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No. 8 Baylor Equestrian Claims Willis Invitational Title with Win over UC Davis

Bears collected eight MOP honors on the weekend
Posted at 10:21 PM, Oct 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-05 23:21:35-04

WACO, TEXAS — No. 8 Baylor equestrian (2-1) claimed its 11th-straight Willis Invitational title with a 14-2 win over UC Davis (0-2) Saturday at the Willis Family Equestrian Center.

BU finished 2-0 on the weekend, followed by Delaware State at 1-1 and UC Davis at 0-2.

With Friday's first-half scores giving BU a 7-1 advantage heading into Saturday, the meet picked back up with fences, where BU claimed the discipline, 3-1. Caroline Fuller and Gia Gulino put the Bears on the scoreboard, with Maddie Vorhies' 87 on Grande secured the final jumping seat point for BU.

The competition concluded with horsemanship, where the Bears dominated and held the Aggies scoreless, 4-0. Katie Davis, Marley Mainwaring, Kacie Scharf and Gabrielle Marty each seized points for their individual matchups, bringing the total score to 14-2.

At the conclusion of the meet, seven Bears earned Most Outstanding Performer awards. Against Delaware State, Maddie Vorhies (fences), Madison Day (flat), Clara Johnson (horsemanship) and Carly Salter (reining) earned recognition while Vorhies (fences), Grace Thiel (flat), Katie Davis (horsemanship) and Madaline Callaway (reining) earned awards against UC Davis.

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• Baylor is now 1-0 all-time against UC Davis.
• BU finished 2-0 for its 11th-straight Willis Invitational title. Delaware State went 1-1 while UC Davis finished 0-2 on the weekend.
• BU swept UC Davis in horsemanship, 4-0.
• BU also swept UC Davis in the flat on Friday, 4-0.
Seven Bears earned MOP honors against Delaware State and UC Davis.
• Maddie Vorhies collected two MOP honors for her first honors of her collegiate career.
• Six other Bears earned their first MOP honors of the season.

Head coach Casie Maxwell
On the win…
"Obviously you're more comfortable at home. You're in your home arena, on your home horses, in your home environment with your whole team standing behind you, so it is easy to perform well at home, sometimes easier than being on the road. It's really nice for us to be able to come home and build that confidence, work on those small things that we made mistakes on when we were at SMU and even yesterday. Just to build on those performances today and lay down some solid rides and give some of our younger athletes a lot more experience."

8 – the number of MOP honors by the Bears at the Willis Invitational.

BU (2-1) will open conference action on Oct. 18 against No. 4 Oklahoma State at Totusek Arena in Stillwater, Okla.