Prince And Selchau Shine Against No. 2 Texas A&M Friday
Oct. 29, 2011
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - TCU captured two MVP honors Friday, but No. 2 Texas A&M escaped with a 12-7 victory at the Brazos County Expo Complex.
The Horned Frogs, who are receiving votes in the national poll, scored a 3-2 decision over the Aggies in Equitation on the Flat. Overall, the Purple and White battled Texas A&M to a 5-5 draw in Hunt Seat Friday, but the Aggies won the event with an overall raw score of 718-704. On the day, both Callie Selchau and Taylor Prince recorded MVP accolades in Equitation on the Flat and Horsemanship, respectively.
"The Hunt Seat team came very close to knocking off a nationally ranked Texas A&M," said Hunt Seat head coach Logan Fiorentino. "We will continue to work hard in practice and improve as we look ahead to West Texas A&M and Oklahoma State next weekend."
Selchau, a returning Honorable Mention All-America honoree, led the way for the Frogs on the Flat, capturing MVP honors with an 85-76 decision over Lia Chafee. Kaitlin Perry and Emily Maloof tallied the other two points for TCU in the event. With the win, Selchau improved her MVP total to three on the season, while Perry moved to 4-2-0 on the year in the event. Maloof, a sophomore from Colorado, posted her first victory on the young season Friday.
In Equitation over Fences, junior Haley Jacobi was once again dominate, scoring a 78-67 victory over Leah Chenelle. Perry continued her winning ways in Fences Friday, recording her second win of the day with an 82-65 upending of Kori Pickett. With the victory, Jacobi evened her season record to 3-3-0 overall.
"Kaitlin Perry had a great day and rode beautifully over Fences and on the Flat. I also thought that Callie Selchau put together a fantastic Flat pattern and picked up a well earned MVP," said Fiorentino.
Facing one of the toughest Western teams in the country and the defending Western National Champion, TCU saw several strong performances come up just short against the Aggies, who have captured three-straight Western national titles. Overall, Texas A&M narrowly defeated the Frogs by an overall score of 716-702.5.
"Today was a challenge for us against one of the better Western teams in the country, but we rode well and will be ready next weekend for our two home games," said interim Western head coach Kindel Huffman.
Prince carried the Frogs in Horsemanship, earning a 77-74 decision over Cassie Mantor. With the win, the sophomore, who has now only lost twice in her career and improved her season record to 4-1-0, has now won three-straight games and claimed her first MVP of her young career Friday. Lexie Estrada was also exceptional in the event, battling Amanda Brightwell to a 72.5-72.5 draw. Courtney Chown and Samantha Bayer appeared to have scored points for TCU as well, but both dropped close decisions to Katie Lisabeth and Carey Nowacek, respectively.
Freshman Katelyn Gray scored the lone point for the Frogs in Reining Friday, dropping Becca Murray, 69.5-68.5. The win marked Gray's second victory on the year. Kolby Simonson dropped her first game of the season in College Station, narrowly falling to Courtney Dawe.
With the loss, TCU moved to 0-6 on the season, while Texas A&M remained unbeaten on the year with a 5-0 mark.
The Horned Frogs will host West Texas A&M next Saturday. Start time is set for Noon CT from October Hill Farm.