New Hampshire (8-2, 2-1 EAGL) vs No. 23 West Virginia (10-3, 5-0 EAGL)
Feb. 25, 2012 • 7:00 p.m. • Lundholm Gymnasium • Durham, N.H.
LAST TIME OUT: Raleigh, N.C. • Feb. 17, 2012 - Jillian Hudson (Sparkill, N.Y.) scored a 9.825 to tie her career high on vault as the University of New Hampshire gymnastics team scored a second-place finish against EAGL rival North Carolina State on Friday night at Reynolds Coliseum.
The Wolfpack outscored the Wildcats, 195.7-193.9, to end UNH's winning streak at seven. With the setback, the Wildcats' record slipped to 8-2 overall and 2-1 in EAGL competition. The Wolfpack improved to 6-3 on the season, 2-0 in EAGL.
Austyn Fobes (Howell, N.J.) scored a season-high 9.85 on uneven bars to finish runner-up in that event and added a third-place tally of 9.8 on balance beam.
The Wildcats began the meet on bars, led by Fobes and Danielle Reibold (Horsham, Pa.), who posted a 9.775 to finish fifth. Stephanie Ouellette of N.C. State captured the high bar score with a 9.875, and the home team squeezed out a 48.875-48.6 event win.
Hudson tied Ouellette for second place on vault, while the Wolfpack's Brooke Barr compiled a 9.9 for the event victory. N.C. State totaled 48.975 to edge UNH (48.825).
Kayla Gray (Buffalo, N.Y.) led the Wildcats on floor exercise, matching her career-high 9.825 for the second straight week and earning third place in the process. The rest of the floor lineup was plagued by uncharacteristic faults, causing the 'Cats to fall, 48.875-47.775. Barr (9.875) claimed the high floor score.
UNH bounced back on beam, paced by Fobes' third-place effort and a career-high 9.775 from Jannelle Minichiello (Orlando, Fla.), who took fourth. The Wildcats totaled 48.7 on beam, just shy of the Wolfpack's 48.975. Lane Jarred of N.C. State posted a 9.9 to finish in the top spot.
SCOUTING THE MOUNTAINEERS: West Virginia used a season-best bars rotation to power it to a 194.8 score and first place at Maryland's quad-meet on Feb. 18 at the University of Maryland's Comcast Center. The Mountaineers defeated EAGL rivals Maryland, Rutgers and non-conference foe William & Mary.
The Mountaineers won bars with a season-best 49.175 score; the team has now scored 49.0-plus on each event at least once this season. WVU also won beam with a 48.7 mark. The squad finished second on floor (48.8) and vault (48.125).
Sophomore Hope Sloanhoffer, the league's top all-around gymnast, scored 39.15, her sixth 39.0-plus mark of the season, and finished first overall. Junior Kaylyn Millick finished second with a 38.975 score, while senior Tina Maloney tallied 38.725 and finished fourth.
Sloanhoffer was named EAGL co-Gymnast of the Week on Feb. 21, marking the third time in seven weeks she's been feted with that honor. She shared the award with University of North Carolina junior Elizabeth Durkac.
FITNESS DAY: This Saturday is Fitness Day at Lundholm Gym. Any fan displaying a gym club or fitness facility key tag or membership card will gain access to the UNH/West Virginia meet for the discounted rate of $3.00. There will be an autograph session featuring the Wildcat gymnasts immediately following the competition.
NEXT UP: The Wildcats play host to the annual UNH Invitational on Saturday, March 3, at 7 p.m. with EAGL rival Maryland joining Brown and Bridgeport in the quad-meet.