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No. 2 West Virginia Concludes Fall Season This Weekend

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (Nov. 12, 2021)  The No. 2-ranked West Virginia University rifle returns to Morgantown from Nov. 13-14, to conclude its fall season against No. 6 Air Force, No. 8 Ohio State and No. 12 Army at the Bill McKenzie Mobile Rifle Range inside the WVU Shell Building.

WVU opens the weekend on Saturday, Nov.13, against Army, with the match scheduled to start at 10 a.m. ET. On Sunday, Nov. 14, the Mountaineers play host to the Black Knights once again and will be joined by Air Force and Ohio State for a quad match. Sunday’s contest is set for 8 a.m., with WVU and Air Force going head-to-head in the morning session, and Army and Ohio State matching up in the afternoon.

“We’re looking forward to the last matches of the semester, and a double weekend will be a good test to finish,” WVU coach Jon Hammond. “We have made some good progress this semester, and I’m happy with the effort the team has put in. Two matches back-to-back is a good endurance test for them, and it’s nice to have a couple home matches as well. We have one conference match, and then, it’s nice to compete with Air Force, as we haven’t faced them for a few years now.”

WVU is 40-10 all-time against Army, with the series beginning in 1957. The Mountaineers have won the last 12 meetings against the Black Knights, dating by to the 2009 campaign. In the last meeting on Jan. 26, 2020, West Virginia defeated Army, 4683-4648, to open its spring 2020 season in Morgantown.

Between Air Force and Ohio State, the Mountaineers are 68-0 all-time.

WVU is 19-0 all-time against Air Force, with the series beginning in 1974. The Mountaineers and the Falcons last competed on Oct. 21, 2018. Alongside Nebraska (4660), West Virginia collected a match-high score of 4712 to upset then-No. 2 Air Force (4686).

The Mountaineers are 49-0 all-time against Ohio State and are seeking their 50th victory against the Buckeyes. WVU and OSU began competing against each other in 1974. West Virginia competed against the Buckeyes twice last season on Jan. 23, 4712-4661, and 26, 4712-4665.

Last time out, WVU edged out then-No. 4 TCU, 4724-4723 on Nov. 6, at the X Count in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in the team’s lone neutral-site contest of the regular season. After falling behind to the Horned Frogs in smallbore, 2342-2339, the Mountaineers fired on all cylinders to win the air-rifle discipline, 2385-2381. Sophomore Molly McGhin led all shooters with an aggregate score of 1189 and tied the WVU program and NCAA record in air rifle after shooting 600 in the relay. The Griffin, Georgia, native is the sixth shooter in school history to accomplish the feat and the first since Ginny Thrasher vs. Army on Nov. 5, 2017. In total, seven WVU shooters placed inside the top 10 on the individual match standings and each of those student-athletes tallied an aggregate score of 1175 or better.

Press Release: WVU Athletic Department

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