DUE TO HEAVY SNOWS IN WESTERN KENTUCKY...WIDESPREAD 6 TO 12 INCH SNOWFALL AMOUNTS HAVE HAULTED AREA TRAVEL. ISOLATED 15 INCH AMOUNTS HAVE BEEN REPORTED. DRIFTS UP TO A FOOT AND A HALF HAVE ALSO BEEN REPORTED. THIS IS A DANGEROUS STORM SITUATION AND TRAVEL SHOULD BE AVOIDED IF AT ALL POSSIBLE. (National Weather Service)
Davis Motor Sales banner ad

UK rifle2 300Fairbanks, Alaska (11/28/13) - Looking to bounce back from its first loss of the year on Saturday, the University of Kentucky rifle team improved its aggregate score by 18 points on Sunday but fell to the second-ranked Nanooks of Alaska-Fairbanks 4695-4689 Sunday afternoon at the E.F. Horton Rifle Range.

"We asked the team to respond after yesterday and I think they did," UK head coach Harry Mullins said. "They definitely raised the level of intensity and I think they performed well. The freshmen did an outstanding job, hung in there and had some really strong performances. You have to tip your hat to Alaska."

Alaska-Fairbanks claimed an early lead in kneeling but the Wildcats hung close throughout prone and standing, trailing 2325-2322 at the conclusion of smallbore.

Senior Emily Holsopple improved seven points on Saturday's smallbore score, leading the squad with a 586 in the first event. Freshmen Heather Kirby and Sonya May held steady for the Wildcats in smallbore, shooting a 580 and 579, respectively.

Senior Aaron Holsopple's 577 pulled the UK score up to 2322. Juniors Cody Manning and Elijah Ellis posted a 570 and 571, respectively.

Trailing by three heading into air rifle, Kentucky hoped to put together a comeback effort in the final event.

With three shooters breaking 590 in air rifle, the Wildcats delivered a 2367 but Alaska-Fairbanks' three shooters above 593 eclipsed Kentucky's air rifle score with a 2370.

Sophomore Connor Davis boasted Kentucky's top air rifle performance, shooting his fourth 595 in seven matches this year.

Kirby continued her strong showing on the trip as she set a new personal best in air rifle with a 593. Ellis also boosted the Wildcats' score with a 591, a season high for Ellis.

As the final two counters, May and Emily Holsopple each shot a 588

"I felt like we came out of the gate really well in air rifle and lost some points at the end," Mullins said. "The work ethic is definitely there but in our game when you push hard, sometimes you push too hard and finding balance is a key to success. I think we're pushing hard right now and I think once we get our balance we'll see some really good numbers like we've seen in the past few years."

The match closes out the fall season for the Wildcats, with UK set to return to action Jan. 11 at Ohio State.

"I think we learned a lot about who we are, what we have to do and from that aspect I think this trip will pay huge dividends for the future," Mullins said. "Even though we didn't peak like we wanted to I think we're definitely going into the break with a lot of things to think about but in the same note we can definitely be proud of what we've done this fall and if we continue to work we can see some good numbers in the spring."

SurfKY News
Information provided by UK Athletics

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

Posted on 2/2/14
springhour
1 DOW 18,135.72
+38.82 (0.21%)    
2 S&P 2,101.04
+2.51 (0.12%)    
3 NASDAQ 4,982.81
+15.67 (0.32%)    

Most Read This Week

March 02, 2015 9503

Madisonville Teen Faces Numerous Drug Charges

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Detention Center
February 25, 2015 8911

Multi-Agency Investigation Nets Large-Scale Meth…

in Top News For All Sites by Trooper Stu Recke
February 25, 2015 6489

New Asian Restaurant Coming to Madisonville

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Gary Gates, SurfKY News
March 03, 2015 5786

Three Arrested during Traffic Stop

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Detention Center
February 25, 2015 4467

Local Man Makes Unique Display from Area’s…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
March 05, 2015 4216

State of Emergency Declared for Hopkins County

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Leslie Curneal

Most Read This Month

February 12, 2015

UPDATE: Name of Pennyrile Fatality Officially…

in Top News For All Sites Touching Hopkins by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
February 16, 2015

UPDATE: State of Emergency Declared for Kentucky

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director

Stories Trending Today

March 05, 2015 4216

State of Emergency Declared for Hopkins County

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Leslie Curneal
March 05, 2015 3665

UPDATE: I-24 Open Between 50-45 MM

in Top News For All Sites Touching Hopkins by Keith Todd
March 03, 2015 2809

Superintendent: Spring Break Won't be Touched…

in Hopkins News by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
March 05, 2015 2129

Deep Snowfall Stalls Western Kentucky

in Top News For All Sites by SurfKY News
March 04, 2015 2016

Highway Crews Dealing with Landsides in…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Keith Todd
March 04, 2015 1781

KSP Warns of Old Scam Resurfacing in the Post 2…

in Top News For All Sites Touching Hopkins by Trooper S. C. Recke
March 04, 2015 1533

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - March 4, 2015

in Hopkins News by Madisonville Police Department
March 04, 2015 1531

Adamson Chosen as Madisonville MSU Campus’…

in Top News For All Sites Touching Hopkins by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
March 04, 2015 1464

Muhlenberg County Educator Inducted into Kentucky…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by WKU News
March 05, 2015 1410

Muhlenberg Issues State of Emergency Under…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Paul McRee, SurfKY News