Rifle Reveals 2022-23 Schedule – West Virginia University Athletics

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University Athletics Director and Associate Vice President Shane Lyons announced the 2022-23 rifle plan on Wednesday.

The 2022-23 regular season features six competitions at home, six away and one matchup on neutral ground.
All home games are played at the WVU Rifle Range or the Bill McKenzie Rifle Range in the WVU Shell Building.

The Mountaineers will also compete on the road at this year’s NCAA Qualifying Tournament and 2023 NCAA Championships. West Virginia will host the 2023 Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) Championships on February 25-26.

“Like most years, we have a challenging schedule that will give us some good tests against most of the country’s top teams,” said WVU coach Jon Hammond said. “We’re hosting our first WVU Fall Classic, which will feature TCU, Alaska and Kentucky, who have joined us in winning 29 of the last 30 NCAA championships. Not only that, they were the top three at last year’s NCAA championships. It’s going to be a great test for us at the end of the fall semester.

“We also have an exciting trip to Alaska in January as well as a number of other road trips in the spring. While we want to win as many games as possible, our primary focus is preparing for the NCAA championships at the end of the pre-season year, and I think this schedule will do a really good job of that.”

West Virginia opens its 2022-23 table on Saturday, October 1 against Memphis in Morgantown. The following Saturday, October 8th, WVU welcomes Ole Miss to the Mountain State.

The Mountaineers’ first road trip of the season takes them to Colorado Springs, Colorado on October 15-16. WVU will open the weekend of competition on Saturday, October 15 with a neutral showdown against UTEP before taking on the host Air Force on Sunday, October 16.

West Virginia then returns home for the 2022 WVU Fall Classic on November 5-6 when the team hosts Alaska-Fairbanks, TCU and Kentucky for a two-day matchup designed to replicate the format of the NCAA Championships.

On Saturday, November 5th, the WVU will face off against the three opponents in small bore, and on Sunday, November 6th, the four teams will finish the competition in the air rifle relay.

After a trip to West Point, New York to face the Army on Saturday, November 12, the Mountaineers will round out their fall roster on Friday, November 18 when the team welcomes NC State to Morgantown .

West Virginia kicks off its spring season with a four-game road trip that will take the team to Fairbanks, Alaska, as well as Columbus and Akron, Ohio.

The Mountaineers travel to Fairbanks for two matches on January 13-14 to start the road swing. On Friday, January 13, WVU and hosts Alaska-Fairbanks will go head-to-head before the two teams compete alongside Georgia Southern and Kentucky on Saturday, January 14.

West Virginia will visit Buckeye State the following weekend to wrap up the regular season road competition with a contest on Saturday, January 21 at Ohio State in Columbus and a game on Sunday, January 22 against Akron.

WVU caps the regular season at home, starting with a Saturday, Jan. 28 matchup against Navy in Morgantown. After a week’s hiatus, the Mountaineers host defending champions Kentucky on Saturday, February 11 to wrap up the regular season.

West Virginia travels to Lexington, Virginia on Saturday, February 18 to begin its postseason at the NCAA Qualifying Tournament hosted by VMI.

The Mountaineers then return to Morgantown to host the 2023 GARC Championships on February 25-26.

Should WVU qualify, the team will travel to the 2023 NCAA Championships on March 10-11. This year’s championships will be hosted by Akron and will be held at the Robert A. Pinn Shooting Range in Akron, Ohio.

All home games are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. ET. Times for all road competitions and post-season events will be announced at a later date. All dates and times are subject to change.

West Virginia ended the 2021-22 season with a 12-1 record, including a 7-1 mark in the GARC. WVU grabbed a share of the 2022 GARC regular season title, good for their conference-best 16th title. The Mountaineers are also attempting to win their seventh national championship under Hammond.

West Virginia is bringing back nine shooters from last year’s team and welcoming two newcomers, including the three-time National Champion Mary Tucker.

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