Gymnastics team scores season-high in win over Mizzou

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Lloimincia Hall scored a perfect 10.0 on floor and Rheagan Courville recorded four individual titles as the No. 8 LSU gymnastics team cruised to a 197.275-194.575 victory at Missouri on Friday night in the Hearnes Center.

For LSU (7-2, 3-1 SEC), the 197.275 marks a season-high, besting the 197.100 the Tigers earned at the Metroplex Challenge on Jan. 26.

Hall’s 10.0 on floor is the first perfect score of her career, and it is the first 10 for LSU since March 7, 2009, when Ashleigh Clare-Kearney did it on vault against North Carolina State in the Maravich Center. Hall’s 10.0 is the first in a road meet for LSU since Clare-Kearney did it on vault at the Super Six Challenge at Arkansas on Jan. 5, 2007.

Courville won the vault title with a career-high tying 9.95, and she tied for the bars and beam titles with a 9.85 and 9.90, respectively. Courville posted a career-best 39.600 to capture the all-around crown, her fourth all-around victory of the season.

Kaleigh Dickson and Sarie Morrison also shared the bars title with 9.85’s, and Jessie Jordan shared the beam title with Courville as she tallied a career-high 9.90 in the anchor spot. Hall won floor with the 10.0.

LSU’s 197.275 stands as the 13th-best team total in school history, and it is the highest score for the Tigers since a 197.400 on Feb. 20, 2009. It also marks LSU’s highest road score since a 197.850 at Oklahoma on March 11, 2005.

“We did what we have been practicing all week in the gym,” LSU coach D-D Breaux said. “The kids responded well tonight, especially with some new faces in the lineup. We were able to rest some kids in events, and that is always important to have fresher legs when you get to the postseason.

“It was a fantastic team performance tonight, and we can’t wait to get back in the Maravich Center and compete in front of our fabulous fans next week.”

LSU will return home for the first time in four weeks next Friday when the Tigers host No. 19 Arkansas at 7 p.m.

Meet results

Team

1. LSU 197.275 (VT —49.400, UB —49.100, BB —49.275, FX —49.500).

2. Missouri 194.575 (VT —48.675, UB —48.750, BB —48.700, FX —48.450).

Individual

(Includes first place and LSU competitors)

All-Around — 1. Rheagan Courville 39.600, 2. Kaleigh Dickson 39.350, 3. Jessie Jordan 38.750

Vault — 1. Rheagan Courville 9.95, t2. Jessie Jordan 9.875, t2. Randii Wyrick 9.875, t5. Britney Ranzy 9.85, t5. Jessica Savona 9.85, 8. Kaleigh Dickson 9.825

Bars — t1. Rheagan Courville 9.85, t1. Kaleigh Dickson 9.85, t1. Sarie Morrison 9.85, t5. Britney Ranzy 9.775, t5. Randii Wyrick 9.775, 12. Jessie Jordan 9.125

Beam — t1. Rheagan Courville 9.90, t1. Jessie Jordan 9.90, t1. Rachel Updike (Missouri) 9.90, 4. Ericka Garcia 9.85, 5. Kaleigh Dickson 9.825, 6. Lloimincia Hall 9.80, 11. Britney Ranzy 9.10

Floor —1. Lloimincia Hall 10.0, t2. Rheagan Courville 9.90, t2. Jessica Savona 9.90, t5. Kaleigh Dickson 9.85, t5. Jessie Jordan 9.85, 10. Randii Wyrick 9.75

Track and field

FORBES WINS LONG JUMP: In Fayetteville, Ark., LSU’s Damar Forbes followed a personal-best performance in the 60-meter dash with the NCAA’s third-best mark of the season to win the Tyson Invitational long jump crown and highlight
Friday’s action at the Randal Tyson Track Center.

After sprinting to a personal record of 6.73 seconds in the 60-meter semifinal, Forbes had a seasonal-best of 26 feet, ¾ inches on his first attempt in the long jump.

Forbes was joined by Lady Tigers junior Denise Hinton, who finished one inch shy of her own school record mark with a 69-8¾ to capture her fourth weight throw title in five meets this season by three feet.

Senior Takeia Pinckney turning in perhaps the breakthrough performance of the night for the Lady Tigers as she earned a third-place finish in the women’s 60-meter dash championship while cracking the Top 5 of the NCAA rankings after sprinting to a seasonal-best time of 7.28.

LSU got 11 individual performances and two relays ranking among the NCAA’s Top 10 for the 2013 season.

“It was a great finish to the day for both our teams, that’s for sure,” LSU coach Dennis Shaver said. “We saw some today who really positioned themselves well for a run in the postseason. This is the time of year where you really have to start showing that consistency week-to-week. There are some who are showing that, and even taking their performance to the next level.

“That’s exactly what we’ve seen from both Damar and Denise throughout the season. It was great to see Takeia really step up her game tonight and show what she can do.”

Women’s tennis

LSU TO FACE NO. 39 LONG BEACH STATE: In Long Beach, Calif., the Lady Tigers will take on Long Beach State at 1 p.m. CST Saturday at the Rhodes Tennis Center.

“We are excited for two tough matches on the road this weekend,” coach Julia S. Sell said. “We are going to be challenged by very different weather conditions and a much faster court surface.

“We had a great battle with Tulane, and we caught up on rest yesterday in preparation for a very good Long Beach State team.”

No. 46 LSU (4-0) is coming off a 4-2 road victory over Tulane on Wednesday. The doubles pair of Mary Jeremiah and Ariel Morton notched their third consecutive doubles win, which clinched the doubles point, and Morton scored her 25th career singles win for her second straight overall 2-0 day. Freshman Ella Taylor made her court two debut and tallied her fourth straight win, defending her undefeated record in dual match singles.

LSU is undefeated against Long Beach State (2-1), and this will be the third matchup between the team, who last met in 2009.