VSR: Sloanhoffer Named Athlete of the Week

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  • By Brian Kuppelweiser
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  • March 27, 2012 12:45 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - On the heels of leading the West Virginia University gymnastics team to its league-best seventh EAGL title, sophomore Hope Sloanhoffer has been named the WVU Student-Athlete of the Week.

The 2012 EAGL Gymnast of the Year, Sloanhoffer, a native of Cornwall, N.Y., won the league’s all-around title with a career-best 39.5 score. She also won the uneven bars outright with a career-high 9.9 and snagged a share of the vault title with a season-best 9.9. Additionally, she placed second (9.9) on floor and fourth (9.8) on beam.

Sloanhoffer is the first Mountaineer since 2009 to win a league-record three awards at one championship.

The Mountaineers scored a season-high 196.475 en route to their first EAGL title since 2008. WVU will compete at the 2012 Auburn NCAA Regional Championships on Saturday, April 7, at 7 p.m. ET, at Auburn Arena.

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
Week 9: Matt Ryan, Wrestling
Week 10: Petra Zublasing, Rifle
Week 11: Rachael Burnett, Women’s Swimming
Weeek 12: Hope Sloanhoffer, Gymnastics

This Week in Baseball
The WVU baseball team will take on Morehead State on Tuesday evening at 6 p.m., in the Mountaineer Diamond Classic at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, W.Va. … the Mountaineers will then travel for a BIG EAST series at St. John’s from March 30-April 1 … Friday’s and Saturday’s games will begin at 3 p.m., while Sunday’s series finale starts at 1 p.m.

Last Week in WVU Baseball
WVU was swept by Connecticut in the BIG EAST opening series. WVU fell 10-7 on Friday, 15-4 on Saturday and 8-1 on Sunday.

Bobby Boyd led all hitters with a 5-for-12 (.417) performance in three starts … Boyd had two runs, one double, one walk and one stolen base … Matt Frazer continued his power streak, batting .364 (4-for-11) with one run, two doubles and two RBIs … Ryan McBroom, Brady Wilson and Tyler Steele-Worsham all hit solo home runs in Saturday’s loss.

This Week in Rowing
The Mountaineers are spending the week in Lake Lure, N.C. for their annual spring training trip … they return to action on Sunday, April 1 at the Occoquan Sprints which are set to take place on the Occoquan Reservoir in Fairfax Station, Va.

Last Week in Rowing
West Virginia traveled to Raleigh, N.C. to participate in a race against North Carolina and Georgetown … the Mountaineers placed first in the varsity four event as the crew of Sarah Hansard, Tamyra Roberts, Jenelle Spencer, Mollie Rosen and coxswain Morgan Leach crossed the line in 7:53.14, ahead of Georgetown (7:56.45) and North Carolina (7:58.43) … West Virginia placed second in both the varsity eight and second varsity four event and third in the second varsity eight event.

Notes and Quotes
At last year’s Occoquan Sprints, the Mountaineers saw three crews place in their respective Grand Finals … the novice eight finished fifth out of 13 crews, the second varsity eight finished third out of eight crews and the varsity eight finished second out of 16 crews … the Mountaineers are participating in the Occoquan Sprints for just the second time in program history.

This Week in Track & Field
The Mountaineers continue the outdoor season with the Texas Relays from Mar. 28-31 in Austin, Tex., and the Raleigh Relays from Mar. 30-31 hosted by NC State.

Last Week in Track & Field
West Virginia had the weekend off from competition.

Notes and Quotes
WVU was ranked No. 24 in the preseason USTFCCCA national poll released Thursday … several personal and school records were broken a week ago at the Wake Forest Open … hammer thrower Terina Miller broke her own WVU all-time best school record with a throw of 54.98 meters, while Heather Adams broke her own second-place all-time school mark with a 53.29-meter throw … pole vaulter Katlyn Shelar earned a WVU all-time second-place mark of 3.95 meters to move ahead of Kristin Quackenbush’s 1998 mark of 3.86m … Stormy Nesbit moved into third place on the all-time WVU triple jump list with a distance of 12.31 meters … Jessica O’Connell registered at No. 4 on the all-time best list in the 3,000 meter with a time of 9:30.06 … a total of 12 athletes have qualified for the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships in May, including eight from the Wake Forest Open … Sarah Martinelli, Jordan Hamric, Stephanie Caruso and Aubrey Moskal had previously qualified in the 5,000 meter at the Columbia Last Chance meet … Chelsea Carrier-Eades, Kate Harrison and Meghan Mock are returning All-Americans from the 2011 outdoor season … the Mountaineers look to achieve a Top-20 national finish for a fifth consecutive year in outdoor track.

This Week in Women’s Tennis
WVU will take on Stetson and UCF in the last two legs of their spring break trip to Florida.

Last Week Women’s Tennis
The Mountaineers had just one match during the week, as they square off against North Florida and were defeated, 7-0.

Notes & Quotes
Senior Veronica Cardenas needs one more win in singles play to earn a double-digit victory total in spring singles play ... Junior Emily Mathis, freshman Ikttesh Chahal and sophomore Mary Chupa each have five singles win this season ... Chupa leads the team with seven doubles win this season, while Cardenas is just one behind with six during the spring.

“We are using this trip to Florida to ready ourselves for the BIG EAST tournament,” said coach Tina Samara. “The conditions that we are facing weather-wise are what we are expecting when we come down here next month, so it is important that our girls learn how to adjust their game for this type of environment.”

This Week in Gymnastics
The Mountaineers have the week off as they prepare for the 2012 Auburn NCAA Regional Championships, held April 7, at 7 p.m. ET, at Auburn Arena.

Last Week in Gymnastics
The Mountaineers (21-5, 12-1 EAGL) scored a season-best 196.475 and won the 2012 EAGL Championship on March 24, at Pitt’s Fitzgerald Field House … No. 20-ranked NC State placed second (196.0), and Maryland finished third (195.95) … sophomore Hope Sloanhoffer, the EAGL Gymnast of the Year, was the meet’s outright champion with a career-best 39.5 score … she also won bars outright and a share of the vault title with matching, season-best scores of 9.9 … with the team title on the line, freshman Beth Deal, the final gymnast on the apparatus, scored a career-best 9.9 and won the balance beam title outright … WVU won bars and beam with 49.175 and 48.85 marks, respectively … the squad’s bars score was a season high … WVU finished second on vault with a season-best 49.25 and third on floor with a 49.2 mark, also a season high.

Notes and Quotes
WVU’s winning score matched the 10th-best mark in program history … Sloanhoffer’s three league titles matched a conference-best mark … she is the first Mountaineer to win three EAGL titles since Mehgan Morris did so in 2009 … Deal was the first WVU rookie to win a league title since senior Tina Maloney snagged the vault award in 2009 … the victory was the squad’s first since winning at the Coliseum in 2008 … the Mountaineers never went more than four years between league championships … WVU won the last EAGL Championship hosted by Pitt in 2004 … WVU secured its first 20-win season since 2008 … with its victory over NCSU, the Mountaineers improved to 5-4 against ranked squads this season … WVU never trailed throughout the meet … Sloanhoffer and junior Kaylyn Millick tied for second on floor with career-best 9.9s … Sloanhoffer, sophomore Erica Smith (9.85) and freshman Dayah Haley (9.8) all hit for career highs on bars … Sloanhoffer was the second Mountaineer in as many seasons to win the league’s Gymnast of the Year honor … she also was named to four All-EAGL first teams … in total, seven Mountaineers earned 15 All-EAGL honors … WVU’s regional bid is its 34th regional qualification, 29th in NCAA competition.