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#5 UAF Rifle sweep #7 Air Force to close out regular season

Rylan Kissell (in red) led the Alaska Nanooks to a series sweep over Air Force for the final...
Rylan Kissell (in red) led the Alaska Nanooks to a series sweep over Air Force for the final matches of the regular season.(Jordan Rodenberger/KTVF)
Published: Jan. 25, 2021 at 6:57 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The fifth-ranked Alaska Nanooks rifle program made some changes to their practices and routines ahead of their series with Air Force, and it paid off as the ‘Nooks completed the sweep over the weekend. The Nanooks were led by redshirt-freshman Rylan Kissell who led the leader board on Sunday as they shot the final matches of the regular season.

“It was two really good performances against a really high caliber team in Air Force. They’re the reigning national champions in air gun so it was a big match for us for sure,” said Head Coach Will Anti. “The performed really well. I thought Saturday was a performance for sure. On Sunday, it was a really great performance across the board so really phenomenally shooting, so really proud of the effort.”

The Blue and Gold used the new tactics from Head Coach Will Anti to take down the seventh ranked Air Force as they won 4,700-4,687 in the first match, while winning 4,720-4,683 in the second. Kissell faced the reigning air rifle event national champions and did so with a 1,195 through the two matches. Prior to the series, Coach Anti made it a point to help make some changes for his student-athletes, particularly in Kissell. Kissell improved his overall score by 18 points through the two events of air rifle and smallbore.

“With Rylan, we definitely made some technical changes and positional changes and it was nice that they showed up on match day,” said Coach Anti about Kissell’s efforts over the weekend. “You know he seemed really confident in this match and shot extremely well.”

The Nanooks finish their regular season with an overall record of (5-3), scoring wins over ranked opponents along the way. They’ve taken down the University of Memphis and Air Force while falling in a close loss to Ole Miss. It has been an improvement under first-year Coach Anti as last season that Nanooks struggled against top-tier talent.

The ‘Nooks will now prepare for the Patriot Rifle Conference Championships that are set for February 6 in Columbus, Ohio.

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