VSR: Campriani Student-Athlete of the Week

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  • By Daniel Whitehead
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  • February 28, 2011 02:54 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Following his sweep of the individual conference championship awards, senior Nicco Campriani has been named the West Virginia Student-Athlete of the Week.

Campriani, a Florence, Italy, native, led the Mountaineer rifle team to its second straight Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) championship on Feb. 26-27, and successfully defended his three conference wins from one season ago.

Campriani shot an aggregate score of 1188 to finish first overall. He also won smallbore (591 relay, 99.4 finals) and air rifle (597 relay, 103.5 finals) with combined scores of 690.4 and 700.5, respectively. Also included in his smallbore relay score was a school-record 200 prone mark.

Prior to the weekend competition, Campriani was named the GARC Shooter and Senior of the Year, as well as the Mountaineers’ GARC Scholar-Athlete representative. He was the third WVU student-athlete to earn the shooter of the year award and the first since Cory Willis secured the honor in 2000.

WVU Student-Athletes of the Week
Week 1: Brandon Rader, r-Sr., Wrestling
Week 2: Madina Ali, Sr., Women’s Basketball
Week 3: Nicco Campriani, Sr., Rifle
Week 4: Emily Kerwin, Sr., Gymnastics
Week 5: Chelsea Carrier, Sr., Track & Field
Week 6: Amy Bieski, Sr., Gymnastics
Week 7: Rachael Burnett, So., Swimming & Diving
Mandie Nugent, So., Swimming & Diving
Chelsea Carrier, Sr., Track & Field
Week 8: Nicco Campriani, Sr., Rifle

This Week in Baseball
The Mountaineers travel to Elon, N.C., from March 4-6 … WVU faces Wright State on Friday, March 4, at noon, Temple on Saturday at 9:30 a.m., Elon on Saturday at 1:30 p.m., and Wright State on Sunday at 10 a.m.

Last Week in Baseball
West Virginia finished with a 0-3 record at the Hughes Brothers Challenge in Wilmington, N.C. … the Mountaineers fell to Miami (Ohio), 12-5, Marist, 9-8, and tournament host UNC Wilmington, 8-0.

Notes and Quotes
Jeremy Gum finished 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBIs, two runs and a walk against Miami (Ohio) … Grant Buckner, T.J. Kuban, Kevin Griffin, Mark Dvoroznak and Chris Rasky all added hits … against Marist, both teams combined for 17 runs scored, 21 hits and just four innings where neither team scored a run … WVU’s three-through-six spots in the batting order combined for six of the Mountaineers’ eight hits … Buckner went 2-for-3 with an RBI and two walks … Brady Wilson finished 2-for-4, while Dan DiBartolomeo finished with two runs scored … Matt Frazer and Kuban each had two RBIs, with Kuban’s coming on his first career home run … Against UNC Wilmington, DiBartolomeo led the Mountaineers with a 3-for-4 performance at the plate with one double, while Justin McDavid finished 2-for-4.

This Week in Women’s Basketball
The West Virginia women’s basketball team will salute its five seniors on Monday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. for its final regular-season game against St. John’s ... the game will air live on ESPN2 and has been designated as Fan Appreciation Night as fans can pick up any remaining promotional items that were given out this season including extra foam fingers, pom-poms, ream photos, West Virginia silly bandz, Carey mustaches and glowsticks.

Last Week in Women’s Basketball
The Mountaineers fell in a pair of BIG EAST contests with a 72-60 loss to Notre Dame at the WVU Coliseum on Tuesday and a 67-58 loss at Rutgers on the following Saturday ... Liz Repella recorded her 21st career 20-point game as she led the team in scoring against the Scarlet Knights with 20 points and fellow senior Korinne Campbell chipped in 14 points in the loss ... the Mountaineers held the lead for 35 minutes of the 40-minute contest, falling in the final stretch at Rutgers ... against Notre Dame, WVU’s 35.3 percent shooting hurt as Notre Dame was able to knock in 57.7 percent of its shots and out-rebound the Mountaineers for the win.

Notes and Quotes
“This is the best group of seniors I have ever had in 30 years of coaching,” WVU head coach Mike Carey said. “They’ve won a lot of games over the last few years and I’m proud of them. They play hard. They make great grades and are leaders on and off the court.”

Seniors Korinne Campbell, Vanessa House, Sarah Miles, Madina Ali and Liz Repella will play their final game on the WVU Coliseum court Monday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. against St. John’s.

This Week in Gymnastics
The Mountaineers return to the road after two weeks at home and compete at No. 12 Arkansas on Friday, March 4, at Barnhill Arena, at 8 p.m., EST, in Fayetteville, Ark.

Last Week in Gymnastics
The Mountaineers (9-5, 6-1 EAGL) matched a season-best 49.225 floor showing and compiled its third straight season-best score in a 195.725-194.325 victory over reigning East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) champion North Carolina, on Feb. 26, at the WVU Coliseum, in the team’s annual “Pink Meet” … WVU trumped UNC in three of four events, winning vault (49.05-48.525), bars (48.975-48.4) and floor (49.225-48.525) … the Tar Heels scored a 48.875-48.475 win on beam … freshman Hope Sloanhoffer scored 9.875 on each of the three events she competed and won vault, beam and floor … senior Amy Bieski, finished first overall with a score of 38.675 … WVU counted five scores of 9.8 or better to solidify their sixth league win … Bieski and Sloanhoffer tied for the event win with 9.875 marks, while sophomores Chelsea Goldschrafe and Kaylyn Millick preceeded the duo and scocred 9.825 and 9.85, respectively.

Notes and Quotes
WVU’s team score was its highest since earning 195.65 in its “Pink Meet” win over Ohio State on Feb. 12, 2010 … the point total, the squad’s third straight 195-plus score of the season, also was the 27th-best mark in the program’s 38-year history … the Mountaineers’ three-match streak of scores of 195 or better is its best since posting five straight marks in 2009 (Feb. 9-March 8) … the Mountaineers’ vault showing was its best home score fo the year … Bieski’s point total pushed her career mark to 1,823.6 and moved her up three spots to No. 5 on the all-time WVU career points list … Bieski scored 9.825 and finished second on vault, while Richardson tallied 9.8, her third 9.8-plus score in four meets, and placed fourth … senior Alysha Pretzello finished second overall on bars and matched her career high with a 9.85 score, while sophomore Arlene Hathaway scored a career-best 9.85 on beam and finished in second place.

This Week in Rifle
The No. 1-ranked WVU rifle team (11-2, 5-1 GARC) does not compete this week.

Last Week in Rifle
The Mountaineers shot a nation-best 4704 for the third time this season and won their second straight Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) championship Sunday, Feb. 27, at Mississippi’s Patricia C. Lamar National Guard Center, in Oxford, Miss. … WVU shot a winning 2367 in air rifle and a winning, school-record 2337 smallbore … senior Nicco Campriani swept the individual titles for the second straight season, finishing first in combined score (1188), air rifle (700.5) and smallbore (690.4) … Campriani shot 594 in the open air rifle relay and 103.5 in the finals, and 591 in the open smallbore relay and 99.4 in the finals … included in his smallbore score was a school-record 200 prone mark … Zublasing shot 1175 (594 air, 581 smallbore), while Lamson shot a season-high 1174 (587 air, 587 smallbore).

Notes and Quotes
WVU’s GARC title is its second in two seasons and fifth overall … the Mountaineers are the first team to repeat as champions since Nebraska won the 2006 and 2007 titles … WVU’s five titles now match UK’s conference-best mark … this weekend’s first-place finish avenges the Mountaineers’ lone conference loss at UK on Feb. 5 … Campriani was named the GARC Shooter and Senior of the Year on Friday, as well as the Mountaineers’ GARC Scholar-Athlete representative … he was the third WVU student-athlete to earn the shooter of the year award, and the first since Cory Willis secured the honor in 2000 … in total, the Mountaineers earned 16 all-conference honors, including four first-team awards – three for Campriani, and one for Santelli.

This Week in Swimming & Diving
Both squads will wait to and learn their fate in individual qualifying for the NCAA Championships … certain individuals will travel to the Indianapolis Grand Prix in Indianapolis, Ind., from March 3-6.

Last Week in Swimming & Diving
Both teams were idle.

Notes and Quotes
Matt O’Neill and Richard Pokorny of the diving squad will compete in the NCAA Zone A Diving Championships from March 11-13 in Annapolis, Md. … the NCAA Women’s Championships will be held in Austin, Texas, this year from March 17-18, while the men’s championships are in Minneapolis, Minn., from March 24-26.

This Week in Tennis
The West Virginia University tennis team is idle this week. WVU will continue action on March 9 as they travel to Pittsburgh, Pa., to go up against Duquesne at noon.

Last Week in Tennis
The Mountaineers fell to Syracuse on Saturday, in a 0-7 match in Syracuse, N.Y.

Notes and Quotes
The Orange started the match by capturing the doubles point ... the No. 3 pair of senior Ashley Pilsbury and freshman Melis Tanik captured the lone win of the day with an 8-3 victory over SU’s Jacquelynn Tang and Aleah Marrow ... WVU’s pair of junior Veronica Cardenas and freshman Mary Chupa put up a fight in the No. 1 spot, but fell 8-6 to the Orange’s Emily Harman and Maddie Kobelt ... the Orange continued their winning-streak in the singles competition with wins in every spot ... Chupa had a close match in the No. 3 spot, but fell in the third set, 6-2, 2-6, 6-4, to SU’s Christina Tan ... WVU’s match against Villanova was canceled due to inclement weather conditions.

This Week in Track & Field
The West Virginia University track and field team continues action this weekend at the Columbia Last Chance Meet on March 4-5.

Last Week in Track & Field
The Mountaineers were idle.

Notes and Quotes
WVU is coming off a fifth-place showing at the BIG EAST Indoor Championships on Feb. 20 … senior Chelsea Carrier led the team with two conference titles on her way to being named as the meet’s Most Outstanding Field Performer … the Buckhannon, W.Va., native won the pentathlon and the 60-meter hurdles, while breaking school records in both events … junior Jessica O’Connell also earned a conference title with a first-place finish in the 3,000-meter run.

This Week in Wrestling
The Mountaineers compete at the Eastern Wrestling League Championships this Sunday, Mar. 6, in Bloomsburg, Pa ... it is an all-day event.

Last Week in Wrestling
The team was idle this past week as it prepares for the EWL Championships on Sunday, March 6.

Notes and Quotes
Sophomore Shane Young has won eight of his last nine bouts and leads the team with 67 takedowns on the year, while redshirt senior Donnie Jones is close behind with 62 takedowns ... Jones has won nine bouts in a row, three being over ranked opponents, while holding a 17-3 record on the year ... sophomore Alex Meade has won five matches in a row ... redshirt freshman Nathan Pennesi leads the team with 95 near-fall points on the season.

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