The home crowd energy at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge was electrifying Friday night when the LSU Tigers defeated NC State, 197.150-195.375.
The Tigers came out strong in the first two rotations with a 49.325 and a 49.500 on vault and bars, respectfully. Kennedi Edney came out especially strong for LSU with a 9.950 on vault and a 9.900 on bars. Lexie Priessman also posted a 9.900 on bars, while Ruby Harold scored a 9.925 and Sarah Finnegan a 9.950 to anchor the rotation.
NC State could not keep up with the Tigers when they totaled a 48.800 and a 48.675 on bars and vault in the opening rotations. On bars, the Wolfpack did not score higher than a 9.775, and Drew Grantham and Paris Phillips both posted 9.775s to lead NC State on vault as well.
The Tigers lost their momentum from their outstanding second rotation when they moved to beam in the third rotation. They totaled a 49.100 on the event, and although this score is considered a feat for many teams, it was less than satisfying for the Tigers who are ranked 4th in the nation on beam. However, the pressure did not get to Finnegan who pulled through with a 9.950 for her team.
The Wolfpack rose to occasion on floor in rotation three where they posted a 48.975, their highest event total of the night. This total was made possible by a 9.875 from Paris Phillips, a 9.825 from Drew Grantham, and a 9.800 from Alexa Phillips.
The final rotation brought the Tigers to floor where they posted a 49.250 to defeat NC State. An uncharacteristic 9.025 from Harold and a low 9.750 from Edney put a damper on the final rotation, however, McKenna Kelley impressed with a near perfect routine scoring a 9.975 to win the meet.Tags: Alexa Phillips, Drew Grantham, EAGL, Kennedi Edney, Lexie Priessman, LSU, LSU Tigers, McKenna Kelley, NC State, NC State Wolfpack, NCAA Gymnastics, Paris Phillips, Ruby Harold, Sarah Finnegan, SEC