WVU Varsity Sports Report

Junior gymnast Amy Bieski has been named the West Virginia University athlete of the week following a season-best 39.25 showing in the Mountaineers' 195.65-192.8 victory over Ohio State on Feb. 12.

The Nanticoke, Pa., native was stellar in leading her team to a season-best showing, winning the floor exercise uncontested with 9.875 points, her best score of the season. She also tied sophomore Nicole Roach for first on bars with a season- and career-best 9.825. Bieski's third-place, 9.8 beam showing set a career high, while her 9.75 vault score was good enough for fourth place. Bieski's all-around winning total was her third 39.0- plus score of the season and career 10th. She currently ranks 10th all-time on WVU's career 39.0-plus all-around scores list.

Special Notes of the Week

  • The No. 20-ranked WVU Track and Field team is set to compete in the Big East Championships on Feb. 20-21, at the Armory in New York City.

  • The West Virginia University baseball team begins its season this weekend with the Caravelle Resort Tournament on Friday-Sunday at Conway, S.C. The Mountaineers start off at 12th-ranked Coastal Carolina on Friday at 4 p.m., then follow with Kentucky on Saturday at 11 a.m. WVU wraps up with Virginia Tech on Sunday at 11 a.m. All games will take place at Charles Watson Stadium, the on-campus venue of Coastal Carolina.

    This Week in Women's Basketball

    No. 8/9 WVU (22-3, 9-2) has two contests this week … WVU takes on Rutgers on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m. at the WVU Coliseum … the contest will air on CBS College Sports Network with Dave Ryan and Debbie Antonelli on the call … WVU then takes to the road for a matchup at USF on Saturday, Feb. 20, at 4:30 p.m. at the Sun Dome in Tampa, Fla.

    Last Week in Women's Basketball

    West Virginia won its lone game last week, knocking off No. 13/16 Georgetown, 55- 46, in a contest of Top 20 programs … Redshirt junior forward Madina Ali notched her second career double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds, while also contributing three steals, three blocks and two assists in 37 minutes of action … sophomore center Natalie Burton came off the bench to score 11 key points, in 14 minutes, while junior guard Liz Repella also chipped in 11 points … the matchup marked just the fifth meeting in program history between two top 20 programs at the WVU Coliseum … with the win, WVU improved to 5-0 in that category … the Mountaineers also improved to 8-2 against the Hoyas at home while GU still leads the all-time series by an 11-9 margin … WVU used its aggressive defense to limit the to just 23.1% shooting for the game (15-65) and never trailed in the contest, holding GU to its season-low in points … the Mountaineers out-rebounded the Hoyas 46-36 … WVU never trailed in the contest and led 31-19 at the break, holding the Hoyas to just 23.5% shooting (8-34) and forced the Hoyas into 10 turnovers.

    Notes and Quotes

    With the win over the Hoyas, WVU is now 5-0 all-time in Top 20 matchups at the WVU Coliseum … WVU has won 15 games at home this season, a new single season school record … WVU has won 17 straight home game dating back to last year, it's longest in school history … the win over the Hoyas marked the 12th all-time victory over a nationally ranked team under Mike Carey and second this year … WVU is 24-6 in home Big East contests dating back to 2007 … WVU's 22 wins are the fourth-most in a single season in school history (school record is 26).

    This Week in Gymnastics

    The WVU gymnastics team opens a two-meet road trip with a 7 p.m. meet at No. 13 Penn State on Saturday, Feb. 20.

    Last Week in Gymnastics

    The Mountaineers (11-3, 6-0 EAGL) put forth their best effort of the season in a 195.65- 192.8 victory over Ohio State on Friday, Feb. 12, at the WVU Coliseum … the Mountaineers not only defeated the Buckeyes on each apparatus, but also scored four season-bests … WVU tallied 48.875 on vault, 48.9 on bars, 48.8 on beam and 49.075 on floor … junior Amy Bieski finished first overall with 39.25 points … she also won floor with a season-best 9.875, and tied teammate Nicole Roach on bars with a season- and career-best 9.825 points … Bieski finished third on beam and set a career-high with 9.8 points, and tied for fourth place on vault with 9.75 … seniors Chelsi Tabor and Ashley Wilson tied for first on vault with 9.8s, while classmates Shelly Purkat and Kiersten Spoerke tied for first on beam with 9.825s … Wilson's vault score is a career-best, while Purkat and Spoerke's beam scores were season-highs.

    Notes and Quotes

    In total, seven Mountaineers set or matched eight career-best scores on Friday … WVU's team total was the 28th-best score in program history … the squad last achieved the mark in a 2009 win over Temple … the team's floor score was its first 49.0-plus mark of the season … Bieski's combined total was her third 39.0-plus score of the season and career 10th … Friday's meet was a designated Pink Meet … 803 fans attended the meet … despite the loss, the Buckeyes still own a 14-11 series advantage … WVU and PSU met in the squads' season-opener on Jan. 8 at Michigan State, with the Nittany Lions earning a 193.9-191.225 victory … both teams lost to the Spartans (193.925) … PSU owns a 32-6 series advantage … the first team regional qualifying score (RQS) was released today, and the Mountaineers own a 193.345 RQS.

    This Week in Rifle

    The No. 1-ranked Mountaineers travel to Oxford, Miss., Feb. 20-21, for the Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) Championships.

    Last Week in Rifle

    WVU earned an NCAA qualifying match win over No. 7 Nebraska, as well as an additional victory over Memphis, on Saturday, Feb. 13 … the Mountaineers defeated the Cornhuskers, 4659-4612, and the Tigers, 4659- 4530, and secured the GARC regular season title … the wins pushed the Mountaineers' overall record to 11-0, and bring their conference mark to 7-0 … WVU shot 2306 smallbore and 2353 air rifle and earned four discipline victories … NU shot 2284 smallbore and 2328 air rifle, while the Tigers registered 2227 smallbore and 2303 air gun … the Mountaineers have not lost a discipline match this season … junior Nicco Campriani finished first overall with an aggregate score of 1187 … he earned victories in both guns, shooting a school-record 598 air rifle (98, 100, 100, 100, 100, 100) and 589 smallbore (198 prone, 195 standing, 196 kneeling); Campriani's standing score matches a school-record … sophomore Justin Pentz finished second with an 1170 combined score … three Mountaineers finished behind Campriani in smallbore with personal-best scores … Brandy Eskew finished second (588), while Pentz finished third (586) and junior Tommy Santelli finished fourth (585) … Costello shot 593 and finished second to Campriani in air gun.

    Notes and Quotes

    The Mountaineers and Tigers did not shoot in the same range, and their match outcome was determined by their qualifying match scores … the two squads were scheduled to meet on Jan. 31, but the match was postponed due to weather … WVU's regular-season win-streak now stands at 17 … the Mountaineers' unblemished regular-season record matches that of the 2001 squad, the last WVU team to enter postseason action undefeated; since 1990, 10 Mountaineer teams have completed their regular season schedule without a loss … the Mountaineers improved to 5-3 and 3-2 all-time against the Cornhuskers and the Tigers, respectively … prior to Saturday's match, the Mountaineers re-earned the No. 1 ranking on the College Rifle Coaches Association Poll.

    This Week in Swimming & Diving

    The swimming portion of the Big East Championships will be held at Pitt from Feb. 17-20 … last season the women finished in fourth place, while the men finished in fifth.

    Last Week in Swimming & Diving

    The diving team had a successful weekend at the diving portion of the Big East Championships in Pittsburgh, Pa. … Brandon Robinson finished the 1-meter finals in seventh place with a courageous score of 264.75 points … during his fifth dive of the evening, Robinson was in mid-air when he came down and hit his head and wrist on the board, but still managed to compete in his sixth and final dive … Robinson then competed in the 3-meter, where he finished fifth in the consolations (13th overall) with a score of 251.75 points … Matt O'Neill finished in fourth place (12th overall) with 246.75 points on the 1-meter, while he also placed fourth (12th overall) on the 3-meter board with a score of 252.10 points … Ethan Robinson had a very successful showing this weekend with a sixth-place finish (14th overall) on the 1-meter board with a score of 234.25 points … he completed his weekend finishing 17th on the 3-meter board with a score of 200.75 points … for the women, Ashley Malik placed 17th and 20th, respectively, on the 1-meter and 3-meter boards … Malik also finished the 1-meter with a score of 215.20 points and scored 209.00 points on the 3-meter.

    Notes and Quotes

    This was the first time in Big East Championships history that the swimming and diving was split … it was also West Virginia's best performance in recent history in the diving portion of the championships.

    This Week in Tennis

    WVU will play host to Georgetown on Feb. 19, at 3 p.m., at the Ridgeview Racquet Club.

    Last Week in Tennis

    : The West Virginia University tennis team traveled to Pittsburgh, Pa., on Feb. 11, where it defeated the Panthers 5-2, winning the doubles point and four of six singles matches.

    Notes and Quotes

    The Mountaineers won the doubles point with wins at the No. 1 and 3 spots … senior Stephanie La­Fortune and redshirt junior Monique Burton won 8-6 over Pitt's No. 1 pair Elizabeth Adams and Shannon Benic … junior Ashley Pilsbury and freshman Liv Pettersson defeated the Panther's Adela Aprodu and Karma Parbhu in an 8-3 match … WVU also won the singles competition … No. 2 Burton captured the first singles point with a 6-1, 6-2, victory over Aprodu … Cardenas won in the No. 3 spot as she defeated Benic 6-4, 6-2 … sophomore Kathryn Haught won a 7-5, 6-4 match against Pitt's Sabrina Visram … Pilsbury defeated Parbhu 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 in the last singles win of the day … LaFor­tune was defeated in the No. 1 spot in a tough third-set tiebreaker against Adams … No. 4 Mathis had a 7-6(4), 6-3, loss to Pitt's Gabrielle Catanzariti.

    This Week in Track & Field

    The No-20 ranked WVU track and field team will travel to New York City for the Big East Indoor Championships held on Feb. 20-21.

    Last Week in Track & Field

    : The Mountaineers completed their home season last weekend with the Gold-Blue Meet on Saturday, Feb. 13, at the WVU Shell Building … junior Chelsea Carrier once again led the team, as she posted two life-time best performances … Carrier's first personal best came in the 60-meter dash, as she finished first with a time of 7.60 … the Buckhannon, W.Va., native then cleared 6.10 meters in the long jump for her second personal best of the day … she then posted a season-best in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8:36.

    Notes and Quotes

    With the Big East Championships this weekend, the Mountaineers added three more to the list of student-athletes who will be competing … senior Jamie Cokeley qualified in the mile with a time of 5:08.41, while junior Ahna Lewis and sophomore Sarah Anne Brault posted times of 9:55.70 and 9:55.76, respectively, in the 3,000-me­ter race … in the field events, WVU took the top spots in the pole vault as sophomore Lindsey Kopenhaver finished first (3.30 meters) and junior Nadia Pinna and sophomore Lori Rendos tied for second (3.05 meters) … freshman Sydney Cummings and senior Natasha Redman tied for first in the high jump, clearing 1.67 meters, while junior Terina Miller took first in the weight throw (14.38).

    This Week in Wrestling

    The Mountaineers close out the regular season with two Eastern Wrestling League foes … WVU faces Cleveland State on Friday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m. … the Mountaineers then travel to Edinboro for a match on Saturday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m.

    Last Week in Wrestling

    : WVU came up short against 18th-ranked Pitt, 19-15, on Feb. 9 … the Mountaineers split the bouts with the Panthers … WVU then lost at Ohio, 27-15, on Feb. 19 … four Mountaineers earned victories.

    Notes and Quotes

    Junior Kyle Rooney registered back-to-back upset victories at 197 pounds … he defeated 19th-ranked Matt Wilps of Pitt, 5-2 … the Cincinnati, Ohio, native earned his second upset win over Ohio's Erik Schuth, ranked No. 16 nationally … after falling behind 6-2, Rooney tallied three points in the second period and then won a late takedown in the third … sophomore Colin Johnston, ranked 18th at 133 pounds, redshirt senior Donnie Jones and junior Brandon Williamson also went 2-0 this past week … at heavyweight, Williamson upset sixth-ranked Ryan Tomei of Pitt, 2-1 … Williamson bettered his record with a 4-0 victory over Ohio's Matt Pritchard … Johnston defeated Pitt's Jimmy Conroy, 5-3, and then pinned Ohio's Tim Silvers in 2:38 … Jones won by identical 10-3 scores over Pitt's Adam Counterman and Ohio's Kevin Christensen … Johnston and Williamson have won their last five matches, while Rooney has won his last four duals.

    "It feels good, and it's a big confidence boost. They are both milestone wins and something I'll be able to talk about even next year. With the league championships coming up, I think I'm starting to peak and I'm feeling really confident." – Junior Kyle Rooney, who registered consecutive upset victories.

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