No. 16 Navy Rifle To Host A Pair Of Ranked GARC Opponents On Saturday
Freshman Brandon Pippin
Nov. 15, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Navy rifle team concludes the 2013 portion of its 2013-14 regular season schedule on Saturday with a three-team meet at home on Saturday, Nov. 16. Beginning at 8 a.m., the No. 16 Midshipmen will host the No. 3 West Virginia Mountaineers and the No. 13 North Carolina State Wolfpack at the Bancroft Hall Rifle Range.
The Mids and Mountaineers met last year in Morgantown, W.V. on Oct. 27 with WVU coming out on top 4,710-4,613. All-time, the Mountaineers lead the series 23-19.
Navy and North Carolina State are rekindling a series that has been silent since Nov. 11, 2000. The Mids lead the all-time series with their new GARC foe, 21-1.
Last Time Out
The Navy rifle team fell to the top-ranked University of Kentucky Wildcats on the road on Nov. 9 by a 4,693-4,593 final score. A poor conclusion to the smallbore competition put the Mids in a deficit that they would not be able to overcome during the remainder of the match.
Alex Berry highlighted Navy's performance versus Kentucky as she shot a career-high 575 in smallbore. Her previous best was 574 on Nov. 2 in the President's Trophy Match.
As part of his team-best 1,152 aggregate score, Dan Jonas led the Mids with a 582-point performance in air rifle.
West Virginia finds itself ranked third in the most recent Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association rankings with a 5-0 record. The reigning NCAA champions, who return seven NRA All-Americans, have defeated No. 14 Ohio State (4657-4648), No. 8 Nebraska (4656-4650), No. 5 Army (4695-4669), No. 9 Mississippi (4681-4614) and No. 15 Akron (4690-4605) this season.
Most recently, West Virginia defeated Akron on Sunday, Nov. 3 at home. On the strength of a season-high 2329 team total in smallbore, the Mountaineers cruised to the 85-point victory. Individually, Garrett Spurgeon was the high-scorer in both smallbore (586) and air rifle (593).
North Carolina State comes into this weekend on a high-note after an up-and-down beginning to its 2013-14 season. The Wolfpack are undefeated in three Southeastern Air Rifle Conference (SEARC) tournament-style matches, while 0-4 in shoulder-to-shoulder events. Versus ranked GARC opponents in 2013-14, N.C. State has lost to No. 9 Mississippi (4614-4570), No. 1 Kentucky (4659-4613) and No. 9 Memphis (4628-4608).
Most recently, the Wolfpack finished first in the SEARC 5 event in Dahlonega, Ga. with a team score of 4604. The team tied a program-record with an air rifle total of 2336. Individually, Daniel Cliff led N.C. State with an aggregate score of 1154 following a personal-best 571 in smallbore and a 583 in air rifle.
Single-Competition Stat Leaders
Navy (2013 Season – 6 Competitions)
Individual Smallbore Average – Dan Jonas, 570.5
Individual Air Rifle Average – Dan Jonas, 582.0
Individual Aggregate Average – Dan Jonas, 1152.5
Team Smallbore – 2297 vs. USP (10/12/13)
Team Air Rifle – 2329 vs. USP (10/12/13)
Team Overall – 4626 vs. USP (10/12/13)
West Virginia (2013 Season – 5 Competitions)
Individual Smallbore Average – Garrett Spurgeon, 584.0
Individual Air Rifle Average – Garrett Spurgeon, 590.0
Individual Aggregate Average – Garrett Spurgeon, 1174.0
Team Smallbore – 2329 vs. Akron (11/3/13)
Team Air Rifle – 2366 vs. Ole Miss (11/2/13)
Team Overall – 4695 vs. Army (10/26/13)
North Carolina State (2013 Season – Stats through 4 Competitions)
Individual Smallbore Average – Lucas Kozeniesky, 570.7
Individual Air Rifle Average – Daniel Cliff, 579.0
Individual Aggregate Average – Alex Martin, 1148.0
Team Smallbore – 2294 vs. Kentucky (10/26/13)
Team Air Rifle – 2336 at SEARC 5 (11/9/13)
Team Overall – 4604 at SEARC 5 (11/9/13)
Quoting the Coach
Coach Kelley on this weekend’s matchup …
“This weekend is very important for us. We have to put that tough match at Kentucky behind us because West Virginia and N.C. State are two highly touted programs.”
“We knew going into this move to the GARC that there would be a transition as our level of competition would possibly be the best we’ve every seen in a regular season schedule. While the matches have been difficult and the losses are tough, this is something that we need to grow as a program. Our athletes are going head-to-head with experienced, National Team shooters and they now have something to aim for. The competitors on our squad are accepting these weekly challenges and are working on elevating their level of success. Attitudes are changing and hopefully that will start showing in our results against these top-flight programs.”
“We’ve had a solid week of practices with minor tweaks to a few of shooters, so we expect strong results on Saturday.”