Phillips Named Student-Athlete of the Week

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  • By WVU Athletic Communications
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  • March 13, 2017 02:23 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Following two career-best performances in the West Virginia University rifle team’s win at the 2017 NCAA Rifle Championships, freshman Morgan Phillips has been named the WVU Student-Athlete of the Week, presented by University Apartments.
A native of Salisbury, Maryland, Phillips won the NCAA smallbore title on Friday, March 10, shooting 464.3 in the final. She qualified for the final in first place, shooting a career-high 589 (198 kneeling, 199 prone, 192 standing). Phillips followed that performance with a second-place showing in air rifle on March 11, shooting 207.2 in the final. She shot a career-best 597 in the qualifying relay.
For her efforts all weekend, Phillips earned the Top Performer Award at the NCAA Championships.
The Mountaineers claimed their fifth straight and 19th overall NCAA title with a championship-record 4723 score at the 2017 NCAA Rifle Championships, March 10-11, at The Ohio State’s French Field House, in Columbus, Ohio.  
This Week in Women’s Basketball: The No. 22 /22-ranked West Virginia University women’s basketball team will find out its postseason destination in the 2017 NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship on Monday evening … the destination will be unveiled on ESPN at 7 p.m.  .. details on the opponent, date and location will be posted at WVUsports.com after the brackets are unveiled.
Last Week in Women’s Basketball: WVU will make its 12th overall NCAA Tournament appearance and 10th under coach Mike Carey … the Mountaineers have reached the postseason in a school-record 11 consecutive years … with a 77-66 win over top-seeded and No. 2-ranked Baylor, the sixth-seeded Mountaineers recorded their first Big 12 Tournament Championship and the school’s second conference tournament title … the other conference tournament championship came in 1989 when West Virginia defeated Temple for the Atlantic 10 crown … WVU snapped Baylor’s 20-game conference tournament win streak, which started in 2010 … WVU knocked off No. 3-seed Oklahoma (82-58), No. 2-seed Texas (62-59) and No. 1-seed Baylor (77-66) to win the Big 12 tourney … sophomore guard Tynice Martin scored a championship game-record 32 points, breaking the previous record of 31 set by Baylor’s Brittney Griner … Martin earned the Philips 66 Big 12 Championship Most Outstanding Player Award and was named to the All-Tournament Team after scoring 82 points in three games,  the third-most in a Big 12 Tournament … Teana Muldrow also earned Big 12 Championship All-Tournament accolades after averaging 14.6 points and 8.3 rebounds in three games.
Notes: West Virginia celebrated its first Big 12 Tournament title with a 77-66 win over Baylor last Monday. The sixth-seeded Mountaineers knocked off No. 3-seed Oklahoma (82-58), No. 2-seed Texas (62-59) and No. 1-seed Baylor (77-66) to claim the school’s second tournament title and the first since 1989.
Quote from coach Mike Carey after the win over Baylor: “They knew coming down here that we had to win at least one, two games; and I told them after the second game, we might as well win the third one since we’re here. And they came out and played extremely hard and continued to play defense the whole time. I look here where Baylor only had nine offensive rebounds, which is pretty good for us, defensively keeping them off the boards. Baylor is a great program. They do a great job. If we’re going to knock somebody off it was an honor for us to knock off Baylor because they’re such a great program. Give all the credit to our players.”
This Week in Gymnastics: The No. 22 Mountaineers travel to Frisco, Texas, for the 2017 Big 12 Gymnastics Championship on Saturday, March 18, at 5 p.m. ET, at the Dr. Pepper Arena.
Last Week in Gymnastics: WVU (12-8, 2-1) tallied its top road mark of the season in a 197.6-196.1 loss at No. 3 Florida on March 10, at the Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center in Gainesville, Florida … the Mountaineers hit 24-for-24 routines for the second time this season … senior Alexa Goldberg finished third on bars with a season-best 9.9 … sophomore Kira Koshinski paced on vault, tying for third place with a 9.875, and on floor, where she anchored the lineup with 9.9 and tied for second place … Goldberg and freshman Abby Kaufman tied for fifth on balance beam with 9.85s, a season high and career-best matching score for Goldberg … WVU finished with marks of 48.9 on vault, 48.95 on bars, 49.175 on floor and 49.075 on beam … the floor score was the team’s top road mark of the year.
Notes: WVU’s beam and bars score were the second- and third-best team showings of the year … the Mountaineers’ final score, earned in front of a crowd of 5,285 fans, ranks No. 27 in program history … Goldberg now ranks No. 2 in program history with nine career bars scores of 9.9 or better … sophomore Jaquie Tun made her season debut and finished eighth on bars with a 9.8 … junior Zaakira Muhammad finished second overall with a 39.2 all-around total … WVU finished third at the 2016 Big 12 Gymnastics Championship with a 195.925 total, its second-best mark earned at the championship … No. 1-ranked Oklahoma is the five-time defending conference champion.
This Week in WVU Baseball: West Virginia’s home opener against Morehead State on Tuesday has been postponed due to inclement weather expected in the Morgantown area, and details on a makeup date will announced at a later date … Big 12 play begins this weekend at No. 15 Baylor … the series-opener at Baylor Ballpark is set for Friday, March 17, at 9 p.m. ET, and the contest will be televised by FS1 ... the series in Waco continues at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday before the finale on Sunday at noon.
Last Week in Baseball: West Virginia (8-7) went 1-3 last week in the second week of an 11-day, eight game roadtrip … in the final game of a five-game trip to Louisiana, WVU lost, 4-2, in 12 innings at Southeastern Louisiana on March 8 … it was West Virginia’s first extra-inning game of the season … The first game of the two-game series at Southeastern, on March 7, was rained out … the Mountaineers then had one day off and traveled to Old Dominion for a three-game series, which began with a doubleheader on March 10 … after losing the opener, 8-4, West Virginia rebounded with a 3-1 win in the nightcap … Michael Grove no-hit Old Dominion in 5.0 innings to lead the Mountaineers … WVU lost the finale at ODU, 7-4 … friday’s doubleheader was necessary with inclement weather expected in the Norfolk, Virginia, area on Sunday.
Notes: WVU travels to No. 15 Baylor for its second series against a ranked team in 2017 … the Mountaineers are 2-0 against ranked teams this year after a pair of wins at No. 18 Coastal Carolina … Darius Hill’s career-high and team-leading 13-game hitting streak was snapped on March 8 at Southeastern Louisiana, as Hill went hitless for the first time this season … reliever Braden Zarbnisky struck out a career-best and game-high six batters in 3.0 inning on March 8 … at Old Dominion on March 10, starter BJ Myers had his second quality start of the season, allowing three runs on five hits in 6.0 innings … Chase Illig hit his first career home run and had his first multi-RBI game of his career … In the second game of the doubleheader at ODU, starter Michael Grove did not allow a hit or run in 5.0 innings, striking out a season-high 11 with three walks … Grove and reliever Kade Strowd combined to no-hit Old Dominion into the seventh inning … Alek Manoah pitched a scoreless ninth inning and earned his second save of the year … Kevin Brophy singled in the third inning for his first career hit … WVU played its first extra-inning game on March 8, a 12-inning loss at Southeastern Louisiana, and followed it up with its first doubleheader of the season on March 10, at Old Dominion … with Tuesday’s home opener postponed, West Virginia will play its first 19 games on the road.
This Week in Track and Field: The Mountaineers open the 2017 outdoor campaign at the 49er Classic in Charlotte, North Carolina, on March 16-18.
Last Week in Track and Field: West Virginia did not compete.
Notes: The Mountaineers finished the indoor season at the Big 12 Championship in Ames, Iowa, on Feb. 24-25 … WVU brought back eight All-Big 12 honors from seven Mountaineers after the two-day championship … senior Megan Yuan (distance medley relay), juniors Bria Welker (DMR), Maggie Drazba (DMR), Jillian Forsey (3,000m) and McNeil (triple jump), sophomore Bryan (triple jump) and redshirt freshman Jones (DMR) (1,000m) were honored for finishing in the top eight of their respective events … Jones finished in the top eight in the 1,000 meters finals and as a member of the distance medley relay, earning the accolade twice.
This Week in Wrestling: West Virginia heads to the 2017 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships … the tournament is slated for March 16-18 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis … Dylan Cottrell and Jacob A. Smith earned automatic bids as the Big 12 Champion and runner-up, respectively … Smith was forced to withdraw due to injury … Cottrell enters as the No. 8 seed at 165 pounds … he will face Penn’s Brooks Martino in his opening match.
Last Week in Wrestling: The Mountaineers did not compete.
Notes: Dylan Cottrell became the first-ever Big 12 Champion in school history with a 5-4 win over Oklahoma State’s Chandler Rogers in the 165-pound finals of the 2017 Big 12 Championship last weekend … he enters NCAA as the No. 8 seed at 165 pounds … Cottrell is the first Mountaineer to earn a top-10 seed since Kurt Brenner started the 2009 tournament as the No. 10 seed at 174 pounds … the last time the tournament was held at the Scottrade Center, then-true freshman Zeke Moisey upset four ranked opponents at 125 pounds to wrestle for a national championship … Cottrell will compete in his third NCAA Championships … he previously earned the No. 12 seed at 149 while competing as a redshirt freshman for App. State in 2014 … Cottrell represented WVU at the 2016 National Championships, wrestling at 157 pounds … Smith also qualified for his third straight NCAAs.
This Week in Rifle: The 2017 National Champion Mountaineers have concluded their 2016-17 season. 
Last Week in Rifle: The Mountaineers (12-0, 8-0 GARC) won their fifth straight and nation-best 19th National Championship with a championship-record 4723 score at the 2017 NCAA Rifle Championships, March 10-11, at Ohio State’s French Field House, in Columbus, Ohio … a pair of Mountaineer freshmen earned the individual national titles, with Morgan Phillips shooting 464.3 in the smallbore final and Milica Babic shot 208.1 in the air rifle final … WVU also won the smallbore (2334) and air rifle (2387) titles … Phillips also finished second in air rifle and earned the NCAA Championships’ Top Performer Award … prior to the championships, junior Elizabeth Gratz won the NCAA Elite 90 Award, the first Mountaineer shooter to do so.
Notes: The Mountaineers’ final total was 18 shots better than the previous championship record of 4705, that WVU set in 2014 … WVU’s air rifle total was a season high … Phillips tallied a career high in smallbore (589) and air rifle (597) … sophomore Ginny Thrasher finished second in smallbore (459.8) … Gratz finished fifth in air rifle (144.3) and Thrasher placed seventh (99.7) … 20 different Mountaineers have claimed 27 individual National Championships since 1961 … WVU swept the team discipline titles for the second straight season and third time in four years … 11-year coach Jon Hammond has led WVU to six NCAA Championships since 2009.
This Week in Swimming and Diving: The Mountaineers’ season has concluded.
Last Week in Swimming and Diving: WVU wrapped up the season at the NCAA Zone A Diving Championships, in Blacksburg, Virginia, last week … Junior Alex Obendorf advanced to the finals in all three events … He finished 12th on platform with a combined score of 580.15, he placed 13th on 3-meter with a combined score of 638.05 and was 15th overall on 1-meter with a combined score of 581.55 … Junior Logan McHenry reached the finals on 3-meter, with a 619.85 to finish 17th … Along with Obendorf on platform, sophomores Austin Smith, Julia Calcut and Averly Hobbs and freshman Gerald Hodges reached the finals on platform … Smith finished 14th with a combined score of 558.40, while Hodges was 18th with a 440.47 … For the women, Calcut was 15th overall on platform with a combined score of 386.35, and Hobbs was 17th overall with a 372.95.
Notes: Seven Mountaineers competed at the NCAA Zone A Diving Championship: juniors Logan McHenry and Alex Obendorf, sophomores Austin Smith, Julia Calcut, Averly Hobbs and Madelyn Woods and freshman Gerald Hodges … Zone A consists of schools in 13 states, plus Washington D.C.: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia.
Coach Mike Grapner on the final day of the Zone Championships: “Today was tower day and for a team with no tower, I think all of the divers did very well. Averly and Julia qualified for finals and helped them to success after a long, hard weekend. Alex, Austin and Gerald all did really well too. They all made improvements on their dives and applied the skills that we have been working on this season. All in all, I’m proud of each of the divers who participated this weekend. The ultimate goal would have been to qualify for the NCAA Championships, however, I’m happy for each of the divers who achieved other personal goals. We will work hard and train for next season.”
This Week in Tennis: The Mountaineers (4-7) are off this week.
Last Week in Tennis: The West Virginia University women’s tennis team won two singles matches, but ultimately fell to Iowa State, 4-2, at the Life Time Fitness Center in Urbandale, Iowa, on Saturday, March 11 ... WVU opened the match by dropping the doubles point ... the Mountaineers would begin singles play with a win as Sofia Duran bested Annabella Bonadonna 6-2, 6-2, to tie the match at one-all ... the Cyclones went on to claim wins in three of the next four matches to clinch the victory.
Notes: Sofia Duran extended her winning streak to four with a singles victory over Iowa State ... Duran has started her Mountaineer career with a 4-0 record ... Habiba Shaker leads WVU with an 8-3 record at the No. 1 slot … Paula Goetz and Lyn Yuen Choo pace the Mountaineers with a 4-1 record in doubles play ... the tandem of Duran and Shaker have posted a 3-2 record in doubles play this spring at the No. 2 slot. 
Coach Miha Lisac after Saturday’s loss to Iowa State: “Overall, today was not a good day for us. There were some individual performances that were better. Habiba (Shaker) was able to make a comeback in her match and close out the third set. Sofia (Duran) was able to battle through a little bit of an injury and win her match.”
This Week in Golf: The Mountaineers are off this week
Last Week in Golf: West Virginia traveled to Tallahassee, Florida, for the Seminole Intercollegiate at Southwood Golf Course … the team finished in sixth place overall at 15 under par with a score of 277-286-286=849 … the squad finished 15 under par …  rival Penn State took home the team title at 31 under par with a score of 833 … No. 25 Georgia Tech and No. 30 Florida State, the tournament host, tied for second place at 28 under par with matching scores of 836 ... the Mountaineers finished two strokes ahead of No. 31 Jacksonville, who took seventh … Alan Cooke finished fourth at 10 under par with a score of 206 … he was joined in the top-25 by Chris Williams, who tied for 22nd with a score of 213 for three under par … Tristan Nicholls tied for 30th place at one under par with a score of 215.
Notes: WVU’s first-round score of 277 is a new-era, record-low round … the team’s three-round score of 849 is also a program record for a 54-hole total in the new era … their finish of 15 under par marks the first under-par tournament in the new era for the Mountaineers … Alan Cooke lowered his own program-record to 206 from his previous mark of 207, set at Penn State’s Rutherford Intercollegiate … his finish at 10 under par is also a program-record … it marked Cooke’s third career top-10 finish … Chris Williams set a new career best with a 54-hole total of 213 for three under par … Tristan Nicholls fired a 68 in the first round to become the fourth Mountaineer to shoot 69 or better in a round this season.
Coach Sean Covich after the Seminole intercollegiate: “I remember leaving this same golf course last year in last place at 30 over par. This year we shot 15 under par. I can’t say enough about our improvement. I’m very happy for Alan. He came here with redemption on his mind from last year’s performance, and I’d say he got it. It was a great job all round by the entire team this week.”
This Week in Rowing: West Virginia is idle this week … the Mountaineers return to the water for a dual race against Georgetown on March 25.
Last Week in Rowing: The West Virginia University rowing team opened the spring season at the sixth annual Oak Ridge Cardinal Invitational in Oak Ridge, Tennessee ... five Mountaineer boats competed in three sessions, two on Saturday and one on Sunday morning, over the course of the two-day competition ... the second varsity four boat finished second on Saturday morning with a time of (7:28.23) ... Saturday afternoon saw the third varsity eight boat finish second (7:44.26) behind Michigan State (6:58.96).
Notes: Four Mountaineer boats finished fourth in Saturday’s morning session ... on Saturday afternoon the first varsity eight, first varsity four, second varsity eight and the third varsity eight all crossed the finish line in fourth place ...  the third varsity eight crew finished in second, while the second varsity four finished in third place ... Sunday morning’s session marked the end of the two-day competition. The Mountaineers finished fourth in the first varsity eight (6:40.17), varsity four (7:31.21), third varsity eight (7:36.26) and the second varsity eight (6:52.18) races ... the varsity four boats finished third (7:48.22) behind Tulsa (7:42.93) and Louisville (7:21.31).
Coach Jimmy King following the Cardinal Invitational: “Our racing improved in each round not only technically, but more importantly, mentally. The competition we faced this weekend will prepare us well for the racing that’s to come, as long as we put into action the lessons learned this week. Thanks to the University of Louisville staff and the Oak Ridge Rowing Association for their efforts in organizing and running such a great early-season regatta. We appreciate the opportunity to compete in this annual event.”

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