Haught Named WVU Athlete of the Week


By Kelly Tuckwiller for MSNsportsNET.com
April 5, 2010

WVU VARSITY SPORTS REPORT

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia University sophomore tennis player Kathryn Haught has been named athlete of the week for her performance in last weekend’s matches against Chicago State and DePaul. Haught went 2-0 in the singles competition as the Mountaineers’ No. 5 player.

The Hilton Head, S.C., native captured the lone win for the Mountaineers’ in Saturday’s match against the Blue Demons with a 7-6, 4-6 (8) victory over DePaul’s Kristen Gambrell. Haught was one of two victories for WVU in Friday’s match against the Cougars, where she defeated CSU’s Peggy Moore in a 6-1, 6-1 match.

She has competed in spots from No. 2-6 and holds a record of 14-2 for the 2010 regular season.

This Week in Baseball: The West Virginia University baseball team (13-14) plays four of its five games on the road, but begins the week with a home matchup against Towson on Tuesday at 4 p.m. … WVU then plays at Atlantic Coast Conference rival Maryland on Wednesday at 6 p.m., and finishes with a three-game series at St. John’s on Friday-Sunday.

Last Week in Baseball: West Virginia went 0-3 against popular NCAA Tournament pick Connecticut … WVU lost on Thursday, 9-5, then fell on Friday to the Huskies, 9-2 … the Mountaineers lost in the Saturday finale, 14-3.

Notes and Quotes: Junior Jedd Gyorko moved into seventh-place on the school’s career RBI list with 144 … he also tied former Mountaineer Austin Markel for fifth-place with 82 career extra base hits … WVU has won seven of its last eight non-conference games … WVU is batting nearly .300 (.298) in 21 games against non-conference opponents … the Mountaineers are 2-2-1 all-time against Towson and 17-32-1 against Maryland.

This Week in Track & Field: The West Virginia University track and field team is set to resume the outdoor season, splitting the weekend between the Sea Ray Relays in Knoxville, Tenn., and the Arizona State Sun Angel Classic in Tempe, Ariz., on April 9-10.

Last Week in Track & Field: The Mountaineers were idle last week.

Notes and Quotes: The Mountaineers are coming off an excellent showing at the Stanford Invitational on March 26, as all five student-athletes posted personal-best times and qualified for the BIG EAST and ECAC Championships … senior Clara Grandt led the team as she finished in seventh place in section one of the 5,000-meter race with a BIG EAST qualifying time of 16:01.18 … the finish places her second on WVU’s all-time performance list behind Olympian Megan Metcalfe … in section two of the 5,000 meter junior Kate Harrison finished in fifth (16:24.40), while sophomore Sarah Anne Brault finished 11th (16:27.66) and Ahna Lewis finished in 14th (16:29.94) … junior Stephanie Caruso started the day off in section four of the 5,000 meter, as she crossed the line in 11th place with a time of 17:26.28.

This Week in Gymnastics: The Mountaineers play host to the 2010 NCAA Southeast Regional on Saturday, April 10, at 6 p.m., at the WVU Coliseum … WVU enters the championships as the No. 6 seed … Stanford and Michigan are the championships’ No. 1 and No. 2 seeds, while Southern Utah is seeded at No. 3 … EAGL-foe NC State and Kent State are seeded at No. 4 and No. 5.

Last Week in Gymnastics: The Mountaineers (19-9, 12-2 EAGL) did not compete last week.

Notes and Quotes: The Mountaineers play host to the regional championships for the seventh time since 1983 … WVU last welcomed a regional to the Coliseum in 2007, when it finished third to UCLA and LSU … the last four regionals the Mountaineers have hosted in 1994, 1999, 2002 and 2007 have attracted an average attendance of 2,726, including the 1994 crowd of 3,492, the largest gymnastics crowd in Coliseum history … the Mountaineers qualified as the No. 6 seed to earn their 27th regional berth … the NCAA has sponsored gymnastics since 1983, and WVU has advanced to the national championships three times (1995, 1999, 2000) … Stanford and Michigan were both ranked sixth in last week’s GymInfo Poll … Southern Utah was ranked No. 18 … WVU is 2-2 against the field this season … the Mountaineers split their two meets with the Wolfpack this season, defeating NCSU, 194.0-193.225, on Jan. 24, and losing 195.7-195.075 at the league championship on March 27 … WVU also defeated KSU, 192.425-190.625, on Jan. 16, and lost to UM, 196.4-194.475, on Feb. 5 … the top two teams and the top two all-around competitors (who are not on an advancing team) from the Southeast Regional will receive an automatic berth to the national championships in Gainesville, Fla., on April 22-23, hosted by the University of Florida … event winners at the regional championships also will advance to the national championships (in that event only) if they are not part of a qualifying team or one of the all-around qualifiers.

This Week in Tennis: WVU will continue action Thursday, April 8, as it plays host to Duquesne in a 3 p.m. match at the WVU Tennis Complex ... the Mountaineers will then host Seton Hall at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 10.

Last Week in Tennis: The Mountaineers were defeated 2-5 by Chicago State on Friday, followed by a 1-6 loss to BIG EAST foe DePaul on Saturday in Chicago, Ill. ... WVU is now 13-5 in the regular season and 4-1 in the BIG EAST, while the Cougars improved to 8-4 and the Blue Demons improved to 13-3 and 2-1 in the conference.

Notes and Quotes: In the first match of the weekend, CSU captured the doubles point after winning matches in the No. 1 and 2 spots ... the Mountaineers came back to lead 2-1 after sophomore Kathryn Haught defeated CSU’s Peggy Moore in a 6-1, 6-1 match in the No. 5 singles spot, along with a forfeit win by junior Ashley Pilsbury in the No. 6 spot ... the Cougars came back to win the match with four singles victories, three of which were third-set tie-breakers against redshirt junior Monique Burton, sophomore Veronica Cardenas and freshman Emily Mathis ... the Mountaineers continued action on Saturday on the Blue Demon’s home courts ... Haught captured WVU’s lone win of the day with a 7-6, 4-6 (8) victory over DePaul’s Kristen Gambrell in the No. 5 spot.

This Week in Rowing: The Mountaineers will continue action on April 10-11, as they travel to Cherry Hill, N.J., to compete in the Knecht Cup Regatta.

Last Week in Rowing: WVU traveled to Lake Lure, N.C., on Saturday to begin its season in a scrimmage against Ohio State Club where both teams gained experience in a wide variety of competitions, followed by a successful showing against North Carolina on Friday, April 2.

Notes and Quotes: “I was particularly pleased to see the composure with which the Varsity 8+ raced,” said coach Jimmy King. “Despite being down early to a quick starting Carolina crew, our group kept their heads up and followed their race plan. In doing so, they were able to establish a strong rhythm that eventually carried them through to the win.”




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