MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The No.1- ranked West Virginia University rifle team will play host to two Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) opponents this weekend at the WVU Rifle Range.
The Mountaineers (5-0, 2-0 GARC) take on the No. 9- ranked Ole Miss Rebels on Friday, Nov. 9, and the No. 13 NC State Wolfpack on Sunday, Nov. 11. Ole Miss and NC State will compete against each other at WVU on Saturday, Nov. 10. All three matches begin at 8 a.m.
“We’ve been doing a lot of training so really they should be conditioned pretty well,” says coach Jon Hammond. “They should all be able to manage this weekend pretty well. They just have to give it 100 percent.”
The Mountaineers are 7-3 all-time against the Rebels (15-9). Ole Miss’ last match was against then- No. 4 Jacksonville State University and then- No. 5 Murray State on Nov. 3. The Rebels defeated MSU, 4632-4628, but fell to JSU, 4654-4632.
WVU is 13-0 all-time against the Wolf Pack (13-3, 0-2 GARC). NC State fell to then- No. 3 Kentucky, 4686-4604, on Nov. 3.
“I would like to see consistent scores across the board,” says Hammond. “It’s two conference matches, so obviously we want to win them both and keep that run going. I would like to continue that strong start that we got off to and be able to show that consistency is our goal.”
Sophomore Maren Prediger
, a Petersaurach, Germany, native, will compete with the Mountaineers for the first time this season. Due to NCAA transfer rules, she had to sit out the first four matches.
“I think Maren is definitely ready to go with air rifle; she has been a strong air rifle competitor for many years,” says Hammond. “I think she is maybe a little more apprehensive about smallbore, but she has been doing a lot of training and working hard, so I think she is going to do just fine in both. It is going to be a new experience for her. She has a ton of experience and is a very good shooter, so I think she should be fine once she gets a couple matches under her belt.”
WVU returns to competition this weekend after a 12 day break following its win over Navy, 4710-4613 on Oct. 27.
Senior Petra Zublasing
led the Mountaineers in air rifle against the Midshipmen, matching a season-high 597 and winning the discipline. Sophomore Taylor Ciotola
shot 591 air rifle and 586 in smallbore, placing him first overall with a combined score of 1177. Sophomore Meelis Kiisk
matched Ciotola’s 591 in air rifle and shot 585 in smallbore for an aggregate score of 1176, placing him second. Freshman Garrett Spurgeon
shot a personal-best 589 smallbore and won the discipline.
The matches all will go into the afternoon. A link for live scores will be available HERE