MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (Nov. 5, 2021) – Following two weeks off from competition, the No. 3-ranked West Virginia University rifle team travels to Fort Wayne, Indiana for its lone neutral-site contest of the regular season against No. 4 TCU.
Saturday’s contest against the Horned Frogs is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. ET, inside the X Count in Fort Wayne.
“This will be our toughest match this semester against a really good team, one who beat us at NCAAS last year,” WVU coach Jon Hammond said. “I’m looking forward to seeing how the team responds to the challenge, and how well they can focus on themselves.
“We are competing at a neutral venue and are very appreciative of the X Count club to host this match. It will be the first time we are competing here, and that is always a fun challenge.”
West Virginia is 7-2 all-time against TCU, with the series beginning in 2005. The last meeting between the two teams ended up being one of the contentious matches in program history. On Oct. 26, 2019, the Mountaineers and Horned Frogs shot identical aggregate score of 4708 in a marquee matchup of the nation’s top-two rifle teams at the time.
Although the two squads had matching aggregate totals, West Virginia held the advantage over TCU in center shots, 311-293, which ultimately gave WVU the win against the defending, 2019 NCAA Champions.
Last time out, West Virginia defeated then-No. 11 NC State, 4730-4652, on Oct. 17, at the James T. Valvano Arena at William Neal Reynolds Coliseum, in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Mountaineers captured victories on both guns, defeating NC State 2348-2294 in smallbore and 2382-2358 in air rifle. All 10 Mountaineer shooters placed inside the top 10 on the overall match leaderboard, while also capturing the top-10 spots on the match smallbore standings. Additionally, WVU claimed the top-eight spots on the air rifle leaderboard. In total, five Mountaineers showed an aggregate score of 1180 or better and every shooter tallied a 581 or better in smallbore.
Press Release: WVU Athletic Department