Jan. 15, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy rifle team kicks off the second half of its 2013-14 regular season schedule this weekend with a pair of matches at the University of Sciences in Philadelphia. Beginning at 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 17, the No. 16 Midshipmen will take on the Devils at USciences' Colonel William Shea Rifle Range. The teams close out their action with a second match on Saturday morning beginning at 8 a.m.
Navy previously defeated USciences this season at home on Oct. 12 by a 4,626 to 3,985 margin.
Last Time Out
The Navy rifle team split a three-way match on Nov. 16 at the Bancroft Hall Rifle Range as the Mids compiled a season-high 4,627 total points to defeat No. 13 North Carolina State (4,596), but fall to No. 3 West Virginia (4,678). The win over the Wolfpack is the first in the Great American Rifle Conference for Navy.
Zach Gibson led the Mids with a 1,165 aggregate total. Gibson shot a team-high 581 in smallbore and a 584 in air rifle. In both disciplines, he exceeded his season averages significantly. Coming into the match, Gibson was averaging a 566.4 smallbore score and a 579.5 score in air rifle.
In air rifle action, Alex Berry shot a career-high 582, surpassing her previous mark of 578.
A member of Navy's former conference, the MAC, the Devils closed out the first half of the season with 11 consecutive losses. USciences' best performance during that streak was a 4,082-point outing on Nov. 23 versus John Jay in its fall finale.
Senior Sam Fowler leads the Devils with an 1100.67 average aggregate score with team-highs in smallbore (544.67) and air rifle (556.0).
Navy (2013/14 Season - Stats through 7 Competitions)
Individual Smallbore Average - Dan Jonas, 570.3
Individual Air Rifle Average - Dan Jonas, 582.4
Individual Aggregate Average - Dan Jonas, 1152.7
Team Smallbore - 2297 vs. USP (10/12/13)
Team Air Rifle - 2332 vs. WVU & NC State (11/16/13)
Team Aggregate - 4627 vs. WVU & NC State (11/16/13)
University of Sciences (2013/14 Season - Stats through 6 Competitions)
Individual Smallbore Average - Sam Fowler, 544.67
Individual Air Rifle Average - Sam Fowler, 556.00
Individual Aggregate Average - Sam Fowler, 1100.67
Team Aggregate - 4082 vs. John Jay (11/23/13)
Quoting the Coach
Coach Kelley on this weekend's matchup ...
"This weekend is big for us. We're getting into the make or break part of our season. With only eight teams qualifying for the NCAA Championship, we have to really work to catch up to Air Force, who current sits in eighth in the point standings. We'll really have to work at making up the difference in our points average, but I know we're capable of getting there."
"The team has really shot well in practice this week, that along with the fact that we've always recorded high scores on the paper targets at USP give me very high expectations for this weekend."
"Individually, Alex Berry has really turned the corner and is shooting at an All-American level. Her confidence and technical skills are improving daily and she should be someone to watch this weekend and throughout the second half of this schedule."