Photo by Nate Olsen/Nebraska Communications

Huskers Host Top-Ranked West Virginia

By NU Athletic Communications

The 15th-ranked Nebraska rifle team hosts No. 1 West Virginia this weekend in its first regular-season match of the 2017-2018 season. Nebraska holds a 7-32 overall record against the Mountaineers and will look to kick off the season with a victory. Action will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday in the Nebraska Rifle Range, located in the lower level of the Military and Naval Science Building. There will be a free continental breakfast for fans beginning at 9 a.m.

 

Breaking Down the Huskers

Dacotah Faught is the only senior on the team and will be a vital source of leadership both on and off the range. An All-American, Faught begins her second year on the team after transferring from UT Martin in 2016.

Joining Faught are returning juniors Nina Radulovic, Hannah Virga, and Rachel Yager. Radulovic competed in every match last season including the NCAA Championships. Virga and Yager saw some action last year and will look to step into leadership roles.

The remaining returners are sophomores Kayla Gadeken, Maddie Korthas, Samantha Peterson, and Sarah Sutton. They will look to step into leadership roles after a successful season as freshmen. As a returning All-American that competed in every match last season, Peterson will look to be a top performer for the Huskers. Gadeken and Korthas both saw action last season and will look to be regular contributors.

Joining the team this season are freshmen Mari Butler (Casselton, N.D.), Emily Cheramie (Georgetown, Ky.), and Elizabeth Ewert (Burnsville, Minn.). They will look to make an immediate impact on the young Husker team.

 

Scouting West Virginia

  • The Mountaineers begin the 2017-18 season as returning national champions.
  • The team consists of 1 freshman, 3 sophomores, 2 juniors, 1 senior, and 2 redshirt freshmen.
  • Head coach Jon Hammond enters his twelfth season with the Mountaineers, producing a total of 126 All-Americans.
  • Ginny Thrasher is the shooter to watch for West Virginia.  A gold-medalist Olympian in 2016, Thrasher won an individual championship for both air rifle and smallbore in the 2016 NCAA Championships with a combined score of 1,185 out of 1200.
  • Another notable shooter for the Mountaineers is Elizabeth Gratz.  An Olympic trials finalist in 2016, Gratz was the 2015 rookie of the year and matched the record for both WVU and NCAA in air rifle with a perfect score of 600 against Kentucky in 2016.
  • The Mountaineers already have two matches under their belt, defeating The Citadel (4,703-4,630) in their season opener and Ohio State (4,731-4,683) a week later.

 

Follow the Huskers:

Fans can follow the team on twitter (@NebraskaRifle) and facebook (Facebook.com/Nebraska/Rifle), as well as watch live stats here:

http://www.huskers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=100&ATCLID=205688706

 

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