Redbirds Post Season-High Team Score in Loss to No. 19 Missouri
Feb. 26, 2010
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Illinois State gymnastics, led by Erica Schick and Melissa Mann, set an impressive season-high team score (194.400) in a loss to Big-12 conference members Missouri (196.875) Friday night in Columbia, Mo.
Though the Redbirds were consistently behind Missouri in the scoring, the team managed to post a season-high team score and boasted impressive event totals. The balance beam and the floor exercise proved, once again, to be the strength guiding the `Birds, with scores of 48.850 and 48.825, respectively. ISU started the meet off strong with a 48.250 on the uneven bars and 48.475 on the vault.
Head coach Bob Conkling had nothing but positive things to say about the teams' performance.
"We hit 24 out of 24 routines and I could not be more proud of the student-athletes," Conkling said. "We knew coming in this would be a tough competition but the team stepped up and nailed their routines. This is exactly the type of meet I hope for as a coach."
Schick posted a season-high all around score (38.975) and performed her strongest routines on the floor exercise (9.850) and uneven bars (9.775). Mann set a season-high score on the balance beam (9.850) and posted a 9.625 on the vault. Hannah Deutsch also boasted impressive scores, setting a season-high on the floor exercise (9.850) and tying her season-high on the balance beam (9.825).
Conkling believes the strong performances will help the team conquer their next meet.
"This meet got the team and coaches really excited for Sunday," Conkling said. "The student-athletes hit their routines and had fun while doing it. We're in a great mindset to go up against SEMO."
The Redbirds close out their weekend competition this Sunday at Southeast Missouri State in a dual-meet beginning at 2 p.m. in the Houck Field House.
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