WVU Varsity Sports Report

Junior Nicco Campriani and freshman Rachael Burnett have been named WVU Co-Athletes of the Week for their performances this past weekend.

Campriani swept the individual titles at the 2010 Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) Championships over the weekend, as he placed first overall with a 1187 combined score. He shot 597 in the open air rifle competition and 102.8 in the finals and 590 in the open smallbore competition and 101.9 in the finals to win both discipline titles. He is the first Mountaineer in program history to finish first in air rifle and smallbore at one conference championships. The Mountaineers won the GARC Championships with a 4653 combined score.

At the 2010 Big East Swimming and Diving Championships, Burnett helped lead the West Virginia women's team to a third-place finish, after winning the 500 free in a time of 4:41.65, the 400 free relay in a time of 3:17.72 and the 800 free relay in a time of 7:10.03. All three races were Big East, school and pool records.

Burnett also placed fourth in the 200 fly with a season-best time of 2:00.26. Burnett combined for four NCAA "B" cuts during the championships.

Special Notes of the Week

  • The WVU wrestling team will host the Eastern Wrestling League Championships at the WVU Coliseum on March 7. Action is slated to begin at 10 a.m.

  • The No. 8/9 WVU Women's basketball team is set to close out the 2010 home season this weekend with a match-up against Marquette on Saturday, Feb. 27. Tip off at the WVU Coliseum is set for 7 p.m.

    This Week in Women's Basketball

    No. 8/9 West Virginia (24-3, 11-2) hits the road for a key Big East matchup at Cincinnati on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. at Fifth Third Arena … the Mountaineers return home to close out their 2010 home slate with a matchup against Marquette at the WVU Coliseum on Saturday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m.

    Last Week in Women's Basketball

    West Virginia went 2-0 last week, notching a key home win against Rutgers and an important road victory at USF … a first-half defensive struggle gave way to a second-half offensive onslaught, WVU outlasted Rutgers, 55-51 … the victory is the second in two years over the Scarlet Knights … sophomore Sarah Miles finished the game shooting 71 percent (10-14) from the line … WVU shot 42 percent (21-50) from the field, while RU managed to shoot only 36 percent (18-50) … the Mountaineers earned their breaks off of Scarlet Knight turnovers, as they converted 24 miscues into 25 points … three Mountaineers scored in double-figures, with Miles pacing the squad with 16 points … junior Korinne Campbell had a double-double, her fourth of the season and first since Jan. 5, with 14 points and 12 rebounds … Madina Ali scored 12 points and went 5-10 from the field … at South Florida, Campbell had 14 points and 14 rebounds for her second consecutive double-double, Miles had a career-best 10 assists and Asya Bussie had five blocks and held highly touted USF center Jessica Lawson scoreless.

    Notes and Quotes

    WVU's 11-2 record in league play marks the third time the last four years that the Mountaineers have notched double-figure wins in the Big East.(fifth overall) … Asya Bussie's 55 blocks on the season are tied for the most by a freshman in school history … Bussie's 55 blocks are the most by a Mountaineer since Georgeann Wells had 140 in 1986 … twenty two of WVU's opponents have been held under 60 points, including nine of 12 Big East schools … Sarah Miles had a career-best 10 assists in the win at USF … WVU's 24 wins so far this season are tied for third-most in school history … the win over Rutgers marked the 100th home win of Mike Carey's career.

    This Week in Gymnastics

    The No. 25 West Virginia University gymnastics team travels to No. 11 Nebraska on Sunday, Feb. 28, for a quad-meet with No. 18 Denver and No. 20 Arizona ... the meet is set for 1 p.m. CT.

    Last Week in Gymnastics

    Despite a ferocious comeback that spanned two rotations, the Mountaineers (11-4, 6-0 EAGL) lost to No. 13 Penn State, 195.95-194.925, on Feb. 20 in University Park, Pa. ... WVU's lone apparatus win came on beam, 48.475-48.2 ... the Mountaineers scored 48.85 on vault, 48.7 on bars and 48.9 on floor ... junior Amy Bieski paced the squad and finished third overall with 39.25 points ... Bieski and senior Chelsi Tabor tied for second on vault with 9.825s ... the score was a season-best for Bieski ... Bieski finished first on the team, fifth overall, on bars with 9.8 points ... freshman Chelsea Goldschrafe led the Mountaineers on beam with a second-place 9.85 score ... the mark is a career-best ... Tabor, Bieski and sophomore Nicole Roach tied for third on beam with 9.8s ... Bieski and senior Shelly Purkat finished fourth overall on floor with 9.825s.

    Notes and Quotes

    WVU trailed PSU, 146.65-146.45, heading into the fourth rotation ... the Mountaineers drop to 33-6 all-time against PSU ... the Nittany Lions also defeated WVU on Jan. 8 ... Bieski's overall score is her fourth 39.0-plus score of the season and career 11th ... WVU's rank is its first in the top 25 since Jan. 11 ... the Mountaineers currently own a 194.085 regional qualifying score.

    This Week in Baseball

    The West Virginia University baseball team heads to St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Fla., to take part in the second annual Big Ten/Big East Challenge … WVU faces Indiana on Friday afternoon at 1 p.m., followed by another 1 p.m. matchup against Iowa on Saturday … the Mountaineers conclude the conference challenge against Michigan State on Sunday at 1 p.m., but stay down in Florida for a noon first pitch on Monday against Purdue.

    Last Week in Baseball

    West Virginia went 0-3 at the Caravelle Resort Tournament in Conway, S.C. … the Mountaineers faced three highly-touted professional prospects on the mound, including projected 2010 first-round draft pick Jesse Hahn of Virginia Tech on Sunday … WVU lost to No. 12 and tournament host Coastal Carolina last Friday, 4-2, and followed with a 6-0 loss to Kentucky on Saturday … Virginia Tech defeated the Mountaineers on Sunday, 14-3.

    Notes and Quotes

    Junior shortstop Jedd Gyorko ended his hitting streak at 16 games dating back to last season in West Virginia's loss on Sunday … Gyorko went 3-for-11 at the Caravelle Resort Tournament and homered in his first at-bat of the season against preseason All-America left-hander Cody Wheeler of Coastal Carolina … redshirt junior Grant Buckner led West Virginia at the plate over the weekend, going 5-for-12 with one home run and two RBIs … the Elkview, W.Va., native made two starts in right field before switching to third base in WVU's third game against Virginia Tech … junior right-hander Andy Berry made his West Virginia debut by holding undefeated Kentucky to one run over 4.2 innings pitched while striking out two as a reliever last Saturday … a total of 10 newcomers either started or made an appearance in this weekend's games, including three pitchers and seven position players.

    This Week in Rifle

    The Mountaineers do not compete again until the 2010 NCAA Championships, March 12-13, in Fort Worth, Texas.

    Last Week in Rifle

    The Mountaineers (11-0, 7-0 GARC) shot 4653 and finished first overall at the 2010 Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) Championships on Sunday, Feb. 21, in Oxford, Miss. ... the title is the squad's fourth overall and first since 2000 ... WVU finished first in smallbore with a 2317 score and third in air rifle with a 2336 score ... junior transfer Nicco Campriani finished first overall with a 1187 combined score ... the Florence, Italy, native also won air rifle and smallbore ... he shot 597 in the open air rifle competition and 102.8 in the finals for a winning 699.8 mark ... he also tallied 590 in the open smallbore competition and 101.9 in the finals for a winning 691.6 score ... junior Tommy Santelli placed second in smallbore (680.2), while classmates Andy Lamson and Brandi Eskew finished seventh (674.9) and eighth (672.7), respectively ... senior Bryant Wallizer shot 687.2 in air rifle and finished seventh overall ... Lamson and Santelli's matching 1165 aggregate scores tied for fourth place overall.

    Notes and Quotes

    All three of WVU's previous conference titles came when the league was known as the Midwest- American Rifle Conference ... Campriani is the first Mountaineer to earn GARC smallbore and air rifle titles in the same season ... No. 3 Kentucky finished second overall (4645) and first in air rifle (2348) ... WVU's discipline defeat is its first of the season ... Coach Jon Hammond was named GARC Coach of the Year on Feb. 19 ... the honor is his second in three seasons ... WVU swept the conference titles, as the team won the 2010 regular season GARC Championship by virtue of its undefeated season.

    This Week in Swimming & Diving

    The West Virginia University swimming and diving teams ended their season last weekend and will find out who will go to the NCAA Championships in the coming weeks.

    Last Week in Swimming & Diving

    The swimming and diving teams finished the Big East Championships in Pittsburgh, Pa., last week … the women placed third with 525 points, while the men finished in fourth with 442 points … Notre Dame took first place on the women's side with 773.5 points, while Louisville won the men's competition with 808 points … the Mountaineers finish was a total team effort with multiple first-place finishers throughout the competition … the women set five relay school records including two Big East records in the 400 free relay and 800 free relay, both first-place finishes … freshman Rachael Burnett won the 500 free in a Big East and school record time of 4:41.65, while freshman Jared Goldthorpe took the 500 free as well with a time of 4:24.25 … senior Morgan Callaway earned a win in the 200 free with a time of 1:47.00, while junior George Farquhar took the 100 breast by storm with a first-place finish in a time of 54.93 … on the final day of competition, freshman Mandie Nugent set a new school record in the 200 fly and a season-best time of 1:58.16.

    Notes and Quotes

    The team now has multiple athletes and relay teams ranked nationally and will be waiting for the rest of the conference championships to take place to see who will be going to the NCAA Championships … the women's championships will be held from March 17-20 in West Lafayette, Ind., while the men's championships are in Columbus, Ohio, March 24-27.

    This Week in Tennis

    WVU will travel to Cincinnati, Ohio this weekend for matches against Connecticut on Feb 26, at 6 p.m., followed by a noon match at Cincinnati on Feb. 28.

    Last Week in Tennis

    The Mountaineers defeated Big East foe Georgetown in a 4-3 match, on Feb. 19, at the Ridgeview Racquet Club.

    Notes and Quotes

    WVU won the doubles point after two 8-3 wins in the No. 1 and 3 spots … senior Stephanie LaFortune and redshirt junior Monique Burton won in the No. 1 spot over Georgetown's Lauren Greco and Victoria Sekely … No. 3 pair junior Ashley Pilsbury and freshman Liv Pettersson's defeated the Hoyas' Samantha Martin and Jacquie Harrison … Sophomore Veronica Cardenas captured a crucial win for the Mountaineers in the No. 3 singles spot against Martin to halt the Hoyas' 2-1 lead after winning the No. 1 and 2 singles matches … Georgetown pulled ahead again after WVU's No. 4 player sophomore Kathryn Haught lost a close 6-4, 6-4 match against Georgetown's Caroline Keuhn … WVU came back from a 2-3 deficit after tough wins in the No. 5 and 6 spots … freshman Emily Mathis defeated Harrison 6-3, 6-2 … junior Ashley Pilsbury then secured the team's victory after winning in the third-set against Georgetown's Alex Sebia, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2.

    This Week in Track & Field

    The West Virginia University track and field team is idle this week … the Mountaineers are set to return to action on March 5-6, when they travel to South Bend, Ind., for the Alex Wilson Invitational.

    Last Week in Track & Field

    The Mountaineers matched a school-best performance this weekend at the 2010 Big East Indoor Championships with a fourth-place finish … WVU placed fourth with 76.50 points behind Villanova (115), Louisville (107) and Connecticut (84), while Georgetown (67) rounded out the top five.

    Notes and Quotes

    Junior Chelsea Carrier had a good weekend, as she took first place in the pentathlon and the 60-meter hurdles … in the pentathlon she scored 3,994 points, after placing first in the 60-meter hurdles (8:48) and the long jump (5.92 meters), third in the high jump (1.68 meters), fourth in the 800-meter run (2:25.61) and ninth in the shot put (10.61 meters) … then on Sunday, the Buckhannon, W.Va., native posted an NCAA provisional time of 8.31for the top spot in the 60-meter hurdles … in the 5,000-meter race seniors Marie-Louise Asselin and Clara Grandt finished in first and second with NCAA automatic qualifying times…in her first time running the 5,000-meter race indoors, Asselin finished in first with a time of 15:58.15, while Grandt followed in second (16:04.24) … seniors April Rotilio and Clara Grandt, both met NCAA provisional times in their respective events, as Rotilio finished in fourth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 54.34, while Grandt placed fourth in the 3,000-meter run with a career-best time of 9:27.34 … also scoring points for the team in day one was the distance medley relay of Keri Bland, April Rotilio, Kaylyn Christopher and Jessica O'Connell that finished in third with an NCAA provisional and Big East record time of 11:14.95 … the 4x800 team then broke a school record after finishing in third (8:44.98) … the team of Bland, Christopher, O'Connell and Asselin broke the previous school record of 8:50.10 that was set in 2002.

    This Week in Wrestling

    The Mountaineers are idle this week … the team returns to action on March 7 at the EWL Championships, held in Morgantown … action at the WVU Coliseum is slated to start at 10 a.m.

    Last Week in Wrestling

    WVU went 1-1 against EWL opponents to close out the regular season … WVU cruised to a 34-11 victory at Cleveland State on Feb. 19 … the Mountaineers won seven bouts … against 25th-ranked Edinboro, WVU fell, 29-6, on Feb. 20.

    Notes and Quotes

    Freshman Shane Young and junior Brandon Williamson went 2-0 at their respective weight classes … Young posted a tech. fall over CSU's Ronald Butler (18-3 in seven minutes) and then upset eighth-ranked Eric Morrill of Edinboro, 10-7 … a Jeannette, Pa., native, Young improved to 14-7 on the year at 125 pounds … a heavyweight, Williamson pinned CSU's Chris Weber in 2:12 and then earned an upset victory over No. 20-ranked Chris Birchler of Edinboro, 3-0 … with the two victories, Williamson clinched the No. 1 seed at heavyweight at the league championships … sophomore Colin Johnston (133) and junior Kyle Rooney (197) also earned wins by fall against their respective opponents at Cleveland State … redshirt senior Donnie Jones posted a 24-9 technical fall at the 6:28 mark against CSU's Dustin Doty … Jones tied a season high with 11 takedowns … the Slickville, Pa., native had a hard-fought battle against 2009 national champion and third-ranked Jarrod King of Edinboro, but fell 6-3.

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