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    Rifle's Upset Bid Against No. 8 Memphis Falls Short
     
    Freshman Lucas Kozeniesky
    Freshman Lucas Kozeniesky
     

    Oct. 26, 2013

    LEXINGTON, Ky. – The NC State rifle team shot a season-best 2294 in the smallbore competition, but came up short against the eighth-ranked Memphis Tigers Saturday in the Buell Armory. The Wolfpack fired a team score of 4608, while the Tigers finished with a 4628 score as a team.

    "We didn't perform as well as I would have liked for us to today," said head coach Keith Miller. "We struggled in air rifle and came up short in the overall match."

    Freshman Lucas Kozeniesky led the Pack in the air rifle compeition, firing the second-highest score in the event with a 587. Daniel Cliff, a sophomore from Fairfax, Va., shot a 577, while seniors Madeline Pike and Amy Roderer each charted score of 575. Sophomore Alex Martin also competed in the competition and tallied a 571. NC State finished the event with a team score of 2314.

    The Wolfpack registered a season-high 2294 in smallbore, headlined by Roderer's score of 575 to pace the squad. Her score also served as the second-best score in the competition. Kozeniesky and Martin each shot a 574, while Pike fired a 571. Cliff rounded out the lineup for the Pack with a 567. The team's score in the event bested its previous season-high by nine points (2285). 

    "Amy [Roderer] was really strong for us today in smallbore and recorded a new personal-best in the event," Miller added. "It was also another good day from Lucas [Kozeniesky] in both events, leading the team in air rifle and firing our second-highest score in smallbore."


     

     

    With the loss, State fell to 9-4 and 0-3 against Great America Rifle Conference (GARC) opponents. The match against the Wolfpack was the first dual-match for Memphis, as the Tigers moved to 1-0 overall and 1-0 in the GARC. 

    NC State will next be in action on Saturday, Nov. 9 when it competes in the fifth South Eastern Air Rifle Conference (SEARC) match of the season. The match will be held in Dahlonega, Ga., with the University of North Georgia serving as the host.

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