No. 7 Gymnastics Returns Home to Face Arkansas
BATON ROUGE - For the first time in a month the seventh-ranked LSU gymnastics team will compete in front of a home crowd at the Maravich Center when the Tigers take on No. 20 Arkansas at 7 p.m. CT on Friday.
LSU (7-2, 3-1 SEC) enters the meet after posting a season-high 197.275 score in a win at Missouri, the highest road score for the Tigers since 2005.
Friday is a student point meet, and a student handstand contest will be held during the meet with the winner receiving $200. The first 500 fans in attendance will receive a free LSU gymnastics t-shirt, and the first 25 kids who arrive between 5-5:30 p.m. will get to be on the floor while the teams warm up.
Tickets are still available at $5 for adults and $3 for youth ages 3-12, and tickets can be purchased at www.LSUtix.net.
"I want to fill that student section, and I want the Maravich Center to be loud and full of excitement because I know we are excited to be back home after a month," LSU head coach D-D Breaux said. "It should be a great meet tomorrow night, and we want to see Tiger fans come out and enjoy it."
During the four-meet road swing LSU had the opportunity to put new people in lineups, and the Tigers responded to the challenge. All 13 gymnasts who have competed this season have scored at least one 9.80, and 11 of the 13 have scored a 9.85 or higher.
Nine Tigers earned a 9.85 or better last week at Missouri, including Lloimincia Hall's perfect 10.0 on floor, and Breaux said the team has kept a mindset of scoring well and performing perfect routines this week at practice.
"They have shown us that they are maturing and they are accepting the responsibility to improve their performance," Breaux said. "Gymnastics is all about eliminating errors and becoming more consistent and more determined to hit landings and execute, and as long as we can keep them focused on perfecting their performances then I think their heads are in the right spot."
LSU enters the meet against Arkansas ranked as the No. 1 team nationally on floor exercise and No. 2 on vault. Four Tigers rank among the top 25 on vault with Randi Lau at No. 7, Sarie Morrison at No. 9, Rheagan Courville at No. 23 and Jessie Jordan at No. 24.
LSU is 2-0 at home this season after knocking off North Carolina State in the season opener and beating current No. 1 Florida in the second week of the season.
Arkansas is 1-4 overall and 0-4 against SEC competition entering the meet, and the Razorbacks hold a season high of 196.175 that they scored two weeks ago at home against Florida.
Arkansas is ranked No. 19 on bars, No. 23 on vault and No. 23 on beam, and junior Katherine Grable leads the team with a 39.200 average in the all-around. Grable ranks ninth on vault and No. 25 on beam, while freshman Sydnie Dillard is No. 24 on beam.
LSU leads the all-time series against Arkansas 20-5-1, including a 4-1 mark in Baton Rouge.
Live video of the meet will be available for Geaux Zone members at www.LSUsports.net/live, and live stats will be available at www.LSUsports.net.
Fans can also find results by following LSU gymnastics on Twitter @LSUgym and at www.Facebook.com/LSUgym.