Rifle Announces 2013-14 Schedule

Megan Lee

Sep 5, 2013

FORT WORTH -- Head coach Karen Monez announced the TCU Rifle program's 2013-14 schedule Wednesday. The 15-match slate features six home matches. In addition, the Horned Frogs announced their inclusion in the newly formed Patriot Rifle Conference.

"The team is looking forward to making the transition into a conference and the added challenge of competing for a conference title," said head coach Karen Monez. "The schedule this year will test the team early in the season with the first four matches on the road. Everyone has been working hard with thegoal of posting some solid scores at the start of the season."

Established in 2013, and going into effect starting with the 2013-14 season, charter members in the PRC are Air Force, TCU, Ohio State, Nevada, UTEP and Alaska. To be a member of the PRC, an institution must have a varsity rifle team recognized by the NCAA.

The conference will include head-to-head matches throughout the season, with a conference championship scheduled at Ohio State Feb. 8-9 in Columbus (Smallbore on Saturday, Air Rifle on Sunday). Member institutions shall compete at home or away with the other conference schools during each season. Member institutions will reciprocate home and away matches with these schools the following season. The conference championship will be rotated between member institutions each year.

TCU opens the regular season with its first four contests on the road beginning with an Oct. 4 tilt at Memphis. The Frogs will then make their annual trip to Oxford, Miss. and the Ole Miss Invitational, which is set for Oct. 6. An Oct. 12 journey to The Citadel follows. The Frogs will wrap up the month of October on the 26th at Murray State.

November will be a busy month for the Frogs, but four of the five matches will take place at the TCU Rifle Range. TCU will begin its home slate in a big way, facing defending runner-up Kentucky on Nov. 2. It does not get much easier the next week, when the Horned Frogs host Alaska on Nov. 4. The Nanooks finished fourth at last year's NCAA Championships. The match also marks TCU's first-ever PRC match.



After a Nov. 15 duel with Jacksonville State, the Frogs will host a four-team tournament featuring Air Force, Jacksonville State and UTEP on Nov. 17. The Frogs will close out the fall portion of the schedule with a return trip to Jacksonville State on Nov. 23.

The winter portion of the schedule kicks off Jan. 25 with a journey to Nebraksa. TCU will return home for a Feb. 1 PRC match against Ohio State.

TCU first foray into a conference tournament atmosphere comes on Feb. 8-9 at Ohio State. The league will crown a conference champion at the meet.

The Frogs will wrap up regular season action on Feb. 16 at UTEP before returning home to host the NCAA Qualifier against Air Force on Feb. 22. The NCAA Championships are slated to run March 14-15 and will be hosted by Murray State.

Despite the loss of five seniors, including All-Americans Sarah Beard, Caitlin Morrissey and Sarah Scherer, the Horned Frogs are full of talent with eight returning letterwinners.

As freshmen, the quartet of Hannah Black, Kelly Bogart, Megan Lee and Allie Taschuk gained valuable shooting experience. Along with seniors Jaime Dowd and Catherine Green, the Frogs are poised to make a run a their eighth straight NCAA Champoinship.

Green is the veteran of the group having shot in each of the last three NCAA tournaments. Lee was a member of last year's squad that finished third at the championships. Black became the first individual since Celeste Green in 2006 to qualify as an individual. She competed in air rifle and qualified for the finals, finishing fifth overall.

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