November 3, 2016

MARTIN, Tenn. - The University of Tennessee at Martin rifle teams began one of their toughest stretches of the season this past weekend as they traveled to Memphis, this past Saturday, and then headed north to take on Murray State, this past Sunday, to compete against its Ohio Valley Conference rival for the second time this season.

The Skyhawks kicked off the weekend with a trip to Memphis where they looked to continue their improved shooting against the Tigers. Both the mixed squad (2285) and the women’s squad (2259) notched their best scores in the past two seasons in the smallbore portion of the competition. Joe Martin (583) and Brigitte Curcio (569) each set new career bests in the discipline, while Alex Tamboli (567) and Kaitlin Korinek (566) also contributed for UT Martin. The women’s team also turned in a solid performance in the smallbore with Lindsey Flint, Alyson Sylvester and Ashley Coots all posting a 567.

The women’s squad set a two-year high in the air rifle posting a 2299 total. Jennifer Plocinik (580), Amanda Mayo (560) and Sylvester (573) each recorded new career highs, with Brianna Sawyers (570) and Coots (576) rounding out the scoring for the Skyhawks.  For the mixed squad, Korinek (588) and Alex Bapties (573) each set new personal bests, with Martin (582) and Curcio (579) also contributing to the 2322 total score.

The aggregate totals for both the mixed squad (4607) and the women’s squad (4558) were the best the programs have recorded in the past two seasons.

It did not take long for the Skyhawks to improve on those scores as both UT Martin squads traveled to face off with No. 2 nationally ranked Murray State on Sunday.

The women’s squad bested their previous score by posting a 4568 aggregate total while improving their smallbore total to 2274. Plocinik (577), Coots (570) and Sawyers (568) each set new career bests in the discipline for the women’s squad. Korinek (578) notched a career high for the mixed squad, with Martin (579) also helping lead the way to the 2285 team total.

Bapties’ career best 583 paced the mixed squad in the air rifle, while Korinek and Martin (581) helped lead the squad to a 2321 total. Sawyers’ new career best (586) sparked the women’s team, while Plocinik (574) and Coots (572) also helped pace the Skyhawks to a 2294 total. As an individual, Andre Delcalzo also notched a new career high in air rifle firing a 564.

After a long weekend of shooting, head coach Bob Beard was pleased with the progress as UT Martin looks to continually improve throughout the season.

“It was a long and tiring weekend, but it produced great results,” Beard said. “10 of our 13 athletes established new career highs, with everyone contributing to the team’s success. Murray obviously had a good weekend setting a new NCAA record in smallbore against us, but I believe all three teams (UT Martin mixed, UT Martin women’s and Murray State) are likely to start moving up in the polls as a result of this weekend’s performances.”