No. 2 Rifle Hosts No. 15 Navy

Nov. 9, 2012

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Following a win over North Carolina State and The Citadel this past weekend, the University of Kentucky rifle team returns home Saturday to host No. 15 Navy.

“We’re excited about Navy, we haven’t shot against them shoulder-to-shoulder in 10-11 years,” UK head coach Harry Mullins said. “To get them back on the books in head-to-head competition is really neat. It looks like they’re going to join the conference next year so we’re going to see them on a regular basis next year. Navy is a very well-run program.”

The Kentucky lineup will stay familiar with senior Henri Junghänel, junior Emily Holsopple, freshman Connor Davis, senior Heather Greathouse and sophomore Elijah Ellis making up the smallbore lineup. Junghänel, Holsopple, Greathouse, Davis will also be featured in the air rifle lineup in addition to senior Stacy Wheatley.

“I think overall, this time of year we like to try to put ourselves through as many tests as possible,” Mullins said. “This weekend is another test. With this sport being total offense and no defense, it’s not the defense that Navy brings but it’s the offense that we bring against the course on Saturday in comparison to what Navy does.”

Navy enters Saturday’s contest with a 1-1 record, with its lone loss coming on the road vs. No. 1 West Virginia. The Midshipmen have competed in two tournaments this fall, including finishing first overall at the MAC Tournament to open the year. Navy placed third at the President’s Trophy match this past weekend.

“Navy is a very good program,” Mullins said. “I think they’ll post a good number and I’m hoping we’ll do the same. I expect us to stay in the same range that we were against NC State and The Citadel and hopefully pick up a few more points.”

Kentucky saw three personal bests in its last outing, a 590 in smallbore from Emily Holsopple and air rifle personal bests from sophomore Jonathan Pinkel (591) and freshman Luke South (590)

“This is getting toward the end of the fall semester and I think we need to establish ourselves with continued solid performances from everybody in the lineup, top to bottom. We had good performances from Jon Pinkel and Luke South, breaking 590 in air rifle, but now it’s time for some of the other guys to step up and get out of the high 570s and get into the 580s. The goal is to get everybody on the team to break 580 before we wrap up the fall semester.”

The Wildcats look to improve on their perfect 5-0 record after coming off a full week of practice to tune up.

“We’ve seen some real good performances in training and I think that’s where we are right now, trying to turn those performances in training into solid performances in the matches so we can establish ourselves as one of the top programs in the country. I feel that we are very capable of reaching the scores we are aiming for.”

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