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Kentucky Athletics | February 3, 2014

No. 2 Kentucky knocks off No. 6 Nebraska

Kentucky Rifle

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Second-ranked Kentucky used a 4,680 to knock off No. 6 Nebraska Sunday at the Buell Armory, with the Huskers finishing the afternoon with a 4,659.

"You're going to have your good days and you're going to have your days where you have to fight through it," UK head coach Harry Mullins said. "Today was one of those days we had to fight through it. Nebraska is a really good team and it was one heck of a match, I'm proud of how our team hung in there and pushed through to get the win."

The Wildcats held a small edge through kneeling, leading 770-768 and increased the lead to nine after prone. Nebraska had a small advantage in standing but wasn't enough to give the Huskers the lead after smallbore, with UK ahead 2,321-2,316.

Seniors Aaron and Emily Holsopple paced Kentucky through smallbore, with Emily Holsopple shooting a 583, including a 191 in kneeling, 199 in prone and 193 in standing. Aaron Holsopple followed with a 581, shooting a 195 in kneeling, 199 in prone and 187 in standing.

Sophomore Connor Davis and freshman Sonya May were the final two counters to make up UK's smallbore score. Davis finished the opening event with a 577, while May posted a 580.

UK fell behind early in air rifle, trailing 1176-1169 through 30 shots but used a strong final 30 shots to take the advantage in air rifle, posting a 2359 to Nebraska's 2343 to seal the win.

Davis and May led the way in air rifle, both delivering a 592 as the first two to finish. May's 1172 individual aggregate marked the best for a UK counter today.

Emily Holsopple and Kirby closed out the first relay for UK counters, with Kirby shooting a 588, while Holsopple shot a 587. Junior Elijah Ellis competed as an air rifle counter in the second relay and added a 585 for the Wildcats.

As an individual, freshman Jason Sharbel posted personal best in air rifle and individual aggregate, shooting a 586 in air rifle and 577 in smallbore.

For Nebraska, freshman Rachel Martin delivered a team-best 584 in smallbore and junior Kelsey Hansen posted a team-best 591 in air rifle. The Huskers' 4659 bests the team's aggregate average of 4656 on the year.

"Today was a good match and I thought good experience for both teams," Mullins said. "Hats off to Nebraska, they are a really good team. We brought the intensity and effort, some things just didn't fall our way. I expect the team will be back hard at work this week in practice and hopefully our numbers will come together next weekend."

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