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Gymnastics to Host Georgia in Top-10 Showdown
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Published: February 28, 2013, 02:03 PM (CT)
Updated: February 28, 2013, 03:14 PM (CT)
by Jake Terry (@LSUjake), Associate SID

BATON ROUGE - The fifth-ranked LSU gymnastics team returns home for only the second time in seven weeks to square off against No. 7 Georgia at 7 p.m. CT Friday inside the Maravich Center.

The first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive free LSU Gymnastics trading cards, and the first 25 kids to arrive between 5-5:30 p.m. will be able to watch LSU warm up from the competition floor.

It is also Autograph Night, and fans will be able to meet the team and get autographs after the competition.

Tickets are still available at a cost of $5 for adults and $3 for youth ages 3-12 by visiting www.LSUtix.net, calling the LSU Ticket Office at 225-578-2184, in person on the first floor of the Athletic Administration Building or at the Maravich Center starting at 5:30 p.m. Friday.

LSU and Georgia are both coming off strong road performances last week with the Tigers posting a 196.975 at Auburn and the Gym Dogs earning a 196.825 at Missouri.

"We are hitting the stretch run of the season, and we are excited to be back home and compete in front of our fabulous fans," LSU head coach D-D Breaux said. "This meet is an opportunity for us to score well and continue to position ourselves for the NCAA postseason.

"We have worked hard this week in practice to correct our mistakes, and now we need to put it all together in our competition performance Friday night."

LSU (8-3, 4-2 SEC) enters the meet with a 3-0 record at home this season, and the Tigers are searching for their first 197 score in a home meet after coming close in victories against Florida with a 196.875 and Arkansas with a 196.825.

The Tigers are ranked No. 1 nationally as a team on floor and No. 2 on vault with several performers ranked among the top 25 in the country in several events.

Lloimincia Hall is No. 1 on floor with a 9.925 RQS, while Rheagan Courville is No. 3 in the all-around at 39.475, No. 5 on vault at 9.910, No. 6 on floor at 9.895 and No. 11 on beam at 9.865.

Sarie Morrison is No. 6 on bars with a 9.890 RQS, and she leads the team with a 9.915 season average on vault.

Jessica Savona is No. 16 on floor with a 9.880 RQS, and Maliah Mathis (9.825 average) and Kaleigh Dickson (9.804 average) also lead the Tigers in the floor lineup.

Georgia (6-5-1, 4-1-1) enters the meet ranked as the No. 2 team on bars, No. 4 on vault and No. 10 on beam and floor. Sophomore Chelsea Davis is No. 1 on bars with a 9.935 RQS, and freshman Brittany Rogers is No. 3 at 9.90. Freshman Brandie Jay is No. 4 on vault at 9.910, and Shayla Worley is eighth on beam at 9.875.

This marks the second meeting between LSU and Georgia this season as both squads competed at the Metroplex Challenge on Jan. 26. The Tigers finished second out of five teams with a 197.100, and the Gym Dogs finished fourth with a 196.775.

ESPNU will televise the meet on a tape delay basis with the first airing set for March 7 at 4:30 p.m.

Live video is available to Geaux Zone members at www.LSUsports.net/live, and fans can access live stats at LSUsports.net as well as receive updates through LSU Gymnastics' social media accounts - @LSUgym on Twitter and www.Facebook.com/LSUgym.

 

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