Wildcats Come Up Short Against Mustangs

Rachel Webster picked up both MOP awards on Friday against SMU.

Sept. 28, 2012

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MANHATTAN, Kan. - In a matchup between hunt seat squads, Kansas State and SMU rode to a 5-5 draw on Friday at Timbercreek Stables, but the Mustangs edged past the Wildcats in the tiebreaker of overall points, 793-732.

Assistant and hunt seat coach Anna Schierholz liked what she saw from her side on the first day of competition in 2012-13 season.

 "I thought that there were parts from today that were absolutely fantastic and the girls rode beautifully but there were also some parts that we really need to work on," Schierholz said. "I think that this is a great jumping off point for the season and I am really excited for tomorrow."

Junior captain Rachel Webster led the way for K-State, winning MOP honors in both Equitation over Fences and Equitation on the Flat. Her two honors on the day equal her season total from the 2011-12 season. Webster was excited about her first performances of the 2012-13 season.

"I had the support of my teammates and I felt really good going into the ring and was really confident," said Webster. "It (winning both MOP honors) really boosted my confidence like crazy and I feel like I worked hard and I am excited to see what this year has to offer."

The day's meet started with Equitation over Fences, where K-State tallied two of the five points. After SMU secured the first two points, Webster picked up her first win of the year by defeating Mustang rider Emma Roberts, 89-75. K-State senior Kali Yates scored the other point, edging Courtney Line, 87-86.

In Equitation on the Flat, K-State turned the tables by winning three of the five available points. Webster again picked up the first point for the Wildcats, turning in another strong performance to defeat SMU's Paulena Johnson, 85-79.

K-State senior captain Meredith Finch kept the Wildcats alive by topping Line, 79-70. Senior Larissa Laffey captured the critical last point on the afternoon's final ride by defeating the Mustangs' Julie Fischer, 86-85, to force the tiebreaker.

K-State returns to action on Saturday at 12 p.m., at Timbercreek Stables when the Wildcats will face UT-Martin. Both the western and hunt seat teams will be competing. Prior to the Wildcats and Skyhawks meet, SMU and UT-Martin will compete in a hunt seat meet at 9 a.m. Admission for both meets is free.

Equitation over Fences - SMU wins 3-2 (392-321)
Schaeffer Raposa (SMU) def. Sarah Mershon (KSU) 88-80
Julie Fischer (SMU) def. Cat Avolese (KSU) 68-0(DQ)
Rachel Webster (KSU)* def. Emma Roberts (SMU) 89-75
Kali Yates (KSU) def. Courtney Line (SMU) 87-86
Alex Butterworth (SMU) def. Madison Wayda (KSU) 75-65

Equitation on the Flat - K-State wins 3-2 (411-401)
Schaeffer Raposa (SMU) def. Jacquelyn (KSU) 86-83
Rachel Webster (KSU)* def. Paulena Johnson (SMU) 85-79
Rachel Reid (SMU) def. Madison Wayda (KSU) 81-78
Meredith Finch (KSU) def. Courtney Line (SMU) 79-70
Larissa Laffey (KSU) def. Julie Fischer (SMU) 86-85

*- denotes MOP