Gymnastics Tunes Up for SEC's at NC State
RALEIGH, N.C. - Coming off a season-high 197.500 last week, the fifth-ranked LSU gymnastics team travels to face North Carolina State at 6 p.m. CT Friday in Reynolds Coliseum.
It marks the final competition before LSU (9-4) heads to Little Rock, Ark., for the SEC Championship on March 23.
LSU and NC State already met once this season, squaring off in the season opener on Jan. 4 in Baton Rouge. The Tigers prevailed 196.075-194.975, marking the first time in school history LSU scored higher than a 196 in a season opener.
This time around LSU is looking for its third-straight 197 score after putting up back-to-back 197's for the first time since 2008. LSU tallied a 197.050 in a win against Georgia on March 1 and the 197.500 last week versus Alabama.
"It was business as usual this week in practice with the focus squarely on this meet against NC State and not on what we have done in the past or what is coming up down the line," LSU head coach D-D Breaux said. "The team has really worked hard each week to perform at a high level, and we have to continue to carry that over into the meet."
LSU enters the meet ranked No. 1 in the country on vault with a 49.470 RQS, No. 4 on floor at 49.410, No. 7 on bars at 49.240 and No. 15 on beam at 49.000.
Rheagan Courville, Lloimincia Hall and Sarie Morrison are all ranked in the top five nationally as Courville is No. 4 in the all-around and No. 3 on vault, Hall is No. 2 on floor and Morrison is No. 4 on bars. Jessica Savona is also ranked in the top 25 on floor at No. 21.
Courville is tied with Kentucky's Audrey Harrison for the national lead with seven all-around titles, while Hall is the only gymnast in the nation with two perfect 10.0's this season. Morrison has also posted a 10 this year, and she leads the squad with a 9.917 season average on vault and a 9.893 season average on bars.
NC State (11-7-1) is coming off a 195.650-192.750 win at home against William & Mary last week, and the Wolfpack have been solid at home with a 7-0-1 record this season.
LSU is 11-0 all-time against NC State, including a 1-0 record in Raleigh. The only time LSU competed at NC State was March 14, 2008 when the Tigers posted a 196.500 to win the quad meet featuring NC State, North Carolina and George Washington.
Live audio will be available free of charge in the Geaux Zone at www.LSUsports.net/live, and Mike Smith and Shelby Prunty will call all the action starting at 5:55 p.m.
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