Feb. 24, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State gymnastics team improved their score for a sixth straight week and notched a second-straight score in the 195s to defeat Ball State 195.025-193.300 on Friday (Feb. 24).
"Scoring in the 195s tonight was extremely important to my team because we are trying to get a bid in the NCAA Regional Championship," said head coach Kathie Klages. "We didn't have any falls on the balance beam, which was very exciting to see another solid performance. There were so many more pluses than negatives tonight so I thought the whole team did great."
The Spartans began the meet with a 48.650 team score on the vault. Redshirt sophomore Taira Neal lead MSU with a 9.825 mark and second place finish. Freshman Ashley Noll followed up with a 9.775 score and third place. Ball State's Nicole Allen won the event with a 9.900 mark.
In the next rotation, Michigan State dominated on the uneven bars with a 48.875 score and a sweep of the awards. Senior Jackie Berg took home first place with a 9.850 tally. Daneen Haba earned a season-high 9.800 for second while freshman Alina Cartwright posted a third-place-worthy 9.775.
On the balance beam, the Spartans didn't see a fall in any of the seven routines and notched a 48.675 team score. Berg posted a season-high 9.800 mark to tie her personal-best and win the event. Sophomore Alex Pace posted another 9.750 to tie with Noll and two Cardinals for second place.
Sophomore Dani Levy was the top gymnast in the floor exercise with a 9.825. Senior Alyssa Brennan and Noll tallied season-high marks of 9.800 each. The duo tied with two Ball State gymnasts for second place in the event. MSU earned a 48.825 total score on the floor exercise.
Ball State's Nicole Allen was the only gymnast competing in the all-around. She tabbed a 39.150 score.
The Spartans will close out their home season next Friday (March 2) when they host Illinois-Chicago at 7 p.m. The meet will be MSU's Senior Night and senior gymnasts will be honored for their accomplishments.