Nebraska struggles, but sweeps all events en route to win against Illinois
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nebraska overcame struggles in several events to pull out a 195.750-194.750 victory over Illinois on Friday night at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. The Huskers (3-1, 3-1 Big Ten) swept all four events and the all-around in front of a crowd of 1,725 fans.
"I'm proud of the effort," Nebraska head coach Dan Kendig said. "I'm not disappointed in that, but I know this team has more in them. We'll go back to work in the gym this week. It's our first full week of practice since the season started, so we're looking forward to that."
Jessie DeZiel led the way for Nebraska, tying for the floor title (9.85) en route to picking up her first all-around win of 2013 with a season-best 39.425. Jamie Schleppenbach captured the vault title (9.925) and tied for the floor title. Janelle Giblin tied her career-best score on the bars (9.95) for the title, while Jennifer Lauer took home the beam title with a 9.85.
The Huskers kicked off the meet on the vault, tying their season-high on the event with a 49.300. Nebraska was paced by returning All-American Schleppenbach, and senior Brittany Skinner, who earned a 9.875. Giblin and DeZiel earned identical scores of 9.85 to help NU take an early lead.
The Illini (2-4, 1-2 Big Ten) picked up a 48.775 on the bars in their first rotation, paced by Alina Weinstein's 9.80 effort. After one rotation, the Huskers led Illinois 49.300-48.775.
NU had a slow start on the bars but finished with a bang thanks to the efforts of its final three performers, earning a 48.675. Giblin led the way, anchoring the Big Red's efforts with her season-high. The score marked her best effort on the event since she hit an identical score against Iowa State last season, and the fourth time in her career she has earned a 9.95 on the event. DeZiel and Emily Wong added to Nebraska's strong finish, earning individual 9.90 marks, while Kassandra Nathe added a season-best 9.80.
Illinois took the vault in the second rotation, earning a 48.850. The Illini were paced by Weinstein, who picked up a 9.90. After two events, Nebraska led Illinois 97.975-97.625.
The Huskers had uncharacteristic struggles on the beam in their third rotation, finishing with a 48.800. Lauer continued to display her prowess as a beam competitor to lead the Big Red. DeZiel added a 9.825 and Skinner returned to the beam lineup for NU with a 9.80.
The Ilini posted a 48.625 on the floor in the third rotation, led by Giana O'Connor's mark of 9.775. With only one event remaining, the Huskers led 146.775-146.250.
Nebraska finished on the floor, posting a 48.975. Schleppenbach and DeZiel led the way for the Big Red. Blanske added a 9.80, and Jennifer Lauer earned a 9.775.
Illinois finished with a 48.975 on beam. Weinstein picked up a 9.800 to lead the Illini.