No. 8 TCU Battles No. 4 Kansas State Saturday
March 1, 2013
FORT WORTH, Texas – No. 8 TCU will close its home schedule this weekend with meets against No. 4 Kansas State and No. 2 Auburn at Turning Point Ranch on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
“I look forward to Kansas State and Auburn coming to visit us this weekend,” said Hunt Seat head coach Logan Fiorentino. “Kansas State is a great team and we will have to be ready to go. The team has been practicing really well this week and I know they are hungry for this win.”
“Auburn’s Hunt Seat team ranks as one of the top in the country this season and I know that the girls are motivated to finish the home schedule strong,” said Fiorentino. “It will be a great opportunity to challenge ourselves as we look ahead to Big 12’s and nationals. The team has been working so hard this season and they want to send the seniors out with a win on Sunday.”
The Horned Frogs, who are 5-4 on the season and 2-3 in conference action, will begin action Saturday at 11:00 a.m., while Sunday’s showdown will take place at approximately 10:00 a.m. CT in Springtown.
"We are ready to host our last home meets of the season against K-State and Auburn,” said Western head coach Kindel Walter. “We have had a great season so far and look forward to finishing these home meets on top."
TCU is coming off an 11-8 setback to No. 3 Oklahoma State last weekend. Against the Cowgirls, the Frogs fell for the first time at home this season and dropped only their third loss in 15 home games since the 2010 season.
The Final Stand
The senior class includes Victoria Giachino, Haley Jacobi, Molly Jones, Emily Maloof, Callie Selchau, Alicia Turner, Jennifer Whitt, Alexie Estrada, Melinda Peters, Carrie Schimpff and Kolby Simonson.
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Breaking Down The All-Time Series
On Sunday, the Purple and White will take on Auburn for the first time this season and ninth time overall. TCU has won two meetings in the all-time series, with its last victory coming during the 2010 season.
The Last Time
Home Sweet Home
The Frogs are 6-2 in Western, while Hunt Seat squad has posted a 5-3 mark heading into this weekend. Several individuals have scored impressive victories during the 2012-13 campaign.
On the Western side, Kolby Simonson and Alexie Estrada will look to go to garner their sixth win on the season this Saturday in Reining and Horsemanship, respectively. Both have three victories on the season against Big 12 competition. Against Oklahoma State, Katelyn Gray tallied a point for the Horned Frogs, upending Jenna Blumer, 73-71. The Colorado native improved to 6-2 overall and 5-2 in conference play.
Several student-athletes have also shined on the Hunt Seat side as the Frogs head into this Saturday’s match-up against K-State. Demi Stiegler is coming off anther MOP honor in Equitation on the Flat against Oklahoma State, while Kaitlin Perry, is 5-3 overall in Fences this season. On the Flat, Stiegler comes into this weekend with a 7-1 mark, while Caitlin Ader will look to improve to 5-2-1 on the year.
Kansas State is coming off a 7-5 setback to No. 2 Auburn on Feb. 2. The Wildcats were led by Meredith Finch and Kelly Bovaird who both picked up Most Outstanding Performer honors in the outing.
In the last two outings, Elizabeth Benson has been awarded Most Outstanding Player accolades in Equitation over Fences against Delaware State and Georgia, respectively, while Stephanie Rucci garnered MOP accolades against Georgia in Horsemanship.
Last Time Out
TCU outscored OSU on the day, 1,601-1,596.5, while claiming one of the four MOP accolades. The Horned Frogs cruised to a comfortable victory in Equitation on the Flat, winning a 4-1 decision. With its 6-4 victory, the Hunt Seat program moved to 5-3 overall and captured its second Big 12 victory of the season.
On the Western side, TCU dropped to 6-2 overall and 4-1 in Big 12 action, falling narrowly to the Cowgirls in Horsemanship, 3-1.