Junior Laura Kappler delivered a solid 9.725 on vault at the Coleman Coliseum
Jan. 10, 2014
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Missouri Gymnastics team began their 2014 season Friday evening against No. 2 Alabama, in front of a capacity crowd at the Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa, Al. The Tigers' first two rotations showed a promising start for the young squad, but the Crimson Tide proved to be too much in each team's SEC opener.
Missouri opened the night at the uneven bars, and it proved to be the team's most successful event of the evening. Junior Katelyn Trevino began a string of four excellent scores for the visiting Tigers, as she came away with a 9.775. Sophomore Miranda Eubank and junior Rachel Updike each followed Trevino with scores of 9.850. Updike's score matched her previous career-high, which was set last year against the Kentucky Wildcats. Junior Rebecca Johnson and junior Laura Kappler rounded out the bars routine with identical scores of 9.750. After the first rotation, Missouri held a team score of 48.850, while the Crimson Tide countered with a 49.300 effort at vault.
The second rotation saw another solid performance for Missouri, as the team finished with a score of 48.575 on the vault. Kappler continued her hot early start on the evening, after posting a 9.725 and was followed by freshman Angie Kern's 9.725 of her own. Updike would follow the freshman's collegiate debut with a team high 9.850 to round out Missouri's turn on the vault.
With the floor routine next in line for the Tigers, the team took a slight step back and finished with a overall score of 48.150. The fourth and final event of the night for Missouri came at the balance beam. Similar to their performance on the floor routine, the individual scores each hovered around the same mark and the Tigers concluded their night with a score of 47.850.
The Crimson Tide, in front of an impressive home crowd of 12,971 at the Coleman Coliseum, finished with scores above 49.000 (49.300 vault, 49.475 bars, 49.075 beam, and 49.300 floor) in each of their events. Overall, No. 2 Alabama finished with a score of 197.150, which topped Missouri's final tally of 193.425.
Tonight's meet in Tuscaloosa marked the collegiate debut for freshmen Sasha Sander, Angie Kern, and Alyson Heimsath. Sander's lone appearance came at the balance beam, Kern competed in two events (vault and floor), and Heimsath saw action in three of the four events (vault, beam, and floor).
Sophomore Blair Elmore's floor routine score of 9.650 marked a new personal best in the event, passing her previous career high of 9.175 that she set last season against Arkansas.
Missouri returns to action next Friday evening (Jan. 17) in Columbia, Mo. for their 2014 home opener against the Arkansas Razorbacks. The meet will mark the annual Pink Out Meet at the Hearnes Center, and will begin at 6:30 p.m. CT.
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