January 24, 2014

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New Hampshire (2-2, 0-1 EAGL) at Pittsburgh (2-0, 1-0 EAGL)
  Jan. 25, 2014 • 1:00 p.m. • Fitzgerald Field House • Pittsburgh, Pa.

ESPN3 Kat Ghion (play by play), Erica Coffey (color commentary)
Live Stats: http://www.pittsburghpanthers.com/sports/w-gym/stats/2013-2014/20140125.html

DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire gymnastics team ventures to the University of Pittsburgh for an East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) dual-meet at Fitzgerald Field House that will be carried live on ESPN3 on Saturday, Jan. 25, at 1 p.m.

LAST TIME OUT
JAN. 19, 2014 • DURHAM, N.H. –
Kayla Gray (Buffalo, N.Y.) scored a 9.875 on balance beam to register the top score in that event, and UNH posted a 193.700 to finish as runner-up to 24th-ranked Minnesota (196.025) in last Sunday's Wildcat Invitational at Lundholm Gymnasium. 

Brown (192.550) finished in third place and Yale (187.500) placed fourth in the home opener for UNH (2-2, 0-1 East Atlantic Gymnastics League).

"Considering how many of our athletes were battling the flu this week, I was pleased that we were actually healthy enough to have everyone here," head coach Gail Goodspeed said. "Our vaulting was great, but we had to count falls on both beam and floor that kept us from our goal of a 195.00." 

Meghan Pflieger (Barneveld, N.Y.) led the Wildcats on vault in the opening rotation with a personal-best 9.850 for a share of fourth place. Adrienne Hill (Midlothian, Va.), who was presented the meet's Katie Baldwin Expression Award, scored a 9.750 to share eighth place with three other gymnasts, including Wildcat freshman Kelsey Aucoin (Double Oak, Texas).

The second rotation was difficult for the Wildcats, who scored a 48.025 on uneven bars for their lowest mark of the afternoon. Erika Rudiger (Slidell, La.) led the way with a 9.725 (T-9th). Jessica Gracia (9.700/Bahama, N.C.) and Lauren Brodie (9.675/Mogadore, Ohio) each scored a career high.

Gray, who was held to only one event while returning from illness, made the most of her beam routine by hitting for a 9.875 to lead UNH to an event-winning 48.275. Hill amassed a 9.800 to tie for second place.

The 'Cats closed the quad-meet with a 48.500 on floor exercise. Erin Machado (Swansea, Mass.) scored a career-high 9.875 for third place, while Rudiger grabbed a share of sixth place with a 9.825. Pflieger made it three-for-three in personal bests by scoring a 9.800 for an eighth-place tie.  

"We showed improvement from last week," Goodspeed said. "Now we just have to keep climbing the ladder."

SCOUTING PITTSBURGH
The Pitt gymnastics team recorded a big non-conference road win on Saturday with a 193.025-192.525 victory over then 25th-ranked Michigan State.

Pitt claimed three event titles including senior Brittney Harris, who won the vault for the second consecutive week with a 9.750; senior Katie O'Rourke tied for the title on the beam - also for the second week in a row - with a 9.825; and sophomore Lindsay Offutt won the floor for the second consecutive week with a 9.80.

LAST MEETING
Jan. 21, 2012 - DURHAM, N.H.–
Kate McGeever recorded a personal-best and meet-high 9.9 on floor exercise, and Ali Carr posted first-place scores on vault, uneven bars and balance beam to lead the UNH gymnastics team past Pittsburgh, 194.15-193.725, in an EAGL meet Saturday at Lundholm Gymnasium.

UNH upped its record to 2-1 overall and 2-0 in EAGL competition, while Pitt dropped to 0-2 on the season and 0-2 in EAGL action.

The Wildcats began the meet on vault, where Carr tallied a personal-best 9.875 to lead the charge. Jillian Hudson finished second with a career-high 9.825, and Adrienne Hill also set a personal benchmark with a 9.8, tying the Panthers' Haley Sedgewick for third place. UNH won the event, 48.975-48.6.

Carr and Danielle Reibold tied for the top spot on bars with matching 9.775 scores, edging teammate Austyn Fobes (9.75), who finished in a deadlock for third place with Pittsburgh's Amy Varela. The 'Cats outscored the Panthers on bars, 48.675-47.85.

New Hampshire struggled on beam, with the exception of Carr's first-place 9.875, a personal best. Katie O'Rourke and Alicia Talucci of Pittsburgh scored matching 9.8s to share second place. Reibold (9.7), who tied for fifth, was the only other Wildcat with a top-5 finish on the apparatus. The Panthers captured the beam, 48.7-47.7.

The Wildcats closed the meet strong on floor, edging the Panthers 48.8-48.575 courtesy of McGeever's dynamic first-place routine and a second-place showing from Erin Machado (Swansea, Mass.), who equaled her career-high 9.85 score for the second straight week.  Pitt's Haley Bodenheimer tied Machado for second, and Tasia Percevecz tallied a 9.775 for fourth place.

Bodenheimer (38.85) won the all-around championship, and Sedgewick (38.675) was the runner-up.

PFLIEGER PFLYING HIGH
Meghan Pflieger was feted Tuesday as the EAGL co-Rookie of the Week. Pflieger recorded three personal-best scores as part of the Wildcats' second-place finish in Sunday's Wildcat Invitational at Lundholm Gym.

The Barneveld, N.Y., native led UNH on vault in the opening rotation with a 9.850 for a share of fourth place. Pflieger also earned a share of fourth place on balance beam with a career-high 9.775, and her 9.800 on floor exercise (T-8th) was a personal best.

Chelsea Raineri of George Washington University was named the other EAGL co-Rookie of the Week.

NEXT UP
The Wildcats return to Lundholm Gym to square off with Maryland on Saturday, Feb. 1, at 1 p.m. For more information, visit www.unhwildcats.com or call (603) 862-4000, extension 5.

EAGL CHAMPIONSHIP TICKETS ON SALE
UNH will play host to the 2014 EAGL Championship at the Whittemore Center on Saturday, March 22, at 2 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at www.ticketmaster.com. The last year the Whitt was the host site for EAGLs was 2003, which was the only year UNH claimed the league championship.

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