LAS VEGAS – Coming off a big 196.950-196.725 season-opening win against Oklahoma, LSU jumped to a tie for No. 1 in the national rankings, and the Tigers will put that ranking to the test on the road. LSU is set to compete against No. 23 North Carolina State in the Lady Luck Invitational at 9 p.m. CT Thursday in Las Vegas, Nev.
The meet will be streamed live by FloGymnastics and will be available to subscribers.
It has been a short week for both squads as the Wolfpack also competed on Saturday and came away with a 194.700-194.125 win at Penn State.
LSU (1-0) practiced Monday and Tuesday in the new training center before traveling Wednesday to South Point Hotel where the meet will take place.
“This team has managed the schedule well, and they are excited about the trip,” LSU head coach D-D Breaux said. “Being No. 1 is great and we appreciate it, but this season is a marathon. Our team continued to work hard this week, and we are ready to go have fun and compete like Tigers in this meet.”
In the season opener, SEC Co-Gymnast of the Week Myia Hambrick led the way with a 39.450 to win her first career all-around title, and she also added career-high 9.90s on beam and floor to pace the Tigers.
Ashleigh Gnat was not far behind as she managed a 39.425 in the all-around, and she won the floor title (9.95) and vault title (9.90).
SEC Specialist of the Week Shae Zamardi recorded a 9.925 in her first career floor performance, and she added a 9.85 in the anchor spot on bars.
As a team LSU posted a 49.250 on vault to rank first nationally, 49.475 on floor to rank second, 49.250 on beam to rank third and a 48.975 on bars to rank 17th.
LSU is returning to the Lady Luck Invitational for the second in program history. The Tigers competed in the meet during the 2010 season and placed third out of four teams with a 195.350.
LSU enters the competition 14-0 all-time against NC State, including a 6-0 neutral site record. The two teams last met on March 7, 2014 in Baton Rouge in a 197.500-195.525 LSU win.
NC State (1-0) earned individual titles on beam, floor and the all-around in last week’s opening win. Sophomore Nicole Wild ranks fourth nationally on beam after scoring a 9.90.
As a team the Wolfpack rank No. 9 nationally on beam (49.075) and No. 22 on bars (48.875).
After the meet LSU will return home to face No. 21 Kentucky at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, in the Maravich Center. Tickets are on sale now at www.LSUtix.net.
Links to live video and stats of this week’s meet against NC State can be found at www.LSUsports.net, and fans can also follow along with the meet through LSU gymnastics’ social channels: www.Facebook.com/lsugym, @LSUgym on Twitter and Instagram and www.YouTube.com/lsugymnastics.