Wildcats to Face UT-Martin, Delaware State in Friday Road Swing

MANHATTAN, Kan. - The seventh-ranked K-State equestrian team will hit the road for the first time this season, as it travels to Martin, Tenn. for a Friday double-header against UT-Martin and Delaware State to round out the fall portion of the schedule.  

The Wildcats are 2-2 on the season and will look to bounce back this weekend after suffering losses in their last two matchups, both of which came against a top-five opponent. K-State started the year with wins against the eight-ranked TCU Horned Frogs and the then-second-ranked Baylor Bears before falling to No. 4 Oklahoma State and No. 3 Texas A&M in consecutive weeks.

Tennessee-Martin enters the weekend's competition with an 0-4 record, while Delaware State has accumulated an 0-3 record on the year. This will be the first time all season that K-State has faced an opponent that is not ranked in the top 10.

"We are anxious to get on the road and see where the girls stand after being home all fall," said head coach Casie Lisabeth. "We have a lot of experience under our belts at this point and have been able to iron out some kinks at home, but being on the road is true test of our preparation. We are looking forward to wrapping up the fall semester with two wins this weekend."

In the Equitation on the Flat discipline, K-State will look for another dominating performance from senior Paige Sullivan, who was named MVP for the second time of her career against Texas A&M in the Wildcats' last show. Sullivan's first MVP award came against Tennessee-Martin in 2007. Junior Natasha Vincent will look to improve to 5-1 on the season following a strong ride in her last outing. Freshman Kali Yates also hopes to add another victory to her impressive 2-2 rookie campaign, and the Wildcats will round out the discipline with Christina Costello, who brings a record of 2-1-1 into Friday's show.

The Equitation over Fences squad has struggled so far this season, but is hoping to turn things around and earn its first victory this weekend. Senior Katie Mellon will look to pick up her third win on the season to improve to 3-1 after not competing in the discipline against Texas A&M. Rounding out the lineup for the Wildcats will be team captains Kendall Marvin and Jen Rawle along with senior Bridget Doyle.

K-State has been dominant all season in the Horsemanship discipline, losing only seven individual points all year. Senior team captain Alyssa Freeman earned the fifth MVP award of her career with her strong ride against Texas A&M. Fellow senior Laura Browne has also earned two MVP awards on the season while accumulating a 3-1 record. Senior Mikaela Sundgren hopes to improve to an unblemished 6-0 on the year with two wins this weekend, while fellow senior Courtney Watters hopes to win her third straight matchup.

The Wildcat Reining squad will look to bounce back this Friday after suffering its first loss of the season against Texas A&M. Senior Morgan Campbell was the third Wildcat rider to earn MVP honors against the Aggies, which brought her career MVP total to four. She will be joined in the arena by fellow seniors Tara Hallan and Kaylee Stout as well as junior Alecia Zimbelman.

The show is a three-way competition, meaning that all of the riders will only ride once but scores will go up against two teams instead of the usual one. Competition will get underway at the Ned R. McWherter Agricultural Pavilion at 10 am Friday morning.  

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