McBeam Named Athlete of the Week
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Sophomore Marsielle McBeam of the West Virginia University women’s track and field team has been named the Varsity Sports Report Athlete of the Week.
McBeam led the way for the Mountaineers at the SPIRE Invitational in Geneva, Ohio, placing first overall in the high jump with a mark of 1.72 meters. The jump was McBeam’s personal-best mark as a Mountaineer.
The St. Ann, Jamaica native eclipsed her previous best mark of 1.70 meters. This is McBeam’s first year of competition with the Mountaineers after transferring from Central Michigan.
WVU Athletes of the Week
Week 1: Asya Bussie, women’s basketball
Week 2: Bryce Bohman, swimming & diving
Week 3: Colin Johnston, wrestling
Week 4: Ziva Dvorsak, rifle
Week 5: Hope Sloanhoffer, gymnastics
Week 6: Bria Holmes, women's basketball
Week 7: Marsielle McBeam, women's track
This Week in Women’s Basketball
The Mountaineers continue play in the WVU Coliseum as they take on No. 12 Oklahoma State at 7 p.m., on Wednesday, Feb. 19 … WVU will then hit the road for a 6 p.m. matchup at Kansas State on Saturday … WVU defeated then-No. 11 Oklahoma State 71-67 on Jan. 4 in Stillwater and took an 84-44 win from Kansas State on Feb. 8 in the WVU Coliseum.
Last Week in Women’s Basketball
The Mountaineers went 2-0 last week in Big 12 play, defeating Oklahoma 76-75 in Norman on Thursday and taking a 61-57 win from TCU at the WVU Coliseum in a Play4Kay game on Sunday … WVU trailed in each game by at least 13 points and came back to get the win.
Notes & Quotes
The Mountaineers are 22-3 overall and 10-2 in Big 12 play, currently in second place in the league standings … WVU was ranked No. 13/16 last week in the national polls with the Associated Press poll coming out today and the USA Today Coaches poll released tomorrow … WVU enters Wednesday’s game on a five-game win streak … the Mountaineers are 3-1 this season against opponents ranked in the AP top 25 … four Mountaineers average scoring numbers in double figures behind sophomore guard Bria Holmes’ 14.5 points per game … the Mountaineers have come from behind to get the win in six Big 12 games this season.
This Week in Wrestling
The West Virginia University wrestling team concludes its dual match season at No. 14 Edinboro on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m.
Last Week in Wrestling
The Mountaineers went 1-1 over the weekend, defeating Clarion, 28-7, at the Beauty and the Beast on Feb. 14, but fell on the road to Ohio, 26-19.
Notes & Quotes
Senior Colin Johnston (141) extended his win streak to seven, recording a major decision on Feb. 14 against Tyler Bedelyon and pinning Garret Garness on Feb. 16 … Johnston currently ranks No. 6 in program history for single-season pins with nine … Johnston leads West Virginia with 42 takedowns and 16 dual match victories … sophomore Bubba Scheffel (174) scored his 15th pin of the season, taking only 1:38 to turn Ohio’s Marshal Willet to his back … Scheffel went 2-0 over the weekend and leads the team with 28 wins this season … junior Mike Morales (149) earned his second consecutive victory over a ranked opponent, beating the Bobcats’ Tywan Claxton, ranked No. 16, by decision, 6-4 … senior Nathan Pennesi (133) won by major decision over Sebastian Pique on Feb. 16, 11-1.
Coach Craig Turnbull: “We are happy to win all of the matches that we did, but I want to see us wrestle with more intensity and be more aggressive on the mat … (Colin) Johnston, (Mike) Morales and Bubba (Scheffel) all came away with very good victories today. We will look forward to a good week of practice for our battle next weekend and moving into Big 12 Championships.”
This Week in Baseball
The WVU baseball team returns to action this weekend from Feb. 21-23 with a trip to Tony Gwynn Stadium to take on San Diego State in a three-game series … Friday’s and Saturday’s games are set to begin at 9 p.m., while Sunday’s finale will be a 3 p.m. first pitch.
Last Week in Baseball
The Mountaineers went 1-2 in the Homewood Suites Classic in Charleston, S.C., highlighted by a 10-2 win against The Citadel … WVU fell to No. 8 Louisville, 7-6, in 10 innings, while also falling to Delaware, 3-1.
Notes & Quotes
The Mountaineers offensive attack was evident all weekend as the team leads the Big 12 in batting average (.330), slugging percentage (.478), hits (38), home runs (4) and stolen bases (7) after the first week of the season … WVU had at least 10 hits in all three games, led by 18 against The Citadel … junior second baseman Billy Fleming leads the team with a .600 batting average (6-for-10), while senior first baseman Ryan McBroom is batting .429 (6-for-14) with two runs, two home runs and six RBIs … starting pitchers Harrison Musgrave, Sean Carley and John Means were fantastic all weekend, combining for five runs allowed, four earned, on 11 hits in 17.1 innings … the trio struck out 15, walking just one batter.
Coach Randy Mazey: “It’s always good before you get back on the bus for a long trip to get a win under your belt. We came down here and played three games, got three really good starting pitching performances, we got double-digit hits in all three games and played good defense in all three games. If we can continue to do that and not get caught up in the results, but focus on the process of what we’re trying to do, we’ll win a lot more games than we’ll lose.”
This Week in Swimming & Diving
The teams have concluded their regular season ... their next competition is the Big 12 Championships, which will take place from Feb. 26-March 1 in Austin, Texas.
Notes & Quotes
The 2014 Big 12 Swimming and Diving Championships will take place from Feb. 26-March 1, at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swim Center in Austin, Texas ... senior Bryce Bohman looks to make a splash at the Big 12 Championships in three events (100 back, 200 back, 100 fly), in which he has scored 16 individual wins during the regular season ... his time 100 back time of 46.40 this season ranks first in the Big 12 and fifth nationally, while his 200 back time of 1:42.95 ranks in the top 25 nationally ... he has also been a member of 13 relay teams that earned wins this season ... for the women’s team, junior Julie Ogden looks to follow up her success in the regular season with this year’s Big 12 Championships ... in her last competition of the regular season against Ohio and Iowa State on Feb. 1, Ogden scored a win in the 200 fly with a time of 2:06.13 and placed second in the 100 fly (57.27).
This Week in Track
West Virginia will host the Gold/Blue this Friday, Feb. 21, at the WVU Shell Building ... a small group of Mountaineers will also be traveling to the VT Invitational in Blacksburg, Va., for a two-day meet Feb 21-22 ... this will be the last weekend of competition prior to the Big 12 Indoor Championships on Feb. 28 in Ames, Iowa.
Last Week in Track
The Mountaineers competed at the SPIRE Invitational in Geneva, Ohio on Friday and Saturday ... no team scoring was kept ... sophomore Marsielle McBeam recorded her personal-best mark as a Mountaineer in the high jump with a jump of 1.72 meters, while placing first in the competition ... senior Sarah Martinelli ran a personal-best time in the mile (4:47.13), finishing in seventh place overall.
Notes & Quotes
Senior Katlyn Shelar posted a season-best mark in the pole for the second consecutive week ... Shelar placed second in the event with a mark of 3.98 meters ... it was the second straight week Shelar took an attempt at the school record but fell just short.
Coach Sean Cleary: “We had some key progressions in Ohio this weekend. McBeam seems to have found her stride in the high jump. Shelar continues to establish herself in the vault and is very close to a major breakthrough. All in all, we took a step forward this weeekend. We simply must continue doing so.”
This Week in Rifle
The No. 1-ranked West Virginia University rifle team (10-0, 7-0 GARC) begins the postseason on Saturday, Feb. 22, at an NCAA Qualifying match, held at Murray State.
Last Week in Rifle
The Mountaineers were idle last week.
Notes & Quotes
Most recently, the Mountaineers finished regular-season competition with two matches and earned their seventh regular-season Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) title … on Feb. 6, the Mountaineers defeated No. 2 Alaska-Fairbanks, 4709-4680 … on Feb. 8, WVU beat No. 1 Kentucky, 4702-4688, for the GARC title … the Mountaineers dominated Alaska-Fairbanks in air rifle, 2380-2348 … WVU lost smallbore to the Nanooks, 2332-2329 … this is the first regular-season GARC title for WVU since 2010 … against Kentucky, the Mountaineers set a national record in air rifle with a 2382 team score … the Mountaineers suffered a close smallbore loss to Kentucky, 2324-2320 … junior Maren Prediger paces WVU in air rifle with a 595 season average, while classmate Ziva Dvorsak leads the Mountaineers in smallbore with a 585 average.
Coach Jon Hammond: “It’s nice to be the regular-season GARC champions. We’re all really satisfied. It’s definitely something we really wanted and worked for.”
This Week in Gymnastics
The Mountaineers will travel to Oklahoma City for The Perfect 10 Challenge, set for Friday, Feb. 21, at the Cox Arena and Convention Center, at 8 p.m. ET … WVU will face No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 5 Alabama and No. 7 Michigan.
Last Week in Gymnastics
WVU used a strong showing on floor to push to a 194.45-194.125 win over Pitt in the team’s annual “Beauty & the Beast” meet on Feb. 14, at the WVU Coliseum … senior Hope Sloanhoffer won her fifth straight all-around crown with a 38.7 showing, and freshman Nicolette Swoboda finished third (38.325) … Sloanhoffer also tied junior Dayah Haley and freshman Mackenzie Myers for the win on floor (9.8) … senior Amanda Carpenter scored 9.8 and tied for the beam win, while sophomore Jaida Lawrence tallied 9.85 and scored the vault victory … freshman Alexa Goldberg won her fourth bars title with a 9.825 score … WVU earned the team wins on vault (48.95-48.7), bars (48.625-48.025) and floor (48.85-48.7) … the Panthers won beam, 48.7-48.025.
Notes & Quotes
The seventh-largest crowd to attend a gymnastics meet at the WVU Coliseum witnessed the win, as 2,468 fans cheered the Mountaineers on to victory … the win was WVU’s 54th over Pitt, a former foe in the East Atlantic Gymnastics League … WVU did not trail Pitt throughout the meet … senior Erica Smith made her vault career debut and scored 9.725, while sophomore Melissa Idell scored 9.7 in her career beam debut … WVU will meet Alabama, the 2011 and 2012 national champions, for the first time since 2002 … the Crimson Tide own a 4-0 series advantage … WVU is 4-17 against Michigan and 1-7 against Oklahoma.
This Week in Tennis
The West Virginia University tennis team will face Buffalo on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 1 p.m., at Ridgeview Raquet Club.
Last Week in Tennis
The Mountaineers fell to Richmond, 4-1, and Old Dominion, 6-1, in a two-day road trip to Norfolk, Va., Feb. 14-15.
Notes & Quotes
Freshman Kaja Mrgole recorded her team-best fourth victory in singles on Feb. 14, defeating Melissa Kandinata, 6-0, 6-3 … freshman Oana Manole led West Virginia against Old Dominion on Feb. 15 with a 6-3, 3-6 (10-7) victory in singles against Ivana Vukovic.
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