MORGANTOWN, W.V. - All-Americans Jaime Pisani and Amy Borsellino had big meets on Friday for Arkansas' eighth-ranked gymnastics team, but the Razorbacks competed without two all-arounders and were forced to count mistakes in a 195.675-195.125 loss at No. 28 West Virginia.
Arkansas competed without the top-ranked all-arounder in the nation in sophomore Katherine Grable and was without all-arounder Jordan Salsberg for the second week. Grable is being rested after injuring an ankle two weeks ago and Salsberg, ranked No. 23 nationally in the all-around, is out for the year with a knee injury.
In addition, the Razorbacks lost junior All-American Kelci Lewis for the night following her vault landing in the second rotation.
"It was an interesting night," co-head coach Mark Cook said. "We started on bars and had to count a fall. Mariah (Howdeshell) fell for the first time this season and then Sammy (Kolbas) fell. We can't have falls and perform well. Kelci (Lewis) jammed her ankle in warm-ups and couldn't go so we had to shuffle the lineup a little bit. It was just one of those things. We have to find a way to win."
Borsellino won vault with a 9.90 and had a career-high 9.875 on beam. Pisani won bars with a 9.875, beam with a school-record tying 9.95 and floor with a 9.90. Pisani also won the all-around with a 39.60 while Borsellino was second with a 39.35. In addition, sophomore Scarlett Williams had a career high on floor of 9.775 and matched her best on beam with a 9.875.
"We really had some great performances as well," Cook said. "Jaime had a great all-around night. Amy did a phenomenal job as well. Scarlett really stepped up. She did a good job on three events and did much better on floor."
Arkansas got off to a rough start with two mistakes on bars and was forced to count one.
The Razorbacks had two falls and scored a 48.475. Pisani, tied for ninth in the nation on the event, led the way with a 9.875. Sophomore Shelby Salmon, ranked 32nd, had a 9.85. Borsellino, who competed on the event for the first time in her career last week, had a 9.775, followed by freshman Stephani Canizaro with a 9.75 and senior Mariah Howdeshell with a 9.225.
West Virgnia had a 48.925 on vault and was led by Alaska Richardson with a 9.875.
In the second rotation, Arkansas had a mistake on vault, but didn't have to count it in the team total. The Razorbacks scored a 49.075 on vault while WVU had a 48.875 on bars. Arkansas trailed after two events, 97.80-97.55.
Borsellino led the way on vault with a career-high tying 9.90. Pisani had a 9.875, Williams a 9.85, sophomore Bailee Zumwalde a 9.80 and Canizaro a 9.65.
The Moutaineers were led by Kaylyn Millick with a 9.85.
In the third rotation, Williams and Canizaro both recorded career highs with a 9.775 and 9.80, respectively, as Arkansas scored a 48.475. Pisani led with a 9.90, but the Razorbacks had two mistakes and were forced to count one. Borsellino had a 9.80 and Zumwalde a 9.20.
Meanwhile, the Mountaineers had a 48.725 on beam. Hope Sloanhoffer led with a 9.95, but WVU was forced to count a 9.55.
Heading into the final event, West Virginia led 146.525-146.025.
Arkansas finished with a 49.10 on beam. Pisani tied the school record with a career-high 9.95. Borsellino had a career-high 9.875 and Williams matched her career high of 9.875. Salmon had a 9.725 and Kolbas a 9.675.
West Virginia finished with a 49.15 on floor, led by Richardson's 9.90.
"As a team, we have to be more consistent when people come in to make up for the ones who are out," Cook said. "We have to do a better job."
Arkansas closes the regular season next week at Missouri on Friday before heading to Duluth, Ga., for the Southeastern Conference championship on March 24 at 4 p.m.
Arkansas is hosting the NCAA South Central Regional on April 7 at 4 p.m. in Barnhill Arena. Tickets are now on sale through the Razorback Ticket Center and at ArkansasRazorbacks.com.
No. 28 West Virginia 195.675, No. 8 Arkansas 195.125
March 10, 2012
Dayah Haley 9.725, Kaylyn Millick 9.625, Tina Maloney 9.75, Chelsea Goldschrafe 9.80, Alaska Richardson 9.875, Hope Sloanhoffer 9.775
Dayah Haley 9.70, Nicole Roach 9.775, Tina Maloney 9.675, Hope Sloanhoffer 9.80, Kaylyn Millick 9.85, Erica Smith 9.75
Erica Smith 9.55, Chelsea Goldschrafe 9.675, Amanda Carpenter 9.725, Kaylyn Millick 9.825, Hope Sloanhoffer 9.95, Beth Deal 9.025
Chelsea Goldschrafe 9.80, Makenzie Bristol 9.85, Hope Sloanhoffer 9.05, Tina Maloney 9.725, Alaska Richardson 9.90, Kaylyn Millick 9.875