Tiger Rifle Opens Spring Season in Oxford
Jan. 24, 2011
OXFORD, Miss. -- The 16th ranked University of Memphis rifle team dropped close matches to No. 3 Kentucky and No. 12 Jacksonville State over the weekend while competing at the Ole Miss Rifle Range.
Kentucky clipped the U of M Friday, Jan. 21 by an aggregate margin of 4,691 to 4,593. Dan Hermsmeier led the way for Memphis in smallbore against the Wildcats by posting a mark of 583. The team smallbore score of 2,227 tied for the highest of the then season-high.
Kelly Audet set a new personal best in air rifle (588) to lead Memphis, while Hermsmeier tied his personal record of 586 and lead Memphis to a team air rifle score of 2,316. Audet had perfect scores in rounds one and two.
Henri Junghanel led the Wildcats in smallbore with a match-high mark of 587. Lunghanel also led Kentucky in air rifle with a mark of 595.
Jacksonville State narrowly edged to Tigers Sunday, Jan. 23 by an aggregate total of 4,628-4,614. Hermsmeier again led the way in smallbore for Memphis, posting a match-high 581 and was fourth in air rifle with a mark of 583. Jessica Phenis also posted a personal record of 570 in smallbore. The Gamecocks 2,295 was enough to top Memphis (2,284) in smallbore by just 11 points.
Audet led the Tigers in air rifle, tying a personal best of 588 she set in Friday's match against Kentucky. Hermsmeier posted a 583 air mark and Phenis turned in a score of 570, but the Gamecock's were able to out-shoot the Tigers by a margin of 2,333-2,330.
"We had a really solid weekend despite the losses," University of Memphis rifle coach Butch Whoolbright said. "We had several personal bests, and I'm confident we're headed in the right direction."
The Tiger rifle squad continues its 2010-11 campaign Wednesday, Jan. 26 when it travels to Martin, Tenn. for the Skyhawk Invitational.