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    Following the successful defense of her NCAA smallbore title, sophomore Morgan Phillips of the rifle team has been named West Virginia University Student-Athlete of the Week, presented by University Apartments.

    A native of Salisbury, Maryland, Phillips claimed the 2018 NCAA smallbore championship with a 459.4 final score, shot on March 9 at The Citadel’s McAlister Field House in Charleston, South Carolina. Phillips was the last student-athlete to qualify for the final, as she entered in eighth place with a 584 qualifying score.

    Phillips is the fourth Mountaineer to win back-to-back NCAA titles and the first since Petra Zublasing won air rifle in 2012 and 2013. She is only the second WVU athlete to repeat as the smallbore champion and the first since Web Wright won two straight titles in 1987 and 1988.

    The Mountaineers finished second at the 2018 NCAA Championships with a 4708 score.

    This Week in Women’s Basketball: WVU will learn its postseason fate on Selection Monday.

    Last Week in Women’s Basketball: The Mountaineers did not compete last week.

    Notes: The Mountaineers finished 1-1 at the Phillips 66 Big 12 Tournament … WVU defeated No. 3 seed Oklahoma State, 69-60, in the quarterfinals on March 3 before falling to No. 2 seed Texas, 68-55, on March 4 … WVU entered the Phillips 66 Big 12 Tournament as the No. 6 seed for the third time overall and second straight year … the Mountaineers are 4-2 as the No. 6 seed … March 3’s meeting with Oklahoma State was the first tournament meeting for the Cowgirls … it was the fourth time WVU faced Texas in the Big 12 Tournament, with the series tied at 2-2 … WVU has now made four appearances in the semifinals in six Big 12 Championships.

    This Week in Gymnastics: The Mountaineers conclude their regular-season slate at Towson, with No. 23 NC State, Cornell and William & Mary on Sunday, March 18, at 2 p.m.

    Last Week in Gymnastics: WVU (9-10, 0-3) tallied its best score since 2016 and its top mark away from Morgantown since 2012 with a second place, 196.425 effort at No. 18 George Washington, on March 11, at the Charles E. Smith Center in Washington, D.C. … the Colonials finished first with a 196.875 total, and Pitt finished third with a 195.5 … the Mountaineers opened and closed the meet with season-best marks on balance beam and uneven bars, scoring 49.125 on beam and 49.15 on bars … WVU also earned 49.075 on vault and floor and finished second on every event … junior Kirah Koshinski won floor outright with a career-high matching and season-best 9.95 … she also tied for the vault win with a 9.9 … sophomore Chloe Cluchey won bars outright with a 9.925 score, and junior Jaquie Tun tied for second in her career balance beam debut with a 9.875 … Tun also placed fourth in the all-around with a 39.15.

    Notes: Senior Jordan Gillette earned a season-high 9.825 on beam, while freshman McKenna Linnen matched her career high of 9.8 … Koshinski’s floor score marks the fourth time in her career she’s earned a 9.95 … her vault score was her sixth 9.9+ score of the season … senior Robyn Bernard finished third on vault with a 9.875 … Tun and senior Zaakira Muhammad tied for second on vault with 9.875s, matching Tun’s career high.

    This Week in Track and Field: West Virginia opens the 2018 outdoor season with a trip to the 49er Classic, from March 15-17, in Charlotte, North Carolina.

    Last Week in Track and Field: The Mountaineers capped the 2017-18 indoor campaign as redshirt senior Amy Cashin and redshirt junior Madelin Gardner competed at the 2018 NCAA Indoor Championships, from March 9-10, in College Station, Texas … Cashin finished ninth in the women’s mile, earning a time of 4:43.67 in the finals … Gardner also posted a ninth-place finish in the women’s pole vault, earning a mark of 4.31 meters (14 feet, 1.75 inches) … with their performances, Cashin and Gardner garnered All-America Second Team honors.

    Notes: WVU’s outdoor season-opening meet at UNC-Charlotte is the first of seven regular-season meets for the Mountaineers … WVU also competed in the event last year, earning three event victories … Danique Bryan won the women’s long jump with a mark of 6.01 meters, while Gardner won the women’s pole vault with a mark of 3.90 meters … Shamoya McNeil also earned a victory at the 49er Classic last season, jumping 12.78 meters in the women’s triple jump … the Mountaineers’ roster features 21 returnees this season, including five regional qualifiers … Cashin (3,000-meter steeplechase) and McNeil (triple jump) went on to compete in the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Championships last June … the Mountaineers also add eight newcomers to the outdoor squad in 2018.

    This Week in Wrestling: The Mountaineers have three wrestlers competing in the 2018 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships this week, as redshirt junior Zeke Moisey (125), redshirt freshman Matthew Schmitt (133) and redshirt senior Jacob A. Smith (197) all earned automatic bids at the 2018 Big 12 Wrestling Championship on March 4 … the NCAA Championships will be held March 15-17, at Quicken Loans Arena, in Cleveland, Ohio … the first round starts at noon ET on Thursday, March 15 … early sessions will be broadcasted on ESPNU, while second-round, semifinal and championship matches will be shown live on ESPN … all six sessions also will be available on ESPN3, with live stats on TrackWrestling.

    Last Week in Wrestling: West Virginia did not compete last week.

    Notes: As the No. 13 seed at 125 pounds, Moisey will compete at the NCAA Championships for the first time since his runner-up finish in 2015 … the Northampton, Pennsylvania, native redshirted last season and did not have the chance to repeat his impressive run in 2016, as he was forced to withdraw from the tournament due to injury … Moisey, the 2018 Big 12 runner-up, is slated to meet Virginia Tech’s Kyle Norstrem in the first round … the two wrestlers went head-to-head on Dec. 22, with Moisey winning a 10-3 decision over Norstrem … the 125-pound grappler has a team-leading 22 wins, registering five pins, three tech. falls and two major decision on the year … Schmitt, who is coming off a fourth-place finish at this year’s conference championship, will participate in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in his career … the Platte City, Missouri, native will face No. 1 seed Seth Gross of South Dakota State in the first round of the 133-pound bracket for the third time this season … most recently, Schmitt dropped a 10-2 major decision to Gross in the Big 12 semifinals … the two grapplers also met back on Feb. 11, with Gross taking an 8-2 decision in Morgantown … Schmitt ranks second on the team with 21 wins, collecting five major decisions and three pins on the year … additionally, Smith qualified for his fourth straight national tournament at 197 pounds, as he takes on No. 2 seed Ben Darmstadt of Cornell in the first round … Darmstadt, who ranks No. 2 in the country with a 30-1 mark, and Smith, who is coming off a second-place finish at Big 12’s, have not met this season … the Charleston, West Virginia, native has notched 13 wins on the season, including one major decision.

    This Week in Rifle: The Mountaineers have concluded the 2017-18 season.

    Last Week in Rifle: WVU shot 4708 and finished in second place at the 2018 NCAA Rifle Championships, held March 9-10, at The Citadel’s McAlister Field House in Charleston, South Carolina … the Mountaineers (13-0, 9-0 GARC) finished second in smallbore with a 2327 score on Friday … sitting 18-shots behind eventual National Champion Kentucky Saturday morning, the Mountaineers nearly completed the comeback, as they shot a winning 2381 air rifle but came up nine shots short … sophomore Morgan Phillips successfully defended her smallbore title, as she won her second National Championship in as many days with a 459.4 finals showing … Phillips entered the final in eighth place, shooting 584 (195 kneeling, 196 prone, 193 standing) … three Mountaineers qualified for the air rifle final on Saturday, with senior Elizabeth Gratz and junior Ginny Thrasher finishing second (247.3) and third (226.4), respectively … sophomore Milica Babic shot 163.8 and placed sixth … Babic was the high qualifier, shooting 198 (99-100-100-100-100-99) in the second relay.

    Notes: Phillips is the fourth Mountaineer to win back-to-back NCAA titles and only the second to repeat as the smallbore champion … since 1961, 20 different Mountaineers have claimed 28 National Championships … WVU’s air rifle title was its sixth straight … the 2018 NCAA Championships was the final career match for Gratz.

    This Week in Swimming and Diving: Sophomore Morgan Bullock and junior Emma Harris compete in the 2018 NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships, from March 14-17, at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion in Columbus, Ohio.

    Last Week in Swimming and Diving: Six WVU divers competed at the NCAA Zone A Diving Championships, from March 5-7, in Piscataway, New Jersey … senior Logan McHenry, juniors Julia Calcut, Averly Hobbs, Austin Smith and Madelyn Woods and freshman Callie Smith represented the Mountaineers during the three-day meet … McHenry and Calcut each qualified for the finals on 1- and 3-meters … McHenry placed eighth on men’s 3-meter and 10th on men’s 1-meter, while Calcut registered a 10th-place finish on women’s 3-meter and 12th place on women’s 1-meter.

    Notes: Bullock qualified for the national meet in the 200 butterfly, while Harris earned a spot in the 200 breaststroke … Bullock also will compete in the 100 butterfly and 200 individual medley during the four-day meet; Harris will participate in the 100 breaststroke event … the two Mountaineer women are the first to qualify for the NCAA meet since Rachael Burnett and Mandie Nugent in 2013 … Bullock owns the school record in the 200 fly (1:54.13) and enters the National Championships ranked No. 13 in the event, and Harris tops WVU’s all-time 200 breast list with a 2:10.14, the 37th-best time nationally this season … Bullock and Harris are joined by junior Jake Armstrong, redshirt junior Tristen Di Sibio and freshman David Dixon from the men’s team, who will compete in the NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships, from March 21-24, in Minneapolis, Minnesota … WVU swimmers last competed at the Big 12 Championships, from Feb. 21-24, earning a pair of second-place team finishes.

    This Week in Tennis: West Virginia will be back in action next weekend as it opens conference play with a swing through the Sooner State … the Mountaineers take on Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma, on Friday, March 16, beginning at noon ET … WVU concludes its road trip on Sunday, March 18, at Oklahoma State … first serve for Sunday’s match is slated for 1 p.m. ET.

    Last Week in Tennis: The Mountaineers fell to Maryland, 6-1, in their lone match of the week … WVU started the match by dropping the doubles point, as the Terrapins claimed two of three doubles matches … Paula Goetz earned WVU’s lone point of the day, after topping Anastasia Gevel, 7-5 and 6-2, on court No. 5 … UMD claimed wins in the final five singles matches.

    Notes: Senior Lyn Yuen Choo and freshman Giovanna Caputo are tied for the team lead with five singles wins apiece … the doubles pair of Jordan and Duran pace the team with five wins in doubles action.

    This Week in Golf: After several spring break practice rounds in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, the Mountaineers return to competition in Florida … WVU will take part in the 2018 John Hayt Collegiate Invitational on Sunday and Monday in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida … North Florida will host the event at Sawgrass Country Club … teams will play 36 holes on Sunday, followed by 18 on Monday … Auburn, North Carolina, Louisville, Purdue, Tennessee, Central Florida, Liberty, North Texas, Jacksonville, Washington, Lipscomb, Coastal Carolina and Furman will join the Mountaineers and the Ospreys in the field.

    Last Week in Golf: The Mountaineers were off last week.

    Notes: Junior Max Sear leads the team with a 72.47 scoring average this season … freshman Matthew Sharpstene is second, averaging 73.05 strokes per round … sophomore Etienne Papineau is third with an average of 73.21 … Sear boasts five top-20 finishes in six tournaments this season, including three top-10 finishes … Sear also leads the team with 72 birdies on the season … Sharpstene boasts the lowest round of the year, a school-record 64 at the Martin Downs Collegiate … eight of nine players have shot rounds in the 60s this season.

    This Week in WVU Baseball: West Virginia concludes its season-opening roadtrip with its first midweek games of the season on Tuesday and Wednesday before its home-opening series at Monongalia County Ballpark this weekend … WVU begins the week with two games at Tennessee Tech, on Tuesday, March 13, at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT, and Wednesday, March 14, at 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT … the Mountaineers return home to host Canisius this weekend, from March 16-18 … the home opener is set for Friday, March 16, at 3 p.m. ET, while Saturday’s contest will begin at 2 p.m. … first pitch on Sunday is at 1 p.m. … tickets are available for all three home games this weekend, at WVUGAME.com, by calling 1-800-WVU GAME or at the Mountaineer Ticket Office at the WVU Coliseum or on gameday at Monongalia County Ballpark … Friday is a Dollar Day, with tickets and select concessions available for just $1, and fans can play Baseball Bingo … Saturday will feature $5 tickets on game day and a flash sale, where fans can purchase tickets to any game this season for just $5 by using the promo code LUCKY on WVUGAME.com/Promo.

    Last Week in WVU Baseball: Last week, West Virginia won its second consecutive weekend series, going 2-1 at Middle Tennessee … the Mountaineers erased a 6-0 first-inning deficit, but ultimately lost the series opener, 8-7 … WVU evened the series with an 8-4 win the next day, scoring two runs in the second inning and another five in the fifth behind a pair of home runs … the bats stayed hot on Sunday to secure the series win, 10-4, as West Virginia scored runs in five consecutive innings, going on a 9-0 run to break the game open.

    Notes: West Virginia improved to 7-6 on the season with its second consecutive series win … WVU has won five of its last six games and has scored at least seven runs in each of the last six games … the Mountaineers have scored first in nine of 13 games this year … Andrew Zitel extended his team-best and career-long hitting streak to nine games, while Ivan Gonzalez’s hitting streak was snapped at eight consecutive games … Brandon White extended his reached-base streak to 14 games, Zitel extended his to 11 and Braden Zarbnisky’s and Jimmy Galusky’s is now at 10 games … White, Zarbnisky and Zitel have all reached base in every game they have appeared in this year, with streaks that extend back to the 2017 season … Kyle Gray hit his fifth home run of the season and eighth of his career on Friday, his fourth home run in a three-game span … Galusky and Marques Inman homered on Saturday in the fifth inning, the third time this season the Mountaineers have hit multiple homers in an inning … it was Galusky’s fourth home run of the season and ninth of his career, while Inman’s was his first in 2018 and fourth of his career … Darius Hill homered on Sunday, his second home run of the season and ninth of his career … Kade Strowd had a career-best 11 strikeouts on Sunday, the most by a Mountaineer pitcher in a game this year … Dillon Meadows made his Mountaineer debut on Sunday, and Connor Hamilton had his first hit and RBI in the contest while making his first career start.

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