Equestrian Falls Short Against Aggies

Whitney Unkefer

Nov. 11, 2011

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MANHATTAN, Kan. - No. 7 Kansas State equestrian dropped its fourth match of the season as it was defeated by No. 2 Texas A&M, 11-8 (1403.5-1334), Friday at TimberCreek Stables. The Wildcats (2-4) split match-MVP honors with Texas A&M, but fell short on the day.

"Despite the loss, this was a great way to end the home fall season," said K-State head coach Casie Lisabeth. "Walking away from the No. 2 team in the country with such a close score, a tie Western and two match-MVP awards is a huge accomplishment. I am very proud of our teams' confidence in themselves and each other today. They have definitely shown a lot of progress since the first show of the season."

In English, Texas A&M topped K-State, 6-3. The Aggies captured Equitation over Fences, 4-1, but the Wildcats and Aggies finished all-square in Equitation on the Flat, 2-2.

Wildcat rider Larissa Laffey took home match-MVP honors for her performance in Equitation on the Flat against Texas A&M's Maggie Earle. Today's win gives Laffey three for the season, while today's MVP award was the junior's first for 2011 and the fourth of her career. Freshman Madison Wayda closed out the scoring for K-State in the event by knocking off Kristin Bell of Texas A&M, 62-52.

Sophomore Cat Avolese was the lone point scorer for K-State in Equitation over Fences, as she defeated Aggie rider Kori Pickett, 87-79. K-State's Katie Haukos picked up an exhibition win over Kat Barkema, 80-70.

In Western, K-State and Texas A&M tied, 5-5. Texas A&M secured Horsemanship, 3-2 and the Wildcats carded the win in Reining, 3-2.

In Horsemanship, Whitney Unkefer continued her stellar season by picking up her team-high fifth win of 2011 as she edged Katie Lisabeth of Texas A&M, 75.5-75. Unkefer, a junior from Pleasant Valley, Mo., garnered match-MVP honors for the second time this season and the third time in her career. Sophomore Amelia Crites out rode Kelsey Adams of Texas A&M, 61-57, which concluded the scoring for the Wildcats in the event.

A trio of riders carded wins for K-State in Reining. Sophomores Jordan Cox and Emily Stockford earned their third and second wins, respectively, as they bested their Texas A&M counterparts. Junior Sam Etsell slipped past Aggie rider Abigail Grabein, 70-68.

Kansas State will close out the fall portion of its 2011 schedule as they travel to Stillwater, Okla., to face No. 4 Oklahoma State on November 19. Check back with kstatesports.com for information and updates regarding next weekend's match.