No. 6 TCU Drops No. 4 K-State Saturday, 10-9
Oct. 19, 2013
SPRINGTOWN, Texas - No. 6 TCU moved to 2-0 on the young season Saturday, coming from behind to stun No. 4 Kansas State at Turning Point Ranch, 10-9.
"I thought it was so cool that after being down at the half, the student-athletes gave everything they had and got the most out of every ride," said TCU Director of Equestrian, Haley Schoolfield. "They believed in themselves and believed they could win against a very good Kansas State team who made us fight all day."
On the day, the Horned Frogs tallied two MOP's with senior Caitlin Ader and junior Calli Rouse both claiming accolades in Springtown. The Frogs outscored K-State, 1,522-1,459.5 to move to 2-0 in conference play and remain in first-place in the Big 12 standings.
In Equitation on the Flat, the Horned Frogs trampled the No. 4 Wildcats, 5-0, marking the second-straight season in which the Hunt Seat team has swept an opponent in a discipline. In 2012-13, the Purple and White dropped Delaware State. This noted the first time in program history that TCU has swept an opponent two-straight years.
Notables on the day in Equitation on the Flat included Ader, who downed Madison Wayda, 91-88, to claim her first MOP of the season. Kaitlin Perry followed with an 84-64 decision over Rachel Webster, while Taylor Alexander upended Cat Avolese. Sophomore Nicole Diamantis and freshmen Molly Peddicord rounded out the TCU scoring, downing Jacquelyn Bogstad and Henley Adkins, respectively.
"They went out and executed," said Hunt Seat head coach Logan Fiorentino. "They did a great job of working through issues and learning how to handle situations. I have to give a lot of credit to Kaitlin Perry and Caitlin Ader for starting us off and shutting the door. Caitlin (Ader) had a flawless pattern and it was exciting. It was great to come roaring back and refuse to lose. It says a lot about the character of this team."
Senior Courtney Motz carried the Frogs in Equitation over Fences Saturday, scoring an 85-83 decision over Shana Barnett. Alexander appeared to have scored a point for the Purple and White, but came up just short, falling to Adkins, 80-78.
On the Western side, the Horned Frogs dropped a hard-fought 5-4 overall decision to K-State Saturday. TCU just missed on several chances, battling the Wildcats to a 2-2 draw in Reining, while outscoring the fellow Big 12 foe in the discipline, 354.5-351.5.
Fresh off her season-opening victory, sophomore Chantz Stewart continued her winning ways Saturday in Reining, moving to 2-0 on the young season with a 69.5-65.5 victory over Emily Stockford. Alexi Child also scored for the Purple and White Saturday, edging Kara Guy, 71.5-71. Finally, Shelby St. Hilaire battled Jordan Cox to a 71-71 draw.
In Horsemanship, TCU dropped a 3-2 decision to K-State Saturday. Despite the loss, Rouse garnered her first MOP of the season with a 75.5-72 victory over Danielle Kemper. The junior from Oregon now has three MOP honors during her career. Megan McMullen closed out the Frog scoring in Horsemanship, upending Rachel Wetherell, 71.5-69.5.
"I feel like the Western team did well. We rode against a tough K-State team today," said Western head coach Kindel Walter. "The team rose to the occasion and went for it. They fought really hard and were able to do some positive things today."
TCU will be back in action Friday, Nov. 1 against No. 8 Texas A&M at Turning Point Ranch. Start time is set for 1:00 p.m. CT.