Fresno State returns to action Saturday against South Dakota State.
Oct. 9, 2008
FRESNO, Calif. -
Fresno State returns to action after a week off. After spending time on the road in the deep south and Texas, the Dogs head to Brookings, S.D., where they will take on South Dakota State. The Jackrabbits are coached to Megan McGhee, who was the first coach in Fresno State history. The Bulldogs have never competed in South Dakota.
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Last Time Out
The Bulldogs headed to Texas to face Texas A&M in a dual match and then competed in the Willis Invitational at Baylor University. The Dogs dropped three of four matches on the trip, beating TCU in the tournament. Several Bulldogs performance well including Lisa Wells, who earned MVP honors in Fences against New Mexico State with a season-hogh score of 84, and Katie Nenneker, the MVP in the Baylor match in Fences. Reiner Keri Blackledge was the MVP against Baylor with a score of 70 points. The Dogs went 1-2 in the Willis Invitational, one of two tournament for Fresno State on this year's schedule. The other will be the Best of the West Invitational Feb. 14-15 at home.
Quotes from head coach Becky Malmo: "We have never been to South Dakota State, so we don't know what to expect as far as facilities and we won't be familiar with any of the horses. We know it will be colder than what we are used to and we will have to be prepared for that. We have had a rough week in losing a horse and not being able practice at our peak performance. Our ladies are looking forward to this trip."
Dogs No. 8 in Inaugural Coaches Poll
Frenso State begins the 2008-09 season ranked No. 8 in the first-ever national equestrian poll. The collegiate coaches competing under the Varsity Equestrian Championship umbrella initiated the national poll. The poll will be released bi-monthly with the next announcement scheduled for Oct. 14, 2008. The final poll will be released April 21, 2009.
Fresno State will tackle each of the top six ranked teams this season dual matches, including hosting No. 5 Oklahoma State in the home opener on Oct. 25. Fresno State will host No. 1 Georgia Feb. 7 and No. 3 South Carolina Feb. 28. The next poll will be released Oct. 14.
Join the State - Fresno State! Fresno State hosts its first home event of the season on Oct. 25 against No. 5 Oklahoma State at 10 a.m. Admission is free.