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Oct. 6, 2006

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ATHENS, Ga. – The Gamecock equestrian team suffered their first loss of the season as they lost to the Georgia Bulldogs 9-6 in Athens, Ga. on Friday. The hunt seat team was the highlight as they improved to 3-0 with a 3-2 win, but the western team lost 7-3 and is 0-3 on the season. As a team, USC is now 2-1.

“Everybody gave a great effort but we really wanted to win,” said head coach Boo Duncan. “This was really a tough loss for us. I am proud of the hunt seat team. They rode very well against a good Georgia team. The western team rode better then what the score reflected, but it wasn’t enough. We are not pleased with not winning. WE will go back to the drawing board and prepare for Fresno State at the end of the month.”

In equitation over fences, Kristen Terebesi and Kelley Campbell recorded wins for the Gamecocks. Terebesi defeated Cordy Allsopp 90-88 for her first 90-plus score of the year. Campbell defeated Rachel Berkowitz 85-82. Nicole Bourgeois and Lindsay Pace both tied, while Sarah Stephens lost to Kelly Bonau 90-85.

Freshman Kristina Papendick was the lone western winner for the Gamecocks in horsemanship as she defeated Sarah Dunsmore by one, 76.5-75.5. The Bulldogs picked up four points in that category.

There were three ties in equitation on the flat and each team recorded an individual win. Campbell beat Logan Fiorentino 80-77 and UGA’s Melinda Drury recorded an 88-80 win over Carly Johns.

Rachel Sternoff and Lindsay Williams picked up the wins in reining. Sternoff won 70-68 over Anna Hichborn, while Williams beat Sarah Locker 70.5-69.5.

USC will conclude the fall portion of its season on Oct. 28 when they travel to Fresno State. The spring portion of the schedule will resume in January when the Gamecocks host Stephen F. Austin.