Lauren Phillips finished the day with personal bests.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

NU Freshmen Shine in College Debut

By NU Athletic Communications

Nebraska’s Lauren Phillips, shot personal bests in Sunday’s match against No. 5 West Virginia.  The freshman, from Washington, finished with a score of 580 in smallbore and 582 in air rifle.  Rachel Martin, another freshmen for the Huskers shot 578 in smallbore and a 583 in air rifle. 

“I think our freshmen did really well today. Lauren and Rachel were both squadded. They did a really excellent job, but I think our whole smallbore team did great and really hung in there,” Coach Underwood said. Despite the stellar performance by Nebraska, the Huskers fell to the Mountaineers by a score of 4,650-4,656.

Although the Huskers did not come out on top, Coach Underwood was still very impressed with the team's performance.  “Part of our game plan this year was to really execute and work on smallbore, which is exactly what we did today,” Underwood said.  The Huskers finished with a 2,315 in smallbore, six points higher than the team’s high from last year, and an air rifle total of 2,335.

Sophomore Maggie Mical finished third overall in air rifle with a score of 588.  Junior, Kelsey Hansen, ended with a score of 576 in smallbore and 583 in air rifle, while sophomore, Denise Martin, finished with identical marks of 581. 

West Virginia was led by Garrett Spurgeon who scored 584 in smallbore and Meelis Kiisk who finished with 593 in air rifle.  The Mountaineers scored a total of 2,307 in smallbore and 2,349 in air rifle.

Nebraska has next week off, but the Huskers return to the range Saturday, Oct. 26 as they welcome Navy to Lincoln.  The match is set to start at 8 a.m.

No. 9 Nebraska (4,650)
No. 5 West Virginia (4,656)
NU Rifle Range
Lincoln, Neb.

Marissa Major: 558
*Sunny Russell: 557
*Lauren Phillips: 580
*Denise Martin: 581
*Kelsey Hansen: 576
Jaycee Carter: 560
Maggie Mical: 573
ReAnn Wilson: 574
*Rachel Martin: 578
Alex Lorentz: 566
Air Rifle:
Marissa Major: 561
*Sunny Russell: 579
Lauren Phillips: 582
*Denise Martin: 581
*Kelsey Hansen: 583
Jaycee Carter: 585
*Maggie Mical: 588
ReAnn Wilson: 569
*Rachel Martin: 583
Alex Lorentz: 578

*indicates declared team competitors


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