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No. 13 Gymnastics to Take on No. 3 Alabama
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Published: February 23, 2012, 01:26 PM (CT)
by Jake Terry (@LSUjake), Associate SID

BATON ROUGE - The 13th-ranked LSU gymnastics team heads into the final Southeastern Conference dual meet of the season coming off the heels of a tri-meet victory and the third straight 196 score to face No. 3 Alabama at 7 p.m. CT Friday inside the Maravich Center.

The meet is Autograph Night as fans will receive LSU gymnastics trading cards and posters that can be autographed by the gymnasts after the meet.

Tickets are still available for the meet by visiting www.LSUtix.net, calling 225-578-2184 or at the arena before the meet. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for youth ages 3-12.

LSU (4-7, 2-3 SEC) seeks its second straight victory over Alabama in the Maravich Center as the Tigers toppled the top-ranked Tide 196.475-196.050 during the 2010 season, but more importantly the Tigers are looking to earn a fourth straight 196 score or LSU's first 197 team total of the year.

"This team has done a great job of growing and improving, and we are hoping to do even better than what we have seen in the last three outings," head coach D-D Breaux said. "We feel like we have the potential to score a 197 as a team, and that's our goal in this meet."

LSU's production from all six spots in each lineup has steadily improved. Freshmen Rheagan Courville and Jessie Jordan posted season highs of 39.500 and 39.400 in the all-around, respectively, as Courville took home the all-around, vault and floor titles while Jordan earned the vault and beam crowns at Washington.

Randi Lau tied for the vault title as well with a 9.90, signifying her first individual award as a Tiger, while Maliah Mathis tallied a season-best 9.875 on vault to finish in second place in the meet.

Freshman Lloimincia Hall only competed on beam and floor last week so she could rest an injured ankle, but the Dallas, Texas native is expected to be back in the all-around against Alabama.

LSU has received solid contributions from Kaleigh Dickson, Lainie Fleming, Mckenzie Fox, Ericka Garcia, Ashley Lee and Sarie Morrison, and the team will rely on them in order to attain higher scores.

Alabama (8-0, 5-0) is coming off a 197.650-196.125 home victory against then fifth-ranked Arkansas, and the Crimson Tide ranks in the top 10 nationally in all four events, including a No. 1 ranking on vault with a 49.421 average and No. 2 on floor at 49.179.

The meet will be broadcast on a tape delay basis by ESPN and will air on ESPNU at 9:30 p.m. on March 1 and on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. on March 4.

Live video of the meet is available for Geaux Zone members at www.LSUsports.net/live. To interact with LSU Gymnastics, follow the Tigers on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/lsugym and on Twitter @LSUgym.

 

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