Rebels to Compete in NCAA Qualifier
Feb. 16, 2018

OXFORD, Miss. -The No. 8 Ole Miss Rifle Team will host Jacksonville State University in the NCAA Qualifier Saturday at the Ole Miss Rifle Range. The match starts at 8:30 a.m. and fans will earn 20 Rebel Rewards points. 

How NCAA Qualification Works...

All NCAA rifle teams compete this weekend and the scores fired count for fifty percent of each team's score for selection to the NCAA National Rifle Championships.  The other fifty percent of each team's score is determined by averaging the three highest scores fired by each team at three different locations throughout the season.

The three-match qualifying score for Ole Miss is 4675, the highest in Rebel history and is ninth among all teams.  Teams in eighth, ninth and tenth, Nevada-Reno, Ole Miss and Nebraska respectively are separated by only four points.

Eight teams will receive invitations to the NCAA National Rifle Championships.  For shooters not on one of those eight teams, invitations are also given to the top four individuals in each event in the NCAA Qualifiers.

Rifle is the only sport that selects the field for the NCAA Championships solely on scores.  Neither a team's won-loss record nor strength of schedule are considered. 

Last Time Out...

After a nail-biter last weekend, beating Memphis by two, Ole Miss finished 6-2 in the GARC regular season behind No. 1 ranked West Virginia and No. 3 ranked Kentucky. The Rebels edged Memphis 4650-4648 led by a personal best in smallbore (581) from Abby Buesseler and a personal best 595 from freshman Kamilla Kisch in air rifle. 

Last Matchup against JSU...

The Rebels earned their fourth win of the 2017-18 season, when they defeated Jacksonville State University last November. The Gamecocks fired a team score of 4633, while the Rebels shot a combined score of 4639 in smallbore and air rifle.

Looking at JSU... 

The Jacksonville State rifle team is making their third trip to Oxford this year. They participated in the Ole Miss Invitational at the beginning of the fall and then faced Murray State here last Saturday falling 4708-4632. The Gamecocks are led by junior David Sink who boasts a 577.2 average in smallbore and a 585.6 average in air rifle. 

Marsha's Minute...

"Ole Miss and JSU are pretty evenly matched teams and it should be a good match-up," said head coach Marsha Beasley.  Our goals for Saturday include giving our best effort and focusing on the process - that is focusing on what we have to do to fire a good shot on each shot."

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