No. 6 Alabama rolls No. 5 LSU in its first home dual meet of the season
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- No. 6 Alabama opened its 2013 home slate with a decisive 196.575-195.525 win against No. 5 LSU on Friday in Coleman Coliseum in front of 13,912 fans.
"I was so proud for this team," UA head coach Sarah Patterson said. "I think they really enjoyed having the opportunity to compete in front of an amazing crowd and all those fans."
Junior Kim Jacob led the way for the Crimson Tide, winning her second all-around in a row with a 39.375. Alabama goes to 2-0 on the season and 2-0 in Southeastern Conference competition, while the Tigers fall to 2-1, 1-1 in the SEC.
Alabama came out strong on the vault, scoring a 49.45, led by 9.925s from sophomore Kayla Williams and junior Diandra Milliner and a 9.9 from sophomore Kaitlyn Clark. Seniors Ashley Sledge and Marissa Gutierrez both chipped in 9.850s. It was Alabama's 70th consecutive vault score of 49.0 or better, a streak that started in the middle of the 2008 season.
"I thought our vaulters did an amazing job," Patterson said. "Diandra Milliner had a great vault and I loved that Kayla Williams rocked her vault."
The Tide kept things going on the uneven bars where Sledge, junior Sarah DeMeo and senior Ashley Priess all scored 9.9s to pace the Tide to a 49.325. Senior Becca Alexin added a 9.85 to Alabama's uneven bars total.
"I think this was a great start for us and there were a lot of really great spots [Friday]," Priess said. "I feel we should feel really optimistic about where we can go from here. The errors were obvious and that's something that's very feasible for us to work on and improve on. Overall, I feel really hopeful for this team. We have a long ways to go still, but I think that we're ready for it and we're ready to attack it."
On the balance beam, Alabama scored a 49.050 behind Jacob's 9.875. Priess added a 9.85 while senior Marissa Gutierrez led things off with a 9.8.
"I thought we came out on fire on the first two events," Patterson said. "Then we were a little tentative on the balance beam. That's an area where can continue to get better."
The Tide closed things out with a 48.750 on the floor exercise, where Jacob and DeMeo scored 9.9s to the lead the way for Alabama. Sledge added a 9.85, but Alabama had to count a fall in its total, holding the team short of a 197 total.
"I think we have a challenging schedule ahead of us and we are ready for the challenges," DeMeo said. "We take it week by week and I think with the help from our teammates, we can do better and we know exactly what we need to work on and that makes it lot easier to fix."