WVU Varsity Sports Report

Junior transfer Nicco Campriani has been named the West Virginia University athlete of the week following a record-setting performance in his first match with the WVU rifle team.

Campriani, a six-year member of the Italian National Team and a native of Florence, finished first overall in the Mountaineers' 4678-4561 home victory over NC State with a school-record aggregate score of 1180. Campriani was victorious in both disciplines, shooting 587 smallbore and 593 air rifle. His smallbore score tied a program-best mark previously achieved by classmate Kyle Smith.

Special Notes of the Week

  • Junior shortstop Jedd Gyorko was named to the Ping!Baseball preseason All-America first team on Jan. 11. The Morgantown native has now been recognized as a preseason All-American by three publications, earning second-team honors from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association as well as Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.

  • The WVU gymnastics team opens its home season against East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) foes No. 23-ranked NC State, Maryland and George Washington on Sunday, Jan. 24, at 1 p.m. at the WVU Coliseum.

    This Week in Women's Basketball

    No. 13/18 West Virginia plays two contests away this week, with its annual matchup against Marshall and a visit to Notre Dame … the Marshall contest is slated for Wednesday, Jan. 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Charleston Civic Center … the Notre Dame game is set for Sunday, Jan. 24, at 1 p.m. on ESPNU.

    Last Week in Women's Basketball

    West Virginia went 2-0 last week with a home win against Villanova and a key road victory at Pitt … against the Wildcats, WVU won 45-41 and was forced to rely on its staunch defense ... the Mountaineers played the Wildcats into 17 turnovers, which they converted into 18 points, and also swiped eight steals from VU … the efforts on defense made up for the Mountaineers' cold shooting, as the squad went 17-for-52 (32.7 percent) from the field and 3-for-12 (25 percent) from the 3-point line … against the Panthers, WVU won 69-54 as five Mountaineers reached double figures in scoring, led by Korinne Campbell's team-high 15 points … she also grabbed a game-high nine rebounds … junior point guard Sarah Miles had one of her best games of the season with 13 points, including 7-10 from the free throw line, and career-highs of nine assists and six steals … junior guard Vanessa House came off the bench and tied a career-high by hitting four 3-pointers, three in the second half, while Asya Bussie added 11 points and eight rebounds and junior guard Liz Repella added 10 points and eight caroms …the Mountaineers out-rebounded the Panthers 42-35 and forced 23 Panther turnovers, scoring 20 points off of the Panthers' miscues … WVU's aggressive defense held the Panthers to just 38.9 percent shooting from the field and the 54 points mark the 14th-straight opponent the Mountaineers have held to under 60 point.

    Notes and Quotes

    West Virginia continues its best start in school history, now at 17-1 … WVU is 5-0 in league play for the first time since 1996-97 … WVU swept the season series from the Panthers … its 15-game win streak ties for the second-longest in school history and is the longest since the program strung together 22 straight in 1991-92.

    This Week in Gymnastics

    The WVU gymnastics team opens its home season against East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) foes No. 23-ranked NC State, Maryland and George Washington on Sunday, Jan. 24, at 1 p.m. at the WVU Coliseum … Sunday is Dollar Day, with all tickets and select concessions priced at $1 each.

    Last Week in Gymnastics

    The Mountaineers (3-2, 1-0 EAGL) swept the Pitt tri-meet on Jan. 16 at the Fitzgerald Field House in Pittsburgh … WVU earned a 192.425-190.625 victory over Kent State, and a 192.425-190.55 win over the Panthers, the team's first EAGL meet of the season … the Mountaineers finished first on floor (48.625) and beam (47.775) and second on vault (48.5) and bars (47.525) … despite a fall on bars, junior Amy Bieski finished third overall with 38.05 points … the Nanticoke, Pa., native finished first uncontested on floor (9.775) and tied for fourth on vault with the meet's second-best score of 9.75 … freshman Alaska Richardson also tied Bieski on vault … sophomore Tina Maloney finished second unmatched on floor with 9.75 points … the Hanover, Ind., native was the first floor routine of the evening … the Mountaineers were particularly strong on floor, as junior Naja Johnson tied for third with 9.725 points … senior Chelsi Tabor tied for first on vault with a score of 9.8, a one-tenth improvement on her season-opening score of 9.7 … classmate Shelly Purkat finished second on beam with 9.725 points, while sophomore Nicole Roach tied for third with a career-high 9.7 score.

    Notes and Quotes

    Saturday's meet was the season opener for Pitt and KSU … WVU has not lost to Pitt since the 2000 EAGL Championship and increased its series advantage to 48-12-2 … the Mountaineers also improved to 21-9 over the Golden Flashes … Tabor's winning vault is the fist 9.8-plus vault of the WVU season … junior Stephanie Keaton has earned a career-best 9.7 floor score in consecutive meets … Roach's beam score is all the more impressive given that it came in only her second career meet on beam.

    This Week in Rifle

    The No. 2-ranked Mountaineers play host to newly No.1-ranked Alaska-Fairbanks on Thursday, Jan. 21, at 8 a.m. at the WVU Rifle Range.

    Last Week in Rifle: The Mountaineers returned from an eight-week hiatus and defeated NC State, 4678-4561, on Jan. 17, at the WVU Rifle Range … the win pushed the Mountaineers' unblemished record to 7-0 and improved their Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) standing to 4-0 … WVU won both guns and defeated NC State in smallbore, 2325- 2244, and air rifle, 2353-2317; the Mountaineers have yet to drop a discipline match this season … junior transfer Nicco Campriani paced all shooters in his first action as a Mountaineer, shooting 593 air rifle and 587 smallbore for a school-record aggregate score of 1180 … classmate Andy Lamson and senior Bryant Wallizer tied for second with a combined score of 1165, while sophomore Michael Kulbacki finished fourth with a score of 1164 … Campriani's 587 (197 prone, 194 standing, 196 kneeling) smallbore was tops among all shooters and tied a program-best score previously achieved by junior Kyle Smith against Morehead State in 2008 … Wallizer and junior Brandi Eskew tied for second and shot 580 … the mark matched Wallizer's personal-best score … Lamson shot 578 and finished fourth … Campriani proved his air gun strength with his winning 593 (100, 99, 99, 98, 98, 99) score … Kulbacki was the next closest shooter and finished second with a score of 588, while Lamson and NC State's Will Teller tied for third with scores of 587.

    Notes and Quotes: The Mountaineers remain undefeated in their 11-match series with the Wolfpack … WVU's team score is the second-best mark in program history and sits behind the squad's national record-setting score of 4691, shot in the November win against then-No. 2 ranked Kentucky … the defending national champion Mountaineers have not started a season 7-0 since 2003, when they opened at 8-0 before ending the year with an 11-2 mark … WVU's recent ranking is based on scores achieve through Nov. 15, 2009.

    This Week in Swimming & Diving

    The West Virginia University swimming and diving teams will travel to Maryland to take on the Terrapins on Saturday, Jan. 23, at 1 p.m.

    Last Week in Swimming & Diving

    The Mountaineers continued to train for the remaining dual meets on the schedule … the teams will then go to the Big East Championships with diving taking place Feb. 12-14, and the swimming events on Feb. 17-20 … the conference championships are slated to take place at Pitt.

    Notes and Quotes

    Last season the WVU men's team defeated Maryland by a score of 147-84 in the WVU Natatorium … the women lost however, 134-103

    This Week in Tennis

    The West Virginia University tennis team opens the 2010 spring season at home on Jan. 23, when it plays host to Youngstown State at the Ridgeview Racquet Club … match time is set for 3 p.m.

    Last Week in Tennis: The Mountaineers were idle last week.

    Notes and Quotes: The Mountaineers finished the 2009 spring season with a 9-15 overall, 4-3 Big East record, and a 0-2 finish in the conference tournament. "Matches with teams like Youngstown, Morehead State, Duquesne, and Eastern Kentucky will challenge us to show that we can close out the even matchups that eluded us last year. We have a demanding schedule again this season, which will test our talent and depth while allowing us a chance to build on our youth," says coach Marc Walters.

    This Week in Track & Field

    The No. 22 West Virginia University track and field team is set to return to home action on Saturday, Jan. 23, as it plays host to the State Farm Games at the WVU Shell Building.

    Last Week in Track & Field

    The Mountaineers had an excellent showing at the Penn State Northeast Challenge on Jan. 16, as six student-athletes met Big East qualifying … seniors Clara Grandt, April Rotilio, juniors Jessica O'Connell, Kaylyn Christopher, Chelsea Carrier, Alexandra Acker, Katelyn Williams and sophomore Meghan Mock all met conference qualifying standards.

    Notes and Quotes

    Carrier led with qualifying times in both the 60-meter hurdles and the 60-meter dash … in the 60-meter hurdles, the Buckhannon, W.Va., native posted a second-place finish with a time of 8:51 ... In the 60-meter Dash, Carrier placed ninth (7.77) … O'Connell also had an excellent day as she met a Big East qualifying time and broke a Penn State record in the 1,000-meter race … the Calgary, Alberta, native finished the race in second with a time of 2:47.59, respectively, which puts her fourth on WVU's all-time list for the event … Grandt also met conference qualifying standards in the 1,000 meter with an eighth-place showing (2:57.75) … in the 500-meter race, Christopher finished in 11th place with time of 1:16.86, while Rotilio placed 12th in the 200-meter dash (25.01) … in the field events, Acker led with a second-place showing after clearing 3.70 meters in the pole vault, while Mock finished fourth in the long jump (5.63) and Williams placed fourth in the high jump (1.70 meters).

    This Week in Wrestling

    The Mountaineers will open up Eastern Wrestling League action and a four-match home stand starting on Friday, Jan. 22 … WVU will play host to Clarion at 8 p.m. at the WVU Coliseum … on Sunday, Jan. 24, WVU welcomes Bloomsburg to Morgantown for a 7 p.m. match.

    Last Week in Wrestling

    The Mountaineers fell to No. 9/10-ranked Lehigh, 39-3, on Jan. 15 … the Mountaineers' lone win in Bethlehem, Pa., came from 125-pounder Shane Young.

    Notes and Quotes

    A freshman, Young defeated Lehigh's John McDonald, 5-3 … despite falling behind 1-0, Young tallied a takedown and then earned three more points to go ahead 5-1 … McDonald registered a late takedown, but Young held on for his ninth victory of the year … sophomore Colin Johnston, ranked 19th at 133 pounds, fell to No. 14-ranked Matt Fisk … WVU conceded 12 points due to two forfeits – one at 141 pounds and one at 157 pounds … Lehigh was the fourth-ranked opponent WVU has faced this season.

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