Wildcats edged by Cowgirls in home finale

By The Mercury

Despite notching three of four match-MVP awards and outscoring Oklahoma State by 41 in raw-scoring, the eighth-ranked Kansas State equestrian team was downed by the fourth-ranked Cowgirls, 11-9, Saturday on Senior Day at TimberCreek Stables.

K-State used a late charge by the Reining squad to pull within one point before Oklahoma State’s Caroline Daniels, who was the last rider of the day, eeked out a 79-75 victory over her K-State counterpart to seal the heartbreaking loss for the Wildcats. 

In Hunt Seat action, K-State (5-7) and Oklahoma State (8-4) tied, 5-5, with the Wildcats taking the point in Fences action, 3-2.

K-State’s Cat Avolese earned the first match-MVP award of her Wildcat career as she out-rode Oklahoma State’s Samantha Harrison, 84-79.

Sophomore Sarah Mershon defeated Samantha Elser of OSU, 80-79. Freshman Madison Wayda edged Cowgirl rider Maggie Gampfer, 81-80, to close out the scoring for the Wildcats in Fences action.

Junior Meredith Finch garnered her English team-high third match-MVP of the year as she bested OSU’s Jordan White, 82-77. Fellow junior Larissa Laffey she beat Oklahoma State rider Allison Dooman, 62-55.

On the Western side, Oklahoma State slipped past K-State, 6-4. The Cowgirls started out the discipline by downing K-State, 4-1 in Horsemanship before the Wildcats took home a 3-2 victory over OSU in Reining.

Sophomore Kelly Bovaird was the lone point scorer for K-State in Horsemanship as she earned her second match-MVP award of the year by defeating Mamie Tomlin of OSU, 80-78.

In Reining, K-State was led by junior Sam Etsell and sophomores Jordan Cox and Emily Stockford.

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