Jory Earns MVP Honors, Dogs Fall to Auburn
Sept. 19, 2008
FRESNO, Calif. - In the season opening weekend, head coach Becky Malmo knew her team would be tested. In the opener at Auburn, a team that won the English national title at the 2008 Varsity Equestrian National Championship and finished third in the overall team standings, Fresno State was outmatched dropping a 14-4 meet in Alabama.
"Auburn is a classy team and they showed their talent today," said Malmo. "We knew coming in that this would be a tough weekend, but we battled well and had some young ladies perform at a high level. Jen Jory was simply outstanding today winning MVP honors. We are very happy for her. It won't get any easier because we have the defending national championship Georgia on Sunday. This will make us a better team and that's what we are focusing on."
Auburn won Equitation over Fences 3-1, but the Dogs lost two close matches and tied another.
Fresno State's Jennifer Jory, a junior from Fresno, earned MVP honors defeating Dottie Grubb 86-80. Auburn's Anna Schierholz beat Casey Jo McDonald 83-77, Jessica Braswell edged Lisa Wells 81-78 and Jenny Reinhart defeated Cambria Kissell 89-86. Katie Nenneker had a strong performance and tied Auburn's Elise Fraza with a score of 82.
Auburn edged Fresno State 3-2 in Equitation on the Flat 3-2 behind MVP Ali Loprete, who defeated Emily McNeil 91-71. Bulldog winners included Kelsey Bullock, one of Fresno State's captains, over Katie Breedlove 82-81 and Caitlin Marshall over Annie Boheler 77-0 (0 refers to a no score because of a penalty).
Rebecca Rifkin edged Fresno State newcomer Kimberly Hewson-Budnik 84-83 and Maggie McAlary defeated Bulldog Tarynn Shada 87-75.
Auburn won Western Horsemanship 3-1 behind MVP Jessica Jones, who defeated Adrianne Smith 71.5-0.
Senior Bulldog captain Rebecca Flood defeated Bailey Dymong 70-69.5 for Fresno State's lone win.
Auburn earned two 1-point victories as Amy Bohan edged Madison Silver 70.5-69.5 and Kylie Miller over Asheline Beeson 71-70. Bulldog winners included Rebecca Flood over Bailey Dymond 70-69.5. Tying with a score of 68.5 were Auburn's Mary Casey and Fresno State's Allie Warkentin.
Auburn swept Fresno State in Western Reining 5-0 behind MVP Kelsey George, who defeated Elizabeth Thomasian 71-66.5. Other Tiger winners included Paige Monfore over Jill Tebbe 70-0, Ashton Fairey over Keri Blackledge 69.5-66.5, Lyndsey Jordan over Shellie Dalluge 70.5-67 and Kim Pope over Haley Henderson 69-67.5.
The Bulldogs will travel to take on 2008 VENC National Champion Georgia Sunday morning at 7 a.m. PT in Athens.
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