Sloanhoffer Named Athlete of the Week

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  • By WVU Sports Communications
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  • March 24, 2014 12:54 PM
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Hope Sloanhoffer
MORGANTOWN, W.Va.  - On the heels of her Big 12 Conference all-around victory, senior gymnast Hope Sloanhoffer has been named the Varsity Sports Report Student-Athlete of the Week.
Sloanhoffer, a Cornwall, N.Y., native, won the Big 12’s all-around crown on Saturday, March 22, with a 39.425 score at the WVU Coliseum. She is the first Mountaineer gymnast to win a Big 12 title in program history. Sloanhoffer also matched her career-best floor score of 9.9 and finished tied for third in the event. She earned All-Big 12 Championship Team honors for both events. 
Sloanhoffer was stellar throughout the championship, as she matched her season-best beam score of 9.875 and tied for fourth place. She also scored 9.825 on vault and bars. 
Ranked No. 23 nationally, Sloanhoffer is a lock to individually qualify for the NCAA Regional Championships. 
WVU Athletes of the Week
Winter 2014
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
Week 12: Hope Sloanhoffer, gymnastics 
This Week in Women’s Basketball
The Mountaineers (30-4) will face No. 7-seeded LSU in NCAA Second Round action at 9:30 p.m. ET, on Tuesday, March 25 on LSU’s home court in the Pete Maravich Center in Baton Rouge, La. … Tuesday’s game will air live on ESPN and online at ESPN3.com.
Last Week in Women’s Basketball
The Mountaineers defeated 15th-seeded Albany, 76-61, in the NCAA First Round on Sunday to continue in the NCAA tournament … senior guard Christal Caldwell and sophomore guard Bria Holmes each had 20-point outings with 26 and 20 points, respectively … Holmes’ point total was her third consecutive 20-point game … senior center Asya Bussie recorded a game-leading 12 rebounds.
Notes & Quotes
The Mountaineers are 30-4 overall this season … with the win on Sunday, the Mountaineers reached 30 single-season wins, the most in a season in WVU women’s basketball program history … WVU trails LSU in the all-time series, 4-0, and must win to advance to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the first time in program history since the field was expanded to 64 teams … with a win on Tuesday, the Mountaineers would play next play in the Regionals in Louisville on Sunday, March 30.
This Week in Wrestling
The West Virginia University wrestling team concluded its 2013-14 season at the NCAA DI Championships in Oklahoma City from March 20-22. 
Last Week in Wrestling
The Mountaineers saw their season end with five wrestlers competing at the NCAA Championships ... senior Colin Johnston (141) and sophomore A.J. Vizcarrondo (HWT) survived to session III before being knocked out.
Notes & Quotes
Senior Colin Johnston (141) concluded his career with 65 victories, 28 coming in his final season ... Johnston’s victory this weekend came against Steven Rodrigues of Illinois in session II, 12-5 ... Johnston is No. 3 in the program record books for wins in a single-season by a 141-pounder, and No. 8 for wins by fall (9) ... Johnston was the first WVU wrestler to take a No. 1-seed to the Big 12 Championships and first to be named Big 12 Wrestler of the Week ... sophomore A.J. Vizcarrondo (HWT) advanced to session III with a win over Chattanooga’s Dawson Peck, 2-0 ... Vizcarrondo finished the season with 20 victories ... freshman Cory Stainbrook’s (125) first NCAA appearance ended with losses against No. 11 Robert Deutsch of Rider, 2-1, and Nick Herrmann of Virginia, 8-2 ... junior Mike Morales (149) won the pigtail bout to enter session II, defeating Kevin Birmingham of Davidson for the season time this season ... Morales lost to No. 13 Brody Grothus of Iowa, 4-3, and Tywan Claxton of Ohio, 4-3 ... sophomore Bubba Scheffel (174) battled through his knee injury to compete, falling to No. 3 Robert Kokesh of Nebraska, 10-1, and Ohio States’ No. 14 Mark Martin, 5-3.
This Week in Baseball
After spending the first six weekends on the road, the WVU baseball team will play four home games this week and will open Big 12 play … the Mountaineers will host Pitt in the Backyard Brawl on Tuesday, March 25 at Hawley Field with a first pitch scheduled for 3 p.m. … WVU will then make its lone trip to Appalachian Power Park to host Baylor in a three-game series over the weekend … Friday’s game will start at 2 p.m., Saturday’s game will begin at 4 p.m. and Sunday’s finale, which will be televised by Fox Sports 1, is scheduled for a 1:30 p.m. start.
Last Week in Baseball
The Mountaineers went 2-2 last week  … in a game that was a late addition on Wednesday, WVU upset No. 12 North Carolina, 5-1 ... at UNC Wilmington over the weekend, WVU fell 2-1 in 10 innings on Friday, won 9-3 on Saturday and fell 13-10 on Sunday to drop its first series in the last four weekends.
Notes & Quotes
WVU has an overall record of 12-8 entering the start of the home season … at this point in 2013, WVU was 8-12 … junior second baseman Billy Fleming was red hot last weekend and bumped his season batting average to .413 with 15 runs, two doubles and eight RBIs … Fleming went 11-for-17 (.647) with four runs, one double and five RBIs last week … senior first baseman Ryan McBroom continues to lead WVU in power categories with five home runs and 27 RBIs, while freshman right fielder Shaun Wood hit his third homer of the season on Sunday … McBroom (.372), Wood (.300) and junior center fielder Bobby Boyd (.352) are all hitting over .300 … against UNC, junior left-hander John Means threw a complete game, allowing just one run on three hits with five strikeouts … despite taking a no-decision on Friday, junior left-hander Harrison Musgrave allowed one run on five hits with seven strikeouts in nine innings.
This Week in Swimming & Diving
Six members of the men’s swimming team will head to Austin, Texas on March 27-29 for the NCAA Men’s Swimming Championships.
Last Week in Swimming &  Diving
The teams were off last week … the women’s team and both diving squads have completed their seasons.
Notes & Quotes
Senior Bryce Bohman, juniors Tim Squires, Julien Vialette and Chris Brill, sophomore Ross Glegg and freshman Nate Carr will be heading to the 2014 NCAA Men’s Swimming Championships … Squires will be will be competing in the 50 free and 100 free … Squires is seeded 13th in the 50 free (19.32) and 26th in the 100 free (42.92) … Squires took both events at the Big 12 Championships … Bohman will be competing in the 100 back and 200 back … Bohman is seeded ninth in the 100 back (45.89) and 19th in the 200 back (1:41.52) … Bohman won the 100 back at the Big 12 Championships … the 200 free relay is seeded 12th (1:17.87), the 400 free relay is seeded 32nd (2:55.10), the 800 free relay is seeded 32nd (6:26.87), the 200 medley relay is seeded 29th (1:26.59) and the 400 medley relay is seeded 30th (3:11.11) … the Friday and Saturday finals sessions will be streamed live on ESPN3.
This Week in Track
The Mountaineers will continue their outdoor season at the Raleigh Relays in Raleigh, N.C. … the two-day event will begin on Friday, March 28, and conclude on Saturday, March 29.
Last Week in Track
West Virginia opened its outdoor season at the Cal U Early Bird Invitational on Saturday, March 22 … Five different Mountaineers registered first-place finishes.
Notes & Quotes 
Junior Karissa Knabenshue led the way for the Mountaineers, placing first in the shot put with a toss of 12.09 meters and fourth in the discus throw with a mark of 38.27 meters … freshman Bria Welker placed first in the 400 meters with a time of 58.83, and sophomore Alyssa Scherich claimed first in the 400-meter hurdles in 1:05.37 ... in the 800 meters, freshman Sydney Scott placed first with a personal-best time of 2:22.46.
Coach Sean Cleary: “This was a nice little early season meet for us. It’s nice for us to have one under our belt before we head south next weekend. We will introduce a few more girls each week to the travel party, as we prepare ourselves for the heart of the season.”
This Week in Gymnastics
The Mountaineers will learn which individual gymnasts qualified for the 2014 NCAA Regional Championships on Monday, March 24, at 3 p.m. … the six regional championships will be held on Saturday, April 5, at times yet to be determined. 
Last Week in Gymnastics
WVU scored a season-high 196.375 but came up just short at the 2014 Big 12 Gymnastics Championship at the WVU Coliseum on March 22, as the team placed third overall … senior Hope Sloanhoffer finished first in the all-around with a 39.425 score, earning the first Big 12 Conference title in program history … in her first career all-around appearance, junior Dayah Haley finished third with a 39.125 score … additionally, junior Beth Deal tied for second on beam (9.9), while Sloanhoffer tied for third on floor (9.9) … those finishes earned the trio a spot on the All-Big 12 Championship Team … sophomore Jaida Lawrence anchored vault with a 9.875 score and tied for sixth place … freshman Alexa Goldberg anchored bars with a 9.9 and tied for fourth place. 
Notes & Quotes
No. 3 Oklahoma scored a Coliseum-record 198.0 and finished first, while Iowa State scored 196.65 and finished second … senior Bethany Yurko hit for a career-best 9.8 on vault … Sloanhoffer’s floor score matched her career high … the championship was the first-ever Big 12 sponsored event on WVU’s campus … 2,112 fans packed the Coliseum for the championship, the 11th-best crowd in program history … WVU’s final score ranks No. 13 in program history … prior to the championship, Sloanhoffer was named to the All-Big 12 Gymnastics Team … additionally, seven gymnasts were named to the Academic All-Big 12 Gymnastics Team.
This Week in Tennis
The West Virginia University tennis team hosts Texas Tech on March 28 at 1 p.m., and TCU on March 30 at 10 a.m.
Last Week in Tennis
The Mountaineers (3-12, 0-4 Big 12) dropped both their contests on the road, falling to No. 14 Baylor, 7-0, and No. 21 Texas, 7-0.
Notes & Quotes
Freshman Oana Manole battled No. 89 Ratnika Batra of Texas to a 7-5 first set, but could not continue her momentum into the second, falling 6-3 ... WVU was unable to capture any sets against the pair of top-25 teams.
This Week in Rowing
The West Virginia University rowing squad hosts George Mason in a varsity scrimmage on the Monongahela River on March 29.
Last Week in Rowing
The Mountaineers were idle last week after competing at the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invite from March 15-16.
Notes & Quotes
This will be the second time this school year WVU has hosted a scrimmage on the Monongahela River ... the first came against Duquesne on Nov. 8.