RALEIGH, N.C. - In the final competition before the SEC Championship, the fifth-ranked LSU gymnastics team knocked off North Carolina State, 196.925-196.050, Friday night in Reynolds Coliseum.
LSU improved to 10-4 on the season by scoring a 49.350 on vault, 49.200 on bars, 49.100 on beam and 49.275 on floor to finish with a 196.925.
Rheagan Courville picked up her nation-leading eighth all-around title of the season with a 39.550, and she also earned the vault title with a career-high tying 9.95, a share of the bars title with a 9.875 and a share of the beam title with a 9.85.
"NC State pushed us tonight and we had to shuffle some people in the lineup unexpectedly, so I'm proud of the kids for fighting through it," LSU head coach D-D Breaux said. "The kids came out a little tentative tonight, but I know we are going to go into this next week and put forth great effort as we prepare for the SEC Championship."
LSU opened the meet with a 49.200 on bars, highlighted by 9.875's from Courville and Morrison. Randii Wyrick scored a 9.85 while Kaleigh Dickson and Britney Ranzy added 9.80's to the Tigers' team total.
LSU grabbed the lead after the second rotation, 98.550-98.100, with a 49.350 on vault. Courville led the Tigers with a career-high tying 9.95 to win the event title. Randi Lau stuck her vault for a 9.90, and Jessie Jordan tallied a 9.875. Britney Taylor earned a 9.85, and Ranzy provided a 9.775 to close out the Tigers' scoring on vault.
After three rotations LSU led NC State 147.825-147.150. The Tigers posted a 49.275 on floor to counter the Wolfpack's 49.050 on beam. Lloimincia Hall led LSU with a 9.90 in the anchor spot followed closely by Courville with a 9.875. Dickson and Taylor both recorded a 9.85, and Jordan scored a 9.80 to round out the last counting score.
LSU showed fantastic resilience in the last rotation after Ericka Garcia suffered a fall to score a 9.225. The next five Tigers all hit to preserve the LSU victory as the Tigers finished with a 49.100 on beam. Taylor and Dickson followed Garcia with matching 9.80's. Hall tallied a 9.825, Courville earned a 9.85 and Jordan anchored with a 9.825 to conclude the meet.
NC State fell to 11-8-1 as the Wolfpack suffered their first home loss of the season, but the 196.050 marked a season high.
LSU will head to the SEC Championship to compete in either the afternoon or evening session next Saturday in Verizon Arena in Little Rock, Ark. Live audio will be available free of charge in the Geaux Zone at www.LSUsports.net/live.
1. LSU 196.925 (VT - 49.350, UB - 49.200, BB - 49.100, FX - 49.275)
2. North Carolina State 196.050 (VT - 49.250, UB - 48.850, BB - 49.050, FX - 48.900)
Individual (Includes first place and all LSU competitors)
Beam - t1. Rheagan Courville 9.85, t1. Hannah Fallanca (NC State) 9.85, t1. Rachel Fincham (NC State) 9.85, t4. Lloimincia Hall 9.825, t4. Jessie Jordan 9.825, t7. Kaleigh Dickson 9.80, t7. Britney Taylor 9.80, 12. Ericka Garcia 9.225