Nov. 9, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
The Navy rifle team will compete in its third consecutive road match when it travels to No. 2 Kentucky this Saturday. The 15th-ranked Mids have taken on a very competitive schedule this fall, as Saturday's match with Kentucky will be their fourth against a team currently ranked in the top 10 in the Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association national poll.
"It's the type of schedule we want and we're growing every week," said Navy head coach Bill Kelley. "We've had some our best scores of the season in practice this week. So, if that is an indicator of a tough schedule, I take it as positive."
Navy began its tough, three-match road stretch on Oct. 27 at No. 1 West Virginia and last weekend met No. 7 Air Force and No.8 Army at the President's Trophy in Colorado Springs, Colo.
"We're not discouraged and we realize what we need to do to get better," said Kelly.
Junior Steven Frazier continues to lead Navy in smallbore this season. After firing a career-best 583 in the discipline last weekend, he leads the team with a 579.2 average.
Captain Ryan Williams leads all Mids with a 586.2 average in air rifle, followed by freshman Jodi Cull-Host (581.8) and Frazier (581.4).
Saturday will be the final match of the fall for Navy as the Mids will not compete again until Jan. 18.
"Traditionally, we've had our best scores of the season in the last weekend of the fall," Kelley said. "If our performances in practice this week translate, on Saturday I think we're going to be quite pleased."
Navy is 1-1 in its two duals this season, while Kentucky enters the weekend at 5-0.