ILLINOIS STATE HOLDS ON FOR NARROW WIN OVER GYMNASTICS
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Illinois State outscored Sacramento State by one-tenth of a point in the final rotation and it proved to be just enough as the Redbirds knocked off the the 31st-ranked Hornets, 192.825-192.800, Friday evening in front of 514 fans at the Hornets Nest.
The loss dropped the Hornets to 3-4 on the season and handed the team its first loss at home. ISU improved to 2-5.
“I felt we started strong and finished weak,” Hughes said. “We hit five routines on both vault and bars but counted falls in the last two rotations.”
Sacramento State overcame an early deficit and built a 145.000-144.925 advantage following the third rotation. The Hornets were able to extend that lead after their first routine on floor where Jasmine Lipka scored 9.650 and Illinois State suffered a fall. Sacramento State endured a fall of its own in the second routine while Erica Schick scored 9.550. The lead swung back to the Hornets after Cayla Boyce recorded a 9.625 on floor and Robin Weissman tallied a 9.525 on beam. Jessica Prousa followed with a 9.750 for the Redbirds compared to Lissa Zamolo’s 9.625. Melissa Mann then put ISU on top for good with a 9.700 while Sacramento State had its second fall of the rotation. Senior Marina Borisova nearly rallied the team back with a 9.750, which tied for first, but Hannah Deutsch’s 9.375 was just enough to secure the victory.
Illinois State led after the first rotation where it scored 48.225 on bars and the Hornets amassed a total of 48.050 on vault. Sacramento State was paced by Borisova’s 9.750 which placed second overall in the meet.
The Hornets took their first lead after the second rotation with the help of a season high 48.575 on bars. Illinois State scored 48.300 on vault to give Sacramento State a one-tenth lead at the midway point. Borisova scored 9.850 to finish first and Amanda Blauvelt tied for second with a 9.750 to pace the Hornets.
On beam, Borisova and Eryn Stubblefield shared the top spot as both scored 9.800. Traci Traci Takeda (9.775) and Lizzy Norvell (9.750) also contributed strong scores but the team was forced to count one of two falls in the event.
Borisova captured her third all-around title in four meets with a total of 39.150. The senior has now scored 39.050 or better in every meet this year.
Illinois State was led by Meaghan Koshman who was first on vault (9.775) and tied for first on floor (9.750).
Sacramento State will not compete for a week when the team travels to San Jose State for a WAC showdown on Feb. 6. The meet will begin at 2 p.m.
Illinois State 192.825, Sacramento State 192.800
VT: 1. Koshman, ISU, 9.775; 2. Borisova 9.750; T6. Boyce 9.575; T6. Takeda 9.575; T10. Mizuno 9.550; 12. Stubblefield 9.525.
UB: 1. Borisova, SAC, 9.850; T2. Blauvelt 9.750; T5. Dyson 9.700; 7. Stubblefield 9.700; 8. Boyce 9.625, 10. Takeda 9.475.
BM: T1. Stubblefield, SAC, 9.800; T1. Borisova, SAC, 9.800; 3. Takeda 9.775
T4. Norvell 9.750; 10. Boyce 9.250; 11. Zamolo 9.150.
FX: T1. Borisova, SAC, 9.750; T1. Koshman, ISU, 9.750; 5. Lipka 9.650; T6. Boyce 9.625; T6. Zamolo 9.625; 10. Mizuno 9.150; 11. Stubblefield 8.975.
AA: 1. Borisova, SAC, 39.150; 3. Boyce 38.075; 4. Stubblefield 37.950.