WVU Varsity Sports Report

Junior heavyweight Brandon Williamson has been named the West Virginia University Athlete of the Week for his performances this past weekend.

A Riverside, Conn., native, Williamson won his first match of Eastern Wrestling League action, by posting an 8-0 major decision over Clarion's Quintas McCorkle on Jan. 22. Williamson earned a three-point near fall in the second period and then racked up four points in the third, plus a point for riding time, for the win.

Two days later, Williamson's match at heavyweight proved to be crucial. With the Mountaineers down 18-15, Williamson pinned Bloomsburg's Zac Walsh at 1:43 to give WVU its first victory of the year. Williamson registered a quick takedown and a three-point near fall before catching a wing and rolling Walsh onto for the fall.

The 2008 junior college heavyweight national champion improved to 11-6 with the wins, with seven coming by bonus decision.

Special Notes of the Week

  • WVU's women's basketball team remained at #16 in the AP Poll following its road loss to Notre Dame.

    This Week in Women's Basketball

    No. 11/16 West Virginia (18-2, 5-1) returns to the WVU Coliseum for a two-game home stand against Seton Hall and Louisville … WVU and the Pirates square off on Wednesday, Jan. 27 … the Cardinals come to town on Saturday, Jan. 30 … both games will tip at 7 p.m.

    Last Week in Women's Basketball

    West Virginia went 1-1 last week, defeating in-state rival Marshall 74-42 and falling a No. 4/5 Notre Dame, 74-66 … West Virginia dominated play, out-rebounding Marshall 44-27 and used its aggressive defense from the get-go ultimately forced 22 MU turnovers which equated to 19 Mountaineer points … WVU's defense also held the Thundering Herd to just 32.6 percent shooting (14-43) for the contest … Marshall was the 14th straight Mountaineer opponent to be held under 60 points and the Mountaineers now lead the all-time series by a 33-15 count … four Mountaineers reached double figures in scoring led by redshirt junior guard Vanessa House's career-best and game-high 16 points off the bench … junior guard/forward Korinne Campbell was named WVU's MVP of the Capital Classic with 14 points and eight rebounds … freshman center Asya Bussie added 14 points and five rebounds while junior point guard Sarah Miles chipped in 11 points and four assists … at Notre Dame, WVU held an 11-point halftime lead and was on the verge of defeating the Irish for the first time ever on their home court … but the Irish outscored the Mountaineers 43-24 in the second half and held on for the win … Repella scored a game-high 24 points including 5-7 from 3-point range … it was the second-ever meeting between the two schools when both were ranked in the top 25.

    Notes and Quotes

    The Notre Dame loss snapped the Mountaineers' 16-game winning streak, the second-longest in school history and longest since 22 in a row in 1991-92 … WVU is 12-0 at home and has won 14-straight contests at the WVU Coliseum dating back to last season … WVU's No. 11 ranking in the coaches' poll tied the highest ranking in school history.

    This Week in Gymnastics

    The WVU gymnastics team travels to College Park, Md., on Jan. 30, for a 4 p.m. meet against Maryland, No. 16-ranked Denver and Rutgers.

    Last Week in Gymnastics

    The Mountaineers (6-2, 4-0 EAGL) scored a season-best 194.0 and defeated then-No. 23 ranked NC State (193.225), Maryland (193.0) and George Washington (188.65) in their home opener on Jan. 24 … WVU won on vault (48.75) and beam (48.075) … the team also finished second on bars (48.5) and floor (48.675) … all but the floor score were season-high marks … junior Amy Bieski had a breakout performance, scoring 39.15 points and finishing first overall … she also placed in the top three of each event, including a bars win with 9.775 points … Bieski tied for second on vault (9.775) and beam (9.775) and tied for third on floor (9.825) … each of her scores were season-high marks … WVU relied on its nationally-ranked floor lineup, as the team trailed the Terrapins 145.575-145.325 through three rotations … the Mountaineers pulled through, scoring 48.675 to UMD's 47.425 beam point total to secure the meet victory … senior Chelsi Tabor anchored the vault lineup with a spectacular 9.875 score, for an uncontested event win … WVU and UMD were side-by-side through two rotations with matching 97.25 scores after respectively scoring 48.5 on bars and 48.675 on vault ... the Terrapins' 48.325 bars score pushed UMD's running tally to 145.575 and past the Mountaineers through three rotations … WVU kept pace, scoring 48.075 on beam for a team score of 145.325.

    Notes and Quotes

    Sunday's meet drew a crowd of 1,555 to the WVU Coliseum … the victory over the Wolfpack is WVU's first win over a ranked team this season … additionally, since going 1-2 in their season opener at Michigan State, the Mountaineers have earned five-straight wins … WVU extended its series leads over the Wolfpack (22-11), Colonials (38-1) and Terrapins (30-13-1) … Bieski's cumulative score is her first 39.0-plus of the season and eighth career, moving her into a 10th-place tie with Lajuanda Moody for the most career 39.0-plus all-around scores.

    This Week in Rifle

    The No. 2-ranked Mountaineers meet two Great American Rifle conference (GARC) foes at neutral sites this weekend … WVU will shoot against Ole Miss in Cookeville, Tenn., on Saturday, Jan. 30, and against Memphis in Murray, Ky., on Sunday … both matches are set for 8 a.m.

    Last Week in Rifle: Four days after the College Rifle Coaches Association Poll's No. 1 ranking changed hands, the No. 2-ranked WVU rifle team trumped newly-anointed No. 1 Alaska-Fairbanks, 4697-4670, on Jan. 21, at the WVU Rifle Range … the Mountaineers won in both guns, defeating the Nanooks 2368-2352 air gun and 2329-2318 smallbore … WVU's air gun score is a season-high and school record … junior transfer Nicco Campriani set or tied four school records and paced the field with a program-best aggregate score of 1185 … Campriani shot a school-record 589 smallbore (199 prone, 195 standing, 195 kneeling) and tied sophomore Michael Kulbacki's air rifle record with a score of 596 (99, 98, 99, 100, 100, 100) … Kulbacki and senior Bryant Wallizer tied for second with a score of 1178; the mark is a personal-best for both Mountaineers … Wallizer tied the Nanooks' Jace Bures for third place in smallbore with a personal-best mark of 586 … Kulbacki also had a strong smallbore match and finished fifth overall with a personal-best score of 585 … junior Brandi Eskew shot a program-best 200 prone and concluded the evening with a 576 smallbore score … Kulbacki placed third in air rifle with a season-high 593, while Wallizer followed in fourth with a season-high 592.

    Notes and Quotes

    The Mountaineers (8-0, 4-0 GARC) handed the Nanooks (8-1) their first defeat of the season … the victory is WVU's second consecutive over UAF and narrows the Nanooks series advantage to 6-4 … on a 14-match win streak, the Mountaineers are off to their best season start since 2003 … WVU's aggregate score of 4697 is a nation-best mark and trumps the Mountaineers' and Nanooks' previous respective season scores of 4691 and 4692; the winning score is the highest collegiate combined total since the NCAA implemented a 60-shot course at the onset of the 2004-05 season.

    This Week in Swimming & Diving

    The West Virginia University swimming and diving teams will host Virginia Tech and Duquesne in a double dual meet on Saturday, Jan. 30, at noon … the day will also be used to honor the team's senior class.

    Last Week in Swimming & Diving

    The WVU swimming and diving teams split dual meets with the Maryland Terrapins … the men defeated Maryland by a score of 136-107, while the women fell, 133-108 … the Mountaineers had nine athletes record at least one win in the efforts with seniors Kayla Andrews and Brandon Robinson, sophomore Brad Eichenseer and freshman Rachael Burnett all recording two wins a piece … Robinson also set the school record on the 1-meter board with a score of 319.65 … the record was previously held by Gary Fleming who set it in 1990.

    Notes and Quotes

    Coming into next weekend's meet, Virginia Tech's men's team have a dual meet record of 6-3, while the women sit at 8-2 … the Hokies men's and women's teams are also ranked No. 24 and No. 20, respectively, in the latest College Swimming Coaches Association of America poll … Duquesne will travel to Morgantown with the men having a record of 7-4 and the women at 6-6.

    This Week in Tennis

    The West Virginia University tennis team will continue play at the Greenbrier Hotel and Resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., against Liberty on Friday, Jan. 29, at 5 p.m., followed by James Madison on Sunday, Jan. 31, at 11 a.m.

    Last Week in Tennis

    The Mountaineers defeated Youngstown, 5-1, on Saturday after sweeping the doubles competition and capturing four wins in the singles competition.

    Notes and Quotes

    Senior Stephanie LaFortune and redshirt junior Monique Burton recorded an 8-2 win over YSU's Tanisha Welch and Anna Volkova … sophomore Veronica Cardenas and freshman Emily Mathis defeated the penguin's Nicole Haralambopoulos and Margarita Sadovnikova, 8-4 … junior Ashley Pilsbury started the singles competition with a 6-0, 6-0 victory over the Penguins' No. 5 Hannah Patten … Mathis defeated Haralambopoulos 6-3, 6-1 in the No. 4 spot … Burton won 8-2, 7-6 in her match against Welch … Cardenas posted a 6-2, 6-0 victory against Volkova … LaFortune played a tough third-set tiebreaker in the No. 1 spot against Sadovnikova, in which she won the first set 6-3, but was defeated 3-6, 5-10 in the last two sets.

    This Week in Track & Field

    The No. 22 West Virginia University track and field team returns to action this weekend as it travels to University Park, Pa., for the Penn State National Invitational on Jan. 29-30.

    Last Week in Track & Field

    The Mountaineers completed in the WVU State Farm games last weekend, as the field events dominated competition on the day … in the long jump, junior Chelsea Carrier led the team finishing first (5.77 meters), while sophomore Meghan Mock placed second (5.68 meters) … WVU then took the top two spots in the high jump, as junior Katelyn Williams placed first with a conference qualifying mark of 1.75 meters, and Carrier finished second (1.70 meters) ... junior Alexandra Acker took first in the pole vault with a Big East qualifying mark of 3.80 meters.

    Notes and Quotes

    Carrier also posted an excellent showing on the track, finishing first in the 60-meter dash (7.74), the 60-meter hurdles (8.57) and as a member of the 4x400 relay team (4:00.60) … WVU dominated in the mile, taking the top three spots … senior Clara Grandt finished in first (4:57.18), while sophomores Aubrey Moskal and Hallie Portner followed in second (5:12.94) and third (5:13.13) … senior April Rotilio took first in the 400- and 200-meter races, finishing in 57.09 and 26.07, respectively … in other events, freshman Arielle Gaither finished first in the 500-meter run with a time of 1:20.88, while senior Katie Burda took first (19:54.20) in the 5000-meter run and junior Kaylyn Christopher took first in the 800 meter (2:14.30).

    This Week in Wrestling

    The Mountaineers (1-7, 1-1) will resume action on Sunday, Jan. 31, against Eastern Wrestling League foe Lock Haven … start time at the WVU Coliseum is set for 1 p.m.

    Last Week in Wrestling

    WVU went 1-1, competing against two league foes … the squad dropped a 20-14 decision to Clarion on Jan. 22 … WVU rebounded with a 21-18 come-from-behind victory over Bloomsburg on Jan. 24.

    Notes and Quotes

    Freshman Shane Young, sophomore Colin Johnston and junior Brandon Williamson each won both of their matches at their respective weight classes … Young posted a 7-2 decision over Clarion's Joe Waltko … he then followed that by pinning Bloomsburg's James Bak at 1:47 … Young has won four-straight matches and owns a 11-5 overall mark … ranked 18th at 133 pounds, Johnston registered a 4-3 decision over Clarion's Jay Ivanco … he earned his 17th win of the season by defeating Bloomsburg's Dan Gaylord … junior Kyle Rooney defeated Bloomsburg's Brian Shaw on a last second takedown to bring the team score to within three points … Williamson's win by fall over Bloomsburg's Zac Walsh gave the Mountaineers their first win of the year … two days earlier, he majored Clarion's Quintas McCorkle, 8-0 … redshirt senior Donnie Jones defeated Clarion's Nick Milano by a 13-4 major decision … he registered four takedowns in the victory … freshman Anthony Curcio won his first dual meet of the season at 141 pounds … he recorded a 7-5 decision over Bloomsburg's Jason Guffey … senior Mike Rowe made his first career appearance in the Old Gold and Blue against Clarion.

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