No. 6 Wildcats Upset No. 2 Gamecocks

·       Score: (6) Kansas State 10, (2) South Carolina 8

·       Records: Kansas State (1-0), South Carolina (0-1) 

·       Quick hitter: The No. 6 Kansas State equestrian team opened their 2014-15 season home competition by knocking off No. 2 South Carolina on Friday at Timbercreek Stables.

How it Happened

·       The Wildcats defeated USC in the Western competition by a score of 5-3 and split the Hunt Seat competition, 5-5.

·       The Wildcats brought home two Most Outstanding Performer (MOP) honors, Henley Adkins in Equitation on the Flat and Nicholle Hatton in Reining.

·       Five of the ten Kansas State team points came from the underclassmen in today's meet.

·       The Wildcats are now 11-1 while competing at home over the last two-plus seasons.

Equitation over Fences

·       South Carolina secured its only discipline win of the afternoon, a 3-2 defeat of K-State.

·       Sophomore Taylor Schmidt took home a point for the Wildcats as she defeated the Gamecocks' Alexa Anthony, 71-69.

·       K-State sophomore Alexis Graves won 80-65 against USC's Samantha Kraus.

·       Freshman Molly Dunn made her debut in an exhibition ride and outpointed USC's Chloe Schmidt, 66-50. 

Equitation on the Flat

·       Kansas State secured the win of the day by the outcome of Equitation on the Flat with a score of 3-2.

·       Sophomore Henley Adkins earned her fifth MOP honor in Equitation on the Flat conquering USC's Adele Norton, 87-76, clinching a Wildcat victory in the discipline.

·       Senior captain Madison Wayda defeated USC Samantha Smith by a 82-72 victory.

·       Wildcat sophomore Taylor Schmidt rode past Alexa Anthony with a score of 69-49.

Horsemanship

·       In Horsemanship, the Wildcats defeated the Gamecocks, 3-2.

·       Junior captain Danielle Kemper collected a score of 75 to obliterate USC Bailey Mierzejewski, 61.5.

·       K-State senior Kelsey Sousa clinched a point by defeating Abigail Pait, 74-72.5.

·       Alyssa Lombardi, sophomore, gained a point for the Wildcats as she defeated Kelsey Urban of USC, 69.5-68.

Reining

·       A score of 2-1 sealed the triumph for the Wildcats in Reining. 

·       Senior captain, Savannah Smith, rode past USC Sarah Bouchard by a score of 71-70. 

·       Sophomore Nicholle Hatton started the season off with her first career MOP Honor, beating USC's Cody McMillion, 72.5-70.5.

Quotes

Head Coach Casie Maxwell

·      "I am really proud of how the returners, the ones who have been in the show pen, came out with a lot of confidence and fulfilled their job. We had a lot of young women in the pen for the first time today."

·       "They did not over think it and they focused on what they needed to. They had a great ability to bounce back from their own mistakes or from the mistakes of their teammates and that is what brought the win out today. They just kept their minds focused on a win and they did not let those errors bring them down." 

Coming up Next

·      K-State continues its home stand at Timbercreek Stables on Sept. 25 against New Mexico State and Sept. 26 against South Dakota State.