No. 1 Rifle Pushes Win Streak to Five

  • By Shannon McNamara
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  • October 27, 2012 06:06 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The No. 1 West Virginia University rifle team pushed its win streak to five and defeated No. 12 Navy, 4710-4613, today, at the WVU Rifle Range.

The Mountaineers (5-0, 2-0 GARC) earned victories in both guns, defeating the Midshipmen 2365-2323 in air rifle and 2345-2290 in smallbore.

“I thought it was great to see consistent, high scores after 10 days away from competition,” says Mountaineer coach Jon Hammond. “Though some of these scores weren’t personal bests, they were consistent with what we’ve been shooting this year, and I think that demonstrates progression. We’re hitting that 4700 mark pretty easy right now, and I think that would be a great average for the year.”

Though senior Petra Zublasing was limited today due to recent wisdom-teeth surgery, the Appiano, Italy, native still walked away a winner, as she matched a season high and shot 597 (100-99-99-99-100-100) air rifle to win the discipline.

“Petra needed a break today, which was really deserved, but I was happy to see her still come out and shoot a season best in air rifle,” Hammond says.

Freshman Garrett Spurgeon also emerged victorious, as he shot a winning 589 (199 prone, 195 standing, 195 kneeling) smallbore score; today marked the third time this season he has shot the personal-best score.

“Garrett is so close to a 590 in smallbore,” explains Hammond. “I’m really happy to see him shoot these high scores consistently; he’s providing good competition for the team.”

Sophomores Taylor Ciotola and Meelis Kiisk finished behind Zublasing in air rifle with matching 591 scores; the mark is a season high for Kiisk. Junior Chance Cover shot a personal-best 588 and finished fourth overall, while Spurgeon shot 586 and placed fifth. Jodi Cull-Host paced Navy and tied Spurgeon for fifth place.

Of note, redshirt-freshman Matthew Martin shot a personal-best 568 air rifle.

Ciotola also finished second in smallbore with a 586 score; the Pasadena, Md., native also shot a school-record 200 prone. Kiisk and junior Daniel Sojka each shot a personal-best 585 and tied for third place, while sophomore Thomas Kyanko shot 583 and finished fifth.

“With Petra’s absence, it was good to see the rest of the team step up today in smallbore,” says Hammond.

Steven Frazier shot a team-best 581 for Navy.
Ciotola finished first overall with a 1177 mark. Kiisk finished second with a personal-best 1176 aggregate score, while Spurgeon placed third with a 1175.

Zublasing, Sojka, Ciotola, Kyanko, Kiisk and Spurgeon combined for the Mountaineers’ team scores.

With today’s win, WVU improves to 22-8 all-time against Navy.

The Mountaineers will break for two weeks before hosting Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) foes No. 9 Mississippi and NC State on Nov. 9 and Nov. 11, respectively.