The No. 4 TCU women’s rifle team will take on No. 3 Jacksonville State and No. 10 Murray State this weekend after their first five-day break of the season.
The players will have competed in four matches in three weeks after this coming weekend, which head coach Karen Monez said warranted a break.
“I think the break will have a positive effect on this weekend,” she said. “They’ll come into the tournament with fresh attitudes.”
The team will play at Murray State in Kentucky after a short practice week. Sophomore Kelly Bogart said she made sure to use her time wisely to prepare for this weekend’s matches.
Bogart said putting herself in match-like situations during practice has helped her this week. This year, the NCAA began implementing a 15-minute preparation period before matches where scores are not documented. Monez said this in turn cuts the scored matches down by 15-minutes, which has been something the players have had to adjust to.
“For something like kneeling during small bore, you put a lot of pressure on your foot,” Monez said. “This extra preparation period adds time on the floor for some players, meaning they could get hurt.”
Monez, who is in her ninth season at TCU, said players have also had to adjust to a new protocol for small bore shooting this season. She said the players now shoot in the order of kneeling, in prone position, then standing. They previously shot in the order of prone, standing, then kneeling.
Sophomore Hannah Black said during the short week of practice she focused on kneeling and prone in small bore, as well as bringing her air rifle score up.
She said the key to a successful match is being able to imagine going through the match at a specific range. Black said she is lucky that she had previously shot at Murray State’s range her senior year of high school. TCU rifle has not competed at Murray State in three years, Monez said.
TCU will also go head to head against Jacksonville State this weekend. Jacksonville State is currently one spot above TCU in the NCAA rankings.
However, Bogart said the TCU rifle players don’t focus on other teams successes and losses.
“You can’t focus on whom you’re versing,” she said. “You can only focus on yourself as an individual.”
Jacksonville State beat TCU at the Ole Miss Invite by only seven shots, shooting in the 4670s.
“That’s the kind of score we need to be shooting at Murray State this weekend,” Monez said.
Murray State will be home to the Rifle NCAA Championships in March 2014. Monez said getting acquainted with Pat Spurgin Rifle Range this weekend would help the players to train for the championships.
TCU will face Jacksonville State and Murray State in Murray, Kentucky Saturday Oct. 26 at 12:30 p.m.