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Gymnastics to Host Kentucky Friday at the PMAC
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Published: February 02, 2012, 08:13 PM (CT)
by Jake Terry (@LSUjake), Associate SID

BATON ROUGE - After two weeks on the road against Southeastern Conference competition, the 14th-ranked LSU gymnastics team returns to the friendly confines of the Maravich Center to take on SEC rival Kentucky at 7 p.m. Friday.

The meet is Kids Day as well as a Student Point Night for LSU students. LSU will be giving away Tiger keychains before the meet, and there will be a Tiger raffle as well.

Tickets to the meet are still available at $5 adults and $3 for youth ages 3-12 by logging on to www.LSUtix.net, calling 225-578-2184 or by visiting the LSU Athletics Ticket Office on the first floor of the Athletics Administration Building on campus or at the Maravich Center before the meet.

LSU (1-6, 1-2 SEC) is looking to improve to 2-0 at home for the first time since the 2010 season when the Tigers finished 6-0 in the Maravich Center, and the Tigers are looking for a bit of revenge against the Wildcats.

LSU leads the all-time series 64-5, but Kentucky (3-3, 0-2) has beaten LSU in the regular season in back-to-back seasons in 2010 and 2011.

Heading into the meet, LSU head coach D-D Breaux said she likes the direction the Tigers are moving.

"I've been extremely optimistic and happy with the attitude of the team, their work ethic and their enthusiasm," Breaux said. "We are really excited to get out in front of a big home crowd and compete well.

"We want to go out there after two tough road meets and be better than we've been all season. We are excited to be home, and we want the student body to come out and support us because they make a difference for our team every time they bring their enthusiasm to the meet."

LSU will rely on its trio of freshmen all-arounders, Rheagan Courville, Lloimincia Hall and Jessie Jordan to lead the team. Jordan won the all-around last week at Georgia on the way to receiving SEC Co-Freshman of the Week honors. Courville leads the team with four individual titles this year, and Hall is second with three.

Sophomore Kaleigh Dickson earned a 9.80 or higher on vault, beam and floor at Georgia, and junior Ericka Garcia tied her career high on beam with a 9.85.

LSU will also count on solid scores from Ashley Lee, Randi Lau, Maliah Mathis, Lainie Fleming and Mckenzie Fox if the Tigers hope to achieve a new season high.

Kentucky is coming off a season-high 195.050 performance at Illinois-Chicago, and the Wildcats are led by Storey Morris, Caitlyn Ciokajlo, Audrey Harrison and Holly Cunningham who have all captured one individual title this season.

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

 

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