WVU roundup: Big 12 honors three Mountaineers

MORGANTOWN — WVU seniors Jevon Carter (men’s basketball), Amelie Currat (women’s swimming and diving) and James Koval (men’s swimming and diving) were named the Big 12 Scholar-Athletes of the Year in their sports, the conference announced April 12.

Carter holds a 3.51 grade-point average while majoring in sport management.

Currat, from Dunkerque, France, becomes the first swimming and diving athlete to earn the honor more than once. The finance major, who holds a 3.97 GPA, also received the honor in 2017.

Koval, from Mount Pleasant, S.C., holds a 3.80 GPA as a chemical engineering major.

The conference established its Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award in 2012-’13. A recipient is named in each conference-sponsored sport.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

The non-conference home schedule for next season is highlighted by Pitt’s first visit to the WVU Coliseum since 2012 and three teams that advanced to postseason play this year.

WVU will open the regular season at home Nov. 9, against Buffalo. The Bulls reached the NCAA tourney’s second round.

Valparaiso will make its first-ever trip to Morgantown on Nov. 24. The Crusaders made the postseason in seven of the last eight seasons.

WVU will host Rider on Nov. 28. The Broncs were the regular season MAAC champions last season and participated in the NIT.

The Mountaineers will begin a three-game series with Youngstown State on Dec. 1. The Penguins are coached by former WVU assistant and Fairmont State head coach Jerrod Calhoun.

The Backyard Brawl returns to Morgantown on Dec. 8.

The full nonconference home schedule:

NOV. 3: Alderson Broaddus (exhibition)

NOV. 9: Buffalo

NOV. 24: Valparaiso, for Myrtle Beach Invite

NOV. 28: Rider

DEC. 1: Youngstown State

DEC. 8: Pitt

DEC. 22: Jacksonville State

DEC. 30: Lehigh

TENNIS

The Mountaineers continue conference play this weekend with a swing through the Lone Star State, with visits to Baylor (today) and Texas (Sunday).

WVU’s Lyn Yuen Choo and Giovanna Caputo are tied for the team lead with eight singles wins apiece. The doubles pair of Choo and Paula Goetz paces the team with a record of 9-3 at the No. 2 slot.

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