Nebraska Prepares for Horned Frogs, Buckeyes
No. 6 Nebraska vs. No. 3 TCU
Date: Saturday, Nov. 10
Start Time: 7 a.m. CST
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Venue: Lt. Hugh W. Wylie Range/Converse Hall
No. 6 Nebraska vs. No. 12 Ohio State
Date: Sunday, Nov. 11
Start Time: 7 a.m. CST
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Venue: Lt. Hugh W. Wylie Range/Converse Hall
Following a three week break from competition, the Nebraska rifle team will travel east this weekend for matches against the TCU Horned Frogs and the Ohio State Buckeyes in Columbus, Ohio. The No. 6 Huskers (3-1, 2-1 GARC) will face the defending NCAA champion Horned Frogs on Saturday, Nov. 10 before facing Ohio State on Sunday, Nov. 11. Both matches are slated for 7 a.m. CST (8 a.m. EST) starts.
NU holds a 3-8-1 all-time record against TCU, with the most recent matchup being a 2011 victory by the Horned Frogs in Lincoln. TCU returns nine members from last season's NCAA championship team, including senior Sarah Scherer, the 2012 NCAA smallbore champion and runner-up in air rifle. The Horned Frogs have won two national championships in the last three seasons and are currently ranked No. 2 nationally.
The Huskers hold a 4-2 all-time advantage over Ohio State. The 2012-13 Buckeyes are fielding an experienced squad this season, with 10 returners and two newcomers on the roster. Ohio State is led by senior Amanda Furrer, who finished ninth nationally in smallbore last season and was a 2012 Olympian in the 50m three-position.
Nebraska is ranked sixth nationally, averaging 4,640 points per match and holding wins over NC State, Alaska-Fairbanks and Ole Miss. Senior and two-time All-American Janine Dutton paces the Huskers in combined average (1,163.3), while freshman Denise Martin (1,160.3) and junior Sunny Russell (1,159.3) round out the top three for NU.
Scouting the TCU Horned Frogs
Head Coach: Karen Monez (Ninth Year)
2012-13 High Score: 4,707 (Ole Miss Invitational)
2012 NCAA Finish: 1st
The Horned Frogs return nine members from last season's NCAA Championship squad. TCU posted a school record 4,707 at their season-opening performance in the Ole Miss Invitational. The team is undefeated after a first-place finish at the Ole Miss Invitational and with wins over the Citadel and UTEP.
TCU is led this season by senior Sarah Scherer, the 2012 NCAA Champion in smallbore and runner-up in air rifle. Head Coach Karen Monez is in her ninth season with the Horned Frogs, who have captured two national championships over the last three seasons.
Scouting the Ohio State Buckeyes
Head Coach: Ryan Tanoue (First Year)
2012-13 High Score: 4,594 (vs. West Virginia, Air Force, Akron)
2012 NCAA Finish: N/A
Ohio State fields a squad with 10 returners and two newcomers this season. The squad is led by senior and 2012 London Olympian Amanda Furrer, who finished ninth nationally in smallbore last season. Head Coach Ryan Tanoue is in his first season at the helm of the Ohio State program.
Huskers Down Ole Miss for Third Win
The Huskers picked up their third win of the season on Oct. 20, downing No. 9 Ole Miss 4,641-4,621 at the Patricia C. Lamar National Guard Readiness Center. The Huskers edged the Rebels in smallbore before using a dominant air rifle performance to seal their victory. NU was paced by senior Janine Dutton, who took home the air rifle title and a second-place finish in smallbore.
NU started the day with a mark of 2,300 in smallbore, on par with the team's average of 2,303. The Huskers were led by Dutton's score of 579, which was good for second overall on the day. Freshman Denise Martin tacked on a 575, and Joyce Kim and Sunny Russell picked up identical marks of 574.
The Rebels posted a score of 2,296 on the smallbore range, paced by Kim Coffey's title-winning mark of 580. Following smallbore competition, NU led Ole Miss 2,300-2,296.
The Big Red used a dominant performance on the air rifle range to secure their win, posting a score of 2,341. Dutton again led the Huskers, picking up an event-title winning 592 on the afternoon. Dutton's mark of 592 was eight points above the next highest marks scored on the afternoon. Sophomore Kelsey Hansen and Martin added scores of 584 apiece, and Russell posted a 581.
NU dominated Ole Miss on the air rifle range, topping the Rebels by 16 points. Ole Miss picked up a score of 2,325 in air rifle, led by Alivia Yeager's 584.
Dutton on the Rise
Two-time All-American and three-time All-GARC selection Janine Dutton's scores have been on the rise through Nebraska's first four matches this season. The senior from Eagle River, Alaska has improved her combined total in each of NU's matches this season, rising from a total of 1,158 in the Huskers' season opener to a season-best score of 1,171 in Nebraska's last match against Ole Miss. Dutton's air rifle scores have also improved in the last four weeks, jumping 13 points to her season-high score of 592 against Ole Miss.
Dutton has also improved this season on the smallbore range, firing her way to a career-high score of 579 two times in her first four appearances. She leads the team in combined scoring average, holding a mark of 1,163.3 through four matches for the Big Red.
Nebraska's Team Scores on the Upswing
The Huskers have posted a strong start to the 2012-13 season, averaging 4,640 points per match--22 points higher than the same time last season. The team has averaged 2,302.5 points per match in smallbore, 13 points above their mark through four matches in 2011-12. NU's air rifle average of 2,337.5 is more than 22 points higher than the same time last season as well.
Nebraska Ranked No. 6 Nationally
The Huskers are ranked No. 6 nationally in the Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association (CRCA) rankings, last released Nov. 6. The Huskers hold a 3-1 record in 2012, including a 2-1 mark in GARC action. NU holds wins over NC State, Alaska-Fairbanks and Ole Miss, with the team's lone loss coming at the hands of Kentucky.
GARC competitor West Virginia is holding strong at the No. 1 position in the poll, with Kentucky and TCU appearing at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. Alaska-Fairbanks (No. 4) and Jacksonville State (No. 5) round out the top five nationally. Other GARC teams appearing in the poll include Army (No. 8), Ole Miss (No. 9), NC State (No. 13) Memphis (No. 14).
Up Next for the Huskers
The Huskers will compete in their final match of 2012 before taking a break until the second half of the season. NU will travel to Colorado Springs, Colo. to face Air Force and former NU head coach Launi Meili. The match is slated for a 9 a.m. CST (8 a.m. MST) start.
Nebraska Adds Four Talented Freshmen to Roster
Four skilled freshman shooters joined the NU roster this season, providing depth in both disciplines for the Big Red. Alexandrea Lorentz, Marissa Major, Denise Martin and Magdalena Mical bring plenty of experience to the Nebraska squad and have competed for spots in the NU lineup immediately.
Lorentz arrived at Nebraska after a successful shooting career at West Anchorage High School in Anchorage, Alaska. She captured MVP honors in 2009, 2010 and 2011 while helping her squad to a 2012 Divisional championship. Lorentz also competed with the Borealis Bullseyes club team, contributing to team finishes of second in 2010 and fifth in 2012 at the Junior Olympics in the Precision Team Championship.
Major shot with the Arvada Rifle and Pistol Club in Arvada, Colo., before committing to Nebraska. She finished first in the NRA Junior Three-Position Air Rifle Precision competition and was the Colorado Rifle Club Smallbore Prone Summer League Winner in the 1000 Handicap.
Martin was a three-time Washington state champion and finished second overall at the USA Shooting National Championships. A native of Chewelah, Wash., Martin was a member of the USA Shooting team at the 2010 International Shooting Sports Federation Junior World Championships. She won the 2009 Junior Olympic Three-Position Air Rifle Precision Class Championship and was a member of the championship-winning Colville Valley Sharp Shooters 4-H Club at the WSRPA/NRA Championships in 2009 and 2011.
The final member of Nebraska's freshman class, Mical finished first in smallbore at the 2011 Florida Junior Olympic Qualifier and was a 2011 Junior Olympic Nationals qualifier. She also finished fourth at the American Legion Three-Position Air Rifle Championship in 2010 and was the Florida Metric Prone State Champion in 2010.
Stacy Underwood Named Nebraska Rifle Coach
The Nebraska rifle program entered a new era on May 24, 2012 as the team announced former Husker shooter Stacy Underwood as its new head coach. Underwood arrived at Nebraska after spending five years as an assistant coach under Coach Harry Mullins at Kentucky. During her time at Kentucky, Underwood helped the Wildcats to a 48-8 record and five top-five NCAA finishes. UK won the 2011 NCAA Championship while adding one GARC Championship title and two GARC regular-season crowns during Underwood's tenure. Underwood also assisted in the development of 26 All-Americans while at Kentucky.
Prior to her coaching career, Underwood competed for the Nebraska rifle team from 2003 to 2007. She was a four-year letterwinner for NU and a two-time NRA All-American. Underwood was named the GARC Senior of the Year in 2007 and also earned All-GARC honors in air rifle and and combined. A team captain in 2004-05, she helped the Huskers to a third-place NCAA finish that season and a fifth-place finish in 2007.
Underwood graduated from the University of Nebraska in 2007, earning a bachelor's degree in education. She added a master's degree in kinesiology and health promotion from Kentucky in 2009.