Desire Stephens helped the Huskers in a 196.625-192.525 win over Northern Illinois
Photo by Travis Shafer/NU Media Relations

Huskers Sweep Titles, Top Northern Illinois

By NU Athletic Communications

Lincoln, Neb.- The No. 10 Nebraska women's gymnastics team swept all four events and the all-around to a 196.625-192.525 win over Northern Illinois on Saturday evening. The Huskers performed in front of a packed house of 2,746 fans for the first Tumble N' Rumble combined meet with wrestling. 

Senior Emily Wong had a strong night for the Huskers earning two individual titles including the all-around title (39.425). Wong ended the evening with a stellar performance on floor and posting a 9.95 on the event to claim top honors. 

Junior Jessie DeZiel started the evening off on fire posting two top scores that tie her career-best on vault (9.95) and on bars (9.925). Lauer also had a impressive performance on beam, posting a 9.85 to earn the beam title for the Big Red. 

Nebraska started the night on vault, hitting a stellar score of 49.225 on the evening. The Huskers were led by DeZiel who hit a score of 9.95 for the event title. Adding to the Huskers' efforts were junior Desire' Stephens and redshirt freshman Ariel Martin, who picked up identical marks of 9.85. 

The Northern Illinois Huskies had early struggles in their first rotation, but pulled together on their last routines to post a score of 48.475 on bars. Following the first rotation, Nebraska led Northern Illionis by a score of 49.250-48.475. 

NU moved to bars on the second rotation, where the Huskers posted a score of 49.225. Jessie DeZiel once again led the Huskers on bars where she posted another career-tying-best score of 9.925 to take top honors. Desire' Stephens came out with a career-best performance on bars exploding to a 9.875.

Northern Illinois picked up a mark of 48.600 on vault in their second event of the evening. After two rotations, Nebraska extended their lead to 98.475-97.075.  

In the third rotation, the Huskers took to the balance beam. The team posted a 49.02, led by Jennifer Lauer's impressive routine (9.85) earning the beam title. Wong showed her strength on beam as well earning a 9.825, while Schleppenbach and Blanske added identical scores of 9.80.

The Huskies finised with a 48.400 on floor to put their team total after three rotations at 145.475. With only one rotation remaining, Nebraska led the Huskies 147.500-145.475.

The Huskers finished their evening on floor, posting a team score of 49.125, paced by Wong's meet-winning mark of 9.95. Sophomore Hollie Blanske added a 9.85, while Jennifer Lauer chipped in a 9.825 to seal the victory for Nebraska.

After Northern Illinois picked up a 47.050 on beam to finish the night, Nebraska's officially earned the 196.625-192.525 win over the Huskies. Wong's 39.425 was the top score in the all-around competition with DeZiel in second at 39.325, and Blanske adding a 39.225. Northern Illinois efforts were led by Kim Gotlund, who earned a 38.575.

Nebraska will hit the road next weekend traveling to Knoxville Tenn., to compete in the Ozone Collegiate Classic on Saturday Jan. 18 at 8 p.m., CST. The Huskers will face two top teams in No. 2 Alabama and No. 21 Kentucky.     


Name                          Vault       Bars       Beam       Floor      All-Around

Jordyn Beck                  ---            9.80           ---             ---            ---

Hollie Blanske              9.80          9.775       9.80          9.85         39.225

Jessie DeZiel               9.95          9.925       9.75          9.70         39.325

Ashley Lambert           9.775          ---             ---            ---             ---

Amanda Lauer              ---              ---          9.70           ---              ---

Jennifer Lauer               ---             ---          9.85          9.825          ---

Ariel Martin                  9.85          9.70          ---             ---              ---

Jamie Schleppenbach   ---            ---           9.80          9.650           ---

Desire' Stephens        9.85         9.875        9.575 (ex.)  9.80           ---

Emily Wong                 9.80         9.85         9.825           9.95         39.425

Team Score                  Vault            Bars            Beam         Floor            Total

Nebraska                      49.250          49.225          49.025        49.125            196.625

Northern Illinois             48.60           48.475           47.050        48.40              192.525 






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