first with 197.70 points, while No. 12 Penn State finished second with 195.80 points … with their top two finishes, the Bulldogs and the Nittany Lions advance to the NCAA National Championship … No. 13 Nebraska finished third with 195.450 points, while EAGL foe North Carolina finished fifth with 194.125 points … host NC State finished sixth with 193.80 points.

Notes and Quotes

Morris is the first individual WVU qualifier since All-American Janáe Cox in 2007 … the Mountaineers sat in sixth place through the first two rotations before moving up to fourth place … senior Erica Watson was injured during her bars routine and could not finish the meet … Tabor filled her spot on beam, while sophomore Jessica Young opened the floor rotation and Izer assumed her role on the vault rotation … Young scored 9.70 in her first appearance in the Mountaineers' floor lineup since Feb. 20 … Izer's 9.80 vault showing was a season high … at the conclusion of the meet, the 2009 NCAA Southeast Regional Award Winners were announced, with WVU assistant coach, Jason Butts, named Assistant Coach of the Year.

This Week in Tennis

The West Virginia University tennis team is waiting to hear its seeding for the Big East Championship which is to be announced later this week ... the championship is to be held on April 16-20, in Tampa, Fla.

Last Week In Tennis

The Mountaineers (9-15, 4-3 Big East) went 2-1 last weekend with wins over Georgetown, 7-0, Connecticut, 5-2, and a loss to Rutgers, 1-6.

Notes and Quotes

Junior Monique Burton led the Mountaineers over the week with a 3-0 record in singles play, with wins over Georgetown's Lacey Herchek, 6-2, 6-1, Rutgers' Caitlin Baker, 6-2, 6-2, and UConn's Katie Moritz, 6-4, 7-5. Mountaineers dominated the Hoyas taking all nine matches on the day … junior Stephanie LaFortune and freshman Kathryn Haught posted great wins as each won in a third-set tiebreaker … LaFortune started off with a huge 1-6, 7-5, 10-5 victory over Caroline Kuehn at the No. 1 spot, while Haught defeated Mazi Thiels 6-7, 7-6 (3) at the No. 2 spot ... sophomore Ashley Pilsbury also played well as she captured her third-straight win, with a 6-2, 6-2 defeat over Alex Sebia at the No. 5 spot, while junior Olga Elkin defeated Aileen Shea 6-1, 6-2 at the No. 3 spot, and freshman Veronica Cardenas, defeated Jacquie Harrison, 6-1, 6-1 at the No. 4 spot ... in doubles play, LaFortune and Burton posted their fifth-straight win, with an 8-4 victory over Sebia and Thiels at the No. 2 spot, while Cardenas and Elkin captured an 8-3 win over Kuehn and Brown at the No. 3 spot ... against Rutgers the Mountaineers saw several highlights, including Burton's win and two third-set tiebreakers as Haught fell to Katherine Arlak ,4-6, 6-2, 6-2, at the No. 2 spot, and Elkin fell to Jennifer Holzberg, 4-6, 6-2, 6-7 (2), at the No. 3 spot ... Elkin helped to clinch the match for the Mountaineers against UConn, with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over BreAnne Cheung at the No. 3 spot, while Haught defeated Allison Campitiello in a tough 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 match at the No. 2 spot ... Pilsbury then posted a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Katie Moritz ... the Mountaineers took the doubles point, as. LaFortune and Burton recorded an 8-3 win over Lorusso and Emily Herb, while Elkin and freshman Veronica Cardenas defeated Moritz and Gregory 8-1.

This Week in Rowing

The West Virginia University rowing team heads to Camden, N.J., on Friday, April 10, for the Knecht Cup on the Cooper River.

Last Week In Rowing

The Mountaineers Varsity 4+ boat lead the team this past weekend with a first-place finish it its first-ever home race on the Monongahela River against Dayton, Duquesne and George Mason.

Notes and Quotes

In the Varsity 4+ event, WVU's boat of Caroline Rettig, Stephanie Roof, Kathryn Walsh and Keyara Stevenson, with coxswain Gillian Hanbury, crossed the line with a time of 7:06.31 in front of Dayton (7:07.91), George Mason (7:12.33) and Duquesne (7:19.25) … the Novice 8+ also raced well today, with a second-place finish (6:21.32) behind George Mason (6:15.02), while the Novice 4+ finished third with a time of 7:49.31, behind George Mason (7:34.19) and Dayton (7:42.03) ... the Mountaineer Varsity 8+ finished fourth with a time of 6:41.24.

This Week in Track and Field

The Mountaineers travel to Knoxville, Tenn. to compete at the Sea Ray Relays … the invitational will be a four-day event from April 8-11 ... some members of the team will also compete at the RMU Bennie Benson Invitational on April 11, held in Moon Township, Pa.

Last Week in Track and Field

The Mountaineers competed in the Duke/asics Invitational, at Wallace Wade Stadium this past weekend … sophomore Alexandra Acker placed second in the pole vault event, after she cleared a NCAA regional qualifying mark of 3.85-meters and freshman Lindsay Kopenhaver finished 12th after topping 3.30-meters in her West Virginia track debut in day one of action.

On Saturday, high jumper Natasha Redman cleared an NCAA Regional qualifying height of 1.75-meters … the 4x400-meter relay team of Jordann Mitchell, Chelsea Carrier, Brittany Hohn and April Rotilio placed first with a time of 3:46.56 … the 4x100-meter team took second with the team of Kyllie Bebout, Hohn, Carrier and Rotilio (47.62) to highlight the afternoon … Carrier took first place in the finals of the 100-meter hurdle event, crossing the finish line at 14.07 and posted an NCAA Regional qualifying time of 13.63 in the semifinal race … Katelyn Williams placed second in the high jump after clearing 1.70-meters, while Meghan Mock placed ninth after toping 1.55-meters … Mock also took fifth-place in the long jump event, leaping 5.38-meters … Kerry Davis placed third in the 5000- meter, section ‘C', with a time of 18:44.63 … Rotilio finished second in the 400-meter race with a time of 55.26, while Mitchell placed ninth (58.29).

Notes & Quotes

Acker, Carrier and Redman join Ahna Lewis, Clara Grandt and Karly Hamric as a qualifiers for the NCAA Regional meet.

"After suffering numerous injuries and a concussion, it was a very special day for Natasha and a sign of great things to come in her future. I'm encouraged with the team's performance this weekend. Technically, we have some things to work on over the next few weeks in order to fulfill our potential, but this weekend was a step in the right direction." - Coach Sean Cleary

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