Spurgeon Named Athlete of the Week
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Helping the WVU rifle team (10-0, 7-0 GARC) to its second straight and nation-best 16th NCAA Championships victory, sophomore shooter Garrett Spurgeon has been named the Varsity Sports Report Athlete of the Week.
Spurgeon shot as a member of the counting team in both guns. On Friday, March 14, he shot 585 in smallbore and led the Mountaineers in the individual final, placing second overall in the discipline with a score of 451.6.
On Saturday, March 15, the Canton, Mo., native helped WVU to a 4705 team aggregate (2338 smallbore, 2367 air rifle) score, shooting 591 in air rifle and 143.5 in the individual final, placing fifth overall.
Also on Saturday, Spurgeon was named to the NRA Air Rifle and Smallbore First Teams, as well as the CRCA All-America First Team. He now owns five career All-America honors, including four first-team awards.
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
Week 8: Christal Caldwell, women’s basketball
Week 9: Tim Squires, swimming & diving
Week 10: Harrison Musgrave, baseball
Week 11: Garrett Spurgeon, rifle
This Week in Women’s Basketball
The West Virginia women’s basketball team will learn of its seeding and location for the NCAA Tournament in a selection show on Monday, March 17 at 7 p.m., on ESPN …the Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG will broadcast a live videostream from the Basketball Practice Facility, starting at 6:45 p.m., online at WVUsports.com, and will also air live on 100.9 FM in Morgantown, starting at 7 p.m., with commentary and interviews with coach Mike Carey and players.
Last Week in Women’s Basketball
The No. 5 West Virginia women’s basketball team fell 74-71 to No. 7 Baylor in the 2014 Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference Championship game on Monday night … the Mountaineers led by one point with 54 seconds left, but Baylor took its final lead on an Odyssey Sims’ jumper … senior center Asya Bussie and sophomore guard Bria Holmes were each named to the Big 12 Conference All-Tournament Team for their efforts in the three games.
Notes & Quotes
The Mountaineers are 29-4 overall this season … the 29 wins matches the 2010 season for most wins in a season in program history … WVU is looking for its fifth consecutive NCAA appearance and 10th postseason appearance in 11 seasons … the Mountaineers are ranked No. 5 nationally by the Associated Press, their highest ranking in program history … updated rankings will come out today.
This Week in Wrestling
Five West Virginia grapplers travel to Oklahoma City for the 2014 NCAA Championships at the Chesapeake Energy Arena from March 20-22.
Last Week in Wrestling
The Mountaineers were idle last week in preparation for the 2014 NCAA Championships.
Notes & Quotes
WVU qualified five wrestlers to the NCAA Championships … freshman Cory Stainbrook (125), senior Colin Johnston (141), sophomore Bubba Scheffel (174) and sophomore A.J. Vizcarrondo (HWT) … junior Mike Morales (149) makes his second trip to the NCAA Championships after redshirting last year.
Coach Craig Turnbull: “I feel very good about this year and the direction of the program. Five wrestlers in the tournament is a very good number. We would have really liked to have that sixth one in with (senior) Nathan Pennesi, but it was a challenging year for him and he was on the bubble. The five that will be wrestling earned it, and we are excited to take them and battle.”
This Week in Baseball
The WVU baseball team will play four games this week … the Mountaineers travel to Appalachian Power Park in Charleston to take on Marshall on Tuesday, May 18 at 4 p.m. … over the weekend from March 21-23, WVU will take on UNC Wilmington in a three-game series with Friday’s game beginning at 6 p.m., Saturday’s game beginning at 2 p.m. and Sunday’s finale beginning at 1 p.m.
Last Week in Baseball
The Mountaineers went 2-2 last weekend on the end of a West Coast swing … on Tuesday, WVU fell 4-3 to UNLV in Las Vegas … the Mountaineers then won two-of-three at Cal State Northridge with a win on Thursday (5-4), a loss on Saturday (2-4) and a win on Sunday (14-11).
Notes & Quotes
WVU finished 5-2 overall on the trip to the West Coast and currently has a 10-6 record, including winning eight of the last 10 games … junior center fielder Bobby Boyd led WVU at the plate over the four-game span, batting 8-for-17 (.471) with six runs, one double, two RBIs, three walks, five stolen bases and three outfield assists … senior first baseman Ryan McBroom continued to drive in runs, batting 7-for-17 (.412) with two runs, one double, one homer and six RBIs … in Saturday’s finale against Cal State Northridge, the teams combined for 25 runs and 36 hits.
Coach Randy Mazey: “It’s been a long trip for these kids. It seems like we’ve been out here for a month, so it’ll be good to get back home and sleep in our own beds and get back to familiar surroundings.”
This Week in Swimming & Diving
The Mountaineers are off this week … six members of the men’s swimming team will be traveling to Austin, Texas on March 27-29 for the NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships ... junior Tim Squires will compete in the 50 and 100 free and senior Bryce Bohman will compete in the 100 and 200 back, while all five of the relay teams were also invited to the NCAA Championships.
Last Week in Swimming & Diving
The WVU diving squads completed their season at the NCAA Zone “A” Championships.
Notes & Quotes
Junior Haily VandePoel made the finals in both of her events, finishing seventh overall in the 1-meter (501.25) and eighth in the 3-meter (545.85) … for the men’s squad, senior Liam McLaughlin closed his career placing 33rd on the 3-meter (245.05) and 46th on the 1-meter (207.55) … other finishes for the women in the 3-meter included sophomore Lindsay Schmidt in 21st (237.30), junior Jennifer Rey in 29th (221.30) and sophomore Tori Taffner in 39th (203.50).
WVU diving coach Michael Grapner: “Overall it (NCAA Zones) was a good meet for the team. Haily had an excellent performance on the 1-meter, she made improvements on all of her dives from prelims to finals and was very happy with her performance.”
This Week in Track
The Mountaineers kick off their outdoor season at the Bill Van Horne Invitational on Saturday, March 22, in Wheeling, W.Va.
Last Week in Track
West Virginia was idle last week
Notes & Quotes
Sarah Martinelli recorded her personal-best time in the mile (4:47.11) during the indoor season and will look for an NCAA bid in the oudoor season ... senior Katlyn Shelar took multiple attempts at the indoor school record this winter and holds the program outdoor record in the event ... WVU will welcome back senior Chene Townsend this outdoor season ... Townsend sat out during the indoor season.
Coach Sean Cleary: “I expect our outdoor season to be at a much higher level. As a team, outdoor takes precedence. Our coaches have positioned the group to be at a very high level in May.”
This Week in Gymnastics
The Mountaineers will host the first-ever Big 12 Conference sponsored event on WVU’s campus this Saturday, March 22, with the Big 12 Gymnastics Championship scheduled for 4 p.m., at the WVU Coliseum … tickets are available for purchase now at WVUGAME.com, by calling 1-800-WVU-GAME, or by visiting the Mountaineer Ticket Office in the Coliseum … No. 3 Oklahoma, the two-time defending Big 12 champion, and Iowa State will compete for the title.
Last Week in Gymnastics
WVU tallied its season-best road score for the second straight week in a losing effort at Maryland on March 16 … the Mountaineers fell 195.525-194.975, in their return trip to College Park, Md. … senior Hope Sloanhoffer matched her career high in a winning, 39.5 performance … she also finished first on vault (9.875), bars (9.875) and floor (9.9), and second on beam (9.85) … her floor score matched her career high, while her vault and bars marks were season highs … junior Beth Deal tied Sloanhoffer for second on beam … Sunday was a back-and-forth meet, with WVU owning two separate leads … the Mountaineers tallied a season-high 49.05 on bars.
Notes & Quotes
Sloanhoffer’s all-around score ranks No. 13 in the Mountaineer record book and matches the score she used to secure the 2012 EAGL all-around title … sophomore Lindsey Litten scored a career-best 9.825 on bars and finished fifth … freshman Nicolette Swoboda matched her career-best bars score of 9.75 … Sloanhoffer has hit her vault season high of 9.875 five times this year … Swoboda tied for second on vault with a 9.85 score, her best mark since Feb. 2. … junior Dayah Haley hit for a career-high 9.825 on vault and finished fourth … freshman Mackenzie Myers finished tied for third on floor with a 9.875 score, her best career road mark … sophomore Melissa Idell hit for a career-high 9.825 on floor for the second straight week and finished fifth overall … WVU continues to lead the all-time series with UMD, 36-17-1 … the Mountaineers have dropped meets to both OU and ISU this season … WVU lost to the Sooners, 197.2-193.525, at the Perfect 10 Challenge in Oklahoma City on Feb. 21 … WVU lost at ISU, 196.025-194.175, on Feb. 7 … the Mountaineers finished third at the 2013 Big 12 Gymnastics Championship with a score of 194.675.
This Week in Rifle
The 2014 National Champion West Virginia University rifle team invites fans to attend a celebration of their success, Monday, March 17, from 5:30 – 7 p.m., in the Jerry West Lounge at the WVU Coliseum ... the Mountaineers (10-0, 7-0 GARC) and coach Jon Hammond will be available to greet fans and take pictures, and fans can also take pictures with the NCAA Championships trophy.
Last Week in Rifle
WVU shot at the NCAA Championships, March 14 and 15, in Murray, Ky. ... the team shot an aggregate 4705 for a championships record, and claimed its second straight and nation-best 16th NCAA title.
Notes & Quotes
The Championships win is the team’s third in eight years under coach Hammond; the squad also won in 2009 … the Mountaineers won air rifle (2367) on Friday and smallbore (2338) on Saturday … in smallbore, juniors Ziva Dvorsak (588), Thomas Kyanko (584) and Meelis Kiisk (581), and sophomore Garrett Spurgeon (585) combined for the team score ... additionally, junior Maren Prediger shot 571 … it was the Mountaineers’ second-highest smallbore shot of the season … Spurgeon, Kyanko and Dvorsak advanced to the individual final, with Spurgeon placing second overall (451.6), Kyanko finishing sixth (412.6) and Dvorsak seventh (401.0) … four Mountaineers were named to the College Rifle Coaches’ Association (CRCA) All-America Teams sponsored by Lapua … Spurgeon was named to the CRCA All-America First Team … Spurgeon, Prediger and Dvorsak were named to the NRA Air Rifle and Smallbore First Teams.
This Week in Tennis
The West Virginia University tennis team travels to Texas to take on the Baylor Bears on March 21 and the Texas Longhorns on March 23.
Last Week in Tennis
The Mountaineers challenged No. 52 Kansas State on March 14, falling by a final of 4-3 … WVU was downed by No. 35 Kansas on March 16, 7-0, at the Ridgeview Racquet Club.
Notes & Quotes
The duo of sophomore Hailey Barrett and junior Ikttesh Chahal notched an 8-1 victory against Kansas State … sophomores Irinka Toidze and Vivian Tsui clinched the doubles point with a win over the Wildcats, 8-1 … freshman Oana Manole’s 7-6 (4), 6-1, victory against K-State tied her for the team lead with seven victories this spring … Toidze recorded her third victory of the spring.
Coach Miha Lisac: “We had a couple of players that handled the match very well. Oana (Manole) played very well today, handling the first set and running away in the second. Irinka (Toidze) had a very good showing as well today. She did exactly what she had to do in order to be successful. Overall, I think it was a good battle, and it was good to see us put ourselves in position to be successful.”
This Week in Rowing
The West Virginia rowing team is idle this week in preparation for a March 29 scrimmage against George Mason.
Last Week in Rowing
The Mountaineers opened their spring season with 18 races on Melton Hill Lake at the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invite from March 15-16.
Notes & Quotes
The Mountaineers opened the regatta on Saturday, March 15, in the varsity 8 with a time of 7:03.14 … the Mountaineers second varsity boat finished in 7:15.99 … in the varsity 4’s, WVU’s boat crossed the line in 8:00.48 … the second varsity boat followed in 8:06.23 and the third varsity crew turned in an 8:15.33 … in the novice 8’s, the Mountaineers took fourth with a 7:30.84 … WVU competed against Minnesota and Dayton in Saturday’s afternoon session … in the varsity 8, the top-boat for the Mountaineers finished in 7:19.09 … the 2nd varsity crew for WVU took second with a 7:25.54 … the Mountaineers finished in second in the varsity 4’s, completing the 2000-meter course in 8:46.45 … the 2nd varsity crew turned in WVU’s top-time of the session with an 8:31.79, while the 3rd varsity crew turned in an 8:46.21 … in Saturday’s night edition, the novice 8 boat for the Mountaineers took third, recording a 7:39.62 … WVU opened Sunday morning against Wisconsin, Tennessee and Kansas … in the varsity 8 heat, the Mountaineers crossed in 7:14.17 … WVU’s 2nd varsity boat crossed closely followed the Mountaineers’ top-boat, finishing in 7:17.65 … in the novice 8 heat, WVU tallied a 7:48.16, finishing behind Kansas and Tennessee … the Mountaineers’ varsity 4 boat turned in a 7:57.79 … WVU’s 2nd varsity boat took third with an 8:19.83 … the 3rd varsity boat came in at 8:28.56.
Coach Jimmy King: “Our team’s effort was consistent, as it should be, throughout the weekend, however, much of that effort was misplaced. We’ll work to direct those efforts into effectively moving our boats over the next two weeks then reassess at our next competition.”
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