Kentucky Rifle Falls to Top Ranked West Virginia
Feb. 8, 2014
LEXINGTON, Ky. – With Emily Holsopple shooting a season-best 596 in air rifle, the University of Kentucky rifle team dropped its final match of the regular season Saturday, losing 4702-4688 at West Virginia, as the Mountaineers claimed the Great America Rifle Conference regular season title.
“It’s always disappointing losing but we lost to a great team,” UK head coach Harry Mullins said. “Hats off to them, they did a phenomenal job. We left a few points out there and just couldn’t get going in air rifle. I did think we performed well in situations just came up short on points.”
The Wildcats trailed the Mountaineers in smallbore by three following kneeling and prone but a seven-point advantage in standing boosted UK into a four-point lead after smallbore, 2324-2320.
Senior Emily Holsopple led Kentucky in smallbore, shooting a 587 to lead the Wildcats in the opening event for the 11th time this year. Freshman Sonya May followed with a 583 in smallbore for Kentucky, her best smallbore score in the spring.
The Mountaineers used a strong air rifle showing to claim the victory, as Kentucky shot a 2364 to West Virginia’s 2382.
Emily Holsopple’s 596 in air rifle marks the best air rifle performance of the year for a Wildcat. Davis was a few points behind with a 592, his 11th time above 590 in air rifle.
May posted a 589 in air rifle and junior Jonathan Pinkel shot a 587 as a counter.
As an individual, junior Elijah Ellis recorded a 591 to finish off the day.
West Virginia saw three shooters post a 596 in air rifle.
“We struggled a little bit and if we work on some things over the next weeks I think we can make a strong push in the postseason,” Mullins said. “We just have to keep working and refine a few things to hopefully pick up some more points.”
Kentucky will return to action in two weeks, hosting NCAA Qualifiers.