Lyons reveals 2018-19 rifle schedule

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2018-19 Schedule

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University Director of Athletics Shane Lyons announced today the 2018-19 rifle schedule. The nation-best 19-time NCAA Champion Mountaineers, the reigning National Champion runners-up, will face six of their seven opponents from the 2018 NCAA National Championships, including matches at Kentucky, the 2018 National Champion, and third-place finisher TCU. The Mountaineers’ slate culminates with the 2019 NCAA National Championships, set for March 8-9 at the WVU Coliseum. This year’s championship marks the first-ever NCAA final in Morgantown. “Given the history of our program, it’s incredibly exciting for the WVU rifle team to host West Virginia University’s first NCAA final,” Mountaineer coach Jon Hammond said. “We know our fans and program supporters are excited for this year’s championship, as is the team and the University. I hope this can be a really big and great event. “Our whole schedule will build up to the NCAA National Championships. As a team, we’ll have to work a bit harder to stay in our bubble and not put too much focus on the match.” The 2018-19 schedule features eight home matches, including the NCAA National Championships. All home matches will be held at the WVU Rifle Range or at the Bill McKenzie Rifle Range inside the WVU Shell Building or the WVU Coliseum. “We’re excited about this schedule. Our facility flexibility is great. We can hold matches in the WVU Shell Building and the WVU Rifle Range, and hopefully this season, in the WVU Coliseum, too,” Hammond said. “I think that is exciting and beneficial for our team. We’ll be able to practice in different environments, which will help us prepare for the postseason.” The Mountaineers open the season and the defense of their five straight Great America Rifle Conference (GARC) crowns at Akron on Sept. 29. WVU continues its GARC slate and opens its home season against Memphis on …

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