Zublasing Named Athlete of the Week

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  • By Abby Norman
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  • March 11, 2013 03:51 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - After leading the West Virginia University rifle team to its nation-best 15th NCAA title and sweeping the individual championships, Mountaineer senior Petra Zublasing has been named the WVU Student-Athlete of the Week.

Zublasing was fantastic over the weekend at Ohio State’s Converse Hall and French Field House, as she lead the Mountaineers to a 4679 aggregate total and their first national title since 2009. The Appiano, Italy, native finished first in both disciplines, shooting 688.3 (589, 99.3) smallbore and 701.7 (598, 103.) air rifle, and pushed her career title mark to three. She is the first Mountaineer shooter to win an air rifle and smallbore title, and the first NCAA shooter to win both at one championships since Alaska-Fairbanks’ Matthew Emmons did so in 2001. Additionally, she is WVU’s first three-time NCAA champion since Greg Jones (wrestling) won a trio of titles in 2002, 2004 and 2005.

Following her fantastic weekend, Zublasing was named the CRCA Shooter of the Match. She is the third Mountaineer to win the award, and the first since 1997. She also earned NRA Air Rifle and Smallbore All-America honors. She concludes her Mountaineer career with five first-team awards.

WVU Student-Athletes of the Week
Week 1: Christal Caldwell, Women’s Basketball
Week 2: Haily VandePoel, Women’s Swimming and Diving
Week 3: Hailey Barrett, Women’s Tennis
Week 4: Christal Caldwell, Women’s Basketball/Sydney Cummings, Women’s Track and Field
Week 5: Petra Zublasing, Rifle
Week 6: Kaylyn Millick, Gymnastics
Week 7: Petra Zublasing, Rifle
Week 8: Rachael Burnett, Women’s Swimming and Diving
Week 9: Petra Zublasing, Rifle

Women’s Basketball
-This Week in Women’s Basketball
The Mountaineers are 17-13 overall and await their postseason fate in search of an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament … the NCAA Selection Show is on Monday, March 18 at 7 p.m., on ESPN.

-Last Week in Women’s Basketball
Despite leading by as many as 22 points, the No. 6-seeded West Virginia women’s basketball team fell 65-64 to No. 3-seeded Oklahoma in the quarterfinal round of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship Saturday … it was a tale of two halves as WVU opened the game with eight 3-pointers and held a 19-point halftime lead, 44-25, but were cold the second half, getting outscored 40-20 to fall by one in the end.

-Notes & Quotes
Four Mountaineers earned all-Big 12 honors … junior Christal Caldwell was one of 10 players named to the All-Big 12 First Team … senior Ayana Dunning earned All-Big 12 Honorable Mention honors … junior Jess Harlee was named to the Big 12 All-Defensive Team … Bria Holmes earned a spot on the All-Big 12 Freshman team … the Mountaineers closed out regular-season Big 12 play with a 9-9 record for sixth place.

“Needless to say it was a tale of two halves. First half, we were scoring at will and they couldn’t score and second half it was the other way around,” Carey says. “Give Oklahoma credit. They came out and played harder than we did the second half. We weren’t as aggressive offensively or defensively the second half, as we were the first half.”
-Coach Mike Carey following Saturday’s loss to Oklahoma

Track and Field
-This Week in Track and Field
The West Virginia University track and field team will begin its outdoor season with the Wake Forest Open in Winston-Salem, N.C., on March 15-16.

-Last Week in Track and Field
Freshman Kelly Williams was the lone competitor at the 2013 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships … Williams finished seventh in the mile with a time of 4:39.30 and garnered First Team All-American honors.

-Notes & Quotes
Williams’ performance concluded the 2013 indoor track and field season for the Mountaineers … Williams became the 32nd athlete in WVU track and field program history and the 13th under coach Sean Cleary to garner All-American honors … Friday evening in the mile semi-finals, Williams recorded her second-best time at 4:38.18 to finish ninth and move onto the finals on Saturday … Williams finished the indoor season with a personal-best time of 4:36.77, which ranks No. 3 in WVU program history in the mile … all together, WVU had five athletes post top marks on the top-5 indoor performance list … along with Williams, Chené Townsend has the No. 4 spot in the 60-meter hurdles (8.38), Stormy Nesbit is tied for the No. 4 spot in the long jump (5.92m), while Heather Adams and Sydney Cummings claimed the No. 1 spot in the weight throw (18.18m) and high jump (1.78m), respectively.

-This Week in Wrestling
WVU is idle.

-Last Week in Wrestling
The Mountaineers competed in the Big 12 Duals and their first ever Big 12 Championships, which were both held in Stillwater, Okla., at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

-Notes & Quotes
Three grapplers placed in the top three at the Big 12 Championships … Shane Young earned third place, as he was able to beat Oklahoma’s Kyle Garcia, 7-3, in his third-place consolation match … Bubba Scheffel (174) pinned the Sooners’ Kyle Detmer in order to place third … the fall was Scheffel’s team-leading fifth of the season … Lance Bryson (184) was the final WVU wrestler to place third, as he defeated Oklahoma’s Matt Reed, 5-1 ... since no Mountaineers earned automatic qualification to the NCAA Championships, their at-large fate will be decided on Wednesday, March 13, at 6 p.m., during the NCAA’s annual selection show ... among those in place to earn an automatic bid is Young, Scheffel and Nathan Pennesi (141).

Swimming and Diving
-This Week in Swimming & Diving
The diving teams will take part in the NCAA Zone “A” Diving Championships from March 15-17 in Blacksburg, Va.

-Last Week in Swimming & Diving
Seniors Rachael Burnett and Mandie Nugent each qualified for the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships, which will take place later this month.

-Notes & Quotes
The men will be represented by juniors Richard Pokorny and Liam McLaughlin, and freshman Christian Parker, while sophomores Haily VandePoel and Jennifer Rey will be representing the women … last year, Pokorny took 29th on the 1–meter and 31st on the 3-meter and VandePoel finished 14th on the 3-meter and 31st on the 1-meter … for the NCAA Championships, Burnett is the No. 11 seed in the 500 free, No. 13 seed in the 1650 free and No. 20 seed in the 200 free … Nugent is the No. 13 seed in the 200 fly, No. 30 seed in the 100 fly and No. 34 seed in the 500 free.

-This Week in Rifle
The Mountaineers have concluded the 2012-13 season as the nation’s No. 1 team.

-Last Week in Rifle
WVU won its nation-best 15th national title, and first since 2009, with a 4679 score at the 2013 NCAA Rifle Championships, at Ohio State’s Converse Hall and French Field House, in Columbus, Ohio, on March 8-9 … the Mountaineers overcame a one-shot deficit after the first day of competition to win air rifle and the overall title … WVU shot 2363 air rifle and finished third in smallbore with a 2316 mark … senior Petra Zublasing swept the individual awards, as the Appiano, Italy, native won her second straight air rifle title with a 701.7 total … she also finished first in smallbore on Friday with a 688.3 total … Zublasing shot a near-perfect 598 (99-100-100-100-100-99) in the air rifle relay and 103.7 in the final … she also shot 589 in the smallbore relay and 99.3 in the final … she entered the smallbore final in second place, as Kentucky’s Henri Junghanel owned a 36-35 center-shot advantage … Kentucky finished second (4670), while defending champion TCU placed third (4664) … sophomore Maren Prediger finished eighth (591, 101.1) in air rifle, while sophomore Thomas Kyanko finished seventh (580, 95.9) in smallbore … Kyanko was an individual qualifier for the championships, and his scores did not count toward WVU’s … Prediger also shot a career-best 576 smallbore, as did freshman Garrett Spurgeon … Spurgeon shot 589 air rifle, while sophomore Meelis Kiisk shot 586 … Kiisk also shot 575 smallbore … sophomore Taylor Ciotola was the team’s fifth shooter, and he shot 576 air rifle and 569 smallbore.

-Notes & Quotes
The rifle team is the only squad in WVU history to ever win an NCAA Championships … the title is the second career for Hammond, the CRCA Coach of the Year … the Mountaineers’ winning aggregate total was the second-best in championship history … Zublasing, the CRCA Shooter of the Match, is the first NCAA shooter to win both titles at one championships since Alaska-Fairbanks’ Matthew Emmons took the victories in 2001 … she is WVU’s first three-time NCAA champion since Greg Jones (wrestling) won a title in 2002, 2004 and 2005 … Zublasing is the fourth Mountaineer to win two career air titles, and the first to win a smallbore and air rifle title each … a WVU shooter has now won the NCAA air rifle title each season since 2011 … she is the first Mountaineer to win the smallbore title since Marco Scrivner won in 1997 … in total, 16 WVU shooters have won a combined 22 NCAA titles … following the championships, WVU earned 12 National Rifle Association All-America honors.

-This Week in Women’s Tennis
WVU (4-7) welcomes No. 19 TCU (9-1) on Friday, March 15, at 1 p.m., and No. 29 Baylor (4-10) on Sunday, March 17, at 11 a.m., at Ridgeview Racquet Club … Friday’s contest is the first Big 12 Conference match in program history.

-Last Week in Women’s Tennis
The Mountaineers defeated California (Pa.), 7-0, on Friday and Rutgers, 6-1, on Saturday … both matches were held at Ridgeview Racquet Club.

-Notes & Quotes
With its wins this weekend, WVU is now on a three-match win streak … five players finished the weekend undefeated in singles play – Audrey Wooland, Hailey Barrett, Ikttesh Chahal, Vivian Tsui and Irinka Toidze … Barrett and Chahal are tied for the team lead in singles victories, with six apiece … in doubles play, partners Mathis and Wooland sit atop the totem pole, with seven wins … Mathis leads the Mountaineers in combined victories (11).

-This Week in Gymnastics
The No. 21-ranked Mountaineers close out their regular season against Maryland and Rutgers Friday, March 15, at 7 p.m., at the WVU Coliseum … the meet is a “Dollar Day,” with tickets, hot dogs, popcorn and Coke products available for purchase for just one dollar … seniors Kaylyn Millick, Chelsea Goldschrafe and Alaska Richardson will be honored at the meet’s conclusion.

-Last Week in Gymnastics
The No. 21 Mountaineers (11-7, 1-1 Big 12) tallied their second-best road score of 2013 and defeated George Washington, 195.45-194.5, on March 10, at the Charles E. Smith Center, in Washington, D.C. … WVU earned victories on vault (49.025-48.75) and beam (48.775-47.5) and narrowly lost bars (48.975-48.65) and floor (49.275-49.0) … the Mountaineers trailed 97.725-97.675 after two rotations, but wrestled the lead away with a 49.0 showing on floor and solidified the win with a perfect beam rotation … Millick won her fourth all-around competition in five weeks, as she scored 39.225 … junior Hope Sloanhoffer tallied 39.075 and finished third … Millick tied for the bars win (9.825) and finished second on vault (9.8) and floor (9.9) … Sloanhoffer won beam with a 9.85, and freshman Jaida Lawrence took the vault win with a 9.875.

-Notes & Quotes
WVU competed without one of its top gymnasts, as Richardson, the reigning Big 12 Event Specialist of the Week, was out with a slight hamstring strain … three gymnasts tallied 9.8s on vault and finished second – Millick, Sloanhoffer and sophomore Dayah Haley … Goldschrafe matched her career-best floor score for the second consecutive week and finished fourth with a 9.85 … Haley tallied a career-best 9.775 on floor … sophomore Beth Deal anchored the team’s beam lineup with a 9.775 and finished third … WVU improved to 45-1 against GW … prior to this week’s competition, Sloanhoffer was named the Big 12 Gymnast of the Week, WVU first-ever honor … the Mountaineers competed at Maryland with Rutgers on Feb. 17 … WVU fell to the then-No. 18 Terrapins, 196.175-195.775, and defeated the Scarlet Knights, 195.775-195.05.

-This Week in Baseball
The WVU baseball team continues on the road this week with a midweek matchup at Pitt on Tuesday at 3 p.m. … the Mountaineers then open up Big 12 play at Kansas State from March 15-17 … Friday’s game is at 7:30 p.m., Saturday’s game is at 3 p.m. and Sunday’s game is at noon.

-Last Week in Baseball
The Mountaineers went 2-3 last week, defeating Eastern Kentucky in the home opener and Bowling Green at the Snowbird Baseball Classic in Punta Gorda, Fla.

-Notes & Quotes
West Virginia batted .396 as a team last week, led by center fielder Bobby Boyd, who went 10-for-20 (.500) with one run, one double and two RBIs … designated hitter Matt Frazer batted .294 last week, including a team-high five RBIs and his first homer of the season … left-hander John Means had the pitching performance of the week in a 12 inning loss to Maine … Means went 8.0 innings, allowing one run (no earned) on five hits with six strikeouts and one walk.

-This Week in Women’s Rowing
The West Virginia University women’s rowing team is set to travel to Oak Ridge, Tenn., to compete in the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invitational regatta on March 16-17, on the Melton Hill Lake.

-Last Week in Women’s Rowing
The Mountaineers were idle.

-Notes & Quotes
Louisville will host the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invitational … along with the Cardinals, the Mountaineers will compete against Duke, Eastern Michigan, Georgetown, Alabama, Buffalo, Dayton, Kansas, Miami, Notre Dame and Virginia … WVU is set to start competition on Saturday in round one from 9:28-10:08 a.m., and is to complete day one in round two from 5:12-5:36 p.m. … the Mountaineers will conclude the regatta on Sunday at 11:20 a.m.