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final. All I was really concerned with was
having a good match-just for the team. My
only concern was with the team performance
at the match. Once I got done with my score
that contributed to the team score, I really
wasn't concerned about the final at all."
As the second freshman in school history
to win the individual
smallbore NCAA title in as
many years, Phillips is in
Ginny Thrasher (2016
smallbore champion) and
the rest of the very deep
WVU roster. "It's awesome
to be surrounded by people
that are at this level. I think
that is a huge advantage
and appeal in coming here.
Being surrounded by people
that are very serious and
at that high level-that has
been very helpful," she
For smallbore rifle, Phillips uses an
Anschutz Model 54 with Precise Stock and
ELEY Tenex ammo. For air rifle, she shoots a
Feinwerkbau 800-also preferring to shoot
with no-name Chinese pellets.
To prepare for her first collegiate rifle
season, Phillips trained just as she had
before. "Senior year and then over the
summer, I did the same thing I was doing
in high school. We didn't make any changes
until I got here. Once here we started doing
the things Jon runs in the program and this
is really when things kind of changed."
Phillips credits her teammates for helping
her out during her first collegiate season.
"I think overall the support is incredible.
Anything that I could possibly need, I just
ask, or they offer and it's there. They were
there pulling my equipment off of the line
and helping me carry stuff at the matches. I
am very proud to be a part of this team."
Morgan Phillips and her WVU
teammates after winning the 2017
NCAA rifle championship.
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