Junior Rebecca Johnson and Mizzou look for their first meet victory Saturday at NC State
Jan. 30, 2014
COLUMBIA, Mo. - After three consecutive meets against SEC opponents to begin the 2014 campaign, the Missouri Gymnastics team hit the road Saturday for their first non-conference matchup. The Tigers will visit Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh, N.C. to square off against the North Carolina State Wolfpack, with the meet scheduled to start at 6:00 p.m. CT.
The Tigers and Wolfpack are both looking to rebound after losses in last week's competitions. Mizzou hosted No. 20 Kentucky at the Hearnes Center this past Friday (Jan. 24) and fell overall 195.150 - 193.775. NC State is coming off a road loss at West Virginia where they were narrowly defeated by a score of 195.425 - 195.400.
Last Time Missouri And North Carolina State Met
(Feb. 3, 2012) Mizzou entered their meet against the Wolfpack undefeated, and continued their impressive start to the 2012 season with a 195.925 - 195.225 victory. The Tigers enjoyed an outstanding night both as a team and individually. Their team total of 195.925 was a then season-high, and seven Tigers either set or matched career-best scores. The win also marked the first time in program history that they had won five consecutive dual meets in a row to begin a season.
Mary Burke matched two of her season-high scores for Mizzou, while also taking the all-around title with her 39.450 score. Burke also claimed the vault title on the evening with her score of 9.875.
Allie Heizelman took home the bars title with her career-high score of 9.900 against the Woldpack. Burke and Rachel Updike shined on the team's third rotation on beam after co-sharing the event title with scores of 9.850.
Missouri vs. North Carolina State History
In five all-time meetings, the Tigers hold a 4-1 (.800) advantage over the Wolfpack. When the two programs have met in the regular season, Mizzou holds a 3-1 (.750) edge, and also claim a 1-0 (1.000) record during postseason matchups.
Prior to their victory over NC State in 2012, the two teams went 17 years in between their last meeting. The Tigers and Wolfpack competed each year from 1993-1995. In 1993, Mizzou was victorious 191.400 - 187.200, while also earning a victory in 1995 at the popular Corvette Cup in Columbia, Mo. with a 191.150 - 191.000 win. NC State's lone win in the all-time series came in 1994, after defeating the Tigers at the Hearnes Invitational with a score of 189.575 - 183.425.
Additional Missouri Gymnastics Tidbits
Missouri's next televised meet will take place on Friday, Feb. 14 at Georgia. The road trip to Athens, Ga. will also be on a tape delay and can be viewed on ESPNU on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 5:30 p.m. ET.
Junior Rachel Updike has continued her successful Tigers career this season, as she claimed two event titles against No. 20 Kentucky (Jan. 24). Her 9.925 on vault and 9.825 on bars marked her second and third event wins for the year already. Updike's scores have also translated well nationally. Her three event averages are among the nation's best, as she ranks T-21 on vault, T-47 on bars and T-94 on beam.
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