VSR: Zublasing Named Athlete of the Week

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  • By Brian Kuppelweiser
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  • March 12, 2012 03:16 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – After securing the 2012 national air rifle title, West Virginia junior Petra Zublasing has been named the WVU Student-Athlete of the Week.

The Appiano, Italy, native secured the Mountaineers’ second straight NCAA air rifle championship with a 696.2 combined score. She shot a relay-best 593 mark and 103.2 in the finals. Zublasing also placed sixth in smallbore with a 686.7 mark, earning 586 in the relay and 100.7 in the finals.

The 2011 NCAA air rifle runner-up, Zublasing is the 16th Mountaineer shooter to win a national title.

WVU Athletes of the Week
Spring 2012

Week 1: Rachael Burnett, Women’s Swimming
Week 2: Hope Sloanhoffer, Gymnastics
Week 3: Christal Caldwell, Women’s Basketball
Week 4: Alaska Richardson, Gymnastics
Week 5: Asya Bussie, Women’s Basketball
Week 6: Asya Bussie, Women’s Basketball
Week 7: Rachael Burnett, Women’s Swimming
Week 8: Petra Zublasing, Rifle
Week 9: Matt Ryan, Wrestling
Week 10: Petra Zublasing, Rifle

This Week in Women’s Basketball
The West Virginia women’s basketball team’s NCAA fate will be announced at the NCAA selection show on Monday, March 12 at 7 p.m. on ESPN.

Last Week in Women’s Basketball
The No. 25 Mountaineers fell to No. 3/3 Notre Dame in the semifinals of the BIG EAST Championship on Monday at the XL Center … the game was the final BIG EAST contest for the Mountaineers who finished out the tournament going 2-1 … the Mountaineers were led by Asya Bussie and Ayana Dunning with 15 and 12 points, respectively … freshmen Averee Fields and Akilah Bethel chipped in a combined 12 points off the bench.

Notes & Quotes
The Mountaineers are looking to advance to the NCAA tournament for the fifth time in six seasons … if the Mountaineers play in the NCAA tournament, then it will be the third consecutive NCAA tournament for the program … WVU has posted seven 20-win seasons in nine years … junior Asya Bussie was named to the All-BIG EAST first team, while Christal Caldwell was named All-BIG EAST honorable mention … Linda Stepney was named to the BIG EAST all-freshman team.

“Don’t think I’m not proud of these players because I really am. I’m disappointed in today,” coach Mike Carey said after the Notre Dame loss. “I never thought we’d come out and play flat like we did. But for the whole season I am very proud of the players and they deserve a lot of credit.”

This Week in Swimming & Diving
Juniors Rachael Burnett, Kata Fodor and Mandie Nugent, as well as sophomore Danielle Smith will be competing in the NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships from March 15-17 in Auburn, Ala.

Last Week in Swimming & Diving
Sophomore Richard Pokorny and freshman Haily VandePoel dove in the NCAA Zone “A” Diving Championships … Pokorny finished 31st on the 1-meter, while Vande Poel took 31st on the 3-meter … VandePoel then improved on the 1-meter and took 14th place, while Pokorny finished 29th on the 1-meter.

Notes & Quotes
Burnett, Fodor, Nugent and Smith qualified as part of the 800 free relay and the foursome is seeded 15th in the event at NCAAs … Nugent was the lone Mountaineer to receive an automatic qualifying time and is currently seeded No. 2 in the country in the 200 fly, while also being seeded No. 34 in the 100 fly and No. 35 in the 500 free … Burnett comes in as the No. 12 in the 500 free, No. 21 in the 200 free and No. 21 in the 1,650 free … Fodor will go to the meet ranked No. 47 in the 500 free and No. 58 in the 200 free … Smith rounds out the group as a backstroke specialist who is seeded No. 45 in the 200 back and No. 50 in the 100 back.

This Week in Track & Field
The Mountaineers begin the 2012 outdoor season with the Wake Forest Open on March 16-17 in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Last Week in Track & Field
West Virginia did not compete.

Notes and Quotes
The Mountaineers look to achieve a Top-20 national finish for a fifth consecutive year in outdoor track ... returning outdoor All-Americans from last season include Chelsea Carrier-Eades (100m hurdles, heptathlon), Kate Harrison (10,000m) and Meghan Mock (long jump) … West Virginia last competed at the Columbia Last Chance meet with several strong individual finishes … senior Katelyn Williams ended her WVU career by tying a season-best mark of 1.75 meters for first place in the high jump … the height is second-best on the all-time indoor WVU list for the event … Chené Townsend earned a second-best season mark of 8.46 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles for a first-place finish … Sarah Martinelli, Jordan Hamric, Stephanie Caruso and Aubrey Moskal qualified for the outdoor 5,000-meter run with their times at Columbia.

This week in Wrestling
Six WVU wrestlers will travel to St. Louis, Mo., for the NCAA Championships on March 15-17.

Last week in Wrestling
The Mountaineers enjoyed a week off after their participation at the Eastern Wrestling League Championships.

Notes & Quotes
Four of the wrestlers heading to St. Louis are making their return trip to the NCAA Championships … Junior Shane Young (125) will be making his third trip of his career, while redshirt sophomore Nathan Pennesi (133) and redshirt seniors Matt Ryan (184) and Brandon Williamson (HWT) will be making their second trips … Young has an 0-4 career record at the national tournament, as he has dropped tight matches to nationally ranked opponents in each tournament … Pennesi is also winless at the NCAAs, as he has an 0-2 record … in last year’s tournament, Ryan advanced the furthest, as he made it to the third round of wrestlebacks … Williamson did not make it to last year’s tournament, as he sat out the year with a knee injury … in the 2010 tournament, Williamson advanced to the round of 12, and with one more win, he would have been an All-American … also qualifying for the NCAA Championships for WVU was sophomore Michael Morales (141) and redshirt junior Lance Bryson (174).

This Week in Gymnastics
WVU (14-4, 5-1 EAGL) closes out the regular season at No. 9 LSU on Friday, March 16, with an 8 p.m. ET meet at the Maravich Center, in Baton Rouge, La.

Last Week in Gymnastics
The Mountaineers scored their third win over a ranked opponent in seven days as they knocked off No. 8 Arkansas, 195.675-195.125, on March 10, in their home season finale, at the WVU Coliseum ... WVU did not trail the entire meet and split the event wins with the Razorbacks (10-6, 5-3 SEC), scoring victories on floor (49.15-48.475) and uneven bars (48.875-48.475) ... Arkansas won vault (49.075-48.925) and balance beam (49.1-48.725) ... junior Kaylyn Millick scored a career-best 39.175 and finished third in the all-around ... she also paced the team on bars with a 9.85, which was good for a second-place showing ... classmate Alaska Richardson led the squad on floor and vault, finishing first on floor with a career-high 9.9 and placing second on vault with a 9.875 ... sophomore Hope Sloanhoffer won beam with a career-high 9.95.

Notes & Quotes
WVU’s win was its first over a Top 10 team since defeating No. 9 Michigan at Pitt in 2007 ... WVU is now 4-3 against ranked opponents this season ... WVU improved to 2-0 against teams from the SEC this season ... the Mountaineers’ point total was the 30th-best mark in program history and the team’s fourth 195.0-plus score at the Coliseum this season ... WVU earned a program-best five 195.0-plus marks at home in 2004 and has not earned more than three in a season since ... Sloanhoffer is the first Mountaineer to score 9.95 on beam since 2004 ... additionally, she is the first WVU gymnast to earn a 9.95 mark on any event in the Coliseum since 2010 ... Richardson was the first Mountaineer to score 9.9 or better on floor this season ... WVU’s floor team total was a season high ... four Mountaineers earned 9.8-plus scores on floor ... Millick finished third with a season-best 9.875, while sophomore Makenzie Bristol earned a career-high 9.85 and finished fourth ... seniors Nicole Roach and Tina Maloney were honored following the meet ... WVU last met the Tigers in a regular-season action in 1998 ... the Mountaineers are 0-6 all-time against LSU.

This Week in Rifle
The Mountaineers have concluded their 2011-12 season.

Last Week in Rifle
WVU ended its 2011-12 season with a sixth-place showing at the NCAA Rifle Championships ... the Mountaineers shot a two-day total of 4647 ... TCU won its second title in three years with a 4676 score ... the team finished second in air rifle with a 2350 mark and finished eighth in smallbore with a 2297 ... junior All-American Petra Zublasing won the air rifle national title with a 696.2 combined score ... she shot a relay-best 593 and 103.2 in the finals ... she also placed sixth in smallbore with a 686.7 mark, earning 586 in the relay and 100.7 in the finals ... she was tied for fifth place but lost a shoot-off, 10.9-10.5 ... freshman Taylor Ciotola placed sixth in air rifle with a 690.4 total ... he shot 591 in the relay, 99.4 in the finals.

Notes and Quotes
Zublasing is the second Mountaineer in as many seasons to win the national air rifle title, as Nicco Campriani won in 2011 ... she is the 16th WVU national champion ... the Mountaineers have 20 total individual titles ... Justin Pentz finished third on the team with a 586 air rifle mark, while Michael Kulbacki shot 580 and Thomas Kyanko shot 579 ... Ciotola finished second on the team in smallbore with a 572 ... Pentz and Kyanko each shot 570, and Kulbacki shot 565 ... WVU finished the year with a 12-2 overall record.

This week in Women’s Tennis
WVU will take on Eastern Michigan on Friday afternoon at 1 p.m. in a non-conference tilt held at Ridgeview Racquet Club.

Last week in Women’s Tennis
The Mountaineers dropped a match to in-state rival Marshall on Sunday afternoon, 6-1.

Notes & Quotes
WVU (3-10, 1-4 BIG EAST) is in the midst of a seven-match streak against non-conference opponents … junior Emily Mathis, who sustained a stomach strain against Marquette in February, has fought through the pain of the injury and has been serving underhand since the injury occurred … senior Veronica Cardenas has shown consistency throughout the year, as she has a team-best record of 8-5 in singles … Cardenas had a four-match winning streak snapped on Sunday, but she has won six of her last eight singles matches … freshman Ikttesh Chahal scored the lone singles win of the day for the Mountaineers against the Thundering Herd.

This Week in Baseball
WVU begins an 11-game home stand with a two-game series against Eastern Michigan from March 13-14 … the Mountaineers then take on Manhattan this weekend in a four-game set from March 16-18.

Last Week in Baseball
The team went 1-5, winning game one of a doubleheader against Niagara, before falling consecutively to Niagara, Oregon State, Oklahoma, Oregon and Illinois.

Note & Quotes
Gabe Brown continued to swing the bat well this past week, batting 6-for-16 with three runs, one double, one triple, one home run and two RBIs … Dan Dierdorff, Marshall Thompson and Corey Walter all had excellent starts for WVU … Dierdorff allowed five runs in seven innings against Niagara, while also striking out nine … Walter threw six innings, allowing four earned runs on six hits with three strikeouts against Oregon State … against Okahoma, Thompson with 7.1 innings, allowing five runs on five hits with three strikeouts.

This Week in Rowing
The Mountaineers open their spring season with a scrimmage against George Washington on Saturday at the Occoquan Reservoir in Fairfax Station, Va.

Last Week in Rowing
The team was idle last week.

Notes and Quotes
West Virginia has faced George Washington twice in program history, coming away with one first-place finish and two second-place finishes in multiple events … the Mountaineers return 17 rowers and four coxswains from last year, including seven student-athletes who moved up from the novice team … altogether, these 21 student-athletes combined for five medals, five first-place finishes and six second-place finishes during the 2010-11 season including multiple wins at the Head of the Ohio and the Philadelphia Frostbite.