Pack Posts Four 9.8s in Loss at No. 10 LSU
March 2, 2012
BATON ROUGE, La.-- NC State gymnastics posted four 9.8s, but fell on the road at the hands of tenth-ranked LSU. The Wolfpack, currently ranked 20th nationally, posted a total team score of 194.875.
The Wolfpack began the meet on bars, posting a team score of 48.600. Sophomore Kristen Harabedian lead the Pack with a score of 9.775 in the event. Stephanie Ouellette finished closely behind with a 9.750 followed by seniors Alex Williams and Jackie Yanchocik who both recorded 9.725s.
For the sixth time this season, sophomore Diahanna Ham paced the Wolfpack on vault. Ham posted a score of 9.825, good for second in the event. Junior Morgan Johnson also recorded a top score for State with a 9.750. NC State would finish the event with a team score of 48.600, matching the team's score on bars.
At the halfway point in the meet, NC State trailed LSU 97.200-98.200. LSU recorded a 48.975 on vault and a 49.225 on bars.
Senior Jess Panza highlighted the performance for State on floor posting a 9.825. Diahanna Ham finished just hundredths behind Panza with a 9.800, for her second 9.8 of the meet. Sophomores Stephanie Ouellette and Ellen Marion scored 9.775s, while freshman Lane Jarred scored a 9.750. NC State would finish with a team score of 48.925, its highest score in any event on the night.
The last event of the night pitted the Wolfpack on the balance beam. Freshman Lane Jarred turned in another great routine pacing the Wolfpack with a 9.875, State's highest individual score of the meet. Jarred's score of 9.875 was good for first place on beam.
NC State will return to action March 9, when the Wolfpack hosts the William & Mary Tribe at 7 p.m. in Reynolds Coliseum.