Rifle opens up OVC play with UT Martin victory

Dana Buessler prepares her shot. (Photo courtesy of Racer Athletics)

The Murray State rifle team finished its fall portion of the season with a 4646-4609 win over UT Martin at the Pat Spurgin Rifle Range on Saturday, Nov. 23. 

Three of the top five aggregate scores went to the Racers, with junior Dana Buesseler leading the way with the day’s top aggregate score of 1171. Buesseler also shot 583 in smallbore, earning the top mark for both teams. 

UT Martin’s senior Kaitlin Korinek was one point shy of Buesseler’s aggregate, earning the second best score. Senior Shelby Huber shot a season and day’s best 593 in air rifle to go along with a third place finish in aggregate with a score of 1169.

Sophomore Anna Scheer shot 567 in smallbore and 589 in air rifle, finishing fourth in the match with an aggregate score of 1156. UT Martin’s junior Jennifer Plocinik rounded out the top five with an aggregate score of 1155.

Both sophomore Emily Fitzgerald and freshman Chloe Odle shot aggregate scores of 1149. Freshman Lauren Frealy shot an aggregate of 1142. Senior Meike Drewell shot a 566 in smallbore but did not participate in air rifle because of injury.

Head Coach Allan Lollar was pleased with his team’s performance, but believes there is still room for improvement. 

“We did some things good,” Lollar said. “Air rifle was pretty good today. We’ve still got some work to do in some areas, but I think we’re getting better.”

Lollar thought Scheer, Huber and Buesseler played especially well.

At the end of the match, Huber and Drewell were awarded certificates by the vice president for student affairs, Don Robertson, and the Division of Student Affairs for the two seniors’ contributions to Murray State University’s academics, athletics and campus life in the last four years.

After some time off to train and finish the semester, the Racers will resume play with a rematch between UT Martin on Saturday, Jan. 11, in Martin, Tennessee.