LSU gymnastics team to visit N.C. State

Advocate staff photo by LIBBY ISENHOWERLSU's Rheagan Courville performs on the beam earlier this season against West Virginia.
Advocate staff photo by LIBBY ISENHOWERLSU's Rheagan Courville performs on the beam earlier this season against West Virginia.

RALEIGH, N.C. — Coming off a season-high 197.500 last week, the fifth-ranked LSU gymnastics team travels to face North Carolina State at 6 p.m. Friday in Reynolds Coliseum.

It marks the final competition before LSU (9-4) heads to Little Rock, Ark., for the Southeastern Conference Championship on March 23.

LSU and N.C. State met once this season, squaring off in the season opener Jan. 4 in Baton Rouge. The Tigers prevailed 196.075-194.975, marking the first time in school history LSU scored higher than a 196 in a season opener.

This time around, LSU is looking for its third straight 197 score after putting up back-to-back 197s for the first time since 2008. LSU tallied a 197.050 in a win against Georgia on March 1 and the 197.500 last week versus Alabama.

“It was business as usual this week in practice with the focus squarely on this meet against N.C. State and not on what we have done in the past or what is coming up down the line,” LSU coach D-D Breaux said. “The team has really worked hard each week to perform at a high level, and we have to continue to carry that over into the meet.”

LSU is ranked No. 1 in the country on vault with a 49.470 RQS, No. 4 on floor at 49.410, No. 7 on bars at 49.240 and No. 15 on beam at 49.000.

Rheagan Courville, Lloimincia Hall and Sarie Morrison are all ranked in the top five nationally as Courville is No. 4 in the all-around and No. 3 on vault, Hall is No. 2 on floor and Morrison is No. 4 on bars. Jessica Savona is also ranked in the top 25 on floor at No. 21.

Courville is tied with Kentucky’s Audrey Harrison for the national lead with seven all-around titles, while Hall is the only gymnast in the nation with two perfect 10.0s this season. Morrison has also posted a 10 this year, and she leads the squad with a 9.917 season average on vault and a 9.893 season average on bars.

N.C. State (11-7-1) is coming off a 195.650-192.750 win at home against William & Mary last week, and the Wolfpack have been solid at home with a 7-0-1 record this season.

LSU is 11-0 all-time against N.C. State, including a 1-0 record in Raleigh.

Men’s tennis

LSU CONTINUES SEC ROAD TRIP AT NO. 11 TEXAS A&M: In College Station, Texas, the Tigers will try to win their first Southeastern Conference match of the season.

The 68th-ranked Tigers (5-6, 0-4 SEC) face Texas A&M (12-6, 3-1) at 6 p.m. Friday at Mitchell Tennis Center.

It will be the Tigers’ sixth road match in their last seven matches.

“Texas A&M is having a good year, and we are hungry to turn things around,” coach Jeff Brown said.

It will not get any easier against the Aggies, who are stockpiled with talent. Texas A&M is led in singles by No. 52 Jeremy Efferding, along with No. 77 Shane Vinsant, No. 117 Jackson Withrow, and No. 118 Harrison Adams.

The Aggies also feature two of the top doubles pairs in the nation with No. 13 Harrison Adams and Vinsant, as well as No. 15 Junior Ore and Withrow. The Tigers are led in doubles by No. 54 Chris Simpson and Stefan Szacinski.

Women’s tennis

LADY TIGERS TO HOST NO. 3 TEXAS A&M: The Lady Tigers will also look for their first SEC win of the season against third-ranked Aggies.

Action is slated to start at 3:30 p.m. in W.T. “Dub” Robinson Stadium.

“It’s been a really good week of practice,” LSU coach Julia S. Sell said. “We’re looking good and staying positive. Texas A&M is going to be our toughest opponent thus far. With every match, we’re playing better and better teams. We’re looking to go out there and compete and play our best tomorrow.”

LSU holds (7-7, 0-4 SEC) has a 13-22 overall record against the Aggies (11-1; 4-0).