Following a season-best score of 67, senior Mark Goetz of the West Virginia University golf team has been named the WVU Student-Athlete of the Week, presented by University Apartments.
The Greensburg, Pennsylvania, native finished 6-under-par and tied for sixth place on the individual leaderboard to lead the Mountaineer golf team at the Seminole Intercollegiate in Tallahassee, Florida, on Feb. 19-21.
Goetz shot 1-under-par on Sunday to post a three-day score of 72-67-71=210. He recorded 18 birdies during the 54-hole tournament to tie his second-lowest, three-day total of his Mountaineer career. Goetz’s round of 67 on Saturday matched his season-best score of the abbreviated 2019-20 season.
This Week in Gymnastics: The Mountaineers (0-5, 0-5) are off this week … up next, WVU heads to Ames, Iowa, on Monday, March 1, to wrap up its Big 12 slate with No. 24 Iowa State … competition is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. ET inside the Hilton Coliseum.
Last Week in Gymnastics: West Virginia suffered a 196.550-195.350 loss to No. 9-ranked Denver on Feb. 21, inside Magness Arena, in Denver, Colorado … despite the team loss, the Mountaineers hit 23-for-24 routines to split the event titles with the Pioneers, finishing first on balance beam (49.175-49.125) and floor exercise (49.250-49.050) … the Pioneers earned the vault (49.100-48.475) and uneven bars (49.275-48.450) team victories … WVU’s beam and floor scores were good for season highs … the Mountaineers have now totaled 49.0 or better on floor in every meet but one this season …West Virginia finished the meet with four podium finishes, including a winning performance on floor and a tie for first overall on beam … junior Kendra Combs tallied a matching career-high score of 9.9 on floor for the event win … additionally, freshman Chloe Asper and Denver’s Isabel Mabanta tied for first overall on beam with matching 9.9s … the mark was a personal best for Asper, as she previously scored a 9.8 in her beam debut against Denver on Feb. 11 … freshman Kiana Lewis also tied for second on floor with a career-high 9.875, while senior McKenna Linnen finished in a three-way tie for third on beam with a matching career-high total of 9.85.
Notes: WVU will go head-to-head with ISU for the second time this season … West Virginia most recently suffered a 196.125-195.175 setback to Iowa State on Feb. 7, at the WVU Coliseum, in Morgantown … the Mountaineers finished second to the Cyclones on every event but floor … WVU is 6-12-1 all-time against ISU … West Virginia is looking for its first conference regular season win since Feb. 26, 2017 … eleven Mountaineers have competed in at least one meet this season, with nine gymnasts reaching the podium … sophomore Emily Holmes-Hackerd paces the team with 172.525 season points, followed by classmate Kianna Yancey with 155.075.
This Week in Rifle: The Mountaineers are set for the Great America Rifle Conference (GARC) Championship title on Feb. 27-28 … the match will be held virtually at the WVU Rifle Range.
Last Week in Rifle: The No. 4-ranked West Virginia University rifle team shot 4713 in an NCAA Qualifying Match on Saturday, at the Lt. Hugh W. Wylie Range, in Columbus, Ohio … West Virginia finished with marks of 2333 smallbore and 2380 air rifle … in smallbore, freshman Tal Engler shot a personal best 591, including a program-record 200 prone, and placed first … sophomore Akhitio Shimizu (100-100-100-100-98-100) won the air rifle title outright with a 598 … junior Jared Eddy placed second in smallbore with a score of 590 … sophomore Malori Brown took third after shooting a season-high 588 and freshman Molly McGhin tallied a personal best 587 for fourth … junior Verena Zaisberger rounded out the top 5 for the Mountaineers with a 585, good for fifth place … sophomore Calista Smoyer (100-98-100-99-100-100) shot a 597 in air rifle, good for second place. Zaisberger (100-99-99-99100-98) tallied a 595 and McGhin (99-99-98-100-99) shot a 593, landing them third and fourth place, respectively … five Mountaineers counted toward the team’s scores: Eddy, McGhin, Osborn, Shimizu and Smoyer.
Notes: WVU finished the regular season in a three-way tie as GARC Champions … Along with West Virginia is Kentucky and Ole Miss … Saturday’s scores will be added to the Mountaineers (7-1, 5-1 GARC) ranking average – based on the team’s top-three scores shot at three different venues – and will factor into WVU’s NCAA Championships qualifying mark … Akron and Ohio State shot alongside the Mountaineers on Saturday … Akron finished with a score of 4683, while Ohio State shot a team total of 4661.
This Week in Swimming and Diving: The Mountaineers are set to open postseason action with two weeks of competition at the 2021 Big 12 Swimming and Diving Championship, from Feb. 24-27 and March 1-3, at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center, in Austin, Texas … the swimming teams begin the conference meet this week from Feb. 24-27, before the diving teams arrive in Austin to complete the conference meet from March 1-3.
Last Week in Swimming and Diving: West Virginia did not compete last week.
Notes: West Virginia returns to the Big 12 Championship after the men’s team finished second in 2020, and the women’s team finished in third place … WVU collected 11 medals in 2020, hosting the conference championship at the Aquatic Center at Mylan Park, in Morgantown, for the first time in program history.
This Week in Women’s Basketball: West Virginia travels to Iowa and Kansas for a two-game road trip this week … WVU begins its trip on Wednesday, Feb. 24, as the team travels to Ames, Iowa, to take on Iowa State … tip-off against the Cyclones from Hilton Coliseum is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET … the Mountaineers then travel to Lawrence, Kansas, on Saturday, Feb. 27, for a rematch against Kansas … tip-off against KU is set for 2 p.m. … both contests will be broadcast on Big 12 Now on ESPN+.
Last Week in Women’s Basketball: WVU earned an 81-78, bounce-back win over TCU in Morgantown on Feb. 20 … the Mountaineers (17-3, 11-3 Big 12) were led by sophomore forward Esmery Martinez who posted her 11th double-double of the season, with a team-high 21 points and 12 rebounds … she was followed by four double-figure performances from sophomore guard Kirsten Deans (15 points), redshirt senior guard Kysre Gondrezick (14 points), junior guard Jasmine Carson (12 points) and junior forward Karri Niblack (11 points) … the game marked the final home contest for Gondrezick, who was honored prior to tip-off on Senior Day.
Notes: West Virginia is 138-92 against its 2020-21 opponents, including 104-79 against members of the Big 12 Conference … With Saturday’s win over TCU, West Virginia has now won 17 or more games in 15 consecutive seasons … WVU’s 11 Big 12 Conference wins this season are the most since the 2018-19 campaign, when the Mountaineers also won 11 games in the league … WVU is 8-2 over its last 10 games, the third-best mark in the Big 12 … West Virginia is the only team in the Big12 that has not allowed an opponent to reach the 80-point plateau this season and is one of 15 teams nationally and three teams in the Big 12 who has 17 or more wins this season… Gondrezick currently leads the Mountaineers in scoring, with a total of 396 points and an average of 20.8 per game … Martinez is pacing WVU in the rebounding department this season, with 11.6 boards per game … she also has tallied a double-double in 11 games this season, including a streak of seven consecutive games between Dec. 13-Jan. 16 … Martinez and Deans also are averaging double figures for WVU this season, at 13.8 and 13.5 points per game, respectively.
This Week in Wrestling: The Mountaineers (7-3, 3-2) are off this week … looking ahead, West Virginia travels to Tulsa, Oklahoma, for the 2021 Big 12 Wrestling Championship on March 6-7 … action starts Saturday, March 6, with preliminary and quarterfinal rounds set for a noon ET start … the semifinals and consolation quarterfinals will take place at 6 p.m. ET that evening … the consolation semifinals, as well as the third- and fifth-place matches will start at 11 a.m. ET on Sunday, March 7, with the championship matches set for 6 p.m. ET … the first three sessions of the championship will be distributed on Big 12 Now on ESPN+, the conference’s digital platform, while the championship matches will be televised live on ESPN2 … all matches from the championship also will be available on the ESPN App.
Last Week in Wrestling: In accordance with the Big 12 Conference wrestling interruption guidelines, the Mountaineers’ regular-season finale against Iowa State on Feb. 19, was canceled.
Notes: The Big 12 Conference was awarded 45 automatic qualifying spots for the 2021 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, tied for second most with the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) … six weight classes (125, 133, 149, 165, 197 and HWT) will qualify the top-five finishers at the conference championship – the most of any weight classes … additionally, four Mountaineers rank in the top 33 of their respective weights in the first NCAA coaches’ panel rankings released on Feb. 11: No. 4 Noah Adams, No. 19 Ryan Sullivan, No. 21 Peyton Hall and No. 24 Killian Cardinale … Adams and Hall are tied for the team lead in wins with 10 … the duo also is 3-2 against ranked opponents this season.
This Week in Track and Field: This week, the Mountaineers travel to the 2021 Big 12 Indoor Track & Field Championships, hosted by Texas Tech, on Feb. 26-27, at the Texas Tech Sports Performance Center, in Lubbock, Texas.
Last Week in Track and Field: The Mountaineers distance medley relay team led the way with a third-place finish on the first night of competition at the Camel City Invitational, held in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, at the JDL Fast Track Indoor Track and Field, on Feb. 19 … the team of freshman Ceili McCabe, freshman Jo-Lauren Keane, junior Tessa Constantine and redshirt junior Hayley Jackson crossed the finish line in the distance medley relay in 11:16.8 to take third place … Virginia Tech took first place with a time of 11:11.8, and NC State followed behind in second place with a finishing time of 11:15.9 … North Carolina followed West Virginia in fourth place, finishing with a time of 11:22.3 … Wake Forest finished with a time of 11:25.8, good for fifth place … two athletes represented WVU in Saturday’s competition … Keane paced the Mountaineers, finishing in fifth place in the women’s 800-meter run with a time of 2:12.5 … classmate and junior Mikenna Vanderheyden registered a sixth-place finish on Saturday, in the women’s one-mile run with a 4:51.57 finishing time.
Notes: Saturday marked the third and final meeting for the Mountaineers this season … The JDL track in Winston-Salem, North Carolina is a flat 200m track … the NCAA will recalculate WVU’s time as 11:09, which currently puts the Mountaineers at number 10 in the Country … the top 12 teams will qualify for the NCAA Championships.
This Week in WVU Baseball: The Mountaineers (2-2) travel to the CCU Baseball Tournament in Conway, South Carolina, from Feb. 26-28 … WVU is set to take on Kennesaw State on Friday at 11:30 a.m. ET, host Coastal Carolina on Saturday at 3 p.m., and Bryant on Sunday at 11 a.m.
Last Week in WVU Baseball: West Virginia earned a series split in its season-opening trip to Georgia State from Feb. 19-21, in Atlanta, Georgia … WVU posted a 5-3 win in 10 innings on Opening Day (Feb. 19), before falling twice in a doubleheader on Feb. 20, 7-6 in 10 innings and 20-4 in the final game on Saturday … the squad capped the weekend with a 3-2 win over the Panthers on Sunday (Feb. 21) … redshirt junior catcher/outfielder Vince Ippoliti was the hero in the series opener … the Houston, Texas, native smacked a two-run home run in the top of the 10th to put the Mountaineers in front … junior right-handed pitcher Madison Jeffrey got the win after tallying 1.2, hitless frames with three strikeouts … sophomore catcher/infielder Matt McCormick also homered in the win … WVU trailed, 6-3, in the top of the ninth in the opening contest of the doubleheader, before it rallied with three runs to force the game into extras for the second consecutive day … however, GSU walked off WVU in the bottom of the 10th to earn the win … West Virginia leaned on its bullpen to get the win in the series finale … freshman left-handed pitcher Ben Hampton, junior right-hander Zach Ottinger and sophomore righty Jacob Watters combined to fire five scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and recording six strikeouts … Hampton got the win in his WVU debut, while Watters earned his first career save … the Mountaineers recorded just three hits in the win.
Notes: Following the season-opening series at Georgia State, WVU now leads the all-time series over the Panthers, 3-2 … with Sunday’s victory, the Mountaineers avoided a series loss, which hasn’t occurred since May 3-5, 2019, against TCU … thirteen newcomers made their WVU debuts last weekend, including five who made their first career start … West Virginia had multiple home runs on Opening Day for the first time since 2014 … Ippoliti’s home run on Friday was the first of his career … junior left-handed pitcher Jackson Wolf made his second straight Opening Day start, the first Mountaineer to do so since BJ Myers in 2017-18 … freshman infielder Mikey Kluska, who tallied the game-winning RBI in Sunday’s win, earned the Opening Day start at second base, marking the third consecutive season a true freshman started the season opener … WVU is set to play in the Myrtle Beach area for the fourth time in the last five seasons … the Mountaineers are 1-1 all-time against Kennesaw State, 4-9 against Coastal Carolina and 3-0 vs. Bryant … WVU played the Owls and Chanticleers last season but haven’t played the Bulldogs since 2011 … WVU was ranked in three polls entering the 2021 campaign: No. 14 by D1Baseball.com, No. 22 by the NCBWA and No. 22 in the USA TODAY Coaches Poll … last week, Wolf was named a Preseason All-America Third Team selection, the first Mountaineer to earn preseason All-America distinction since Braden Zarbnisky in 2018.
This Week in Men’s Soccer: The Mountaineers are set to open the 2021 spring season on the road, with a non-conference contest at No. 19 Charlotte on Friday, Feb. 26, in Charlotte, North Carolina … kickoff from Transamerica Field is set for 5 p.m. ET.
Last Season in Men’s Soccer: WVU finished 10-9-2 in 2019, winning its first Mid-American Conference Tournament Championship … goalkeeper Steven Tekesky was named the MAC Tournament MVP, the first Mountaineer to earn the honor … four Mountaineers were named to the MAC All-Tournament Team … the Mountaineers also made their 14th NCAA Tournament appearance in program history, advancing to the second round for the second consecutive season and eighth time ever … West Virginia ranked as high as No. 19 in the College Soccer News national poll … WVU’s five goals in its 5-1 win at Butler were the most scored in the NCAA Tournament in program history, also marking the squad’s first road win in the NCAA Tournament since 1981 … nine Mountaineers were named to the Academic All-MAC Team, the second-most since joining the league in 2012 … WVU finished No. 1 in the MAC and No. 26 nationally with 38 assists as a team … West Virginia earned WVU Student-Athletes of the Week honors (Nov. 18) following the team’s MAC Tournament victory.
Notes: First-year head coach Dan Stratford is prepped to begin his tenure as the program’s 10th head coach after the Mid-American Conference delayed fall sports to the spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic … Stratford arrived in Morgantown in January 2020 after a three-year stint at the University of Charleston, compiling a 61-4-5 record … West Virginia and Charlotte meet for just the second time in program history on Friday … the two squads first met in 2019 at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium in Morgantown … the inaugural match between the Mountaineers and 49ers ended in a scoreless draw … WVU returns nine lettermen from the 2019 season, while adding 12 newcomers to the group … among WVU’s starting 11 from 2019, six players return to the team this spring … returning for his senior season is standout goalkeeper Steven Tekesky, who ranks No. 4 in program history with 27 wins, No. 5 with 4,658 minutes played and No. 6 in starts (50), saves (164), shutouts (14) and goals-against average (1.29).
This Week in Golf: The Mountaineers are idle until the George Hannon Intercollegiate in Austin, Texas, on March 15-16.
Last Week in Golf: Senior Mark Goetz finished 6-under-par and tied for sixth place on the individual leaderboard to lead the Mountaineer golf team at the Seminole Intercollegiate in Tallahassee, Florida … the Greensburg, Pennsylvania, native shot 1-under-par on Sunday to post a three-day score of 72-67-71=210 … he recorded 18 birdies during the 54-hole tournament to tie his second lowest three-day total of his Mountaineer career … Goetz’s 67 round on Saturday matched his season-best score of the abbreviated 2019-20 season … sophomore Trent Tipton shot even par in the final round to finish at 6-over-par with rounds of 77-73-72=222 … the Orient, Ohio, native finished tied for 39th place … junior Kurtis Grant finished with rounds of 74-69-81=224, while senior Logan Perkins (78-69-80=227) and freshman Jackson Davenport (77-73-77=227) rounded out the Mountaineers’ scoring … West Virginia finished the tournament with rounds of 300-278-300=878 … WVU’s 10-under-par round on Saturday tied for the eighth-best round in school history … WVU finished tied for 10th place in its second spring tournament of the season … the tournament was played at the par-72, 6,695-yard Golden Eagle Country Club.
Notes: WVU shot the eighth-best round in school history with a 10-under-par day in the second round of the Seminole Intercollegiate in Tallahassee, Florida … WVU’s 10-under-par score for round two was three shots shy of the school record, and it was the second-lowest score of the day behind No. 1 Oklahoma’s 12-under round.
This Week in Tennis: West Virginia is off this week … the Mountaineers return to the court on Friday, March 5, against VCU … WVU welcomes the Rams to the Summit Tennis Academy in Morgantown next week, with first serve scheduled for 11 a.m. ET.
Last Week in Tennis: The Mountaineers began its 2021 spring season with a 7-0 win over Cleveland State on Feb. 19 … juniors Anastasiia Bovolskaia and Nicole Roc, along with freshmen Nadya Maslova and Momoko Nagato, each tallied two wins against the Vikings … WVU went 2-1 as a team in doubles play, before sweeping CSU, 6-0, in singles … in all, the Mountaineers collected five two-set wins in singles and won seven overall sets by four points or more.
Notes: WVU coach Miha Lisac is in his eighth season as the Mountaineers’ head coach … during his time in Morgantown, Lisac has amassed 47 victories and has 109 career wins … the 2020-21 squad is made of up of two seniors, two juniors and three freshmen … Hunter Bleser, a graduate transfer from Virginia, and Anne-Sophie Courteau make up the senior class for West Virginia … Courteau leads the team in career wins (87), singles wins (44) and doubles wins (42) … this season six Mountaineers have one singles win this season and four have one doubles win.