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Huskers Open 2018 in Ohio

By NU Athletic Communications

The ninth-ranked Nebraska rifle team will begin the second half of the 2018 season on Jan. 14 when it travels to Columbus, Ohio to face No. 6 Ohio State and No. 10 Ole Miss. Action is scheduled to begin at 8:00 am CT.

Fall Season Overview

Nebraska finished its fall season with a record of 2-7 after six outings in the regular season. The Huskers showed steady progress all season, capping 2017 with a season-high aggregate score of 4,672 in the most recent match against Kentucky, Air Force, and Ohio State. Hannah Virga holds the team’s highest smallbore score of the season going into the spring after notching a mark of 587 in this match. Dacotah Faught posted the team’s highest air rifle score of the season (596) one match earlier against Kentucky. The team improved in the rankings as the season unfolded, highlighted by a move to the top ten after the fourth match of the fall season against Memphis.

Scouting Ohio State

The sixth-ranked Ohio State rifle team last competed on Nov. 18-19 against Nebraska, Kentucky and Air Force. An aggregate score of 4,682 was enough to land the team in second place. The Buckeyes are led by senior Mark Matheny and sophomore Jacob Buchanan, both of whom are averaging above 590 in air rifle. Another shooter to watch is freshman Elizabeth Dutton. Dutton posted team-high scores in multiple matches, including a career high air rifle score of 592 against UTEP.

Scouting Ole Miss

No. 10 Ole Miss last competed at the Gamecock Open in Jacksonville, Ala. The Rebels posted an aggregate score of 4,639 in the match, placing them ahead of Jacksonville State (4,633). Shooters to watch include junior Harley Gardner and freshman Emily Cock. Gardner led the team in smallbore multiple times, including a season-high score of 584 against Kentucky. Cock continues to set personal bests, the most recent being in air rifle against Kentucky. She tied her previous mark of 592.

Last Time Out

The Nebraska rifle team posted a season-high aggregate score of 4,672 in competition but ultimately fell to Kentucky, Ohio State and Air Force. Nebraska and Air Force tied for third with an aggregate score of 4,672. However, when the inner tens were tallied the Falcons came out on top, 280-257.

The Huskers posted their second-highest team score of the season in smallbore with a mark of 2,316. Hannah Virga paced NU with a career-high score of 587. Dacotah Faught fired a score of 578, followed by Emily Cheramie (577). Samantha Peterson (574) and Kayla Gadeken (568) rounded out the Huskers. Nina Radulovic (not squadded) fired a 578.

Nebraska did very well in air rifle, firing a season-high score of 2,356 as a team. Hannah Virga was out front with a score of 590. Maddie Korthas and Samantha Peterson were close behind, both firing a score of 589. Dacotah Faught brought in a mark of 588. Elizabeth Ewert (580) rounded out the Huskers in her second match as a squadded member.

Huskers Ranked No. 9

Nebraska is currently in ninth in the most recent CRCA Top 20 Poll. West Virginia remains in first, followed by TCU and Kentucky. Murray State and Alaska round out the top five.

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