In the season-opening meet for NC State and hosts Michigan State in East Lansing, both teams were solid on their first event. Michigan State opened on the vault while NC State was on bars. Both senior Roya Shirley and junior Gabriella Douglas returned to MSU’s lineup after suffering season ending injuries last year. Highlighted by a 9.800 from freshman Ashley Hofelich and a 9.750 from sophomore Ashley Beatty, the Spartans posted a 48.550 to trail NC State by .25 after rotation one.

NC State’s bars rotation was led by a 9.775 from freshman Meredith Robinson and a set of 9.750’s from senior Caitlyn Fillard and junior Drew Grantham.

In the second rotation, Michigan State struggled to make up ground. The judges did not go easy on the Spartans, with the team’s highest score being a 9.575 from Roya Shirley. Meanwhile, NC State was solid on vault for a score of 48.200. Seniors Alex Phillips and Paris Phillips, who also happen to be twin sisters, posted a 9.725 and 9.750 respectively.

Hailee Westney performs for the Michigan State Spartans on the uneven bars in East Lansing, Michigan/Michigan State Athletics

With a comfortable lead halfway through the competition, NC State impressed on floor with a 48.725. Paris Phillips brought in a team high score of 9.825. On beam, MSU had to count a fall. Junior Ally Hoyer had a stellar routine for a 9.725 as did the sophomore Lea Mitchell.

Michigan State had their best rotation of the night on floor. Freshman Alaina Raybon rocked a floor routine that opened with powerful a double front. She scored a 9.850. Ashley Hofelich brought in a 9.825. However, the meet was NC States’ to lose.

Caitlyn Fillard brought in a team high score of 9.8 to help seal the deal for the Wolfpack. The final score was NC State 193.750 to Michigan State’s 191.700. While both teams have a lot to improve upon, however both displayed a great deal of potential to open the season.         `

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