NU WGYM: Huskers Invade Minneapolis to Take on Gophers

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Nebraska Women’s Gymnastics: Huskers Invade Minneapolis to Take on Gophers

Following a season-best score of 197.325 last weekend in a win over Iowa, the No. 7 Nebraska women’s gymnastics team will hit the road for the third time this season to face No. 22 Minnesota. The Huskers (6-1, 3-1 Big Ten) and the Gophers (3-3, 2-2 Big Ten) will square off in the Sports Pavilion on Saturday, Feb. 14 at 6 p.m. Fans unable to attend the meet can follow live stats at www.gophersports.com. Fans can also view live updates on Twitter by following @HuskersWGym.

The Huskers are on the hunt for their seventh win of the season and another conference victory this weekend. NU holds a solid 26-10-1 series edge over the Gophers with their last meeting coming last year at the Big Ten Championships where the Huskers took a 196.95-196.675 victory over Minnesota.

Scouting the Gophers

• Last season the Gophers and the Huskers tied for the regular season Big Ten conference title as both teams ended the regular season with a 6-1 average.

• Last weekend Minnesota fell to No. 15 Illinois 195.775-195.375. Mable took home her sixth consecutive all-around crown with a 39.575 score

• The Gophers are led by Lindsay Mable who was the Big Ten all-around champion last year.

• Mable currently is the No. 9 all-around competition in the country as she averages a 39.396 score.

• Minnesota also pulls down national rankings on vault (No. 21), beam (No. 17).

Nebraska’s Rotation Order at Minnesota

Rotation Minnesota Nebraska

1. Vault Uneven Bars

2. Uneven Bars Vault

3. Balance Beam Floor Exercise

4. Floor Exercise Balance Beam

Last Time Out: Huskers Explode to 197.325 at Pink Meet

Nebraska women’s gymnastics team exploded for a season-high 197.325 to defeat Iowa at the Pink Meet on Feb. 7 night. Iowa (2-4, 1-3 Big Ten) picked up a 195.175 against the Huskers in front of a crowd of 2,056 at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. The Huskers swept all four events and the all-around competition.

Jessie DeZiel and Hollie Blanske went head to head in the all-around competition as DeZiel captured the vault (9.925), and beam title (9,925) en-route to her 39.550 all-around crown. Blanske also took a share of the vault title with DeZiel and Ashley Lambert while also taking home the floor crown with a 9.925. Sophomore Jennie Laeng captured her second bars event title of the season while earning her new career high score of 9.90.

The Huskers kicked the evening off on their best event. The No. 1 vault team in the country put up an impressive 49.475 mark. The Huskers were fueled by DeZiel, Blanske and Lambert’s beautiful 9.925 scores. Jennie Laeng added a strong 9.875 score to tie her career-high, while Desire’ Stephens chipped in a 9.825.

Iowa started on bars posting a team score of 48.925. The Hawkeyes were led by Johanny Sotillo who notched a 9.825. With one rotation in the books, NU led 49.475-48.925.

The Big Red moved to bars for the second rotation producing a 49.025 score. Laeng paved the way sticking her new career-high mark of 9.90. The trio of Moore, Blanske and DeZiel all added on 9.80 scores, while Danielle Breen’s 9.775 rounded out the lineup.

The Hawkeyes recorded a 48.275 on vault to push their team score to 97.200. After two events NU extended its lead of 98.550-97.200.

Led by Jessie DeZiel’s career high 9.925 score Nebraska took to the beam earning a season high of 49.325. Jennifer Lauer bounced back this week on beam hitting her season-high mark of 9.875 while the duo of Blanske and Williams tacked on 9.85 scores.

Iowa moved to floor picking up a 48.875 led by Sydney Hoerr’s 9.875 score. Heading into the fourth and final rotation the Huskers held a 147.875-146.075.

Nebraska finished with a season high 49.450 score on floor led by Blanske’s 9.925 routine. DeZiel and Lambert both tacked on 9.90 performances while Williams recorded a 9.875. Stephens put up a 9.85 score to round out the lineup.

Iowa posted a 49.100 in their final rotation on beam. The Hawkeyes were paced by Alie Glover’s 9.875 routine. Iowa finished with a 195.175 on the evening, but it would not be enough to overcome Nebraska’s 197.325.

In the Rankings: NU stays steady at No. 7

The Huskers appeared in the No. 7 slot in the latest GymInfo National Rankings, released Monday. Nebraska stayed steady at No. 7 for the fourth straight week. Oklahoma holds their No. 1 ranking not only overall but on each event. LSU comes in at No. 2, while Utah moved up into the No. 3 spot. Florida ranks No. 4 and Michigan rounds out the top five teams in the country. Michigan, Penn State, Illinois, Minnesota and Ohio State join the Huskers as Big Ten teams in the top 25.

The Big Red remains top-15 nationally on every event, led by a No. 2 ranking on vault (49.460). NU also comes in at No. 14 on both bars and beam as well as being the ninth ranked team on floor (49.120).

In addition to Nebraska’s team efforts, four Huskers garnered a total of nine top-25 national rankings as individuals. On vault the Huskers own three vaulters in the top 20 as Ashley Lambert is the No. 5 vaulter in the country. Jessie DeZiel comes in at No. 6 and Hollie Blanske at No. 15. In the all-around competition DeZiel boasts a 39.356 score to secure her 14th ranking. Also on beam DeZiel holds the No. 12 spot (9.863). Blanske pulls down rankings of 20th in the all-around (39.250) and 18th on floor (9.875), while Grace Williams adds a 21st ranking on beam (9.845).

Up Next for Nebraska

The Huskers will stay on the road for the second weekend in a row as they head to Los Angeles, Calif., to take on three non-conference opponents in UCLA, Arizona and Sacramento State. Nebraska will face UCLA, Arizona and Sacramento State in a quad meet on Saturday, Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. CT matchup. UCLA ranks No. 13 in the country and includes the No. 2 all-around competitor in Samantha Peszek. UCLA owns a 32-8 series edge all time over the Huskers with their last meeting coming last season at the NCAA Semifinals where the Huskers took away a 197.10-197.025 victory over the Bruins. Arizona is the No. 19th ranked team in the country as NU holds a 20-15 series edge over the Sun Devils. Nebraska and Sacramento State have only met once in competition in 2007 when NU took home a 196.675-191.725.

Lambert Collects Weekly Honor After Big Weekend

The Nebraska women’s gymnastics team earned its second conference honor of the season as sophomore Ashley Lambert captured Big Ten Event Specialist of the Week announced by the conference Monday, Jan. 26. Lambert earned her first career weekly honor after excelling on vault for the second weekend in a row. The Newport News, Va., native captured her third consecutive vault title with another perfect 10.00 score.

Lambert started the 2015 season with a bang at the opening meet where she took home two event titles on vault (9.875) and floor (9.825) en route to her first career all-around crown (39.175). Following the season opener, Lambert notched her name in history books as she became the first Husker to record a 10.00 on vault since 2011. She was a member of a historical vault lineup that put together a 49.75 team score to break the school record and claim the No. 1 vault ranking in the country.

Her weekend at the Rutgers quad meet Lambert broke yet again another record as she stuck a perfect 10.00 on vault for the second week in a row. She is the first Nebraska gymnast to post back-to-back 10’s on a single event.

As rankings were released Monday Jan. 26, Lambert sat as the No. 2 vaulter in the country behind Bridget Sloan. Although Florida’s Sloan is still currently the No. 1 ranked gymnast on the event, she has only competed in one meet this season before falling to injury. Lambert’s averages a 9.958 mark competing in three meets, Sloan averages a 10.00 competing in only one meet.

Blanske earns Gymnast of the Week Honors

Junior Hollie Blanske capped her steller weekend by earning Big Ten Gymnast of the week honors. The award marks the first of Blanske’s career and comes after a solid performance in which the Oak Grove, Minn., native, posted a season high on every event including the all-around.

Blanske led the Huskers in their 197.125-196.025 rout of Penn State Saturday Jan. 17. Blanske’s victory including winning event titles on bars and floor en route to capturing top honors in the all-around. Her victory included two 9.925 scores on vault and floor, while chipping in a 9.85 mark on bars and a 9.80 on beam to give her an all-around score of 39.50.