No. 5 TCU Set for No. 9 Texas A&M Friday

Calli Rouse

Oct. 30, 2013

FORT WORTH, Texas - No. 5 TCU will try and continue its winning ways Friday when it takes on No. 9 Texas A&M at Turning Point Ranch. Start time is set for 12:00 p.m. CT in Springtown.

"We are excited to host a very good Texas A&M team before beginning some road trips in a very busy November," said Director of Equestrian Haley Schoolfield. "The team is pushing through the weather elements in order to be prepared and confident for Friday's meet. We are prepared and looking forward to a great day."

TCU comes into Friday's contest 2-0 on the young season after defeating nationally ranked and conference foes Baylor and Kansas State. 

Follow The Frogs
A full recap and final results will be made available following Friday's competition on Throughout the meet, live results can be accessed on the official TCU equestrian twitter page. Fans are encouraged to follow @TCUWEquestrian. Be sure to also follow @tcuwequestrian on Instagram for live photo updates of meet action.

The All-Time Series
The Horned Frogs and Aggies are set to compete for the 10th time in program history FridayTexas A&M leads the all-time series, 8-1The Horned Frogs' only win in the all-time series came in a 5-3 victory in 2010 at the Fort Worth Stock Show.

Moving Up The Rankings
After opening the 2013-14 season ranked No. 9 in the NCEA Coaches Poll, TCU moved up to No. 5 following season-opening victories over Baylor and Kansas State. The No. 5 ranking ties the highest ranking in school history. The Horned Frogs closed the 2012-13 campaign ranked No. 5 heading into the Big 12 Championships. 

National Poll Rankings 
Preseason: No. 9
Week 1: No. 8
Week 2: No. 6
Week 3: No. 5

TCU Returns All-America Honorees
The Horned Frogs are coming off a season in which they finished the regular-season ranked No. 2 in the final Big 12 standings after boasting a 3-3 league record with victories over Baylor, Kansas State and Oklahoma State. In all, the Frogs return All-America honorees Erin Gillette, Kaitlin Perry, Alexi Child, Katelyn Gray and Caitlin Ader.

Scouting TCU
TCU comes into Friday's contest looking for its third win of the season. The Horned Frogs are currently No. 5 in the national polls and haven't lost at home since falling to Auburn last March, 9-8. The Frogs are 7-2 overall at Turning Point Ranch in their last nine outings. 

Several individuals have scored impressive victories during the early portion of the 2013-14 campaign.

Several student-athletes have shined on the Hunt Seat side as the Frogs head into this Friday's match-up against Texas A&M. Returning All-America honoree Caitlin Ader is currently 2-0 overall with one MOP accolade in Equitation on the Flat, while sophomore Nicole Diamantis will look to improve to 3-0 on the young season against the Aggies. In Equitation over Fences, senior captain Courtney Motz will try and move to 2-1 on the year after earning a victory against K-State.

On the Western side, sophomore Chantz Stewart has led the way for the Horned Frogs, moving to 2-0 on the young season with one MOP honor. Alexi Child has also excelled early, going 2-0 against Baylor and K-State, respectively. 

In Horsemanship, Calli Rouse will look to remain unbeaten on the season Friday at 2-0, while freshman Megan McMullen has shined during the early portion of TCU's schedule, going 2-0.  

Scouting Texas A&M
No. 9 Texas A&M comes into Turning Point Ranch fresh off a 10-9 victory over No. 3 South Carolina. With the win, the Aggies moved to 2-1 on the year. In all, Texas A&M is on a two-meet winning streak after defeating South Carolina and SMU in its last two outings.

Against South Carolina, the Aggies dropped the Gamecocks in Equitation over Fences and Horsemanship. On the day, Logan Pluhar garnered the lone MOP accolade in Horsemanship. 

Last Time Out
Nationally ranked TCU moved to 2-0 on the young season, coming from behind to stun No. 4 Kansas State at Turning Point Ranch, 10-9. 

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.

Up Next
TCU will hit the road for the first time this season Friday, Nov. 8 when it travels to New Mexico State.



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