FAIRBANKS — The Alaska Nanooks rifle team had a little setback, while the West Virginia Mountaineers kept putting up near-record numbers Sunday in the Patty Center
After posting a season-best score of 4,670 in Saturday’s showdown between the two winningest NCAA rifle programs in the history of the sport, the Nanooks fell back to a 4,651 in Sunday’s match.
West Virginia, meanwhile, dropped back just three points and posted a 4,716 to handily win for the second day in a row.
“West Virginia had a great weekend,” Nanooks coach Dan Jordan said in an email to the News-Miner on Sunday evening. “We struggled a little today (Sunday), but have some good things to take away from the weekend.”
The Mountaineers won the smallbore match shot downstairs in the Patty Center’s E.F. Horton Range 2,346-2,312, then captured the air rifle match shot in the main gym, 2,370-2,339.
While disappointed the Nanooks didn’t fare better, Jordan said competing against the top teams in the country is good experience for his young team.
“It will make us a better team in the long run,” Jordan said. “We have the talent and we have the skill, now we just need the attitude and to believe in ourselves.”
Italian Petra Zublasing led the Mountaineers for the second straight day with scores of 593 in smallbore and 596 in air rifle.
Ryan Anderson and Mike Liuzza both posted scores of 581 to lead the Nanooks smallbore squad. Cole Bures and Tim Sherry posted scores of 575 and Soren Butler had a 574.
Liuzza notched a 488 to lead Alaska’s air rifle team, followed by Bures and Sherry at 584, Anderson at 583 and Mats Eriksson at 582.
For complete scores go to www.alaskananooks.com.
The Nanooks’ next match is Jan. 10 at Murray State in Kentucky.