No. 6 Georgia Defeats No. 9 Texas A&M 10-9
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Feb. 1, 2014

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas- The No. 6 Georgia equestrian team grabbed a 10-9 win over the No. 9 Texas A&M Aggies on Saturday afternoon at the Brazos County Expo Complex in College Station, Texas. With the victory, Georgia improves to 7-2 on the season with a 3-1 record in Southeastern Conference action. Texas A&M drops to 2-5 overall and 1-3 in conference play.

“It felt great to come away with the win and three MOPs,” said Head Coach Meghan Boenig, “There are still several things we need to work on as we get ready for South Carolina. I feel that we have improved greatly since UT-Martin and I’m excited to continue to get better this week. I am proud of this team today and I think we are heading in the right direction.”

Along with the win Anna Sasser, Liza Finsness, and McKenzie Lantz each took home MOP honors. Sasser earned the title with a 75-74.5 win over Caroline Ammons in Horsemanship. Finsness earned her fifth MOP of the season in Equitation on the Flat, defeating Hannah Williams 83-79. Lantz picked up the honors in Reining, recording a 75-72.5 decision over Sarah Kate Grider.

The Bulldogs dropped a 3-2 decision to the Aggies in Equitation Over Fences. Finsness secured the first point of the event with an 86-74 win over Kimmy Saul.  Abby O’Mara then gave Georgia a 2-0 advantage after defeating Shelby Lawson 84-80. Texas A&M battled back and used winning rides by Leah Chenelle and Marlena Parker to knot the score 2-2. The Aggies sealed the 3-2 win with an 87-point ride by Williams.

In Horsemanship, the Bulldogs and the Aggies rode to a 2-2 tie. Heather Schmidt picked up Georgia’s first point, defeating A&M’s Laura Brainard 72-70.5. Sasser continued the momentum with her MOP ride, earning 75 points over Ammon’s 74.5.  With Georgia up 2-0, Texas A&M’s Logan Pluhar rode to a 73-70.5 decision before Rachel Lucht brought the score to 2-2. With the final point up for grabs, Paige Stawicki and Texas A&M’s Molli Jacobs rode to a 77-point tie, giving the Aggies a 5-4 advantage at the half.

Georgia secured the first three points in Equitation on the Flat on its way to a 4-1 victory in the event. Kylee Arbuckle put up a score of 82 over Paige Russell’s 81 for the Aggies. Olivia Dorey notched an 82-71 win over Haley Buckmiller. Finsness grabbed the third-straight point for the Bulldogs with an MOP-earning 83-79 win over Williams.  The Aggies’ lone point came from Parker. In the fifth spot, Megan Southam locked up the 4-1 win with a 78-76 decision over Megan Phillips. The Bulldogs led the Aggies 8-6 with one event left.

In Reining, the Aggies took the first point as Laura Sumrall outscored Lauren Garmon 72.5-71.5. Lantz answered with a 75-72.5 win over Grider and was awarded MOP honors for the ride. With a point a piece, Texas A&M’s Ashley Dotson posted a narrow 73-72.5 victory before Claudia Spreng evened the score edging Lindsey Bernbaum 72-71.5. Texas A&M came away with the 3-2 win in the event when Ashley Skold earned a 71-66.5 victory 

Georgia equestrian will host its first meet of the spring schedule, welcoming top-ranked South Carolina to the UGA Equestrian Center in Bishop, Ga., Saturday, Feb. 8 at 2 p.m.

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