No. 9 Memphis Rifle Drops Close Bout to No. 5 Nebraska
Nov. 12, 2013
LINCOLN, NE - The No. 9 Memphis Rifle team had upset on their mind taking on No. 5 University of Nebraska over the weekend but the Cornhuskers held off the Tigers for closely contested 4635-4630 win.
The match came down to the wire as Nebraska edged Memphis in smallbore by one point (2301-2300) and topped the Tigers 2334-2330 in air.
Senior Dan Hermsmeier kept his streak alive of finishing with a top two spot in either smallbore or air rifle in each competition; this week landing the top smallbore score (582) and the second best air score (590).
In the smallbore competition, Hermsmeier beat out Nebraska's Rachel Martin for the top spot by just one point, clinching it with a perfect 100 in his second run at the prone position.
Sophomore Max Burkhardt and freshman Amy Fister also put up big points for Memphis in smallbore with two top five finishes. Burkhardt shot for a third place finish with 577; also adding a 100 in the prone position. Fister claimed the fifth best smallbore score, posting a 573.
Rounding out the Tigers' top five smallbore scores were sophomores Beth Lee and Nate Brandeburg; Lee posting a 568 and Brandeburg with a 560.
Hermsmeier and Burkhardt took charge for Memphis in the air competition as well with Hermsmeier shooting a 590; one point behind Nebraska's Denise Martin's top score of 591. Burkhardt landed himself in the top five again with the fourth best air rifle score of the day at 583.
Brandeburg finished with an air rifle score of 579 with Lee right behind him, shooting a 578. Amy Fister recorded a 572 air score.
The Memphis rifle team goes back on the road in two weeks for a double header against No. 17 Columbus State at Fort Benning, GA and then No. 7 Jacksonville State in Jacksonville, AL on November 23.