The UTEP rifle team will open its 2016-17 season when it competes at Nevada Saturday. This is first of eight events in the fall for the Miners, who have been working hard to prepare under the direction of second-year head coach Hannah Muegge.
The Miners have the largest roster (eight) since 2011-12 (nine student-athletes competed), with four newcomers and four veterans. There are three seniors (Jessica Kinder, Rachael Schoenrock and Monthserrat Serna) and one sophomore (Haylee Schoenrock). In terms of the newcomers there are three true freshmen (Abby Monique, Bailey Powell and Mara Rouse), in addition to a sophomore transfer from Ole Miss (Maranda Nelson).
“We’re looking forward to getting a match under our belt at our season opener in Nevada,” Muegge said. “Our plan for the weekend is not to focus so much on the match itself but to focus on taking good shots. The team has defined a good shot as being one that felt right in their shot process.”
Muegge has been pleased with the camaraderie by her squad during training, especially with their willingness to support and encourage another as they strive to meet their daily goals.
Rachael Schoenrock, one of the team’s leaders, is looking forward to giving all she has in her final year donning the Orange and Blue. Sophomore and younger sister Haylee Schoenrock is pumped about the opportunity to build on last year’s accomplishments while excited is operative word for the freshmen.
Following Saturday’s match at Nevada, UTEP will return to the Sun City to begin preparations for its home opener. The Wolf Pack will make the trip to El Paso for a match on Oct. 8 at the UTEP Rifle Range. Admission is free but for fans who can’t make it there will be live stats through UTEPAthletics.com