WISE, Va.-- Two new coaches, a new philosophy, and six returners make up this year's men's basketball team at UVa-Wise. Second-year coach Blake Mellinger enters this season after having a full off season to implement his plans on both the offensive and defensive end of the floor. The former Cavalier forward has hired a pair of new assistants in Nathan Edick and Drew Absher to help the team implement a full-court man-to-man defense and an up-tempo offense.
WISE, Va.-- Entering its second season in the Mountain East Conference, the UVa-Wise women's basketball team is full of optimism and youthful experience. Coach Kristin Kunzman's squad returns four starters from last year's 10-18 team.
WISE - - Sophomore outside hitter Karley Allen has been named First-Team All-MEC. The Lanexa, Virginia native led the Mountain East Conference in kills with 394 and ranked seventh in the league in digs per set with 3.71.
ABOUT UVA-WISESophomore linebacker Zack Blair continues to rank among the MEC leaders in tackles and tackles for loss. The former Skyline High School product is third in the league with 87 tackles and leads the conference in tackles for loss with 23.5. The 23.5 stops for loss are the second most in a single-season in UVa-Wise history. Blair needs three tackles for loss to equal the number Shane Kilgore posted in the 1996 season. Freshman running back Carlton Griffith is getting stronger as the season winds to a close. Griffith has carried the ball a combined 88 times in the last three games and has rushed for 100 yards or more in each contest. Last week, the Mt. Vernon High School product ran the ball a season-high 32 times for 105 yards and a touchdown.
At the 6K MEC championship race the Cavalier women finished with an average time over 1 minute faster than last year, but still finished in 8th place.
WISE, Va. – UVa-Wise celebrated Senior Day 2014 in grand fashion with a 3-0 (25-12, 25-15, 25-10) victory over Glenville State on Saturday. Seniors Brittni Altmann, Veronica Sanchez and Ashley Hooven all played a key role in Saturday's victory as they aided the Cavaliers to the school's first winning season since 2007.
A remarkable team effort pulled the Cavaliers men's cross country into a fourth place finish today at the MEC Conference Championship race.
WEST LIBERTY, W.Va. - - Dakota Conwell threw for 207 yards and four touchdowns as West Liberty University secured its eighth winning season in 10 years with a 35-20 win over UVa-Wise on Saturday. The Hilltoppers overcame Carlton Griffith's third consecutive 100-yard rushing performance and a pair of interceptions from Jeff Parker to secure their sixth victory of 2014.
WISE - - Boosted by strong fellow student-athlete support, the UVa-Wise volleyball team kept its hopes of making the Mountain East Conference Volleyball Tournament alive on Friday with a 3-1 (25-11, 22-25, 25-21, 25-19) win over West Virginia Wesleyan at the Prior Center. With the win, the Cavaliers will at worst enter Saturday's regular season finale against Glenville State tied with Concord University for the eighth and final tournament berth.
WISE – The UVa-Wise Athletic Department joined together last night in the David J. Prior Convocation Center for their second annual "shoebox packing party." This marks the fifth consecutive year student-athletes and staff have donated shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child, which is a project sponsored by Samaritan's Purse.
About UVa-WiseSophomore linebacker Zack Blair continues to rank among the MEC leaders in tackles and tackles for loss. The former Skyline High School product is third in the league with 79 tackles and leads the conference in tackles for loss with 22.5. The 22.5 stops for loss are the second most in a single-season in UVa-Wise history. With two games to play, Blair needs four tackles for loss to equal the number Shane Kilgore posted in the 1996 season. Coach Dino Kaklis' defense continues to improve, after holding West Virginia State to 13 points and 210 total yards of offense. Concord, the league's top ranked offense, scored 30 points and produced 370 yards of total offense at Wise a week ago. The Mountain Lions are averaging 46.3 points per game and 502.3 total yards of offense per game.
BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. – The UVa-Wise men's basketball team has been selected to finish ninth in the preseason coaches' poll released by the Mountain East Conference on Monday. West Liberty University was tabbed as the preseason favorite, the Hilltoppers received eight of the 12 first place votes to rank slightly ahead of Fairmont State University, who received three first place votes. Wheeling Jesuit University, who is selected fourth in the poll, received the only other first place nod.
BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. - - The UVa-Wise women's basketball team has been selected to finish 11th in the preseason coaches' poll released by the Mountain East Conference on Monday. West Liberty University was tabbed as the preseason favorite, the Hilltoppers received eight of the 12 first place votes to rank slightly ahead of the University of Charleston, who received three first place votes. Fairmont State University, who is selected fourth in the poll, received the only other first place nod.
WISE - - Number 15 Concord University scored 10 points in the final nine minutes to post a 30-13 Mountain East Conference victory over UVa-Wise at Carl Smith Stadium on Saturday. Coach Garin Justice's Mountain Lions rushed for 205 yards in the victory, led by Jamal Petty who gained 125 yards on 24 carries.
INSTITUTE, W.Va. – The UVa-Wise volleyball team traveled to Institute, West Virginia on Saturday for MEC action against West Virginia State University. The Yellow Jackets took it to five sets, but eventually defeated the Cavaliers 3-2 (25-22, 22-25, 25-18, 20-25, 15-7).
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - - Charleston avenged a 3-1 loss to UVa-Wise earlier this month with a 3-0 (25-17, 25-20, 25-21) win over the Cavaliers Friday evening. The victorious Golden Eagles had three players finish with double digit digs, led by Payton Logan's 17.
WISE-- The Gray Team started out with a 3-0 lead entering game three by virtue of their victories in game one and game two, however they only needed one of those runs with the pitching performances turned in by a combination of sophomore Alex Javins (Covington, VA), senior RW Payne (Spotsylvania, VA), and sophomore Nathan Hatmaker (Harrogate, TN). Javins got the start on the mound for the Gray Team, he tossed 4.2 innings, striking out three and allowing no runs, on one hit, and one walk. Senior Payne, took over next throwing 1.2 innings allowing just one hit. Hatmaker closed out the game allowing no runs and no hits.
STORYLINES – THE CONCORD GAMEUVa-Wise enters the game coming off its first win of 2014, a 16-13 win at West Virginia State. The Highland Cavaliers had their strongest rushing performance of the season with 279 rushing yards. Freshman Carlton Griffith, 111 yards, and sophomore Ty Ryans, 92 yards, led the rushing attack. On defense, seniors Nehemiah Jones and Jeremiah Cooke each had an interception in the victory. Jones returned his interception for a touchdown. Concord enters as the top scoring offense in the Mountain East Conference. The Mountain Lions are the lone undefeated team in the MEC and are averaging 48.4 points per game. Tailback Calvinaugh Jones has already surpassed 1,000 yards on the season and ranks second in the MEC in rushing. Through the air, quarterback Brian Novak averages 269.5 yards passing per game and leads the MEC in pass efficency.
WISE - - Kendall Rainey, Randy Hippeard and Ra'Shad Morgan will become the three newest members of the UVa-Wise Athletic Hall of Fame this Saturday when the trio is inducted at halftime of the football game against Concord University. With the induction of these three former-student athletes, a total of 48 past student-athletes, coaches, administrators, and contributors will be members of the exclusive club that held its first induction ceremony in 1998.
ATHENS, W.Va. - - The UVa-Wise volleyball traveled to Athens, West Virginia on Tuesday for MEC action against Concord University. The Mountain Lions took advantage of 26 attack errors to defeat the Cavaliers 3-0 (26, 24, 26-24, 27-25).