Feb. 26, 2012
BISHOP, Ga. – The No. 3 University of Georgia defeated Fresno State by a score of 17-1 on Sunday afternoon at the UGA Equestrian Complex in Bishop, Ga. With the win, Georgia improves to 10-1 on the season.
"I felt that we were more consistent in our rides," head coach Meghan Boenig said. "We were at little more aggressive in our rides and that paid off in better scores and more wins. The entire team did a good job of keeping things going very smoothly and being good sportsmen. It was pleasant day in terms of where we need to be in terms of the postseason. We took some lessons learned from yesterday and applied them today, which is something that we need to continue to do as we head to the road in two weeks."
The Bulldogs swept MVP honors, as Carly Anthony, Megan Southam, Maria Salazar and Sami Belcher each took home the honor. Anthony won her MVP with a 64-56 win over Nicole Roworth in equitation on the flat, while Southam earned the title with a 81-72 win over Belle Calkin in equitation over fences. On the western side, Salazar picked up a 77-71.5 win over Lauren Crivelli for the horsemanship MVP. Belcher defeated her opponent 71.5-0 in reining.
The Bulldogs pulled away to a 4-1 lead in equitation over fences, with Michelle Morris, Emily van der Walde, Kylee Arbuckle and Southam each earning points for Georgia. Morris got things started with a 78-69 win over Kara Spicer. Fresno State evened the score at 1-1, before van der Walde picked up a 79-73 win over Kimberly Hewson Budnik. Arbuckle followed with a 76-74 defeat of Holly Elsbernd. Southam wrapped up the event with her MVP ride of 81.
The horsemanship team won the first four points of the event, allowing Georgia to pull ahead 8-1. Paige Stawicki got things started with a 74-71.5 win over Allison Warkentin. Megan Hawkins scored a team best 77 in her win over Christa Beezley, who rode to a score of 67. Katelyn Van Allen defeated Rio Haack by a score of 73.5-72. Salazar scored Georgia’s final point of the event when she defeated Crivelli, 77-71.5.
Georgia swept Fresno State 5-0 in equitation on the flat to extend Georgia’s lead to 13-1. Morris opened the event with an 81-68 win over Macy Wilson. Carraway defeated Lauren Carr 72-66, before Southam defeated Lanie Madrazo 80-76. Arbuckle handed Kimberly Hewson Bubnik an 81-72 loss, with Anthony following with her MVP-winning ride of 64.
"It was a wonderful day for Georgia equestrian," assistant coach Mary Meneely said. "It was nice to see the girls come together and eliminate the mistakes from yesterday. Fresno State is a wonderful team and it was great to compete against them. I am excited to go into the next couple of meets and continue on our path to excellence."
In reining, Belcher, Kelly Truesdell, McKenzie Lantz and Becca Haaland each scored winning rides for the Bulldogs. Belcher’s MVP ride of 71.5 kicked off the event and was followed by Truesdell’s 70.5-70 win over Crivelli. Lantz rode to a 71.5-64 win over Ciara Kozlowski. Haaland finished the meet with a 70.5-64 win over Sonya Koch.
Georgia will return to action March 9-10, when it travels out west to take on SMU, TCU and Oklahoma State.