Nearly 5,000 Watch Gymnastics Beat Arkansas
BATON ROUGE - Sarie Morrison stuck her vault for a perfect 10.0 and Rheagan Courville captured her fourth straight all-around title as the seventh-ranked LSU gymnastics team defeated No. 20 Arkansas, 196.825-195.625, Friday night in the Maravich Center.
LSU improved to 8-2 overall and 4-1 against SEC competition as the Tigers won their third straight meet of the season.
A lively crowd of 4,896, the sixth-largest crowd in LSU history, witnessed the Tigers' victory against the Razorbacks.
Morrison recorded the first 10.0 of her career, and it marks the second 10 in as many weeks as Lloimincia Hall earned it on floor last week at Missouri.
It is the third time in school history that LSU has posted a 10 in back-to-back meets but the first time it has been accomplished by two different gymnasts. April Burkholder scored a 10 on floor on Feb. 20, 2004 in a home meet against Kentucky, and she earned a 10 on vault on Feb. 23, 2004 at Texas Woman's. Jennifer Wood scored a 10 on vault three meets in a row in 1995 (Feb. 17, Feb. 24, March 3).
Courville tallied her fourth-straight all-around crown with a 39.525, her second-best all-around total of her career.
LSU earned a 49.400 on vault, 49.325 on bars, 48.675 on beam and 49.425 on floor to reach 196.825 against the Razorbacks.
Arkansas (1-5, 0-5 SEC) finished with a 48.800 on vault, 48.875 on bars, 48.950 on beam and 49.000 on floor to score a 195.625.
"There was a lot of energy in the kids' performances tonight, and we had tremendous support from a great crowd," LSU head coach D-D Breaux said. "The kids put too much pressure on themselves on beam, but they ended the meet well with strong routines on floor. Overall it was a solid effort, but we have to keep our focus on improving and perfecting our performances."
LSU opened the meet with a 49.400 on vault for the second straight week. Morrison led the way with a 10, while Courville finished second with a 9.95. Kaleigh Dickson and Maliah Mathis each posted a 9.825 and Jessie Jordan and Jessica Savona scored a 9.80.
The Tigers scored a 49.325 on bars, the second-best team total in that event this season. Lloimincia Hall led off with a career-high tying 9.85, and Britney Ranzy followed with a season-high 9.80. Dickson and Courville tallied 9.875's while Randii Wyrick recorded a 9.825 and Morrison anchored with a 9.90.
LSU scored a 48.675 on beam, counting 9.825's from Courville and Dickson, a 9.75 from Ericka Garcia, a 9.675 from Hall and a 9.60 from Jordan.
The Tigers ended the meet with a 49.425 on floor. Jordan led off with a 9.85, and Dickson scored a 9.725 in the second spot. Savona earned a 9.90, her third 9.9 on floor in the last four meets, and Mathis tallied a 9.85. Courville scored a 9.875, and Hall anchored the event and brought the crowd to its feet with a 9.95 to close out the meet.
Morrison collected the bars title with a 9.90 to go along with the vault crown, winning titles in both events she competed. Hall won floor with a 9.95, and Arkansas' Sydnie Dillard won beam with a 9.85.
The meet was televised on a tape delay basis by Cox Sports Television (CST), and the first date the meet will air is set for Feb. 21 at 8 p.m. CT.
LSU heads back on the road next week when the Tigers travel to face No. 15 Auburn. The meet will begin at 7 p.m. in the Auburn Arena.
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1. LSU 196.825 (VT - 49.400, UB - 49.325, BB - 48.675, FX - 49.425)
2. Arkansas 195.625 (VT - 48.800, UB - 48.875, BB - 48.950, FX - 49.000)
Individual (Includes first place and all LSU competitors)