VSR: Tanik Named Student-Athlete of the Week

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  • By Daniel Whitehead
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  • October 10, 2011 06:32 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Sophomore Melis Tanik has been named the West Virginia University Student-Athlete of the Week for her performance in last weekend’s Martha Thorn Invitational that was held at WVU.

The Raleigh, N.C., native combined with fellow sophomore Mary Chupa to win the Flight B Doubles draw, while also winning the Flight A Singles consolation final. In total, Tanik collected three singles wins and three doubles wins on the weekend.

With her singles performance, she now leads the team with five singles wins and also holds the high water mark with a combined seven doubles wins.

WVU Athletes of the Week
Fall 2011
Week 1: Erica Henderson, Women’s Soccer
Week 2: Eric Schoenle, Men’s Soccer
Week 3: Andy Bevin, Men’s Soccer
Week 4: Meghan Lewis, Women’s Soccer
Week 5: Blake Miller, Women’s Soccer
Week 6: Michelle Kopecky, Volleyball
Week 7: Kate Schwindel, Women’s Soccer
Week 8: Melis Tanik, Tennis

This Week in Cross Country
The No. 19 Mountaineers travel to University Park, Pa., to compete at the Penn State National on Friday, Oct. 14 ... the 6k race at the PSU Blue and White Golf Course begins at 9 a.m.

Last Week in Cross Country
West Virginia did not compete.

Notes & Quotes
The Mountaineers return to the Penn State National having placed sixth at last year’s event with 205 points ... Sarah-Anne Brault led the team to its finish with an 11th-place mark in 21:05, while Kaitlyn Gillespie followed in 17th place in 21:13 ... eight personal-best 5k times were recorded at the Greater Louisville Cross Country Classic on Oct. 1 ... the Mountaineers stayed at No. 4 in the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional rankings released by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches of America poll today, moving up from the No. 5 spot a week ago ... the USTFCCCA national rankings will be released next week ... the team will seek its fourth Top 10 national finish in five years this season.

This Week in Rifle
The No. 3-ranked West Virginia rifle team opens its 2011-12 season in Lincoln, Neb., on Oct. 15-16 … the Mountaineers will face No. 9 Air Force on Saturday, and host No. 12-ranked Nebraska on Sunday … both matches are expected to start at 9 a.m. EST and last all day.

Last Season in Rifle
The Mountaineers fell three shots short of their nation-best 15th national title and placed second at the 2011 NCAA Championships … WVU won the air rifle team title and finished in second place in smallbore … four-time first team National Rifle Association (NRA) All-American Nicco Campriani won the air rifle individual national title, the first rifle national champion since 1997 … the Mountaineers also successfully defended their Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) title and won their fifth conference title … WVU also shot a nation- and program-best 4704 three times.

Notes & Quotes
Three NRA All-Americans return to lead the team this season – seniors Michael Kulbacki and Justin Pentz and junior Petra Zublasing … Zublasing placed second in air rifle at last year’s national championships, while Pentz placed fifth … Zublasing is coming off a successful summer which saw her earn an Olympic quota place with the Italian National Team … redshirt freshman Thomas Kyanko is the only other returning Mountaineer … six newcomers join the Mountaineers: junior Chance Cover, redshirt sophomore transfer Daniel Sojka and freshmen Amy Bock, Taylor Ciotola, Meelis Kiisk and Matthew Martin … the Mountaineers earned a No. 3 preseason ranking in the College Rifle Coaches Association (CRCA) Preseason Poll last week … defending NCAA champion Kentucky earned the top ranking, while TCU, the 2010 champion, is ranked No. 2 … WVU will face all but one team ranked in the top 10 at least once this season.

This Week in Rowing
The Mountaineers compete on Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Head of the Kanawha Regatta on the Kanawha River in Charleston, W.Va.

Last Week in Rowing
The Mountaineers were idle last week.

Notes and Quotes
This will be the inaugural Head of the Kanawha Regatta … the Mountaineers are looking for another strong appearance returning the same rowers who competed successfully at the Head of the Ohio two weeks ago … on Friday, Oct. 7 and Saturday, Oct. 8 the team honored the foursome of Tina Griffith, Risha Kelley, Erin Nisbet, Noelle Dodge and coxswain Christine DiRienzo … the crew won at the Dad Vail Regatta in 2001 and were subsequently invited to compete at the Henley Royal Regatta in England, where they placed second overall … a 4+ shell, the Inches Make Champions, was christened in their honor on Friday afternoon, and they were also honored during the second quarter of the football game on Saturday.

This Week in Men’s Soccer
The Mountaineers will face a pair of BIG EAST foes on a two-game road trip this week … WVU will travel to Pitt on Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m., at Ambrose Urbanic Field … the Mountaineers will then travel to Valley Fields, Wis., to take on Marquette on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 8:05 p.m.

Last Week in Men’s Soccer
West Virginia went 6-4-1 (2-1 BIG EAST) with a 1-0 win over No. 13 Georgetown last Saturday at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium in front of 811 fans … midfielder Uwem Etuk scored his first goal of the season in the 81st minute on assists from forward Peabo Doue and midfielder Shadow Sebele … forward Andy Bevin led all players with six shots, while goalkeeper Justin Holmes recorded his second-consecutive shutout and third of the season … Holmes made two saves in the victory, improving to 4-2-1.

Notes and Quotes
Etuk’s goal was the fifth of his career, his second against Georgetown, his second game-winning goal and his second goal in the 81st minute … WVU scored a goal on Tomas Perez, who came into the match ranked sixth nationally in goals-against average … WVU broke a three-game losing streak to the Hoyas with the victory.

“It’s good to win any game. It was a confidence boost for us to win at Cincinnati and it was a confidence boost for us to win here. We’re back on track. We’re obviously going in the right direction and the shutout was good for us. I thought we defended well and they didn’t have any really good opportunities.” – coach Marlon LeBlanc

This Week in Women’s Soccer
The Mountaineers, winners of nine of their last 10 matches, close out the regular season with three BIG EAST road contests, beginning with a trip to Providence on Friday, Oct. 14 … WVU closes the weekend with a match against Connecticut on Sunday, Oct. 16.

Last Week in Women’s Soccer
West Virginia won a pair of crucial BIG EAST matches to remain in first place of the American Division standings, knocking off St. John’s, 3-0, and defeating Syracuse, 5-1 … a goal from Mallory Smith in the 11th minute and two additional first-half scores guided WVU past St. John’s on Oct. 7 … West Virginia added to its lead in the 25th minute on a long blast from forward Kate Schwindel … they completed their scoring in the 38th minute on forward Emily Dillon’s fourth goal of the season … the Mountaineer defense was stout in picking up its seventh shutout of the season … senior Chelsey Corroto stepped up big in her 70th career match, filling in at outside back for defender Meghan Lewis, who missed the game due to a red card … a season-high five goals, including three from Mountaineer seniors, guided WVU past Syracuse, 5-1, yesterday … the Mountaineers hold a conference record of 7-1-0 (11-4-0 overall) … Syracuse had its four-match win streak snapped.

Notes & Quotes
West Virginia is now 66-11-8 at home since Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium opened in 2004 … WVU also boasts a 34-2-2 record in BIG EAST regular-season home matches since 2005 … the Mountaineers have won nine of their last 10 matches … senior Blake Miller and freshman Kate Schwindel each have scored 11 points on four goals and three assists in BIG EAST matches this season … five of junior Bry McCarthy’s team-best six assists have come in conference play … Miller scored her 29th career in the Syracuse win, moving her into a tie for sixth place all-time … Sunday’s victory over Syracuse also came on Senior Day for six student-athletes: Drea Barklage, Morgan Betscher, Chelsey Corroto, Erica Henderson, Meghan Lewis and Miller … the group has amassed a four-year record of 53-19-13 under coach Nikki Izzo-Brown … the Mountaineers have reached double-figure wins for the 14th time in the program’s 16 seasons.

This Week in Swimming & Diving
The WVU men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams will open its season with the inaugural West Virginia State Games from Oct. 14-15 in the WVU Natatorium … Friday’s events will begin at 6 p.m., while Saturday will begin at 9 a.m. … teams participating include WVU, West Virginia Wesleyan, Wheeling Jesuit, Fairmont State and Marshall.

Last Week in Swimming & Diving
Both teams were training in preparation for the season.

Notes and Quotes
The Mountaineers return the majority of last season’s team under the watch of fifth-year head coach Vic Riggs … top returners on the men’s side include 2011 BIG EAST Champion in the 100 fly, Taylor Camp … the women return the duo of Rachael Burnett and Mandie Nugent, the 2011 co-BIG EAST Women’s Most Outstanding Swimmers.

This Week in Tennis
WVU will travel to Athens, Ga., for the Georgia Invitational … the event is the next to last fall event for the Mountaineers.

Last Week in Tennis
WVU hosted the Martha Thorn Invitational, the Mountaineers’ lone home event of the fall season.

Notes and Quotes
Sophomores Melis Tanik and Mary Chupa won the Flight B Doubles championship in last weekend’s Martha Thorn Invitational … junior Emily Mathis, who was returning to the court after an injury, played in the Flight A Singles final, but fell short of winning her bracket … Tanik won the consolation round final of her Flight A singles bracket with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Maria Lazaris of Cleveland State … senior Veronica Cardenas and Catie Wickline won their Flight B Doubles consolation round final 9-8 (7-5).

This Week in Volleyball
The West Virginia University volleyball team will play at home for the second week in a row as the Mountaineers play host to BIG EAST rival Pitt in the 41st meeting of the Backyard Brawl … the Panthers will travel to the WVU Coliseum for the 7 p.m. match on Oct. 15 … the match against Pitt is a designated “Dollar Day,” with all tickets, hot dogs, popcorn and Coca-Cola products available for one dollar each.

Last Week in Volleyball
The Mountaineers continued BIG EAST play as the team hosted DePaul and Notre Dame at the WVU Coliseum … the Mountaineers defeated the Blue Demons, 3-0, Friday before being swept by the Fighting Irish, 3-0, on Sunday…… the overall series record over the competition is now 9-19.

Notes and Quotes
Junior outside hitter Anke de Jong led the team last weekend with 18 kills, a .279 hitting percentage and 3.00 kills per set … the Netherlands native had a season-high 10 kills against Notre Dame … after switching to outside hitter last weekend, senior Serinna Russo went back to libero for the matches against DePaul and Notre Dame … the Riverside, Calif., native had 45 digs and averaged 7.50 digs per set for the weekend … Russo also chipped in a season-high four service aces against DePaul.


Melis Tanik, WVU, West Virginia University