VSR: Zublasing Named Student-Athlete of the Week

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  • By Daniel Whitehead
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  • October 24, 2011 10:08 AM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – After shooting an NCAA-best 600 air rifle score, West Virginia junior Petra Zublasing has been named the WVU Student-Athlete of the Week.

The Appiano, Italy, native was spectacular in the No. 2-ranked Mountaineers’ 4693-4637 victory over No. 6 Army at the WVU Rifle Range on Oct. 22 as she swept the individual awards. In addition to her air rifle victory, Zublasing also won smallbore (586) and finished first overall (1186).

Zublasing is believed to be the first female collegiate shooter to earn the record 600 air rifle score; the mark also is a WVU best. Though females only shoot 40 shots in air rifle at international matches, her score is comparable to a world record.

A National Rifle Association (NRA) first team air rifle All-American, Zublasing has won all but one individual competition this season.

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
Week 9: Kate Harrison, Cross Country
Week 10: Petra Zublasing, Rifle

This Week in Cross Country
The No. 18 Mountaineers will compete for a conference title at the BIG EAST Championship on Saturday, Oct. 29, in Louisville, Ky. ... the 6k women’s race at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park begins at 11:50 a.m.

Last Week in Cross Country
The Mountaineers did not compete.

Notes & Quotes
The Mountaineers return to Louisville for a second time this season after placing eighth at the Greater Louisville Cross Country Classic on Oct. 1 ... coming off its first victory of the 2011 season a week ago at the Penn State National, WVU will look to improve on last year’s 5th-place finish at the BIG EAST race ... redshirt senior Kate Harrison leads the team with two first-place finishes on the year ... the last time WVU won the the BIG EAST Championship was the 2007 season, which also took place in Louisville ... the Mountaineers moved up to No. 3 in the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional rankings released last Monday by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches of America, moving up from the No. 4 spot ... the USTFCCCA national rankings will be released next Tuesday following a weekend of conference championships ... the team seeks its fourth Top 10 national finish in five years this season.

This Week in Rifle
The No. 2-ranked West Virginia rifle team returns to the WVU Rifle Range and plays host to Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) foe Memphis on Oct. 29 and No. 8-ranked Murray State on Oct. 30 … both matches will begin at 8 a.m.

Last Week in Rifle
The Mountaineers (3-0, 2-0 GARC) opened their home season with a 4693-4637 victory over No. 6 Army on Oct. 22 … WVU earned its second GARC win of the season in resounding fashion, winning air rifle (2364-2326) and smallbore (2329-2311) … junior Petra Zublasing swept the individual competitions, shooting a collegiate-record 600 (100-100-100-100-100-100) air rifle and 586 (196 prone, 197 standing, 193 kneeling) smallbore for a combined total of 1186 … the Mountaineers took the top three individual overall finishes, as redshirt freshman Thomas Kyanko scored 1169 for second place and senior Justin Pentz finished third with a score of 1168 … Pentz tied for second in air rifle with a 590, while classmate Michael Kulbacki shot 588 and placed fourth … four Mountaineers shot personal-best scores in smallbore: Kyanko (second place, 583), freshmen Meelis Kiisk (fourth place, 581) and Taylor Ciotola (579, fifth place) and junior Chance Cover (569).

Notes & Quotes
Zublasing is believed to be the first female collegiate shooter to earn the 600 air rifle score … though females only shoot 40 shots in air rifle at international matches, her score is comparable to a world record … WVU’s final team score was 11 shots short of the school record, 4704, last shot at the 2011 GARC Championships in February … six Mountaineers counted toward the team’s scores: Kulbacki (air), Pentz (air and smallbore), Zublasing (air and smallbore), Ciotola (air and smallbore), Kiisk (smallbore) and Kyanko (air and smallbore) … the win over the Black Knights pushed WVU’s series advantage to 32-10 … prior to Saturday’s match, the Mountaineers moved up one spot to No. 2 in the weekly College Rifle Coaches Association Poll.

This Week in Rowing
The Mountaineers are set to travel to Philadelphia on Saturday, Oct. 29, to compete at the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta on the Schuylkill River.

Last Week in Rowing
The Mountaineers were idle last week.

Notes and Quotes
The Head of the Schuylkill will mark the third of five fall regattas for the Mountaineers … this year, 5,800 athletes are expected to compete on the 2.5 mile course … last year, West Virginia had a great showing at the regatta with both Varsity 4+ boats placing in the top seven out of 34 teams … WVU’s ‘A’ boat placed fifth, and WVU’s ‘B’ boat placed seventh … the Mountaineers also placed seventh out of 21 entries in the Varsity 8+ event … the team returns 11 athletes who saw competition at last year’s regatta.

This Week in Men’s Soccer
The Mountaineers will close out the regular season with a two-game road trip … WVU will face Seton Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m., while traveling to Notre Dame on Saturday, Oct. 29, at noon.

Last Week in Men’s Soccer
West Virginia went 1-1-0 with a 2-0 win over No. 1 Connecticut last Tuesday and a 2-1 loss to Providence on Friday evening … Shadow Sebele scored the game-winning goal on a penalty kick in the 35th minute, while Eric Schoenle added a goal in the 79th minute to complete the shutout … Nick Claudio scored his first career goal on Senior Day against Providence in the 47th minute, while Marc Cintron scored goals in the 26th and 87th minutes to give the Friars a 2-1 victory.

Notes and Quotes
Sebele continues to lead the Mountaineers and has now been successful on all three penalty kicks he has taken this season … Andy Bevin led WVU with four shots against the Huskies, while Travis Pittman, Franck Tayou and Claudio each had two shots against Providence.

“Not only did we execute the game plan, we carried the bulk, momentum and tempo of the game, and that was really important for us,” coach Marlon LeBlanc said. “They are a very dynamic and explosive team and I thought we did a fantastic job of neutralizing what they did well and really played to our strengths.” – coach Marlon LeBlanc

This Week in Women’s Soccer
The 17th-ranked women’s soccer team earned a first-round bye in the 2011 BIG EAST Championship, holding the No. 1 seed position in the American Division … the Mountaineers will face the winner of St. John’s/Seton Hall on Sunday, Oct. 30, at 1 p.m. at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.

Last Week in Women’s Soccer
A shutout victory in the regular season finale guided No. 17 West Virginia past BIG EAST rival Pitt, 1-0, Friday evening at Ambrose Urbanic Field in Pittsburgh … with the win, the Mountaineers earned their fifth division title, earning the No. 1 seed in the American Division for next week’s conference championship … after a sluggish first half, Schwindel put the Mountaineers up 1-0 in the 50th minute on a blast into the upper left corner … Schwindel continues to impress in her first season as a Mountaineer, scoring at least one point in seven of the last nine matches … WVU goalkeeper Sara Keane was outstanding in picking up the team’s ninth shutout of the season … the redshirt freshman was excellent off her line and made a career-high eight saves … Pitt held a 7-6 edge in shots after 45 minutes; however, all seven attempts came from outside the box … the Mountaineers finished with an 18-16 shot advantage, led by Schwindel’s game-best six shots and forward Blake Miller’s five attempts.

Notes & Quotes
The Mountaineers have won five BIG EAST division crowns under coach Nikki Izzo-Brown … true freshman Kate Schwindel leads all BIG EAST rookies in points with 15 on five goals (including two game-winners) and five assists in BIG EAST play … WVU sports a 14-4-0 overall record and 10-1-0 mark in league play … the 10 victories in conference are a program-best, making WVU one of only four BIG EAST schools to ever win 10 league contests in a season … the Mountaineers have won 12 of their last 13 matches … WVU has qualified for the BIG EAST tournament in 12 straight years; only Rutgers has equaled the feat … redshirt freshman Sara Keane owns a 14-4-0 record as the starting goalkeeper.

This Week in Swimming & Diving
The WVU women’s swimming and diving team will host James Madison in the WVU Natatorium on Saturday, Oct. 29, at 11 a.m.

Last Week in Swimming & Diving
Both teams were defeated by Penn State in the dual meet opener last Saturday … the men fell 143-98, while the women were beat 137-96.

Notes and Quotes
Daeton Davenport put points on the board with a first-place finish in the 500 free and third in the 1000 free … Taylor Camp took first in the 200 free and the 200 fly, while Tim Squires added another first for the men in the 50 free … the women had a strong finish in the 200 breast, taking first through third … Breanna McCann took first, Melissa Schreiber second and Jenelle Zee third (2:25.49) … Rachael Burnett had another great meet with a first-place finish in the 500 free, second place in the 100 free and third in the 400 IM.

“Our goal was to compete from the start and win half the events, but we fell short. Our freshmen did very well and we had some big swims. Overall, it was a good meet.” – coach Vic Riggs

This Week in Tennis
The Mountaineers have completed their fall season and will begin preparations for the spring tennis schedule.

Last Week in Tennis
WVU completed its fall schedule at the ITA Regionals … the Mountaineers will continue action in the spring of 2012 in their second season under the direction of coach Tina Samara.

Notes and Quotes
Sophomores Melis Tanik and Mary Chupa had five wins apiece during the fall season, which tied for the team high.

Tanik also led the team in doubles wins during the fall season, as she collected eight total. Six wins came with Chupa as a partner and two came with senior Catie Wickline as a partner.

Junior Emily Mathis, who came on strong after an injury during the early portion of the fall, finished the fall with four singles wins.

This Week in Volleyball
The West Virginia University volleyball team will play at home this weekend as it continues BIG EAST play against Syracuse and Marquette … WVU will face the Orange, Oct. 29, at 2 p.m., followed by Marquette on Oct. 30 at 2 p.m. at the WVU Coliseum … the match against Syracuse 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 traveled to Louisville and Cincinnati … WVU fell to the Cardinals 3-1 Saturday night before being swept by the Bearcats, 3-0, on Sunday afternoon.

Notes and Quotes
Junior outside hitter Anke de Jong led the team last weekend with 23 kills, 3.29 kills per set and a .241 hitting percentage … the Netherlands native had a season- and career-high 16 kills against Louisville … senior outside hitter Michelle Kopecky also had a strong weekend by finishing second on the team in kilsl with 22 … Kopecky also had five service aces against Louisville, which tied her season high … the Schaumburg, Ill., native led the team with 10 kills against Cincinnati and also recorded a season- and career-high hitting percentage of .409 … in the 3-1 loss to Louisville, WVU took a set from the Cardinals for the first time since 2006 … the Mountaineers recorded a season-high .360 hitting percentage in the first set against Cincinnati.


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