Nov 13, 2021 3:15 PM
The U.S. Open Women’s Handicap® semifinal matches at Houston Polo Club (Houston, Texas) started off with a thrilling game between T Squared Energy (Emma Tooth, Grace Parker, Carin Middleton, Kaile Roos) and Whitehall Ranch (Allie Azzaro, Michelle Agrons, Erica Gandomcar-Sachs, Chole Torres). T Squared Energy ultimately won the match 4-3.5 and claimed the first spot in the Finals on Saturday, November 13.
The second match of the day showcased a fast pace throughout. Both Ketel One Botanical (Athena Malin, Stephanie Colburn*, Tiamo Hudspeth*, Carter Nix, Chloe Torres**) and Midstateroofing.com (Reagan Leitner, Robyn Leitner, Summer Kneece, Madison Jordan, Courtney Price**) had a substitution each in the first half but were able to continue play competitively. Kneece and Hudspeth captained their teams with a disciplined hand to run a very open game. Tied with only eight seconds remaining in the the fourth and final chukker, Hudspeth found the goal on a Penalty 2 to push Ketel One Botanicals over Midstateroofing.com 7-6 and capture the last spot in the final.
Saturday, November 13
T Squared Energy vs Ketel One Botanical (2:00pm ET/ 1:00pm CT)
The U.S. Open Women's Handicap® Final will be livestreamed on Global Polo TV.
*Tiamo Hudspeth and Stephanie Colburn (nee Massey) are Team USPA alumnae. Team USPA is a USPA program designed to enhance and grow the sport of polo in the United States by identifying young, talented American players and providing mentored training and playing opportunities leading to a pool of higher rated amateur and pro players and the resultant giveback to the sport of polo.
**Chloe Torres substituted for Ketel One Botanical following an injury to Athena Malin. Courtney Price substituted for Midstateroofing.com after Robyn Leitner received a double red card for dangerous riding.
All photos courtesy of ©Kaylee Wroe.
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