VSR: Zublasing Named Athlete of the Week

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  • By Brian Kuppelweiser
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  • February 27, 2012 01:45 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Following a performance at the GARC Championships that saw her win two individual titles and the league’s top distinction, West Virginia junior Petra Zublasing has been named the WVU Student-Athlete of the Week.

The Appiano, Italy, native was crucial in the No. 2 Mountaineer rifle team’s third straight conference title, as she shot 598 air rifle and helped the team overcome a three-shot deficit en route to its victory.

Zublasing won the individual air rifle title with a 702.7 score. She also finished first overall with a combined score of 1178 and placed third in smallbore with a 682.1 mark.

Prior to the championships, Zublasing was named the GARC Shooter of the Year. She finished the year with the conference’s top air rifle, smallbore and combined score season averages.

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

This Week in Women’s Basketball
WVU returns home for its final game of the regular season at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 27 against Pitt. The Mountaineers will celebrate senior night and honor Natalie Burton. The game will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network with Deb Antonelli and Brent Stover. Live stats and a full recap of Monday’s game can be found online at MSNsportsNET.com. With a bye in the BIG EAST Tournament, the Mountaineers will enter the second round of the tournament on Saturday, March 3 with a live broadcast on the BIG EAST Network. The quarterfinals round is set for Sunday, the semifinals on Monday on ESPNU and the championship game will take place Tuesday on ESPN/ESPN2.

Last Week in Women’s Basketball
The West Virginia women’s basketball team went 1-1 on the road last week, falling 63-54 at St. John’s before taking a 66-62 win at Cincinnati … Ayana Dunning guided WVU with a career-high 21 points and 16 rebounds for her fifth career double-double against St. John’s … WVU rallied back from a 14-point deficit to defeat Cincinnati … Asya Bussie and Christal Caldwell co-led with 15 points each in the win, while Dunning had a game-leading 11 rebounds.

Notes & Quotes
WVU put a stop to its two-game losing skid in a 66-62 win over Cincinnati … WVU has now comeback from an 11-point deficit or greater in three BIG EAST games as it trailed both Rutgers and Notre Dame by 11 points and came back to win and it trailed Cincinnati by as many as 14 and came out with the win … the Mountaineers are now 20-8 overall and 10-5 in the BIG EAST … WVU is currently in fifth place in the league and has clinched a bye in the BIG EAST Tournament.

This Week in Track & Field
The Mountaineers travel to The Armory in New York City once again to compete at the Columbia Last Chance meet this Friday and Saturday, Mar. 2-3 … the competition is slated to begin at 7 p.m. on Friday and at 6 p.m. on Saturday.

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

Notes and Quotes
The Armory — and Columbia University — host one of the final certifiable opportunities for NCAA athletes to earn qualifying marks for inclusion into the NCAA Indoor Championships … schools attending include Boston College, Dartmouth, Georgetown, Princeton, Providence, Stony Brook, Syracuse and Villanova, among others … Friday’s events include the women’s weight throw, distance medley relay and 5,000-meter run … all other events will occur Saturday … multiple athletes had strong placements and set personal-best marks at the BIG EAST Indoor Championships Feb. 18-19 at the New Balance Track and Field Center at The Armory … weight thrower Heather Adams earned a lifetime-best mark of 17.83 meters at the event, over four feet of her previous personal-best mark, placing third in the event … 60-meter hurdler Chené Townsend set a personal-best mark of 8.41 seconds at Sunday’s finals round, beating her prior best of 8.50 seconds set the day before, to place third in the event … redshirt sophomore Sarah Martinelli also set a personal record in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 9:53.44, beating her previous record set earlier this season by two seconds, to place 10th overall … a total of 18 Mountaineers qualified for BIG EAST ... the Mountaineers look to achieve Top-20 national finishes for a fifth consecutive year in both indoor and outdoor track ... returning All-Americans from last season include Chelsea Carrier-Eades, Kate Harrison, Meghan Mock, Williams and Jessica O’Connell.

This Week in Swimming & Diving
Both teams are idle as they wait for NCAA Championships selections.

Last Week in Swimming & Diving
Both teams were idle.

Notes & Quotes
Sophomore Richard Pokorny and freshman Haily VandePoel of the diving squad will participate in the NCAA Zone A Diving Championships from March 9-11 in Buffalo, N.Y. … the swimmers will learn their NCAA fate later this week when the selection for the NCAA Swimming Championships come out … Taylor Camp has an opportunity to represent the men from March 22-24 in Federal Way, Wash., as he is currently ranked 22nd and 24th in the nation in the 100 fly and 200 fly, respectively … Mandie Nugent will lead the women to their championships from March 15-17 in Auburn, Ala. … Nugent already received an automatic qualifying time in the 200 fly and is ranked fourth in the nation in the event … the 800 free relay team of Rachael Burnett, Danielle Smith, Kata Fodor and Nugent is also looking to qualify as they are currently ranked 11th in the nation … Burnett also ranks in the 200 free (26th), 500 free (11th) and 1650 free (22nd).

This Week in Wrestling
The Mountaineers will travel to Clarion for the EWL Championships, which are set for Sunday, March 4 at 10 a.m.

Last Week in Wrestling
WVU (9-4, 4-2 Eastern Wrestling League) did not compete.

Notes & Quotes
Heading into the EWL Championships, six WVU wrestlers are ranked by multiple rankings publications … redshirt sophomore Nathan Pennesi (133) finished the dual meet season with a team-high 26 victories … other Mountaineers grapplers finishing the regular season with 20-plus wins were junior Shane Young (125), redshirt junior Lance Bryson (174) and redshirt senior Brandon Williamson (HWT) … at last year’s EWL Championships, WVU came in second place, had five wrestlers place second and had three third-place finishers … in total, five Mountaineers used their performance at the EWL Championships to qualify for the NCAA Championships last season … with a 12-1 mark in dual meets this season, Williamson held the best dual meet record on the team…Young’s 30 takedowns was the high water mark on the team … Pennesi’s 123 dual meet points for led the team…Pennesi also had a team-high 54 near fall points.

This Week in Gymnastics
The No. 24 Mountaineers close out their three-week road trip at No. 20 Denver on Saturday, March 3, with a quad-meet against No. 17 Missouri and Western Michigan … the meet is slated to start at 8 p.m. ET.

Last Week in Gymnastics
The Mountaineers (10-4, 5-1 EAGL) lost their first East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) meet of the season, dropping a 195.75-194.225 decision at New Hampshire on Feb. 25 … WVU defeated UNH on vault (49.2-48.8) and lost bars (49.1-48.65) and beam (48.925-47.45); the teams both scored 48.925 on floor … sophomore Hope Sloanhoffer finished first all-around with a 39.175 score … she also finished second on beam with a 9.85 mark … junior Kaylyn Millick paced the team on bars with a third place, 9.85 showing, while classmate Alaska Richardson finished second on floor with a team-best 9.825 … for the first time this season, all five counting gymnasts scored 9.8 or better on vault en route to the team’s season-best score … senior Tina Maloney finished first overall with a 9.875, while junior Chelsea Goldschrafe and Richardson tied for second with 9.8s … Sloanhoffer anchored the vault lineup with a 9.825, and Millick scored 9.8.

Notes and Quotes
WVU continues to lead the all-time series, 25-9 … Goldschrafe finished second overall with a career-best 39.05, while Millick scored 38.775 and placed third … freshman Lia Salzano was a last-second replacement in the bars lineup and opened the rotation with a 9.75 … Goldschrafe and Millick’s vaults matched their career bests … WVU hit six-for-six on floor … Millick finished third on floor with a 9.8, while Maloney and sophomore Makenzie Bristol tied for fifth place with 9.775s … Goldschrafe finished her night with a fourth place, 9.775 beam routine … WVU is 3-2 all-time against Denver and Missouri, and 1-0 against Western Michigan.

This Week in Women’s Tennis
WVU will welcome Syracuse to the Ridgeview Racquet Club on Saturday at 3 p.m. for a BIG EAST Conference matchup.

Last Week in Women’s Tennis
The Mountaineers (3-7, 1-3 BIG EAST) split matches against Cincinnati and Dayton … WVU was defeated 5-2 by the Bearcats on Saturday, but rebounded with a 4-3 triumph over the Flyers.

Notes & Quotes
Senior Veronica Cardenas continued her hot play, as she tallied her team-leading fifth and sixth singles wins of the year … junior Emily Mathis, who sustained a stomach strain last weekend, turned in a gutsy performance this weekend … the Flower Mound, Texas native had to serve underhand in both singles and doubles, but still was able to score a singles and a doubles win against Dayton … the wins were her fourth of the season in both categories.

“Emily played her entire match serving underhand,” Samara said about Mathis’ determined effort. “She hasn’t hit all week because of the injury, and it shows a lot of character by her.”

This Week in Rifle
The No. 2-ranked West Virginia rifle team does not compete this week.

Last Season in Rifle
The Mountaineers (12-2, 5-1 GARC) scored 4681 and won their third straight Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) title on Feb. 26, at Mississippi’s Patricia C. Lamar National Readiness Center, in Oxford, Miss. … the Mountaineers won air rifle with a score of 2366 and finished second in smallbore with a 2315 mark … junior Petra Zublasing won the air rifle title with a score of 702.7 (598, 104.7) … she also finished third in smallbore with a 682.1 (580, 102.1) mark … Zublasing also finished first overall with a 1178 combined score freshman Taylor Ciotola finished eighth in smallbore (675.3) and air rile (692.9) … senior Justin Pentz finished fifth in air rifle (694.6) … Ciotola and Pentz both shot 591 air rifle relay scores, a personal best and a season-high mark, respectively … Ciotola finished third overall with a personal-best 1174 … Pentz placed seventh with an aggregate score of 1170.

Notes and Quotes
WVU is the only program in GARC history to win three straight titles … the Mountaineers first achieved the feat from 1998-2000 ... No. 2 Kentucky, the defending national champion and the only GARC team to defeat WVU this season, finished in second place with a score of 4675 … prior to the championships, Zublasing was named the GARC Shooter of the Year, the second straight Mountaineer, and the fourth overall, to earn the conference’s top distinction … redshirt-freshman Thomas Kyanko was named the Rookie of the Year, the third Mountaineer, and the first since 1999, to score the award … Zublasing also was named to all three conference’s first teams … Kyanko also was named the team’s scholar-athlete, and the team earned the GARC Sportsmanship Award … the Mountaineers earned 12 total All-GARC honors … WVU also earned a qualifying spot in the 2012 NCAA Championships this week and moved up to the No. 2 spot

This Week in Baseball
The WVU baseball team will travel to the Dairy Queen Classic in Minneapolis, Minn., from March 3-5 … the Mountaineers will take on Nebraska on Friday at 12:15 p.m., Minnesota on Saturday at 6:35 p.m. and New Mexico State on Sunday at 11 a.m.

Last Week in Baseball
The team went 0-3 at the Baseball at the Beach Tournament in Myrtle Beach, S.C. , last weekend … WVU fell to Virginia Tech (7-4) on Friday, NC State (16-0) on Saturday and George Mason (1-0) on Sunday.

Note & Quotes
The hitting woes have continued for the Mountaineers as they hit .184 as a team … Matt Frazer continues to lead the team with a .370 batting average to go with four runs, three doubles, one home run and five RBIs … the pitching staff has continued to look solid as lefty Marshall Thompson pitched six innings against NC State, allowing three earned runs on six hits with five strikeouts … Eric Hinkle and Dan Dierdorff pitched a gem on Sunday as Hinkle started the game and allowed one run on four hits in four innings with five strikeouts … Dierdorff followed in relief and struck out eight in four innings, allowing just one run.