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Barrett Named Athlete of the Week


By Abby Norman for WVUsports.com
January 28, 2013 12:31 PM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia University women’s tennis player Hailey Barrett has been named this week’s Varsity Sports Report Athlete of the Week after her performance in the team’s first win against Marshall since 1998 - a win that snapped a 10-match losing streak to their in-state rival.

In the win, the Mountaineers got off to a quick start, as they were able to take the doubles point thanks to the work of Barrett and teammate Ikttesh Chahal. The duo posted an 8-4 victory in doubles play.

In singles action, Barrett continued her strong play, as she moved into the No. 2 singles spot and defeated her opponent 6-3, 7-5.

The Lansing, Mich., is a perfect 2-0 in singles play this season and is 1-1 in doubles play.

WVU Student-Athletes of the Week
Week 1: Christal Caldwell, Women’s Basketball
Week 2: Haily VandePoel, Women’s Swimming and Diving
Week 3: Hailey Barrett, Women’s Tennis

Women’s Basketball
-This Week in Women’s Basketball
The West Virginia women’s basketball team will close out the first half of Big 12 play at 8 p.m., tomorrow at Oklahoma State … the Mountaineers will face Oklahoma on Sunday at 1 p.m., at the WVU Coliseum for the Play 4 Kay Pink game … fans are encouraged to wear Pink in support of breast cancer awareness … it will also be an alumni celebration as women’s basketball alums will be recognized at halftime … Sunday’s game will be broadcast nationally on Fox Sports Net.

-Last Week in Women’s Basketball
WVU fell by four points in a pair of Big 12 contests at home last week … the Mountaineers dropped a 77-73 overtime decision to Texas Tech on Tuesday and fell 53-49 to Iowa State on Saturday … WVU has lost five Big 12 games this season by less than five points … WVU has lost four conference games in a season all by five or less points, for the first time since the 2005-06 season.

-Notes & Quotes
Leading scorers Christal Caldwell and Taylor Palmer were held to a combined 10 points in the last outing … Caldwell averages 12.6 points per game as this season’s leader, while Palmer averages 11.5 … senior Ayana Dunning was stifled to single digits in three consecutive outings and came out of the slump as she led WVU in scoring with 17 points in the last outing … Dunning rounds out the top three scorers with 10.3 points per game and is the leading rebounder with 6.3 boards per game … behind Dunning, sophomore Crystal Leary comes off the bench to aid in WVU’s rebounding with 5.5 rebounds per game … WVU is tied 1-1 in the all-time series in this week’s games with Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.

Track and Field
-This Week in Track and Field
The West Virginia University track and field team will hit the road once again as the team travels to Akron, Ohio for the Akron Invitational on Feb 1-2 … the meet will take place in the Stile Athletics Field House with competition beginning at 3 p.m., on Friday and 9 a.m., on Saturday.

-Last Week in Track and Field
The Mountaineers competed at the PSU National Invitational in State College, Pa., on Jan. 25-26 … WVU posted six top- 5 finishes at the meet.

-Notes & Quotes
At the PSU National Invitational, senior Heather Adams recorded a weight throw of 18.04 meters and broke her own school record on Friday evening … Adams finished fifth in the competition and now owns four of the top five records in WVU program history in the weight throw … junior Chené Townsend also saw action Friday night and posted a season-best time of 8.53 in the semifinals of the 60-meter hurdles for a seventh-place finish … in the finals, Townsend went on to finish in eighth place with a time of 8.69 … in the invitational heat of the distance medley relay, freshmen Kelly Williams, Christa D'Egidio, Peyton Hampson and junior Sarah Martinelli finished just behind former Big East foe Georgetown for a second-place finish with a time of 11:34.55 … on Saturday, Williams was the only Mountaineer to snag a first-place finish by taking top honors in the 800-meter run, with a time of 2:11.88 … senior Sydney Cummings also had a strong performance by matching her career-best in the high jump with a leap of 1.76 meters that was good enough for a third-place finish.

Wrestling
-This Week in Wrestling
WVU (1-7, 0-3 Big 12) travels to Pittsburgh, Pa., (6-4) to take on No. 17 Pitt on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m., at the Fitzgerald Field House.

-Last Week in Wrestling
The Mountaineers were defeated by Rutgers, 26-10, and Iowa State, 30-3.

-Notes & Quotes
Nathan Pennesi was the lone Mountaineer to complete the weekend with a 2-0 record … Pennesi defeated two ranked opponents … against Rutgers, Pennesi defeated No. 20 Trevor Melde 7-2, and against Iowa State, Pennesi earned a 5-1 decision win over No. 19 Luke Goettl … Shane Young and A.J. Vizcarrondo each earned wins in the match against the Scarlet Knights … Young scored a 4-3 decision win, while Vizcarrondo majored his opponent, 12-4.

Swimming and Diving
-This Week in Swimming & Diving
Both teams are idle while training for the Big 12 Championships from Feb. 27-March 2 in Austin, Texas.

-Last Week in Swimming & Diving
The women’s squad fell to Ohio in its final dual meet of the season last Saturday at the WVU Natatorium … the Bobcats scored a 165-135 victory.

-Notes & Quotes
In the last home meet of her storied career at West Virginia, senior Rachael Burnett won the 1,650 free (16:59.32) in record fashion, setting a new pool record ... Burnett also won the 100 free (52.25) and 500 free (4:59.82) … senior Mandie Nugent won the 200 free (1:53.77) and the 200 fly (2:04.93), while Julie Ogden took first in the 100 fly (56.96) … the 200 free relay team of junior Eva Burlingham, Ogden, freshman Jaimee Gillmore and Burnett placed first (1:36.80) to close out the meet.

“It was a good day of racing. The ladies gave a great effort today and it was a good way to see what we need to work on. It was hard watching the last meet of this senior class. They have done so much for the program and raced so hard over the years. I’m very proud of them. Now it’s time to get ready for what we do best, swimming our best at Big 12s and NCAAs.”– Coach Vic Riggs

Rifle
-This Week in Rifle
The WVU rifle team will travel to Lexington, Ky., to take on the No. 3-ranked Kentucky on Feb. 2 at the UK Rifle Range.

-Last Week in Rifle
The Mountaineers were idle.

-Notes & Quotes
On Jan. 19, the Mountaineers hosted then, No. 8 Nebraska, in their final home match of the 2012-2013 season … WVU out-shot their Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) foe in both guns, 4689-4661, winning air rifle, 2365-2352, and smallbore, 2324-2309 … the last time the Mountaineers and the Wildcats met, UK defeated WVU in both guns, winning air rifle, 2365-2356, and smallbore, 2315-2294 … Taylor Ciotola paced the Mountaineers with combined scores of 1165, while classmate Meelis Kiisk shot a personal-best 1164 and finished second on the team … Ciotola shot 590 air rifle and finished fourth overall while Thomas Kyanko and Kiisk shot 588 and tied for eighth place … Kiisk paced the Mountaineers in smallbore and shot 576, earning him sixth place … Ciotola finsished in seventh with 575 and Kyanko behind him with 547.

Tennis
-This Week in Women’s Tennis
WVU (1-1) heads to New York, as it takes on Syracuse (1-5) on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 10 a.m., and Buffalo (1-0) on Sunday, Feb. 3, at 11:30 a.m.

-Last Week in Women’s Tennis
The Mountaineers defeated Marshall, 4-3.

-Notes & Quotes
The win over the Thundering Herd was WVU first win over its in-state rival since a 1998 … the win snapped a 10-match losing streak to Marshall … Hailey Barrett earned her second win of the season to move her record to a perfect 2-0 … Barrett was also part of a doubles win with teammate Ikttesh Chahal … also earning a win to give the Mountaineers the doubles point was Emily Mathis and Audrey Wooland … in singles play, Chahal and Mathis earned their first victories of the season.

“We were really happy to get a win against Marshall. I wasn’t really aware that we had such a drought against them, but this is a quality win. As long as I can remember, Marshall has been a team that has been in the rankings year in and year out. With that being said, the win was nice, but there are still some improvements we need to make in order to get ready for Big 12 play. We are a young team that is going to face a tough schedule.” – Tina Samara

Gymnastics
-This Week in Gymnastics
The Mountaineers open their 2013 home season against No. 2 Oklahoma, Western Michigan and William & Mary Friday, Feb. 1, at 7 p.m., at the WVU Coliseum … the meet is WVU’s first home Big 12 Conference meet.

-Last Week in Gymnastics
The Mountaineers (2-3) rebounded from their struggles at Utah with their first 195+ score of the season in a narrow 195.2-195.15 loss at No. 24 NC State on Jan. 25 … WVU overcame an early three-tenths deficit and lead 146.3- 146.275 going into the fourth rotation, but the Wolfpack’s (1-2-1, 0-1-1 EAGL) 48.925 floor score overshadowed the Mountaineers’ 48.85 beam mark and gave the home team the win … WVU scored season highs on bars (48.6) and beam (48.85) and also scored 48.875 on floor and 48.825 on vault … junior Hope Sloanhoffer finished second overall with a 39.0 score … NCSU’s Diahanna Ham finished first with a 39.125 mark … senior Kaylyn Millick finished first on bars (9.775) and beam (9.825) … both marks were season highs … junior Erica Smith tied for the bars win with a season-best score … freshman Jaida Lawrence won vault with a career-high 9.875 … Millick paced the team on floor and finished second overall with a 9.825 score, a season high.

-Notes & Quotes
The Mountaineers continue to lead the all-time series vs. NCSU, 24-14 … WVU dropped to 1-3 against ranked teams this season … the team’s score was its highest ever on the road in the month of January … Sloanhoffer’s 39.0+ mark was her first of the year and the 11th of her career; she now ranks No. 9 on the WVU all-time chart … WVU hit six-for-six on bars for the first time this season … junior Bethany Yurko made her career bars debut and scored 9.675 … WVU tallied five season-best scores on floor: Millick (9.825), Sloanhoffer (9.8), freshman Melissa Idell (9.775), senior Chelsea Goldschrafe (9.75) and sophomore Dayah Haley (9.725) … four gymnasts scored career- or season-best marks on beam: Millick (9.85), junior Amanda Carpenter (9.8), Smith (9.775) and Sloanhoffer (9.75) … all-time, WVU is 1-5 vs. OU, 2-0 vs. WMU and 14-0 vs. W&M.



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