Redbird Gymnasts Defeat Alaska-Anchorage
Feb. 7, 2014
NORMAL, Ill. - Illinois State sophomore Sarah Fisher competed in the all-around for the first time and won the competition with a score of 38.075 to help the Redbirds secure a 191.025-188.925 victory over Alaska-Anchorage inside Horton Field House Friday night.
Head coach Bob Conkling was impressed with members of the team filling in for injured athletes, specifically Fisher's standout performance.
"Sarah really stepped up this week and if she would have hit her beam set that would have really helped," Conkling said. "Kristyn and Jenna Bossle have only vaulted once in these past few weeks, so I was pleased with how we could use them after we lost Sami King to an injury this week. Overall, we did a pretty good job today filled with some personal bests.
Illinois State took an early lead after the first rotation on the vault as the Redbirds posted a team score of 47.925. Senior Kristen Lieberman led the way by posting a career-best 9.700, followed by senior Kim Caron with a career-high 9.625. Alaska began on the uneven bars and tallied a team score of 46.900.
After a strong second rotation on the uneven bars, the Redbirds widened their lead 96.525 to 94.625. Senior Jenna Bossle led the way with a 9.800, while sophomore Amanda Mohler matched her season-best score with a 9.775. Fisher competed on the uneven bars for the first time this season and posted a solid score of 9.700. The Sea Wolves posted a team score of 46.900 on the vault, led by Stefany Bryan who scored a 9.750.
The Sea Wolves cut the deficit to 142.950-142.225 in the third rotation, as the Redbirds suffered multiple falls on the balance beam. Freshman Demi Pas scored a season-high score of 9.725 to take first place on beam and Mohler contributed a 9.650, but no other Redbird was able to top a 9.100. Alaska tallied a team score of 47.600 on the floor exercise, thanks to a 9.700 by Nicole Larkin.
Fisher continued a strong meet and posted a career-high 9.800 on the final floor rotation to solidify the victory for the Redbirds. Junior Heather Pena contributed a career-high 9.650 along with Lieberman who recorded her own career-high 9.575. The Sea Wolves ended the meet on the balance beam and posted a team score of 46.700, led by Simone Penker with a score of 9.700.
"Hopefully we will get some girls back in the lineup that usually compete on floor and vault and then our team scores will continue to rise," Conkling said.
The Redbirds will return to action Friday, Feb. 14 in St. Charles, Mo. for a rematch against conference rival Lindenwood.
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