NU WGYM: Huskers Beat PSU; Set Records

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Story Courtesy: Nebraska Athletics

Lincoln, Neb. – Powered by a program-record 49.75 on vault and Nebraska’s first perfect 10.00 on vault since 2011, the No. 8 women’s gymnastics team exploded for a 197.125 to defeat Penn State. The Nittany Lions (3-1, 0-1 Big Ten) picked up a 196.025 against the Huskers in front of a crowd of 1,212 at the bob Devaney Sports Center Saturday evening. The team’s vault score is currently the highest in the country so far this season. The Huskers (2-0, 1-0 Big Ten) put together an impressive team showing as they collected four event titles and the all-around competition.

The Big Red were led by a trio of powerful performances across the board. Ashley Lambert paved the way on vault with a perfect 10.00, only the second in the nation this season. The sophomore also tied for the bars title with a career-high 9.85. Hollie Blanske also tied for the bars title with Lambert and Penn States’ Briannah Tsang and Sidney Sanabria-Robles. Blanske produced a notable all-around performance as she added the floor title en-route to the all-around crown (39.50). Freshman Grace Williams delivered another stellar beam performance hitting a 9.925 score to take the title.

The Huskers came out firing on vault in their first rotation, earning a school record score of 49.75. NU was sparked by freshman Kamerin Moore who notched a 9.90 score and put in motion a magical lineup. Desire’ Stephens followed Moore sticking a career-high 9.95, while Blansked soared to a 9.925. Lambert went fifth in the rotation and tallied her perfect 10 to put the fans on their feet. Jessie DeZiel anchored the lineup hitting a 9.975 to tie her career-high score and round out the historical lineup.

Penn State posted a 49.025 on bars in their first event of the evening. The Nittany Lions were led by Tsang and Sanabria-Robles who tied for the event title. With one rotation in the books, the Huskers held an impressive 49.75 – 49.025 lead over Penn State.

Nebraska moved to bars in the second rotation recording a 48.875 team score. Blanske and Lambert both stuck identical 9.85 scores to take the event title. Both freshman earned new career high marks on the event as Moore notched a 9.825 score and Danielle Breen added on a 9.75.

The Nittany lions earned a 49.275 vault in their second rotation. Penn State was led by Sidney Sanabria-Robles, who captured a team –high 9.90. Nebraska extended their lead over Penn State after two events, coming in at 98.625 – 98.30.

NU bounced back in their third rotation on beam, earning a solid team score of 49.25. Nebraska was led by two career-high marks from two freshmen; 9.925 from Williams and 9.85 from Breen. DeZiel tacked on a season-best 9.85, while Jennifer Lauer sealed the effort on the event earning a 9.825.

PSU picked up a 48.75 on floor in the third rotation of the evening. The Nittany Lions were paced by Emma Sibson, who earned a 9.90 on the event. With only one event remaining, Nebraska led Penn State 147.875 – 147.050.

The Huskers sealed their victory on floor in the final rotation, earning a season-high 49.25 as a team. The Big Red was fueled by Blanske’s 9.925 routine. Moore and Stephens both tacked on 9.85 scores, while DeZiel put up a 9.825 score.

Penn State tallied a 48.975 team beam score led by Briannah Tsang’s 9.90 performance. The Nittany Lions’ squad finished with a 196.025 on the evening but it would not be enough to overcome Nebraska’s 197.125.

Nebraska’s 1-2-3 punch of Blanske, DeZiel and Lambert went head-to-head in the all-around competition. Blanske took her first crown with a 39.500 score, while Lambert took third place (39.375) and DeZiel fifth (39.25). Penn State was led by Sidney Sanabria-Robles in the all-around competition who earned second place with a score of 39.425.

Nebraska will hit the road next weekend, facing Rutgers, Brockport and Southern Connecticut in New Brunswick, N.J. The quad meet with start at 1 p.m. CT on Saturday Jan. 24. The Huskers will return to Lincoln on February 7th for its next home competition against Iowa.