rifle-nc flag

West Virginia Athletics | February 6, 2014

West Virgina overcomes three-shot deficit to beat Alaska-Fairbanks

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Top-ranked West Virginia overcame a three-shot smallbore deficit to defeat No. 3 Alaska-Fairbanks 4,709-4,680 on Thursday, at the WVU Rifle Range.

The Mountaineers’ (9-0, 6-0 GARC) combined total is one-shot short of its NCAA season-best score of 4,710, shot Jan. 24 at the Withrow Invitational.

Thursday's loss is the first of the season for UAF.

WVU dominated the Nanooks (9-1) in air rifle 2,380-2,348. The squad’s score, a season high, is one-shot short of matching its program-best mark of 2,381. UAF opened the match defeating WVU in smallbore, 2,332-2,329.

Four of the five Mountaineer counters finished in the top four air rifle spots. Junior Maren Prediger finished first with a 597 (99-100-99-99-100-100) score, while classmate Ziva Dvorsak matched her season-high showing of 596 and placed second. Sophomore Garrett Spurgeon finished third and matched his career high with a 594 score, and junior Thomas Kyanko shot a season-high 593 for a fourth-place finish; the score is one-shot short of the Wellsburg, W.Va., native’s career high.

Junior Meelis Kiisk, the fifth WVU counter, tallied 580.

Several non-counting Mountaineer shooters also had strong air rifle showings today. Sophomore Patrick Sunderman matched his career-best score of 591 and finished in a fifth-place tie with UAF’s Tim Sherry. Additionally, junior Taylor Ciotola and redshirt-freshman Jean-Pierre Lucas each shot a season-high 590 and tied for seventh place.

The Nanooks’ Lorelie Stanfield shot 587 smallbore for the discipline win. Kyanko finished just behind with a season-best 586 score (197 kneeling, 200 prone, 189 standing). Dvorsak placed third with a 584, while Spurgeon tied for fourth with a 583 mark. Senior Daniel Sojka tied for sixth place with a 582 total.

Of note, Kyanko and Ciotola each shot a school-record 200 prone today.

Dvorsak shot a match-best 1,180 aggregate total. Kyanko finished second with a season-best 1,179 score, and Spurgeon’s 1,177 was good enough for third.

With the win, the Mountaineers improve to 9-6 all-time against UAF.

2021 SEC/Big 12 Challenge: Schedule, results for the men's basketball games

The 2021 SEC/Big 12 Challenge for men's basketball will take place on Saturday, Jan. 30. Here's everything you need to know.
READ MORE

2020-21 DI men’s college basketball milestone tracker

NCAA.com is tracking notable milestones set during the 2020-21 men's college basketball season.
READ MORE

Predictions for Texas vs. West Virginia and 9 other major men's basketball matchups

Andy Katz predicts Texas vs. West Virginia and nine other big men's college basketball games in the first week of 2021.
READ MORE

Subscribe To Email Updates

Enter your information to receive emails about offers, promotions from NCAA.com and our partners