VSR: Kerwin Student-Athlete of the Week

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  • By Daniel Whitehead
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  • January 31, 2011 04:06 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Following a career-best showing on bars in the Mountaineers’ Jan. 29 wins over Pitt and Rutgers, senior gymnast Emily Kerwin has been named the West Virginia Student-Athlete of the Week.

The team co-captain finished first on bars with a career-high 9.825 showing. The Central, S.C., native had been building up to the score over the last few weeks, as she previously scored 9.8 on Jan. 17 and Jan. 21.

Kerwin also opened the meet on vault and finished eighth overall with a 9.7 score. The mark was the meet’s third-best, and Kerwin’s highest since earned a 9.8 score on Jan. 7.

This Week in Women’s Basketball
The West Virginia women’s basketball team returns home for a pair of BIG EAST games this week … with only one day to prepare for its next game, WVU plays host to Providence on Tuesday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m … the game will be broadcast on WVPBS … the Mountaineers close out the week with a 4 p.m. game against Pitt on Saturday, Feb. 5 in the WVU Coliseum ... Saturday’s game is a Pink Zone game, creating awareness for breast cancer, and is also the BIG EAST Game of the Week featured on the BIG EAST Network.

Last Week in Women’s Basketball
The Mountaineers suffered two straight losses with the first at No. 19/19 Georgetown, 65-60, and the second at No. 12/17 DePaul, 78-55 … it was the first time in 64 games that WVU has suffered back-to-back losses as the last time it happened was on Feb. 18, 2009 … at Georgetown, the Mountaineers fell in the final minutes as the Hoyas pulled away from a 60-60 tie with only 50 seconds remaining in the game … WVU’s three final 3-point attempts fell short … at DePaul, WVU fell behind in the first half and couldn’t quite dig itself out of the hole as the closest it came was nine points at halftime.

Notes & Quotes
The Mountaineers look to extend their home court win streak to 31 games on Tuesday … WVU has had 20 straight games with crowds of at least 1,000 fans in the Coliseum … the Mountaineers are 112-25 all-time in the WVU Coliseum under the direction of Mike Carey … West Virginia holds a 16-4 all-time record in the series with Providence and has won the last five games … in the series with Pitt, WVU holds a 23-16 advantage, having won the last two meetings.

This Week in Gymnastics
The Mountaineers return to the road and travel to No. 21 Penn State on Sunday, Feb. 6, for a 2 p.m. quad-meet with Pitt and Bridgeport.

Last Week in Gymnastics
The Mountaineers (4-2, 2-1 EAGL) recorded a season-best floor score and totaled 194.075 points to defeat East Atlantic Gymnastics league (EAGL) foes Rutgers and Pitt on Jan. 29, at the WVU Coliseum … RU finished second (191.15), while Pitt placed third (189.025) … WVU swept the event wins, scoring 48.8 on vault, 48.675 on bars, 47.375 on beam and a season-high 49.225 on floor … senior Amy Bieski and sophomore Kaylyn Millick tied for second place overall with matching 38.425 scores … Millick also won floor with a career-best 9.9 score, while Bieski tied freshman Hope Sloanhoffer and junior Tina Maloney, as well as RU’s Luisa Leal-Restrepo and Pitt’s Molly Moyer, for first on vault with a 9.8.

Notes & Quotes
Kerwin and Millick opened the vault lineup with 9. Scores and tied for eighth place with the meet’s third-best mark … junior Nicole Roach finished second on bars and beam with 9.775 scores on each event … the beam mark was a season best … sophomore Arlene Hathaway made her Coliseum debut and finished third on the team, fourth overall, with a 9.65 beam score … all six Mountaineers scored 9.725 or better on floor, while Bieski and Sloanhoffer tying for second place with season-high 9.875 marks … Maloney placed fourth (9.825), while sophomores Chelsea Goldschrafe and Alaska Richardson scored 9.75 and 9.725, respectively, and finished in eighth and 10th place … she passed TeShawne Jackson (2000-03, 1,636.95) and ranks 11th on the WVU all-time career points list.

This Week in Rifle
The No. 1-ranked WVU rifle team (9-1, 5-0 GARC) returns to the road and shoots at No. 4 Kentucky on Saturday, Feb. 5 … the team then faces Columbia State on Feb. 6, also in Lexington, Ky. … both matches are set for 8 a.m. starts.

Last Week in Rifle
The Mountaineers did not compete last week.

Notes and Quotes
The Mountaineers are 14-6 all-time against the Wildcats … WVU defeated UK, 4691-4642, last season … the win was the squad’s first since 2003 … Sunday’s meeting is the team’s first against the Columbia State.

This Week in Swimming & Diving
The Mountaineers are idle.

Last Week in Swimming & Diving
The West Virginia women’s squad took on Ohio on Saturday afternoon in the WVU Natatorium … the Mountaineers fell to the Bobcats by a score of 176-122.

Notes and Quotes
Despite the loss, West Virginia won eight of the 12 individual swims … Rachael Burnett had three victories, while Jaryn Studer finished with two first-place finishes.

This Week in Tennis
The West Virginia University tennis team will play host to Marshall on Feb. 5, in a 2 p.m. match at the Ridgeview Racquet Club.

Last Week in Tennis
The Mountaineers were defeated by James Madison (6-1) and Liberty (5-2) on Jan. 29-30, at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va.

Notes and Quotes
Against JMU, freshman Mary Chupa captured the lone win for the Mountaineers in the No. 4 singles spot, winning 6-1, 6-3 … freshman Melis Tanik (No. 1), sophomore Emily Mathis (No. 2) and junior Veronica Cardenas (No. 3) were topped in three close matches, two of which were in the third set … the Dukes swept the doubles competition, winning 6-8 in the first two spots … senior Ashley Pilsbury and sophomore Liv Pettersson fell 7-8(5) in the No. 3 spot … against Liberty, the No. 1 pair of Cardenas and Chupa, and the No. 2 pair of Mathis and Tanik fell 9-7 in their respective matches … Pilsbury and junior Catie Wickline also fought a tough match, but fell 9-8(7-3) in the No. 3 spot … Cardenas and Chupa captured WVU’s only two points of the day in the singles competition … Cardenas won in the No. 3 spot, 3-6, 6-4, 6-0 … Chupa defeated her opponent, 7-5, 2-6, 6-2, in the No. 4 spot … Tanik had a close match in No. 1 singles, but was defeated 6-2 in the third set.

This Week in Track & Field
The West Virginia University track and field team will travel to Geneva, Ohio for the Geneva Fast Times on Feb. 4-5.

Last Week in Track & Field
The Mountaineers completed action at the Penn State Nationals last weekend … Jessica O’Connell and Kaitlyn Gillespie led the team as they posted excellent finishes in the invitational mile, as O’Connell finished second with a time of 4:43.74, while Gillespie followed in third with a time of 4:46.60 … Kaylyn Christopher also raced well in the invitational 1,000-meter race, finishing second with a time of 2:45.56.

Notes and Quotes
Sophomores Aubrey Moskal and Jordan Hamric posted conference-qualifying finishes taking first (9:55.22) and second (9:55.71), respectively, in the 3,000-meter run, while Allison Pettit raced well and finished in ninth (10:16.35) … in the pole vault freshman Kaitlyn Shelar posted her third-straight top finish after clearing 3.60 meters … Lindsay Kopenhaver also competed well in the event with a third-place finish (3.45 meters), which qualifies her for the BIG EAST Championships, while Sydney Cummings finished eighth (1.70 meters) in the high jump … Stephanie Caruso and Shakiyla Cosby also competed well, as Caruso finished 14th in the mile with a time of 5:08.33, while Cosby placed 31st in the 400-meter dash (58.23) … Chelsea Carrier ran a season-best time of 8.27 in the 60-meter hurdles, while also placing fourth in the long jump (5.93 meters) … the 4x400 team of Jordann Mitchell, Brittany Wolford, Carrier and Cosby, finished the meet with a season-best time of 3:49.42, good for 16th-place.

This Week in Wrestling
The Mountaineers travel to Pitt on Fri., Feb. 4, for the wrestling version of the “Backyard Brawl.” The match is set to begin at 7 p.m.

Last Week in Wrestling
West Virginia improved to a perfect 3-0 in the Eastern Wrestling League with its 33-5 victory over the Lock Haven Bald Eagles on Sat., Jan. 29 ... the Mountaineers jumped to a quick 9-0 lead following a technical fall victory by Shane Young and a major decision win by Nathan Pennesi over last year’s EWL champion, John Trumbetti ... redshirt senior Brandon Rader defeated his opponent by major decision followed by a decision win by redshirt junior Ryan Goodman, his third dual-meet victory on the year ... redshirt senior Donnie Jones also picked up a 22-6 technical fall victory after earning eight takedowns in the bout ... recent Oklahoma State transfer Alex Meade won his bout by sudden victory in extra periods by a 2-1 decision score, his second win as a Mountaineer ... redshirt junior Matt Ryan then earned a quick victory by fall in 2:32 to boost the lead to 30-2 for the team ... senior Kyle Rooney then won by a 9-3 decision score over Lock Haven’s Travis Stern.

Notes and Quotes
The Mountaineers have five ranked wrestlers in Shane Young (No. 19), Nathan Pennesi (No. 12), Brandon Rader (No. 29), Donnie Jones (No. 25) and Matt Ryan (No. 23) ... the all-time series now stands at 19-14 against Lock Haven in favor of the Mountaineers ... with the win, West Virginia now stands at 7-4 overall and 3-0 in the EWL ... last season, WVU went 3-10 overall.

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