Wildcats Split Pair of Matches In Georgia

Hannah Ribera

Oct. 22, 2011

ATHENS, Ga.- The sixth-ranked Kansas State equestrian team fell to host-school Georgia but bounced back to knock off TCU on Saturday at the Georgia Equestrian Center.  K-State riders Kelly Bovaird, Meredith Finch and Margaret Peine, who all picked up match-MVP honors against the Horned Frogs, highlighted Saturday's duals for the Wildcats.

"This weekend was definitely a great experience for our entire team and I was very proud of how they progressed each time they entered the arena," said K-State head coach Casie Lisabeth.  "We played three very good teams this weekend which was a great challenge and eye-opener for what we need to do to beat top teams. I am extremely proud of earning four MVP awards throughout the weekend. Those girls really stepped up and made an impression in their respective events."

In the opening match of the day, third-ranked Georgia defeated K-State, 13-7.

In Western, junior Hannah Ribera picked up her second win of the weekend by ousting Georgia rider Megan Hawkins, 76.5-72.5. Also picking up wins in Horsemanship were K-State's Kelly Bovaird and Rachel Wetherell. Bovaird bested Paige Stawicki of Georgia, while Wetherell edged UGA's Sara Parr, 73.5-72.5. In Reining, freshman Jesse Johnson picked up her second win of the season by defeating Kelly Truesday, 71-69. Sam Etsell rounded out the Wildcat scoring by out riding Caroline Blackshear of Georgia, 75-74.

Overall in the discipline, K-State and Georgia tied at 5-5.

In English, team captain Kali Yates continued to lead the Fences squad as she bested Georgia's Olivia Dorey, 84-83. Yates was the lone point scorer for K-State in this event. In Flat action, freshman Madison Wayda picked up her second victory of the year. The Newbury Park, Calif., product blanked Georgia's Grace Rogers, 63-0, to notch the only point of the event for the Wildcats.

The K-State Hunt Seat team was downed by the Bulldogs, 8-2.

Kansas State closed out Saturday's events by out-riding future Big 12 foe, TCU, 11-9.

In the Western arena, along with taking home both match-MVP awards, the Wildcats bested the Horned Frogs, 6-4.

Bovaird, a sophomore from Tulsa, Okla., took home match-MVP honors in Horsemanship for her performance against TCU's Courtney Chown.  Also notching a victory for K-State in the event was junior Whitney Unkefer, who picked up her fourth win of the season by blasting Kate Peterson of TCU, 75.5-61.5.

Newcomer Peine defeated Carrie Schimpff of TCU, 76.5-75.5, to pick up the first match-MVP award of her Wildcat career. Senior Alayna Warner bested TCU's Katie Gray, 74.5-72.5 to add to the Wildcat point total. Also notching victories in Reining were junior Sam Etsell and sophomore Jordan Cox.

On the English side, K-State and TCU tied at 5-5.

In Hunt Seat action, Finch earned her second match-MVP award of the year by knocking off Taylor Fredrick of TCU, 78-63. Sophomore Rachel Webster continued her solid start of the fall season as she defeated TCU rider Hayley Jacobi, 73-69. Larissa Laffey rounded out the Wildcat scoring in Flat action who out rode Callie Selchau, 60-55.

In Fenches action, Wildcat rider Sarah Mershon picked up her second win in as many days as she edged TCU rider Callie Salchau, 79-78. Senior Kate Hennessey notched the second and final point for K-State in the event by defeating Gabbi Langston of TCU, 76-71.

The Kansas State equestrian team will be back in action on November 11 as it will face defending Big 12 champion, Texas A&M, starting at 10 a.m., at TimberCreek Stables in Manhattan.

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