The No. 7 Nebraska rifle team finishes the fall season this weekend, when it welcomes UTEP to the NU Rifle Range for matches on Saturday and Sunday. Both matches are set to begin at 9 a.m. The NU Rifle Range is located in the basement of the Military and Naval Science Building on 14th and Vine. There will be equipment displays and an opportunity for fans to test their shooting skills on both days. Coffee and hot chocolate will be served on Saturday.
The Huskers are 8-4 overall against the Miners, dating back to 2001. NU has defeated UTEP the last two times the teams have met, once in 2012 and once in 2013.
Scouting the UTEP Miners
UTEP last competed on Nov. 6 against Ohio State. The Miners fell to the Buckeyes by a score of 4,576-4,676. Freshman Mara Rouse earned a career-high air rifle score of 591 against the Buckeyes to lead the team in that discipline. Rachael Schoenrock was the Miners’ top performer in smallbore. The Beatrice, Neb., native fired a 569 against Ohio State. UTEP is coached by Hannah Muegge, who is in her second year as head coach at UTEP. Muegge and the Miners are looking for their first win of the season this weekend against the Huskers.
Last Time Out
The Nebraska rifle team put on an impressive performance against fourth-ranked Kentucky on Nov. 6. Dacotah Faught tied the school record for the highest air rifle score by a junior, firing 596. Nina Radulovic earned a career-high smallbore score (586), while Rachel Yager tallied a 586 in air rifle for a new career high. As a team, the Huskers recorded the highest team score this season by more than 10 points, along with the fifth highest air rifle score in school history (2,362). Despite the strong performance, NU fell to Kentucky 4,675-4,683, suffering its first loss of the season.
The Huskers kept up with the Wildcats in smallbore, only trailing by one point after the first discipline. Radulovic’s career-high score of 586 paved the way for the Huskers. Freshman Samantha Peterson helped the team with 580. Faught added 578. NU only trailed Kentucky 2,313-2,314 heading into air rifle.
For the fourth consecutive match, Faught was the Huskers’ top air rifle scorer (596). Seniors Rachel Martin and Jaycee Carter notched 590 and 588, respectively. Peterson also earned 588, while Radulovic grabbed 584.
Huskers Ranked No. 7
The Nebraska rifle team moved up one spot to No. 7 in this week’s CRCA Top 20 Poll. West Virginia still holds the top spot. Kentucky moved up to two spots to second, while Murray State moved down one spot to third. Air Force is ranked fourth and TCU ranks No. 5.
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