WVU Rifle Takes Down Akron, N.C. State

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    The No. 2-ranked West Virginia University rifle team shot a winning 4719 on Saturday at the WVU Rifle Range.

    No. 5 Akron (4-2, 0-1) finished second with a 4672 total, while No. 7 NC State (3-2, 0-1) shot 4631 and placed third.

    The Mountaineers (5-0, 4-0 GARC) swept the disciplines, shooting 2341 smallbore and 2378 air rifle.

    “It was a good team performance today,” Mountaineer coach Jon Hammond said. “We were pretty well balance in both smallbore and air rifle, and I think that showed a lot when it came to the overall team score.

    “Morgan led the way in smallbore, and Malori had a really strong performance with a personal best. Sarah also had a good performance in both guns today. It’s a good sign when individuals on the team continue to have personal bests. They work hard, and it paid off today.”

    A pair of Mountaineers finished first in the individual competitions.

    Senior Morgan Phillips finished first in smallbore with a 588 (197 kneeling, 196 prone, 195 standing).

    Senior Milica Babic (99-100-99-100-98-100) and juniors Sarah Osborn (100-100-99-99-100-98) and David Koenders (100-99-100-99-100-98) finished in a three-way tie for first with 596 marks in air rifle. Osborn shot a personal best in the tie, while Koenders posted a season high.

    Freshman Malori Brown finished second in smallbore with a career-high 587 total. Classmate Akihito Shimizu shot 586 and placed third, while Osborn matched her season-high 585 score to finish fourth. Sophomore Jared Eddy rounded out the top five, shooting 583.

    Koenders tied for sixth with a 582 mark, while Babic shot 580 and tied for eighth.

    Freshman Calista Smoyer shot a career-high 578 to tie for 11th place. Sophomore Verena Zaisberger and junior Noah Barker followed with marks of 576 and 572, respectively, a season high for Zaisberger.

    In air rifle, Shimizu placed fourth with a 594 total, two shots short of a career-high mark. Zaisberger also was three shots shy of a season high, shooting 592 to round out the top five.

    Eddy tied for sixth with a 591. Smoyer shot 590 and placed ninth, followed by Brown in 10th with a matching career-high mark of 589.

    Phillips shot 588 and tied for 11th, while Barker scored 584 to finish in a tie for 17th place.

    Five Mountaineers counted toward the team’s scores: Koenders, Osborn, Phillips, Smimizu and Zaisberger.

    With the win, WVU improves to 18-0 all-time against UA.

    WVU will close the weekend with a match against NC State on Sunday, Nov. 17. Competition is slated to begin at 8 a.m. ET inside the WVU Rifle Range. The event is free and open to the public. Live score links are available at WVUsports.com.

    “They have to be disciplined tomorrow,” Hammond said. “They have to be ready to work hard. It will be a challenge, but it will be nice to get back into the range and test ourselves and our physical endurance.”


    Will this vault us back to #1?

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