Bland Named Athlete of the Week


By Kelly Tuckwiller for MSNsportsNET.com
March 8, 2010

WVU VARSITY SPORTS REPORT

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia University senior track athlete Keri Bland has been named WVU Student Athlete of the Week for her performances this past weekend at the Columbia Last Chance Meet in New York and the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships in Boston.

On Friday, Bland finished in first place in the mile with an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 4:37.17. The performance was a season-best and places her third on WVU’s all-time performance list.

At the ECAC Championships on Sunday, Bland, a Fairview, W.Va., native then aided the WVU distance medley relay team to a second-place showing behind Boston College. The finish was also an NCAA automatic qualifying time. The Mountaineers have now qualified a DMR team at NCAAs in 10 of the last 12 seasons.

This Week in Women’s Basketball: The West Virginia University women’s basketball team continues action in the 2010 Big East Women’s Basketball Championship this week at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn. … the Mountaineers are set to face No. 7-seeded Rutgers this evening at 8 p.m. on ESPNU.

Last Week in Women’s Basketball: The No. 7 team in the nation and No. 2 seed West Virginia closed on an 11-5 run to defeat the No. 7 seed DePaul, 47-41, in quarterfinal action of the tournament to advanced to the semifinals … junior Liz Repella led all scorers with 16 points on 4-of-7 shooting from 3, while junior Sarah Miles and freshman Asya Bussie each contributed nine points in the win … junior Korinne Campbell led West Virginia on the boards with eight rebounds and also had three steals and two blocks, while Miles, the league’s defensive play of the year, had five assists and three steals.

Notes and Quotes: West Virginia University women’s basketball coach Mike Carey was named the 2009-10 Big East Conference Co-Coach of the Year …Carey shares the honor with Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma, who led his team to a perfect 30-0 record … this is the second time Carey has won the award … he also won in 2003-04 when he guided that team to a 21-11 record … junior point guard Sarah Miles garnered the BIG EAST’s Defensive Player of the Year award and was named to the conference’s all-second team … junior guard Liz Repella was named to the all-BIG EAST first team, junior guard/forward Korinne Campbell garnered all-BIG EAST honorable mention accolades and center Asya Bussie earned unanimous all-BIG EAST freshman team honors.

This Week in Baseball: The West Virginia University baseball team begins a 12-game homestand with a game against Duquesne on Tuesday and Bryant on Thursday, and a four-game series against Manhattan on Friday-Sunday, including a doubleheader on Saturday.

Last Week in Baseball: West Virginia went 2-2, defeating Purdue (18-14) last Monday as well as Illinois (11-8) on Sunday. The Mountaineers fell to Western Carolina (1-0) last Friday and No. 14 East Carolina (6-3) on Saturday. WVU’s games against the Illini, Catamounts and Pirates were held at the Keith LeClair Classic in Greenville, N.C.

Notes and Quotes: WVU finishes the regular season with a 3-2 mark against the Big Ten … freshman Matt Frazer holds a nine-game hitting streak and leads the Mountaineers with a .469 batting average (15-for-32) … Frazer has produced at least one base hit in every game in which he has an at-bat, excluding WVU’s second game against Kentucky where he walked in a pinch-hit appearance … reliever Chris Enourato picked up his second win of the season as well as his first save this week … Enourato struck out his only batter faced against Purdue to earn his 18th career save … he earned the victory against Illinois by tossing seven innings and giving up three runs with nine strikeouts … WVU produced a season-high 19 base hits in its 18-14 victory over Purdue … it is the 11th time since the 2008 season that the Mountaineers have garnered 19 or more single-game hits … Jedd Gyorko went 8-for-20 this week with one home run, four RBIs, two doubles and four runs scored … Gyorko became the 15th member of the 200-hit club in Mountaineer history, accomplishing the feat in just 486 at-bats … freshman Matt Malloy hit his first career home run in WVU’s 11-8 win against Illinois … Malloy also finished with four RBIs in the game, holding the highest single-game RBI total of any WVU player this season.

This Week in Gymnastics: The Mountaineers close out their regular-season road schedule at North Carolina on Saturday, March 13, at 1 p.m.

Last Week in Gymnastics: The Mountaineers (12-7, 6-0 EAGL) returned to the WVU Coliseum on Saturday, March 6, after a two-week road trip and trounced Bowling Green, 194.725-191.55 … WVU earned victories on each apparatus and scored season-highs on vault (49.125) and beam (48.8) … the team also scored 48.525 on bars and 48.275 on floor … junior Amy Bieski finished first overall with 39.1 points … she also won bars (9.8) and tallied a season-high 9.875 on vault to finish first overall … senior Chelsi Tabor stuck a near-perfect vault and scored a career-best 9.95 points to win the event … classmate Kiersten Spoerke finished first on beam with a season-best 9.875, and freshman Chelsea Goldschrafe matched a career-best with a 9.75 floor score to finish first.

Notes and Quotes: Bieski’s point total was her fifth 39.0-plus score of the season and the 12th of her career ... she is now tied for seventh place with Dinorh Boyd (2000-03) for the most career 39.0-plus scores … additionally, with 1,318.725 career points, Bieski inched closer to breaking onto the WVU all-time career points list – she needs 58.525 points to overtake Susie Pierce (1,377.25 points) for 19th place … Tabor was the first Mountaineer to score 9.95 on vault since 2004 … she had not scored better than 9.9 since achieving a 9.925 score on Feb. 15, 2008 … with six 9.9-plus vault scores to her name, she now sits in a three-way tie for sixth place on the vault all-time list … in total, four Mountaineers achieved career-best scores, with four additional gymnasts tallying season-best marks … WVU’s win over the Falcons improved its series advantage to 7-5 … the Mountaineers enter next Saturday’s meet at UNC with a 24-13 series advantage … WVU defeated UNC 195.5-194.825 at last year’s East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) Championship.

This Week in Rifle: The No. 1-ranked Mountaineers look to defend their nation’s best 14th national title at the 2010 NCAA Championships, March 12-13, in Fort Worth, Texas … smallbore competition will commence on Friday, with air rifle following on Saturday.

Last Week in Rifle: WVU did not compete last week.

Notes and Quotes: The Mountaineers recovered from a sixth-place smallbore finish to win the national title in 2009 … the team also earned the air rifle title … the championship was the team’s first since 1998 … WVU is the most-decorated rifle program … the Mountaineers last won back-to-back national titles in 1997-98 … the 1998 championship capped off a string of four-straight titles … WVU enters the championships after a three-week hiatus that followed its 2010 Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) Championships victory … the Mountaineers also won the GARC smallbore title … the Mountaineers are averaging an aggregate score of 4669.67 … they also average 2353.42 in air rifle and 2316.25 in smallbore.

This Week in Swimming & Diving: The West Virginia University diving team will be in action from March 12-14 when it travels to Piscataway, N.J., to participate in the 2010 NCAA Diving Zone Championships … seniors Brandon Robinson and Ashley Malik, along with sophomore Matt O’Neill will all be making the trip … Robinson is the only one to be making his second appearance at the championships.

Last Week in Swimming & Diving: The Mountaineers were idle last week.

Notes and Quotes: The threesome have been the most successful divers in recent WVU history ... Robinson and O’Neill hold school records on the 1-meter and 3-meter boards, respectively … Malik is the school record holder on the 1-meter for the women.

This Week in Track & Field: The West Virginia University track and field team is set to travel to Fayetteville, Ark., on March 12-13 for the 2010 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Last Week in Track & Field: WVU had good showings this past weekend at the Columbia Last Chance Meet at the Armory in New York and at the Eastern College Athlete Conference (ECAC) Championships in Boston … on Friday, senior Keri Bland led the West Virginia University track and field team with an NCAA automatic qualifying time in the mile run … Bland finished in first place with a time of 4:37.17, while junior Kaylyn Christopher finished in fourth with a provisional time of 4:40.78 … two other Mountaineers posted NCAA provisional times including junior Jessica O’Connell who finished first in the 3,000-meter race with a time of 9:16.22 … senior April Rotilio then placed first in the 400-meter dash, crossing the line with a season-best time of 54.31 … on Sunday, WVU’s distance medley relay team posted a season-best performance with second-place finish … the team of Bland, April Rotilio, Kaylyn Christopher and O’Connell finished in second place behind Boston College with an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 11:09. The finish puts the DMR team eighth in the country in the final season rankings.

Notes and Quotes: The Mountaineers have a solid group of performers heading to the NCAA Championships this weekend as seniors Keri Bland, Marie-Louise Asselin, Clara Grandt, junior Chelsea Carrier, as well as the DMR team have all met NCAA automatic standards … this season will mark the 10th time in the past 12 years that WVU has sent a DMR team to the NCAA Championships … it will also be the second-consecutive season that Carrier will has competed in the pentathlon at NCAAs.

This Week in Tennis: WVU will continue action on Sunday, March 14, as it plays host to California (Pa.) in a 3 p.m. match at the Ridgeview Racquet Club.

Last Week in Tennis: The Mountaineers (10-2, 4-0 BIG EAST) went 2-0 on Sunday as they traveled to win two 6-1 matches against Morehead State (3-7) at 9 a.m., followed by West Virginia State (12-4) at 5 p.m.

Notes and Quotes: The Mountaineers captured a victory over the Eagles at the Wellness Center Indoor Courts followed by a trip to the Charleston Tennis Center where they defeated the Yellow Jackets … the Mountaineers swept the doubles competition and lost only one singles match in the No. 5 spot where WVSU’s Ellen Russell defeated sophomore Catie Wickline in a tough third-set tiebreaker … coach Marc Walters switched up the lineup this weekend by adding Wickline and senior Gabriela Blaskovicova to the lineup for their first matches of the spring season, while allowing the usual competitors to experience action in new spots … also contributing to today’s victory was sophomore Kathryn Haught who posted two singles wins for the Mountaineers, while freshman Liv Pettersson recorded a 6-0, 6-1 win over the Yellow jacket’s Erika Acosta in the No. 4 spot.

This Week in Wrestling: The Mountaineers are idle this week … the NCAA will release the 46 at-large bids on Wednesday, March 10 … the NCAA Wrestling Championships will take place from March 18-20 at the Qwest Center in Omaha, Neb.

Last Week in Wrestling: WVU played host to the 35th annual Eastern Wrestling League Championships on March 7 at the Coliseum … it marked the third time WVU was the site of the league championships, as it was previously held in Morgantown in 1995 and 2003.

Notes and Quotes: The Mountaineers took fifth place at the league championships … Edinboro finished in first with four champions, followed by Pitt, which finished in second with four champions as well … freshman Shane Young (125), redshirt senior Donnie Jones (165) and junior Brandon Williamson (HWT) all took runner-up at their respective weight classes … all three WVU wrestlers have earned bids to the NCAA Championships … Jones will make his third national tournament appearance, while Young and Williamson (a junior college transfer) make their first … redshirt senior Matt Weston (174) earned third with a win via injury default … West Virginia has sent wrestlers to the NCAA tournament every season since 1984.

This Week in Rowing: The WVU rowing team will open its spring season as they travel to Dayton, Ohio, to compete against Dayton and Duquesne on March 13-14.

Last Week in Rowing: The Mountaineers were idle last week.

Notes and Quotes: WVU comlpeted its fall season on Saturday, Oct. 31, with a bronze medal at the Head of the Occoquan in Blacksburg, Va. … the varsity open four team ‘A’ boat crossed the line in 19:59.41 behind Duke’s team ‘A’ (19:26.23) and team ‘B’ (19:42.14) boats, earning them the bronze medal for the second year in a row.




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