K-State Equestrian Closes Out Home Slate With Big Win
March 12, 2011
MANHATTAN, Kan. - After a tough loss to third-ranked Auburn on Friday, the No. 6 K-State equestrian team responded by taking three match-MVP awards and defeating the 10th-ranked New Mexico State Aggies, 10-5 on Senior Day at Timbercreek Stables.
Saturday's victory was the third this season for K-State over an opponent ranked in the VENC Top-10, while it also provided some momentum for a Wildcat team that will begin prepping for both the Big 12 and National Championships.
K-State head coach Casie Lisabeth could not have been happier with the way her squad performed Saturday against a talented New Mexico State team.
"Today was a big, much needed win for our team as we wrap up the regular season and begin preparing for the postseason," said Lisabeth. "This was a great way to finish our first home season in our new facility and also a great way for our seniors to finish their athletic careers with us."
Overall in Western action, K-State dominated New Mexico State, 6-1.
In Horsemanship, the Wildcats were led by a trio of underclassmen in freshmen Chayna DeNicolo and Kelly Bovaird and sophomore Hannah Ribera. DeNicolo picked up her first match-MVP award of her career by defeating NMSU's Pamela Evans, 72-70.5. Bovaird bested Aggie rider Chelsea Campbell, 69.5-68, and Ribera out-rode Megan Gould of NMSU, 67.5-64.
In Reining, freshman Jordan Cox picked up her second win of the weekend, as well as her second match-MVP award of the season, by edging Aggie rider Tara Wilson, 69.5-67.5. K-State's Sam Etsell rode past NMSU's Chelsea Campbell, 65.5-60, to pick up her third victory of the season. Senior Alecia Zimbelman picked up a point in her final match in Manhattan by knocking off Kate Goodwin of New Mexico State, 71.5-69.5.
On the Hunter Seat side, K-State tied the Aggies 4-4, but bested NMSU, 594-530, in the overall point total.
In Equitation Over Fences action, freshman Sarah Merson picked up her second match-MVP award of the year as she defeated NMSU's Emily McConnell, 83-80. K-State's Kali Yates slipped past Chelsea Keys, 78-77, to pick up her seventh victory of the season.
K-State will have the next two weekends off as it prepares for the Big 12 Championships which will be held in College Station, Texas, on April 1.
New Mexico State at Kansas State
Equitation Over Fences
Equitation on the Flat
K-State wins 10-5 (1137-1063.5)
*denotes MVP award