Wildcats Fall Short Against No. 6 Baylor

Chayna DeNicolo

March 3, 2012

WACO, Texas – After facing second-ranked Texas A&M yesterday in College Station, the Kansas State equestrian team again battled a top-10 opponent on Saturday. This time, the Wildcats fell to the sixth-ranked Baylor Bears, 15-9, on Saturday afternoon at the Willis Family Equestrian Center.  With the loss, K-State fell to 5-6 on the year, while Baylor improved to 9-4.

“I have to hand it to our Hunt Seat team for really stepping it up against a very talented Baylor team,” said K-State head coach Casie Lisabeth, “They had much-improved rides and really performed confidently today. Melanie Hinzpeter had an outstanding performance and was very deserving of the match-MVP honor. The Western team made great adjustments from yesterday but it was just not enough today. We will all be working hard to prepare for Oklahoma State and the postseason.”

In the Western action, Baylor downed K-State, 9-3, with the Bears taking the wins in Horsemanship (4-2) and Reining (5-1).

Sophomores Kelly Bovaird and Chayna DeNicolo picked up the two points for the Wildcats in Horsemanship on the day. Bovaird earned her eighth win of the year with a 73.5-67.5 victory over Baylor’s Rachel Nankervis. DeNicolo rode past Meghan Murphy, 72-71.5, to earn her third win of the season.

Freshman Jesse Johnson picked up her second win in as many days by ousting Barbara Aiken of Baylor, 71-66.5. The Broken Bow, Neb., product has now tallied six wins this season, which is tied for the most by a Wildcat newcomer.

In the Hunt Seat arena, K-State defeated Baylor, 6-4. The Wildcats took the win in Equitation Over Fences, 4-2, while the Bears won Equitation on the Flat by the same score.

Freshman Madison Wayda kicked off the scoring in Equitation Over Fences as she rode past Baylor’s Kate Riddle, 84-75. Sophomores Cat Avolese and Sarah Mershon also bested their Baylor counterparts on the day with Avolese taking down Kara Fergusson, 81-78, and Mershon knocking off Sue Carol Thompson, 76-70. Mershon has now won nine matches in 2011-12, which is one more than she won during her freshman campaign last season.

Closing out the scoring for the Wildcats in Fences action was junior Larissa Laffey, who out rode Colby Russell of Baylor, 79-63. Today’s win pushed Laffey’s win total to nine for the year, two of which came this weekend.

Hinzpeter earned the first match-MVP award of her Wildcat career for her 84-70 winning ride over Baylor’s Melanie Appel. Hinzpeter has now won two matches in a row, with her last victory coming back on November 11 when she defeated Ali Rose of Oklahoma State.

K-State will take next weekend off before hosting Big 12 foe, Oklahoma State at TimberCreek Stables on March 17. This will be the last regular season dual for the Wildcats as they prepare to host the 2012 Big 12 Championships in Manhattan on March 30 and 31.