Ole Miss Rifle Heads to West Virginia
Oct. 20, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – Ole Miss rifle is off to a great start this season (3-0) but will face their toughest test of the year as they travel to face No. 2 West Virginia. The two teams will square off Saturday at 7 a.m. CT at the WVU Rifle range. 

Last time out…

Ole Miss defeated Akron 4645-4633 at home last weekend to up their record to 3-0. The Rebels shot a 2356 in air rifle, which ranks among the top five scores in school history (tied for third). Freshman Kamilla Kisch tied her personal best with a 592, to lead the team. Junior Harley Gardner led the Rebels in smallbore for the third match in a row, with a 578. 

Scouting the Mountaineers…

The Mountaineers defeated Nebraska last week, led by sophomore Milica Babic earning her second straight air rifle victory with a 597 score, while freshman David Koenders took the smallbore win with a career-high 588. 

Last meeting… 

West Virginia won last year’s meeting against the Rebels up in West Point, New York, 4707-4644. Rebel alum Alison Weisz posted a 593 in air rifle to lead Ole Miss and senior Jessica Haig led in smallbore with a 576.

Coaches going home…

No stranger to West Virginia’s rifle program, head coach Marsha Beasley led the Mountaineers to eight NCAA championships. In her first year as head coach, the Mountaineers won the first of four consecutive NCAA titles (1990-93) and repeated the feat from 1995-98. 

Marsha’s Minute…

WVU is truly a great team," said head coach Marsha Beasley.  They won the NCAA Championship the last five years.  Only one member of their 2017 team was a senior, Jean-Pierre Lucas, who I'm happy to say is now the Ole Miss Assistant Rifle Coach.”

“We have a couple goals for this trip.  We want to focus on process in order to perform as well as we can, and we want to learn as much as we can.  If we do those two things this will be a good trip for us.”

Mountaineer All-American returns…

New assistant coach Jean-Pierre Lucas wrapped up a standout career at West Virginia last year. He has the distinction of being the first tryout freshman to earn a spot on the WVU rifle team under current head coach Jon Hammond. In 2014, as a redshirt freshman Lucas competed in the Great America Rifle Conference Championships placing 3rd in smallbore (587) with a final score of (441).  

As team captain for both the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons, Lucas led the Mountaineers to two NCAA Championship titles.  During his collegiate career, he earned All-American honors nine times, including NRA First Team Smallbore and CRCA Second Team his senior year.  

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