WVU Varsity Sports Report

WVU freshman Emily Mathis has been named Student-Athlete of the Week for her performance this weekend against Liberty and JMU.

The Flower Mound, Texas, native began her undefeated season against Youngstown in WVU's home-opener when she paired up with sophomore Veronica Cardenas. The duo defeated YSU's Nicole Haralambopoulos and Margarita Sadovnikova, 8-4., then Mathis beat Haralambopoulos 6-3, 6-1, in singles competition. In Friday's match against Liberty, Mathis and Cardenas pulled through again, defeating Liberty's Nadia Solomon-Burgess and Fabiana Gouveia in an 8-3 match. Mathis matched up against Gouveia in the singles competition where she dominated in a 6-2, 6-2 match.

Two days later, Mathis was victorious in a tough match-up with James Madison. In doubles, Mathis and Cardenas captured an 8-2 win over JMU's Rebecca Erickson and Megan Douglass, followed by Mathis' 6-7(2), 7-6(5), win over Douglass in singles action. This freshman's outstanding performance has led her to an undefeated season, along with her doubles partner Cardenas. Both hold a 6-0 record to concur with the team's undefeated regular season of 3-0.

Special Notes of the Week

  • The WVU wrestling team will complete its regular season at home, with a match against Big East rival Pitt on Friday, Feb. 6. Match time is set for 7 p.m. at the WVU Coliseum, and will be the Mountaineers' "Senior Day."

  • West Virginia University baseball player Chris Enourato has been selected to the initial watch list for the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award, given to the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I baseball. The right-hander is one of 40 relief pitchers nominated for the award.

    This Week in Women's Basketball

    No. 11/16 West Virginia (20-2, 7-1) takes to the road for two Big East contests … WVU takes on No. 1/1 Connecticut on Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m., at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn. … WVU then travels to Providence, R.I., to face the Friars on Saturday, Feb. 6, at 2:30 p.m., at the Dunkin Donuts Center.

    Last Week in Women's Basketball

    West Virginia went 2-0 last week with two home wins against Seton Hall and Louisville … against the Cardinals, junior guard Vanessa House came off the bench to score a career-high 17 points including four 3-pointers to give WVU the win … House, a Fresno, Calif., native, led three players in double figures as junior point guard Sarah Miles scored a season-high 17 points and junior Liz Repella notched 15 points on 6-10 shooting … against the Pirates, the Mountaineers won on the strength of their defense, all-but shutting down the Pirates' already tepid offense in the second half and outscoring SHU, 18-4, in the game's final 13 minutes … the Pirates' final point total (31) is the fewest allowed by WVU to a Big East opponent … junior forward Korinne Campbell proved to be the Mountaineers' spark against the Pirates, scoring 17 points and grabbing nine rebounds and blocking a career-high four shots … the Princeton, N.J., native's point total makes for her seventh-straight double-figure scoring effort … Miles not only scored 13 points, but also pulled down eight boards, set-up five additional baskets and secured one steal … guard Ebonie Williams matched Campbell's scoring effort and paced the Pirates with 17 points.

    Notes and Quotes

    WVU has reached 20 wins faster than any other team in program history … it is the fifth 20-win season under Mike Carey and the ninth in school history … WVU has won 16-straight home games, tied for the longest home winning streak in school history (1991-92) … WVU's 20-2 start to the season is tied for the best 22-game start in school history … WVU has now won all five regular season meetings with the Cardinals … Seton Hall's 31 points were the fewest ever scored by a Mountaineer Big East opponent.

    This Week in Gymnastics

    The WVU gymnastics team returns home and plays host to No. 15 Michigan and William & Mary on Friday, Feb. 5, at 8 p.m., at the WVU Coliseum.

    Last Week in Gymnastics

    The Mountaineers (9-2, 6-0 EAGL) performed well around the gym and swept the Maryland quad-meet with a season-best 194.6 score on Jan. 30, at the Comcast Center in College Park, Md. … WVU defeated the host Terrapins (193.925) in a tight battle, then knocked-off No. 16 Denver (192.85) and Rutgers (190.55) … WVU tallied season-high marks on bars (48.825), floor (48.875) and beam (48.175) … the team also scored 48.725 on vault and finished first on each event but beam … junior Amy Bieski finished first overall for the second-consecutive meet with a final tally of 38.775 … her evening included a first place, 9.8 bars showing, her second-straight win on the apparatus ... sophomore Nicole Roach and junior Emily Kerwin also scored season-best 9.8 bars scores and tied Bieski for the win … senior Kiersten Spoerke scored 9.725 on beam for a sixth-place finish … she also finished second on floor with a 9.825 score … senior Chelsi Tabor continued to show her mite on vault, winning her third-straight contest, second-consecutive uncontested win, with a 9.85 score.

    Notes and Quotes

    WVU's win over UMD was its second in six days over the Terrapins … additionally, the team's victory over the Pioneers was the Mountaineers' second over a ranked opponent … the three wins pushed the Mountaineers' win streak to eight; WVU has not lost a meet since going 1-2 at Michigan State on Jan. 8 … additionally, the victories over the Terrapins and the Scarlet Knights preserve the Mountaineers' perfect 6-0 East Atlantic Gymnastics League record … the Mountaineers now own series advantages over all three teams, as WVU remains ahead of UMD (31-13-1), DU (3-1) and RU (47-0) … WVU's meet with UM marks the third-straight week the Mountaineers will compete against a ranked team … WVU is 4-14 all-time against the Wolverines, and 12-0 over the Tribe.

    This Week in Rifle

    The No. 2-ranked Mountaineers are off this week … WVU returns to the Rifle Range for its last home match on Saturday, Feb. 13, and will play host to Nebraska at 8 a.m. … the match will serve as an NCAA qualifier.

    Last Week in Rifle

    The Mountaineer concluded their regular season on the road, defeating Ole Miss, 4696-4576, Jan. 30, in Cookeville, Tenn., and scoring 4678 at the Winthrow Invitational on Jan. 31, to finish first overall … the Mountaineers defeated the Rebels in air gun (2366-2319) and smallbore (2330-2257) … junior Nicco Campriani finished first overall with a school-record combined score of 1187 … senior Bryant Wallizer finished second with a score of 1174, while sophomore Michael Kulbacki tallied a combined score of 1170 … junior Tommy Santelli shot a season-best 590 to finish fourth … Campriani also paced the pack at the invite, as he shot a school-best 596 air gun, 593 smallbore and 1189 combined score; all three marks are invitational-bests … sophomore Justin Pentz finished second for WVU with a person-best 1171 combined score … he shot 583 smallbore and 588 air gun and finished third and fifth, respectively.92.

    Notes and Quotes

    The Mountaineers' (9-0, 5-0 GARC) win over the Rebels gave the team nine victories on the season … Saturday's combined total is the team's best road score of the season … the victory over Ole Miss was the third-straight for WVU and boosts the team's series advantage to 5-3 … Campriani has now shot 596 air gun in the last three matches … his smallbore score from Sunday is believed to be the best collegiate mark ever achieved … due to inclement weather, Memphis was not able to travel to the invitational … the previously scheduled match between the Mountaineers and Tigers will be rescheduled within the next few weeks, and the results will help determine the 2010 Great American Rifle Conference regular-season champion.

    This Week in Swimming & Diving

    The West Virginia University swimming and diving teams will train until the Big East Championships … the diving championships will be Feb. 12-14, at Pitt, while swimming is being held Feb. 17-20, also at Pitt.

    Last Week in Swimming & Diving

    The Mountaineers posted solid finishes on Saturday, Jan. 23, at the WVU Natatorium, as the men and women defeated Duquesne, 138-126 and 156-103, respectively … both teams however, fell to ACC foe Virginia Tech, as the men dropped a 165-130 decision and the women fell 156-138 … the Mountaineers captured a total of nine first-place finishes and earned 11 second-place finishes in the effort.

    Notes and Quotes

    In the final home meet of their careers, seniors Kayla Andrews and Morgan Callaway each recorded wins … Andrews took home the 50 free (23.31) and 100 free (50.45), while Callaway won the 100 back (56.94) … for the men, freshman Jared Goldthorpe provided two key victories with first-place finishes in the 200 back (1:51.00) and 500 free (4:33.46), while also placing second in the 100 back (51.13).

    This Week in Tennis

    The Mountaineers will continue action Feb. 5-7, as they travel to Huntington, W.Va., to compete with Marshall on Feb. 5, at 2 p.m. and against Miami, Ohio on Feb. 6, at 10 a.m. … the team will then travel to Richmond, Ky., on Feb. 7, to challenge Eastern Kentucky at 10 a.m.

    Last Week in Tennis

    WVU had a successful weekend as they defeated Liberty, 5-2, on Jan. 29, followed by a 4-3 victory over James Madison on Jan. 31, at the Greenbrier Hotel and Resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

    Notes and Quotes

    WVU's No. 1 doubles pair, senior Stephanie LaFortune and junior Monique Burton, defeated Liberty's Jordan Jenkins and Hannah Fick 8-2 … the Mountaineers came back to win the doubles point with two victories in the No. 2 and 3 spots when sophomore Veronica Cardenas and freshman Emily Mathis defeated Liberty's Nadia Solomon- Burgess and Fabiana Gouveia in an 8-3 match … senior Gabriela Blaskovicova and junior Ashley Pilsbury won, 9-7, over the Lady Flames' Brittany Thomas and Carol Lobel … in the singles competition, WVU was down 2-1 after losses in the No. 1 and 2 spots, but came back with four-straight wins by Cardenas (6-4, 6-3), Mathis (6-2, 6-2), Pilsbury (6-4, 6-2) and sophomore Kathryn Haught (6-1, 6-1) over the Lady Flames … WVU began the match against the Dukes by sweeping the doubles competition with an 8-4 win in the No. 1 spot, followed by two 8-2 wins by No. 2 pair Cardenas and Mathis over JMU's Rebecca Erickson and Megan Douglass … Pilsbury and freshman Liv Pettersson's won in the No. 3 spot against the Duke's Kristen Nimitz and Michelle Nguyen … in the singles competition, No. 3 Cardenas had a big defeat over Erickson in a 7-5, 2-6(6-4) match … Mathis won 6-7(2), 7-6(5) over Douglass in the No. 4 spot. … Pettersson also contrib­uted for the Mountaineers in the No. 6 spot with a tie-breaking 7-6(5), 6-0 defeat over Nimitz.

    This Week in Track & Field

    The No. 23 WVU track and field team is set to return to University Park, Pa., next weekend, as it competes in the Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup hosted by No. 6 Penn State on Feb. 5-6.

    Last Week in Track & Field

    The Mountaineers had an excellent showing last weekend at the Penn State National Invitational as four qualified for the Big East Championships … on Friday, junior thrower Terina Miller threw 16.10 meters in the 20lb weight throw, while freshman Chene Townsend ran 9.00 in the 60-meter hurdles to also meet a conference qualifying standard … then, on Saturday, freshmen Aubrey Moskal and Hallie Portner, finished sixth (5:05.95) and ninth (5:06.90) respectively in the mile, to qualify for Big East.

    Notes and Quotes

    Senior All-American Clara Grandt led the Mountaineers over the weekend, with a first-place fin­ish in the invitational mile … the West Union, W.Va., native captured first in the event with a time of 4:48.40, mark­ing the second-straight meet she has finished in the top spot … the time also places her third on WVU's all-time list … junior Chelsea Carrier also had a good weekend, as she posted an NCAA provisional time of 8.38 in the semifinals of the 60-meter hurdles … the Buckhannon, W.Va., native went on to finish sixth overall in the finals with a time of 8.47.

    This Week in Wrestling

    The Mountaineers welcome No. 18/23-ranked Pitt to the WVU Coliseum on Saturday, Feb. 6 … first match on "Senior Day" is slated for 7 p.m. … it will be the final regular season home match for the Mountaineers.

    Last Week in Wrestling

    The Mountaineers defeated Lock Haven, 32-12, on Jan. 31, at the Coliseum … WVU improves to 2-7 overall, 2-1 in the Eastern Wrestling League.

    Notes and Quotes

    The Mountaineers won eight of the 10 bouts against Lock Haven … freshman Shane Young earned his fifth-straight win with a 4-0 decision over Nick Hyatt … Young improves to 12-5, 3-0 against EWL competition at 125 pounds … sophomore Colin Johnston posted a 16-4 major decision at 133 pounds … he earned his team-leading 18th win of the year and also holds a 3-0 mark in EWL action … Johnston racked up six takedowns in his victory … senior Mike Rowe (149) and redshirt sophomore Matt Weston (174) earned their first dual meet victories as Mountaineers … Rowe registered a 14-4 major decision, while Weston took a 9-5 decision … redshirt senior Donnie Jones recorded his fastest pin of the year … he won by fall over Kevin Dufresne in 37 seconds at 165 pounds … juniors Kyle Rooney and Brandon Williamson earned wins at 197 pounds and heavyweight, respectively, to close out the match … Rooney pinned Lock Haven's Henry Turner in 3:26, and Williamson earned a 4-0 decision over Dan Craig.

    "They really are getting better, but it's sometimes hard to convince them. You're taught that winning is good and losing is bad, but the qualitative evaluation is that they are getting better. You have to hope that it sinks in, they keep faith and keep working hard." – Coach Craig Turnbull

  • BlueGoldNews Top Stories