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Arkansas falls in top 10 battle

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Arkansas falls in top 10 battle

FAYETTEVILLE – Junior All-American Jaime Pisani and freshman Katherine Grable tied for the all-around title, but No. 9 Alabama posted a 194.90-194.75 gymnastics victory over No. 10 Arkansas in Barnhill Arena on Friday.

Arkansas led after two rotations, but the Crimson Tide rallied for the Southeastern Conference victory.

"Honestly, it was a little disappointing," co-head coach René Cook said. "We had a lead and let them chip away at it. We have to learn how to compete more aggressively. Individually, we had some outstanding performances, but as a group, we have some work to do."

Individually, Pisani wonbars with a 9.775 and floor with a 9.90. Pisani and Grable tied for the all-around title with a 39.15 each. Grable won the all-around in last week’s opener at Oklahoma.

Following the first rotation, Arkansas held a 49.125-47.625 lead. Arkansas topped its season-opening vault score of 48.90 last week at Oklahoma.

The Razorbacks, going on vault, were led by Pisani with a 9.90, Grable with a 9.825, Stout with a 9.825, Salsberg a 9.80, Amanda Siebert a 9.775 and Scarlett Williams a 9.725.

Alabama, on bars, was led by Jordan Moore and Sarah DeMeo, who each had a 9.725.

The Crimson Tide followed with a 49.50 onvault in the second rotation while Arkansas had a 48.625 on bars, but the Razorbacks still led the meet, 97.75-97.125.

On bars, Arkansas was led by Pisani with a 9.775, Mariah Howdeshell and Shelby Salmon with a 9.75 each, Grable a 9.70 and Salsberg a 9.65.

Alabama was led on vault by Kayla Hoffman with a 9.95.

In the third rotation, on beam, Arkansas scored a 47.975 while Alabama had a 48.95 on floor.

Grable led with a 9.775, followed by Salsberg with a 9.725, Pisani a 9.575, Howdeshell a 9.55 and Scarlett Williams a 9.35.

On floor, Diandra Milliner led the Crimson Tide with a 9.85.

Following three rotations, Alabama led 146.075-145.725.

"We kept telling them to stay aggressive," Cook said. "I thought we got a little tentative."

Alabama finished with a 48.825 on beam and was led by Kim Jacob with a 9.85.

Arkansas had a 49.025 on floor.

Pisani led with a 9.90, followed by Grable with a 9.85, Bailee Zumwalde a 9.825, Siebert a 9.75, Salsberg a 9.70 and Kelci Lewis a 9.65.

Arkansas is on the road next week, competing at No. 16 Kentucky on Friday at 6 p.m. in Lexington.

Meet Results

No. 9 Alabama 194.90No. 10 Arkansas 194.75Jan. 14, 2011, Fayetteville, Ark., Barnhill Arena

ROTATION I

ArkansasVault: 49.125Amanda Siebert 9.775, Scarlett Williams 9.725, Jordan Salsberg 9.80, Michelle Stout 9.825, Jaime Pisani 9.90, Katherine Grable 9.825.

AlabamaBars: 47.625Kim Jacob 9.60, Jordan Moore 9.725, Sarah DeMeo 9.725, Ashley Sledge 9.20, Kayla Hoffman 9.35, Geralen Stack-Eaton 9.225.

ROTATION II

ArkansasBars: 48.625Michelle Stout 9.125, Jordan Salsberg 9.65, Katherine Grable 9.70, Jaime Pisani 9.775, Mariah Howdeshell 9.75, Shelby Salmon 9.75.

AlabamaVault: 49.50Marissa Gutierrez 9.825, Sarah DeMeo 9.825, Ashley Sledge 9.875, Geralen Stack-Eaton 9.925, Kayla Hoffman 9.95, Diandra Milliner 9.925.

ROTATION III

ArkansasBeam: 47.975Jaime Pisani 9.575, Stacy Bartlett 9.075, Scarlett Williams 9.35, Jordan Salsberg 9.725, Katherine Grable 9.775, Mariah Howdeshell 9.55.

AlabamaFloor: 48.95Kim Jacob 9.80, Alyssa Chapman 9.775, Marissa Gutierrez 9.75, Sarah DeMeo 9.675, Diandra Milliner 9.85, Kayla Hoffman 9.775.

ROTATION IV

ArkansasFloor: 49.025Amanda Siebert 9.75, Bailee Zumwalde 9.825, Jordan Salsberg 9.70, Kelci Lewis 9.65, Katherine Grable 9.85, Jaime Pisani 9.90.

AlabamaBeam: 48.825Kim Jacob 9.85, Ashley Sledge 9.625, Marissa Gutierrez 9.725, Kayla Hoffman 9.825, Sarah DeMeo 9.80, Geralen Stack-Eaton 9.325.

Download: NCAA Gymnastics Score Sheet.pdf



Sports Category : Gymnastics (W)