April 18, 2014
WACO, Texas – The opening round bye was kind to all four of the top seeds at the NCEA Championship with all four advancing on to the semi-finals Saturday including Georgia, who beat Baylor 7-6 at the Extraco Center Friday.
The Lady Bears’ season ends with a 10-7 record in a narrow decision in the quarterfinals. The meet was neck-and-neck the entire time between the two schools, which included three ties with one in each event with the exception of flat.
Baylor’s forte has been hunter seat this season, but the western team did its job Friday matching the Bulldogs point for point in six decisions. The meet opened with a 2-2 tie on the flat, but Baylor’s 2-1 loss in fences ended up being the deciding factor.
Chronologically Baylor entered horsemanship, the final event, tied at five. UGA’s Heather Schmidt outdueled Bryn Lindley 149.5-148, but Parris Rice battled back for the Bears defeating Sara Parr 149-133.5.
With the score knotted back up at six, UGA’s Paige Stawicki and Gillian Chant pushed with a tie at 144 apiece. Then, in the deciding point, the Bulldogs’ Anna Sasser scored a 144.5 and Rachel Nankervis finished six points behind at 138.5 as the No. 4 seeded Bulldogs advanced to the semi finals.
THEY SAID IT Ellen White on Baylor’s performance …
“The team fought extremely hard today and I was proud of their effort. I thought our western team came up big today, and like it has happened all season, we just seemed to catch bad breaks in the very close decisions. I’m proud of the seniors and their contribution to our program.”
No. 3-seeded Georgia advances to Saturday’s semi-finals against Big 12 champion and No. 2 Oklahoma State while No. 1 South Carolina will take on No. 4 Auburn. All four teams were granted byes from the opening round Thursday and took advantage by sweeping through the quarterfinals.