Nebraska downs No. 7 Arkansas
Huskers earn second road win against top-10 opponent
FAYETTVILLE, Ark. – No. 9 Nebraska posted the ninth-highest away meet score in school history and captured three event titles in its 197.000-196.300 upset of No. 7 Arkansas on Friday. The Huskers improved to 10-1 on the season and have now defeated two top-10 opponents on the road.
Junior Janelle Giblin won the vault title for the fifth time this season and second time in a row with a 9.95, while Giblin, Lora Evenstand and Emily Wong all tied for the bars title. Wong also won the beam title with a 9.90. Arkansas’ Jaime Pisani won the all-around with a score of 39.525. Emily Wong finished in second in the all-around with a career-high 39.50, while DeZiel finished in third with a 39.225.
With a slim 147.725-147.275 lead heading into the Huskers’ final event on beam, NU posted three career-high scores to hold off the Razorbacks. Freshman Jennifer Lauer led the event off with a career best 9.875. After a fall from Brittany Skinner in the second routine, NU reeled off four routines in row which totaled higher than 9.80 to lead them to victory. Giblin and Schleppenbach both tied their career highs with 9.85s, while Wong posted a 9.90 and DeZiel scored a 9.80.
The Huskers overcame a fall on one routine on the bars to finish the event with an overall score of 49.10 in the first rotation. NU was led by Wong, who scored a season-high 9.875 to kick the Huskers off. Giblin and Evenstad both matched Wong with 9.875s, while DeZiel started her night off with a 9.725. Giblin’s score marked only the second time the No. 1 ranked junior hasn’t scored a 9.90 this season. Skinner posted a 9.75 to round out the Huskers’ action on the bars.
Nebraska recorded two career highs on vault and reclaimed the lead after the second rotation at 98.525-98.425. Skinner posted NU’s first score with her career-high 9.925, while Giblin had a 9.95 for the second consecutive week, which is also a career high, en route to capturing the event title. Wong scored her second 9.875 of the night, while Schleppenbach put up a 9.85 and DeZiel finished the event off with a 9.825.
After reclaiming the lead on the vault, NU was able hold onto the lead after a pair of clutch performances in its last two routines from DeZiel and Evenstad on floor. Evenstad posted a team-high 9.90 in the last routine, after DeZiel scored a 9.875. Wong put up a 9.85, while Schleppenbach and Skinner posted scores of 9.775 and 9.80, respectively, to begin the Husker event.