This Week in Gymnastics
The Mountaineers (5-7, 0-2 Big 12) return to the WVU Coliseum and play host to No. 23 Ohio State on Sunday, March 2, at 3 p.m. … the meet is a “Dollar Day,” with all tickets, hot dogs, popcorn and Coca-Colas available for $1 each … Sunday also is a “Gold Rush,” and all fans are encouraged to wear gold … finally, WVU’s four seniors – Erica Smith
, Hope Sloanhoffer
, Amanda Carpenter
and Bethany Yurko
– will be honored at the conclusion of their final regular-season home meet.
Last Week in Gymnastics
WVU scored 193.525 and finished fourth at the Perfect 10 Challenge in Oklahoma City on Feb. 21 … No. 1 Oklahoma tallied 197.2 and placed first, while No. 5 Alabama scored 197.1 and finished second and No. 7 Michigan placed third (196.2) … the Mountaineers were paced by three career-best scores, with two coming on vault … junior Beth Deal
won beam with a career-best 9.95, while sophomore Jaida Lawrence
tallied a career-best 9.925 on vault and finished fourth … Smith, in her second career vault, scored a career-high 9.9 and placed sixth … Sloanhoffer finished fourth overall with a 39.1 mark … she paced the team on floor (9.725) and bars (9.625) … junior Dayah Haley
also scored 9.725 on floor, while freshman Alexa Goldberg
matched Sloanhoffer’s 9.625 bars mark.
This Week in Rifle
The No. 1-ranked West Virginia University rifle team (10-0, 7-0 GARC) will compete in the Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) Championships this weekend, March 1-2, in Oxford, Miss.
Last Week in Rifle
WVU rifle shot at an NCAA Qualifying match at Murray State in Murray, Ky., for a team aggregate of 4691 … the Mountaineers shot 2326 in smallbore and 2366 in air rifle.
Notes & Quotes
At Murray State, sophomore Garrett Spurgeon
and juniors Maren Prediger
, Ziva Dvorsak
, Thomas Kyanko
and Meelis Kiisk
’s shots counted toward the Mountaineers’ NCAA Championship qualification average … in smallbore, the Mountaineers shot a team score of 2325 … Spurgeon paced the Mountaineers with 586, one shot short of his season high … Kyanko shot 581 in the gun, while Kiisk shot 580 … Prediger scored a 578 mark, one short of her career high … Dvorsak shot 577 ... sophomore Patrick Sunderman
shot 578 and redshirt-freshman Jean-Pierre Lucas
shot a career-high 588… WVU shot 2366 in air rifle … Prediger paced the Mountaineers, shooting 595 … Dvorsak followed with 594, and Spurgeon scored 590 … this is the second time the Mountaineers have shot at the Pat Spurgin Rifle Range at Murray State … they have the opportunity to do so for a third time at the NCAA Championships, on March 14-15.
Coach Jon Hammond: “It wasn’t our best score, but we fought through it. Everyone worked really hard, and sometimes you have to do that. Everyone was able to overcome their struggles, and it was a great team effort.”
This Week in Tennis
The West Virginia University tennis team travels to State College, Pa., to meet the Nittany Lions at noon on Sunday, March 2.
Last Week in Tennis
The Mountaineers (2-6) split their two-match home weekend, defeating the University of Charleston, 6-1, and falling to the University of Buffalo, 5-2, on Feb. 21 and Feb. 22, respectively.
Notes & Quotes
Freshman Oana Manole
and sophomore Vivian Tsui
went 2-0 on the weekend ... Manole is tied with freshman Kaja Mrgole
for the team-lead with five wins in singles play ... Manole is on a three-match win streak, while Tsui is on a two-match win streak ... freshman Sophie Allen-Fisher
made her first appearance for West Virginia after sitting out the fall season.