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Dixon Named WVU Student-Athlete of the Week

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (March 29, 2021) – After finishing 12th overall in the 200 butterfly at the 2021 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships, senior David Dixon of the West Virginia University men’s swimming and diving team has been named the WVU Student-Athlete of the Week, presented by University Apartments. 

The Richmond, Virginia, native’s finals time of 1:41.90 was just shy of the program record in the event, which he set in 2019, and earned him a fourth-place finish in the 200 fly consolation final. Dixon placed 12th overall, earning Honorable Mention All-America honors for the first time in his career. He became the 18th different Mountaineer to earn the accolade on the men’s side, as well as the 25th all-time honoree for the men’s team. 

Dixon also competed in the 100 fly and 200 individual medley at the national meet. He placed 46th overall in the 200 individual medley to open the competition on Thursday, before finishing 32nd overall in the 100 fly on Friday. Additionally, Dixon was joined by divers Jacob Cardinal Tremblay, Jake Lowe, PJ Lenz and Own Johns at the 2021 NCAA Championships. 

This Week in Gymnastics: West Virginia (2-7, 0-6 Big 12) competes against Penn State (3-11, 2-7 Big Ten) in the play-in round of the NCAA Morgantown Regional Gymnastics Championships, held at the WVU Coliseum, from April 1-3 … Thursday’s dual meet between WVU and PSU is set for 3 p.m. ET, with the winner advancing to the second round of competition … joining the Mountaineers and the Nittany Lions at the Morgantown Regional are No. 4 Michigan, No. 5 California, No. 12 BYU, No. 13 UCLA, Kent State, Ohio State and Towson … Friday’s competition gets underway at 1 p.m., featuring the Golden Bears, the Cougars, the Buckeyes and the Tigers … the winner of Thursday afternoon’s matchup will face the Wolverines, the Bruins and the Golden Flashes at 7 p.m. … the top-two teams from each second-round meet will advance to the regional final, which will be held on Saturday, April 3, at 7 p.m. … due to ongoing COVID-19 protocols, and for the overall safety of spectators at indoor events, attendance will be capped at approximately 2,700 spectators … fans can purchase tickets by visiting WVUGAME.com, calling 1-800-WVU-GAME or at the Mountaineer Ticket Office, located at the Gold Gate of the WVU Coliseum .. tickets are $8 each on Thursday, $10 each on Friday and $12 each on Saturday … a limited number of WVU students will be admitted for free with a valid Student I.D. for sessions that feature the WVU gymnastics team. 

Last Week in Gymnastics: West Virginia did not compete. 

Notes: The Mountaineers are 8-40 all-time against the Nittany Lions, with the two squads last meeting in dual action on Jan. 11, 2020 … Penn State claimed a 195.325-195.75 victory inside Rec Hall, in University Park, Pennsylvania … despite the loss, West Virginia recorded its highest season-opening meet score in program history … for the ninth consecutive week, West Virginia ranks inside the top 25 on floor exercise in the Road to Nationals Rankings … the Mountaineers’ floor lineup checks in at No. 25 with a National Qualifying Score (NQS) of 49.256 … West Virginia is coming off a 49.0+ performance at the Big 12 Championship on March 20, posting a 49.275 showing to mark its second-best floor total of the season … WVU registered a season-high score of 49.3 against its regional rival Pitt on March 5 … the squad has posted a 49.0 or higher in all but two meets this season … individually, a trio of Mountaineers rank inside the top 100 nationally on floor, paced by junior Kendra Combs, who is tied at No. 71 with an NQS of 9.888 … sophomore Abbie Pierson and freshman Kiana Lewis are tied at No. 94 with a matching NQS of 9.875 … this year’s bid is the 41st regional championships berth for the Mountaineers, their 36th in NCAA competition, and the team’s sixth consecutive qualification … WVU plays host to a regional championships for the 11th time in program history … the last time the squad played host to the NCAA Regional Championships was in 2017, when the Mountaineers earned a program regional-record score of 196.325 and finished third … the Mountaineers have advanced to the NCAA National Championships three times (1995, 1999, 2000) since 1983. 

This Week in Volleyball: West Virginia (9-10, 8-8 Big 12) caps the 2020-21 regular season this week, as the Mountaineers hit the road on Monday and Tuesday for a pair of added matches … WVU first squares off against Delaware (3-6, 2-3 CAA) for the second time in as many weeks on Monday, March 29, in Newark, Delaware … competition begins at 5 p.m. ET inside the Bob Carpenter Center … the Mountaineers also added a match at Old Dominion (7-10, 4-8 C-USA) on Tuesday, March 30, which is set for 5 p.m. ET. 

Last Week in Volleyball: WVU dropped a 3-0 match at No. 19 Pitt on March 24, at Fitzgerald Field House, in Pittsburgh … the Mountaineers fell to the Panthers in set scores of 25-8, 25-12 and 25-15 … senior outside hitter Athena Ardila led the way with seven kills, followed by junior outside hitter Kristin Lux, with five … freshman outside hitter/defensive specialist Skye Stokes also chipped in four kills on the evening … junior setter Lacey Zerwas dished out 18 of WVU’s 20 assists … Lux also dug a team-high five balls in the match, while sophomore middle blocker Emmy Ogogor registered a trio of block assists … West Virginia finished the contest with 23 kills, 17 digs and four team blocks. 

Notes: West Virginia and Delaware last met on March 19, when the Mountaineers claimed a 3-1 win in Newark … the all-time series is tied at four wins apiece, with WVU winning the last three matches by a score of 3-1 … West Virginia and Old Dominion are set to meet for the first time in program history on Tuesday … the Mountaineers are 0-1 against Conference USA opponents this season and 6-12 all-time … West Virginia has played in a trio of matches this month, opening its spring, nonconference schedule with a 3-1 loss at No. 21 Western Kentucky on March 12 … last fall, WVU earned a program-best, 8-8 mark in its conference-only slate … the Mountaineers also were ranked in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Top-15 Poll three times, climbing as high as No. 13 – also a program best … through 19 matches, WVU is hitting .163 and averaging 12.1 kills per set … senior Briana Lynch boasts a team-high .344 hitting percentage, while Lux leads the team with 2.76 kills per set … Zerwas is the quarterback of the Mountaineer offense, dishing out 9.74 assists per set … senior defensive specialist Alexa Hasting anchors WVU’s floor defense 3.60 digs per set, while Lynch averages 1.01 blocks per set. 

This Week in Swimming and Diving: West Virginia has completed the 2020-21 season. 

Last Week in Swimming and Diving: Five Mountaineers competed at the 2021 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina, from March 25-27 … senior David Dixon represented the swim team, competing in the 100 and 200 butterfly events, as well as the 200 individual medley … Dixon opened the week with a 46th-place finish in the 200 IM on Thursday with a time of 1:46.61, before finishing in 46.72 to earn 32nd overall in the 100 fly on Friday … in his best event, the 200 fly, on Saturday, Dixon finished 11th (1:42.07) overall in the morning’s prelims to earn a spot in the consolation final Saturday night … the Richmond, Virginia, native touched the wall in 1:41.90 to take fourth place in his heat and 12th overall … four divers also competed at the NCAA Championships last week … redshirt junior Jacob Cardinal Tremblay competed on all three diving events, placing 42nd on 1-meter (236.75), 44th on 3-meter (244.25) and 37th on platform (237.90) … junior PJ Lenz represented WVU on 1-meter and platform, finishing 36th overall on 1-meter with a score of 263.00 and 32nd overall on platform (279.25) … redshirt junior Jake Lowe and sophomore Owen Johns also competed on 1- and 3-meter springboard, as Johns finished 40th on 1-meter (244.35) and 46th 3-meter (226.80), and Lowe placed 44th on 1-meter (217.55) and 47th 3-meter (207.25). 

Notes: With his 12th-place finish in the 200 fly at the NCAA Championships, Dixon earned Honorable Mention All-America honors, becoming the 36th All-American and 27th different Mountaineer from the men’s team to earn All-America status … Dixon also earned All-America honors in 2020 after the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association (CSCAA) altered the selection criteria following the cancellation of the 2020 NCAA Championships due to the COVID-19 pandemic … with last week’s appearance at the national meet, Dixon became the first Mountaineer for the men’s team to qualify for four consecutive NCAA Championships, while Tremblay qualified for the second straight year … Lowe, Lenz and Johns earned their first bids to the championship … WVU’s five competitors at this year’s competition were the most for the men at a single NCAA Championship since 2007, when eight Mountaineers competed at the national meet. 

This Week in Women’s Basketball: West Virginia has concluded the 2020-21 season. 

Last Week in Women’s Basketball: The No. 4-seeded Mountaineers’ run at the 2021 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament came to an end on March 23, as WVU suffered a second-round defeat to No. 5-seed Georgia Tech, 73-56, at the UTSA Convocation Center in San Antonio, Texas … the loss concluded West Virginia’s 2020-21 campaign, as the Mountaineers finished with a record of 22-7, including a 13-5 mark in the Big 12 Conference … sophomore forward Esmery Martinez led the Mountaineers in scoring, with 13 points, and rebounding, with nine, against Georgia Tech … junior forward Kari Niblack (12) and sophomore guard Kirsten Deans (11) also finished in double figures in the game. 

Notes: West Virginia won 22 or more games for the first time since 2018-19 … the 2020-21 campaign also marked the 13th time during the Mike Carey era that the Mountaineers have won 22 or more games in a season … thirteen of those wins came in the Big 12 this year, WVU’s most conference victories since the 2013-14 season, when the Mountaineers won 16 games to claim a share of the Big 12 regular-season title … WVU made its 13th appearance in the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament this year and advanced to the Round of 32 for the ninth time under Carey … the Mountaineers also advanced to the title game of the 2021 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship this year for the first time since 2017, and the third time since joining the league in 2012-13 … West Virginia only allowed two opponents to score 80 or more points this season … redshirt senior guard Kysre Gondrezick led the Mountaineers in scoring in 2020-21, with a total of 546 points and an average of 19.5 per game … she is the first Mountaineer since Tynice Martin (575) in 2019-20 to total 500 or more points in a season … her 546 points this year rank No. 13 in WVU single-season program history … Gondrezick also is the first Mountaineer to score 500 or more points and dish out 100 or more assists in a season since Bria Holmes in 2014-15 (716 points, 105 assists) … on March 17, Gondrezick became the 29th All-American in program history after earning Honorable Mention status on the 2021 Associated Press All-America team … on March 24, she was named a Region 3 Finalist for the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) All-America team … Martinez paced WVU in the rebounding department this season, with 335 rebounds and 11.6 boards per game … she also has tallied a double-double in 15 games this season, including a streak of seven consecutive games between Dec. 13-Jan. 16 … Martinez’s 335 rebounds this season are good for No. 5 in single-season program history and are the most rebounds by a Mountaineer since Georgeann Wells in 1985-86 (348) … her 11.6 rebounds per game average also ranks No. 6 in single-season program history … Deans and Martinez also averaged double figures for WVU this season, at 13.7 and 13.6 points per game, respectively … junior forward Kari Niblack held the team lead in blocks this year (47) and currently ranks No. 5 in WVU program history in blocked shots, with 148. 

This Week in Women’s Soccer: The No. 7-ranked Mountaineers conclude their 2020-21 home slate by playing host to No. 10 Virginia on Saturday, April 3, at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium … kickoff is set for 2 p.m. ET. 

Last Week in Women’s Soccer: WVU (9-2, 7-2 Big 12) upset No. 5 Duke, 3-2, on March 27, in Morgantown … senior forward Alina Stahl scored the game-winning goal in the 47th minute to help the Mountaineers to the win … Stahl also registered an assist and finished with three total points on the day … redshirt junior forward Lauren Segalla got the scoring started with a goal in the eighth minute, before junior midfielder Isabella Sibley added to the lead in the 18th minute to make it 2-0 … WVU never trailed in the top-five victory, outshooting the Blue Devils 12-3, including 6-2 in shots on goal … sophomore midfielder Juliana Lynch and senior midfielder Stefany Ferrer-van Ginkel joined Stahl in the assist department.  

Notes: With the win over Duke, WVU has now defeated a top-10 opponent in 15 of the last 16 seasons … it also marked WVU’s ninth win over a top-10 foe at home since 2010 … WVU is 3-11-2 all-time against Virginia … the Mountaineers and Cavaliers last met in 2019, a 4-1 Virginia win in Charlottesville … the two schools are set to meet on back-to-back weeks, with next week’s fixture slated for April 10, in Charlottesville … Stahl’s game-winning goal was her second of the season … the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, native is now tied with Ferrer-van Ginkel for the team lead in goals, with six … a trio of players – Ferrer-van Ginkel, Segalla and Sibley – each have three assists on the year to lead the squad … the Mountaineers are 5-0 at home this season … West Virginia has won 51 of its last 52 matches when scoring twice or more … WVU was ranked No. 7 in last week’s United Soccer Coaches National Poll, as well as No. 9 in the TopDrawerSoccer.com poll. 

This Week in Track and Field:  West Virginia returns home, to host the annual Mountaineer Classic on April 1-2, at the Track and Field Complex at Mylan Park … field events will begin at 1:30 p.m. ET on Thursday … Friday’s field events are tabbed for 11 a.m., while running events start at 12 p.m.  

Last Week in Track and Field: The Mountaineers traveled to the Raleigh Relays in Raleigh, North Carolina, on March 25-27, where they competed in eight events … sophomore Erica Hegele was the lone Mountaineer competitor on Thursday and competed in the 100-meter hurdle competition, placing 25th (14.86 m) … Friday’s competition began with junior Sada Wright’s 13th place showing in the discus throw with 41.71 meters … the Mountaineers then saw action in the triple jump, when junior Myesha Nott placed fifth with a distance of 12.04m … freshman Abigale Mullings then tied for second place in high jump with a 1.70-meter showing to round out the Mountaineers’ field competition … on the track, redshirt senior Candace Archer finished in 55th place in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:36.93 … going into the final day of competition on Saturday, redshirt junior Hayley Jackson competed in the 800-meter race, placing 56th with a time of 2:15.2 … the Mountaineers then saw action in the 400-meter hurdle competition when junior Tessa Constantine placed seventh with a time of 14:86. 

Notes: The Mountaineers, along with an upwards of 70 universities, competed at the Raleigh Relays … previously this season, the Mountaineers competed at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships as a team for the first time since 2014 … most recently, Maggie Drazba and Jillian Forsey represented WVU at the 2016 NCAA Championships. 

This Week in WVU Baseball: The Mountaineers hit the road for a three-game, Big 12 series at Oklahoma State, from April 1-3, in Stillwater, Oklahoma … first pitch of Thursday night’s series opener is set for 7 p.m. ET, while Friday’s contest also will begin at 7 p.m. … Saturday’s series finale is slated for 1 p.m. 

Last Week in WVU Baseball: WVU (10-9, 2-1 Big 12) went 2-2 on the week … the Mountaineers fell, 7-1, at Marshall on March 23, in Huntington, before earning a series win over Kansas to begin conference play, from March 26-27, in Morgantown … WVU topped KU, 11-0, in the series opener on March 26, before splitting a doubleheader on March 27 … West Virginia fell, 9-2, in Game 1 of the twin bill but won, 15-2, in seven innings in Game 2 … junior outfielder Austin Davis led the way offensively last week, finishing 6-for-12 (.500) at the plate with two doubles, two stolen bases, four runs scored and four RBI … senior left-handed pitcher Jackson Wolf set the tone in the KU series, firing 7.1 innings of shutout ball on March 26, allowing just four hits and tying his career high in strikeouts, with eight … Wolf earned his second win of the year, while freshman right-handed pitcher Carlson Reed grabbed the win on the mound in March 27’s win. 

Notes: WVU trails Oklahoma State in the all-time series, 17-11 … the Mountaineers earned a series win the last time they met up with the then-No. 23 Cowboys, from April 5-7, 2019, in Stillwater … however, West Virginia fell to OSU, 5-2, on May 26, 2019, in the Big 12 Championship Game in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma … this week marks WVU’s first true road series since Feb. 19-21, at Georgia State … following last weekend’s series win, WVU improved to 14-9 in Big 12-opening series at home since joining the league in 2013 … West Virginia’s 15 runs scored on March 27, were a season high and the most it has scored in a game since a 15-8 win over Canisius on Feb. 18, 2020 … WVU was listed at No. 30 in last week’s National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Top 30 poll … freshman infielder Mikey Kluska continues to lead WVU with a .342 average and 25 hits at the plate … fifth-year senior infielder Kevin Brophy and sophomore catcher/infielder Matt McCormick co-lead the Mountaineers with four home runs, while sophomore outfielder Victor Scott paces the club with 15 RBI … Scott and Davis each have stolen eight bases to lead the squad in 2021 … on the mound, Wolf holds a 1.93 ERA in a team-best 28.0 innings of work. 

This Week in Men’s Soccer: The Mountaineers return to Mid-American Conference play with a mid-week matchup against Western Michigan on Wednesday, March 31 … kickoff from Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium tabbed for 4 p.m. ET, and the match is set to be streamed live on ESPN+. 

Last Week in Men’s Soccer: West Virginia tallied a big win at home over in-state foe No. 8 Marshall on March 24, topping the Thundering Herd, 1-0, at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium … junior midfielder and Fairmont native Ike Swiger scored the lone goal of the contest in the 66th minute, after taking a well-placed ball from sophomore midfielder Luke McCormick just inside the box … McCormick left a pair of Herd defenders in his tracks and sent the ball forward to Swiger, who flicked the ball upward, above the MU goalie’s glove and into the net … Marshall outshot the Mountaineers, 12-4, but six saves from senior goalkeeper Steven Tekesky helped solidify the upset win for the Mountaineers. 

Notes: The win over Marshall marked WVU’s first victory over a top-10 opponent since October 11, 2017, when the squad secured a 1-0 win over then-No. 5 Michigan State in Morgantown … the win also was WVU’s first over the Thundering Herd since the two teams’ last regular-season meeting in 2004 … the Mountaineers tallied their fourth clean sheet of the year, while Tekesky’s career shutout number now moves to 18 to sit in a tie for No. 4 all-time in program history in the category … the Mountaineers increased their lead in the all-time series with Marshall to 16-6-1, while their record over Conference USA opponents moves to 2-0 on the season … West Virginia is 4-0 this season when denying its opponent a goal, while the team is 0-2 when allowing an opponent to score … WVU is 4-5-2 in the series with Western Michigan, while Wednesday’s meeting with the Broncos marks the second of the season after the Mountaineers fell, 1-0, in Kalamazoo on March 14. 

This Week in Golf: The Mountaineers are currently competing at The Hootie at Bulls Bay in South Carolina … the second round is on Monday,  March 29, while the third and final round is set for Tuesday, March 30. 

Last Week in Golf: Senior Logan Perkins and sophomore Trent Tipton each shot 1-under-par to lead WVU in the first day of The Hootie at Bulls Bay at the Bulls Bay Golf Club in Awendaw, South Carolina, on March 28 … Tipton, a native of Orient, Ohio, recorded four birdies on the afternoon, while Perkins, a native of Locust Grove, Georgia, tallied three birdies on the par-72 course … both Mountaineers are tied for 16th place heading into Monday’s second round … senior Mark Goetz (Greensburg, Pa.) posted four birdies and shot even par in the first 18 holes and stands tied for 26th … junior Kurtis Grant (Herndon, Va.) shot 5-over-par to put the Mountaineers in 10th place (3-over-par) in the team standings after the first round … freshman Jackson Davenport (Austin, Texas) shot an 8-over-par 80 on Sunday … freshman Will Stakel (Peachtree Corners, Ga.) competed in his first spring event as an individual and posted a round of 80 … WVU is two shots behind Duke for ninth place. Kent State leads the 16-team field, shooting 10-under par. 

Notes: Two weeks from today, WVU will host the annual Mountaineer Invitational at Pete Dye Golf Club in Bridgeport, West Virginia … along with WVU, Kansas State are representing the Big 12 Conference at the Hootie at Bull’s Bay … … after 18 holes, the Mountaineers have a two-shot lead over Kansas and a four-shot lead over Iowa State against the Big 12 schools competing in this tournament. 

This Week in Tennis: Following a four-match homestand, West Virginia travels to Huntington, West Virginia, on Saturday, April 3, to square off against in-state foe Marshall in the first game of this season’s home-and-away series with the Thundering Herd … opening serve from the Brian David Fox Tennis Center in Huntington, is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET … if inclement weather should arise, Saturday’s contest against MU will be moved indoors to the Huntington Tennis Club. 

Last Week in Tennis: WVU concluded its four-match homestand last weekend against No. 44 Kansas and Kansas State … the Mountaineers began the weekend on March 26, against the No. 44-ranked Jayhawks at the Summit Tennis Academy in Morgantown … West Virginia suffered a 6-1 defeat to KU to open last weekend’s action … the Mountaineers capped their homestand on March 28, with a Sunday morning contest against K-State … despite winning two singles matches, WVU suffered the setback to the Wildcats by a score of 4-2 … junior Anastasiia Bovolskaia led West Virginia with a 3-0 record last week, including a 2-0 mark in No. 1 singles. 

Notes: WVU coach Miha Lisac is in his eighth season as the Mountaineers’ head coach … during his time in Morgantown, Lisac has amassed 49 victories and has 111 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 (88), singles wins (45) and doubles wins (42) … this season, junior Anastasiia Bovolskaia, freshman Nadya Maslova and freshman Momoko Nagato are tied for the team lead in singles victories, with three apiece … the duo of Bovolskaia and Maslova currently lead the team in doubles play, with a record of 4-3 … their 2-2 mark in Big 12 Conference play is the best by a Mountaineer duo since the 2018-19 season. 

Press Release Courtesy of West Virginia University Athletics Communications

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