Rifle Faces Challenging Schedule in 2014-15

Army head coach Ron Wigger

Army head coach Ron Wigger

2014-15 Army Rifle Schedule

June 19, 2014

WEST POINT, N.Y. - The 2014-15 Army rifle team's schedule, a challenging 13-match slate, was unveiled today by head coach Ron Wigger. The scheduled is highlighted by five NCAA participants to include two-time defending champion West Virginia and third-place Kentucky.

Army will host seven home matches with four scheduled during the fall that includes three Great America Rifle Conference (GARC) matches, while the winter portion has three of four matches being contested at Tronsrue Marksmanship Center highlighted by Navy.

The Black Knights open the season on the road taking on TCU, who finished sixth last year at the NCAAs, on Saturday, Oct. 4, at 8 a.m. Army makes its home debut just over a week later hosting Memphis and MIT, the former a member of the GARC, in a triangular on Monday, Oct. 13, at 3 p.m at Tronsrue Marksmanship Center.

The Black Knights are on the road for a five-match slate that encompasses a month starting with a trip to Charleston, S.C., to take on conference rival Nebraska in a meet hosted by The Citadel on Sunday, Oct. 19. The following week (Oct. 25), the Black Knights journey to Lexington, Va., for a GARC match against NC State held at VMI.

Army steps out of its dual meet circuit on Saturday, Nov. 1, when its heads to New London, Conn., to compete at the annual President's Trophy Match being hosted by the Coast Guard Academy. The defending champion Black Knights reclaimed the title last year for the seventh time over a nine-year span after edging Air Force (5809-5800) in a meet hosted by Navy. The Midshipmen finished third and Coast Guard was fourth in rounding out the All-Academy field.

The Black Knights head to the Bluegrass State the weekend of Nov. 8 and 9 for a pair of matches hosted by the Kentucky Wildcats. Army fires against Murray State on Saturday and takes on conference foe Kentucky, who finished runner-up last year at the GARC Championships and took the bronze at the NCAAs, in closing out its longest road trip of the year.

A pair of home conference matches against Ole Miss on Friday, Nov. 14, and defending NCAA and GARC champion West Virginia two days later (Sunday, Nov. 16) puts the finishing touches on the fall campaign.

The second half of the schedule has Army competing on the homefront for a majority of its dual matches as the Black Knights prepare for postseason competition. The squad opens 2015 hosting Ohio State on Saturday, Jan. 24, followed by a trip to Ohio to compete against conference rival Akron on Saturday, Jan. 31, in a match held in conjunction with the Palmyra Invitational. The meeting against the Zips will also be counted as Army's NRA Sectional match.

Army closes out its schedule at Tronsrue hosting Navy in the "Star" match in its GARC finale on Saturday, Feb. 7, followed by USP in the NCAA Qualifier on Saturday, Feb. 21. The Black Knights will be looking to extend their six-match win streak over the Midshipmen in their final tune up for the Qualifier in Army's bid to earn its 12th straight berth to the NCAA Championship.

Next up is the GARC Championship (Feb. 28-29) hosted by Ole Miss in a challenging field that saw West Virginia, Kentucky, Nebraska and Army grab the top four spots at last year's tournament along with competing at the NCAAs. Memphis, Ole Miss, Navy, NC State and Akron round out the rest of the GARC field.

The conference championship serves as Army's final test before the 2015 NCAA Championship where the top eight Division I teams in the country earn a berth.

Alaska Fairbanks, who finished runner-up at last year's NCAAs, will be hosting this year's national championship at the Patty Center. It is just the second time that the Nanooks are hosting this prestigious event since winning the title the last time they were the home team in 2007.

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