Nov. 15, 2012
COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina's equestrian team will put its No. 1 ranking on the line this weekend, as the Gamecocks travel to Texas to compete against three opponents in three consecutive days. In the team's final action of the fall, South Carolina will compete against Texas A&M on Friday, Baylor on Saturday, and SMU on Sunday.
"We're looking forward to going out to Texas and seeing what we can do against three really strong teams," South Carolina head coach Boo Major said. "When you're ranked No. 1, you know you're going to get your opponent's best effort every time, so we are going to need three straight days of excellent riding in order to have a successful weekend. Through our first three meets, our girls have learned that when you don't make many mistakes, you set yourself up in a good position to win. We'll need to ride well all weekend and I certainly think we're up for the challenge."
TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN
A LOOK AT THE TOP-10
The next coaches poll will be released on Nov. 28. It will be the final poll of the fall.
AGAINST THE NATIONAL CHAMPS
FIRST MEETING AS SEC FOES
LAST MEETING VS. TEXAS A&M
LAST TIME IN COLLEGE STATION
Texas A&M jumped out to an early 3-0 lead after shutting the Gamecocks out in Reining. South Carolina made a comeback in the Horsemanship portion of the meet, but dropped the meet by a point. The Aggies had a rider post a score of 148 in the first round of competition, setting up a showdown with then-senior Maggie Fortune. Fortune put up one of the strongest individual rides at last year's nationals, but fell short with a score of 146.
LAST MEETING VS. BAYLOR
Baylor struck first, jumping out to a 4-1 lead in Reining.
But South Carolina responded, winning the next 14 points consecutively, to drop the Bears, 15-4.
LAST TIME IN WACO
The Gamecocks claimed three of four MVP's on the day, as the Hunt Seat team picked up a 7-3 win and the Western team won, 5-3.
LAST MEETING VS. SMU
The Gamecocks started the meet by winning four of six points in Equitation on the Flat. Then-senior Colvin Hedgepeth picked up MVP honors with a ten-point victory.
The Mustangs rallied, winning the first two points in Equitation Over Fences to even the score at 4-4. But the Gamecocks won two of the final three points, as then-senior Paige Dekko scored the meet-clinching point as she picked up an 84-80 victory over her opponent.
CLOSING OUT THE FALL
After the regular season is over, the Gamecocks will travel to Auburn, Ala. for the inaugural SEC Equestrian Championship, which will run Mar. 29-30. After the SEC Championship, the Gamecocks will head to Waco for the NCEA National Championships, which run April 18-20.
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