Nebraska to Face Experienced Kentucky Squad
No. 4 Nebraska vs. Kentucky
Date: Saturday, Oct. 13
Start Time: 8 a.m. CDT
Location: Lincoln, Neb.
Venue: NU Rifle Range
Live Stats: Huskers.com
Following a weekend with wins over two top-20 rifle squads, the Nebraska rifle team will welcome perennial powerhouse Kentucky to the NU Rifle Range this weekend. The No. 4 Huskers (2-0, 1-0 GARC) will look to build on their strong start from last weekend with a win over the Wildcats, who were ranked No. 2 nationally in the CRCA Preseason Coaches' Poll. The match will take place on Oct. 13 at 8 a.m., with free live stats available at huskers.com.
First-year Nebraska Head Coach Stacy Underwood will be facing a familiar opponent this weekend, as Underwood spent the past five seasons as an assistant coach to Harry Mullins at Kentucky. The Wildcats return a loaded roster from their 2012 NCAA runner-up squad that includes 13 members from last season's team.
The Huskers began their 2012-13 season on a positive note, logging wins over then-No. 18 NC State and then-No. 4 Alaska-Fairbanks in Lincoln. Nebraska was led in part by impressive performances from senior Katelyn Woltersdorf and freshman Denise Martin. Woltersdorf captured the smallbore event title and the combined title in Friday's match with NC State. She finished second in smallbore against Alaska. Martin shined in her Husker debut, picking up the air rifle event title in both matches, while shooting her way to the Huskers' second-best combined scoring average on the weekend.
Huskers Open Season, Top NC State, Alaska
Nebraska picked up a pair of wins in its first weekend of competition, downing the nation's No. 18 team in NC State before dispatching No. 4 Alaska in a tiebreaker at the NU Rifle Range.
The Huskers kicked off the weekend against NC State on Oct. 5, defeating the Wolfpack by a score of 4,635-4,582 in Lincoln. The Huskers were paced by senior Katelyn Woltersdorf, who earned a smallbore title while adding a second-place finish in air rifle. NU freshman Denise Martin had a strong showing in her first match as a Husker, shooting her way to the air rifle title on the day.
Nebraska started the day on the smallbore range, where the Huskers cruised to a combined score of 2,306 while logging the top four scores on the day. Woltersdorf's mark of 581 was good to lead the meet, while fellow senior Janine Dutton fired her way to a 579 for second place. Junior Sunny Russell and Martin fired identical scores of 573 to tie for third.
The Big Red moved on to air rifle, posting a combined score of 2,329. Martin led the way for the Big Red, capturing the event title with a score of 587. Woltersdorf continued her strong showing on the day, coming in at second with a mark of 584. Russell, Hansen and Dutton rounded out Nebraska's declared competitors for the Huskers with each firing a 579 on the day.
Following NU's win on Friday, the Huskers prepared to face No. 4 Alaska-Fairbanks on Sunday in Lincoln. After the teams tied 4,641-4,641 in overall score during the match, a tiebreak of the total number of center shots was used to determine the winner. The Huskers topped Alaska-Fairbanks 255-249 in the tiebreak to take home the victory and give Head Coach Stacy Underwood a big win early in the season.
The Huskers kicked off the day on the smallbore range, where NU was once again paced by Woltersdorf, who fired her way to a 580 on the day, good for second overall in the competition. Martin added a 575 to finish sixth overall, while Dutton was third for the Huskers with a 573.
Alaska was led in smallbore competition by Soren Butler, whose mark of 581 took home the event title. Following smallbore competition, the Huskers narrowly trailed the Nanooks by a score of 2,302-2,297.
Nebraska responded in a big way on the air rifle range, taking the top three spots in the event to strike back at Alaska-Fairbanks. Martin came up big again for Nebraska, capturing the event title with a 588. Russell and Dutton added identical scores of 587 to come in at second and third place, respectively.
The Huskers' team score in air rifle came in at 2,344, edging the Nanooks' mark of 2,339 and putting the match at a 4,641-4,641 tie. The center shot tiebreaker was used to determine the winner, and the Huskers emerged victorious on the afternoon. The win was Nebraska's second all-time against Alaska-Fairbanks and NU's first since 2005. The 2005 Husker squad achieved a third-place finish at the NCAA Championships.
Martin, Woltersdorf Shine in Opening Weekend
A freshman and a senior were the highlights of a 2-0 start for the Huskers last weekend. Freshman Denise Martin and senior Katelyn Woltersdorf played key roles in boosting Nebraska to a win over NC State and an upset of top-five Alaska-Fairbanks.
Woltersdorf paced Nebraska on the range in smallbore, capturing a title in the event against NC State on Friday and finishing second against Alaska on Sunday. Woltersdorf fired her way to a weekend average of 580.5 in smallbore, nearly eight points higher than her 2011-12 average in the same event. The native of Battle Ground, Wash. added a combined title after posting an overall score of 1,165 on the weekend.
Martin shined on the air rifle range for the Big Red, winning event titles in both of her appearances in her freshman debut. Martin averaged a 587.5 in air rifle competition against NC State and Alaska.
NU Rises to No. 4 Nationally in CRCA Standings
The Nebraska rifle team moved up six spots to No. 4 nationally in the latest Collegiate Rifle Coaches' Association (CRCA) rankings, released Oct. 8. The Huskers (2-0, 1-0 GARC) went undefeated over the weekend, logging wins over then-No. 18 North Carolina State and then-No. 4 Alaska-Fairbanks.
GARC competitor West Virginia came in at No. 1 this week in the poll, with TCU and Jacksonville State appearing at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. The Huskers took the No. 4 spot, and Alaska-Fairbanks rounded out the top five. Other GARC teams appearing in the poll included Army (No. 6), Ole Miss (No. 7), Memphis (No. 10) and NC State (No. 11).
The CRCA Top 20 poll is released weekly, with fall rankings based on each team's most recent competition score. Teams that have been idle in competition thus far are not included in the rankings.
Nebraska Adds Four Talented Freshmen to Roster
Four skilled freshman shooters joinedthe 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 are expected to compete for spots in the NU lineup immediately.
Lorentz arrives 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.