MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The No. 1-ranked West Virginia University rifle team narrowly fell to No. 2 TCU, 4675-4663, today, at the WVU Rifle Range.
The Mountaineers (1-1) split the discipline matches with the Horned Frogs (2-0), winning smallbore, 2325-2315, before falling in air rifle, 2360-2338.
Today’s loss snaps WVU’s 18-match regular season win streak. Despite the defeat, the Mountaineers retain a 3-1 series advantage.
“It is disappointing to lose, but it’s better to lose today than to lose in March,” coach Jon Hammond says. “We shot really well in smallbore, and I was pleased with those scores. I believe we’re capable of shooting better in air rifle. There were a lot of positives today, but we still have work to do to get to where we want to be.”
TCU’s Sarah Scherer finished first overall with a combined score of 1176. WVU senior Tommy Santelli finished second with a score of 1173, while classmate Kyle Smith finished in third place with a score of 1169.
Smith’s strong day in smallbore paced the field, as the DuBois, Pa., native finished first overall with a score of 586 (198 prone, 192 standing, 196 kneeling).
Santelli matched a career-best score of 585 and finished second, while Scherer shot 584 and finished in third place. Additionally, senior Andy Lamson shot a 582 and finished third on the team and fourth overall.
Also of note, senior Andraz Poje set a career high in smallbore with his score of 568.
Santelli shot a team best air rifle score of 588 (99, 97, 97, 97, 98, 100) and finished fourth overall. Lamson finished sixth with a score of 584, while Smith shot 583 and finished in seventh place.
Scherer and teammate Mattie Brogdon each shot 592 and tied for first place.
The Mountaineers competed today without the services of senior Nicco Campriani. The Florence, Italy, native is currently in Munich, Germany, shooting at the 2010 European Championship.
WVU breaks from action for two weeks before opening its Great American Rifle Conference season and playing host to Memphis on Nov. 6, at the WVU Rifle Range. The Mountaineers also will welcome Murray State on Nov. 7. Both matches will begin at 8 a.m.