– Junior Ziva Dvorsak
has enrolled at West Virginia University and will join the No. 3-ranked rifle team this spring.
The Ljubljana, Slovenia, native is available immediately and will shoot in the Mountaineers’ (6-0, 4-0 GARC) spring-season opener this Sunday, Jan. 19, against No. 14-ranked NC State, at the WVU Rifle Range.
Dvorsak is a decorated international shooter. A member of the Slovenian National Team, she shot at the 2012 London Summer Olympics and finished 11th in the women’s 10m air rifle (396). She also placed 36th in the women’s 50m 3 positions.
“Ziva may need a week or two to settle in, but she’s going to have an impact on the team right away,” says Mountaineer coach Jon Hammond. “She has a good personality and work ethic, and she has a lot of experience - her Olympic experience is very valuable.
“With Ziva, we’re looking to gain a quality shooter to add depth and competition to our team. We’re also getting someone from a different culture with different experiences, and that always adds a lot of value to the team. Hopefully, we can provide Ziva with a good environment to build her shooting career and give her a good experience in the United States.”
Recently, Dvorsak finished 10th in the women’s 10m air rifle at the 2013 International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Munich World Cup. She also placed 21st in the women’s 10m air rifle and 30th in the women’s 50m 3 positions at the 2013 ISSF Granada World Cup. Additionally, Dvorsak placed fourth in the women’s 50m 3 positions and fifth in the women’s 10m air rifle at the 2013 Mediterranean Games.
Dvorsak attended the University of Ljubljana from 2010-13. She will study mathematics at West Virginia.