Morrison leads No. 7 LSU to win against No. 20 Arkansas with perfect 10 on vault
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Sarie Morrison stuck her vault for a perfect 10.0 and Rheagan Courville captured her fourth consecutive all-around title as seventh-ranked LSU defeated No. 20 Arkansas 196.825-195.625 on Friday in the Maravich Center.
LSU improved to 8-2 overall and 4-1 against SEC competition as the Tigers won their third meet in a row this season.
Morrison recorded the first 10.0 of her career. It's the second 10 in as many weeks for the Tigers as Lloimincia Hall earned it on floor last week at Missouri. It is the third time in school history that LSU has posted a 10 in back-to-back meets but the first time it has been accomplished by two different gymnasts.
Courville nabbed her fourth consecutive all-around crown with a 39.525, the second-best all-around total of her career.
LSU earned a 49.400 on vault, 49.325 on bars, 48.675 on beam and 49.425 on floor to reach 196.825 against the Razorbacks.
Arkansas (1-5, 0-5 SEC) finished with a 48.800 on vault, 48.875 on bars, 48.950 on beam and 49.000 on floor to score a 195.625.
"There was a lot of energy in the kids' performances and we had tremendous support from a great crowd," LSU head coach D-D Breaux said. "The kids put too much pressure on themselves on beam, but they ended the meet well with strong routines on floor. Overall it was a solid effort, but we have to keep our focus on improving and perfecting our performances."
LSU opened the meet with a 49.400 on vault for the second week in a row. Morrison led the way with a 10, while Courville finished second with a 9.95. Kaleigh Dickson and Maliah Mathis each posted a 9.825 and Jessie Jordan and Jessica Savona scored a 9.80.
The Tigers scored a 49.325 on bars, the second-best team total in that event this season. Lloimincia Hall led off with a career-high tying 9.85, and Britney Ranzy followed with a season-high 9.80. Dickson and Courville tallied 9.875's while Randii Wyrick recorded a 9.825 and Morrison anchored with a 9.90.
LSU scored a 48.675 on beam, counting 9.825's from Courville and Dickson, a 9.75 from Ericka Garcia, a 9.675 from Hall and a 9.60 from Jordan.
The Tigers ended the meet with a 49.425 on floor. Jordan led off with a 9.85, and Dickson scored a 9.725 in the second spot. Savona earned a 9.90, her third 9.9 on floor in the last four meets, and Mathis tallied a 9.85. Courville scored a 9.875, while Hall anchored the event and brought the crowd to its feet with a 9.95 to close out the meet.
Morrison collected the bars title with a 9.90 to go along with the vault crown, winning titles in both events she competed. Hall won floor with a 9.95, and Arkansas' Sydnie Dillard won beam with a 9.85.