Martinelli Named Athlete of the Week

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  • November 04, 2013 11:11 AM
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Sarah Martinelli
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (November 4, 2013) - West Virginia University women’s cross country senior Sarah Martinelli has been named the Varsity Sports Report Athlete of the Week.
Martinelli led the Mountaineers to a second-place finish at the Big 12 Championships in Waco, Texas, on Nov. 2. She was the first Mountaineer to cross the line, finishing in eighth-place overall with a personal-best time of 20:44.9.
The time was the fastest turned in from a WVU runner this season. The Morgantown, W.Va., native earned All-Big 12 honors for her performance. She also earned All-Big 12 Academic First Team accolades last week. 

WVU Athletes of the Week
Fall 2013

Week 1: Kelsie Maloney, Women’s Soccer
Week 2: Brittany Sample, Volleyball
Week 3: Andy Bevin, Men’s Soccer
Week 4: Jordan Anderson, Volleyball
Week 5: Frances Silva, Women’s Soccer
Week 6: Kate Schwindel, Women’s Soccer
Week 7: Karen Verwey, Women’s Rowing
Week 8: Haily VandePoel, Women’s Swimming & Diving
Week 9: Kelly Williams, Women’s Cross Country
Week10: Bryce Bohman, Men’s Swimming & Diving
Week 11: Sarah Martinelli, Women’s Cross Country

This Week in Women’s Soccer
The No. 15-ranked Mountaineers travel to Kansas City, Mo., for the Big 12 Championships ... WVU faces off against Kansas in the quarterfinal round on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 6:30 p.m.

Last Week in Women’s Soccer
WVU was idle last week in preparation for the Big 12 Championship.

Notes & Quotes
The Mountaineers enter the Big 12 Soccer Championship as conference champions for the second-straight season, having secured the regular-season title with a 2-1 double-overtime win at Oklahoma on Oct. 25 ... the title is WVU’s seventh regular-season championship ... WVU’s 2013 Big 12 title is its fourth-straight conference championship, as the Mountaineers won the Big East Tournament in 2010 and 2011 before joining the Big 12 in 2012 ... the Mountaineers closed the 2013 season winning nine of 10 games and posting a 7-1 mark in Big 12 play ... WVU owns a 14-1-1 record in Big 12 regular-season matches ... WVU is making its 14th appearance in a postseason tournament ... the Mountaineers left the Big East Conference having won three of the last five championships (2007, 2010, 2011) ... WVU is 16-9-4 all-time in conference tournament matches.

This Week in Men’s Soccer
West Virginia will host Bowling Green on Friday, Nov. 8, at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium for the final match of the regular season … admission is free courtesy of WVU Healthcare.

Last Week in Men’s Soccer
West Virginia picked up an important 2-1 come-from-behind win at Buffalo last Friday evening.

Notes and Quotes
WVU’s record sits at 7-6-4 overall and 2-2-1 in Mid-American Conference play … sophomore Majed Osman and junior Andy Bevin scored in the 63rd minute and 76th minute, respectively, to come back from a 1-0 deficit … Bevin continues to lead the team in goals with eight, while Osman ranks second with six goals … sophomore Jamie Merriam joined Bevin and Osman in a three-way tie for first on the team with six assists … freshman Mike Desiderio picked up his first career assist on Bevin’s game-winning goal.

Coach Marlon LeBlanc: “It’s like I’ve been saying all year, it is a young group that is still learning what it means to fight back and we did tonight. It was a nasty night in Buffalo, but a lot of credit to the boys for coming back in the second half and finding two goals and picking up three points.”

This Week in Volleyball
West Virginia has a two-match road trip, traveling to Lawrence, Kan., to face the Jayhawks on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 7:30 p.m., and Manhattan, Kan., to face Kansas State on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 8 p.m.

Last Week in Volleyball
The Mountaineers posted a 1-1 week, falling to in-state foe Marshall on Tuesday night and defeating Texas Tech in a five-set thriller on Saturday. 

Notes & Quotes
Freshman Jordan Anderson now has a team-high nine double-doubles this season, while ranking first in the Big 12 in kills per set … the Mountaineers are just one win away from tying their most wins in a single season since 2004.

Coach Jill Kramer: “I thought our crowd was great. It was nice to see that again. They got on their feet when they needed to. We needed them today.”

This Week in Cross Country
The Mountaineers are idle this week prior to the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regionals on Friday, Nov. 14, in Bethlehem, Pa.

Last Week in Cross Country
West Virginia posted a second-place finish at the Big 12 Championships in Waco, Texas. Senior runner Sarah Martinelli was the first Mountaineer to cross the finish line, finishing in eighth place overall.

Notes & Quotes
Martinelli earned All-Big 12 honors for finishing in the top 15 on Saturday … WVU had four underclassmen finish in the top 40 on Saturday, including three freshmen.

Coach Sean Cleary: “As a team, I could not be prouder of this group. We are very happy with the second-place finish. Some of these young ladies ran the race of their lives today.”

This Week in Tennis
WVU women’s tennis has completed its fall schedule, and returns to action against Akron on Jan. 17 in Morgantown.

Last Week in Tennis
The Mountaineers closed out its fall schedule at the Big Green Invite in Hanover, N.H.

Notes & Quotes
Sophomore Hailey Barrett won her final two singles matches of the semester, defeating UMASS’ Aarzoo Malik, 6-4, 6-7, 6-2, and Dartmouth’s Katerine Yau, 0-6, 6-4, 7-6 ... freshman Oana Manole defeated the Big Green’s Narni Summerall in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2 ... the duo of Barreett and junior Ikttesh Chahal downed the Minutemen’s Yuliana Motyl and Malik, 8-5 ... freshmen tandem Kaja Mrgole and Manole won their fifth match of the fall, beating UMASS’ Sonia Bokhari and Arielle Griffin, 8-6.

This Week in Rifle
WVU Rifle is idle this week.

Last Week in Rifle
No. 1-ranked WVU (5-0, 3-0 GARC) shot in their third GARC match of the season against No. 12 Mississippi (1-4, 1-3 GARC) on Nov. 2, at the WVU Rifle Range, with a 4681-4614 victory over the Rebels … the Mountaineers also played host to No. 16 Akron (1-2) on Nov. 3, outshooting the zips 4690-4605.

Notes & Quotes
Sophomore Garrett Spurgeon placed first in smallbore in both matches, shooting 581 and 586 scores ... he also placed second in air rifle with a score of 593 against Mississippi … Spurgeon placed first in air rifle against Akron, shooting a 583 mark … junior Maren Prediger won air rifle against Mississippi, shooting a 599 score for the second time this season, a season and career best … senior Daniel Sojka took second (580) in the gun, matching his season high … against Akron, juniors Meelis Kiisk (592) and Taylor Ciotola (588) finished second and fourth in air rifle … Ciotola’s showing was a season high … in smallbore, sophomore Patrick Sunderman finished second with a season-best 583 score … senior Daniel Sojka shot a season-best 581 and tied for third place, while junior Thomas Kyanko,  Ciotola and  Kiisk tied for sixth with 579 marks ... the total was a season best for Ciotola.

Coach Jon Hammond: “We had some close matches at the beginning of the season, and I know that will help us in March, but it was nice to shoot a comfortable match. I’m really happy with our overall performance – we have a good foundation to build on this year.”

This Week in Swimming & Diving
The Mountaineers travel to Charlottesville, Va., for the Big 12/ACC Challenge meet with host Virginia, Texas, and Penn State from November 8-9. The meet begins at 2 p.m. on Friday, while the Saturday session begins at 10 a.m.

Last Week in Swimming &  Diving
WVU swimming & diving was idle last week.

Notes & Quotes
The Mountaineers hosted the WVU Invite featuring men’s and women’s teams from Villanova and Cincinnati, as well as the women’s team from James Madison ... the men’s team finished first in the standings with a total of 1,373 points, while the women’s team finished third with 747 total points … in the men’s 200 free relay, the “A” team of Squires, Vialette, Bohman, and Glegg capped Friday night off for the men’s squad with a new pool record and a first-place finish with a time of 1:21.66

This Week in Rowing
WVU rowing hosts Duquesne for a scrimmage between the novice squads in Morgantown on Friday, Nov. 8.

Last Week in Rowing
The Mountaineers competed at the Head of the Occoquan on Saturday, Nov. 2, in Fairfax, Va. WVU’s novice 4+ crews earned a silver and bronze medal.

Notes & Quotes
The Mountaineers’ started the day in the varsity women’s 8+ race, with the boat led by coxswain Mallory Fisher crossing the line in seventh place with a time of 17:52.81 ... the crew featuring coxswain Morgan Leach followed close behind, finishing in 18:07.73 for 10 th place ... the Mountaineers’ final boat in the women’s 8+ came in 22nd with a time of 19:09.99 ... in the college women’s novice 4+, the crew of Emily Moran earned silver, crossing the line in 21:19.5 ... the Mountaineers’ boat of Megan Haefele took bronze, finishing in 21:54.95 ... in the women’s novice 8+, the boat with coxswain Moran finished in 10th, completing the course in 19:55.40 ... WVU’s second novice boat crossed the line in 22:27.80, finishing in 22nd ... the Mountaineers took fifth place out of 37 crews in the women’s varsity 4+ with the crew featuring Emily Deming finishing in 19:33.68 ... WVU’s second boat with coxswain Abigail Fondren took 17th in 20:08.7 ... the boat featuring coxswain Brittany James finished in 20th with a 20:48.70 ... the Mountaineers’ final boat with coxswain Caitlin Madamba crossed in 31st with a 21:45.94.

Coach Mandy Merritt (Novice Coach): “I am extremely pleased with the finish times in the novice fours. Medaling in your first ever collegiate race as walk-ons is a great accomplishment. Now they have the first race jitters out of the way and I know what we need to do to improve.”

This Week in Wrestling
WVU wrestling travels to Binghamton, N.Y., for the Binghamton Open on Sunday, Nov. 10.

Last Week in Wrestling
The Mountaineers defeated Gardner-Webb (24-12) and Anderson (46-0) before falling to Virginia (41-6) at the Virginia Duals in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday, Nov. 2.

Notes & Quotes
Freshman Cory Stainbrook went 2-1 on the day at 125 pounds ... against the Runnin’ Bulldogs’ Cortez Starkes, Stainbrook won by major decision after earning two takedowns and three points for a near fall in the first period ... in his second match against Anderson’s Cory Monteforte, Stainbrook recorded a technical fall at 3:59 in the match. Stainbrook outscored Monteforte 16-1 ... at 133 pounds, sophomore Daniel Suite bounced back from dropping his first match by defeating the Trojans’ Keenan Simmons by a major decision,19-5 ... senior Colin Johnston wrestled at 141 pounds, starting the day with a win by decision over Gardner-Webb’s Ryan Mosley ... Johnston took control of the match in the third period, recording a reversal and a two-point near fall to clinch the 9-3 decision ... in match two, Johnston matched up against Anderson’s Zak Hale. After taking a 4-2 lead in the first, Johnston went on to win the decision, 9-7, after earning an escape point and riding time in the third ... the Mountaineers wrestled two at 149 pounds, first with junior Mike Morales against the Runnin’ Bulldogs’ Tyler Ziegler ... Morales shutout Ziegler, taking him to the mat twice and earning a three-point near fall on his way to a 10-0 major decision ... sophomore Tre Miller-Scott wrestled at 149 pounds against the Trojans’ Ian Harper. Miller-Scott scored three early takedowns in the first period, defeating Harper 7-3 ... at 157 pounds, junior Brutus Scheffel won his first two matches by major decisions ... sophomore Ross Renzi defeated the Trojans’ Stephen Wylie 12-5 after scoring four takedowns ... sophomore Bubba Scheffel turned in the most dominating performance, earning two victories by fall ... in the first bout against Gardner-Webb’s Rabin, Scheffel earned the pin 1:30 into the match, after already scoring a two-point near fall ... Scheffel then pinned Anderson’s Brian Onofrio in 55 seconds .. two Mountaineers split duty at 184 pounds, first with senior Mac Mancuso against the Runnin’ Bulldogs’ Gray Jones. Mancuso scored an escape point in overtime to win the 2-1 decision ... sophomore Mark Colabucci wrestled the second bout against the Trojans’ Taylor Dorsett. After scoring three near falls, Colabucci earned the pin at 5:31 ... A.J. Vizcarrondo claimed the Mountaineers only victory over UVA, defeating Derek Papagianopoulos ... freshman Wayne ‘Dink’ Purnell won the second heavyweight bout against Anderson.

Coach Craig Turnbull: “It is very important each year, that first contest, we get a good reading on what is and is not working. This was important to identify what things guys need to work on, and that is always a reason we look forward to that first day of competition. It is very early, and we saw things that were promising and some things we are concerned about.”