Top-ranked West Virginia earns seventh win in a row vs. NC State
MORGANTOWN, W.V. -- No. 1-ranked West Virginia picked up its second Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) win in three days and pushed its win streak to seven with a 4,697-4,596 victory against visiting No. 13 NC State at the WVU Rifle Range.
The Mountaineers (7-0, 4-0 GARC) swept the Wolfpack with a 2,358-2,317 win in air rifle and a 2,339-2,279 smallbore mark.
Five shooters combined for the team’s scores: senior Petra Zublasing, junior Daniel Sojka, sophomores Taylor Ciotola and Meelis Kiisk and freshman Garrett Spurgeon.
“We didn’t have our best scores of the season, and maybe that was a bit of fatigue, but I also think that’s just what happens,” head coach Jon Hammond said. “[Sunday] wasn’t everyone’s best day, and there were a few struggles, especially in kneeling, but I was happy to see everyone dig in and grind out a score. Despite the struggles, our scores were still strong and show our consistency and patience. I’m really happy with the maturity that’s starting to show on this team.”
Zublasing won both disciplines for the second time this weekend, shooting 595 on air rifle and 590 on smallbore.
Sophomore Maren Prediger tied Zublasing for the air rifle win, as she shot a personal-best 595. NCSU’s Madeline Pike finished third with a 591, while Kiisk and freshman Patrick Sunderman tied for fourth place with 589s.
Redshirt freshman Matthew Martin shot a personal-best 571.
Three Mountaineers tied for second place in smallbore, with Kiisk, Spurgeon and Sunderman all shooting 584. Ciotola and Sojka tied for fifth place with scores of 581. Pike paced the Wolfpack and finished seventh with a score of 577.
Junior Chance Cover and Martin each shot personal bests in smallbore with scores of 572 and 570, respectively.
Zublasing finished first overall with a combined score of 1185. Sunderman and Kiisk tied for second with aggregate scores of 1173, and Spurgeon placed fourth with a 1170.
“We’re pushing for the whole team to always show improvement, and I’m really happy with the strides some of our non-counters have made over the course of the fall season,” Hammond said. “Chance [Cover] has shown great improvement from last season, and Patrick [Sunderman] is starting to get it down in his first year. This may be one of the deepest teams we have had at WVU in a long time.”
The Mountaineers improve to 14-0 all-time against NCSU.