No. 7 Huskers Set to Face Pair of Pac-12 Teams
Nebraska at Oregon State, Arizona State
No. 7 Nebraska Huskers (9-1 Overall, 3-1 Big Ten)
No. 14 Oregon State Beavers (7-2 Overall, 1-2 Pac-12)
Arizona State Sun Devils (7-3 Overall, 3-2 Pac-12)
Date: Saturday, March 1
Time: 8 p.m. CST (6 p.m. PT)
Location: Corvallis, Oregon
Arena: Gill Coliseum
Live Stats (Free): OSUbeavers.com
Video (Free): OSUbeavers.com
The No. 7 Nebraska women’s gymnastics team will travel to Corvallis, Oregon this weekend to take on a pair of Pac-12 teams on Saturday, March 1 at 8 p.m. CST (6 p.m. PT). The Huskers (9-1, 3-1 Big Ten) will face No. 14 Oregon State (7-2, 1-2 Pac-12) and Arizona State (7-3, 3-2 Pac-12) in a tri-meet at Gill Coliseum on the campus of Oregon State. Fans unable to attend the meet can follow along with free live stats and free live streaming video on Oregon State’s website at OSUbeavers.com. Fans can also view live updates on Twitter via the official Nebraska women’s gymnastics account by following @HuskersWGym.
Nebraska will look to stay perfect on the road this season as they head into Corvallis, Oregon for a top-25 battle. The Huskers hold a 13-12 narrow all-time edge over the Beavers with the last meeting coming in 2011 when NU took a 196.850-196.10 victory. The Sun Devils own a 30-19 all-time lead over NU with the last meeting between the two teams also coming in 2011 where the Huskers took home a 197.300-192.75 victory over the Sun Devils.
Scouting Oregon State
• Oregon State is ranked No. 14 in the country, pulling down event rankings of 17th on vault (49.020), 12th on bars (49.040), 11th on beam (49.000) and 21st on floor (48.975).
• Oregon State owns a 7-2 overall record this season with its only losses against No. 9 UCLA and No. 5 Utah.
• The Beavers scored a 196.450, its highest road score of the season, in a loss to No. 5 Utah last weekend in Salt Lake City.
• Last season, Oregon State took home the Pac-12 Championship trophy with a team score of 197.850, placing in front of UCLA (197.375) and Utah (197.075). OSU posted a school record on bars tallying a 49.675.
• Junior Chelsea Tang leads the Beavers in competition hitting her season-best 39.350 all-around score to finish third in the all-around against Utah last weekend.
• Chelsea Tang makes an appearance in the national rankings holding the No. 14 spot in the all-around averaging a score of 39.250. She also adds a 16th place ranking on beam (9.860)
Scouting Arizona State
• Arizona State holds a 7-3 overall record this season with its losses to No. 9 UCLA, No. 5 Utah and San Jose State.
• The Sun Devils recorded their highest team score since 2007 of 196.200 in their meet against BYU on Saturday Feb. 15.
• Last weekend ASU captured the Territorial Cup against No. 17 Arizona in Tempe 196.125-195.350. The Sun Devils now lead the Wildcats, 4.5-3.5 in the Territorial Cup standings.
• Head coach John Spini announced this will be his final season with Arizona State. A four-time Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Spini is in his 34th season and has taken the Sun Devils to 21 NCAA Championships. As ASU’s head coach, he carries a 348-220-2 record.
• For the first six weeks of competition, Arizona State was consistently ranked among the top-25 teams, with their last ranking of No. 22 coming last weekend before defeating No. 20 Arizona.
Rotation Order for Saturday
Rotation Nebraska Oregon State Arizona State
1. Balance Beam Vault Uneven Bars
2. Floor Exercise Uneven Bars Balance Beam
3. Vault Balance Beam Floor Exercise
4. Uneven Bars Floor Exercise Vault
Last Time Out: Huskers Celebrate Masters Classic with a Win
The seventh-ranked Nebraska women’s gymnastics team conquered the competition at the 24th Masters Classic Sunday Feb. 23 in the Bob Devaney Sports Center taking down Kentucky (195.200), Wisconsin-Stout (188.650) and Bridgeport (190.350) with a team score of 196.850. Three Huskers swept all four event titles and the all-around to mark the team’s 19th straight Masters Classic title. Nebraska improved their overall record to 9-1 on the year and are 3-1 against Big Ten opponents.
Jessie DeZiel took control of the meet right out of the gates posting an incredible 9.975 on vault to give her the second-highest individual vault score in Masters Classic History. DeZiel went on to tie for top honors on bars (9.90) en-route to the all-around crown with a score of 39.525.
Hollie Blanske and Emily Wong both took a share in the bar title with DeZiel earning a solid 9.90. Wong displayed improvement claiming her beam title of the year hitting a notable 9.925 that matches her career-high score. Wong also notched her seventh floor title with a 9.925 mark. This puts her sixth on the top individual floor scores for the Masters Classic.
“I thought we had a good meet today,” head coach Dan Kendig said. “We just have to keep working. We have been pretty consistent but I think we are better than what we did today, which is encouraging because that gets us going and wanting to get back into the gym to work.”
The Huskers started the meet on vault hitting a 49.200. DeZiel fueled Nebraska sticking a new career-high score of 9.975. Freshman Jennie Laeng made her debut on vault earning a key 9.875, while Ariel Martin tied her career-high mark of 9.875. Desire’ Stephens (9.825) and Blanske (9.675) rounded out the Husker lineup.
NU carried their momentum onto bars posting the third-highest bar score in Masters Classic history of 49.350. The trio of Blanske, DeZiel, and Wong all hit crucial 9.90 marks. Stephens (9.85) and Laeng (9.80) both hit scores to boost the Huskers’ efforts.
Moving to beam Nebraska showed consistency claiming a team score of 49.125. Wong led the Huskers posting a career-high tie score of 9.925. Jamie Schleppenbach also secured a season-high tie mark of 9.85, while DeZiel (9.80), Amanda Lauer (9.775) and Laeng (9.75), in her debut on the event, tacked on vital scores.
Nebraska took to floor in the final rotation putting-up a 49.175 team score, paced by Wong’s 9.925. DeZiel (9.85) and Stephens (9.825) boosted the team’s score while Martin and Blanske chipped in two identical scores of 9.775.
DeZiel Honored by Big Ten
Junior Jessie DeZiel earned her first Big Ten individual honor of the season as announced by the conference on Monday. DeZiel was named Big Ten Gymnast of The Week after she captured two event titles en-route to winning the all-around crown at the 24th Masters Classic on Sunday, Feb. 23. This is DeZiel’s 14th overall Big Ten weekly honor.
At the Masters Classic, DeZiel exploded to a 9.975 on vault to claim the event title and secure her new career-high mark in the event. This gives her the second-highest individual vault score in Masters Classic history, behind UCLA’s Vanessa Zamarripa’s score of a perfect 10.00 in 2009. DeZiel also tied for top honors on bars notching a 9.90. She went on to claim fourth on beam (9.80) and second on floor (9.85) en-route to the all-around crown with a score of 39.525.
Also notable is DeZiel’s all-around mark of 39.525 which ranks eighth in the top all-around scores of Masters Classic history. In the national rankings she pulls down an 18th place ranking in the all-around (39.195) as well as 24th on vault (9.880).
Nebraska in the Rankings: Up One Spot to No. 7
Nebraska earned a ranking of No. 7 nationally in the latest GymInfo national team rankings. This week’s rankings switched from overall team average to the regional qualifying score (RQS) format. RQS is determined by first taking a team’s top six total scores (with at least three away meets), dropping the highest score and then averaging the remaining five scores. Nebraska’s RQS of 196.630 moved them up one spot from last week’s national rankings.
The RQS-tabulated scores caused some movement at the top of the rankings this week, with LSU taking the No. 1 spot at 197.470 and Oklahoma dropping to second (197.405). Florida moved down to third (197.365) while Alabama (197.140) and Utah (197.015) rounded out the top-five. NU and Michigan were joined by four other Big Ten teams in the rankings: No. 12 Minnesota (196.155), No. 15 Illinois (196.065), No. 18 Penn State (195.795) and No. 22 Ohio State (195.355).
Two Huskers earned a total of six appearances in the individual rankings. Emily Wong led the way again this week with four total spots, including a No. 4 ranking in the all-around (39.505). Wong also is 7th on bars (9.895), 21st on beam (9.845) and 8th on floor (9.920). Teammate Jessie DeZiel added rankings of 18th in the all-around (39.195) and 24th on vault (9.880).
Up Next for the Huskers
Nebraska will host their final home meet of the season on Saturday, March 8 when they welcome SEC opponent Arkansas to the Bob Devaney Sports Center for Senior Night. The meet, which is slated for a 6 p.m. start, will honor seniors Jamie Schleppenbach and Emily Wong as they compete in their final competition at home for Nebraska.
The Arkansas Razorbacks hold a 5-4 overall record in 2014 and are currently ranked 13th in the country. Nebraska owns a 5-1 all-time series lead over the Razorbacks with their last meeting coming last season where Arkansas defeated the Huskers 196.350-196.150.
This meet will be a match-up between two of the country’s top all-around competitors in Emily Wong and Katherine Grable. Senior Emily Wong currently ranks No. 4 in the all-around owning an average of 39.517, while the Razorback’s senior Katherine Grable is No. 2 in the all-around (39.568). Grable hit her high-score of 39.725 in the all-around on Feb. 21 against Kentucky. Wong earned her season-high all-around mark of 39.575 on Feb. 8 against Penn State.
Huskers Showcased on Big Ten Network
The Nebraska women’s gymnastics team will be featured one more time this season at the Big Ten quad meet in East Lansing, Michigan. The Huskers will face Michigan State, Illinois and Ohio State on Saturday, March 15 with coverage on the Big Ten Network two hours after the meet ends, approximately 2:30 p.m. CT.
On Saturday, March 22 BTN will televise the first session of the Big Ten Women’s Gymnastics Championship meet live at 11 a.m. CT, followed by the second session live at 4 p.m. CT. The championships are being held in University Park, Pa.
Injury Update: Jennifer Lauer
Junior Jennifer Lauer suffered a left foot injury at practice on Thursday, Feb. 13 and will be out of competition for the next four to six weeks depending on recovery. Lauer has been one of the top-ranked beam workers in the country from the start of the season, holding a top-five position for the past three weeks averaging a score of 9.888. She picked-up her first Big Ten Event Specialist of the Week award after posting a season-best score of 9.925 on beam against Penn State on Feb. 8th. Lauer earned five event titles on beam and scored no lower than a 9.85 in any performance. Head coach Dan Kendig is hopeful in her recovery and looks forward to seeing her back in rotations when she is ready.