Wildcats Edged By Baylor

Alayna Warner

Oct. 14, 2011

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State equestrian team dropped its Big 12 home opener to Baylor in heartbreaking fashion on Friday at TimberCreek Stables. K-State (1-1) trailed the Bears by one point going into Reining, the final event of the contest. However, the two squads would tie in that discipline, with Baylor (4-0) coming out on top for the day, 9-8.

Although the Wildcats suffered their first loss of the young season, head coach Casie Lisabeth liked what she saw from her team.

‘I am extremely proud of the confidence that every rider executed with in the show pen today,” said Lisabeth. “Kali Yates was exceptional in her MVP ride in Equitation Over Fences and really pushed our team in the right direction early on. Baylor brought their ‘A’ game today and really pushed our riders to execute – congratulations to them on a hard-fought win. We will continue to push harder week after week and seek improvements in every ride we make in practice and in competition.’

Overall in the Hunter Seat arena, Baylor defeated K-State, 6-4. 

In addition to her match-MVP award in Equitation Over Fences, Yates also picked up an exhibition win in Equitation on the Flat.  This marks the first time this season that the Bonner Springs, Kan., product has ridden in both English events.

Sophomores Sarah Mershon and Rachel Webster stayed undefeated on the year as Mershon took down Baylor’s Taylor Brown, 78-70, and Webster out rode Ashley Ann McGee of Baylor, 80-73. Junior Meredith Finch was the lone point scorer for K-State in Equitation on the Flat. Finch improved to 2-0 by besting Kim Woodsum of Baylor, 78-70.

On the Western side, the Wildcats knocked off the Bears, 4-3.

In Horsemanship action, juniors Whitney Unkefer and Hannah Ribera and sophomore Kelly Bovaird led the charge for K-State. The three leading riders edged their Baylor counterparts by a combined total of 3.5 points. Senior Alayna Warner was the only Wildcat to capture a point in the Reining arena as she blanked Baylor rider Katherine Berg, 70.5-0. 

K-State will hit the road next weekend as it looks to knock off a trio of top-flight teams starting with Auburn next Friday in Auburn, Ala., and ending with a two-match Saturday in Athens, Ga., against host-school Georgia and TCU. 

Recaps and updates will be available on kstatesports.com as soon as they are made available.