March 6, 2013
By Kelly Mason
FRESNO, Calif. - After picking up two victories over two ranked opponents last week, the Fresno State equestrian team jumped into the Top 10 teams in the nation according to the NCEA Coaches' Poll. They rank ninth and sit above South Dakota State in 10th, one of the teams they defeated last Friday.
The Bulldogs hosted then T-No.10 New Mexico State and then T-No.10 South Dakota State on Friday, March 1 at the Fresno State Student Horse Center. It was the Bulldogs second double-header of the season as well as Senior Day for seven Bulldogs.
The 'Dogs delivered great performances in each match defeating NMSU 9-6 and South Dakota State University 13-3. The Bulldogs had a total of 22 points and swept all eight Most Outstanding Player honors that day and proved their presence in the Top 10 rankings.
The last time Fresno State was ranked in the Top 10 was in the preseason NCEA Coaches' Poll where they ranked ninth above then 10th ranked New Mexico State.
The Bulldogs have two matches remaining in their regular season. They'll travel to Martin, Tenn. to compete against University of Tennessee Martin on March 22 at 9 a.m. and New Mexico State on March 23 at 9 a.m.
The NCEA National Championships will be held in Waco, Texas this year from April 18-20, 2013. The top 12 teams are invited to compete at the championships.
The collegiate coaches competing under the National Collegiate Equestrian Association umbrella initiated the national poll. The next coaches' poll is scheduled to be released on March 20 at Noon ET.
Women's Intercollegiate Equestrian National Coaches' Poll
Ballot Results - March 6, 2013 - Poll #8
1. Auburn (101)
2. Georgia (93)
3. Oklahoma State (82)
4. South Carolina (75)
5. Baylor (63)
6. Texas A&M (54)
7. Texas Christian (50)
8. Kansas State (38)
9. Fresno State (17)
10. South Dakota State (14)
Receiving votes - Southern Methodist (13), Tennessee-Martin (2), New Mexico State (2), Delaware State (1).
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