MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The No. 2-ranked West Virginia University rifle team scored its second win in as many days at No. 4 Alaska-Fairbanks, defeating the Nanooks, 4716-4651, tonight, at the E.F. Horton Rifle Range.
The Mountaineers (9-0, 4-0) concluded their undefeated fall season with a resounding victory, winning air rifle, 2370-2339, and smallbore, 2346-2312. Tonight’s team score is the squad’s sixth total of 4700 or better this season.
"I'm really proud of the team and their performance this weekend," says coach Jon Hammond. "We had a great time here, and this was a great experience for all. The hospitality was fantastic, and I have to thank coach Dan Jordan and his team for being super hosts."
Senior Petra Zublasing
again won both disciplines, shooting 596 air rifle and 593 smallbore. The Appiano, Italy, native’s smallbore score matched the school record she shares with Nicco Campriani.
Sophomore Maren Prediger
continues to keep pace with Zublasing in air rifle, as she shot 594 and placed second; the Petersaurach, Germany, native has yet to shoot below 590 this season. Sophomores Taylor Ciotola
and Meelis Kiisk
finished third and fourth, respectively, with scores of 591 and 589. UAF’s Mike Liuzza paced the Nanooks and finished fifth with a score of 588.
Of note, Mountaineer redshirt-freshman Matthew Martin
shot a career-best 575.
Ciotola finished second in smallbore with a score of 586. Sophomore Thomas Kyanko
finished third with a 584, while Kiisk placed fourth with a 583. Junior Daniel Sojka
and freshman Garrett Spurgeon
tied with UAF’s Ryan Anderson and Liuzza for fifth place with 581s.
The Mountaineers again designated six different shooters as the team’s counters, with Zublasing, Ciotola, Kiisk and Spurgeon contributing in both guns. Kyanko counted toward the team’s smallbore score, while Prediger shot toward the air rifle mark.
Tonight’s win moves WVU to 8-6 all-time against UAF.
WVU will break from action for two months. The Mountaineers will return to the WVU Rifle Range on Jan. 19 against Nebraska.