Gymnastics Set for Top-10 Showdown with Georgia

by Jake Terry (@LSUjake)
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Gymnastics Set for Top-10 Showdown with Georgia

BATON ROUGE – The third-ranked LSU gymnastics team will carry the momentum of back-to-back season high scores into a Top 10 contest against ninth-ranked Georgia at 6:45 p.m. CT Friday in the Maravich Center.

Doors to the Maravich Center open at 5:30 p.m. for the early start time, and tickets are available for purchase by logging on to http://www.lsutix.net/, calling the LSU Ticket Office at 225-578-2184 or in person on the first floor of the Moran Family Center for Athletic Administration.

Reserved tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for youth ages 3-12, and general admission tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for youth.

The meet is marked “LSU Gymnastics Goes Pink & Blue” to raise awareness and support in the fight against both breast and prostate cancers. All fans in the 100 level seating will receive either a pink or blue t-shirt, and all other fans in attendance are encouraged to wear pink and blue.

LSU (6-1, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) is riding the momentum of two straight season-high performances. The Tigers earned a 197.350 against Missouri and followed with a 197.425 last weekend at the Metroplex Challenge.

“We are so excited about being back in the Maravich Center against a great SEC opponent in Georgia, and we hope the place will be packed for such a fun meet,” LSU head coach D-D Breaux said. “We need to go out and be fearless, compete with reckless abandon and have fun. If we do that, we will be successful and come away with a great team score.”

Georgia (2-3, 2-1) enters the meet after back-to-back near-197 scores. The Gymdogs tallied a 196.975 in a home victory against Kentucky, and last week they earned a 196.950 in a loss at Florida.

LSU will look to extend two home streaks against Georgia – 11 consecutive home meets with a 197 or higher score and nine straight victories inside the Maravich Center. The Tigers’ 11-meet 197 home streak started against the Gymdogs on March 1, 2013.

LSU ranks No. 2 nationally on bars, No. 3 on beam, No. 4 on floor and No. 6 on vault, and the Tigers are led by senior all-arounders Jessie Jordan and Rheagan Courville who each rank among the Top 25 in four of the five individual rankings.

The Tigers also rely on Sydney Ewing, Ashleigh Gnat, Lloimincia Hall, Myia Hambrick, Erin Macadaeg, Jessica Savona, Scarlett Williams, Randii Wyrick and Shae Zamardi for solid scores in order to achieve victory.

The Gymdogs, under the direction of third-year coach Danna Durante, are led by junior Brandie Jay who is the SEC Specialist of the Week after scoring 9.925s on vault and floor and a 9.90 on bars last week.

As a team Georgia ranks fifth nationally on bars, 12th on vault and floor and 23rd on beam.

The meet will be televised by SEC Network with Bart Conner, Kathy Johnson Clarke and Laura Rutledge set to call the action.

Live stats will be available on www.LSUsports.net/livestats.

Fans can connect with the Tigers on the team’s social media outlets: www.Facebook.com/lsugym, @LSUgym on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat, and www.YouTube.com/lsugymnastics.