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Eddy Named WVU Student-Athlete of the Week

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (Feb. 1, 2021) – After matching the team’s smallbore record with a career-high score of 595, junior Jared Eddy of the West Virginia University rifle team has been named the WVU Student-Athlete of the Week, presented by University Apartments. 

Eddy led the No. 4 Mountaineers to victory over No. 3 Ole Miss on Sunday, earning a personal-best aggregate total of 1190 to place first overall. The Columbus, Georgia, native tied the smallbore record that was previously set by Petra Zublasing at the 2013 GARC Championships.  

Additionally, his 199 standing performance tied a record with Ginny Thrasher, who last earned the mark against TCU on Nov. 4, 2017. 

This Week in Gymnastics: The Mountaineers (0-2, 0-2) return to Morgantown for a Big 12 Conference meet against No. 17 Iowa State (1-1, 1-1) on Sunday, Feb. 7 … competition is set to begin at 1 p.m. ET and will be carried live on Big 12 Now on ESPN+, the conference’s digital platform … fans can subscribe to ESPN+ for just $5.99 a month (or $59.99 per year) at or on the ESPN App (mobile and connected devices) … it also is available as part of The Disney Bundle offer that gives subscribers access to Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu (ad-supported) — all for just $12.99/month … due to ongoing COVID-19 protocols, and for the overall safety of spectators at indoor events, attendance will be capped at 1,500 spectators … priority will be given to families and guests of the gymnasts and gymnastics coaching staffs, along with a limited number of WVU students and fans … fans are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance by visiting or calling 1-800-WVU GAME to avoid lines at the gate on meet day. 

Last Week in Gymnastics: West Virginia suffered a 195.850-194.775 loss to No. 3 Oklahoma on Sunday evening, inside the Lloyd Noble Center, in Norman, Oklahoma … competing in their first meet away from Morgantown, the Mountaineers defeated the Sooners on balance beam (48.400-47.850) for the second consecutive week … OU claimed the team victories on vault (49.225-48.775), uneven bars (49.400-48.600) and floor exercise (49.375-49.000) … WVU scored season highs on vault (48.775) and floor (49.000) … the Mountaineers also matched their season-opening meet total on uneven bars (48.600). 

Notes: WVU gained momentum in the third rotation, tallying a 49.000 mark on floor and pushing their running total to 146.375 for a 0.25 lead over the Sooners … four-of-six Mountaineers scored 9.85s and tied for fourth overall, with sophomore Emily Holmes-Hackerd matching her career-high in the event … Holmes-Hackerd also competed in the all-around for the second time in her career, scoring 37.475 to place second … with Sunday’s results, West Virginia is 1-21 all-time against the Sooners. 

This Week in Rifle: West Virginia is off this week … the Mountaineers return to action for their last match of the regular season on Saturday,  Feb. 13, as they head to Kentucky, at the UK Rifle Range, in Lexington, Kentucky. 

Last Week in Rifle: The Mountaineers traveled to Ohio State where they defeated the Buckeyes 4712-4665, at the Lt. Hugh W. Wylie Range, in Columbus, Ohio … the Mountaineers swept the Buckeyes in both disciplines, winning smallbore, 2342-2299 and air rifle, 2370-2366 … senior Sarah Osborn placed first overall, earning a personal-best aggregate score of 1185 … she was followed by sophomore Calista Smoyer, who posted an aggregate score of 1181 .. WVU then hosted Akron, Ole Miss and Navy on Saturday, winning with a score of 4734 … Ole Miss (4706) placed second, while Akron (4660) and Navy (4646) followed behind placing third and fourth, respectively … junior Jared Eddy finished first in smallbore with a 591 mark (195 kneeling, 199 prone, 197 standing) … Smoyer placed second in air rifle with a 598 mark (100-100-99-100-100-99) … the Mountaineers closed out the weekend with a 4737-4713 win over Ole Miss on Sunday … the team was led by Eddy who claimed a first-place smallbore title with a career-high 595 mark (197 kneeling, 199 prone, 199 standing), while sophomore Akihito Shimizu finished first in air rifle with a personal best 599 (100-100-99-100-100-100).  

Notes: Eddy matched the WVU school record in smallbore after he shot a 595 on Sunday… he also tied the smallbore standing record with a 199 … the smallbore record was previously set by Petra Zublasing (595) on Feb. 23, 2013, in Oxford, Mississippi, at the GARC Championships … the smallbore standing record was previously set by Ginny Thrasher (199) on Nov. 4, 2017, vs. TCU … the Mountaineers improve their 2021 season record to 7-0 and 6-0 GARC. 

This Week in Swimming and Diving: West Virginia is off this week … the Mountaineers now look ahead to the 2021 Big 12 Swimming and Diving Championship, from Feb. 18-27, at the Lee and Joe Jamil Texas Swimming Center, in Austin, Texas. 

Last Week in Swimming and Diving: WVU closed its regular season against Notre Dame on Jan. 29-30, at the Aquatic Center at Mylan Park, in Morgantown … the Mountaineers suffered a pair of setbacks, as the men’s team was defeated by a score of 271-82, while the women fell, 244-127, at the hands of the Fighting Irish … West Virginia collected six victories throughout the weekend, including a relay win in the 200 freestyle relay (1:31.52) and four individual victories for the women’s team and one for the men … the women’s team was led by senior Ally VanNetta and sophomore Emily Haimes, as they each collected a pair of wins … VanNetta was the first to touch the wall in the 100 back (54.43) and 200 back (1:56.43), while Haimes earned her wins in the 50 free (23.40) and 100 free (49.97) … senior David Dixon notched the lone victory for the men’s team in the 200 fly, touching the wall in 1:46.79 … in the diving well, freshman Sara Haggerty paced the WVU women on platform (third – 269.33), while junior PJ Lenz led the way for the men (second – 342.60) … on springboard, sophomore Holly Darling was the top finisher for the women, finishing third on 1- (296.33) and 3-meter (326.40), while Lenz once again led the way for the men, notching second place on 1- (353.35) and 3-meter (392.33). 

Notes: With Haggerty’s score of 269.33 in the women’s platform event, she broke the WVU school platform record for the second time in as many weeks … the Downingtown, Pennsylvania, native broke her previous record of 254.03 from Jan. 13 … during the men’s 3-meter event, each competitor for WVU scored about 300 for the first time in school history … last weekend’s meet against Notre Dame also was senior day for the Mountaineers, as the two squads honored their 12 senior members for their dedication and contributions to the swimming and diving program. 

This Week in Women’s Basketball: The Mountaineers return to Morgantown on Wednesday, Feb. 3, to play host to Iowa State … tip-off against the Cyclones from the WVU Coliseum is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET … Wednesday’s game will be broadcast on Big 12 Now on ESPN+, and fans can purchase tickets at … West Virginia then travels to Austin, Texas, on Saturday, Feb. 6, for a rematch against Texas … Saturday’s matchup is slated to begin at 8 p.m., from the Frank Erwin Center, in Austin … Saturday’s game will be broadcast on the Longhorn Network from ESPN. 

Last Week in Women’s Basketball: WVU won a pair of Big 12 road games in Texas last week … the Mountaineers began their road trip with a 73-53 victory over Texas Tech at United Supermarkets Arena in Lubbock, Texas, on Jan. 27 … WVU was led by four double-figure performances from redshirt senior guard Kysre Gondrezick (24 points), sophomore forward Esmery Martinez (16 points), junior guard Jasmine Carson (12 points) and junior forward Kari Niblack (10 points) against the Lady Raiders … senior center Blessing Ejiofor led the Mountaineers in rebounding with 10 boards in the win … West Virginia concluded its two-game, road swing with a 79-70 win over TCU at Schollmaier Arena in Fort Worth, Texas, on Jan. 30 … Gondrezick once again led the Mountaineer scoring attack and registered a career-high 

30 points, becoming the first player since Teana Muldrow vs. St. John’s (33) on March 25, 2018, to score 30 or more points in a game … Martinez also finished with a career-high 23 points in the win over the Horned Frogs, while Ejiofor led WVU on the glass for the second consecutive game, with 11 rebounds. 

Notes: West Virginia is 134-91 against its 2020-21 opponents, including 100-78 against members of the Big 12 Conference … West Virginia is currently riding an eight-game win streak, which includes six consecutive Big 12 Conference wins … WVU also is 9-1 in its last 10 games, dating back to Dec. 13 … the Mountaineers’ current win streak is its best stretch of the season and its longest win streak since a season ago when WVU won nine consecutive games from Nov. 29-Jan. 12 … the Mountaineers’ seven-game conference win streak also is the longest since the 2013-14 season, when WVU won a share of the Big 12 regular-season title … West Virginia’s eight-game win streak is the longest active win streak in the Big 12 … with a 20-point victory against Texas Tech on Jan. 27, the Mountaineers have now defeated five opponents by 20 or more points this season … West Virginia has now won two Big 12 games by 20 or more points this season (34-point win vs. then-No. 17 Texas) … WVU has won three games this season after trailing by 10 points or more in the game … WVU is the only Big 12 team that has not allowed an opponent to reach the 80-point plateau this season … Gondrezick currently leads the Mountaineers in scoring, with a total of 300 points and an average of 21.4 per game … the Benton Harbor, Michigan, native has scored 20 or more points in 10 games this season … Martinez is pacing WVU in the rebounding department this season, with 12.2 boards per game … she also has tallied a double-double in nine games this season, including a streak of seven consecutive games between Dec. 13-Jan. 16. 

This Week in Wrestling: WVU (5-2, 1-1) opens the month of February on the road, as the Mountaineers head to Laramie, Wyoming, for a dual against Wyoming (2-2, 1-1) on Saturday, Feb. 6, at 1 p.m. ET … following its match against the Cowboys, WVU travels to Greeley, Colorado, for a pair of neutral-site matches against Air Force (0-3, 0-3) and Fresno State (0-3, 0-1) later that evening … the Mountaineers’ match against the Falcons is scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m. ET, followed by Fresno State at approximately 10:45 p.m. ET … all three matches will be streamed live on FloWrestling. 

Last Week in Wrestling: West Virginia topped its first ranked opponent since the 2018-19 season, as the Mountaineers took down No. 17 Northern Colorado in a 25-11 contest on Jan. 31, inside the WVU Coliseum, in Morgantown … trailing 8-0 to start the match, West Virginia won seven of the last eight bouts to secure the victory, starting with redshirt junior Noah Adams, ranked No. 1 nationally, at 197 pounds … Adams earned a 13-1 major decision over No. 16 Jacob Seely to put the Mountaineers on the board … redshirt freshman Michael Wolfgram (HWT) and redshirt junior Killian Cardinale (125) each won by decision in their respective bouts, as West Virginia took a 10-8 lead with five bouts remaining … redshirt freshman Ryan Sullivan made a statement in his Mountaineer debut at 133 pounds, pinning No. 20 Theorius Robison in 3:48 to put WVU on top for good … additionally, redshirt sophomore Alex Hornfeck (157), redshirt freshman Jeffrey Boyd (141) and freshman Peyton Hall (165) each claimed a win in their respective weight classes. 

Notes: With the win, WVU improves to 4-1 all-time against the Bears … West Virginia also topped its four-match win total from 2019 and 2020 – coach Tim Flynn’s first two seasons at the helm of the Mountaineer wrestling program … Adams improves to 7-0 on the year and extends his win streak to 39, which dates back to Nov. 3, 2019 … the Coal City, West Virginia, native owns a pair of bonus victories this season and has outscored his opponents 59-15 … the Mountaineers are 1-0 on the road this season, as the squad previously defeated Cleveland State in an 18-15 battle on Jan. 23. 

This Week in Track and Field: WVU will travel to the Marshall Classic, hosted by Marshall University, at the Jeff Small Track at the Chris Cline Athletic Complex, in Huntington, West Virginia, on Saturday, Feb. 6, at 11 a.m. ET. 

Last Week in Track and Field: West Virginia opened their spring season at the Thundering Herd Invitational, hosted by Marshall University, at the Jeff Small Track at the Chris Cline Athletic Complex, in Huntington, West Virginia, on Saturday, Jan. 30 … the quad meet included Marshall, Murray State and Ohio University … the meet was highlighted by four Mountaineer first-place finishes … redshirt junior Ellie Gardner (pole vault- 3.70 meters), freshman Jo-Lauren Keane (600-meter dash-1:35.01), redshirt junior Hayley Jackson (800-meter dash-2:09.3) and senior Marianne Abdalah (3,000-meter dash-10:08.53) all captured victories in the season-opening meet. 

Notes: Seven Mountaineers made their debut on the WVU Track and Field team … last season, the Mountaineers’ outdoor season was canceled due to COVID-19 … WVU finished 10th as a team at the Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championship … West Virginia registered a total of six podium finishes in eight events at the Big 12 Indoor Championship … 25 Mountaineers were named to the 2020 Academic All-Big 12 Team, with seven members being named to the First Team with a 4.00 grade-point average. 

Shanna Rose
WVU Graduate with a bachelor's in journalism and multimedia journalist. Sports Fan and sports writer. Former WVU News reporter. Contact Shanna on Twitter @SMR1837
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