Third-ranked Georgia handed the second-ranked USC equestrian team its first loss of the season, 12-8.
The Gamecocks' hunter seat team lost 7-3. In equitation on the flat, the Gamecocks (1-2) posted victories from senior Megan Massaro and freshman Kimberly McCormack, but the Bulldogs (4-1) won the event 3-2. Georgia's Carly Anthony posted a score of 84 and was named MVP of the event.
"We got beat by a solid team today, " USC coach Boo Major said. "I think Georgia came in a little more prepared and a little more polished than we did, and they did an excellent job. On our end, though, we definitely made some mistakes that could have been avoided, and I'd like to have a few of our rides back but, overall, give Georgia a lot of credit because they rode extremely well today."
In equitation over fences, USC's only victory came from senior Eleanor Kunsman, who was named MVP of the event for her 86-65 win over Georgia's Grace Rogers.
The Gamecocks return to action Nov. 6, when they host Tennessee-Martin at 2 p.m., followed by a Nov. 7 visit from Fresno State at 10 a.m.
USC duo advances to quarterfinals
At Winston-Salem, N.C., the USC women's tennis doubles team of Ana Marija Zubori and Madeleine Saari-Bystrom advanced to the quarterfinals of the Wilson/ITA Carolina Regional Tennis Championships.
Zubori also advanced in singles, while Saari-Bystrom lost her match.
Play continues this morning.
Ana Marija Zubori, USC, def. Jessica Cook, East Carolina, 6-1, 6-2
Sandhya nagaraj, N.C. State, def. Madeleine Saari-Bystrom, USC, 6-4, 5-7, 6-1.
Zubori/Saari-Bystrom def. Herrera/Portioli, Winthrop, 8-4
Zubori/Saari-Bystrom def. Behr/Dougherty, UNC Greensboro, 8-4
- From Staff Reports