By Danielle Sturgis | October 14 2010 12:00
West Virginia University's student publication, The Daily Athenaeum, published a piece on their rifle team's plans:
WVU motivated after NCAA loss

After a long offseason, the West Virginia rifle team is ready to get its season started. It won't be long before the Mountaineers get the opportunity to seek revenge against TCU, which won the NCAA Championship last year, either.

The team sailed through the 2009-10 schedule smoothly, without many scares, until the NCAA Championship. Although the Mountaineers were without their best shooter, transfer Nicco Campriani, in the Championships, it still left a sour feeling in their mouths that helped them get motivated for this season.

"I think it certainly motivated us," said WVU head coach Jon Hammond on losing in the NCAA Championships. "Our preparation is similar every season, but you use last season to spur you on."

The Mountaineers were flawless up until the Championships last season, compiling a record of 11-0, including a 6-0 record against Great America Rifle Conference (GARC) competitors. The team captured both the GARC regular season and tournament crowns last season.

West Virginia returns eight student-athletes from last year's squad, including six National Rifle Association all-Americans. Leading the team will be senior transfer, Campriani, who rewrote the West Virginia record books last season.

Campriani set new WVU records in air rifle (598), smallbore (593) and combined score (1198). His smallbore score is the best ever of any collegiate shooter. Still, Hammond knows his team is much more well-rounded than just Campriani.

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