Vance Named Athlete of the Week

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  • By WVU Sports Communications
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  • April 21, 2014 01:02 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Following his performance against Ohio State last Tuesday, sophomore pitcher Ross Vance has been named the Varsity Sports Report Athlete of the Week. 
In his first career start, Vance struck out 14 Buckeye batters en route to a complete game victory over Ohio State last Tuesday. Vance set a WVU season high in strikeouts and tied a Big 12 season high. He allowed one run on eight hits in nine innings with two strikeouts.
The win helped the Mountaineers break a seven-game losing streak. Vance allowed just one run and one walk, while striking out 14 batters in nine innings.
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 
Week 13: Bryce Bohman, swimming & diving
Week 14: Hope Sloanhoffer, gymnastics 
Week 15: Hailey Barrett, tennis 
Week 16: Ross Vance, baseball
This Week in Baseball
West Virginia will play five home games this week at Hawley Field … WVU will open the week with Maryland on Tuesday, April 22 at 6 p.m., followed by a game against Marshall on Wednesday, April 23 at 6 p.m. … WVU will then host Kansas State from April 25-27 for a Big 12 series … Friday’s game will start at 6 p.m., Saturday’s game will begin at 4 p.m. and Sunday’s finale is scheduled for a noon start.
Last Week in Baseball
The Mountaineers went 3-1 last week, highlighted by a series win at Oklahoma … WVU won 4-1 against Ohio State last Tuesday … the Mountaineers then won two-of-three over the weekend at Oklahoma, winning 7-0 on Thursday, falling 5-3 on Friday and winning 9-5 on Saturday.
Notes & Quotes
WVU has an overall record of 19-16 and is 4-7 in Big 12 competition … the WVU offense batted .333 over last week, led by senior left fielder Jacob Rice, who hit .533 (8-for-15) with four runs, two doubles, four RBIs and two stolen bases … junior center fielder Bobby Boyd hit .500 (9-for-18) with two runs, one double and one stolen base, while junior designated hitter Brad Johnson batted .500 (5-for-10) with two runs and three RBIs … sophomore left-hander Ross Vance struck out a WVU and Big 12 season-high 12 batters on Tuesday, in a complete game win against Ohio State, allowing one run on eight hits with two walks.
This Week in Gymnastics
The 2014 season has officially closed for the West Virginia University gymnastics team.
Last Week in Gymnastics
Senior Hope Sloanhoffer competed at the 2014 NCAA National Championships on April 18, at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Center, in Birmingham, Ala. … Sloanhoffer’s highest finish came on vault, where she finished tied for ninth in the second semifinal session with a season-high 9.875 … she preceded that routine with a school-record 9.875 on floor, good enough for 16th place … Sloanhoffer also scored 9.75 on the uneven bars and ended the night with a 9.225 showing on beam … she finished 19th overall with a 38.725 score.
Notes & Quotes
Sloanhoffer concludes her four-year Mountaineer career with 1,876.525 points, the fifth-best point total in program history … her floor score matched WVU’s event record at the NCAA National Championships, first set by six-time All-American Kristin Quackenbush at the 1996 NCAA National Championships, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. … Sloanhoffer just missed earning All-America honors on vault, as the top-eight finishes, including ties, score the honor … Sloanhoffer was the 18th Mountaineer gymnast to individually qualify for the national championships, and the first since 2009.
This Week in Track
West Virginia will travel to Philadelphia, Pa., for the Penn Relays April 24-26.
Last Week in Track
The Mountaineers competed at the Larry Ellis Invitational in Princeton, N.J. ... WVU has just two weekends of competition remaining prior to the Big 12 Outdoor Championships in Lubbock, Texas, May 16-18.
Notes & Quotes 
Senior Chene Townsend led the Mountaineers with top-10 finishes in the 100-meter hurdles, 100-meter dash and the 200-meter dash ... Townsend recorded a season-best time in both the 100-meter hurdles and the 100-meter dash, finishing in second place in each event ... senior Stormy Nesbit also recorded a second-best result, recording a season-best triple jump of 12.66 meters ... sophomore Brianna Kerekes also recorded a season-best mark, finishing the 800 meters in a time of 2:15.23. 
This Week in Tennis
The West Virginia University tennis team travels to Fort Worth, Texas, for the 2014 Big 12 Conference Championships from April 24-27.
Last Week in Tennis
The Mountaineers were idle.
Notes & Quotes
Last time out, sophomore Hailey Barrett and junior Ikttesh Chahal won their second consecutive doubles match and fourth of the season ... Barrett won her first singles match since Feb. 7, defeating Ksenia Pronina of Iowa State, 6-4, 6-4 ... sophomore Vivian Tsui won her sixth singles match of the spring, downing ISU’s Emma Waites, 6-1, 6-1
This Week in Rowing
The West Virginia Rowing team is idle in preparation for the Big 12 Conference Championships on May 3, in Oklahoma City. 
Last Week in Rowing
The Mountaineers’ competition in Shamokin Dam, Pa., was cancelled due to unsafe conditions on the river.
Notes & Quotes
Last time out, in the Grand Finals, the novice eight crew crossed the line in 7:17.02 for a third-place finish ... competing in the Third Final, the varsity eight crew beat out Colgate and George Mason for fourth place in 7:17.06 ... in the Third Finals, the varsity four boat edged out Connecticut to take fifth place, finishing in 8:13.25 ... the second varsity eight crew qualified for the Petite Final, finishing the heat in sixth place with a 7:07.18.